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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 13 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 119.8 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. Fantasy owners should get a big helping of Megatron production on Thanksgiving against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 244.2 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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2. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall is averaging 85.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He should destroy the Minnesota Vikings secondary. The Vikes have allowed 281.7 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game. Marshall had 113 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 77.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should make his fantasy owners thankful against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 258.1 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 86.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Kansas City Chiefs. He had 121 yards against them in their last meeting.
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5. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is averaging 109.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should destroy the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 242.4 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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6. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald is averaging 55.1 yard and 0.7 touchdowns per game. Fitz has three scores in his past two games. He should exploit the Philadelphia Eagles secondary. The Eagles have allowed 300.1 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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7. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 91.1 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. He’s going to be a handful for the New England Patriots. The Pats have allowed 220.3 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 92.7 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He should bounce back from Joe Haden’s lockdown when he faces the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 276 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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9. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson is averaging 89.5 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He comes out of the bye to face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed 235.8 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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10. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon continues to be one of the most heavily targeted receivers in the game. He should be a beast against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 236.4 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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11. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffrey is averaging 105.1 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns in his past eight games. He should also have his way with the Vikings secondary.
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12. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 94.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has four touchdowns in his past four games. Brown is facing the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have allowed 226.4 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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13. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen is averaging 88.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns in his past eight games. He’s facing the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have allowed 211.1 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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14. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 86.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed 276.8 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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15. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson is averaging 80.7 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He has a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers, but he remains a borderline WR1 this week.
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16. Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
Harry Douglas is averaging 102.3 yards in his past six games. He’s facing the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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17. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker is averaging 61.7 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He should also do well against the Chiefs. He had eight catches for 72 yards against them in the first meeting.
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18. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd is averaging 76.7 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. He’s been a beast the past two weeks. Floyd should also have a solid game against the Eagles.
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19. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Victor Cruz is averaging 77.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. He should roll on the Washington Redskins.
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20. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe is averaging 58.3 yards in his past three games. He has scored in the past two, including 57 yards and a score in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos (this week’s foe). The Broncos have allowed 283.2 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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21. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith is averaging 78.1 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers got dominated by Josh Gordon last week.
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22. Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Riley Cooper is averaging 83.2 yards and a touchdown in his past six games. He should also do well against the Cards.
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23. Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers
Jarrett Boykin is averaging 78.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns in his past six games. He should be productive against the Lions.
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24. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
Kendall Wright is averaging 69.4 yards. He has averaged 81.6 yards in his past seven games. He’s facing the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have allowed 243.5 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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25. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks eased Percy Harvin into action in his first game. Coming out of the bye, I expect a heavier dose of Harvin against the New Orleans Saints.
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With an exciting 12th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 13 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron is averaging 154.8 yards in his past four games and has scored a touchdown in his past three. He should continue to roll against the Indianapolis Colts.
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2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals 
Stop the presses. A.J. Green failed to score for the first time since the season opener. He still managed 111 yards. He could easily get back in the end zone against the San Diego Chargers. They have allowed 20 passing touchdowns this year.
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3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio shook off the injury concerns by dropping a career-high 147 yards on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His owners have to feel great heading into a matchup with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 298.3 yards per game and 22 passing scores.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has scored in consecutive weeks and is averaging 92.3 yards per game on the year. The Bucs have allowed 315.5 yards per game and 18 passing scores.
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5. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy was quiet last week, but had 114 yards against the Saints a few weeks ago. They should struggle to contain him once again.
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6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez is averaging 125.7 yards with four touchdowns in his past three games. He should torment the Philadelphia Eagles.
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7. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall has a tough draw against the Seattle Seahawks, but I don’t expect them to contain him. Marshall is averaging 92.5 yards with eight touchdowns in 11 games.
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8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson is 129.2 yards the past six games. The Tennessee Titans have allowed 262.1 yards and a pair of touchdown passes per game.
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9. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is the wide receiver version of Jason Witten. He gets a ton of catches and targets, but seldom finds his way into the end zone. He’s averaging 100.5 yards per game though, and should succeed against the Lions.
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10. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz was able to Salsa Dance for the first time since Week 7. That is when he caught seven passes for 131 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Redskins. The ‘Skins have allowed 301.4 yards and 23 passing scores. Cruz will be glad to see them again.
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11. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston has three touchdowns in the past four games and eight in the past eight games. He should see plenty of looks against the Falcons. He scored against them in Week 10.
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12. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker did not get in the end zone against the Kansas City Chiefs. He should be a strong play against the Bucs though.
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13. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax is averaging 87.2 yards with seven touchdowns in 11 games. He’ll have to lock horns with Champ Bailey, but with his size, I like his odds.
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14. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks continues to work his way back. He scored last week and has a great matchup against the ‘Skins.
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15. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy scored last week and will be a tough cover for the Minnesota Vikings.
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16. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker scored just his third touchdown of the season. He continues to catch passes by the bunch. He had 298 yards and two touchdowns in two meeting against the Miami Dolphins last year.
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17. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts is averaging 97 yards and a touchdown in his last three games. The Buffalo Bills have allowed 233.3 yards and 20 passing scores.
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18. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
You will have to monitor this one, but if Percy can go, he should fare well against the Packers.
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19. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon responded from his monster 236-yard game with 62 yards and a score. I like him against Buffalo with Chad Henne under center.
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20. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Stevie has averaged 90.3 yards the past three games. The Jags are allowing 274.5 yards per game.
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21. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
The foot looked great on Thanksgiving. He’s still a risk against the Giants, but the extra rest should help.
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22. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb had just 39 yards last week and failed to score for the first time since Week 6. Greg Jennings could be back this week, but Cobb remains a solid option against the Vikings.
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23. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith rebounded from a stinker against the Pittsburgh Steelers with 144 yards against the Chargers. He has another date with Pittsburgh, but I’m expecting a stronger performance at home.
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24. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Moore scored last week, but was relatively quiet. He has scored in five of the past seven games. He takes on the Cleveland Browns.
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25. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore had 91 yards ind the first meeting with the Falcons.
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26. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Hartline quietly has 807 yards on the season. The Patriots have allowed 289.4 yards and 22 passing scores.
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27. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX is averaging 91.3 yards with three touchdowns in the past four games. The Chargers face the Bengals.
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28. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Floyd has three touchdowns in the past four weeks.
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29. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
The struggle to score passing touchdowns. The Chiefs have allowed 22 passing scores. This could be Smith’s time.
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30. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe generally gets a ton of looks. He is capable of turning in a quality game against the Panthers.
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31. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz has top-ten talent, but is wasting away in the desert. Perhaps he can have a one-week hiatus from the fantasy wasteland against the New York Jets.
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32. Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins
Bess had 129 yards last week. He’s averaging 63.2 yards with five touchdowns in his last six meeting with the Patriots.
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33. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton is averaging 58.8 yards and a touchdown in his past four games. He also had a punt return for a touchdown last week. He’s a decent WR3 against Detroit.
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34. Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions
With Titus Young out, Broyles caught six passes for 126 yards. If he is out again, Broyles could put up solid numbers against the Colts.
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35. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree was quiet against the Saints. He’s a low-end WR3 against the St. Louis Rams.
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36. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wallace has the ability to produce a big game against the Ravens, but he’ll need better quarterback play.
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37. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Speaking of needing better quarterback play, Maclin has got little of that this year. He’s a risky play against the Cowboys.
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38. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin had eight catches for 79 yards in the first meeting with Pittsburgh.
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39. Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals
While Fitz is struggling, life is easier for Roberts. He’s averaging 70.6 yards in his past five games. Fitz will draw the attention against the Jets.
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40. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Lloyd is a risk/reward play against Miami. He’s due to break one.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 13 2011 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson @ New Orleans: Megatron got back in the end zone last week giving him 12 TDs on the year.
2. Greg Jennings @ New York Giants: Extra time should help his sore knee, which wasn’t really a problem on Thanksgiving anyway.
3. Wes Welker vs. Indianapolis: Scored twice last week and should really add to his yardage lead against the downtrodden Colts.
4. Victor Cruz vs. Green Bay: The Packers struggle against the Pack and Cruz has become as dangerous a receiver as there is in the league.
5. Roddy White @ Houston: Has 17 catches for 267 yards in his past two games.
6. Laurent Robinson @ Arizona: Am I on the LoRo train? You bet I am. He has seven TDs in his past five games.
7. Steve Smith @ Tampa Bay: He’s been relatively quiet the past few weeks. I expect him to explode against the Bucs’ secondary.
8. Hakeem Nicks vs. Green Bay: Nicks has been pretty steady this year when healthy. G-Men are going to have to pass often.
9. Jordy Nelson @ New York Giants: Quiet last week but had five TDs in his prior three games.
10. Vincent Jackson @ Jacksonville: Consistency is an issue but big play potential is there.
11. Brandon Lloyd @ San Francisco: Has scored in three straight games. Niners are vulnerable to the pass.
12. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Dallas: Tends to produce no matter who is under center. Could be Kolb this week.
13. Percy Harvin vs. Denver: Vikings are doing a great job getting him the ball.
14. Brandon Marshall vs. Oakland: Had a dud in Week 11, but has had 98 or more yards in the other three of his last four games.
15. Marques Colston vs. Detroit: Saints’ offense is rolling.
16. Dez Bryant @ Arizona: Has scored in two of his past three games.
17. Andre Johnson vs. Atlanta: He’s back, but unfortunately he has T.J. Yates throwing him the ball.
18. Antonio Brown vs. Cincinnati: Averaging 89.0 yards in his past five games.
19. A.J. Green @ Pittsburgh: Scored against the Steelers in Week 10. He’s been a force in his rookie year.
20. Mike Wallace vs. Cincinnati: Has been quiet of late, but is always a threat.
21. Mike Williams vs. Carolina: Averaging 83.5 yards and a score the past two games.
22. Anquan Boldin @ Cleveland: Like everyone in the Ravens’ passing game, he’s inconsistent.
23. Stevie Johnson vs. Tennessee: Bounced back last week, but I’m not convinced the Bills’ offense is completely back on track.
24. Dwayne Bowe @ Chicago: Would move up if Kyle Orton gets the start.
25. Jason Avant @ Seattle: Maclin is banged up and DeSean is either acting like a fool or dropping passes.
26. Eric Decker @ Minnesota: Has scored in four of his past five games. Should do well against the lowly Vikes in his return to the Dome.
27. Deion Branch vs. Indianapolis: Had a monster game last week and is a solid option against the Colts.
28. Plaxico Burress @ Washington: Has five TDs in his past five games.
29. Lance Moore vs. Detroit: Moore is showing that nose for the end zone again.
30. Torrey Smith @ Cleveland: He’s hot and cold, but is capable of a breakout game.
31. Julio Jones @ Houston: He certainly didn’t wear himself out last week.
32. Johnny Knox vs. Kansas City: Averaging 121 yards in the past two games.
33. David Nelson vs. Tennessee: Has scored in three of the past four games.
34. Michael Crabtree vs. St. Louis: Has 13 catches in his past two games.
35. Damian Williams @ Buffalo: Has scored in three of the past four games.
36. Santonio Holmes @ Washington: Made a clutch catch, but only has 61 yards in his last two games.
37. DeSean Jackson @ Seattle: Andy Reid says he’s going to start, but that’s a risky prospect for your fantasy team at this point.
38. Jabar Gaffney vs. New York Jets: Has to be thankful that Santana Moss is back to deal with Revis Island.
39. Riley Cooper @ Seattle: Decent option if Jeremy Maclin is out again.
40. Greg Little vs. Baltimore: Averaging 66.7 yards with one TD in his past three games.
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Here’s my Week 13 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dwayne Bowe vs. Denver
2. Brandon Lloyd @ Kansas City
3. DeSean Jackson vs. Houston (Thursday)
4. Reggie Wayne vs. Dallas
5. Marques Colston @ Cincinnati
6. Roddy White @ Tampa Bay
7. Andre Johnson @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
8. Greg Jennings vs. San Francisco
9. Santonio Holmes vs. New England (Monday)
10. Jeremy Maclin vs. Houston (Thursday)
11. Larry Fitzgerald vs. St. Louis
12. Mario Manningham vs. Washington
13. Terrell Owens vs. New Orleans
14. Calvin Johnson @ Chicago
15.  Mike Wallace @ Baltimore
16. Anquan Boldin vs. Pittsburgh
17. Percy Harvin vs. Buffalo
18. Steve Johnson @ Minnesota
19. Miles Austin @ Indianapolis
20. Michael Crabtree @ Green Bay
21. Wes Welker vs. New York Jets (Monday)
22. Chad Ochocinco vs. New Orleans
23. Braylon Edwards @ New England (Monday)
24. Johnny Knox vs. Detroit
25. Nate Burleson @ Chicago
26. Hines Ward @ Baltimore
27. Mike Williams (TB) vs. Atlanta
28. Steve Breaston vs. St. Louis
29. Deion Branch vs. New York Jets (Monday)
30. Pierre Garcon vs. Dallas
31. Davone Bess vs. Cleveland
32. Robert Meachem @ Cincinnati
33. Steve Smith (CAR) @ Seattle
34. Santana Moss  @ New York Giants
35. Dez Bryant @ Indianapolis
36. Ben Obomanu vs. Carolina
37. James Jones vs. San Francisco
38. Danny Amendola @ Arizona
39. Mike Thomas @ Tennessee
40. Donald Driver vs. San Francisco
41. Blair White vs. Dallas
42. Lee Evans @ Minnesota
43. Devin Hester @ Detroit
44. Derrick Mason vs. Pittsburgh
45. Jason Avant vs. Houston (Thursday)
46. Brian Hartline vs. Cleveland
47. Eddie Royal @ Kansas City
48. Lance Moore @ Cincinnati
49. Legedu Naanee vs. Oakland
50. Randy Moss vs. Jacksonville

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Inside the numbers:

  • With 13 touchdowns in the past seven games, Dwayne Bowe has to be the top-ranked receiver.
  • Brandon Lloyd has 413 yards and six touchdowns in his past four games. I’ve been far to slow to give him his due. He’s my number two receiver this week against a Kansas City team allowing 259.8 yards per game through the air.
  • Both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are WR1s in my book against a Texans defense allowing 297.9 passing yards per game.
  • The Bears are really clicking on defense now, and even Calvin Johnson is a scary play this week.
  • A couple of speedsters (Devin Hester and Eddie Royal) are coming off good weeks and have favorable match-ups, putting both on the list for the first time in a while.
  • I can’t trust Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd to be healthy enough for fantasy lineups.
  • Randy Moss had three catches for 23 yards last week. I’m not ready to make him a fantasy starter, but I can see him being a top fifty WR this week against Jacksonville.

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