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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 14 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 118.1 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed a league-high 296.8 passing yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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2. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is averaging 124.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He has a ridiculous 498 yards in his past two games. He faces the New England Patriots. The Pats have allowed 224 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall is averaging 82.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He should put up big numbers against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys yield 294.9 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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4. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffrey is averaging 102 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He should also light up the Cowboys.
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5. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 88.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He has 100 yards and/or a score in his past six games. Thomas squares off with the Tennessee Titans. They have played the pass well, but they haven’t faced the likes of Peyton Manning and company.
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6. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 93.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He had a quiet day in the first meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Look for a different story this week. The Jags have allowed 250.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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7. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 74.7 yard and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’ll have some extra rest before facing the Bears. He should be locked and loaded.
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8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 91.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should turn in a nice game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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9. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald has nine touchdowns on the year and four in his past three games. He should continue to roll against the St. Louis Rams. Fitz had 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Rams.
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10. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson is averaging 85.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. Last week Nick Foles leaned on his tight ends for three scores. I think Jackson will see more looks against the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed 262.3 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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11. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson is averaging 80.3 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He should have a huge game against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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12. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith is averaging 79.3 yard per game and has scored in three of the past four weeks. He should dominate the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes yield 287 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game.
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13. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 91.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Miami Dolphins at home where he’s averaging 113.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns.
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14. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker is averaging 80.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He certainly had Peyton’s attention last week when he scored four times against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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15. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd is averaging 132 yards in his past three games. He should also turn in a nice game against the Rams. Floyd had 82 yards in the first meeting.
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16. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen is averaging 90.3 yards in his past games. He is facing the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 230.8 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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17. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Victor Cruz is averaging 77.6 yards. He hasn’t scored in forever, but he’s due. Perhaps it’s this week against the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 268.8 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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18. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon is averaging 81.7 yards per game. He has received double-digit targets in his past six games. He’s a solid play against the slumping Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have allowed 1,118 yards and nine touchdowns in their past three games.
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19. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe is averaging 57.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He should have a solid game against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 265.3 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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20. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White finally broke out with 10 catches for 143 yards against the Buffalo Bills. His turnaround should continue against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 250.5 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game
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21. Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
Harry Douglas is averaging 98.1 yards in his past seven games. He should also turn in a nice performance against the Packers.
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22. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
Kendall Wright is averaging 77.5 yards in his past 10 games. He should be quite busy against the Denver Broncos as the Tennessee Titans will likely be playing from behind. The Broncos have allowed 284 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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23. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker has been held under 40 yards in three of the past four games. I wouldn’t be surprised if Peyton made an effort to get him the ball so the offense is firing on all cylinders.
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24. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Mike Wallace is averaging 104.5 yards and a touchdown in his past two games. He faces the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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25. Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Riley Cooper has been quiet the past couple of weeks, but he has Nick Foles’ full confidence. I’m expecting a solid game against the Lions.
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With an exciting 13th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 14 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has scored a touchdown in the past four games while averaging 165.3 yards per game and putting the Madden Curse on hiatus. This week’s victim is the Green Bay Packers. He torched them for 143 yards and a score in Week 11.
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2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green hasn’t scored in two straight games, but he has averaged 98 yards in those games. With 1107 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games he’s easily the second best receiver this year..
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall has received 31 targets over the past two weeks. He’s corralled 22 of them for 257 yards and a score. He had 12 catches for 92 yards against the Minnesota Vikings a couple of weeks ago. This time I expect he’ll score a touchdown.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has four touchdowns in his past three games. Peyton Manning is definitely locked in as he has had at least eight targets in six straight games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 256.6 yards per game and 24 passing touchdowns.
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5. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson had 56 yards last week, which is a far cry for the 461 yards in totaled in Weeks 10 and 11. He has an opportunity to put up big numbers against the New England Patriots. The Pats have allowed 279.9 yards per game and 22 passing scores.
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6. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz should also be highly productive against the Saints.
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7. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez is living up to the hype, averaging 118.8 yards with six touchdowns in his past four games. The Bengals will be tough, but Dez is on fire.
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8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax crossed the 1000-yard mark last week. He should have his way against the sliding Philadelphia Eagles.
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9. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio is feast or famine. He had just 30 yards in the first meeting with the Carolina Panthers. I’m expecting (hoping) he goes off in this one.
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10. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks is coming on and this week’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints is favorable. The Saints have allowed 287.7 yards per game and 23 passing scores.
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11. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Greg Jennings is back, but now Jordy Nelson is banged up. Cobb had 74 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting against Detroit.
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12. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker has scored in two straight games and is up to 92 grabs on the year. Houston is tough, but when Tom Brady and Welker are clicking, there aren’t many teams that can slow them
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13. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston is not providing big yardage, but he has eight touchdowns in 12 games. He’s a strong bet against the G-Men.
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14. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy has been quiet the past two games. He had 169 yards and a pair of scores in the first meeting with the Panthers. He should get back on track.
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15. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne continues to see a ton of looks, but his inability to frequent the end zone keeps him out of WR1 status. He had 91 yards in his first meeting with the Tennessee Titans.
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16. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Austin was at less than 100 percent and he still managed to score against the Eagles. He should be ready to roll against the Bengals.
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17. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker is hit or miss, but Peyton loves him in the red zone. Solid option against Oakland.
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18. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX continues to deliver. He’s averaging 101.5 yards in his past four games. Next up is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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19. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith is up and down and his matchup with the Washington Redskins is favorable.
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20. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Still an injury risk, he’s explosive. He could put up big numbers against the Baltimore Ravens.
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21. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith has had at least 60 yards in eight of 12 games. He should be heavily targeted against Atlanta.
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22. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore is averaging 82 yards the past four games. I expect a lot of looks in a shootout with the Giants.
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23. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has averaged 77.7 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. He faces the Titans.
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24. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Jennings looked pretty solid with 46 yards. He was also very active with eight targets. He should be more productive against Detroit.
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25. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin is also up and down, but should be solid against the ‘Skins.
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26. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams has three touchdowns in his past six games and a nice matchup against the Eagles.
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27. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin is a risk given the Eagles’ play, but he does have a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay. The Bucs have allowed 309.4 yards per game and 21 passing scores.
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28. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree bounced back with 101 yards against the Rams. The Dolphins have allowed 257.7 yards per game.
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29. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Stevie scored to salvage his day, but also had hamstring issues. If he’s good to go, he should produce against the Rams.
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30. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Floyd has been steady with four straight 60-yard games, scoring in two of them.
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31. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones has scored nine touchdowns this year. He’s a risk/reward play.
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32. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
Rice took a huge shot in the win over the Bears. He has five touchdowns in the past five games. The Arizona Cardinals play the pass well, making Rice a low-end WR3 this week.
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33. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Britt has scored in back-to-back weeks. He’s a solid WR3 option against the Colts.
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34. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wallace is hit or miss, but would get a lift if Ben Roethlisberger returns to face the Chargers.
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35. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon was held to one catch for nine yards last week. Cecil Shorts (concussion) is likely out so Justin should be in line for extra looks against the New York Jets.
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36. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe hasn’t scored a touchdown or reached 80 yards since Week 4. Going up against Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns makes Bowe a low-end WR3 at best.
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37. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Consistency is not one of Hartline’s strengths. He should see plenty of targets against the Niners. What he’ll do with them is unpredictable.
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38. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown made his return and caught five of his ten targets for 58 yards.
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39. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
It is a shame that Fitz is dying on the vine in the desert. Tough matchup against Seattle makes him a bench candidate.
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40. Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts
Avery scored a pair of touchdowns last week. He’s a decent option against Tennessee.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 14 2011 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1.  Calvin Johnson vs. Minnesota:  The Saints held Megatron in check. The Vikes don’t have the manpower to follow suit.
2.  Greg Jennings vs. Oakland:  Has scored in five of the last six games.
3.  Vincent Jackson vs. Buffalo:  He’s alternated between good and bad games in his past five, but match-up should break that trend.
4.  Wes Welker @ Washington:  Leads the league in receiving by 161 yards.
5.  Victor Cruz @ Dallas:  Averaging 105.9 yards with seven TDs in his past ten games.
6.  Hakeem Nicks @ Dallas:  Averaging 71.3 yards with three TDs in his past four games. His one hand catch last week was a thing of beauty.
7.  Roddy White @ Carolina:  Averaging 106 yards with two TDs in his past three games.
8.  Percy Harvin @ Detroit:  Averaging 125.0 total yards with four TDs in his past three games.
9.  Dez Bryant vs. New York Giants:  Has scored in three of his past four games.
10.  Jordy Nelson vs. Oakland:  Averaging 18.3 ypc with nine TDs on the year.
11.  Steve Smith vs. Atlanta:  Quieter the past few weeks but should exploit Atlanta’s secondary.
12.  Larry Fitzgerald vs. San Francisco:  Despite revolving door at QB he ranks sixth among WRs in receiving yards.
13.  Laurent Robinson vs. New York Giants:  He didn’t score last week, and Miles could be coming back, but LoRo is averaging 65.5 with seven TDs in his past six games.
14.  Mike Williams @ Jacksonville:  Averaging 86.7 yards with two TDs in his past three games. Jags looked cooked on MNF.
15.  Marques Colston @ Tennessee:  Hasn’t scored since Week 7 so he’s due. Averaging 72.1 ypg.
16.  Stevie Johnson @ San Diego:  Streaky Stevie has scored in back-t0-back games.
17.  Brandon Marshall vs. Philadelphia:  Averaging 74.4 ypg with two TDs in his past five games. The Birds have allowed 22 passing scores.
18.  Mike Wallace vs. Cleveland:  Exploded last week with two scores, but the Browns lead the league in pass defense.
19.  Michael Crabtree @ Arizona:  Averaging 5.7 catches and 90.0 yards in the past three games.
20.  Anquan Boldin vs. Indianapolis:  Solid match-up, but note that he has just 143 yards and a score in his past four games.
21.  A.J. Green vs. Houston:  Having an outstanding rookie season (75.6 ypg, seven TDs), but Houston ranks third against the pass.
22.  Antonio Brown vs. Cleveland:  Numbers heading in the wrong direction, plus facing league’s top pass defense.
23.  Julio Jones @ Carolina:  Jones was back in the game plan against Houston. He’s a high risk/reward option.
24. Santana Moss vs. New England:  This Skins could be without Fred Davis against the league’s worst pass defense. Moss would see a lot of action.
25.  Santonio Holmes vs. Kansas City:  Has scored in back-to-back weeks.
26.  DeSean Jackson @ Miami:  He’s a knucklehead that tends to disappear, but every now and again he’ll explode.
27.  Johnny Knox @ Denver:  Don’t like his QB situation, but he’s averaging 98.3 yards with two TDs in his past three games.
28.  Dwayne Bowe @ New York Jets:  Bad time to end up on Revis Island.
29.  Deion Branch @ Washington:  Seems to alternate good and bad games. Good game is up.
30.  Brandon Lloyd @ Seattle:  Held to one catch last week and has catch passes from a ton of QBs this year, but if the Rams start Tom Brandstater, it could be too much to ask of Lloyd.
31.  Pierre Garcon @ Baltimore:  Garcon exploded against New England. He’s streaky, but Orlovsky was dialed in.
32.  Jabar Gaffney vs. New England:  Gaffney should see a lot of action as well against his former team.
33.  Nate Burleson vs. Minnesota:  Should see plenty of single-coverage against a horrible Vikings’ secondary.
34.  Demaryius Thomas vs. Chicago:  The Bears are much better than MN, but they can get beat deep.
35.  Reggie Wayne @ Baltimore:  Colts looked better, but they were playing the Pats. Wayne still isn’t getting the looks you’d expect.
36.  Damian Williams vs. New Orleans:  Averaging 52.0 yards and 0.5 TDs in his past six games.
37.  Lance Moore @ Tennessee:  Five TDs in the past five games.
38.  Brad Smith @ San Diego:  Averaging 74.5 yards in his past two games.
39.  Riley Cooper @ Miami:  If Maclin can’t go again Cooper should be active. Averaging 80.0 yards in the past three games.
40.  Torrey Smith vs. Indianapolis:  He’s been quiet for a couple of weeks, but is capable of exploding against the winless Colts.
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Mother Nature has spoken and the rankings need to be updated. Here are my updated Week 14 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Greg Jennings @ Detroit
2. DeSean Jackson @ Dallas
3. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
4. Marques Colston vs. St. Louis
5. Anquan Boldin @ Houston (Monday)
6. Roddy White @ Carolina
7. Andre Johnson vs. Baltimore (Monday)
8. Dwayne Bowe @ San Diego
9. Jeremy Maclin @ Dallas
10. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Denver
11. Mike Wallace vs. Cincinnati
12. Miles Austin vs. Philadelphia
13. Santonio Holmes vs. Miami
13. Terrell Owens @ Pittsburgh
14. Calvin Johnson vs. Green Bay
15. Sidney Rice vs. New York Giants
17. Brandon Lloyd @ Arizona
18. Michael Crabtree vs. Seattle
19. Donald Driver @ Detroit
20. Wes Welker @ Chicago
21. Hines Ward vs. Cincinnati
22. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
23. Chad Ochocinco @ Pittsburgh
24. Mike Williams (TB) @ Washington
25. Robert Meachem vs. St. Louis
26. Deion Branch @ Chicago
27. Malcom Floyd vs. Kansas City
28. Steve Breaston vs. Denver
29. Steve Johnson vs. Cleveland
30. Mario Manningham @ Minnesota
31. Davone Bess @ New York Jets
32. Earl Bennett vs. New England
33. Santana Moss vs. Tampa Bay
34. Johnny Knox vs. New England
35. Derrick Mason @ Houston (Monday)
36. Jacoby Ford @ Jacksonville
37. Mike Thomas vs. Oakland
38. Steve Smith (NYG) @ Minnesota
39. Braylon Edwards vs. Miami
40. Blair White vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
41. Nate Burleson vs. Green Bay
42. Lee Evans vs. Cleveland
43. Anthony Armstrong vs. Tampa Bay
44. James Jones @ Detroit
45. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Atlanta
46. Roy Williams vs. Philadelphia
47. Eddie Royal @ Arizona
48. Legedu Naanee vs. Kansas City
49. Deon Butler @ San Francisco
50. Jabar Gaffney @ Arizona
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Notable Changes:

  • Slopping conditions won’t help a struggling Mark Sanchez. Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards see a dip in their rankings.
  • Miles Austin gets a bump with Asante Samuel out.
  • It could get bad in Buffalo, making Steve Johnson a much less attractive option.
  • I point blank just had Nate Burleson ranked too high without cause. I came to my senses.
  • With Steve Smith and/or Hakeem Nicks set to possibly return, Manningham had to slide in the rankings.
  • Ben Obomanu (hand) is too big of an injury risk to gamble on in the fantasy playoffs.
  • Percy Harvin’s migraines are becoming too big of a risk to use the talented WR this week.

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Here’s my Week 14 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Greg Jennings @ Detroit
2. DeSean Jackson @ Dallas
3. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
4. Marques Colston vs. St. Louis
5. Anquan Boldin @ Houston (Monday)
6. Roddy White @ Carolina
7. Andre Johnson vs. Baltimore (Monday)
8. Dwayne Bowe @ San Diego
9. Santonio Holmes vs. Miami
10. Jeremy Maclin @ Dallas
11. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Denver
12. Mike Wallace vs. Cincinnati
13. Terrell Owens @ Pittsburgh
14. Calvin Johnson vs. Green Bay
15. Sidney Rice vs. New York Giants
16. Miles Austin vs. Philadelphia
17. Brandon Lloyd @ Arizona
18. Steve Johnson vs. Cleveland
19. Mario Manningham @ Minnesota
20. Michael Crabtree vs. Seattle
21. Donald Driver @ Detroit
22. Wes Welker @ Chicago
23. Hines Ward vs. Cincinnati
24. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
25. Nate Burleson vs. Green Bay
26. Chad Ochocinco @ Pittsburgh
27. Mike Williams (TB) @ Washington
28. Steve Breaston vs. Denver
29. Deion Branch @ Chicago
30. Malcom Floyd vs. Kansas City
31. Robert Meachem vs. St. Louis
32. Braylon Edwards vs. Miami
33. Davone Bess @ New York Jets
34. Earl Bennett vs. New England
35. Santana Moss vs. Tampa Bay
36. Percy Harvin vs. New York Giants
37. Ben Obomanu @ San Francisco
38. Johnny Knox vs. New England
39. Derrick Mason @ Houston (Monday)
40. Jacoby Ford @ Jacksonville
41. Mike Thomas vs. Oakland
42. Steve Smith (NYG) @ Minnesota
43. Blair White vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
45. Lee Evans vs. Cleveland
45. Anthony Armstrong vs. Tampa Bay
46. James Jones @ Detroit
47. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Atlanta
48. Roy Williams vs. Philadelphia
49. Eddie Royal @ Arizona
50. Legedu Naanee vs. Kansas City
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Inside the numbers:

  • Wow, did Dwayne Bowe ever let owners (myself included) down last week. I think he’ll make amends this week. Same goes for Brandon Lloyd. When you bet on NFL, you have to be ready for the rebound. Unfortunately Matt Cassel will likely miss the game so I am tempering my expectations for Bowe. As for Lloyd, without Josh McDaniels, I think he goes down a few slots too.
  • Greg Jennings has 393 yards and five touchdowns in his past three games and a date with Detroit.
  • Sidney Rice looked great against Buffalo, but the Giants present a much tougher challenge.
  • Miles Austin and Roy Williams should be more active with Dez Bryant out and Jason Witten limited by ankle injuries.
  • Earl Bennett has become Jay Cutler’s new favorite target, and thus is the best play among Chicago’s WRs against a shaky Patriots pass defense.
  • Jacoby Ford’s lone catch was a touchdown to salvage his fantasy value for those who gambled on him. He should be more productive against Jacksonville.

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