With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 15 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 112.3 yards and a touchdown per game. He’s playing the Baltimore Ravens at home where he averages 130.2 yards per game. The Ravens have allowed 231.7 yard and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
2. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is averaging 127.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. In his past three games he’s averaging 216.3 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. He should continue his dominance against the Chicago Bears.
3. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffrey has been a monster this year. I expect Brandon Marshall will have to deal with Joe Haden, which should lead to a big day for Jeffery. The Cleveland Browns have allowed 23 passing touchdowns.
4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 88.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He had 108 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting with the San Diego Chargers.
5. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 98.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 106.8 yards in his past four games. Johnson faces the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have allowed 241.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. He lit them up for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting.
6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant continues to deliver for the Dallas Cowboys. He should eat up the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 246.8 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 90.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have allowed 221.8 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
8. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson is averaging 83.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. His speed will be too much for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 282.5 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game.
9. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 95.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has averaged 101.7 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past six games. This week he gets the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have yielded 222.4 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
10. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker has 291 yards and five touchdowns in his past two games. I can’t image
11. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen is averaging 87.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past 10 games. He should be quite busy against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have allowed 274.3 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
12. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall does have to square off with Haden, but he’s such a physical receiver I can’t imagine him not being a WR1 even with the tough matchup.
13. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White is averaging nine catches for 108.5 yards in his past two games as he has finally come around. White should continue to thrive against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 256.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns.
14. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson is averaging 79.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. His tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers put him in WR2 territory..
15. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald is up to 10 touchdowns after averaging 70.3 yards with five touchdowns in his past four games. He has a tough draw against the Tennessee Titans.
16. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is averaging 91.7 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. He should remain active against the Miami Dolphins with Rob Gronkowski (knee) out.
17. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 80.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Matt Flynn looked a lot better last week against the Atlanta Falcons with 85 yards going to Jordy. That connection should continue to be potent against the Dallas Cowboys.
18. Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
Harry Douglas was quiet last week, but is averaging 71.2 yards on the season and 88.4 yards in his past eight games. He too should have a strong showing against the Redskins.
19. Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Riley Cooper bounced back from a couple of slow games with 74 yards in the snow against the Detroit Lions. He should keep rolling against the Vikings terrible pass defense.
20. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith is averaging 74.1 yards per game. He couldn’t get going due to the weather last week despite a great matchup against the Vikings. He had scored three touchdowns in four games prior to that debacle. Look for him to bounce back against the Lions. Detroit has allowed 255.8 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
21. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin is averaging 85.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past four games. He is facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 238.4 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
22. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe is averaging 58.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past four games. He faces the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have yielded 250.5 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
23. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Victor Cruz is averaging 74.8 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He has a tough draw against the Seattle Seahawks.
24. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd is averaging 105.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games, but he’s dealing with some nagging injuries. He’s a low-end WR2 against the Titans.
25. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon is averaging 78.2 yards and 0.2 touchdowns per game. He is a good bet to break out against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 245.8 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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With an exciting 14th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
The Arizona Cardinals just got chewed up and spit out by the Seattle Seahawks. What are they going to do to stop Megatron? He’s averaging 155.8 yards the past five games.
2. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax had 216 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 284.5 yards per game and 27 passing scores. I don’t see how they can stop him.
3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Suddenly Green has not scored a touchdown in three straight games after scoring in nine straight games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 25 passing scores. Green should reach paydirt.
4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio has scored in two of the past three games. The New York Giants have allowed 252.8 yards per game and 20 passing scores. This should be a high-scoring affair.
5. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz has two straight 100-yard games and has also scored in two of his past three games. He’ll be busy in Atlanta.
6. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston had 73 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Tampa Bay. The Bucs have allowed 311.6 yards per game and 23 passing scores.
7. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks has also scored in two of the past three weeks. He’s coming on at the right time.
8. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas is averaging 92.1 yards with eight touchdowns in 13 games. The Baltimore Ravens are giving up 246.7 passing yards per game. Peyton Manning is on fire, and Thomas is his weapon of choice.
9. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall is averaging 103.2 yards with nine touchdowns in 13 games. He has gone for 165 and 160 in his past two games respectively. The Green Bay Packers shut him down (24 yards) in the first meeting.
10. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy bounced back from a couple of quiet games with 117 yards and a score against the Carolina Panthers. He should come up big against the G-Men.
11. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson takes on the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed 241.8 yards per game and 22 passing scores.
12. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX is averaging 92.5 yards with five touchdowns in the past six games. He’s easily Philip Rivers’ favorite target going into the Panthers game.
13. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker is generally good for eight catches for 90 yards. The Pats will likely struggle to run the football against the San Francisco 49ers, so Welker could be even busier than usual.
14. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith has back-to-back 100-yard games. Cam Newton is on fire. The San Diego Chargers have allowed 24 passing touchdowns.
15. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is always good for a ton of looks. Last week he scored for the first time since Week 9. Andrew Luck will lean on him against Houston.
16. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
With Dez out of the picture, Miles will see an increase in targets. The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is tough, but they had trouble stopping the San Diego Chargers last week.
17. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger’s return did wonders for Wallace. He had 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. His speed will test Dallas’ secondary.
18. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree has averaged 97 yards the past two games. He has a favorable matchup against the Patriots.
19. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb is electric and the most reliable Packers receiver right now. He was quiet in the first game against Chicago, but he has a much more vital role now.
20. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon has scored in three straight games, averaging 93 yards per game during the stretch. Robert Griffin III could miss this game against the Cleveland Browns, but last week’s touchdown was thrown by Kirk Cousins.
21. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
Rice didn’t have to break a sweat as Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks defense did the damage against Arizona. Sidney has six touchdowns in his last seven games. The Buffalo Bills have allowed 22 touchdowns.
22. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore caught nine passes for 121 yards in the first meeting with Tampa Bay.
23. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams has scored in consecutive weeks, giving him seven scores on the year. He should continue to roll as the Bucs face the Saints.
24. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Obviously he’ll have to pass the concussion tests before we can pencil him in. He had scored in four straight games prior to missing last week. The Miami Dolphins have allowed 250.6 passing yards per game.
25. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker has just one touchdown in his past five games after scoring seven in five games during Weeks 4-9. The way Peyton is playing, Decker is a decent play against Baltimore.
26. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith will likely draw more of Champ Bailey’s attention, leaving Boldin to do the damage. He has three touchdowns in the past two games.
27. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Britt caught eight passes for 143 yards against the Colts. He scored a touchdown in the two prior games. He’ll see his share of Antonio Cromartie in this one.
28. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Floyd has four touchdowns in the past six games.
29. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton is averaging 70.8 yards with three touchdowns in his past four games.
30. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin had 104 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs. Cincinnati will be a tougher foe, but Nick Foles should look to get him the ball.
31. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Stevie was able to battle through his nagging hamstring injury en route to 71 yards against the St. Louis Rams. Seattle will be a tougher draw.
32. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Gordon is averaging 71 yards with five touchdowns in his last nine games. The Redskins have allowed 289.3 yards per game and 27 passing scores.
33. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams
Givens has averaged 63.9 yards in his last nine games. He should see plenty of looks if Danny Amendola remains out.
34. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson likely won’t play, making James Jones a viable option.
35. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith has a tough matchup with Denver, but perhaps the changes made in Baltimore will open the offense up.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 15 2011 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson @ Oakland: Raiders have allowed 23 passing TDs. Megatron has one in his past five games. He’s due to break out.
2. Hakeem Nicks vs. Washington: Nicks is healthy now and tearing secondaries apart.
3. Roddy White vs. Jacksonville: Has scored in three straight games.
4. Marques Colston @ Minnesota: Got back on the TD board last week. Should have no problem torching the Vikings.
5. Percy Harvin vs. New Orleans: Remains on fire. Vikings doing a great job getting him the ball.
6. Victor Cruz vs. Washington: Didn’t score last week, but continued his breakout season with seven catches for 83 yards.
7. Dez Bryant @ Tampa Bay: Four TDs in the past five games.
8. Wes Welker @ Denver: 26 catches in his past three games for 103.7 ypg average.
9. Jordy Nelson @ Kansas City: Number one option for Rodgers with Jennings out.
10. Vincent Jackson vs. Baltimore: If his trend continues, it’s time for a big game for V-Jax.
11. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Cleveland: Tough match-up, but Fitz is money, especially if Skelton gets the start.
12. Miles Austin @ Tampa Bay: Was able to score in his return. Good likelihood he can repeat against Tampa.
13. Antonio Brown @ San Francisco: He doesn’t score much, but is averaging 94.7 yards in his past seven games.
14. A.J. Green @ St. Louis: Continues to see a ton of targets and is a solid threat to score.
15. Mike Wallace @ San Francisco: Hasn’t topped 70 yards since Week 7, but the potential for a monster game is there.
16. Brandon Marshall @ Buffalo: Held to just one catch for five yards in the first meeting, he should do much better this time around.
17. Stevie Johnson vs. Miami: Averaging 81.0 yards the past three games with two TDs.
18. Dwayne Bowe vs. Green Bay: Packers struggle against the pass. Bowe should see plenty of looks as the Chiefs play from behind.
19. Laurnent Robinson @ Tampa Bay: He played hurt and he delivered. He’s a force and Romo looks to him even when everyone is healthy.
20. Steve Smith @ Houston: Tough match-up, but Newton will get him the ball.
21. Mike Williams vs. Dallas: Quiet last week, but has been a solid WR2 the past few weeks.
22. Santonio Holmes @ Philadelphia: Has scored in three straight games. Eagles have allowed 23 passing TDs.
23. Lance Moore @ Minnesota: Vikings slow #1s and allow all others to go off, which works in Moore’s favor.
24. Julio Jones vs. Jacksonville: He score score like a WR1, but consistency limits him.
25. Brandon Lloyd vs. Cincinnati: Low end WR2 thanks to his QB play.
26. Anquan Boldin @ San Diego: Low ceiling. Has only topped 75 yards three times and only has three scores on the year.
27. Santana Moss @ New York Giants: Played well against the Pats (of course). Caught six passes for 76 yards in the opener against the G-Men.
28. Nate Washington @ Indianapolis: Assuming Locker gets the start, Nate should see a ton of looks.
29. James Jones @ Kansas City: Could step up with Greg Jennings out.
30. Nate Burleson @ Oakland: Titus Young stepped up last week so it’s likely Nate’s turn.
31. Demaryius Thomas vs. New England: May not do much until the fourth quarter, but the Pats are dead last against the pass.
32. Jabar Gaffney @ New York Giants: Averaging 93.0 yards in his past three games.
33. Michael Crabtree vs. Pittsburgh: Averaging 83.3 yards in his past four games.
34. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Detroit: Raiders are the walking wounded so DHB becomes an option by default. He has been solid in six games this year so it’s not like he’s a fluke.
35. DeSean Jackson vs. New York Jets: Showed a little something last week. Was it a fluke or will he try to continue to repair his reputation?
36. Mario Manningham vs. Washington: Scored in his return. Giants have a ton of weapons though so he’s a bit risky.
37. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee: Yardage wasn’t pretty (46) but he caught five passes last week.
38. Jeremy Maclin vs. New York Jets: Returned to action last week, but his hamstring and match-up make him a risk.
39. Johnny Knox vs. Seattle: Quiet last week, but remains the Bears’ top option in the passing game.
40. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee: Has 14 catches in his past three games.
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Here’s my Week 15 wide receiver rankings.


1. Andre Johnson @ Tennessee
2. Reggie Wayne vs. Jacksonville
3. Marques Colston @ Baltimore
4. DeSean Jackson @ New York Giants
5. Roddy White @ Seattle
6. Hakeem Nicks vs. Philadelphia
7. Deion Branch vs. Green Bay
8. Calvin Johnson @ Tampa Bay
9. Miles Austin vs. Washington
10. Anquan Boldin vs. New Orleans
11. Wes Welker vs. Green Bay
12. Terrell Owens vs. Cleveland
13. Jeremy Maclin @ New York Giants
14. Pierre Garcon vs. Jacksonville
15. Vincent Jackson vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
16. Brandon Marshall vs. Buffalo
17. Dwayne Bowe @ St. Louis
18. Greg Jennings @ New England
19. Santonio Holmes @ Pittsburgh
20. Mike Wallace vs. New York Jets
21. Larry Fitzgerald @ Carolina
22. Mike Williams (TB) vs. Detroit
23. Chad Ochocinco vs. Cleveland
24. Derrick Mason vs. New Orleans
25. Hines Ward vs. New York Jets
26. Brandon Lloyd @ Oakland
27. Santana Moss @ Dallas
28. Steve Johnson @ Miami
29. Steve Breaston @ Carolina
30. Lance Moore @ Baltimore
31. Braylon Edwards @ Pittsburgh
32. Davone Bess vs. Buffalo
33. Earl Bennett @ Minnesota (Monday)
34. Louis Murphy vs. Denver
35. Roy Williams vs. Washington
36. Kenny Britt vs. Houston
37. Mike Williams (SEA) vs. Atlanta
38. Legedu Naanee vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
39. Sidney Rice vs. Chicago (Monday)
40. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Arizona
41. Johnny Knox @ Minnesota (Monday)
42. Arrelious Benn vs. Detroit
43. Jacoby Ford vs. Denver
44. Mike Thomas @ Indianapolis
45. Donald Driver @ New England
46. Michael Crabtree @ San Diego (Thursday)
47. Anthony Armstrong @ Dallas
48. Blair White vs. Jacksonville
49. Brandon Gibson vs. Kansas City
50. Ruvell Martin vs. Atlanta

Inside the numbers:

  • Andre Johnson has 15 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games. It’s time he reclaims his number one ranking.
  • I don’t see Reggie Wayne matching the 15 catches for 196 yards he had the last time he faced Jacksonville, but he should put up big numbers.
  • You can pass the ball on the Ravens and Marques Colston, who has 535 yards and five touchdowns in his past six games, should be the primary beneficiary.
  • Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for 96 yards. Barring any setbacks, it looks like he’s a strong WR1 once again.
  • If Matt Cassel can’t play this week, it would be hard to do so with Dwayne Bowe, who has faded as fast as Brett Favre the past two weeks.
  • Should somebody tell Deion Branch that it’s not 2005 anymore. The guy has been ridiculous the past two weeks. Meanwhile Wes Welker is averaging 79.3 yards and a score over his last four games.
  • In the first meeting with Cleveland T.O. caught ten passes for 210 yards.
  • Brandon Marshall was able to play last week, and barring a setback should be a force against Buffalo this week.
  • Greg Jennings, Sidney Rice, and Santonio Holmes will be hard to count on this week because of quarterback play. Larry Fitzgerald says “welcome to my world”.
  • ***Update***  Big Mike Williams appears good to go this week so I’m adding him to the rankings.
  • ***Update***  With both Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson, I have to downgrade Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.


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