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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 16 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 111.5 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He should dominate the New York Giants. The G-Men are allowing 229 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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2. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is averaging 122.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s been molten hot the past five games averaging 168.2 yards and 1.2 touchdowns. The New York Jets will try to contain him. The Jets are allowing 255.4 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 90.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should pick apart the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes are allowing 290.6 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game.
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4. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall is averaging 84.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should torch the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 291.6 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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5. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffrey is averaging 97.9 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He should also have a big day against the Eagles. Cutler tends to favor Marshall a little more, but there’s room for both to have monster days.
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6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 75.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. I don’t expect him to leave the field early against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 251.9 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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7. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 85.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He had just 45 yards last week against the San Diego Chargers, but I expect him to rebound. Thomas had 100 yards and/or a touchdown in his previous seven games. He should get back on track against the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed 1.8 touchdown passes per game.
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8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 92.5 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He should have a strong showing against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have allowed 266.1 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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9. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen is averaging 71.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has four touchdowns in his past two games and has averaged 79.5 yards and a touchdown in his past four. He faces the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 254.4 yards and two touchdowns per game.
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10. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon is averaging 81.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He had a nice connection with Kirk Cousins that should continue against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed a league-high 297.4 yards per game and 2.1 touchdowns.
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11. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 93.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 252.9 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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12. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson is averaging 91.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He goes up against the Chicago Bears. The Bears have allowed 228 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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13. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is averaging 103.5 yards and a touchdown in his past four games. Tom Brady will lean on him heavily against the Baltimore Ravens.
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14. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson is averaging 77.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’ll look to score a touchdown for a third straight game when he faces the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 257.5 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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15. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 79.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He takes on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have allowed 1.4 touchdown passes per game.
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16. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker is averaging 80.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He was held to 42 yards against the Chargers. He should also bounce back against the Texans. Houston has allowed 1.8 passing touchdowns per game.
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17. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith is averaging 73.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. In three career games (including playoffs) against the New England Patriots Smith is averaging 92.7 yards and a score.
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18. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston is averaging 108.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns in his past two games, including 125 yards and a pair of scores in the first meeting with the Carolina Panthers.
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19. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Mike Wallace is averaging 86.5 total yards with three touchdowns in his past four games. He had 76 yards in the first meeting with the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 1.9 passing scores per game.
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20. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin is averaging 76.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his past five games. The success should continue against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 254.9 yards and two touchdowns per game.
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21. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Michael Crabtree is averaging 51 yards since his return. He scored his first touchdown last week. He’s also a solid play against the Falcons.
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22. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola scored a touchdown in Week 14 and caught 10 passes for 131 yards last week. Look for another strong fantasy football playoffs performance against the Ravens.
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23. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White is averaging 7.7 receptions for 90 yards in his past three games. He faces the San Francisco 49ers.
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24. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
Kendall Wright is averaging 71.9 yards. He had 12 catches for 150 yards last week against the Arizona Cardinals. This week he faces the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wright had 78 yards against them in the first meeting. The Jags have allowed 249.9 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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25. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Brian Hartline is averaging 81.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in the past four games. He had 69 yards in the first meeting with Buffalo.
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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron continues to roll. He had 33 catches in his past three games and has seven straight 100-yard games. He’s averaging 147 yards per game during that stretch.
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2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio has three touchdowns in the past two games and nine on the year. He’s peaking at the right time. He’ll go toe to toe with Megatron and the Detroit Lions.
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Everybody knows that Brandon Marshall is getting the ball. Just like Megatron, Marshall doesn’t have a wide receiver on his roster to alleviate some of the pressure. It doesn’t matter. Marshall is averaging nearly 100 yards per game with 10 touchdowns. He’ll torch the Arizona Cardinals in the desert.
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4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has had a little drop-off in recent weeks, but is still averaging 86.3 yards with 11 touchdowns. He has scored in every game he’s faced the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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5. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
I am beyond impressed with Dez. His finger is a mess and he still managed to score a touchdown. That’s eight touchdowns in the past six games. This week he faces the New Orleans Saints, who have allowed 287 yards per game and 27 passing scores.
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6. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
James Jones did the damage with three touchdowns last week, but Cobb had his second straight 100-yard game. He’s a nightmare cover for the Tennessee Titans.
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7. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas had a little hiccup in an otherwise phenomenal year. He should get back on track against the Cleveland Browns.
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8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
The Minnesota Vikings have improved in their secondary, but Andre Johnson is on fire. He’s averaging 152.6 yards in his past five games.
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9. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs went belly up against the New Orleans Saints, yet V-Jax was able to manage 81 yards. The Bucs should be much-improved this week. Look for V-Jax to turn in another fine performance against the St. Louis Rams.
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10. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith is averaging 95.3 yards in this past three games with two touchdowns. The Oakland Raiders have allowed 253.7 yards per game and 25 passing scores.
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11. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon is averaging 85 yards in his past four games with three touchdowns. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 26 passing scores.
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12. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Add Cruz to the list of disappointing Week 15 players. He should rebound against an average Baltimore Ravens defense.
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13. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker may not turn in a huge performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he should lay an egg either. The Jags have allowed 246 yards per game and 19 passing scores.
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14. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Miles has been overshadowed by Dez, but is still a capable WR. He should shine in a shootout with the Saints.
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15. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy showed his toughness by playing through a knee injury. I expect him to feel (and play) much better against the Lions.
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16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston has been a disappointment, averaging 64 yards the past three games without a touchdown. He’s only topped 75 yards twice this year, but he has eight touchdowns. He’s a low upside WR2 at this point, but he shouldn’t leave you high and dry either.
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17. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones could turn in a dud or he could drop multiple touchdowns on the Titans. He’s your high risk/high reward option.
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18. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts did not miss a beat coming off his concussion, dropping 101 yards on the Miami Dolphins. He should roll on against the Patriots. They have allowed 270.3 yards per game and 26 passing scores.
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19. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wallace is averaging 103.5 yards and a touchdown in his past two games. He’s very hot and cold so there is some risk involved in rolling with Wallace against the Bengals.
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20. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks was another Giant that was off in Week 15. He should be better against the Ravens.
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21. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker has received 20 targets in the past two games, converting 16 of them for receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown. He’s a solid WR2 against the Browns.
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22. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
The Seattle Seahawks aren’t an ideal matchup, but Crabtree is hitting his stride. He’s averaging 100.3 yards in his past three games.
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23. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin is averaging 88.5 yards in his past two games. The have allowed 285.3 yards per game and 28 passing scores.
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24. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Suddenly, Lloyd looks like he’s on the same page with Tom Brady. Lloyd has 279 yards in this past two games and a date with the Jags.
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25. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Amendola received 12 targets against the Viking. He caught half of them for 58 yards and a score. He should be solid against the Bucs’ terrible pass defense. They have allowed 310.6 yards per game and 27 passing scores.
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26. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon has received 23 targets in the past two games. I expect the Jaguars to attempt a ton of passes this week. Blackmon should get some good garbage points.
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27. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Britt continues to be the focal point of the Titans’ passing attack. He should be heavily targeted against the Packers.
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28. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX did nothing last week. Literally. With a tough matchup against the New York Jets, DX is a scary play this week.
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29. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has become the most reliable option in Indy. He’s averaging 72.2 yards with four touchdowns in his past five games. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 25 passing scores.
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30. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is still getting a ton of targets. He just hasn’t been able to capitalize. He’s due for a solid game against the Chiefs.
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31. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Stevie is averaging 79.2 yards in his past six games with two touchdowns in his past three. He’s a solid WR3 against the Miami Dolphins.
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32. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore is averaging 66 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. With Jimmy Graham hurting, Moore is a decent red zone option.
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33. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
Rice is averaging 59.4 yards with six touchdowns in his past nine games. He faces the 49ers.
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34. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Hartline is averaging 71.6 yards per game on the year. He’s a solid WR3 against the Bills.
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35. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown has scored in back-to-back games. He had 96 yards in the first meeting with Cincinnati.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 16 2011 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson vs. San Diego: Megatron showed last week why he’s the number one fantasy receiver.
2. Roddy White @ New Orleans: Has five TDs in his past four games.
3. Wes Welker vs. Miami: Leads the NFL in receiving yards and is one away from double-digit TDs.
4. Marques Colston vs. Atlanta: Had eight catches for 113 yards in the first meeting with Atlanta.
5. Steve Smith vs. Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay has allowed 25 passing TDs.
6. Larry Fitzgerald @ Cincinnati: Bengals are suddenly struggling to stop the pass, allowing T.J. Yates and Kellen Clemens to have solid games. Skelton loves Fitz.
7. Brandon Marshall @ New England: The Pats continue to struggle against the pass. Marshall had seven catches for 139 yards in their first meeting.
8. Julio Jones @ New Orleans: Julio is heating up at the right time. I’m expecting a shootout.
9. Hakeem Nicks @ New York Jets: After getting picked apart by the Eagles, the defense could be fired up. Nicks is averaging 6.8 catches for 102.8 yards in his past four games though.
10. Santana Moss vs. Minnesota: Vikings can’t stop the pass. Period.
11. Percy Harvin @ Washington: Getting Percy more involved will have to be a priority this week.`
12. Dez Bryant vs. Philadelphia: Has scored in three straight games.
13. Victor Cruz @ New York Jets: Giants seem to do their best when their backs against the wall.
14. Miles Austin vs. Philadelphia: Scored in two straight games.
15. Mike Wallace vs. St. Louis: Without Big Ben he’s a little risky
16. Demaryius Thomas @ Buffalo: Averaging 102.7 yards in his past three games. He’s the guy Tebow looks to when he passes. The Bills have allowed 26 passing scores.
17. Jabar Gaffney vs. Minnesota: See Moss, Santana.
18. Vincent Jackson @ Detroit: His groin injury scares me a little.  Be sure to monitor his availability and have a backup plan.
19. A.J. Green vs. Arizona: His hurting (shoulder) but he should be able to play through it. Averaging 92.8 yards in his past four games.
20. Laurent Robinson vs. Philadelphia: Continues to produce despite the many alternatives at Romo’s disposal.
21. Jordy Nelson vs. Chicago: He should bounce back, but it could be an early day for some of Green Bay’s playmakers.
22. Dwayne Bowe vs. Oakland: Orton improves Bowe’s prospects dramatically.
23. Michael Crabtree @ Seattle: Continues to quietly put up solid numbers.
24. Santonio Holmes vs. New York Giants: He didn’t play a strong game, but he has scored in four straight. Plus, the Giants’ secondary is terrible.
25. Darrius Heyward Bey @ Kansas City: The streaky DHB has had three solid games in a row.
26. Jeremy Maclin @ Dallas: Eagles will need their outside weapons to keep pace with the Cowboys.
27. Nate Burleson vs. San Diego: Averaging 64.0 yards with two TDs in his past six games.
28. Nate Washington vs. Jacksonville: Scored in back-to-back games. Locker should get the start, which benefits Nate.
29. Mike Williams @ Carolina: Averaging 73.8 yards and 0.5 TDs in his past four games.
30. DeSean Jackson @ Dallas: See Maclin, Jeremy. He’s inconsistent but capable of going off.
31. Stevie Johnson vs. Denver: Groin injury makes him a risky play this week.
32. Malcom Floyd @ Detroit: Averaging 77.7 yards in his past three games.
33. Antonio Brown vs. St. Louis: Thriving on all the attention that Mike Wallace receives.
34. Mario Manningham @ New York Jets: Cruz and Nicks should draw the attention, which could lead to a solid game for Manningham.
35. Torrey Smith vs. Cleveland: He has scored in consecutive weeks, but he’s inconsistent and Cleveland is good against the pass.
36. Reggie Wayne vs. Houston: Reggie scored last week, but Houston will make it tough to repeat.
37. Brandon Lloyd @ Pittsburgh: Hard to play Lloyd against Pittsburgh with Kellen Clemens as his QB.
38. Pierre Garcon vs. Houston: Big play ability, but Houston is strong against the pass.
39. Lance Moore vs. Atlanta:  Hamstring makes him a risk, especially with the Saints playing on MNF.
40. Robert Meachem vs. Atlanta: Could see a larger role if Moore is limited or out.
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Here’s my Week 16 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Vincent Jackson @ Cincinnati
2. Marques Colston @ Atlanta (Monday)
3. DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota
4. Hakeem Nicks @ Green Bay
5. Roddy White vs. New Orleans (Monday)
6. Brandon Marshall vs. Detroit
7. Reggie Wayne @ Oakland
8. Miles Austin @ Arizona (Saturday)
9. Anquan Boldin @ Cleveland
10. Calvin Johnson @ Miami
11. Greg Jennings vs. New York Giants
12. Jeremy Maclin vs. Minnesota
13. Kenny Britt @ Kansas City
14. Mike Wallace vs. Carolina (Thursday)
15. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Dallas (Saturday)
16. Mike Williams (TB) vs. Seattle
17. Dwayne Bowe vs. Tennessee
18. Pierre Garcon @ Oakland
19. Santana Moss @ Jacksonville
20. Brandon Lloyd vs.  Houston
21. Deion Branch @ Buffalo
22. Wes Welker @ Buffalo
23. Santonio Holmes @ Chicago
24. Stevie Johnson vs. New England
25. Hines Ward vs. Carolina (Thursday)
26. Sidney Rice @ Philadelphia
27. Braylon Edwards @ Chicago
28. Mario Manningham @ Green Bay
29. Big Mike Williams (SEA) @ Tampa Bay
30. Kevin Walter @ Denver
31. Steve Breaston vs. Dallas (Saturday)
32. Lance Moore @ Atlanta (Monday)
33. Malcom Floyd @ Cincinnati
34. Davone Bess vs. Detroit
35. Mike Thomas vs. Washington
36. Percy Harvin vs. Philadelphia
37. Derrick Mason @ Cleveland
38. Josh Morgan @ St. Louis
39. Jacoby Ford vs. Indianapolis
40. Earl Bennett vs. New York Jets
41. David Nelson @ New England
42. James Jones vs. New York Giants
43. Anthony Armstrong @ Jacksonville
44. Andre Caldwell vs. San Diego
45. Blair White @ Oakland
46. Chad Ochocinco vs. San Diego
47. Michael Crabtree @ St. Louis
48. Jabar Gaffney vs.  Houston
49. Danny Amendola vs. San Francisco
50. Jacoby Jones
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Inside the numbers:

  • One game was enough to convert me on Vincent Jackson. He’s a beast. Rivers is money. The Bengals are awful. Perfect recipe for another monster game.
  • Andre Johnson gets a slight downgrade this week because of Champ Bailey, but he’s still a top flight WR1 option this week.
  • I’m expecting Aaron Rodgers to play this week, which makes Greg Jennings a WR1 again.
  • Despite their woes on offense, Larry Fitzgerald has become very active. He gets a bump in PPR leagues, but is a high-end WR2 this week against Dallas.
  • I doubt Rex and Santana Moss repeat last week’s performance, but Moss looks like a must start this week.
  • Stevie Johnson got his mojo back, and should have a strong performance against the Patriots.
  • I don’t expect the Patriots to go full tilt on offense, which is why I’m downgrading Welker and Branch.
  • With Austin Collie likely out, Blair White should be a fantasy option once again.
  • I’ve really soured on Ochocinco and Michael Crabtree. Play them at your own peril.
  • ***Update*** Mike Sims-Walker will be limited if he plays at all. He’s too risky of a play.
  • ***Update*** Andre Johnson is likely to miss this week. Kevin Walter gets bumped up a few notches and Jacoby Jones makes a sleeper play.

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