Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 12

Michael Floyd’s big game last week against Jacksonville included a 91-yard touchdown reception

Calvin Johnson came up huge again last week, solidifying his grip on the top spot on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 wide receiver rankings, but he wasn’t the only one who posted some gaudy numbers. In Johnson’s case, he posted his third 150-yard effort in his last four games, and needed just one half to accomplish this.

Johnson was unstoppable against Pittsburgh in the first half, catching six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers did a much better job on him in the final two quarters, holding him without a reception. But the damage had already been done from a fantasy perspective, as Megatron led his peers in fantasy points in Week 11.

That Lions-Steelers game also produced the No. 2 scoring wide receiver last week, as Antonio Brown hauled in seven passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. The most yards in Week 11 belonged to Arizona’s Michael Floyd. Despite being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury entering the game, Floyd exploded for 193 yards against Jacksonville on just six catches, highlighted by a 91-yard touchdown.

The Cardinals’ No. 1 target is All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, but if quarterback Carson Palmer can continue his recent stretch of solid play (419 yards, 2 TDs vs. Jacksonville) there should be enough passes to keep both Fitzgerald and Floyd fantasy relevant.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

Rk Player Team OPP Notes
1 Calvin Johnson DET vs. TB Huge first half (6-179-2) vs. Steelers, nothing in 2nd.
2 Andre Johnson HOU vs. JAC Exploded for 14-273-1 in last game (2012) vs. Jags.
3 Vincent Jackson TB at DET Lions giving up second-most fantasy pts. to WRs.
4 Demaryius Thomas DEN at NE Had 121 yards vs. Chiefs on just five catches (24.2 ypr).
5 Dez Bryant DAL at NYG Had just four catches for 22 yards in Week 1 vs. Giants.
6 Brandon Marshall CHI at STL Impacted by the weather last week vs. Ravens.
7 Jordy Nelson GB vs. MIN Vikings have surrendered NFL-worst 23 TD passes.
8 Victor Cruz NYG vs. DAL Cowboys last in passing defense (313.0 ypg).
9 Josh Gordon CLE vs. PIT Megatron gave Steelers plenty of problems last week.
10 Wes Welker DEN at NE Sustained concussion last week, watch status.
11 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. IND Floyd had the yards last week, but Fitz caught a TD too.
12 Pierre Garcon WAS vs. SF (Mon.) Sustained some sort of ankle injury last week.
13 Torrey Smith BAL vs. NYJ Has a TD catch in back-to-back games.
14 T.Y. Hilton IND at ARI Tough matchup looming with Cards CB Peterson.
15 Eric Decker DEN at NE His role could expand if Welker (concussion) can't go.
16 Marques Colston NO at ATL (Thurs.) Colston now owns all Saints' franchise receiving records.
17 Alshon Jeffery CHI at STL Had 100 total yds. (83 receiving, 17 rush) vs. Ravens.
18 Antonio Brown PIT at CLE Big game last week, but gets CB Joe Haden on Sunday.
19 Danny Amendola NE vs. DEN Six grabs vs. Panthers, but just 45 yards.
20 Harry Douglas ATL vs. NO (Thurs.) Posted 134 yards, TD despite playing with knee injury.
21 Cecil Shorts JAC at HOU Just five targets, two catches last week vs. Cardinals.
22 Anquan Boldin SF at WAS (Mon.) TD vs. Saints was first since Week 4.
23 Kendall Wright TEN at OAK Has seen 9 or more targets in four of last five games.
24 Steve Smith CAR at MIA Dolphins have given up just 1 TD catch to a WR.
25 Jarrett Boykin GB vs. MIN Has recorded 14 catches for 203 yards over last 2 G.
26 Keenan Allen SD at KC Sustained knee injury late vs. MIA, expected to play.
27 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. DAL Still looking for first TD catch of the season.
28 Dwayne Bowe KC vs. SD TD catch vs. Broncos was first since Week 4.
29 James Jones GB vs. MIN Has yet to record a TD catch since Week 9 return.
30 Michael Floyd ARI vs. IND 91-yard TD highlighted huge (6-193-1) game vs. Jags.
31 Rueben Randle NYG vs. DAL Leads Giants with six TD receptions.
32 Terrance Williams DAL at NYG Has a TD grab in five of his last six games.
33 Roddy White ATL vs. NO (Thurs.) Caught first TD pass of season last week vs. Bucs.
34 Aaron Dobson NE vs. DEN Broncos giving up 14.5 yards per catch to WRs.
35 Mike Wallace MIA vs. CAR Panthers' D has been tough on passing games.
36 Denarius Moore OAK vs. TEN Titans yielding fewest points to fantasy WRs.
37 Kenny Stills NO at ATL (Thurs.) Could break a big play against porous Falcons secondary.
38 Tavon Austin STL vs. CHI Huge game (314 total yds., 3 TDs) last time on field.
39 Santonio Holmes NYJ at BAL Recorded two catches for 71 yards in return from injury.
40 Emmanuel Sanders PIT at CLE Sustained a foot injury last week, watch status.
41 Jerricho Cotchery PIT at CLE Role could expand if Sanders (foot) can't play.
42 Brian Hartline MIA vs. CAR 13 targets (5-65) last week most since Week 1.
43 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. JAC  
44 Nate Burleson DET vs. TB Will this be the week he returns to the field?
45 Chris Givens STL vs. CHI  
46 Rod Streater OAK vs. TEN Led Raiders with 6 rec., 84 yds. and TD last week.
47 Lance Moore NO at ATL (Thurs.) Saints should do some damage vs. Falcons' pass D.
48 Brandon LaFell CAR at MIA Hauled in fourth TD catch of season on MNF vs. Pats.
49 Miles Austin DAL at NYG Expected to play for first time since Week 7.
50 Greg Jennings MIN at GB Somewhat surprising DNP (Achilles) last week.
51 Dexter McCluster KC vs. SD Chargers have given up second-most rec. to WRs.
52 Rishard Matthews MIA vs. CAR Has 20 targets (15-172-2) in last two games.
53 Nate Washington TEN at OAK Hauled in 42-yard catch last week vs. Colts.
54 Kris Durham DET vs. TB Should remain a factor until Burleson returns.
55 Jarius Wright MIN at GB Three catches, 2 TDs in place of injured Jennings.
56 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN at GB  
57 Stephen Hill NYJ vs. NYJ Geno Smith's issues impacting Jets WR production.
58 Julian Edelman NE vs. DEN  
59 Darrius Heyward-Bey IND at ARI Not taking advantage of starting role.
60 Eddie Royal SD at KC It's pretty much all about TDs with him.
61 Andre Roberts ARI vs. IND  
62 Marlon Brown BAL vs. NYJ  
63 Mario Manningham SF at WAS (Mon.)  
64 Michael Crabtree SF at WAS (Mon.) May make season debut (Achilles) on MNF vs. Redskins.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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