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Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 12

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Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd

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.

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2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
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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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