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Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 16

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Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

Calvin Johnson hasn't scored a touchdown or gone over 100 yards in two straight games, but he's still No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 16 wide receiver rankings. For one, Johnson still leads his peers in fantasy points, despite the best efforts of Josh Gordon, Antonio Brown, Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas and others, but also because he's home this week against a pretty beat-down Giants defense. Megatron is one of the few players who can make a lot of noise even if he catches a few passes.

As for the rest of this week's field, Gordon, Marshall, Brown and Thomas are all must-start options, along with A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson and Marshall's teammate, Alshon Jeffery. In particular, we really like the Chicago vs. Philadelphia matchup, as the Eagles are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Vikings aren't too far behind, which bodes well for Green and we wouldn't be at all surprised if the Dallas-Washington pairing is a high-scoring affair. That's good news for Bryant owners as well as Pierre Garcon, who caught seven passes for 129 yards and a touchdown with Kirk Cousins as his quarterback last week.

That's not to say that Denver won't be up to its usual tricks against Houston, so by no means are you sitting either Thomas or Eric Decker. And likewise, Andre Johnson should add to his league-leading receptions total (99) against the 28th-ranked passing defense in the league. What remains to be seen for that game, however, is will Wes Welker return after missing last week because of a concussion? Larry Fitzgerald and Victor Cruz are also going through the required concussion tests and are questionable for Sunday. Although Fitzgerald's road matchup in Seattle and the Giants' offensive struggles may be enough reason alone to leave both on the bench this week.

As far as some less-heralded options go, what about New England's Julian Edelman? He's picked up the slack and then some since Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL, racking up 39 receptions over his last four games, including 13 for 139 yards and a touchdown against Miami. It's pretty clear that he has become Tom Brady's favorite target, as Edelman has quietly put together a top-15 fantasy season. And then there's San Diego rookie Keenan Allen. He caught just two passes in last week's surprise win in Denver, but both of them went for touchdowns. He's emerged as not only Philip Rivers' No. 1 target, Allen is a leading contender for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. He has seven touchdown grabs on the season and needs just 69 yards receiving against Oakland to reach 1,000. All Allen did in his first game against the Raiders was haul in six passes for 115 yards and a score.

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2013 NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

1

Calvin Johnson

DET

vs. NYG

2

Josh Gordon

CLE

at NYJ

3

A.J. Green

CIN

vs. MIN

4

Brandon Marshall

CHI

at PHI

5

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

at PHI

6

Dez Bryant

DAL

at WAS

7

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

at HOU

8

Antonio Brown

PIT

at GB

9

DeSean Jackson

PHI

vs. CHI

10

Andre Johnson

HOU

vs. DEN

11

Pierre Garcon

WAS

vs. DAL

12

Vincent Jackson

TB

at STL

13

Keenan Allen

SD

vs. OAK

14

Jordy Nelson

GB

vs. PIT

15

Eric Decker

DEN

at HOU

16

Julian Edelman

NE

at BAL

17

Torrey Smith

BAL

vs. NE

18

Mike Wallace

MIA

at BUF

19

Marques Colston

NO

at CAR

20

Michael Crabtree

SF

vs. ATL (Mon.)

21

Anquan Boldin

SF

vs. ATL (Mon.)

22

Kendall Wright

TEN

at JAC

23

Dwayne Bowe

KC

vs. IND

24

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

at SEA

25

Wes Welker

DEN

at HOU

26

Roddy White

ATL

at SF (Mon.)

27

Danny Amendola

NE

at BAL

28

T.Y. Hilton

IND

at KC

29

James Jones

GB

vs. PIT

30

Greg Jennings

MIN

at CIN

31

Brian Hartline

MIA

at BUF

32

Riley Cooper

PHI

vs. CHI

33

Steve Smith

CAR

vs. NO

34

Doug Baldwin

SEA

vs. ARI

35

Rod Streater

OAK

at SD

36

Golden Tate

SEA

vs. ARI

37

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

at CIN

38

Harry Douglas

ATL

at SF (Mon.)

39

Hakeem Nicks

NYG

at DET

40

Rueben Randle

NYG

at DET

41

Jarrett Boykin

GB

vs. PIT

42

Stevie Johnson

BUF

vs. MIA

43

Michael Floyd

ARI

at SEA

44

Emmanuel Sanders

PIT

at GB

45

Robert Woods

BUF

vs. MIA

46

Denarius Moore

OAK

at SD

47

Marlon Brown

BAL

vs. NE

48

Andre Holmes

OAK

at SD

49

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

vs. DEN

50

Ace Sanders

JAC

vs. TEN

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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