Fantasy Football Week 11 Wide Receivers Rankings

My condolences to owners of Marques Colston, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Andre Johnson as your team battles for a playoff spot in spite of this stupid bye week so late in the season.  I don't offer any condolences to owners of Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon because you obviously have either given up on the season or abandoned your free public league.  No Colt in the passing game can be trusted right now.  What a mockery of a team.  And I use the word "team" loosely as it appears Peyton Manning is 99% of the team. 

By now the contenders and the pretenders should be separated.  In all of my leagues, so many teams are vying for playoff spots, even at this juncture of the season; so I hope the same is occurring for all of you readers.  This is the last week of teams on bye, so the rankings will look a little incomplete.

Key injuries of note:

Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub has suffered a Lisfranc injury in his foot, and as a result will likely be out for the season.  Our own Mike Gallagher analyzed this injury here.  For purposes of the WR ranks, Andre Johnson will continue to be a WR1, but a low-end one at best until we see if Matt Leinart has actually improved his game.  I expect the Texans to ride Arian Foster and Ben Tate (aka "The Fostate Exam") to the playoffs.

Dallas WR Miles Austin is still suffering from a hamstring injury that may keep him out up to a month.  Dez Bryant will be a WR1 with sky-high potential in his absence, and Laurent Robinson will continue to produce as a WR2/3.

Julio Jones of the Falcons re-injured his hamstring last week in a shoot-out against the Saints (What is up with the hamstring injuries?) and has yet to practice this week.  I will not be ranking him until I see him put in some work on the practice field.  Harry Douglas would be a sneaky play.

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel underwent surgery on his throwing hand and will likely not be back this season.  Career backup Tyler Palko has shown nothing to prove he is an NFL QB, which brings down Dwayne Bowe's value immensely.  Bowe will probably put up numbers from time to time as I expect the Chiefs to suffer without a running game or a starting QB; he just won't be as consistent as he was with Cassel.

Hakeem Nicks looks okay this week as he escaped last week's loss to the 49ers pain-free.  Sidney Rice suffered a concussion in the win over the Ravens in Week 10 but may play against the RamsJacoby Ford will not play against the Vikings, making Denarius Moore a must-start against the awful Minnesota Secondary.  The Chargers' Malcolm Floyd likely will not play this week, so rookie Vincent Brown (who looked impressive last week) will draw another start.  A.J. Green is a game-time decision this week due to his hyper-extended knee on an amazing TD grab against the SteelersJeremy Maclin injured his shoulder in last week's loss to the Cards and is questionable this week against the Giants.  Even without Vick, he'd be a top-25 play. I'm not ranking him yet, however.  Calvin Johnson scared his owners with a potential concussion against the Bears, but he is fine and is not on the injury report.

Onto the ranks...

With your league's trade deadline likely looming, I remain firm on my stance of buying these WRs I mentioned last week (added Dez Bryant if you can get him):

Percy Harvin, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Victor Cruz, Brandon Lloyd, Laurent Robinson, Andre Johnson (if his owners are fed up or out of contention), Jacoby Ford/Denarius Moore, Santonio Holmes, Dez Bryant

I hope you waited a week to sell Fitzgerald.  Skelton LOVES him.  I'd still sell Fitz as his value is sky-high.

Sell these potentially declining WRs: Larry Fitzgerald, DeSean Jackson (wait until after the Cardinals Game, if possible), Roddy White, A.J. Green (all the talent in the world, but that schedule looks BRUTAL), Nate Washington, Greg Little (cut bait - the Browns are godawful), Mike Williams

Players I Like This Week: Steve Johnson, Denarius Moore, Laurent Robinson, Earl Bennett, Vincent Brown, Harry Douglas

Players I Don't Like This Week: Dwayne Bowe, Eric Decker, Sidney Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Nate Washington

Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list.  You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown and Fantasy Football Librarian

 

Rank Team Opponent
1. Calvin Johnson Lions Panthers
2. Steve Smith Panthers Lions
3. Wes Welker Patriots Chiefs
4. Greg Jennings Packers Bucs
5. Dez Bryant Cowboys Redskins
6. Roddy White Falcons Titans
7. Brandon Lloyd Rams Seahawks
8. Hakeem Nicks Giants Eagles
9. Desean Jackson Eagles Giants
10. Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 49ers
11. Brandon Marshall Dolphins Bills
12. Steve Johnson Bills Dolphins
13. Denarius Moore Raiders Vikings
14. Vincent Jackson Chargers Bears
15. Jordy Nelson Packers Bucs
16. Anquan Boldin Ravens Bengals
17. Santonio Holmes Jets Broncos
18. Laurent Robinson Cowboys Redskins
19. Dwayne Bowe Chiefs Patriots
20. AJ Green (GTD) Bengals Ravens
21. Percy Harvin Vikings Raiders
22. Victor Cruz Giants Eagles
23. Michael Crabtree 49ers Cardinals
24. Earl Bennett Bears Chargers
25. Mario Manningham Giants Eagles
26. Greg Little Browns Jaguars
27. Harry Douglas Falcons Titans
28. Plaxico Burress Jets Broncos
29. Sidney Rice Seahawks Rams
30. Mike Williams Bucs Packers
31. Vincent Brown Chargers Bears
32. David Nelson Bills Dolphins
33. Jason Avant (if Maclin is out) Eagles Giants
34. Torrey Smith Ravens Bengals
35. Eric Decker Broncos Jets
36. Damian Williams Titans Falcons
37. Jon Baldwin Chiefs Patriots
38. Steve Breaston Chiefs Patriots
39. Steve Smith (see Avant above) Eagles Giants
40. Braylon Edwards 49ers Cardinals
41. Titus Young Lions Panthers
42. Austin Pettis Rams Cardinals
43. Nate Washington Titans Falcons
44. Early Doucet Cardinals 49ers
45. Jabar Gaffney Redskins Cowboys
46. Eddie Royal Broncos Jets
47. Donald Jones Bills Dolphins
48. Nate Burleson Lions Panthers
49. Mike Thomas Jaguars Browns
50. Johnny Knox Bears Chargers
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