It is finally upon us. Josh Gordon, the guy you have held onto your team for the entire season, is now eligible to play again. This guy finished as the best fantasy receiver last year, while only playing in 14 games. The ability that he showed last year, is what we have to go off of when ranking him this week. Normally I wouldn't rank a guy who was out for an extended period of time as high as I ranked Gordon, but when you have to realize he wasn't hurt. He was healthy, and presumably staying in shape to be ready to go the rest of the way. The matchup that he has also bumps him up a little bit in the rankings. When all was said and down, I rate Josh Gordon as the number 12 receiver this week, and a close to must start for his owners.
There are only two teams on a bye this week, and so after this week the bye weeks will finally be over. Some guys who would normally be starters are coming back off of a bye, so make sure you put them back in your lineup. With that, let's take a look at the rankings and comments on a few of the guys.
Odell Beckham Jr. - Each time I have watched him play, I come away more impressed. His hands already look like they could be in the top 10 of the league. His route running is also far more precise than I would have imagined before the season. Eli has been looking to get this kid the ball during games, and that will continue this week against the tough Cowboys defense.
Jordan Matthews - Another rookie who has been playing great over the last few weeks. With Mark Sanchez under center, he has seen his targets go up from before, and that can be attributed to these two guys working together on the second team unit earlier this season. The Eagles offense supplies a lot of good opportunities for its receivers to go down the field, and also get the ball in space, two things that Matthews is great at. This is one guy that will continue to light up defenses the rest of the year, and a matchup against the Titans won't get in his way.
Sammy Watkins - So the theme this week is rookies having great performances. Watkins has been held in check the last two weeks, but don't worry as he faces the vaunted Jets secondary this week. Watkins should be fully healed from his injury now, and I expect him to go out and grab 80 yards and a TD to go along with it.
Cecil Shorts III - With the season ending injury to Allen Robinson, Shorts now gets his spot back as the number one target on Jacksonville. In there last game, Shorts was targeted 7 times, while Robinson was targeted 10 times before his injury. I see Shorts taking about 10 targets each game, and with that turning them into about 6 receptions a week. This week though, I don't see him scoring a TD against the Colts and Vontae Davis. After this week he should be firmly in my top 20 as Bortles is going to be able to make him a good play down the stretch here.
New Orleans Saints Receivers - Brandin Cooks had a thumb injury in there last game, so he will be out for 4-6 weeks. This now gives room for someone on the Saints receiving corps to step forward and take on a larger role. I think that it will be Colston who benefits the most from this, but I don't feel good about it. Kenny Stills is the bigger play option out of the two, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out this week. I am taking a wait and see approach to this situation, and I advise you do the same.
San Diego Receivers - Even in a good matchup, the unpredictability of how San Diego will distribute the ball doesn't make me feel good enough about any of the receivers to rank them in the top 35. I ranked Malcom Floyd the highest, so if you are looking for a pure upside play this week out of your FLEX, he is someone I would take a look at. On a side note, how is Keenan Allen still owned in so many leagues? Floyd has outscored Allen in all but 3 weeks so far this season, so it may behoove you to drop Allen for Floyd.
Emmanuel Sanders - I don't believe he plays this week after suffering a concussion in week 11, but if he does, I would rank him 10th, right before Jeremy Maclin.
Teams On Bye: Carolina, Pittsburgh
|1||A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals||Texans|
|2||Jordy Nelson||Green Bay Packers||Vikings|
|3||Demaryius Thomas||Denver Broncos||Miami Dolphins|
|4||Brandon Marshall||Chicago Bears||Buccaneers|
|5||T.Y. Hilton||Indianapolis Colts||Jaguars|
|6||Randall Cobb||Green Bay Packers||Vikings|
|7||Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys||Giants|
|8||Alshon Jeffery||Chicago Bears||Buccaneers|
|9||Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions||Patriots|
|10||Jeremy Maclin||Philadelphia Eagles||Titans|
|11||Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||Cowboys|
|12||Josh Gordon||Cleveland Browns||Falcons|
|13||Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons||Browns|
|14||Mike Evans||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bears|
|15||Jordan Matthews||Philadelphia Eagles||Titans|
|16||Sammy Watkins||Buffalo Bills||Jets|
|17||Roddy White||Atlanta Falcons||Browns|
|18||DeAndre Hopkins||Houston Texans||Bengals|
|19||Mike Wallace||Miami Dolphins||Broncos|
|20||Cecil Shorts III||Jacksonville Jaguars||Colts|
|21||Golden Tate||Detroit Lions||Patriots|
|22||Brandon LaFell||New England Patiots||Lions|
|23||Torrey Smith||Baltimore Ravens||Saints|
|24||Percy Harvin||New York Jets||Bills|
|25||DeSean Jackson||Washington Redskins||49ers|
|26||Eric Decker||New York Jets||Bills|
|27||Andre Johnson||Houston Texans||Bengals|
|28||Reggie Wayne||Indianapolis Colts||Jaguars|
|29||Vincent Jackson||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bears|
|30||Kendall Wright||Tennessee Titans||Eagles|
|31||Anquan Boldin||San Francisco 49ers||Redskins|
|32||Julian Edelman||New England Patriots||Lions|
|33||Marques Colston||New Orleans Saints||Ravens|
|34||Steve Smith||Baltimore Ravens||Saints|
|35||Rueben Randle||New York Giants||Cowboys|
|36||Malcom Floyd||San Diego Chargers||Rams|
|37||Allen Hurns||Jacksonville Jaguars||Colts|
|38||Mohamed Sanu||Cincinnati Bengals||Texans|
|39||John Brown||Arizona Cardinals||Seahawks|
|40||Kenny Britt||St. Louis Rams||Chargers|
|41||Kenny Stills||New Orleans Saints||Ravens|
|42||Keenan Allen||San Diego Chargers||Rams|
|43||Michael Crabtree||San Francisco 49ers||Redskins|
|44||Doug Baldwin||Seattle Seahawks||Cardinals|
|45||Jarvis Landry||Miami Dolphins||Broncos|
|46||Wes Welker||Denver Broncos||Dolphins|
|47||Justin Hunter||Tennessee Titans||Eagles|
|48||James Jones||Oakland Raiders||Chiefs|
|49||Michael Floyd||Arizona Cardinals||Seahawks|
|50||Andrew Hawkins||Cleveland Browns||Falcons|