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Week 12 Player Fantasy Rankings - Wide Receivers

By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - A person of supposed high IQ would have to be crazy not to pick Calvin Johnson as the No. 1 receiver in Week 12 based on the way he's played over the past month.

And I like to think I'm pretty smart, so you won't find me going against "Megatron."

Despite possibly facing Darrelle Revis all afternoon, there is no evidence that he'll be shut down by the Bucs' defensive back. Over the past four games, the Lions' All-Pro receiver has averaged an amazing 35.4 fantasy points.

Johnson leads all wide receivers in fantasy scoring this season doing it in just nine games - he missed one due to injury and Detroit had a bye in Week 9. He's fourth in targets overall, but over the past four games has averaged 15.2 targets per contest, the most of any receiver.

Given that level of targets and Johnson's ability, we're comfortable with him at the top of this week's wide receiver rankings.

You will also find the Giants' wideout Victor Cruz in the top-five. Despite a below average season from Eli Manning and the New York passing game, we thought they started to come together last weekend against Green Bay. Add in that Cruz toasted the Cowboys in Week 1 for 118 yards and three scores and his fantasy owners should enjoy a top-five performance in Week 12.

At the other end of the list you will find Miami wide receiver Mike Wallace. A fantasy stud in Pittsburgh, he's been a bust with the Dolphins and probably shouldn't be in any fantasy starting lineups these days except as a bye-week replacement. He's averaging just 53 ypg and has one lone touchdown back in Week 2.

We're also not "buying" Arizona wideout Michael Floyd who blew up last week for 193 yards and a score. Most of the production came on a 91-yard touchdown catch and run. Even with last week's outburst (33.3 points) he's averaging just 10.3 ppg and plays "second fiddle" to Larry Fitzgerald.

Below you will find the complete list of receivers.

Top-50 Wide Receiver Rankings


1) Calvin Johnson, Detroit

2) Andre Johnson, Houston

3) Dez Bryant, Dallas

4) Brandon Marshall, Chicago

5) Victor Cruz, New York Giants

6) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

7) Demaryius Thomas, Denver

8) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay

9) Eric Decker, Denver

10) Pierre Garcon, Washington

11) Josh Gordon, Cleveland

12) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago

13) Wes Welker, Denver

14) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay

15) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

16) Keenan Allen, San Diego

17) T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis

18) Torrey Smith, Baltimore

19) Danny Amendola, New England

20) Steve Smith, Carolina

21) Harry Douglas, Atlanta

22) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City

23) Marques Colston, New Orleans

24) Denarius Moore, Oakland

25) Tavon Austin, St. Louis

26) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco

27) Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville

28) Kendall Wright, Tennessee

29) Jerricho Cotchery, Pittsburgh

30) Michael Floyd, Arizona

31) Brandon LaFell, Carolina

32) James Jones, Green Bay

33) Miles Austin, Dallas

34) Mike Wallace, Miami

35) Rishard Matthews, Miami

36) Aaron Dobson, New England

37) Ace Sanders, Jacksonville

38) Brian Hartline, Miami

39) Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

40) Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay

41) Chris Givens, St. Louis

42) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota

43) Rueben Randle, New York Giants

44) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

45) Nate Washington, Tennessee

46) Rod Streater, Oakland

47) Kris Durham, Detroit

48) Dexter McCluster, Kansas City

49) Santonio Holmes, New York Jets

50) Santana Moss, Washington

11/21 11:01:23 ET

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