Week 15 Player Fantasy Rankings - Wide Receivers
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - You don't have to keep hitting me over the head to get the message through my thick skull. I am a believer that Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon is one of the best receivers in the league and on a historic roll.
In fact, Gordon has been better over the past four games than any NFL wide receiver in history with 774 yards. That's a ridiculous 193.5 ypg. He's also scored five times. Gordon is averaging 36.2 fantasy points over the span.
On Sunday he and quarterback Jason Campbell will face a Chicago Bears team that has given up 27.7 points a game. While most of the damage to the Bears has been done on the ground, they gave up three touchdown passes last weekend to Dallas.
Calvin Johnson fans were frustrated by the blizzard-like conditions in Philadelphia, but he'll be back indoors Sunday. He's averaging 130.2 ypg in Ford Field and will slot in at No. 2.
While Wes Welker's fantasy owners will have to deal with formulating a lineup without him due to a concussion, the result will be an increase in targets for the remaining Broncos receivers - Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Welker's 8.5 targets per game (14th in the league) figure to be divided between the two receivers and a couple of tight ends (Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme). Demaryius Thomas and Decker were already top-10 fantasy receivers, but these additional chances should push them both into the top-five.
The rise of Alshon Jeffery has created a dilemma for Bears' opposition defensive coordinators. How do you cover both Jeffery and Brandon Marshall?
The answer, as we have seen of late, is you can't. Marshall has four 100-yard games in his past six outings and Jeffery has averaged seven receptions for 105 yards over the same span. Sunday against Cleveland the pair will face a very interesting matchup with cornerbacks Joe Haden and T.J. Ward. With Haden likely to cover Marshall, we like Jeffery to star once again.
Beware of being too high on Roddy White. Yes, he's finally begun to play like we expect him (18 receptions for 217 yards in his last two games), but a knee injury has him questionable again.
And don't jump on the Marques Colston bandwagon just yet either. One game does not a season make. Drew Brees will face a hard pass rush from St. Louis and the quarterback may use more short passes to his talented tight end Jimmy Graham (always a great strategy) and both Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas out of the backfield.
Top-50 Wide Receiver Rankings
1) Josh Gordon, Cleveland
2) Calvin Johnson, Detroit
3) Demaryius Thomas, Denver
4) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago
5) Eric Decker, Denver
6) Dez Bryant, Dallas
7) A.J. Green, Cincinnati
8) Brandon Marshall, Chicago
9) Andre Johnson, Houston
10) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
11) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
12) Torrey Smith, Baltimore
13) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
14) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay
15) Pierre Garcon, Washington
16) Keenan Allen, San Diego
17) Victor Cruz, New York Giants
18) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay
19) Julian Edelman, New England
20) Roddy White, Atlanta
21) Michael Floyd, Arizona
22) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco
23) Mike Wallace, Miami
24) T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis
25) Kendall Wright, Tennessee
26) Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville
27) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
28) Harry Douglas, Atlanta
29) James Jones, Green Bay
30) Riley Cooper, Philadelphia
31) Greg Jennings, Minnesota
32) Doug Baldwin, Seattle
33) Michael Crabtree, San Francisco
34) Brian Hartline, Miami
35) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City
36) Stevie Johnson, Buffalo
37) Denarius Moore, Oakland
38) Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh
39) Steve Smith, Carolina
40) Tavon Austin, St. Louis
41) Danny Amendola, New England
42) Marques Colston, New Orleans
43) Golden Tate, Seattle
44) Tiquan Underwood, Tampa Bay
45) LaVon Brazill, Indianapolis
46) Brandon LaFell, Carolina
47) Rod Streater, Oakland
48) Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
49) Jerricho Cotchery, Pittsburgh
50) Andre Holmes, Oakland
12/12 11:20:08 ET