Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 9 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown simply identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and receiving targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers, tight ends and running backs.
NOTE: The Jets, Rams, Patriots and 49ers are all on byes.
When it comes to crafting a weekly listing of elite wide receivers, simply follow the trail of quarterbacks primed for Week 9 glory...or the wideouts with great track records against middling pass defenses.
Regarding injuries, Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and Dez Bryant (hip) shall remain off the board for now, although I'm reasonably confident they'll play on Sunday.
Week 9: Top 50 Receivers
1. Calvin Johnson at Jacksonville (81 and sunny for Sunday)
2. Reggie Wayne vs. Miami
3. Roddy White vs. Dallas
4. Marques Colston vs. Philadelphia
5. A.J. Green vs. Denver
6. Brandon Marshall at Tennessee
7. Mike Wallace at N.Y. Giants
8. Demaryius Thomas at Cincinnati
9. Jeremy Maclin at New Orleans
10. Victor Cruz vs. Pittsburgh
11. Andre Johnson vs. Buffalo
12. Larry Fitzgerald at Green Bay
13. Vincent Jackson at Oakland
14. Miles Austin at Atlanta
15. Denarius Moore vs. Tampa Bay
16. James Jones vs. Arizona
17. Julio Jones vs. Dallas
18. Percy Harvin at Seattle
19. Dwayne Bowe at San Diego
20. Antonio Brown at N.Y. Giants
21. Hakeem Nicks vs. Pittsburgh
22. DeSean Jackson at New Orleans
23. Malcom Floyd vs. Kansas City
24. Cecil Shorts vs. Detroit
25. Steve Johnson at Houston
26. Steve Smith at Washington
27. Torrey Smith at Cleveland
28. Eric Decker at Cincinnati
29. Sidney Rice vs. Minnesota
30. Brian Hartline at Indianapolis
31. Randall Cobb vs. Arizona
32. Josh Gordon vs. Baltimore
33. Titus Young at Jacksonville
34. Lance Moore vs. Philadelphia
35. Mike Williams at Oakland
36. Anquan Boldin at Cleveland
37. Andre Roberts at Green Bay
38. Nate Washington vs. Chicago
39. Santana Moss vs. Carolina
40. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Tampa Bay
41. Brandon LaFell at Washington
42. Davone Bess at Indianapolis
43. Golden Tate vs. Minnesota
44. Emmanuel Sanders at N.Y. Giants
45. Justin Blackmon vs. Detroit
46. Kendall Wright vs. Chicago
47. Leonard Hankerson vs. Carolina
48. Earl Bennett at Tennessee
49. Kenny Britt vs. Chicago
50. Donnie Avery vs. Miami
1. In his last six outdoors games on grass (dating back to last season), Calvin Johnson boasts stellar averages of 7.8 catches, 148 yards and 0.67 touchdowns. Of equal importance, he collected double-digit targets each time.
2. I may not love Percy Harvin's matchup against the Seahawks, but I am encouraged by the following trend: For the season, he has developed a pattern of one game of single-digit targets...then two games of double-digit targets. Within that sturdy rationale, Harvin is apparently due for seven catches, 11 targets, 97 yards and maybe a touchdown.
3. On paper, Vincent Jackson (29 catches, 626 yards, five TD) has a sweet matchup with the Raiders. But of his last seven encounters with Oakland (when playing with San Diego), he only crossed the 60-yard threshold once. He also had five games of 32 yards or less. Ugh.
4. Worried about A.J. Green's fantasy viability after his one-catch, eight-yard clunker against the Steelers? Well, don't be. Green currently has a streak of at least one TD in six straight games...and in only his second pro start last year, he busted the Broncos for 10 catches, 124 yards and one touchdown.
5. Check this out: In the Falcons' odd-numbered games this season (1, 3, 5, 7—all on the road), Julio Jones easily trumped teammate Roddy White in the fantasy realm. But for the even-numbered games (2, 4, 6—all at home)...the reverse holds true.
White's road averages: 4.5 catches, 62 yards, zero scores
White's home averages: 7.3 catches, 114 yards and 1.33 TD
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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