Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 13 (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.
When it comes to crafting a weekly listing of elite wide receivers, simply follow the trail of quarterbacks primed for Week 13 glory...or the wideouts with great track records against middling pass defenses.
Week 13: Top 50 Receivers
1. Calvin Johnson vs. Indianapolis
2. Andre Johnson @ Tennessee
3. Roddy White vs. New Orleans
4. Reggie Wayne @ Detroit
5. Demaryius Thomas vs. Tampa Bay
6. Wes Welker @ Miami
7. Dez Bryant vs. Philadelphia
8. A.J. Green @ San Diego
9. Victor Cruz @ Washington
10. Julio Jones vs. New Orleans
11. Marques Colston @ Atlanta
12. Brandon Marshall vs. Seattle
13. Jordy Nelson vs. Minnesota
14. Steve Johnson vs. Jacksonville
15. Eric Decker vs. Tampa Bay
16. Hakeem Nicks @ Washington
17. Randall Cobb vs. Minnesota
18. Malcom Floyd vs. Cincinnati
19. Kenny Britt vs. Houston
20. Steve Smith @ Kansas City
21. Cecil Shorts @ Buffalo
22. Larry Fitzgerald @ N.Y. Jets
23. Pierre Garcon vs. N.Y. Giants
24. Percy Harvin @ Green Bay
25. T.Y. Hilton @ Detroit
26. Vincent Jackson @ Denver
27. Torrey Smith vs. Pittsburgh
28. Denarius Moore vs. Cleveland
29. Dwayne Bowe vs. Carolina
30. Jeremy Maclin @ Dallas
31. Mike Wallace @ Baltimore
32. Danario Alexander vs. Cincinnati
33. Danny Amendola vs. San Francisco (sore foot hinders ranking)
34. Sidney Rice @ Chicago
35. Justin Blackmon @ Buffalo
36. Lance Moore @ Atlanta
37. Antonio Brown @ Baltimore
38. Michael Crabtree @ St. Louis
39. Josh Gordon @ Oakland
40. Greg Jennings vs. Minnesota
41. Brandon Lloyd @ Miami
42. Anquan Boldin vs. Pittsburgh
43. Chris Givens vs. San Francisco
44. Nate Washington vs. Houston
45. Davone Bess vs. New England
46. James Jones vs. Minnesota
47. Mike Williams @ Denver
48. Ryan Broyles vs. Indianapolis
49. Jeremy Kerley vs. Arizona
50. Mohamed Sanu @ San Diego
50a. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Cleveland
50b. Santana Moss vs. N.Y. Giants
50c. Brian Hartline vs. New England
50d. Jerome Simpson @ Green Bay
50e. Damaris Johnson @ Dallas
1. Here's a candidate for stat of the week: Dating back to 2008, Wes Welker has a six-game streak of double-digit targets against the Dolphins, his former team. In that time frame, the Patriots dynamo boasts averages of 9.2 catches, 123 yards and 0.3 touchdowns.
2. Speaking of streaks...in his last seven games against AFC foes, Calvin Johnson has racked up at least 120 yards or one touchdown in every contest. In that span, he's absurdly averaging 6.7 catches, 129 yards and 1.1 TDs.
3. I'm begging Kenny Britt owners to start the enigmatic Titans wideout on Sunday. The Texans have surrendered 795 yards passing and six touchdowns in their last two games (via Chad Henne, Matthew Stafford)...and Britt is overdue for a signature performance. (A similar plea goes out to Nate Washington owners.)
4. The stars are aligned for Demaryius Thomas (61 catches, 1,023 yards, six TDs) to bust his mini-slump. For starters, the Buccaneers currently rank as the NFL's worst passing defense (315 yards per outing)...and in his last five games, Thomas has rock-solid averages of 4.5 catches, 105 yards and 0.7 TDs.
5. I wanted to assign Vincent Jackson a higher ranking for the week, but the ex-Charger's most recent five-game record against the Broncos reeks of mediocrity—3.1 catches, 43 yards and 0.2 touchdowns. Yikes!
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.