Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 60 Wide Receivers

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIIDecember 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:   A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown against  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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From Weeks 2 to 11, Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green scored a touchdown, or two, in every game.

Although he had a three-game scoring drought going into the Thursday Night Football matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, Green scored his league-leading 11th touchdown of the season.

In addition to leading the NFL in receiving scores, Green currently ranks sixth in the NFL in receptions (85) and fifth in receiving yards (1,208).

Even though tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back Brian Leonard had six and one receptions, respectively, Green was the only Bengals receiver to catch a pass on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Maclin led the Eagles in receiving with four receptions for 73 yards, but he lost a fumble in the game.

Maclin has 13 receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown in the past two weeks and faces the Washington Redskins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers this year, in Week 16.

Calvin Johnson Still on Record-Setting Pace

Although his streak of games with a touchdown reception ended at four, Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has finished with 100-plus yards in six consecutive games.

Over his past six games, Megatron has 55 receptions for 908 yards and four scores.

Averaging nearly 119 yards per game, he remains on pace to break the single-season record of 1,848 yards set by Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice.

When it comes to fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers, each of his three remaining opponents rank in the top 11 stingiest defenses.

Dez Bryant to Play with Broken Finger

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has tantalized fantasy owners with his (mostly unrealized) potential.

Since Week 4, however, Bryant has lived up to expectations. In his past 10 games, Bryant has 62 receptions for 864 yards and a league-high nine touchdowns.

He has scored in five consecutive games and has a total of seven touchdowns during that span.

This week, Bryant has vowed to play despite breaking his finger in last week's game.

"It would take more than this to take me out," Bryant said. "No way. They'd have to break my leg to keep me out."

That said, it might be hard to trust him this week considering the injury and difficult matchup.

Brandon Marshall: First Bears 1,000-Yard Receiver Since Marty Booker

Not only is Brandon Marshall the first 1,000-yard Bears receiver since Marty Booker (2002), he is closing in on the franchise receiving record set by Marcus Robinson (1,400 yards).

Through 13 games, Marshall has a franchise-record 101 receptions for a career-high 1,342 yards and nine touchdowns.

He leads the league in receptions and ranks second in both receiving yards and targets (158).

The Bears have dealt with injuries at wide receiver, but rookie Alshon Jeffery ranks second on the team in receiving yards (256) and running back Matt Forte ranks second in targets (49).

Marshall and the Bears face the Packers this week.

In their first matchup (Week 2), Marshall finished with only two receptions for 24 yards. It was his only game this season with less than seven fantasy points.

Danario Alexander: A Top-Five WR in the Past Five Weeks

Although he led college football in receiving in 2009, Danario Alexander went undrafted in 2010 due to injury concerns (multiple knee surgeries).

In his third year in the league, Alexander has found success in San Diego.

Over the course of the past five weeks, Alexander has four games with double-digit fantasy points.

During that span, he has 30 receptions for 494 yards and five touchdowns. He ranks second in touchdowns and fifth in receiving yards since Week 9.

Here are my fantasy rankings for the wide receivers yet to play in Week 15 (standard-scoring):

1. Calvin Johnson, Lions (at ARI)
2. Brandon Marshall, Bears (vs. GB)
3. Andre Johnson, Texans (vs. IND)
4. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (at BAL)
5. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers (at NO)
6. Julio Jones, Falcons (vs. NYG)
7. Reggie Wayne, Colts (at HOU)
8. Marques Colston, Saints (vs. TB)
9. Victor Cruz, Giants (at ATL)
10. Wes Welker, Patriots (vs. SF)
11. Roddy White, Falcons (vs. NYG)
12. Randall Cobb, Packers (at CHI)
13. Danario Alexander, Chargers (vs. CAR)
14. Eric Decker, Broncos (at BAL)
15. Hakeem Nicks, Giants (at ATL)
16. Steve Smith, Panthers (at SD)
17. Pierre Garcon, Redskins (at CLE)
18. Mike Williams, Buccaneers (at NO)
19. Mike Wallace, Steelers (at DAL)
20. Josh Gordon, Browns (vs. WAS)
21. Miles Austin, Cowboys (vs. PIT)
22. Lance Moore, Saints (vs. TB)
23. Michael Crabtree, 49ers (at SF)
24. Danny Amendola, Rams (vs. MIN)
25. Torrey Smith, Ravens (vs. DEN)
26. Steve Johnson, Bills (vs. SEA)
27. Greg Jennings, Packers (at CHI)
28. Cecil Shorts, Jaguars (at MIA)
29. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (vs. PIT)
30. Antonio Brown, Steelers (at DAL)
31. Anquan Boldin, Ravens (vs. DEN)
32. James Jones, Packers (at CHI)
33. Kenny Britt, Titans (vs NYJ)
34. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars (at MIA)
35. Sidney Rice, Seahawks (at BUF)
36. T.Y. Hilton, Colts (at HOU)
37. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (vs. DET)
38. Denarius Moore, Raiders (vs. KC)
39. Malcom Floyd, Chargers (vs. CAR)
40. Brian Hartline, Dolphins (vs. JAX)
41. Chris Givens, Rams (vs. MIN)
42. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots (vs. SF)
43. Golden Tate, Seahawks (at BUF)
44. Jeremy Kerley, Jets (at TEN)
45. Alshon Jeffery, Bears (vs. GB)
46. Donnie Avery, Colts (at HOU)
47. Greg Little, Browns (vs. WAS)
48. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders (vs. KC)
49. Nate Washington, Titans (vs. NYJ)
50. Rod Streater, Raiders (vs. KC)
51. Jon Baldwin, Chiefs (at OAK)
52. Brandon Gibson, Rams (vs. MIN)
53. Kendall Wright, Titans (at NYJ)
54. Santana Moss, Redskins (at CLE)
55. Andre Roberts, Cardinals (vs. DET)
56. Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers (at DAL)
57. Brandon Stokley, Broncos (at BAL)
58. Jarius Wright, Vikings (at STL)
59. Kris Durham, Lions (at ARI)
60. Brandon LaFell, Panthers (at SD)

Note: All players from the Thursday Night Football matchup have been removed from these rankings.

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