Week 16 Fantasy Football: Top 50 Wideouts in Points-Per-Reception Leagues

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterDecember 21, 2012

Patriots wideout Wes Welker (100 catches, 1,172 yards, 4 TD) has collected eight or more targets in each of his last 13 games.
Patriots wideout Wes Welker (100 catches, 1,172 yards, 4 TD) has collected eight or more targets in each of his last 13 games.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 16 (points-per-reception leagues).

This countdown 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 16 glory...or wideouts with track records of success against middling pass defenses.

To view my top-50 listing of wide receivers in standard-scoring leagues, click here.

On the injury front, Jordy Nelson (hamstring) shall remain off the board for now.

Week 16: Top 50 PPR Wideouts

1. Brandon Marshall @ Arizona
2. Calvin Johnson vs. Atlanta
3. Wes Welker @ Jacksonville
4. Andre Johnson vs. Minnesota
5. Reggie Wayne @ Kansas City
6. Demaryius Thomas vs. Cleveland
7. Julio Jones @ Detroit
8. A.J. Green @ Pittsburgh
9. Steve Johnson @ Miami
10. Steve Smith vs. Oakland
11. Victor Cruz @ Baltimore
12. Dez Bryant vs. New Orleans
13. Vincent Jackson vs. St. Louis
14. Randall Cobb vs. Tennessee
15. Roddy White @ Detroit
16. Michael Crabtree @ Seattle
17. Mike Wallace vs. Cincinnati
18. Eric Decker vs. Cleveland
19. Marques Colston @ Dallas
20. Miles Austin vs. New Orleans
21. Antonio Brown vs. Cincinnati
22. James Jones vs. Tennessee
23. Brandon Lloyd @ Jacksonville
24. Hakeem Nicks @ Baltimore
25. Cecil Shorts vs. New England
26. Pierre Garcon @ Philadelphia
27. Lance Moore @ Dallas
28. Danny Amendola @ Tampa Bay
29. Jeremy Maclin vs. Washington
30. Brandon Gibson @ Tampa Bay
31. Justin Blackmon vs. New England
32. Torrey Smith vs. N.Y. Giants
33. T.Y. Hilton @ Kansas City
34. Kenny Britt @ Green Bay
35. Sidney Rice vs. San Francisco
36. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Chicago
36a. Greg Jennings vs. Tennessee
37. Donnie Avery @ Kansas City
38. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Carolina
39. Josh Gordon @ Denver
40. Anquan Boldin vs. N.Y. Giants
41. Jeremy Kerley vs. San Diego
42. Danario Alexander @ N.Y. Jets
43. Denarius Moore @ Carolina
44. Davone Bess vs. Buffalo
45. Malcom Floyd @ N.Y. Jets
46. Mike Williams vs. St. Louis
47. Nate Washington @ Green Bay
48. Jarius Wright @ Houston
49. Chris Givens @ Tampa Bay
50. Jason Avant vs. Washington
50a. Jon Baldwin vs. Indianapolis
50b. Rod Streater @ Carolina
50c. Golden Tate vs. San Francisco
50d. Kris Durham vs. Atlanta
50e. Alshon Jeffery @ Arizona

Quick Hitters

1. Let's start with a bad news/good news proposition involving A.J. Green: In three career meetings with the Steelers, Green has only eight catches for 131 yards. However, he found the end zone on all three occasions.

2. The same spectrum of fantasy emotions applies to Victor Cruz: Of the three games against AFC North clubs, he averaged only 4.3 catches and 48 yards per outing. But he also has three touchdowns to boost up the tallies.

3. Since Week 2, Wes Welker is a perfect 13-of-13 in collecting eight or more targets. And for the season, he has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD 11 times.

4. Brandon Marshall has scored at least one touchdown in his last five road tilts. And during that span (Weeks 4-14), the Bears' wideout had monster averages of eight catches, 117 yards and 1.4 TDs.

5. Calvin Johnson needs 182 yards to break Jerry Rice's NFL record for seasonal receiving yards (1,848). Johnson's staggering numbers since Week 10 include: Three straight outings of double-digit catches, four consecutive tallies of 20-plus fantasy points (Weeks 10-13)...and six straight games of double-digit targets and 100 yards receiving.

6. At first blush, it would be foolish to project Steve Johnson for monster numbers this week, since he hasn't posted double-digit catches or 100 yards receiving against a division foe over the last two seasons.

However, he has averaged 10.1 targets in his nine encounters with AFC East foes (2011-12)...and I fully expect him to garner at least 13 targets against the Dolphins on Sunday.   


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