2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: NFL Week 17

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 26, 2012

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions leaves the huddle while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 31-18. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With an exciting Week 16 under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

Megatron already broke the single-season receiving yards record. Next up is 2000-yard territory. The Bears held him to 34 yards in Week 7. Look for Megatron get revenge.



2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

If Megatron wasn’t having such an amazing season, Dez would be the talk of the town. He is averaging 115.4 yards with 10 touchdowns in his past seven games. He finishes up with the Washington Redskins’ 30th-ranked pass defense. Dez had 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns against them in the first meeting.



3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Marshall is second in the league in receiving yardage (1466) and tied for third in receiving touchdowns (11). He had 81 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Detroit.



4. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers 

Smith has scored in three of the past four games. He had 104 yards in the first meeting with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints rank 31st in pass defense.



5. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins 

Garcon is averaging 85.8 yards with three touchdowns in his past five games. He had 86 yards and a touchdown in his last meeting with Dallas.



6. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers 

Cobb is averaging 93 yards in his past three games. After four weeks without scoring a touchdown, he returned to the end zone last week. He has four touchdowns in five games on turf, making him a decent bet facing the Minnesota Vikings on the road.



7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Green has slowed a little, but is still averaging 88.3 yards per game with 11 touchdowns. He wraps the season up against the Baltimore Ravens.



8. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

I am not expecting Julio to play a full game, but he should be able to do enough damage against the league’s worst pass defense, even in limited time. Julio went for 147 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



9. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

V-Jax is averaging 88.9 yards on the season with a touchdown in every other game. He had 96 yards in the first meeting with Atlanta.



10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos 

Thomas has 1312 yards and nine touchdowns on the year. He had 82 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.



11. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

Johnson is averaging 143.3 yards in his past six games, including 151 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts.



12. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

Maclin is averaging 97.7 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. Michael Vick is auditioning for a new gig so Maclin, the team’s best receiver, should see plenty of opportunities against the New York Giants.



13. Wes Welker, New England Patriots

Welker has averaged 11.3 targets in his last 14 games. He has caught 7.6 passes for 89 yards per game during that span. The last time he faced the Miami Dolphins, Welker had 103 yards and a touchdown.



14. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants 

Nicks is an extreme risk after failing to catch a pass last week, but Giants are never a team to write off. It will take a miracle for them to sneak into the playoffs, but stranger things have happened. Look for the G-Men to do their part against Philly.



15. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

It is no secret that Miles has become Robin to Dez’s Batman in Dallas. He does have two touchdowns in his past four games and a favorable matchup against the Redskins.



16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

After half a season of mediocrity, Colston blew up for 153 yards last week. He’s a solid play against the Panthers.



17. James Jones, Green Bay Packers 

Jones leads the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions. He has five in his past four games, including one against the Vikings back in Week 13.



18. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

Decker has three touchdowns in his past two games and 11 on the season.



19. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

Cruz has been non-existant the past two weeks, but has 100-plus yards and a touchdown in every game he’s played against the Eagles.



20. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars 

Blackmon has been targeted 35 times in the past three games. With Cecil Shorts out, the heavy workload should continue. Blackmon had 62 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Tennessee Titans.



21. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

DX bounced back from being shut out in Week 15 to score his sixth touchdown in his last seven games. He finishes up against the Oakland Raiders’ 22nd-ranked pass defense. They are also one of 10 teams to have allowed 26 or more touchdown passes.



22. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

Wayne has scored in two of his past three games. Wayne was held to 14 yards by the Texans in that other game. Wayne is averaging 98.3 yards with four touchdowns in seven home games and 78.4 yards with one touchdown in eight road games. The Texans are a tough matchup, but playing at home should help his cause.



23. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers 

Crabtree is quietly having a solid season. He’s averaging 69.3 yards with seven touchdowns in his last 11 games. He finishes up against the Arizona Cardinals.



24. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots

Lloyd is averaging 113.7 yards in his past three games. He only had one target the last time the Pats faced the Dolphins, but he’s been targeted 37 times in three games since.



25. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons 

Roddy will play, but how much is the question. He’s more likely than Julio to see limited snaps to rest up for the playoffs. That said, he can still bust out against the Bucs’ pass defense.

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