2012-13 NFL Playoffs: Wild-Card-Round Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2013

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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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football wide receiver rankings for the Wild Card Round.

1. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Green had a quiet finish to the season based on the standard he set earlier in the year, but he is still an elite talent. Plus, 1350 yards and 11 touchdowns is nothing to sneeze at. The Houston Texans have been vulnerable to the pass. 


2. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

Johnson finished second in receiving yards with 1598. The only knock on him was the four touchdowns—the same "problem" that Calvin Johnson had. Johnson averaged 143 yards in his past seven games. The Bengals ranked seventh in pass defense.


3. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

Garcon averaged 79.2 yards in his past six games. I expect Robert Griffin III to return to form in this one, which should drive up Garcon's value. 


4. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers

Jennings scored a pair of touchdowns last week against the Minnesota Vikings, giving him three scores in two weeks. 


5. James Jones, Green Bay Packers

Jones led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions. He scored in both meetings with the Vikings this year. 


6. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

Wayne has been Andrew Luck's security blanket all season long, and I expect that to continue in the postseason. 


7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Jordy had the big 73-yard touchdown that made his day, but he was otherwise quiet. 


8. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton had a touchdown and/or 100 yards in five of the past seven games. In the NFL's second season, I think Luck relies more on Reggie Wayne. 


9. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Cobb is the most dynamic option the Packers have, but he's the most recently injured. I'm just worried that he won't be at full strength and Rodgers will look elsewhere. 


10. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

Tate finished strong with his first career 100-yard game in Week 17. He's a bit of a risky option, but he has a knack for making big plays. Plus, he's facing the Redskins' 30th-ranked pass defense. 


11. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
I like the matchup against the Redskins, but Rice's knee is a small concern. He has also been relatively quiet since Week 13. 


12. Anquan Boldin, , Baltimore Ravens

Boldin (shoulder) is a little banged up. The Colts have a mediocre pass defense. They really struggle to stop the run. I expect a heavy dose of Ray Rice in this one so the Ravens won't have to rely heavily on the passing game. 


13. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Smith is hit or miss. He had eight games, not including the season finale when the Ravens rested their players, without a touchdown and fewer than 60 receiving yards. He only topped 60 yards in five games. 


14. Santana Moss, Washington Redskins

Moss only averaged 35.8 yards per game. He scored eight touchdowns to give him some value to fantasy owners. Unfortunately, this doesn't set up to be a good week for Moss. The Seahawks were one of three teams to allow 15 or fewer passing touchdowns. They also ranked sixth in pass defense. 


15. Jarius Wright, Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings lack playmakers in the passing game, but Wright has 143 yards in his past two games, including 90 yards and a touchdown last week against the Packers. He's the best bet in a weak passing game.

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