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Top 75 wide receiver standard rankings for Week 12 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best standard wide receivers going in Week 12 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans  attempts to get past Arizona Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks in the second half at Raymond James Stadium.  Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE

The likely absence of Nelson Agholor should help Alshon Jeffery see a bump in targets in what could be a high-scoring affair. He gets a bump in the rankings as well as targets.

Marshon Lattimore doesn’t look likely to suit up this week and if he does, there is a real chance he could aggravate his hamstring. That gives me more faith in D.J. Moore, giving him a rise in the rankings.

N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers get a boost with Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett likely out. Harry is the player I’d take a risk on this week.


Welcome to Week 12. You’ve all been brought here to assess the probability of NFL wide receivers getting targets, catching passes, amassing yards and scoring touchdowns. It’s a tough game we play, but we don’t complain. Perseverance is our middle name. Glory is our game.

Bye Weeks

Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

WRs on bye: Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Keena Allen, Mike Williams, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen

Injury/Status Report

Brandin Cooks is expected to return this week for the Rams as long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks in practice.

Amari Cooper is “still fighting through” his knee injury, according to the Dallas Morning News. His snaps were lowered last week against the Lions, but when on the field, he’s still getting plenty of targets.

Sterling Shepard was a full participant in practice on Monday. He appears to be close to a return.

T.Y. Hilton is making progress according to his coach, but we’ll need to see him back on the practice field before getting excited about a return.

Will Fuller got limited practices in last week but didn’t suit up. He’s getting closer to a return.

Auden Tate is in the concussion protocol and also suffered a cervical strain. His status appears iffy for Pittsburgh this week.

JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion and a knee injury against the Browns.

Diontae Johnson also will be in the concussion protocol. If neither Smith-Schuster or Johnson can play, James Washington and Johnny Holton will likely get the start against the Bengals.

WR Ranking Tiers

Tier 1

This is a blowup spot for Julio Jones at home against Tampa Bay’s worst defense in the league against wide receivers. He edges out Michael Thomas based on matchup, but Thomas is matchup-proof in the grand scheme.

Mike Evans will be needed in the highest over/under game of the week, and even with the Falcons strong defensive play of late, Evans should rebound from two down games for him.

Odell Beckham Jr. has matched up with some tough secondaries this season, but Miami is not one of them. His last two 100 yard games have come against the Jets and Seahawks, two subpar secondaries, and this week I expect the same.

Tier 2

Amari Cooper isn’t healthy and travels to New England to face off with Stephon Gilmore. He’s mostly matchup proof, but his health coupled with Gilmore is worrisome. If he’s limited this week in practice, I’ll likely move him down a little more.

Michael Gallup could continue to be the go-to receiver as long as Gilmore is on Cooper. That’s enough for me to be high on him this week with Dak Prescott playing so well of late.

Allen Robinson will continue to have trouble due to his quarterback, but in good matchups, he’s still a safe play, and the Giants are a good matchup.

WR Streamers

James Washington could end up as the top receiver for Pittsburgh if JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are unable to go. It’s difficult to trust Mason Rudolph, but the matchup against the Bengals is excellent, especially if Johnson and Smith-Schuster are out.

Devante Parker has a tough matchup with Denzel Wars this week, but he just played a great game with Tre’Davious White covering him, so I’m on board with Parker as an every week start until he hits the skids again.

Standard Wide Receiver Rankings, Week 12

Rank Player Team Opp
Rank Player Team Opp
1 Julio Jones ATL vs TB
2 Mike Evans TB @ ATL
3 Michael Thomas NO vs CAR
4 Tyler Lockett SEA @ PHI
5 Chris Godwin TB @ ATL
6 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs IND
7 Davante Adams GB @ SF
8 T.Y. Hilton IND @ HOU
9 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE vs MIA
10 Julian Edelman NE vs DAL
11 D.J. Moore CAR @ NO
12 Amari Cooper DAL @ NE
13 Calvin Ridley ATL vs TB
14 D.J. Chark JAC @ TEN
15 Allen Robinson CHI vs NYG
16 Cooper Kupp LAR vs BAL
17 Kenny Golladay DET @ WAS
18 Jarvis Landry CLE vs MIA
19 Jamison Crowder NYJ vs OAK
20 Tyrell Williams OAK @ NYJ
21 John Brown BUF vs DEN
22 Courtland Sutton DEN @ BUF
23 Terry McLaurin WAS vs DET
24 Marvin Jones DET @ WAS
25 D.K. Metcalf SEA @ PHI
26 Michael Gallup DAL @ NE
27 Devante Parker MIA @ CLE
28 Deebo Samuel SF vs GB
29 Golden Tate NYG @ CHI
30 Will Fuller HOU vs IND
31 Marquise Brown BAL @ LAR
32 Emmanuel Sanders SF vs GB
33 Tyler Boyd CIN vs PIT
34 Alshon Jeffery PHI vs SEA
35 Robert Woods LAR vs BAL
36 Brandin Cooks LAR vs BAL
37 Robby Anderson NYJ vs OAK
38 James Washington PIT @ CIN
39 Curtis Samuel CAR @ NO
40 Zach Pascal IND @ HOU
41 Diontae Johnson PIT @ CIN
42 Taylor Gabriel CHI vs NYG
43 Ted Ginn NO vs CAR
44 Kenny Stills HOU vs IND
45 Sterling Shepard NYG @ CHI
46 Josh Gordon SEA @ PHI
47 N'Keal Harry NE vs DAL
48 Randall Cobb DAL @ NE
49 Demaryius Thomas NYJ vs OAK
50 Chris Conley JAC @ TEN
51 Dede Westbrook JAC @ TEN
52 Darius Slayton NYG @ CHI
53 Hunter Renfrow OAK @ NYJ
54 Jakobi Meyers NE vs DAL
55 Russell Gage ATL vs TB
56 A.J. Brown TEN vs JAC
57 Tim Patrick DEN @ BUF
58 Corey Davis TEN vs JAC
59 Allen Hurns MIA @ CLE
60 Jordan Matthews PHI vs SEA
61 Paul Richardson WAS vs DET
62 Danny Amendola DET @ WAS
63 Anthony Miller CHI vs NYG
64 Cole Beasley BUF vs DEN
65 Tevin Jones PIT @ CIN
66 Allen Lazard GB @ SF
67 Albert Wilson MIA @ CLE
68 Alex Erickson CIN vs PIT
69 Rashard Higgins CLE vs MIA
70 Adam Humphries TEN vs JAC
71 Kendrick Bourne SF vs GB
72 Tre'Quan Smith NO vs CAR
73 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB @ SF
74 Willie Snead BAL @ LAR
75 Chester Rogers IND @ HOU
76 Jakeem Grant MIA @ CLE
77 Marvin Hall DET @ WAS
78 Zay Jones OAK @ NYJ
79 Trey Quinn WAS vs DET
80 Christian Blake ATL vs TB
81 Tajae Sharpe TEN vs JAC
82 Isaiah McKenzie BUF vs DEN
83 Marcus Johnson IND @ HOU
84 Scott Miller TB @ ATL
85 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside PHI vs SEA
86 Kelvin Harmon WAS vs DET
87 Kalif Raymond TEN vs JAC
88 Mack Hollins PHI vs SEA
89 Marquise Goodwin SF vs GB
90 Keelan Cole JAC @ TEN
91 Miles Boykin BAL @ LAR
92 Geronimo Allison GB @ SF
93 Steven Sims WAS vs DET
94 Justin Hardy ATL vs TB
95 Richie James SF vs GB
96 Keke Coutee HOU vs IND
97 Vyncint Smith NYJ vs OAK
98 Breshad Perriman TB @ ATL
99 Cordarrelle Patterson CHI vs NYG
100 Damion Willis CIN vs PIT
101 Johnny Holton PIT @ CIN
102 Stephen Carlson CLE vs MIA
103 Seth Roberts BAL @ LAR
104 Jarius Wright CAR @ NO
105 Diontae Spencer DEN @ BUF
106 Deon Cain PIT @ CIN
107 David Moore SEA @ PHI
108 Josh Reynolds LAR vs BAL
109 Jake Kumerow GB @ SF
110 DaeSean Hamilton DEN @ BUF
111 Fred Brown DEN @ BUF
112 Marcell Ateman OAK @ NYJ
113 Dante Pettis SF vs GB
114 Javon Wims CHI vs NYG
115 Jaron Brown SEA @ PHI
116 DeAndre Carter HOU vs IND
117 Robert Foster BUF vs DEN
118 Tavon Austin DAL @ NE
119 Auden Tate CIN vs PIT
120 Cody Latimer NYG @ CHI
121 John Ross CIN vs PIT
122 Andre Roberts BUF vs DEN
123 Devin Smith DAL @ NE
124 Chris Moore BAL @ LAR
125 Taywan Taylor CLE vs MIA