Fantasy Football WR Playoff Rankings: Wild Card Round
Earlier today, I posted my fantasy quarterback and running back rankings for the Wild Card round of the playoffs and now it's time to turn my attention to the wide receivers.
Here are my top 25 fantasy wide receiver rankings for this round of the playoffs:
1. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. SD)
One of the league's best young receivers, Green has not reached 100 receiving yards since doing so in five consecutive games from Weeks 6 to 10. Since his bye in Week 12, however, Green has averaged 6.2 receptions and 81.2 yards per game and has scored five touchdowns in those five games.
2. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (vs. SF)
In the eight-game stretch that Aaron Rodgers missed (and I'm included Week 9 since he didn't even play a full series), Nelson had one 100-yard game and only one touchdown. In the other eight games that Rodgers started (and finished), Nelson has at least eight fantasy points every week, four 100-yard games and seven touchdowns.
While the 49ers have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, Nelson had 7/130/1 against them in Week 1.
3. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (at CIN)
Starting with his Week 4 matchup against the Cowboys, Allen has had 68 catches for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games. Only 12 receivers have more yards during that stretch. Eight of those 12 receivers are not in the playoffs and the only two of those receivers in action this weekend are Green (1,177) and Nelson (1,025).
The Bengals have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, but they have allowed seven touchdowns to wide receivers in their past four games.
4. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (at PHI)
In his past four games, Colston has 28 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns and a minimum of 63 yards in each of those games. Two of those games were against the Panthers, who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. Colston will have a much more favorable matchup this weekend.
No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year than the Eagles, who also rank last in the league in passing defense.
5. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NO)
Jackson had a career season as he set career highs with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and tied his career high of nine touchdowns. Long a bit of a boom-or-bust fantasy option, Jackson has six games with at least 16 fantasy points this season, but he also has five games with three fantasy points or less. In his past two games, he has a total of seven catches for 57 yards.
6. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. SF)
In his return to action, Cobb caught only two passes against the Bears in Week 17. Fortunately for Cobb owners, those two catches were for 55 yards and two scores. Cobb is one of the most dangerous all-purpose type receivers in the league and will continue to be more involved in the offense each week (if the Packers advance). Like Nelson, Cobb had a productive outing against the Niners as well with a stat line of 7/108/1.
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7. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (at GB)
Since returning from his Achilles injury, Crabtree had his least productive outing with only three catches for 29 yards on Sunday. Things should be better for Crabtree this weekend as the Packers allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year.
8. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (at GB)
Boldin has been extremely productive down the stretch and he has 15/221/2 over his final two regular-season games. Against the Packers in Week 1, Boldin had his 13/208/1 game.
9. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. KC)
A lot was expected of Hilton when Reggie Wayne went down for the year, and initially Hilton delivered. In the first two games after the bye (and without Wayne), Hilton had 14 catches for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Until last week's 11 catches for 155 yards, both of which were season highs, Hilton had a streak of six games with less than 80 yards. He had 52 yards or less in five of those six games.
10. Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NO)
Since a ridiculous two-game stretch with 241 yards and five touchdowns, Cooper has either three or four catches in six straight games for a total of 280 yards, which is an average of only 46.7 yards per game, and just one touchdown.
11. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (at IND)
Bowe averaged a career-low 11.8 yards per reception and 44.9 yards per game this season in Kansas City's dink-and-dunk offense. Bowe never had more than 70 yards in any game this season. The first time this season that the Chiefs faced the Colts, Bowe had five catches for 46 yards.
12. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. SF)
While it's good news for Jones that Rodgers is back, it's not good news for Jones' fantasy outlook that Cobb is back. Jones has long been an inconsistent player as his start to the season indicates. Against the 49ers in Week 1, Jones was held without a reception. Then in Week 2, he went off for 11 catches and 178 yards.
Here are the rest of the top 25 wide receivers for this week's playoff games:
13. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. SD)
14. Griff Whalen, Indianapolis Colts (vs. KC)
15. Lance Moore, New Orleans Sainst (at PHI)
16. Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers (at CIN)
17. Da'Rick Rogers, Indianapolis Colts (vs. KC)
18. Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers (vs. SF)
19. Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (at PHI)
20. Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs (at IND)
21. Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers (at CIN)
22. Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. SD)
23. Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs (at IND)
24. Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NO)
25. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. SD)
Alternatively, you can view my full playoff rankings here.