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Fantasy Football: Week 12 wide receiver rankings

By
Alex Butler
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a first down reception in front of Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) during the first half of an NFL game on October 14 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a first down reception in front of Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) during the first half of an NFL game on October 14 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons veteran Julio Jones leads my top 50 wide receiver rankings for Week 12 of the 2018 fantasy football season.

Odell Beckham Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas also land in my top-5 at the position.

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The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs have byes this week, so you should bench players from those teams. There are still plenty of great options available at wide receiver, despite the watered-down pack in Week 12.

You can also check out my top add/drops from the waiver wire for Week 12 if you are needy at the position.

RELATED Fantasy Football: Best Week 12 add/drops from waiver wire

Here are my Top 50 options at the position this week.

TOP 50 WEEK 12 RANKINGS BELOW

TOP SHELF

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Jones is my No. 1 wide receiver for Week 12. The Falcons superstar didn't score a touchdown until Week 7, but has scored in every game since. He also has at least 100 yards in five consecutive games and in six of his last seven appearances. This week he battles the New Orleans Saints, a unit allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.

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Beckham falls just behind Jones in my weekly rankings. The New York Giants star has three touchdowns in his last two games and has scored in four of his last six games. He is also due for another 100-yard performance. He faces the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12, a unit allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Beckham is in for a big performance.

SNEAKY PLAYS

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Minnesota Vikings pass-catcher Stefon Diggs is my No. 6 option this week. He has a matchup against the Green Bay Packers, a unit allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Diggs is very hot lately, with at least 10 receptions, 100 yards and a touchdown in back-to-back games. He should go crazy against this beatable secondary in what could be a shootout.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is a WR1 for me this week as my No. 10 player at the position. Golladay faces the Chicago Bears, who are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Golladay has scored in back-to-back games and just went off for 113 yards on a season-high eight receptions in Week 11.

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LONGSHOTS

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry is my No. 21 option for Week 12, landing in WR2 territory. Landry has only eclipsed 100 yards in a game twice this season and has just two scores, but I see his usage rate improving against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.

RANKNAMETEAMOPPONENT
1Julio JonesAtlanta Falconsat NO
2Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giantsat PHI
3DeAndre HopkinsHouston Texansvs. TEN
4Antonio BrownPittsburgh Steelersat DEN
5Michael ThomasNew Orleans Saintsvs. ATL
6Stefon DiggsMinnesota Vikingsvs. GB
7Davante AdamsGreen Bay Packersat MIN
8T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis Coltsvs. MIA
9Keenan AllenLos Angeles Chargersvs. AZ
10Kenny GolladayDetroit Lionsvs. CHI
11Adam ThielenMinnesota Vikingsvs. GB
12Mike EvansTampa Bay Buccaneersvs. SF
13Tyler BoydCincinnati Bengalsvs. CLE
14JuJu Smith-SchusterPittsburgh Steelersat DEN
15Julian EdelmanNew England Patriotsat NYJ
16Josh GordonNew England Patriotsat NYJ
17Amari CooperPhiladelphia Eaglesvs. NYG
18Tre'Quan SmithNew Orleans Saintsvs. ATL
19Alshon JefferyPhiladelphia Eaglesvs. NYG
20Emmanuel SandersDenver Broncosvs. PIT
21Jarvis LandryCleveland Brownsat CIN
22Calvin RidleyAtlanta Falconsat NO
23Allen RobinsonChicago Bearsat DET
24Corey DavisTennessee Titansat HOU
25Tyler LockettSeattle Seahawksat CAR
26Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGreen Bay Packersat MIN
27Golden TatePhiladelphia Eaglesvs. NYG
28Courtland SuttonDenver Broncosvs. PIT
29Sterling ShepardNew York Giantsat PHI
30D.J. MooreCarolina Panthersvs. SEA
31DeSean JacksonTampa Bay Buccaneersvs. SF
32Devin FunchessCarolina Panthersvs. SEA
33Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinalsat LAC
34Chris GodwinTampa Bay Buccaneersvs. SF
35Anthony MillerChicago Bearsat DET
36Taylor GabrielChicago Bearsat DET
37Keke CouteeHouston Texansvs. TEN
38A.J. GreenCincinnati Bengalsvs. CLE
39Mohamed SanuAtlanta Falconsat NO
40John BrownBaltimore Ravensvs. OAK
41Tyrell WilliamsLos Angeles Chargersvs. AZ
42Danny AmendolaMiami Dolphinsat IND
43Demayius ThomasHouston Texansvs. TEN
44Marquise GoodwinSan Francisco 49ersat TB
45Michael CrabtreeBaltimore Ravensvs. OAK
46Donte MoncriefJacksonville Jaguarsat BUF
47John RossCincinnati Bengalsvs. CLE
48Christian KirkArizona Cardinalsat LAC
49Robby AndersonNew York Jetsvs. NE
50Josh DoctsonWashington Redskinsat DAL

Marquise Goodwin lands at No. 44 in my weekly rankings at wide receiver. The San Francisco 49ers burner hasn't scored since Week 8 and hasn't gone over 100 yards since Week 6, but he should produce against an Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. The Buccaneers have also allowed 16 scores to the position, the second-most in the NFL. I expect a Goodwin score in this bout.

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