If you don't have an elite wide receiver, there are plenty of capable pass catchers with great Week 12 matchups. Be sure to check out my weekly waiver wire article if you are in need of a new player at the position.
You should target players who have a good chance to score a touchdown and get a lot of looks from their respective quarterbacks, when considering who to start at wide receiver.
Here are some of my favorite players in this week's rankings:
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not having a great season in 2019 after having monster expectations entering his first campaign with the team. Beckham has just one score and has only surpassed 100 receiving yards once this season. I'm expecting a breakout game in Week 12 when the Browns face the Miami Dolphins Sunday in Cleveland. The Dolphins are tied for allowing the second-most receiving touch downs to wide receivers this season. I'm expecting at least 100 yards and a touchdown from Beckham in this matchup. He should break loose for several big plays against this beatable secondary.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is my No. 3 option this week. Jones has 882 yards and four scores on 59 receptions in his 10 starts this season. He should light up a Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary allowing the most fantasy points per game, receiving yards and touchdowns to wide receivers. I'm expecting at least 100 receiving yards and a score from Jones in this NFC South clash.
Seattle Seahawks rookie D.K. Metcalf was a freak of nature at the NFL Combine, but watched his stock plummet during the 2019 NFL Draft. Now he is showing the doubters that he deserved to be a first round pick. Metcalf has three touchdowns in his last three games. He had a season-high 123 yards and a score on six catches in Week 9. I'm expecting MVP candidate Russell Wilson to hook up with Metcalf with regularity when the Seahawks face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. The Eagles have been one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season and are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Metcalf has a shot at a score and/or 100 receiving yards in this matchup. He comes in at No. 14 in my weekly rankings, landing in low-end WR1/high-end WR2 territory, depending on your league's size.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams has capitalized off of a rebound season from quarterback Derek Carr in 2019. Williams is up to 462 yards and five scores this season and is averaging 15.4 yards per catch. He lands at No. 15 in my weekly rankings as a high-end WR2. He should have plenty of success this week against against a New York Jets secondary allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Williams should be started in all leagues in Week 12.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder lands at No. 17 in my weekly rankings. Crowder is scolding hot, with a touchdown in each of his last three games. This week he battles an Oakland Raiders unit allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. He should post WR2 numbers in Week 12.
James Washington has a great opportunity to succeed in Week 12 as Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster deals with a concussion and knee injury. Washington lands at No. 26 in my weekly rankings, based on the assumption that Smith-Schuster misses the team's AFC North matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have been decent at defending wide receivers this year, but Washington should be peppered with targets and have solid production. He makes a great bye week fill in option for Week 12 if your normal starter is out.
Week 12 fantasy football wide receiver rankings
1. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns vs. MIA
2. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. CAR
3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons vs. TB
4. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at ATL
5. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans vs. IND
6. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks at PHI
7. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at ATL
8. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons vs. TB
9. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars at TEN
10. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions at WAS
12. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns vs. MIA
13. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers at NO
14. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks at PHI
15. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders at NYJ
17. Jamison Crowder, New York Jets vs. OAK
18. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins at CLE
19. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers vs. GB
21. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions at WAS
22. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys at NE
23. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams vs. BAL
24. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys at NE
25. Golden Tate, New York Giants at CHI
26. James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers at CIN
27. Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts at HOU
29. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos at BUF
30. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers at NO
31. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals vs. PIT
32. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles vs. SEA
33. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens at LAR
34. Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins vs. DET
35. Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders at NYJ
36. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams vs. BAL
37. Darius Slayton, New York Giants at CHI
38. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans vs. JAX
39. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons vs. NYG
40. Josh Gordon, Seattle Seahawks at PHI
41. Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills vs. DEN
42. Kenny Stills, Houston Texans vs. IND
43. Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions at WAS
44. Demaryius Thomas, New York Jets vs. OAK
45. Mohamed Sanu, New England Patriots vs. DAL
46. Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams vs. BAL
47. Kendrick Bourne, San Francisco 49ers vs. GB
48. Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars at TEN
49. Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys at NE
50. Robby Anderson, New York Jets vs. OAK