Week 13: Start These Five Wide Receivers

By Jessica Kleinschmidt on Saturday, December 1st 2012
Week 13: Start These Five Wide Receivers

Another NFL week has come and gone, but the good news is, there is another one right upon us. This week there are some not so surprising names on the wide receiver list, but just because they are legitimate wide receivers does not mean you should not know who you are blessed with on your team you lucky duck you.  You know the drill, here it goes. 

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit

There is no need to give an introduction to Calvin Johnson. When your nickname is “Megatron,” you are obviously doing something right. Johnson caught eight passes for 140 yards with a touchdown on Thanksgiving in the OT loss to the Texans.  He should continue his streak of having no less than 129 yards in his last four games when he faces Indianapolis this week. Expect Megatron to get at least 100 yards and a touchdown. 19 points for Johnson.  Don’t even call Optimus Prime.  He can’t hang. 

2. Andre Johnson, Houston

More than one Johnson is having a monster season. Andre Johnson has racked up a massive 461 receiving yards in his last two games and 188 of them were from last week against the Lions. He’s also a member of the over 1,000-yard club this NFL season. He was limited at practice this week, however he will come back strong and be ready to score you points this weekend. Start him. 18 points.

3. Demaryius Thomas, Denver

If you landed Thomas on your lineup, you have a rare wide receiver on your team.  He has both superlative upside and a healthy floor for production.  He will have a strong outing against the Bucs this week at Mile High Stadium.  He is consistently scoring double digits in fantasy points, and he has something special with Peyton Manning.  Romantic isn't it?  He may even change his relationship status on Facebook. 17 points.

4. Victor Cruz, NY Giants

The Salsa Man is back and hopefully his quarterback joins him as well.  He has been under the radar lately, but expect a great game for him this week when he faces the Redskins who have a rather leaky secondary.  Keep him in your lineup and you should see him showing off his Rico Suave moves in the end zone and Cruz to Victory.  16 points. 

5. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville

It is pretty obvious Shorts is the top receiver in Jacksonville.  He caught four of a team-high seven targets for 105 yards and a touchdown which resulted in a 24-19 victory over the Titans in Week 12.  Shorts has consistently getting touchdowns in his last three weeks and that should continue when he faces Buffalo this week.  15 points for Shorts. 

Honorable Mention: Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Honorable Mention: Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay

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