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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers



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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings - Wide Receivers (Sept. 2):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-60 | 61-95


  1. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions. Bye: 5.
    Draft Megatron at your own risk. Calvin Johnson is the newest cover boy of the Madden franchise. Peyton Hillis' 2011 campaign was derailed by the Madden Curse, and there's a chance that Megatron will suffer some sort of untimely injury. Contrarians will foolishly laugh it off, but the Madden Curse strikes every year, without fail. It's a shame because excluding the top quarterbacks, Johnson appeared to be the safest fantasy player this year. Oh well.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 88 catches. 1,470 yards. 13 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 225.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 313.

  2. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. Bye: 7.
    AUG. 26 UPDATE: Julio Jones had another monstrous game. He saw 10 targets at Miami, catching four of them for 90 yards. Those numbers could have been so much better; he nearly made a diving catch in the end zone for what would have been a 31-yard touchdown, but the ball was slightly overthrown. Later on, Ryan barely missed Jones for another long gain, slightly underthrowing him. The two did connect for a 49-yard bomb, however.

    AUG. 10 UPDATE: Even with all of the injuries, the greatest take-away in the Baltimore-Atlanta contest is Julio Jones' breakout performance. Jones is a stud. He's big and fast, and he makes unbelievable catches and breaks tackles. He led the team with seven targets, catching six of them for 109 yards and a touchdown. Keep in mind that Jones' numbers were in just one quarter of work. Just for fun, if those stats are expanded over a full game, that's 24 receptions, 436 yards and four scores. Jones could very well be the No. 2 fantasy wideout this season behind only Calvin Johnson.

    Julio Jones had a very solid rookie campaign, catching 54 balls for 959 yards and eight touchdowns. Believe it or not, but I'd rather have him over Roddy White in non-PPR leagues. Jones is so much more talented, and if his final six games are any indication (31 catches, 525 yards, 6 touchdowns), he's poised for a breakout second season. If those numbers hold up for 16 games, that would give him an 83-1,400-16 line. Pretty sick.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 81 catches. 1,370 yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 203.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 284.



  3. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals. Bye: 10.
    Larry Fitzgerald would be the top receiver this year with a legitimate starting quarterback. He somehow managed 80 catches for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns last season with the duo of Kevin Kolb and John Skelton throwing the ball to him. Which one was better? Here's the breakdown:

    With Kevin Kolb (8 games): 38 catches, 658 yards, 2 TDs.
    With John Skelton (8 games): 42 catches, 753 yards, 6 TDs.

    I don't want anyone to get injured, but maybe it would be best if Kolb were temporarily abducted by hot aliens chicks so that Skelton could start.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 86 catches. 1,380 yards. 10 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 198.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 284.

  4. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers. Bye: 10.
    Greg Jennings missed the final three games of the 2011 season with a minor knee injury, but his health isn't a concern. He's never missed more than three contests in any year, and he's still in his 20s. He still managed to snag nine touchdowns in those 13 starts, so there's no reason to think that he's not a top-five fantasy receiver.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 77 catches. 1,200 yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 192.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 269.

  5. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans. Bye: 8.
    AUG. 20 UPDATE: As mentioned previously, Andre Johnson caught a 43-yarder from Matt Schaub in his preseason debut. It was pretty; the grab was snagged over double coverage. Johnson left the game after that, but only for precautionary reasons. He's fully healthy now, so he'll be a big producer - until he gets hurt again, of course.

    JULY 31 UPDATE: Here we go again. Andre Johnson strained his groin at training camp. It's not a serious injury, but it's a reminder of how easily he gets hurt. At 31, Johnson will continue to keep wearing down.

    Buy low on Andre Johnson. The perception is that he can't stay healthy, but that's completely false. He's been on the field in fewer than 13 contests only twice in his career. You can get Johnson later than usual in your fantasy draft, so take advantage of this opportunity.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 94 catches. 1,420 yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 190.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 284.



  6. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants. Bye: 11.
    MAY 26 UPDATE: Hakeem Nicks fractured his foot in OTAs. It was initially thought to be a 12-week injury, but Adam Schefter reported a few days ago that Nicks will be out only 4-6 weeks. There's no need to downgrade him much.

    Hakeem Nicks had a disappointing seven touchdowns during the regular season, but caught four more during his dominant playoff run. The only potential risk here is a possible Super Bowl hangover; otherwise, Nicks is a stud and should be chosen in the second round as a WR1. It's very possible that he could post career-highs with Mario Manningham gone.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 80 catches. 1,220 yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 188.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 268.

  7. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears. Bye: 6.
    Think Brandon Marshall was happy to hear about the Miami-to-Chicago trade? In two seasons with Jay Cutler as his quarterback, Marshall has caught 206 passes for 2,590 yards and 13 touchdowns. Compare that to his two years as a Dolphin: 167 receptions, 2,228 yards and nine scores. There's no reason to think that Cutler and Marshall won't be able to rekindle the magic they had in Denver.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 95 catches. 1,320 yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 186.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 281.

  8. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Bye: 8.
    Andy Dalton was much better than expected, so A.J. Green's numbers were also better than expected. He registered 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie. His stats figure to improve in 2012. Not only will Dalton have more experience, but Green will greatly benefit from working out with Larry Fitzgerald this offseason. Receivers who train with Fitzgerald usually see a major improvement. Green was already a stud, so it'll be interesting to see how dangerous of a receiver he can become.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 78 catches. 1,280 yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 182.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 260.



  9. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants. Bye: 11.
    AUG. 19 UPDATE: With Hakeem Nicks out, Victor Cruz was targeted a whopping eight times, catching five of those balls for 51 yards. He should have scored a touchdown, but Kyle Wilson got away with an obvious pass interference in the end zone. I've been looking for signs that Cruz could regress after his unbelievable run last year, but I haven't seen any.

    Victor Cruz was unstoppable last year, coming out of nowhere to catch 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. It's unlikely that he'll match that production, but there is some optimism in that he declined an invitation to participate on ABC's Eating Cereal with the Stars - an indication that he's taking his football career very seriously.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 81 catches. 1,330 yards. 8 total TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 181.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 262.

  10. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys. Bye: 5.
    AUG. 21 UPDATE: Dez Bryant will miss the remainder of the preseason with patella tendinitis. He's expected to be ready for Week 1, but it's still a slight concern.

    AUG. 5 UPDATE: Dez Bryant has reportedly really stood out in training camp. He's in fantastic shape, which is great news because he often wore down in the second halves of games last year.

    JUNE 10 UPDATE: Dez Bryant had issues with conditioning last season, almost always disappearing in the second half of games. Enjoying his first full offseason as a pro, Bryant is in terrific shape and has emerged as a leader for the Cowboys. Bryant's the favorite to have the better fantasy numbers over Miles Austin-Jones, but it'll be close.

    Dez Bryant developed a habit of looking great in the first half of games and then wilting away after intermission. He's apparently working to change that. Bryant reportedly is having a great offseason - his first full one since joining the Cowboys via the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. With Laurent Robinson gone, Bryant could be poised to have a breakout year.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 78 catches. 1,180 yards. 10 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 178.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 256.


2012 Fantasy Football Rankings - Wide Receivers (Sept. 2):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-60 | 61-95




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inflated stats 07-11-2012 03:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.54 (total posts: 1)
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In 2011 there were 17 WRs (and 2 TEs) with more than 1,000 rec yards. In 2010, there were 16 WRs, 2009 there were 20 WRs, 2008 there were 21 WRs, 2007 there were 20 WRs.

Per Walt's projected fantasy stats, he projected ~30 WRs to get > 1,000 rec yards and a handful of WRs to touch mid/high 900's. This just goes to show Walt is pulling crap out of his behind and is not doing any substantial research...heck it took me a minute to pull those data points!!!
Or not. 07-10-2012 03:53 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.108 (total posts: 1)
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Harvin was fantasy's highest scoring receiver from weeks 10-16 last year. He only played 55% of the offensive snaps. He already was the only option in the receiving game, AP not being there doesn't change that, but now he will get more carries out of the backfield as well. He has missed 3 games in the last 3 years, yet he has been labeled an injury risk because he formerly had migrane issues that have since subsided.

Percy Harvin is going to easily be a top-10 fantasy receiver this year, no question.
A different Matt 07-10-2012 10:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.34 (total posts: 2)
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@ Matt

Stafford was injured throughout 2010 and Megatron still put up 1,100 yards and 12 TDs. Maybe not 2011 numbers, but still not bad with a backup QB throwing the ball.

Definitely agree with you on the Harvin hype though. Totally overrated.
Matt 06-28-2012 10:56 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.50 (total posts: 1)
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Again with the Nicks hype?? Cruz had his 82 catches for 1,536 yards and 9 touchdowns basically in 14 games with Walt's man-crush Mario Manningham on the roster.

With the Patriots snaking their tight end whoever ends up being the #3 receiver for the Giants is going to be the Gaints' value MVP this season.... (again).

Also, Heyward-Bey had 900 yards with half a season of just unretired Carson Palmer. It was a quiet breakout, but it's legit.

Also, I'm not really crazy about the Harvin hype. Alleged trade demands aside, people are claiming Petersons' injury as a boost, but it seems to me that he is the only target now in Minnesota, and now there isn't much of a threat of a running game.

Regarding the Madden Curse on Megatron, who here would be surprised if Stafford went down with a season ending injury in week 3?
Shawn 06-26-2012 01:24 am xxx.xxx.xxx.128 (total posts: 1)
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Guarantee Megatron won't be affected by the "Madden Curse" and will post yet another dominant season.
Daniel 06-19-2012 07:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.1.1 (total posts: 1)
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Wow, where the hell is Doug Baldwin? Not even in the top 95 is a travesty.

Comes in as an undrafted rookie with a terrible QB behind a banged up Oline and still hauls in 51 for 788 and 4TD.

Just look at Hilton and Broyles for two extreme examples. How stupid is that!?
wilt 06-19-2012 03:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.164 (total posts: 4)
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Where is Doug Baldwin?

No chance he gets outproduced by Golden Tate and Ricardo Lockette.
@Randy Moss 06-14-2012 04:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 1)
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A wise man once said those who refuse to learn there history are doomed to repeat it.
Madden Curse 06-13-2012 09:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.36 (total posts: 1)
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I won't touch Megatron. But I will strike his injury prone QB Stafford.
James 06-10-2012 03:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.245 (total posts: 1)
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Did I miss something, or was Vincent Brown not on this list? I think he is worth a late round pick in some leagues.
Dino 06-06-2012 05:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.163 (total posts: 1)
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If what you say is true about Mike Wallace then your ranking of Emmanuel Sanders at 78 is truly idiotic Sir! He was banged up last year so if he's healthy then he will produce.
Randy Moss 06-06-2012 12:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.60 (total posts: 1)
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I love how everyone knows how I'm going to perform this year. You know I'm not going to try hard because I don't care about winning one championship before I retire. You know I won't try because Alex Smith is not a very good quarterback. You know I'll poison the locker room because I can't deal with not being the focus of the offense, playing for a subpar offense, or losing games. You know all of these things because of the intimate knowledge you have of my motivations and the events of my life. I've certainly never showed before that I can revive my career in an environment of great coaching and an all-about-football locker room.
Blayze 06-06-2012 12:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.119 (total posts: 1)
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I like this site but it's hard to take it serious when your top ranked player has nothing but the "Madden Curse" as analysis. Really?
steveo 06-04-2012 06:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.164 (total posts: 4)
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3 seahawks and not one of them is Doug Baldwin?
jacs 06-04-2012 01:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1, 5 (total posts: 1)
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Lulz at Brandon Marshall not being in the top 10. Walt fails again.



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