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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers



These 2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers Rankings will be updated often throughout the summer, so make sure you check back from time to time. Also, be sure to check out my other 2012 Fantasy Football articles, which will include sleepers, busts, tons of 2012 Fantasy Football mock drafts and other material. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.



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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Wharthog 06-04-2012 01:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.22 (total posts: 1)
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@ifyoukeepsayingitonedayitmightbetrue:

Let me see if I understand you correctly. The only reason Moss isn't any good is because of Alex Smith?

Is this or is this not his first season with Smith? Did he not just complete a season w/NE, Minn, & Tenn and didn't even do anything with Tennessee?

Has the season started and he's already putting up stats and the rest of us didn't know it? Last time I checked the season doesn't begin until September. Thanks for rambling about nothing and then admitting he doesn't try.

Please feel free to contribute again when you have something else awesome to say.
Randy Moss stinks 06-04-2012 10:09 am xxx.xxx.xxxnown (total posts: 1)
19     25

That touchdown against Darrelle Revis was a 6 yard fade - nice try though
IfYouKeepSayingItOneDayItMightBeTrue 06-02-2012 11:15 am xxx.xxx.xxx.127 (total posts: 1)
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Heard it all before. "Randy Moss can't do his only trick."

The last year he played, even with how horrible he acted... he still burnt "the best corner in the league" Darrelle Revis deep, put the hand up, waved hi to all his haters, and proceeded to catch a touchdown.

Sorry, but the only reason Moss can't still beat corners deep, out-jump corners, and just out-physical corners and safeties to catch balls in traffic... is because Alex Smith is that bad and the 49ers run last year just blinded the masses.

Will Moss try very hard? No, not when he's not getting the ball or the team is losing. Shoot, he won't even try very often when he IS getting the ball and the team is winning.

But seriously... you should stop with the "can't" talk... because he's still got it... and the schools just don't teach it anymore.
Taylor Kolste 05-31-2012 12:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 1)
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Wheres Doug Baldwin?
adrian 05-30-2012 06:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.164 (total posts: 4)
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I give Walt the benefit of the doubt here and assume that he just plain forgot about Doug Baldwin, it happens.

Baldwin should not be behind Tate or Lockette. Right now he is the only part of that WR group that can be depended on - Rice has injury issues, Williams has weight issues, Tate hasn't emerged yet and Lockette has massive upside but is unproven.

Baldwin had a record seeting year for UDFA rookies. With Jackson at QB.I expect him to be that teams leading receiver.
Whiners 05-30-2012 02:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.184 (total posts: 1)
128     122

Why is there so much negative feedback on this site? I have to say that Walt generally does a great job with his fantasy rankings. Just because you dont agree with them doesn't mean they suck. If you don't like his rankings, make your own (something you should probably do anyway.)
@Mitch 05-30-2012 10:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx.131 (total posts: 1)
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Carl Nicks, Brandon Marshall, Asante Samuel.


Moron.
Mitch 05-30-2012 02:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.208 (total posts: 1)
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Early picks? 4th round? Name 3 pro bowlers drafted from the 4th round in the past 10 years.
Professor Obvious 05-29-2012 11:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.14 (total posts: 1)
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Percy Harvin is too high.

Wes Welker is too low, he chokes in big games but his fantasy value is as high as ever.
Alex 05-29-2012 10:37 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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No way Mike Wallace should be ranked at #29. Kenny Britt at #39 behind MICHAEL CRABTREE is ridiculous.
JJ 05-29-2012 10:11 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.164 (total posts: 4)
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You misspelled "Doug" as "Jonathan".

It has to be just a plain oversight to have listed Golden Tate and Ricardo Lockette but no Doug Baldwin.
c. bauer 05-29-2012 09:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.243 (total posts: 1)
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Did I miss Randall Cobb somewhere? The 4th WR on the Packers high scoring passing offense is better than the 2nd option on at least 5 teams in the NFL. Especially with Driver being fased out of the offense and Cobb's special teams ability...I think you missed him.
Yogi 05-29-2012 09:32 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.64 (total posts: 2)
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Rational people* will foolishly laugh it off.
Nick 05-29-2012 08:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.74 (total posts: 1)
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The Vincent Jackson and Sidney Rice situations are very different. VJ was trying to get money from San Diego for years, never did, so he bailed. He's also been a very good receiver for quite a few year. Rice was a 1-year wonder. Sidney Rice also probably didn't do too great because his QBs were Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst. Josh Freeman isn't Tom Brady, but he's a lot better Jackson and Whitehurst. VJ will get over 1,000yds. and probably 10TDs, barring an injury.
Patrick O'Neill 05-29-2012 09:47 am xxx.xxx.xxx.220 (total posts: 1)
543     579

Geeze, pretty harsh on V-jax dont you think? He chased the money because being a receiver is his job. you'd probably leave this dumb ass site if ESPN came up and offered you significantly more money. Why was it even a poor decision to go to Tampa Bay, Walt? He comes into a team with a fresh new look on offense (Carl Nicks at OG, Doug Martin at RB, Dallas Claark at TE), a promising young quarterback in Josh Freeman and also the mere fact that by coming in, Vincent moves the depth chart down a slot (Mike Williams, who i personally believe is very talented - see rookie campaign - is now a #2 receiver rather than a #1, likely a change that will make a more significant impact than people think). The Sydney Rice comparison is also egregious, along with just straight up false. How did Sydney Rice show little regard for his career, Walt? by not wanting to be part of the Christian Ponder experiment? You could easily argue he left Minnesota for a place of equal talent level, at least on offense, and made a ton more money, which is his JOB after all.



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