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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers 11-20



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. Roddy White, WR, Falcons. Bye: 7.
    Roddy White is still the man to own in PPR formats, but Julio Jones will be the preferred wideout in all other leagues. White caught 100 balls for the second consecutive season in 2011, but he failed to reach double-digit touchdowns for the first time since 2008. Expect that to continue with Jones commanding the end-zone looks.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 100 catches. 1,290 yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 177.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 277.

  2. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings. Bye: 11.
    Matt Kalil was the right pick. He'll protect Christian Ponder, who will have more time in the pocket to locate Percy "Collard Kector" Harvin. Harvin could have a big 2012 campaign if he can stay healthy, especially considering that he'll get more touches while Adrian Peterson is out. Oh, and as a bonus, the Collard Kector gets interviewed by hot women (fast forward to :43 for the infamous quote).

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 85 catches. 980 rec. yards. 300 rushing yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 176.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 261.



  3. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers. Bye: 10.
    I loved Jordy Nelson as a fantasy sleeper heading into August last year, but I never imagined that he'd accumulate 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns. It would be unreasonable to expect him to maintain 15 scores though, which makes him overvalued this year. He'll come back down to reality, but he'll still post WR2-caliber numbers.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 68 catches. 1,090 yards. 10 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 169.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 237.

  4. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots. Bye: 9.
    Wes Welker boasted a career-high in receiving yards last year (1,569), but don't look for him to repeat that in 2012. Welker will lose targets to Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney. He'll still perform well, but it's time to sell high.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 115 catches. 1,260 yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 168.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 283.

  5. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots. Bye: 9.
    JULY 19 UPDATE: Brandon Lloyd and Tom Brady have reportedly really clicked during OTAs. This should hardly be a surprise because Lloyd had his best seasons under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. With Wes Welker holding out, Lloyd could have a monster 2012 campaign.

    JUNE 19 UPDATE: Brandon Lloyd predictably has fit right in with the Patriots. He's been terrific at OTAs. Tom Brady really complimented his ball skills and great body control, so it's looking like he'll be targeting Lloyd often.

    Non-elite free-agent receivers seldom pan out because there's usually too much of a learning curve. They have to absorb a new offense and develop chemistry with a new quarterback. Only half of that is true in Brandon Lloyd's case. He's never worked with Tom Brady before, but he's thrived in Josh McDaniels' offense. There shouldn't be much of a transition for him, meaning he could begin posting WR2 numbers almost immediately.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 79 catches. 1,190 yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 167.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 246.



  6. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills. Bye: 8.
    Steve Johnson was plagued by a hamstring injury throughout the 2011 season, but you wouldn't know it based on his stats; he hauled in 76 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven scores despite the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick was dealing with a rib problem in the second half of the year. Both players are capable of posting great numbers - if they can stay healthy, of course.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 84 catches. 1,130 yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 167.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 251.

  7. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers. Bye: 4.
    AUG. 26 UPDATE: Antonio Brown led the Steelers with seven targets from Ben Roethlisberger against the Bills. Though he dropped one pass, he managed to haul in seven grabs for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Brown scored just twice last year, but that's clearly going to change. He's a strong WR2.

    Mike Wallace is holding out, so Antonio Brown could be the top Steeler fantasy producer this year. He scored only two touchdowns in 2011, but I feel like that was an anomaly. Ben Roethlisberger, who will have more protection from the offensive linemen drafted early in the 2012 NFL Draft, will have more time to locate Brown, especially in the end zone.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 77 catches. 1,210 yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 163.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 240.

  8. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers. Bye: 6.
    I completely missed on Steve Smith last year. He looked done in 2010, but as it turns out, he simply quit on Jimmy Clausen (who wouldn't?) Smith put effort into his 2011 campaign, breaking out for 79 receptions, 1,394 yards and seven touchdowns. He is unlikely to repeat that performance, however, because he just turned 33. He undoubtedly lost some of his speed.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 74 catches. 1,260 yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 162.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 236.



  9. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos. Bye: 7.
    AUG. 27 UPDATE: Though he was guilty of his usual drops against the 49ers, Eric Decker gets a stock up. Peyton Manning was very sharp, opting to go to Decker twice in the end zone. Decker finished with four catches for 38 yards and the two scores.

    JULY 31 UPDATE: Peyton Manning has favored Eric Decker over Demaryius Thomas in Broncos' training camp thus far. Manning and Decker have clicked, while Thomas has had to receive instruction from Manning on several occasions. By the way, Awesome Girl Who Loves Football - follow her @emilysh93 - talked about how Manning looked at camp: "Peyton's fitting the ball into little spaces around defenders as he used to. The zip on the ball looks good."

    Eric Decker's eight touchdowns last year were fluky, but he could repeat that figure if Peyton Manning is at least at 75 percent. Manning and Decker reportedly have great chemistry together, so it's possible that the 25-year-old wideout could be a WR2 this season.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 72 catches. 1,040 yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 158.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 230.

  10. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos. Bye: 7.
    Demaryius Thomas was an absolute stud to close out the season. In his final seven games, he caught 35 passes for 715 yards and four touchdowns. Extend that to a full season, and you get 80 receptions, 1,634 yards and nine scores. Thomas will flirt with WR1 status if Peyton Manning is as healthy as John Elway hopes he is. Even if he's not, Thomas will be a WR2.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 75 catches. 1,150 yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points: 157.
    Projected 2012 PPR Fantasy Points: 232.


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




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Joe 07-26-2012 10:48 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.50 (total posts: 1)
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Kenny Britt is ranked at 38 and 41.
BHPicks 07-26-2012 08:12 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.82 (total posts: 1)
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livider 07-25-2012 08:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 1)
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Walt, when did you stop giving a crap about your opinions and analysis. You used to have some edge and some insightful observations, but now, well last year or so actually, you just mail everything in. The only reason I come back to the rankings once and a while is to see if you've pulled your head out yet.....nope still up your ass.
Bobbyboy 07-24-2012 06:16 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.96 (total posts: 1)
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HOW DO YOU NOT HAVE DOUG BALDWIN?
Matt 07-24-2012 03:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.32 (total posts: 3)
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@ burnt steel

True, but every position drops off after the first couple guys.

RB: McCoy, Rice, Foster, everyone else
QB: Rodgers, Brees, Brady, everyone else
TE: Gronk, Graham, everyone else

Overall, the WR pool is the deepest it has ever been. It may only have a handful of elite guys, like you said, but you can get quality WR3s in the 12th or 13th rounds of drafts. The other positions, on the other hand, are wiped clean by that time.
Matt 07-24-2012 03:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.32 (total posts: 3)
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Your reasoning for having Vincent Jackson that low is ridiculous. AJ Smith HATES Jackson. How could you expect him to stay in San Diego?? He has been trying to get a long-term deal in San Diego for years. Smith refused to give him one. The Bucs gave him the long-term deal he has been trying to get. So because he went to a team that appreciates him that mean he doesn't care about football?
You're missing someone 07-24-2012 01:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.33 (total posts: 1)
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Doug Baldwin?
Run-DMG 07-20-2012 02:57 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.17 (total posts: 1)
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I tend to win more games in fantasy when I ignore Walt's "rankings".
Matt 07-20-2012 10:47 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.34 (total posts: 2)
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Andre Johnson, on average, has had a healthy career, but you have to put extra emphasis on the fact that he has missed 12 games the past two seasons. You can't discount the RECENT injury history. That would be like me saying that you shouldn't worry about Peyton Manning's health because he has only has one injury-prone season out of fourteen.
anon 07-19-2012 08:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.254 (total posts: 2)
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Stop saying Welker's holding out. He's not. He signed his franchise tender, he was at OTAs, and he's getting ready to head to camp. This is at least the 3rd time you've mentioned it, and you've been wrong every time, so stop repeating the same mistakes.
Burnt Steel 07-19-2012 03:53 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.159 (total posts: 1)
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Is it just me or does the wide receiver position really drop off after the first couple guys? I've never drafted a WR in the first round (maybe even the second), but am targeting Calvin Johnson as early as pick #4.

2nd tier RBs, QBs, and TE also seem deep.

Just an observation....
Matt 07-19-2012 09:20 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.32 (total posts: 3)
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Craig 07-19-2012 08:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.88 (total posts: 1)
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So you got 26 recivers ahead of Marcus Colston, who you admit has posted 1000+ yards in 5 of his first 6 seasons( In 2008 Colston was injured and only played in 11 games, yet still posted 780yds and 5 TD's)

Oh and he has this guy named Drew Brees chucking the ball to him. You may have heard of him..

I can buy the arguement that the Saints have too many weapons(Colston, Graham, Sproles, Moore) for any one guy to be the #1 target but your assesment is laughable.

BrianDorry55 07-11-2012 02:43 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 1)
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All of Vincent Jackson's actions since becoming a Buccaneer have suggested that he cares very much about football. Its interesting how you can do similar research to come to that conclusion for Dez Bryant but not for Jackson. Do some research.

You must be a Chargers fan.
idiocracy 07-11-2012 01:09 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.22 (total posts: 1)
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It's great to see Meachem buried at 43 on your list down with rookies and low end WR2 & WR3. You're right, there's no reason for him to succeed replacing a WR1 on the team. Nevermind what the coaches and staff say about him. Nevermind he'll likely receive twice the targets he received in NO ... all of this equals terrible stats because the guy is slow, has terrible hands and couldn't juke Walt's pet turtle. I think your projection of 760 yards is WAY high!! Perhaps you should just remove him from this list altogether.



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