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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers 11-20



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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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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)
105     102

Lulz at Brandon Marshall not being in the top 10. Walt fails again.



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