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2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

End of NFL Regular Season Rankings
Eric Decker had himself one heck of a season, but I can't say I am surprised.  I listened to Sirus XM Fantasy Sports all preseason and they all said that Decker was Peyton's guy.  I never thought he was THAT guy though as I ranked him 29th.  But congrats to him and the Broncos on a great season.  Not to be outdone, Demaryius Thomas finished just one slot behind Decker at #6. James Jones continued to take advantage of his playing time even after both Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings took the field, which by the way wasn't that often.  Jones lead the NFL in Receiving TDs with 14.  We didn't rank T.Y. Hilton preseason because we knew it would take time before he and Luck developed that necessary Chemistry, but injuries and the deep ball led Hilton to the top 25 list and we told you to look out for him back in August!

WR Scoring Setting
  • Receptions - .5 points
  • Yards - 1 point ever 20 yards
  • Receiving Touchdowns - 6 points
  • Return Touchdowns - 6 points
  • 2pt Conversion - 2 points
  • Fumbles Lost - (2) points

Draft RankWeek 17PlayerFan Pts
91Brandon Marshall (Chi - WR)200.30
112Dez Bryant (Dal - WR)184.85
13Calvin Johnson (Det - WR)183.20
134A.J. Green (Cin - WR)181.90
295Eric Decker (Den - WR)173.70

Draft RankWeek 17PlayerFan Pts
126Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR)172.70
37Wes Welker (NE - WR)161.70
198Julio Jones (Atl - WR)160.90
69Andre Johnson (Hou - WR)159.90
1610Victor Cruz (NYG - WR)157.60
211Roddy White (Atl - WR)155.55
712Marques Colston (NO - WR)155.20
1413Vincent Jackson (TB - WR)155.20
8214James Jones (GB - WR)155.20
5015Michael Crabtree (SF - WR)152.15
2616Reggie Wayne (Ind - WR)148.50
6117Randall Cobb (GB - WR)146.30
3918Mike Williams (TB - WR)136.36
3019Stevie Johnson (Buf - WR)125.80
3420Lance Moore (NO - WR)120.55
2221Mike Wallace (Pit - WR)120.15
2322Steve Smith (Car - WR)118.55
#N/A23T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)117.50
1524Jeremy Maclin (Phi - WR)117.35
N/A25Cecil Shorts (Jac - WR)116.25

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End of Fantasy Regular Season Rankings
Cecil Shorts BURST onto the scene this year after his starting QB, Blaine Gabbert, went down and backup Chad Henne took over.  Granted Laurent Robinson also went down, but Shorts took full advantage of his playing time, out playing rookie sensation Justin Blackmon.  Superstar Greg Jennings has missed most of the season opening the door for James Jones and Randall Cobb this year. Larry Fitzgerald, DeSean Jackson, Mike Wallace and Hakeem Nicks were easily the biggest disappointments this season while Sidney Rice & Mike Williams were the biggest surprises of the year!  You can also add Reggie Wayne to the surprise list because who knew that Andrew Luck was going to be THIS good.

Draft RankWeek 14 RankPlayerFan Pts
131A.J. Green (Cin - WR) 155.25
92Brandon Marshall (Chi - WR) 152.60
13Calvin Johnson (Det - WR) 140.40
124Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR) 132.20
115Dez Bryant (Dal - WR) 130.70
166Victor Cruz (NYG - WR) 126.15
37Wes Welker (NE - WR) 121.20
618Randall Cobb (GB - WR) 120.35
149Vincent Jackson (TB - WR) 119.70
710Marques Colston (NO - WR) 117.90
2611Reggie Wayne (Ind - WR) 117.80
1912Julio Jones (Atl - WR) 112.50
2913Eric Decker (Den - WR) 111.10
614Andre Johnson (Hou - WR) 110.70
215Roddy White (Atl - WR) 109.15
8216James Jones (GB - WR) 102.75
N/A17Cecil Shorts (Jac - WR) 102.50
3518Torrey Smith (Bal - WR) 100.25
3819Percy Harvin (Min - WR) IR 97.65
7820Sidney Rice (Sea - WR) 95.95
3921Mike Williams (TB - WR) 94.46
1822Jordy Nelson (GB - WR) 93.90
3023Stevie Johnson (Buf - WR) 92.75
5024Michael Crabtree (SF - WR) 92.30
2025Miles Austin (Dal - WR) 92.15

San Diego Chargers Vincent Brown should miss at least 8 weeks after breaking his ankle

*Updates to be made all month
Yahoo Wide Receiver Average Draft Positions
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Last year, the wide receiver position saw just two guys catch 100+ balls.  Outside of Wes Welker (122) and Roddy White (100), Calvin Johnson (96) was the the only receiver to catch 90+ passes.  Just 6 other wide outs brought down 80+ passes.  So what does this mean?  It means that your roster needs to consist of 2 or 3 of the top WRs to stay competitive.  Nate Burleson's 73 catches led to just 3 TDs.  On the flipside, Jordy Nelson caught 15 TDs with just 68 receptions.  It is worth the gamble on a Lance Moore type receiver who catches 1-3 passes a game, when 1 of them tends to land him in the endzone.

1.) Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions
  • You REALLY have to believe in curses to not draft Calvin Johnson if you have the chance.  The Madden Curse is an interesting thing to study but when it comes to players gracing the cover of a video game, well just look at what the Fantay Football Toolbox has to say:

There is a 60% chance of either getting hurt or completely sucking the following year if a player makes the cover
2.) Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons
3.) Wes Welker - New England Patriots
4.) Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
5.) Greg Jennings - Green Bay Packers

6.)  Andre Johnson - Houston Texans
7.)  Marques Colston - New Orleans Saints
8.)  Dwayne Bowe - Kansas City Chiefs
9.)  Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears
10.)  Hakeem Nicks - New York Giants
11.)  Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys
12.)  Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos
  • Thomas has big play WR written all over him.  Now with a REAL QB throwing him the football, you expect multiple 20+ receptions from the 3rd year receiver.  Remember that Broncos Steelers playoff game that went to overtime?  Yeah that was Thomas who went 80 yards for the game winning touchdown.
13.)  A.J. Green - Cincinnatti Bengals
14.)  Vincent Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15.)  Jeremy Maclin - Philadelphia Eagles
16.)  Victor Cruz - New York Giants
17.)  DeSean Jackson - Philadelphia Eagles
18.)  Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers
19.)  Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons
20.)  Miles Austin - Dallas Cowboys
  • Miles Austin's hamstring are holding him out of the rest of preseason, and if the Cowboys aren't trying to rush him back, it may linger into the early week and limit his production all season.
21.)  Robert Meachem - San Diego Chargers
  • Meachem caught just 40 passes and just a single 100 yard receiving game last season.  But he is now the #1 receiver for Philip Rivers and the #2 options behind Antonio Gates.  In 2009 he caught 9 TDs and went for 722 receiving yards.  Those are the numbers Meachem should be seeing this year baring injury.
22.)  Mike Wallace - Pittsburgh Steelers
23.)  Steve Smith - Carolina Panthers
24.)  Anquan Boldin - Baltimore Ravens
25.)  Santonio Holmes - New York Jets
26.)  Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts
27.)  Devery Henderson - New Orleans Saints
28.)  Santana Moss - Washington Redskins
29.)  Eric Decker - Denver Broncos
30.)  Stevie Johnson - Buffalo Bills
31.)  Justin Blackmon - Jacksonville Jaguars
32.)  Malcom Floyd - San Diego Chargers
33.)  Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers
34.)  Lance Moore - New Orleans Saints
35.)  Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens
36.)  Jacoby Ford - Oakland Raiders
37.)  Doug Baldwin - Seattle Seahawks
38.)  Percy Harvin - Minnesota Vikings
39.)  Nate Washington - Tennessee Titans
40.)  Titus Young - Detroit Lions
41.)  Denarius Moore - Oakland Raiders
42.)  Danny Amendola - St. Louis Rams
  • Amendola is purely a PPR receiever.  If your league does not count receptions, do not even bother drafting him.
43.)  Laurent Robinson - Jacksonville Jaguars
44.)  Kevin Walter - Houston Texans
45.)  Mike Williams - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
46.)  Greg Little - Cleveland Browns
47.)  Brandon Tate - Cincinnatti Bengals
48.)  Brandon Lloyd - New England Patriots
49.)  Pierre Garcon - Washington Redskins
50.)  Michael Crabtree - San Francisco 49ers
51.)  Mohamed Massaquoi - Cleveland Browns
52.)  Nate Burleson - Detroit Lions
53.)  Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears
54.)  Michael Floyd - Arizona Cardinals
55.)  Donald Jones - Buffalo Bills
56.)  Kendall Wright - Tennessee Titans
  • Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, who "developed" Torry Holt (90 receptions)  and Andre Johnson (900 yards).
57.)  Earl Bennett - Chicago Bears
58.)  Andre Caldwell - Denver Broncos
59.)  Randy Moss - San Francisco 49ers
60.)  Mohamed Sanu - Cincinnatti Bengals
  • With a ton of focus going to A.J. Green and Jermain Gresham, Sanu could post excellent numbers for a rookie WR.  Cedric Benson is gone and the run game is in question.  If the Bengals decide to become a passing offense.  Jerome Simpson is a Viking and Andre Caldwell signed with Denver.  Thats 87 completions and over 1000 yards to be spred between these 3 guys. 
61.)  Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers
62.)  Jerome Simpson - Minnesota Vikings
63.)  Brian Hartline - Miami Dolphins
64.)  Jason Avant - Philadelphia Eagles
65.)  Eddie Royal - San Diego Chargers
66.)  Mario Manningham - San Francisco 49ers
67.)  Golden Tate - Seattle Seahawks
68.)  Davone Bess - Miami Dolphins
69.)  David Nelson - Buffalo Bills
70.)  Early Doucet - Arizona Cardinals
71.)  Damian Williams - Tennessee Titans
72.)  Stephen Hill - New York Jets
73.)  Mike Thomas - Jacksonville Jaguars
74.)  Steve Breaston - Kansas City Chiefs
75.)  Andre Roberts - Arizona Cardinals
76.)  Darrius Heyward-Bey - Oakland Raiders
77.)  Devin Hester - Chicago Bears
78.)  Sidney Rice - Seattle Seahawks
79.)  Jonathan Baldwin - Kansas City Chiefs
80.)  Jordan Norwood - Cleveland Browns
81.)  James Jones - Green Bay Packers
82.)  Lestar Jean - Houston Texans
83.)  Jabar Gaffney - New England Patriots
84.)  Jeremy Kerly - New York Jets
85.)  Emmanuel Sanders - Pittsburgh Steelers
86.)  Jacoby Jones - Baltimore Ravens
87.)  Brian Quick - St. Louis Rams
88.)  Donnie Avery - Indianapolis Colts
99.)  Chris Givens - St. Louis Rams