Updated: 2012 WR Rankings

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2012 WR Rankings

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1 Calvin Johnson (DET, 5) 1 1

The best WR in this world or any other for that matter, is the only WR worthy of a first round pick.

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2 Julio Jones (ATL, 7) 3 4

Julio flashed some serious juice in 2011 and with Roddy on the other side, he should still take advantage of plenty of matchups.

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3 A.J. Green (CIN, 8) 4 7

Min-Mega was one of the most consistent WRs in fantasy last season and will continue to be a dominant players in the NFL.

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4 Larry Fitzgerald (ARI, 10) 2 2

Has incredible hands, body control, route running, and QB…oh wait, forget that last one. Hopefully the Cards get it figured out this season.

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5 Hakeem Nicks (NYG, 11) 8 11

Nicks is the most talented WR on the Giants, but he’s constantly dealing with nagging injuries.

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6 Greg Jennings (GB, 10) 6 5

The #1 option on possibly the best pass attack in the NFL. I’m not worried about Jordy getting 15 TDs again.

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7 Roddy White (ATL, 7) 7 6

The target king of the South will be one of most targeted guys (again) and the Falcons pass attack is only getting better.

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8 Andre Johnson (HOU, 8) 5 3

AJ has been the #1 or #2 drafted every year, but after years of injuries and a switch in offensive philosophy. Not a slamdunk this season.

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9 Marques Colston (NO, 6) 17 15

Colston is healthy and having Graham to take the pressure off should only help his production.

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10 Wes Welker (NE, 9) 10 9

Brandon Lloyd will help stretch the field, which will allow WW to roam free. There may be a few less targets to go around, but Wes will get his.

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11 Jordy Nelson (GB, 10) 12 12

Rodgers trusts him and he has good hands and can get deep. While I don’t think he can duplicate his 15 TDs, he should get more targets and hence plenty of fantasy goodness.

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12 Brandon Marshall (CHI, 6) 9 10

Reunited and it feels so good. Cutler and Marshall were a dynamic duo back in Denver and now they will bring their show to Chi-Town.

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13 Victor Cruz (NYG, 11) 11 8

The long TDs may not be there again, but Eli targets his slot WRs a ton. Cruz should have another big year, just not a top 5 again.

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14 Percy Harvin (MIN, 11) 13 16

Harvin will be a true value pick this season as he should have the same expanded role he excelled in after the Vikings figured out how to use him. More of the same is coming in 2012.

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15 Brandon Lloyd (NE, 9) 21 18

With assume the Randy Moss role in a system he has flourished in, but since breaking out he has never dealt with the level of talent he will have to share the ball with. He also has never played with a QB like Brady.

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16 Eric Decker (DEN, 7) 26 26

From a value standpoint, Decker is a better choice than Demaryius and Peyton/Decker have already bonded quickly in OTAs. It wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up with better #’s than Thomas.

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17 Antonio Brown (PIT, 4) 24 22

While teams doubled Wallace continuously, Brown showed great hands and route running ability. The Steelers may have to throw quite a bit more than they realize in 2012.

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18 Dez Bryant (DAL, 5) 15 17

Clearly talented, but disappears in games for long stretches and plays so violent it leads to nicks/bruises. The Cowboys need to take him off of punt returns and let him concentrate on WR.

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19 Steve Smith (CAR, 6) 14 13

Cameron Newton should only get better as a passer and Smitty looked like a new man last season. He will need LaFell to step up to take some pressure off, but has every chance to be a top 10 option.

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20 Jeremy Maclin (PHI, 7) 18 21

Maclin will be underrated coming into this season and has the potential in this offense to be a top 10 guy. Mush more consistent than D-Jax.

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21 Steve Johnson (BUF, 8) 25 27

The guy has some issues with stupid antics, but proved he can be a solid fantasy WR. Fitz was perhaps injured in the second half of 2011 and the whole Bills offense fell flat. Should be a solid #2 WR this season.

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22 DeSean Jackson (PHI, 7) 27 25

A polarizing fantasy player, D-Jax pouted his way through 2011 and got his big deal this offseason. He will be maddeningly inconsistent, but can win you your game on any given week.

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23 Mike Wallace (PIT, 4) 16 14

Contract issues and a drop off in production when teams rolled coverage, Wallace should be fine if the contract negotiations don’t get ugly.

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24 Torrey Smith (BAL, 8) 28 28

The Ravens took a ton of shots with Smith last season, but he and Flacco had difficulty connecting. This could be his breakout season.

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25 Dwayne Bowe (KC, 7) 20 23

Bowe has all the talent in the world, but will need Cassel to stay healthy and improve as a QB.

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26 Demaryius Thomas (DEN, 7) 19 19

Freakish size and speed and will now catch passes from Peyton Manning instead of Tebow. Yeah, that ‘s an upgrade.

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27 Titus Young (DET, 5) 41 39

Young is one to watch this preseason as he could jump right into the #2 spot opposite Megatron. If he does, he will jump up this list.

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28 Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK, 5) 34 35

Finally proved he can play at the NFL level and could start opposite Moore, but the Raiders have a deep corp of WRs

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29 Miles Austin (DAL, 5) 23 20

Austin hammy’s killed his 2011 season and opened the door for LoRo to break out. With LoRo in Jax, there are tons of fantasy points in this passing game.

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30 Kenny Britt (TEN, 11) 31 32

One of the most talented WRs in the NFL, but his off the field issues, work ethic, and knee surgery have me a bit tentative with his ranking this season.

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31 Vincent Jackson (TB, 5) 22 24

V-Jax, much like D-Jax is so inconsistent you will pull your hair out. He may get 3 TDs in one game and then disappear for three weeks. A change in scenery may do the trick, but I’m not doubling down.

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32 Pierre Garcon (WAS, 10) 30 30

I just not a fan of this guy. Stone hands and bad route running have plagued him over his career. RG3 has a cannon and may connect on some long throws, but he is not trust worthy IMO.

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33 Kendall Wright (TEN, 11) 47 50

Britt’s injury could open the door for the rookie WR.

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34 Reggie Wayne (IND, 4) 29 29

Wayne stayed in Indy and will be the top target for one of the best QB prospects ever. Nothing could be worse than last season.

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35 Lance Moore (NO, 6) 40 40

Moore has produced every time he is one the field and he should get more reps than ever this season with Meachem in SD. Love him as a value pick.

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36 Greg Little (CLE, 10) 38 42

Little really suffered from the lack of quality QB play from McCoy last season. Weeden has a canon and Little could line up in the slot, where he could do some damage.

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37 Robert Meachem (SD, 7) 32 31

Meachem has a ton of talent, but wasn’t able to put it together in NO. Norv likes the long ball and Rivers has the goods to deliver.

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38 Malcom Floyd (SD, 7) 35 36

Floyd has shown the ability to get deep and make some plays in this offense. He will get every opportunity to prove he can do it consistency this season.

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39 Nate Washington (TEN, 11) 45 41

Washington was a huge surprise last season when Britt went down and if he can hold off Wright, he could be a nice deep sleeper.

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40 Denarius Moore (OAK, 5) 33 38

Moore gelled with Carson Palmer nicely last season and has a ton of juice if he can stay healthy. Hamstring issues have plagued him all Summer.

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41 Jon Baldwin (KC, 7) 56 62

Baldwin is a physical freak that will start opposite Bowe and if the offense can get it together, he could have a breakout season.

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42 Brandon LaFell (CAR, 6) 51 53

LaFell is a big target that should find success as a nice possession WR for Cam.

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43 Mike Williams (TB, 5) 44 46

Mike Williams was a monster size bust in 2011 as he was probably miscast as a #1 WR. Freeman should improve (can’t get worse) and V-Jax should take coverage off him. Worth a shot in the late rounds.

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44 Justin Blackmon (JAC, 6) 39 34

Problems off the field: DUIs. Problems on the field: Gabbert.

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45 Randall Cobb (GB, 10) 52 52

I think Cobb overtakes Jones and gets extended looks this season. Has a ton of juice.

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46 Doug Baldwin (SEA, 11) 53 57

Baldwin was the best WR on the Hawks last season and may have a chance to improve with Flynn at QB.

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47 Danny Amendola (STL, 9) 55 48

Has had a big camp and has looked great preseason as well. Love him in PPR leagues even more.

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48 Randy Moss (SF, 9) 49 45

Love him or hate him, when he wants to play he can be unstoppable. We will see how the offense looks in preseason.

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49 Michael Crabtree (SF, 9) 42 43

Crabtree has not put it together in his short career and now has Super Mario and Moss to take away opportunities.

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50 Anquan Boldin (BAL, 8) 37 33

Boldin is still a solid WR, but he has lost step and will be a guy I wouldn’t be targeting this season.

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51 Santana Moss (WAS, 10) 46 49

Moss could be the best WR on the Skins and may find himself with a ton of targets from the rookie QB. I think he undervalued right now.

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52 Jerome Simpson (MIN, 11) 62 68

Simpson could surprise as a late round pick. Harvin and Rudolph will take the pressure off.

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53 Kevin Ogletree (DAL, 5) 94

Ogletree is the favorite to win the Cowboys #3 WR position, which was a huge fantasy position in 2011.

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54 Santonio Holmes (NYJ, 9) 36 37

Holmes fell flat on his face last season and has a meltdown in the Jets locker room. In OTAs he quit. Now he may have Tebow under center.

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55 Golden Tate (SEA, 11) 81

 

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56 Alshon Jeffery (CHI, 6) 58 56

Big bodied WR and has been compared to a young Brandon Marshall.

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57 Sidney Rice (SEA, 11) 43 44

Rice has a ton of physical abilities, but poor QB play and injuries kept him from excelling in 2011.

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58 Eddie Royal (SD, 7) 73 88

Royal hasn’t excelled since his rookie season, but Rivers could bring him back into relevance.

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59 Michael Floyd (ARI, 10) 54 58

Playing opposite Fitz should get you plenty of shots. Floyd could be the most talented WR in this draft class.

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60 Austin Collie (IND, 4) 50 54

Luck is polished, but he will need a guy who runs precise routes and has great hands. Collie could be a deep sleeper.

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61 Rod Streater (OAK, 5) 113

 

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62 Laurent Robinson (JAC, 6) 48 51

Tough going from Romo to Gabbert. Last year was fun.

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63 Leonard Hankerson (WAS, 10) 66 77

Has the deep speed to match RG3′s arm.

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64 LaVon Brazill (IND, 4) 116

 

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65 Davone Bess (MIA, 7) 60 66

Always better in PPR leagues, but Tannehill will need someone to step up.

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66 Mario Manningham (SF, 9) 57 47

May get deep a couple of times, but he’s not a special player.

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67 Brian Quick (STL, 9) 61 71

Quick should see a ton of targets if he wins the starting gig. Oh who are we kidding, he will win the job.

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Juan Elway is an enthusiast of Fantasy Football, Movies, and Combat Sports, but don't call him an expert. He once shook Adrian Peterson's hand and AP winced in pain. Follow him on Twitter where you can partake in all sorts of shenanigans.