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TOP 20 WIDE RECEIVERS for the 2012 Season! (1 Viewer)

Phenix

Footballguy
#1 Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (Age 27)

Johnson is a man amongst boys on the football field. He posted elite numbers last year with 96 catches for 1,681 yards and 16 scores. His only downside is that he is on the Madden cover and that carries the curse with it. If Johnson is not your #1 rated wide out, you need to fix that. He is a STUD!

#2 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (Age 29)

Fitzgerald has major issues at quarterback, but he still manages to become a play maker when he puts on the helmet. He caught 80 passes for 1,411 yards and 8 TDs touchdowns. They drafted Michael Floyd to help take some of the coverage off Fitz and to play the role of Boldin from years past. Fitz will always produce barring injury, so draft him where you can get him, he is just a freak.

#3 Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (Age 31)

Johnson has a horrible track record for injuries lately; in fact he was hurt one week after coming back from an injury that put him down for 6 games last year. Johnson is still one of the most gifted receivers in the game and is a focal point of the passing game. With Arian Foster being healthy and AJ pulling his groin, this has risk attached, but if he plays 16 games… look out. He can cause fantasy damage to your opponent.

#4 AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals (Age 24)

I do not think this is too high for a wide out coming into his second year. He has shown he can go up and get the ball and make plays. In only 14 games last year he caught 63 passes for slightly over 1,000 yards and managed 7 scores. The Bengals really have no other weapons but Green, so expect him to be the focal point of this offense and catch upwards of 80 catches this year. Green’s QB is Dalton, which is not that bad, he could have Sanchez or something. Green will find the end zone often, if he doesn’t, no one will on this team will.

#5 Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (Age 24)

Nicks is one hell of an athlete… that is made out of toilet paper. He broke his foot in mini-camp and that set him back a few months, but he should be back by the start of the regular season. He makes plays happen as he has posted 75+ catches and over 1,100 yards each year he has been in the league. Victor Cruz is someone who will take some looks away from Nicks, but not enough to still not call Nicks “the man” on the team. Nicks can go up and catch the difficult passes that Eli throws everywhere, so he should not slide much further than this in any draft.

#6 Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (Age 31)

Only two people caught over 100 passes last year, and White was one of them. He even raked in 115 catches the year before. Those types of players do not just fall of the map no matter how many other weapons they have. He has been the favorite target for Ryan with over 175 targets each of the last two years. Even though he is old as dirt, as some would say, he will still produce at a high level. Julio will take some targets away, but you have to figure 85 catches and 1,200 yards is still very possible. If that’s the case, he is a top 10 WR for sure.

#7 Wes Welker, New England Patriots (Age 31)

Welker is PPR elite in every way, shape, and form. The only year that he has been with the Patriots, and did not catch 100+ balls, was two years ago when he was hurt and still caught 86 passes. Even though Brady has some new pass catchers in Gronkowski and Hernandez, Welker is still his favorite. This is a pass first; second and third type of team, receiving options on this team should be picked up as soon as possible. They just always seem to perform, unless you happen to be Ocho-Stinko, and make no attempt to succeed.

#8 Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers (Age 29)

He is getting older and people are mentioning the fact that he may be losing a step. I hope those people shut up, because this guy is still the #1 receiving option on a team with arguably the best QB in the NFL. He didn’t reach the basic milestone of 1,000 yards last year but he did get 67 catches and 9 scores, so still not that bad at all. Jennings missed the last few games with an injury so those numbers could have been better, but we can’t live with “what if’s.” They have other weapons on the team in Nelson and Finley, but Jennings will always get his.

#9 Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (Age 33)

Smith sure racked up the yards early and often last year. He had over 150 yards in three of his first four games and did not cool down at all. He hauled in 70 catches and over 1300 yards to finish the year. Cam is only getting better, and Smith is the only receiving option on the team. Smith may be losing a step, but with Cam making plays and Smith looking good in camp, it makes me think he can have another solid year.

#10 Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (Age 23)

This guy is a future top 5 pick for sure, but not this year, he is only a Top 10. In his rookie year he managed to rack up 54 receptions with 959 yards and 8 scores, not bad for a guy playing alongside Roddy White. He missed three games because of a pulled hammy, but didn’t miss a beat when he came back. Jones may not get a lot of receptions this year, but he is a big play guy. So expect a good amount of yardage and a more than a few TDs.

#11 Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (Age 28)

This guy is a stud of a player regardless of his issues. He was one of the only bright spots on a bad team last year with 82 receptions, 1,277 yards, and 6 touchdowns. That was with some bad quarterbacks, and now he is back with Jay Cutler, and we already know he can catch 100 passes from him easily. In the three years Marshall played with Cutler, he averaged over 100 receptions anyways. The schedule is pretty easy for them, passing wise, so he should produce at a high level this year. You want him on your team this year.

#12 Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (Age 24)

Bryant is still waiting for his first 1,000 yard season, and with as much potential that everyone thinks he has, he should have one already. This guy could be a stud if he had his head on straight. Bryant has everything you need to be an elite receiver. He just does not have the mental capacity, based off his reputation and recent arrest. He can put up studly numbers if he puts his mind to it, after all he has a pretty good quarterback and weapons around him.

#13 Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (Age 26)

One word… HOLDOUT! This already has become messy and even though he is back, he has been away so risk of injury exists. He didn’t really finish last year off with a bang, but still caught 72 passes, nearly 1,200 yards, and 8 scores. Brown was just signed to a nice deal, so he is in camp, and if Wallace is not signed by the time your draft comes… replace him here with Antonio Brown. Haley is the OC now, so they should run more, but with Mendenhall out it will not work out well. The Steelers have Redman and no one after him, so they should still pass a lot.

#14 Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (Age 25)

Thomas is a freak of a man and even receives the praise of Peyton, saying “He (Thomas) does things others just can’t do.” He is a big receiver that is fast and can outrun many corners as he showed us in the playoffs, thanks Tebow. (The Only Tebow reference you will see from me.) He does get banged up, but has a Hall of Fame quarterback throwing to him. A top 15 receiver for sure and should get you 1,100 yards and 9 TDs… at least.

#15 Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (Age 29)

Every year people count this guy out, but just ask the guys in my big fantasy league the mistake of doing that. Hey, you have to fantasy smack talk when you can, lol. He is as consistent as any receiver and catches grief because he has a checkered injury past. He doesn’t happen to be Brees’ favorite target anymore, but in this offense, he can still catch 80 passes when Graham catches 99. I am a big fan of Colston, take him as your #2 if you can, he just always seems to perform when you need him most. The Playoffs!

#16 Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles (Age 24)

Regardless of what DeSean Jackson says, Maclin is the #1 receiver in Philly. Maclin managed only 63 catches, 859 yards, and 5 touchdowns last year and only played in 13 games. He had the kissing disease and just didn’t seem like he was “ON” last year. He could be a major value play this year and is pretty low in the rankings so should outplay his ADP. Maclin will be a high end #2 or low end #1 wide receiver in 2012. Vick is a play maker and likes to find Maclin a lot in the red zone. This is a no brainer pick you need a number two wide receiver. He can get you 80 catches over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns if he plays the entire year.

#17 Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (Age 26)

Johnson has become a very good and consistent receiver over the past couple years. He has been a starter for only two years and had over 75 catches and 1,000 yards both times. Head Coach Chan Gailey is a big fan of this kid, and so is the quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick. That should tell you something right there, doesn’t it? If he had more touchdowns to his name, his ranking would be higher. Stevie Johnson has the potential for a breakout season anytime, and if all works out, that time can be this year.

#18 Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (Age 27)

In his fourth year, he was really finally given a chance to show what he is capable of. He posted 68 receptions, 1,263 yards, and an insane 15 TDs. He may never duplicate that again, but we definitely know he can find the end zone. With Randall Cobb probably getting more playing time, and Finley playing as a wide out more often, he may regress. I expect him to be around the 10 touchdown range with ARod as his QB, but his yards and receptions will drop off.

#19 Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (Age 24)

Once Adrian Peterson went down with is knee injury, Harvin really stepped in and started to do it all. He racked up over 1,300 total yards and 8 scores as he took carries out of the back field on top of playing receiver. He suffers from migraines and is unhappy about his contract, and even though he reported to camp, he still has many risks. He could be a migraine for you this year, or he could perform again, but I lean towards perform. Harvin is the only offensive threat the Vikings have with ADP hurt, so expect him to get many touches.

#20 Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Age 29)

Well this is what happens when you create a fuss about getting paid, you get your money, but you get it from a worse team. Jackson is jumping ship from a pretty darn good quarterback in Philip Rivers to Josh Freeman. Freeman proved to not be as accurate as we thought, but lucky for him, Jackson can make some pretty insane catches. Jackson is a big play guy who can lose his mojo quick, so he needs to be involved often. That’s why the Buccaneers paid him and that’s what will happen. He has never put up elite numbers, but if Freeman can shape up, Jackson could finally do it.

 
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chiefs2929

Footballguy
I agree with your RB's more. I see Julio Jones as the #2 wideout and Nelson above about 5 or 6 you have ahead of him

 

DoubleG

Footballguy
Percy Harvin is way too low.
Perhaps a few slots. It's tough though to put a guy who coule suddenly miss a game or two with migraines too high, as you can't count on him. That's not even counting the normal injury risk that an NFL WR has. Maybe you could bump him to 15 or 16 - but not much higher. We're basically arguing whether or not he is a very good WR2 or just s WR2. :shrug:
 

SproutDaddy

Footballguy
Percy Harvin is way too low.
Perhaps a few slots. It's tough though to put a guy who coule suddenly miss a game or two with migraines too high, as you can't count on him. That's not even counting the normal injury risk that an NFL WR has. Maybe you could bump him to 15 or 16 - but not much higher. We're basically arguing whether or not he is a very good WR2 or just s WR2. :shrug:
In the ppr league I own him in he's finished 4, 8, and 12 amongst WR since coming into the league. Pretty sure he hasn't missed a game since his rookie year because of migranes, and he played in all games last year. Everything I've read on the migrane situation says he's got it under control. I just don't see him falling out of the top 10 with the limited options that team has.
 

Run It Up

Footballguy
Great list, only a few changes from my perspective.

1. Calvin Johnson

2. Julio Jones

3. Hakeem Nicks

4. Larry Fitzgerald

5. Wes Welker

6. Andre Johnson

7. Roddy White

8. Greg Jennings

9. AJ Green

10. Stevie Johnson

11. Victor Cruz

12. Brandon Marshall

13. Jeremy Maclin

14. Dez Bryant

15. Steve Smith

16. Mike Wallace

17. Vincent Jackson

18. Percy Harvin

19. Marques Colston

20. Demaryious Thomas

Just how I see it, most skeptical imo is Colston.

 

SproutDaddy

Footballguy
What's mind boggling about many of these projections is having Julio and Roddy both in the top 10 with Gonzalez still there, yet Colston is borderline top 20? Graham is the only receiver on the Saints that will have more targets. The hype is out of control!

 

Run It Up

Footballguy
'SproutDaddy said:
What's mind boggling about many of these projections is having Julio and Roddy both in the top 10 with Gonzalez still there, yet Colston is borderline top 20? Graham is the only receiver on the Saints that will have more targets. The hype is out of control!
Nothing to do with Hype. Whites targets are still through the roof with Julio Jones ridiculous showing.Colston produces every year, but is nowhere near as talented as almost everyone else on that list.I have Lance Moore with a chance of finishing ahead of Colston this year, but thats a pretty unpopular opinion.
 

SproutDaddy

Footballguy
'SproutDaddy said:
What's mind boggling about many of these projections is having Julio and Roddy both in the top 10 with Gonzalez still there, yet Colston is borderline top 20? Graham is the only receiver on the Saints that will have more targets. The hype is out of control!
Nothing to do with Hype. Whites targets are still through the roof with Julio Jones ridiculous showing.Colston produces every year, but is nowhere near as talented as almost everyone else on that list.I have Lance Moore with a chance of finishing ahead of Colston this year, but thats a pretty unpopular opinion.
Not only is it unpopular........it's ludicrous!
 

Run It Up

Footballguy
'SproutDaddy said:
What's mind boggling about many of these projections is having Julio and Roddy both in the top 10 with Gonzalez still there, yet Colston is borderline top 20? Graham is the only receiver on the Saints that will have more targets. The hype is out of control!
Nothing to do with Hype. Whites targets are still through the roof with Julio Jones ridiculous showing.Colston produces every year, but is nowhere near as talented as almost everyone else on that list.I have Lance Moore with a chance of finishing ahead of Colston this year, but thats a pretty unpopular opinion.
Not only is it unpopular........it's ludicrous!
Thats what they tell me.
 

Phenix

Footballguy
Harvin at 19???? Wayyyy too low
Very informative info.Care to go into detail as to why a guy who suffers from Migranes has a young QB no other weapons to take double tams in a passing game would be higher than Top 20?Also if not for PPR he would be even more middle of the road. He has never had 1000 yards or more than 6 TDs receiving in a season. They gave him some love running last year, so he did score TDs that way, but I do not see that happening much this year.Last year and track record does not mean he will not produce this year, but maybe you can be a little more informative with your write up then "wayyyy tooo low."I can be wrong, but that does not seem very informative or even a useful post what so ever.
 

Funkley

Collar: Up
Harvin at 19???? Wayyyy too low
Very informative info.Care to go into detail as to why a guy who suffers from Migranes has a young QB no other weapons to take double tams in a passing game would be higher than Top 20?Also if not for PPR he would be even more middle of the road. He has never had 1000 yards or more than 6 TDs receiving in a season. They gave him some love running last year, so he did score TDs that way, but I do not see that happening much this year.Last year and track record does not mean he will not produce this year, but maybe you can be a little more informative with your write up then "wayyyy tooo low."I can be wrong, but that does not seem very informative or even a useful post what so ever.
Sure because migranes and no other weapons is spot on analysis.
 

SproutDaddy

Footballguy
Harvin at 19???? Wayyyy too low
Very informative info.Care to go into detail as to why a guy who suffers from Migranes has a young QB no other weapons to take double tams in a passing game would be higher than Top 20?Also if not for PPR he would be even more middle of the road. He has never had 1000 yards or more than 6 TDs receiving in a season. They gave him some love running last year, so he did score TDs that way, but I do not see that happening much this year.Last year and track record does not mean he will not produce this year, but maybe you can be a little more informative with your write up then "wayyyy tooo low."I can be wrong, but that does not seem very informative or even a useful post what so ever.
Check my post above for an explanation. The lowest he's ever finished is 12th his rookie season. He also hasn't missed a game because of migraines since his rookie year,
 

yankdog

Footballguy
How many games has Harvin missed from migraines? Its a non-issue now. and who is throwing to him is important but little competition for receptions makes Garcon more attractive. you have him too low. and again Cruz is missing.

but thanks for the hard work.it really was a good and useful read.

 

BobbyLayne

Footballguy
I think Bowe sneaks into the top 20 this year.
No need to sneak in - I think at this point we can say he's pretty much a permanent resident22nd (rookie year)16thhurt over half the year but 28th PPG4th14thHe's not consistent week to week for sure, but he can blow up any week. I'd have no problem taking him in the 5th or 6th.
 

OnTheReg

Footballguy
Marshall is going to finish top 3 in PPR leagues this year. I see an absolute monster season with him reunited with Cutler.

 

BlueDredSo

Footballguy
marshall is going to be alot higher. I think top 5...
There's no doubt in my mind. In fact, I might even rank him #2 among WRs when looking at everyone else. I'm also really high on Green this year. Percy isn't going to be Top 5, but I can definitely see Top 10. <BR><BR>This is a solid list and great write-up though. Nice work.
 
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Al Toon's Mole

Footballguy
I just don't get the Jordy Nelson love. I think he finishes in the 25-35 range. Some people are putting way too much stock in him.

 

BlueDredSo

Footballguy
I just don't get the Jordy Nelson love. I think he finishes in the 25-35 range. Some people are putting way too much stock in him.
Care to explain? He has the best QB in the league and yeah they might have a slightly better run game with Benson, but there's no reason to think he can't grab 80 balls, 8 TDs with 1,100 yds. with great potential for more.
 

Al Toon's Mole

Footballguy
I just don't get the Jordy Nelson love. I think he finishes in the 25-35 range. Some people are putting way too much stock in him.
Care to explain? He has the best QB in the league and yeah they might have a slightly better run game with Benson, but there's no reason to think he can't grab 80 balls, 8 TDs with 1,100 yds. with great potential for more.
Jennings, Cobb, Finley + improved running game. Not saying he holds no value, but I dont see how he sniffs top 25 production.
 

Al Toon's Mole

Footballguy
I just don't get the Jordy Nelson love. I think he finishes in the 25-35 range. Some people are putting way too much stock in him.
You might check out last years stats and maybe reread the weekly recaps in the archives????
If we want to go off last years stats, the Nate Washington would also be up there. I just don't see it happening. Now come Jan, some may bump this and laugh saying 'I told you so!' But I'll let someone else jump to take him early. As I said, he has value, but for me its in the WR 25-35 range. Not top 20.
 

Soulfly3

Footballguy
Im all for giving us your lists/top whatevers... We all have different opinions.

In my opinion, I dont like the list. Especially the top 10. I see a pretty big dip this season for guys like fitz, Andre, welker, and jennings is overrated.

we'll see how it all pans out, but my list looks not much like yours.

 

Al Toon's Mole

Footballguy
Johnson, Calvin WR DET Marshall, Brandon WR CHI Green, A.J. WR CIN Cobb, Randall WR GB Johnson, Andre WR HOU Bryant, Dez WR DAL Welker, Wes WR NE Thomas, Demaryius WR DEN Wayne, Reggie WR IND Decker, Eric WR DEN White, Roddy WR ATL Jones, Julio WR ATL Jackson, Vincent WR TB Cruz, Victor WR NYG Colston, Marques WR NO Crabtree, Michael WR SF Jones, James WR GB Hilton, T.Y. WR IND Williams, Mike WR TB Johnson, Steve WR BUF 42. Jordy Nelson84. Greg JenningsJust nice to review the hype and see how some receivers carry over year to year, while others (be it due to injury etc..) just never live up to the projections.

 
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Run It Up

Footballguy
Great list, only a few changes from my perspective. 1. Calvin Johnson2. Julio Jones3. Hakeem Nicks4. Larry Fitzgerald5. Wes Welker6. Andre Johnson7. Roddy White8. Greg Jennings9. AJ Green10. Stevie Johnson11. Victor Cruz12. Brandon Marshall13. Jeremy Maclin14. Dez Bryant15. Steve Smith 16. Mike Wallace17. Vincent Jackson18. Percy Harvin19. Marques Colston20. Demaryious ThomasJust how I see it, most skeptical imo is Colston.
Lol hilariously bad.
 

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