Antonio Brown will be fantasy football gold in 2012
The fantasy football draft 2012 is upon us, and it is time to start thinking about what receivers will out-perform expectations and are worthy of a can't-pass-up late-round pick.
Let's start with Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who was spectacular in 2011 fantasy football leagues as he had 69 receptions for 1,108 yards and two touchdowns.
He was a Pro Bowl return man as well and in some fantasy football leagues that rewarded points for return yards: 325 punt return yards and 664 kick return yards in 2011.
In 2012 fantasy football, Brown will be even better as he is a great route-runner, explosive receiver that draws single coverage because of Wallace getting the double-teams most of the time.
Moreover, Brown has established great rapport with Roethlisberger and will go against easy fantasy football pass defenses in 2012 that include the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants.
Look for Brown to come off the 2012 fantasy football draft board in the middle-to-late-round and be a solid No. 3 wide receiver on your fantasy team.
Torrey Smith: Must Draft Fantasy Football Receiver
Torrey Smith had a tremendous 2011 fantasy football season with 50 receptions for 841 yards and seven touchdowns.
Smith was actually slowed down by a sports hernia in 2011, so that is why he was inconsistent at times in fantasy football.
As a result, Smith has high high expectations in 2012 and will look to establish an even better rapport with Joe Flacco.
Jamison Hensley at ESPN.com reported, after setting most of the Baltimore Ravens' rookie receiving records, Smith is looking at another mark—a 1,000-yard season. "I think I should have done it last year,” Smith told the team's official website. “It was my fault it didn’t happen. … I’m looking forward to doing it this year.”
Moreover, Smith is an explosive receiver, excels at getting separation from opposing defenses, and is healthy which is always great news for fantasy football owners heading into their 2012 fantasy football draft.
Smith will also benefit from a great running game with Ray Rice, and also faces some favorable fantasy football pass defenses in 2012 including the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants and New England Patriots.
Look for Smith to come off the board in the middle-to-late round 2012 fantasy football draft as a solid No. 3 receiver on your fantasy football team.
Justin Blackmon: PPR Nightmare in Fantasy Football
Justin Blackmon will be a beast for fantasy football in 2012, despite the mediocre quarterback play of Blaine Gabbert. Blackmon excels as a possession receiver, catches everything thrown at him and can easily win one-on-one matchups.
Fantasy football owners will reap the rewards as Blackmon will be a points per reception (PPR) machine in fantasy football because of his great hands and ability to shield his body away from defenders.
What also helps is having an easier 2012 fantasy football schedule against pass defenses that include the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders.
Moreover, having Maurice Jones-Drew as an elite runner also sets up the passing game. Look for Blackmon to be taken among the middle-to-late rounds in your 2012 fantasy football draft and be a solid No. 3 receiver.
Pierre Garcon: fantasy football star in 2012
The 2011 fantasy football season treated Pierre Garcon of the Indianapolis Colts well to the tune of 70 receptions for 947 yards and six touchdowns with the likes of below-average Curtis Painter throwing you the ball.
In the 2012 fantasy football season, Garcon just signed with the Washington Redskins and you now have an upgrade with Robert Griffin III (RG3), the No. 2 pick of the 2012 NFL draft.
Garcon will put up better fantasy football numbers in 2012 as a Redskin because he has great playmaking ability and can rack up the yards after catch, which are perfect under coach Mike Shanahan's West Coast offense.
Moreover, Garcon will also face some favorable fantasy football pass defenses in 2012 that include the New York Giants twice, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams.
Look for Garcon to be taken in the middle-to-late rounds in the 2012 fantasy football draft and be a low end No. 3 receiver for your fantasy football team.
Denarius Moore is a must pick in 2012 Fantasy Football
The 2011 fantasy football season had a lot of ups and downs for Denarius Moore of the Oakland Raiders.
Moore established great rapport with Carson Palmer to the tune of 33 receptions for 618 yards and five touchdowns, which was solid for fantasy football owners.
Additionally, Moore was a dual threat and provided fantasy football owners with 61 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
However, Moore's fantasy football stats were plagued by injuries as all that production was in 13 games, and he missed three due to injury.
Carson Palmer spoke about Moore's potential on Sirius XM's Adam Schein and former Raiders QB Rich Gannon on the "Sirius XM Blitz." You look at Denarius Moore, what he did as a rookie, and he missed a handful of games, was amazing. That’s a big-time receiver in the making, and he’s only going to get better.
Moreover, Moore does play against easy fantasy football pass defenses in the 2012 season like the Denver Broncos twice, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.
Now, Moore is healthy, and Darren McFadden is back, so look for Moore to be taken in the later rounds of the 2012 fantasy football draft as a borderline No. 3 receiver or a reserve.
With your 2012 fantasy football draft just weeks away, it is time to take into consideration these fantasy breakout receivers that you must pick up in the middle-to-late rounds.