Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the Elite Players and Duos at Wide Receiver

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Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the Elite Players and Duos at Wide Receiver
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Andre Johnson has been replaced as the consensus No. 1 fantasy football WR

No position in fantasy football is more interesting than the wide receiver position. There is tremendous depth at the top of the position. The NFL has gradually shifted to a passing league which has moved the fantasy football emphasis from the running back position to the quarterbacks and wide receivers.

There are several different groups of WRs that we will look at:

  • Elite WRs on teams where they are the only game in town.
  • Elite WRs on teams with one (or more) other elite WRs.
  • Other veteran WRs
  • Possible breakout duos

We are looking for WRs that will either be your No. 1 WR, or at least a high-end No. 2 WR.

As with anything in fantasy football, you need to know how your league works. In standard (non-PPR) leagues, there is an emphasis on WRs who score TDs and rack up yardage. In PPR leagues, you want WRs who catch the most passes.

Truly elite WRs are worth playing in any format, but in PPR leagues there is added value in having players who receive more targets in the passing game.

If you play in a league where you have to start three WRs, you will need to draft them earlier. It's that simple.

You never want to be caught short, and if you only need to start two RBs there will be plenty of depth at that position.

If you play in a PPR league with a RB/WR flex, you should almost always be starting a WR as your flex, barring unusually good depth at RB.

For comparison between WRs I will be using the Expert Consensus Ranking (ECR) from Fantasy Pros. ECR is the average ranking of many other rankings compiled from "experts" all over the Internet.

Standard (Non-PPR) Rankings

PPR Rankings

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