Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the NFL's Best Wide Receiver Tandems

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Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the NFL's Best Wide Receiver Tandems
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Packers wideouts Jordy Nelson (career-high 15 TDs in 2011) and Greg Jennings combined for 135 catches, 197 targets, 2,212 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.

The forward-thinking eggheads at Rotowire have painstakingly crunched the numbers to determine fantasy football's best wide receiver tandems for 2012, citing the vital categories of Targets, Catches, Yards Receiving and Receiving Touchdowns.

Targets: Roddy White (155), Julio Jones (113) = 268 total

Catches: Wes Welker (103), Brandon Lloyd (64) = 167 total

Receiving Yards: Victor Cruz (1,433), Hakeem Nicks (1,159) = 2,592 total

Touchdowns: Calvin Johnson (15), Titus Young (5) = 20 total

The Big 64

Using Rotowire as a reference point, here's my listing of fantasy's best receiver tandems, 1 through 32.

For clubs like the Dolphins, Browns, Rams, Jets, Panthers and Bears, it wasn't easy to separate the No. 2 wideout from the third, fourth or even fifth options.

However, in terms of four-category viability (targets, catches, receiving yards, TDs), I'm comfortable with these WR1/WR2 assumptions, heading into July:

  • Greg Jennings/Jordy Nelson, Packers (2,212 yards and 24 TDs last season)
  • Victor Cruz/Hakeem Nicks, Giants (Nicks' foot injury muddles picture a bit) 
  • Roddy White/Julio Jones, Falcons 
  • Wes Welker/Brandon Lloyd, Patriots  
  • Mike Wallace/Antonio Brown, Steelers 
  • Miles Austin/Dez Bryant, Cowboys 
  • Calvin Johnson/Titus Young, Lions 
  • Vincent Jackson/Mike Williams, Bucs (M-Will was a top-13 WR last summer)
  • Jeremy Maclin/DeSean Jackson, Eagles
  • Kenny Britt/Nate Washington, Titans (this club is locked and loaded at WR)
  • Laurent Robinson/Justin Blackmon, Jags (highest-ranked vet/rookie combo)
  • Demaryius Thomas/Eric Decker, Broncos
  • Reggie Wayne/Austin Collie, Colts
  • Larry Fitzgerald/Michael Floyd, Cardinals 
  • Marques Colston/Lance Moore, Saints 
  • Darrius Heyward-Bey/Denarius Moore, Raiders
  • Michael Crabtree/Mario Manningham, 49ers
  • Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery, Bears (go big or go home)
  • Percy Harvin/Jerome Simpson, Vikings
  • Steve Johnson/Donald Jones, Bills
  • Dwayne Bowe/Jon Baldwin, Chiefs (biggest upside of any duo in bottom half)
  • Pierre Garcon/Santana Moss, Redskins
  • Torrey Smith/Anquan Boldin, Ravens
  • Andre Johnson/Kevin Walter, Texans
  • A.J. Green/Jordan Shipley, Bengals
  • Robert Meachem/Malcom Floyd, Chargers (Floyd has tools to be a star)
  • Sidney Rice/Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (Sidney's injury woes fuel low ranking)
  • Steve Smith/Brandon LaFell, Panthers
  • Santonio Holmes/Stephen Hill, Jets
  • Greg Little/Mohammed Massaquoi, Browns (Year 3 of MoMass breakout?)
  • Davone Bess/Legedu Naanee, Dolphins
  • Danny Amendola/Danario Alexander, Rams
  • Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.

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