Fantasy Football 2012: Green Light Goodness for Tailbacks, Receivers, Tight Ends

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterJune 22, 2012

Titans running back Chris Johnson is a good bet to match or eclipse his 2011 numbers in total yards (1,465), receptions (57) and touchdowns (four) this season. (Photo Credit: US PRESSWIRE)
Titans running back Chris Johnson is a good bet to match or eclipse his 2011 numbers in total yards (1,465), receptions (57) and touchdowns (four) this season. (Photo Credit: US PRESSWIRE)

As part of our evaluation process of running backs, wide receivers and tight ends, let's appease the fantasy optimists with a list of noteworthy statistical accomplishments, or isolated green lights from last season, that will be repeated in 2012. Guaranteed.

We'll broach the uncomfortable subject of 2011 red flags to fret about sometime next week.

Running Backs

Arian Foster: You can expect...1,841 total yards
LeSean McCoy: You can expect...48 catches and 1,309 rushing yards
Ryan Mathews: You can expect...50 catches and six TDs
Adrian Peterson: You can expect...1,112 total yards and 18 catches (duh!)
Reggie Bush: You can expect...1,097 rushing yards and seven TDs
Fred Jackson: You can expect...1,376 total yards and six TDs
Matt Forte: You can expect...999 rushing yards and four TDs
Jonathan Stewart: You can expect...761 rushing yards and five TDs
Ahmad Bradshaw: You can expect...926 total yards and 11 TDs
Chris Johnson: You can expect...1,465 total yards, 57 catches and four TDs
Shonn Greene: You can expect...1,054 rushing yards and six TDs
DeMarco Murray: You can expect...1,078 total yards and two TDs (obviously)
Roy Helu: You can expect...1,019 total yards, three TDs and 49 receptions

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald: You can expect...80 catches, 154 targets and eight TDs
Mike Wallace: You can expect...1,193 receiving yards, 114 targets, eight TDs
Dwayne Bowe: You can expect...81 catches, 1,159 receiving yards, five TDs
A.J. Green: You can expect...115 targets and seven touchdowns
Julio Jones: You can expect...54 catches, 94 targets and 959 receiving yards
Percy Harvin: You can expect...120 targets and 967 receiving yards
Jordy Nelson: You can expect...68 receptions
Eric Decker: You can expect...44 catches, 94 targets and 612 receiving yards
Greg Jennings: You can expect...67 catches and 101 targets
Titus Young: You can expect...48 catches, 85 targets, 607 yards and six TDs
Reggie Wayne: You can expect...750 receiving yards and four TDs
Darrius Heyward-Bey: You can expect...64 catches, 115 targets and four TDs
Dez Bryant: You can expect...63 catches and 103 targets
Jeremy Maclin: You can expect...96 targets, 859 receiving yards, five TDs
Laurent Robinson: You can expect...54 catches, 80 targets, 858 yards receiving
Torrey Smith: You can expect...50 catches, 841 yards, 95 targets, seven TDs

Tight Ends

Aaron Hernandez: You can touchdowns
Jermichael Finley: You can expect...55 catches, 92 targets and 767 yards
Antonio Gates: You can expect...64 catches and 88 targets
Vernon Davis: You can expect...67 catches, 792 receiving yards and six TDs
Brandon Pettigrew: You can expect...five touchdowns
Fred Davis: You can expect...59 catches, 88 targets, 796 yards, three TDs
Jermaine Gresham: You can expect...56 catches, 596 receiving yards
Ed Dickson: You can expect...54 catches, 528 receiving yards and five TDs


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