2012 NFL Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings, Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIJuly 20, 2012

Yeah I'll Admit It, "I'm head over heels for Doug Baldwin!"
Yeah I'll Admit It, "I'm head over heels for Doug Baldwin!"Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images


Right at the time of year when draft magazines are hitting the shelves at your local grocery store, we already have values changing.  Just before training camps begin, run-ins with the law have not only impacted the values of players like Marshawn Lynch but those players around them as well.

Let’s take a look at a couple of situations we need to pay attention to as we get ready for the preseason to begin.

Doug Baldwin

One of the better third-down receivers in the game as a rookie, Doug Baldwin is an underrated receiver that will make plays in the short to intermediate parts of the field. While Baldwin's ADP remains cheap, we shouldn't overlook him as a valuable addition to our rosters, even in standard scoring leagues.

The key for Baldwin is if he can win regular playing time on the outside to go with this productive play from the slot.

Mike Williams' release helps Baldwin's odds of seeing his snap count go up in two-receiver sets, and that is important when you have an offense that figures to be run heavy.

Then again, if Lynch should sustain a long suspension because of his recent DUI (he has a long history of problems off the field), the Seahawks' hand would be forced to throw the football without him; Robert Turbin and Leon Washington won't carry the offense like Lynch can.

Don't be surprised if Baldwin's ADP rises as we advance through the preseason, but you should still find him available as a WR4 and maybe a WR5 on draft day. I have him ranked as a WR3 for 12 team leagues, but that is more to point out I believe he can play at that level for you, yet at the same time, his ADP suggest you can land him later.


Kenny Britt

This past week has been very unfortunate for dynasty owners with Kenny Britt on their squad. First we learn that he went in for another knee operation, this time on the knee opposite his ACL tear, for minor cleanup work.

Then we find out he was arrested on a DUI charge. This hurts the most as Britt came out this offseason and said he was a "changed man" from all the problems in his past (via Inquisitr.com). I still have faith that he can mature, but this is a black eye and may result in a suspension.

Only time will tell, but in re-draft leagues, Britt is starting to fall down draft boards and perhaps that was warranted anyway as he's coming off a major knee injury, and is likely going to start the season slow.

We should view Britt as nothing more than an early WR4 at this point, and if he should miss up to two weeks of camp, it's time to start thinking about Nate Washington or even Kendall Wright as the first Titans receiver off the board in your summer draft(s).

2012 Position Rankings: Top 200 | QB | RB | TE | Cheat Sheets