2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2012

Here’s an updated and expanded look at 2012 LestersLegends fantasy football wide receiver rankings.

1.  Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron was an absolute beast last year with 96 catches for 1681 yards and 16 scores. He’s No. 1 and it’s not really close.

2.  Wes Welker, New England Patriots
What knee injury? All Welker did last year was catch 122 passes for 1569 yards and nine TDs. With Gronk and Aaron Hernandez it is hard to key in on Welker. Not to mention the addition of Brandon Lloyd.

3.  Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Victor Cruz put up better numbers last year, but Nicks was a force as well with 1192 yards and seven TDs.

4.  Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd should relieve some of the attention on Fitz, who had his fourth 1400-yard season.

5.  Victor Cruz, New York Giants
After 1536 yards and nine TDs there should be plenty more salsa dancing in 2012.

6.  Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
He makes me nervous because he couldn’t get healthy last year. He finished strong though and should bounce back this.

7.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Recorded his fourth 1200-yard season and has 29 scores over the past three years.

8.  Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
At times he was even better than Roddy. He should really emerge in his second season.

9.  Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
He has sneaky quickness and a great rapport with the best QB in the game. Scored 15 times last year.

10.  Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
He’ll be 33, but he still has plenty of speed and an emerging quarterback.

11.  Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Assuming he stays out of trouble he should build on the 1214-yard, six TD season as he’s reunited with Jay Cutler.

12.  Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
He’s healthy and poised to explode this year. DeSean will have bigger games, but Maclin is more consistent.

13.  A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Had a great rookie year (1057 yards, seven TDs). Look for even more.

14.  Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
He has elite speed and is coming off his second big year. Look for more of the same.

15.  Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Was limited to 13 games last year, but he still caught nine TDs with 949 yards.

16.  Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints 
Continues to produce 1000-yard seasons. He’s averaging 1040 yards and eight TDs per year in his six seasons.

17.  Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Played with a ridiculous bad cast of QBs in his time with Denver and St. Louis last year. Brady should help him improve on the 966 yards and five scores.

18.  Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikes will have to figure out a better way to use Percy and Adrian Peterson at the same time. He was dominant at times, and he should continue to be productive both running and catching the football.

19.  Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
928 yards and nine TDs last year with plenty of room to grow. Will have to stay healthy to join the elite. His behavior keeps him from being a WR1.

20.  Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne will take on the role of Andrew Luck’s security blanket. The Colts still figure to be behind most of the time and forced to throw a bunch.

21.  Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
I think Dez has surpassed him, but there is still plenty there.

22.  DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Coming off a disappointing season (961 yards, four TDs). He’ll be hit or miss, but he should be much better in 2012.

23.  Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He isn’t in as fantasy-friendly a situation, and you’ll have to worry that he won’t be as motivated after getting paid. Still, he’s got a great speed-size combo and should remain a difficult cover.

24.  Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
He showed signs last year with Tim Tebow under center. With the Manning upgrade he could be primed to take the next step.

25.  Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Took a big step back last year, but the talent is there. Decent value pick.

26.  Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are going to be a pass-heavy team in 2012, and Brown should build on his breakout 2011.

27.  Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Recorded his second straight 1000-yard season. Good chance for a third.

28.  Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
If Decker can stay healthy he should also benefit from Peyton’s play. Consistency will be the biggest improvement.
29.  Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
I’m a little concerned with how he’ll handle being the primary receiver, but RG3 and Garcon should be an exciting combo.

30.  Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith showed flashes last year as a rookie. Look for improvement in his second season.


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