Fantasy Pros' Preseason Wide Receiver Questions

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJuly 25, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles outruns Oshiomogho Atogwe #20 of the Washington Redskins for a touchdown after catching a pass during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Fantasy Pros asked me to weigh in on some timely wide receiver fantasy football questions as the 2012 season draws near.

Q1–From the list below, pick one receiver coming off of an injury and/or a disappointing season who you expect to bounce back in a big way in 2012.

Dez Bryant
Miles Austin
DeSean Jackson
Kenny Britt
Santonio Holmes

Some players put up monster numbers in contract years only to fall back to Earth once management shows them the money. In my mind, DeSean Jackson is the opposite. Not only do I think bitterness played a role in his disappointing season, I think reluctance compounded the problem. Jackson did not want to get hurt and cost himself financially.

With the contract behind him I believe he is poised to return to being one of the most dangerous players in the game, capable of single-handedly winning fantasy matchups on any given week.

Q2–Name a high profile receiver who you believe is on track to betray fantasy owners in 2012. (NOTE–selections do not have to come from list above)

Speaking of players who got paid, Vincent Jackson finally got his. Unfortunately for his fantasy outlook, the move to Tampa Bay will likely hinder his performance. For starters, going from Philip Rivers to Josh Freeman is a step back. Additionally, the Buccaneers figure to be a run-first team under new coach Greg Schiano.

Jackson will still make big plays, but don’t expect him to put up WR1 numbers in his new home. He’ll be a solid WR2, but he’ll lack consistency.

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