2012 Top 75 WR's: Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings, Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIAugust 5, 2012

Keep An Eye On Jonathan Baldwin
Keep An Eye On Jonathan BaldwinJamie Squire/Getty Images

It’s time to dial up the top 75 rankings for wide receivers as we prepare for preseason action and fantasy drafts. Most active fantasy owners know by now to expect a deep receiving class on draft day, but there are always a few options who could contribute at a cheap price at the end of your draft or through the waiver wire.

With that said, we want to look at receivers that are getting valuable reps with the first-team offenses because of holdouts from top stars. This is a positive sign for any up-and-coming prospect because they have time to establish chemistry with the starting quarterback.

Baldwin Gets Value Reps With Bowe Out

It’s time to pay attention to Jonathan Baldwin as a late-round sleeper. Baldwin is having a terrific camp, and his reps in the first-team offense will pay dividends in establishing confidence and chemistry with this quarterback.

Baldwin has had a troubled past, but it appears that he is motivated to impress his coaching staff, and we should pay attention.

Expect the Chiefs to install a heavy run offense like they had back in 2010. But that’s not a bad thing for Baldwin, as it will open up more opportunities for one-on-one matchups down the field.

Kansas City took this talented receiver for a reason. With Bowe likely gone after this year, Baldwin is the receiver the Chiefs view as a possible WR1. He will earn an expanded role if he continues to play well. 

Sanders Could Be A Sleeper If Wallace Continues His Holdout

When your head coach wonders out loud about your future health concerns, it’s a problem. Emmanuel Sanders has the talent to be a WR3 in fantasy leagues, even as the third receiver in the Steelers offense, but he’s had problems staying on the field.

With Mike Wallace mired in a holdout, Sanders is earning valuable time in the first-team offense and should have an expanded role. The main problem for Sanders is health, but if Wallace should hold out deep into August, we will need to view Sanders as a sleeper candidate and a late-round addition.

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