Top 80 WR's: 2012 PPR Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Rankings (Updated 8/12)

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIAugust 12, 2012

So Far, So Good for Pierre Garcon
So Far, So Good for Pierre GarconTimothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

The first week of the preseason is almost in the books and while we will see more from first team offenses in the coming weeks, we can take away some positives. A couple veteran receivers have caught my eye while scrolling over teams while watching NFL Game Rewind.

 

A Change Of Heart About Pierre Garcon

Heading into the preseason, I was skeptical Garcon could perform at a consistent WR3 level.

Up and down play was a problem back in Indianapolis and we’ve seen Washington overpay players in the past, but their production on the field doesn’t translate to the contract the team dished out. Even though Garcon was signed to be the top receiver, I needed to see it on the field.

Only time will tell if Garcon is up to the challenge, but after watching the Redskins first preseason game, it’s clear that Robert Griffin will be looking his way with regularity.

If this trend continues (I believe it will), we should see Garcon breakout for a nice season, and those of you in performance leagues will enjoy some big plays between this pair.

Griffin has a great arm and his accuracy down the field will pay off for Garcon who is the top deep threat on the team. Garcon’s touchdown off a screen play against the Bills and his targets over the middle and on out routes suggest he will be more than just a deep threat in this offense.

Currently going as the 28th receiver off the board (pick 7.08) in recent ADP trends, Garcon is a nice value in PPR leagues and we should look to him as an option to draft as early as the sixth round.

 

Nate Washington Still Titans No.1 Receiver

It’s hard to deny the talent Kenny Britt has, but two things have been problematic in his career to this point: off-the-field problems and health. While Britt got off to a hot start last season, his ACL tear opened the door for veteran Nate Washington to step up and be the main option in the passing game.

Washington didn’t disappoint, going for 74 receptions and over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.

Fast forward to last night’s preseason action and it was clear to see the chemistry Washington had with Matt Hasselbeck. Washington ran good routes and snatched the football with ease while shielding defenders. 

While Kendall Wright will be an electric playmaker in this offense, it is Washington that we should look to as the top target in the Titans passing game.

Passing will be a big part of the Titans offense, and if Chris Johnson continues to play the way he did last year (and last night) this team will have no choice but to win through the air. Maybe I’m a little bullish on Washington, but I’ve moved him up to 30th overall in my recent rankings.

Going 39th receiver off the board (pick 10.06) in recent ADP trends, you should land Washington as a backup, but he can perform as a low end starter. If Britt continues to have issues and fails to fully recover from his knee problems, Washington could expand on his respectable numbers from a year ago.

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