1. Calvin Johnson: Lions
2. Julio Jones: Falcons
3. Larry Fitzgerald: Cardinals
4. A.J. Green: Bengals
5. Hakeem Nicks: Giants
Predicting which wide receivers will finish in the top five can be a fruitless effort.
Jordy Nelson, Victor Cruz and Brandon Lloyd have posted top fantasy seasons in the last two years.
There will be another changing of the guard at the wide receiver position this season with the exception of Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Both are as automatic as it comes. They have also proved they can produce with backup quarterbacks if needed.
Julio Jones is primed for a breakout season. In the Falcons’ preseason opener, Jones caught six passes for 109 yards and one touchdown—in the first quarter. If you extrapolate Jones’ last five games of 2011 for a full season, he would have had 77 catches, 1,475 yards and 19 touchdowns.
A.J. Green averaged over seven targets per game as a rookie—a total that stands to increase given the lack of supporting talent in Cincinnati. Greg Cosell of NFL Films already considers Green one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.
Hakeem Nicks is the better bet to return to the fantasy elite than his teammate Victor Cruz after a dominating performance in the 2011 playoffs. Nicks caught 22 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns in just three games, outproducing Cruz by a large margin.