Fantasy Football 2012 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers (Updated 08/17/12)

Eric StashinSenior Writer IAugust 17, 2012

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 5: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up prior to the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the New Orleans Saints at Fawcett Stadium on August 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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How has the recent news impacted our rankings?  Who is moving up?  Who is moving down?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (the number in parentheses represents a player's previous ranking)

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions (1)
  2. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals (2)
  3. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans (4)
  4. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons (3)
  5. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers (5)
  6. Wes Welker – New England Patriots (6)
  7. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants (7)
  8. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals (8)
  9. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons (9)
  10. Victor Cruz – New York Giants (10)
  11. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers (12)
  12. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears (13)
  13. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers (14)
  14. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys (15)
  15. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers (11)
  16. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints (16)
  17. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings (17)
  18. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos (18)
  19. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19)
  20. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys (21)
  21. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles (22)
  22. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs (23)
  23. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills (24)
  24. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers (27)
  25. Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots (28)
  26. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles (25)
  27. Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans (20)
  28. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens (29)
  29. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins (30)
  30. Robert Meachem – San Diego Chargers (26)
  31. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts (31)
  32. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens (32)
  33. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (33)
  34. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders (34)
  35. Titus Young – Detroit Lions (39)
  36. Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars (35)
  37. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos (36)
  38. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers (37)
  39. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders (38)
  40. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns (40)
  41. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks (41)
  42. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets (42)
  43. Laurent Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars (43)
  44. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers (44)
  45. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints (45)
  46. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals (46)
  47. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans (47)
  48. Emmanuel Sanders – Pittsburgh Steelers (NR)
  49. Mario Manningham – San Francisco 49ers (49)
  50. Steve Smith – St. Louis Rams (NR)

Dropped from rankings – Kendall Wright, Randy Moss


  • I know all the reports about Brandon Lloyd are glowing, but I still have a hard time believing that there are enough balls to go around in New England.  You have to think that Lloyd is, at best, the fourth target behind Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.  Is he going to make his plays and be a usable option?  Absolutely, but I still wouldn’t consider him more than a WR3 (or very low-end WR2).
  • The St. Louis Rams are banged up at wide receiver, as it seems like they have been for well over a year.  According to Jason La Canfora (via Twitter), “Very strong buzz about WR Steve Smith here. Having another strong practice.  Bradford excited to see Smith and Amendola both in slot”.  While Smith fell off fantasy radars over the past two years, he is the same player who had 107 catches in 2009.  If healthy he could be a nice low-end option for fantasy owners to consider.
  • Both Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe have yet to sign and report to camp, but all the rumors claim that they will both be on the field for Week 1.  For now we’ll be leaving Bowe where he was on the rankings, since the Chiefs don’t have many alternatives.  As for Wallace, while I would continue to anticipate him being one of the top options for the Steelers, he was already out produced by Antonio Brown down the stretch in ’11.  He has to drop a few spots, as his absence has just allowed Brown and Ben Roethlisberger to get a better and better rapport.
  • Kenny Britt was quoted by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean (click here for the article) saying, “(Goodell said) he would think about it and get to me as soon as possible, sooner or later, I’m not too sure”.  Time will tell, but you would think he’s going to miss at least a handful of games.  Throw in the fact that he’s currently injured and Britt takes a bit of a dive down the rankings.  He still has the potential to be a nice draft day selection, but you have to weigh the risk in there.
  • Were you worried about Hakeem Nicks’ status for Week 1?  According to Ralph Vacchiano via Twitter (click here for the link) Nicks said, “This is an indication that we’re right where we should be,” Nicks said.  “We’re on schedule.  There have been no setbacks.”  He seems like a safe bet right now.

Make sure to check out our 2012 fantasy football rankings: