Top 80 WR's: 2012 Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Rankings (Updated 8/19)

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIAugust 19, 2012

Keep an eye on Greg Jennings
Keep an eye on Greg JenningsBenny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

The second week of the preseason is almost in the books, but we have injuries to key receivers to update. It’s good to know the up-and-coming names in the league and the stars to trust in the early rounds.

However, ignoring lingering ailments like Peyton Manning’s last year can get you into trouble. With this in mind, it’s time to take a closer look at the Packers' superstar wide receiver.

 

Greg Jennings Concussion

Jennings suffered a concussion a few weeks ago and has yet to find the practice field again, because of complications. While I’m still optimistic we will see Jennings on the field Week 1 against the 49ers, the longer he is sidelined, the more we need to be cautious on draft day.

While Jennings is a top-10 talent at the receiver position for fantasy leagues, I’m tailing him back to the 16th receiver off the board.

Depth at the position is the main reason why, as we have plenty of options on the board that can produce WR1 numbers and don’t have the concerns Jennings will have through this season.

Perhaps Jennings won’t sustain another injury, but if he should, it might knock him out for some time if he continues to feel effects.

 

Vincent Brown Breaks Ankle

Just before hitting the accept button for a trade to acquire Brown in one of my dynasty leagues, I watched him haul in a touchdown catch and promptly leave the field on a cart. Brown dove in the end zone and the defender fell on his leg, clearly snapping his ankle.

While the Chargers claim this should be an eight-week injury, fantasy owners need to brace themselves for a longer time frame before we see him playing at the level he was in training camp.

Brown was ready to overtake Robert Meachem as a starter, but this now opens the door for Meachem to remain in the starting lineup. Look to Meachem as nothing more than a WR4, as he’s struggled to fight for the football and still needs to round his game out.

 

Hakeem Nicks Practicing Again

While Nicks failed to play during the Giants Week 2 preseason contest against the Jets, it appears he’s avoided a set back (knock on wood) after activation from the PUP list last week. I would like to see Nicks get some preseason action, but all he really needs to do to be a top-15 receiver is just continue to work his way back from his foot injury.

Nicks is on track to start for the Giants Week 1. Look to Cruz as the top receiver to select from this team, but Nicks will be the true No.1 receiver in this offense.

 

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