Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Tiers of a Clown, Plus More Useful Links

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterAugust 20, 2012

Giants wideout Victor Cruz, a top-10 fantasy asset at his position, scored four of his nine touchdowns last season from 68 yards or longer.
Giants wideout Victor Cruz, a top-10 fantasy asset at his position, scored four of his nine touchdowns last season from 68 yards or longer.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Here are my updated draft tiers for wide receivers before the third full week of the NFL preseason.

The first two tiers may only have 22 theoretical locks for 1,150 total yards and/or nine touchdowns, but there's still plenty of wideout depth for 12- 14- and 16-team drafts.

It's worth noting that Indy's Austin Collie (concussion symptoms) and San Diego's Vincent Brown (broken ankle) are off my board for an indefinite period.

Tier 1 (1,275 total yards and/or 11 TD)
Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Wes Welker, Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Victor Cruz

Tier 2 (1,150 total yards and/or 9 TD)
Julio Jones, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall, Percy Harvin, Marques Colston, Dez Bryant, Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, A.J. Green, Steve Johnson, Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks

Tier 3 (975 total yards and/or 7 TD)
Miles Austin, Santonio Holmes, DeSean Jackson, Laurent Robinson, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brandon Lloyd, Sidney Rice, Pierre Garcon, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Malcom Floyd, Nate Washington, Torrey Smith, Antonio Brown, Michael Crabtree, Greg Little, Titus Young, Mike Williams

Tier 4 (800 total yards and/or 6 TD)
Justin Blackmon, Jerome Simpson, Leonard Hankerson, Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, Robert Meachem, Jabar Gaffney, Nate Burleson, James Jones, Lance Moore, Denarius Moore, Donald Jones, Doug Baldwin, Kevin Walter, Danario Alexander, Danny Amendola, Santana Moss, Jonathan Baldwin, Kendall Wright, Randy Moss

Tier 5 (The Best Of The Rest)
Early Doucet, Brandon LaFell, Josh Gordon, DeVier Posey, Deion Branch, Michael Floyd, Steve Breaston, Brian Quick, Johnny Knox, Chad Johnson, Devin Aromashodu, Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett, A.J. Jenkins, Jordan Norwood, Jason Hill, Brandon Tate, Juron Criner, Louis Murphy, Marvin McNutt, Nick Toon, Randall Cobb, Jordan Shipley, Greg Salas, Jacoby Ford, Kendall Wright, T.Y. Hilton, Jacoby Jones, Michael Jenkins, Devery Henderson, Brandon Gibson, Ben Obomanu, Arrelious Benn, Dezmon Briscoe, Golden Tate, Jason Avant, Mohamed Sanu, Mohamed Massaquoi, Donald Driver, Andre Roberts, Harry Douglas, Devin Hester, Devery Henderson, Reuben Randle, Josh Cribbs, David Nelson, Josh Morgan, Brian Hartline, Stephen Hill, Preston Parker, Mike Thomas, Andre Caldwell, Legedu Naanee, Emmanuel Sanders, Chaz Schilens, Damian Williams

Practice Makes Perfect

Fantasy owners should have already begun the process of mock drafting. Here are six excellent sites for daily mocking—covering standard-scoring and keeper leagues. ( is my preferred auctioneer.)


Toolbox Of Wonder

The forward-thinking eggheads at Fantasy Football Toolbox are off and running with unique takes on the upcoming season:

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