Top 75 WR: 2012 Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Rankings (Updated 8/25)

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIAugust 25, 2012

O-Line Struggles Could Slow Lloyd Down Early On.
O-Line Struggles Could Slow Lloyd Down Early On.Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

As the third week of the preseason slows down, I wanted to talk about a couple of talented big-play  receivers who could start off slow this season.

Lloyd's O-line

The Patriots have had some linemen leave this offseason, and Logan Mankins is coming off an ACL injury. Still, it seemed like all would be well with one of the games top quarterbacks under center in Tom Brady.

After watching New England’s third preseason game, it’s time to be a little concerned about Brady’s offensive line. Marcus Cannon has struggled mightily on the right side, but it appears Sebastian Vollmer will be activated off the PUP to start ahead of him.

Nat Solder is moving from right over to left tackle this season and has had some problems as well.

I believe the Patriots will figure things out as we move through the season but early on we could see Brady forced into checking down to options like Aaron Hernandez and running back out of the backfield.

In Brandon Lloyd, New England finally has a depth threat since the departure of Randy Moss. Look for Brady to take his shots down the field to Lloyd, but the speedster may not connect enough to make him a WR1 like I was projecting through most of this month.

Smith's Foot

Going around the fifth round in 10-team standard leagues this summer, Steve Smith is back on the map as a quality WR2 with Cam Newton as his quarterback. As has been the case for some many of Smith’s training camps throughout this career, we are dealing with another ailment.

This time, Smith has some type of foot problem that has kept him on crutches and out of the teams third preseason game.

Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera did note that Smith would be listed as out if this was week one of the regular season, so we should be a little concerned.

According to, Chris Mortensen of ESPN noted that the injury was a staph infection, which can be a serious problem if it went untreated.

Will Smith miss time in September? Who knows at this point, but he does have a few weeks to get ready. Still, fantasy owners need to keep this in mind when targeting him, as we have a quality list of top thirty options at receiver.   

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