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

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Top 75 WR: 2012 Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Rankings (Updated 8/25)
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
O-Line Struggles Could Slow Lloyd Down Early On.

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 Rotoworld.com, 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.   

1

Calvin Johnson

2

Julio Jones

3

A.J. Green

4

Jordy Nelson

5

Andre Johnson

6

Larry Fitzgerald

7

Victor Cruz

8

Brandon Marshall

9

Roddy White

10

Greg Jennings

11

Wes Welker

12

Hakeem Nicks

13

Brandon Lloyd

14

Demaryius Thomas

15

Antonio Brown

16

Eric Decker

17

Dez Bryant

18

Steve Smith

19

Percy Harvin

20

DeSean Jackson

21

Dwayne Bowe

22

Jeremy Maclin

23

Reggie Wayne

24

Pierre Garcon

25

Marques Colston

26

Torrey Smith

27

Vincent Jackson

28

Mike Wallace

29

Titus Young

30

Stevie Johnson

31

Miles Austin

32

Nate Washington

33

Malcom Floyd

34

Greg Little

35

Justin Blackmon

36

Alshon Jeffery

37

Randy Moss

38

Sidney Rice

39

Michael Crabtree

40

Mike Williams

41

Robert Meachem

42

Darrius Heyward-Bey

43

Denarius Moore

44

Kenny Britt

45

Danny Amendola

46

Steve Smith, Stl

47

Kendall Wright

48

Brandon LaFell

49

Anquan Boldin

50

Emmanuel Sanders

51

Randall Cobb

52

Laurent Robinson

53

Davone Bess

54

Austin Collie

55

Earl Bennett

56

Santonio Holmes

57

Jonathan Baldwin

58

Leonard Hankerson

59

Mario Manningham

60

Jerome Simpson

61

Donald Jones

62

Golden Tate

63

Nate Burleson

64

Brandon Tate

65

Rueben Randle

66

David Nelson

67

Ryan Broyles

68

Lestar Jean

69

Brian Quick

70

Santana Moss

71

James Jones

72

Keyshawn Martin

73

Rod Streater

74

Armon Binns

75

Doug Baldwin

2012 Standard Position Rankings - Top 200 | QB | RB | TE | Cheat Sheets |

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