For the most part, the very best of the best wide receivers have been drafted accurately thus far in 2012. The top three guys on the season (A.J. Green, Calvin Johnson and Mike Wallace) were all drafted to be No. 1 options on their fantasy teams.
Beyond that, it gets a little dicey.
Miles Austin wasn’t drafted as a No. 1 option in most drafts. Julio Jones was, but Torrey Smith wasn’t either.
They’ve all scored 35 fantasy points through the first three games.
But where do they fit into my list for the next 13? Read on to find out.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (Week 3: 1)
He finally did what you drafted him to do in Week 3. He grabbed ten passes for 164 yards and a touchdown.
2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (6)
Green had a massive Week 3. Nine grabs, 183 yards and a long bomb score.
3. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (5)
Harvin’s going to find the end zone eventually. He is ridiculously involved in the Vikings offense. With Jerome Simpson coming into play in Week 4, Harvin should have even more space to roam.
4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (2)
Defenses are paying extra-special attention to Jones. He’s a transcendent talent, so some weeks that coverage will be irrelevant. But for the time being, balls are going to Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White.
5. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (20)
After being away from the team for the overwhelming majority of the offseason, Wallace has a touchdown in every game. Heading into the bye week, he looks like a good bet to avoid one of those holdout-type injuries.
6. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (11)
Austin is the guy in Dallas. Forget what you heard about Dez Bryant. He obviously has the ability, but the stat of the week regarding Dez beckons you to remember the last time he had back-to-back 100-yard games.
The answer is: never.
Austin hasn’t done it since 2010, but that’s not the point.
7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (4)
It’s about time for the Packers offense to wake up.
8. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (3)
I like Cruz less when Hakeem Nicks is out of the lineup. And Nicks has been dealing with injuries all season.
9. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (10)
He had his first down game against the Texans in Week 3, but that’s the Texans.
10. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (26)
Smith is getting the ball more frequently and doing more with it. He’s scored three touchdowns in the last six days.
11. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (14)
12. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (8)
13. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (9)
14. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (12)
15. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (15)
16. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (7)
17. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots (18)
18. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers (17)
19. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (13)
20. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (16)
21. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (24)
22. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (27)
23. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (25)
24. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (19)
25. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (21)
26. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (30)
27. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)
28. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (28)
29. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (29)
30. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (23)
31. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (31)
32. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (32)
33. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles (33)
34. Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings (unranked)
35. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens (50)
36. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints (37)
37. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals (38)
38. Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (45)
39. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (34)
40. Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions (39)
41. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns (41)
42. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (42)
43. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (46)
44. Santonio Holmes, New York Jets (unranked)
45. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks (unranked)
46. Ramses Braden, New York Giants (unranked)
47. Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (35)
48. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (36)
49. Titus Young, Detroit Lions (unranked)
50. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (unranked)
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