We've hit Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season, and for every player at the wide receiver position that has exceeded expectations (such as Danny Amendola of the St. Louis Rams), there's one that hasn't sniffed them (such as Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers).
However, for this trio of pass-catchers, there shouldn't be any doubt that they're bound for big things in Week 5, as the table has been set for the sort of fantasy production that will propel your team to victory.
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (vs. GB)
Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne is one of those wide receivers that has surpassed what was expected of him entering the season, as the 33-year-old presently ranks seventh at his position in fantasy points per game, buoyed by 23 catches for 294 yards and a touchdown.
No wide receiver in the National Football League has been targeted more times per game, and Wayne's quarterback said there's a simple explanation for that, according to Kareem Copeland of NFL.com.
"He gets open," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "He has an uncanny knack for when it's zone, where the hole is going to be based on where the other routes are running. When it's man, he's got all the tricks up his sleeve about how to get open."
Andrew Luck will probably be throwing the ball plenty in this week's matchup with the Packers, which should mean plenty of work for Wayne against a Green Bay defense that's a fairly favorable fantasy matchup.
Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (at NO)
Entering the 2012 season, there were questions as to whether it would be Malcom Floyd or Robert Meachem who would step into the void at wide receiver in San Diego created by Vincent Jackson's departure, but if the first four games of this season are any indication, that question has been answered.
While Meachem has been all but invisible, Floyd has flourished, and after reeling in 15 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown through four games, the 31-year-old was happy to be rewarded with a three-year contract extension last week, according to the Associated Press via ESPN.
"I guess all these years of hard work have paid off," Floyd said in an interview posted on the team's website. "They took great care of me, and now I get to start and finish my career as a Charger. That's something I always dreamed about."
This week, the Chargers travel to face the New Orleans Saints and their awful defense, which has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.
Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (at CIN)
One of the biggest surprises of Week 4 was the statistical explosion from Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline, who made 12 catches for 253 yards and a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.
That huge game was Hartline's second time this season topping 100 receiving yards, and while the fourth-year pro may not be the most athletic wide receiver in the NFL, he's become one of the most targeted, playing with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
That workload has propelled Hartline from the waiver wire into the starting lineup of many fantasy football teams, and there's no reason not to roll Hartline out there again this week against an injury-ravaged Cincinnati Bengals secondary.
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