2012 PPR Fantasy Football Week 9: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a first down against the Washington Redskins during the game on October 28, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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After a breakout season that sent Antonio Brown to the Pro Bowl in 2011, it appeared he was ready to emerge as a top-15 fantasy receiver in PPR leagues this summer. At that time, Mike Wallace was mired in a prolonged holdout and the odds were against him to make an impact through the first half of the season.

Brown, on the other hand, was given a new contract and looked to be picking up Todd Haley’s new offense with ease. A favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger on third downs a year ago, Brown was slated to be the team's top possession man, and I expected him to make a run for 100 receptions.

Thus far Brown has been a disappointment as he’s produced outside the top 20 receivers in PPR leagues but we can’t point to lack of activity in the passing game as a reason why. Through seven games Brown has 40 receptions off of 64 targets (13 overall among receivers) proving he is still the top possession receiver in Pittsburgh.

The problem is he’s only totaled a 12-yard-per-catch average (16.1 last year) and continues to struggle in terms of touchdowns with only one this year. This was a problem for Brown a year ago as he totaled two touchdowns for the entire season.

I thought because of his role in the offense and his growing maturity as a receiver in the NFL, we would see Brown’s touchdown total go up to around seven or eight by years end. Perhaps that will still happen, but for now his lack of production is hurting fantasy owners and we should look to Health Miller’s six touchdowns on the season as a possible reason why he’s failed up to this point.

This suggests that Brown is still getting most of his work outside of the red zone, or at least is the odd man out close to the goal line because he doesn’t posses the ideal size of Miller or leaping ability of Wallace. Until things change, view Brown as a WR3 play in PPR leagues and possibly a WR4 option in standard scoring leagues going forward.


Jordy Nelson’s Hamstring Issues

While it appears Nelson will test out his hamstring on Friday, I shouldn’t be surprised if the Packers hold him out this week. Nelson was out last week against the Jaguars, and while Green Bay has struggled to blow average teams away this season, I’m sure the coaching staff is tempted to sit Nelson knowing they have a bye week coming up after the game.

Keep an eye on Nelson’s progress later in the week because if he plays you will want him in the lineup against a floundering Cardinals team.

1 Brandon Marshall @ Titans
2 A.J. Green Broncos
3 Victor Cruz Steelers
4 Percy Harvin @ Seahawks
5 Demaryius Thomas @ Bengals
6 Vincent Jackson @ Raiders
7 Reggie Wayne Dolphins
8 Miles Austin @ Falcons
9 Eric Decker @ Bengals
10 Roddy White Cowboys
11 Randall Cobb Cardinals
12 Julio Jones Cowboys
13 Jordy Nelson (I) Cardinals
14 Denarius Moore Buccaneers
15 Mike Wallace @ Giants
16 Marques Colston Eagles
17 Calvin Johnson (I) @ Jaguars
18 Larry Fitzgerald (I) @ Packers
19 Steve Smith @ Redskins
20 Andre Johnson Bills
21 Stevie Johnson @ Texans
22 Dez Bryant (I) @ Falcons
23 Titus Young @ Jaguars
24 Torrey Smith @ Browns
25 Hakeem Nicks Steelers
26 Mike Williams @ Raiders
27 Antonio Brown @ Giants
28 Dwayne Bowe @ Chargers
29 Jeremy Maclin @ Saints
30 James Jones Cardinals
31 DeSean Jackson (I) @ Saints
32 Cecil Shorts @ Packers
33 Kendall Wright Bears
34 Andre Roberts @ Packers
35 Sidney Rice Vikings
36 Anquan Boldin @ Browns
37 Brian Hartline @ Colts
38 Josh Gordon Ravens
39 Ryan Broyles @ Jaguars
40 Santana Moss Panthers

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