2012 Fantasy Football Week 10: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 6, 2012

Nov 4, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) runs past Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nick Barnett (50) during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 21-9. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
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Andre Johnson has failed to haul in a touchdown for five straight weeks. Fantasy owners have to be disappointed in Johnson’s numbers this year, but credit a stingy defense and a terrific running game as some of the reasons for Houston’s failure to give him more work.

Then again, Johnson has no less than eight receptions in each of his past three games, and had his second highest receiving total last week with 118 yards against the Bills.

While Johnson may not be the elite WR1 option he was in the past, he’s still a weekly WR2 play, even in standard leagues. Based on his recent workload in the offense, we should expect his touchdowns to come and soon.

What Did We Learn from Week 9?

- A trendy breakout option against the Redskins last week, Steve Smith did connect with Cam Newton for his first touchdown reception of the season. While Smith only posted 41 yards receiving, expect him to hold WR2 value going forward.

- Calvin Johnson found a way to get onto the field and posted over 120 yards receiving against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Unfortunately, his knee injury is likely to bother him the rest of the season, and he has still yet to hook up with Matthew Stafford for a touchdown on the season.

- Titus Young will continue to be a boom or bust option for fantasy owners. Stick with him this week against the Vikings as Matthew Stafford is finding his groove.

Sean’s Week 10 Watch List

- With lingering hamstring problems and an ankle injured in three different spots, we shouldn’t like Percy Harvin’s odds of playing this week. Let’s see what happens when Christian Ponder’s security blanket is taken away. Based on Ponder’s recent play, it won’t be good and we shouldn’t look to another receiver for fantasy help.

- Dez Bryant played despite a hip injury but had a quiet night against the Falcons with only one reception for 15 yards. He did just miss on a touchdown catch with Tony Romo and Romo overthrew him on another pass opportunity.

Let’s hope he can put a few days of practice in this week, before we look to insert him in the lineup. Consider him a WR3 option if he plays.

- Stevie Johnson had a thigh injury against the Texans but we should expect him to play against the Patriots. Oddly enough Johnson only posted two receptions for 23 yards in a high-scoring game against New England back in Week 4.

Expect things to be different this time around as the Patriots secondary has regressed since that time.

- Antonio Brown has a high ankle sprain and will likely be out for a few weeks. Enter Emmanuel Sanders and he should be a low-end WR3 to WR4 play this week.

- According to Nick Wagoner of the Rams' official website Danny Amendola is expected back with the team this week. This news should hurt Brandon Gibson more than Chris Givens but it’s not a great sign for both receivers, who were fringe top-40 receivers when Amendola was out.

1 A.J. Green Giants
2 Julio Jones @ Saints
3 Brandon Marshall Texans
4 Victor Cruz @ Bengals
5 Demaryius Thomas @ Panthers
6 Roddy White @ Saints
7 Vincent Jackson Chargers
8 Wes Welker Bills
9 Eric Decker @ Panthers
10 Reggie Wayne @ Jaguars
11 Marques Colston Falcons
12 Calvin Johnson (I) @ Vikings
13 Mike Wallace Chiefs
14 Miles Austin @ Eagles
15 Steve Smith Broncos
16 Denarius Moore @ Ravens
17 Torrey Smith Raiders
18 Andre Johnson @ Bears
19 Brandon Lloyd Bills
20 DeSean Jackson Cowboys
21 Stevie Johnson (I) @ Patriots
22 Titus Young @ Vikings
23 Jeremy Maclin Cowboys
24 Mike Williams Chargers
25 Dwayne Bowe @ Steelers
26 Hakeem Nicks @ Bengals
27 Malcom Floyd @ Buccaneers
28 Brian Hartline Titans
29 Dez Bryant (I) @ Eagles
30 Sidney Rice Jets
31 Michael Crabtree Rams
32 Lance Moore Falcons
33 Emmanuel Sanders Chiefs
34 Danny Amendola (I) @ 49ers
35 Kenny Britt @ Dolphins
36 Ryan Broyles @ Vikings
37 Cecil Shorts Colts
38 Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Ravens
39 Anquan Boldin Raiders
40 Jeremy Kerley @ Seahawks
41 Davone Bess Titans

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