Week 12 Fantasy Football Projections: WRs That Will Post Monster Numbers

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIINovember 25, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 16:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown in front of T.J. Ward #43 of the Cleveland Browns during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Bengals defeated the Browns 34-27.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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There are certain marquee wide receivers you can count on virtually every week to post monster fantasy numbers.

Some of the usual suspects headline the top of Week 12's fantasy football projections, with particularly favorable matchups in store. But there are a couple others that aren't typically mortal locks as lineup staples, yet should be considered so in Week 12.

Check out this quartet of wideouts sure to shine as fantasy stars on Sunday.


Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

Top pick Andrew Luck has targeted the 12-year veteran a league-high 130 times, and it has worked out extremely well. Wayne has already exceeded the 1,000-yard mark and is in the midst of a career year.

After getting pummeled by the New England Patriots in Foxboro, the Colts will be eager to bounce back with a victory at home against the Buffalo Bills.

Although the Bills don't give up an obnoxious amount of yards through the air, they still rank 30th in points allowed. Their weakness is typically the running game, but Indy isn't a running team by any means.

Luck has had problems turning the ball over this season, throwing 12 interceptions to offset his 12 touchdown passes. While the Colts have more trouble than any defense creating turnovers, Buffalo isn't the most opportunistic unit, either.

No one on the Bills can dream of covering Wayne, and there is no reason to think that he won't get into the end zone and post a 100-plus yard game.

Projected Stats: 11 catches, 165 yards, 2 TDs

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

He might already be the best receiver in the NFL in just his second season out of the University of Georgia. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but Green is at least in the conversation due to his consistency and all-around skill set that few can match.

The fact of the matter is that Green has a nose for the end zone, leading all receivers with 10 touchdown grabs in 2012.

Now he gets a shot at the Oakland Raiders at home, a team that may be playing the worst defense in the entire league over the past few weeks. No one gives up more points than the Silver and Black, and no wide receiver finds pay dirt more than Green.

That makes the math pretty simple on this one.

Look for Andy Dalton to continue digging his way out of what looked to be a sophomore slump, and look for Green early and often against an overmatched Raiders defense.

Projected Stats: 10 catches, 150 yards, 2 TDs

Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars

Two alcohol-related driving offenses, a prolonged contract upheaval during training camp and a severe lack of production through the first nine games had everyone screaming, "Bust!" at the No. 5 overall pick from this year's draft.

But then Week 11 happened. Against one of the best defenses in the NFL in the Texans, Blackmon had his official coming out party, catching seven passes for a whopping 236 yards and an electric 81-yard TD.

No one saw it coming, but based on that performance, it's feasible that the former Oklahoma State star could light it up again this week at home.

The Tennessee Titans have had an extra week to prepare and looked like a totally different team the last time out, pummeling the reeling Miami Dolphins 37-3. But the defense across the board simply isn't very good, giving up 31.1 points per game even factoring in the Miami game.

Offensively, the Jags were incompetent until Chad Henne relieved typical starting QB Blaine Gabbert. A switch suddenly went off for Blackmon, and in facing the Titans' suspect secondary, he should build on his breakout day in Houston and post another great performance.

Projected Stats: 8 catches, 125 yards, 1 TD


Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

Here is a name that casual fans may not be familiar with, but Alexander's fantasy stock is rising rapidly.

Alexander backed up his outstanding outing against a terrible Tampa Bay Bucs pass defense with another strong showing in last Sunday's AFC West showdown with the rival Denver Broncos.

Seven catches, 93 yards and two touchdowns later, the third-year player out of Missouri has to be considered the top option for San Diego moving forward. Free-agent acquisition Robert Meachem has been a disappointment, and Alexander is beginning to distinguish himself as the Chargers' No. 1 receiver.

Times are growing increasingly desperate with the Chargers sitting at 4-6 and just about out of the divisional race. The Baltimore Ravens are 8-2, but have benefited from a very generous schedule. In the same vein, the Chargers' victories haven't been over high-quality teams.

That makes this matchup all the more interesting, but one thing is for sure: Baltimore's secondary isn't nearly what it once was. Legendary safety Ed Reed is playing through injury, and the cornerbacks are very thin.

This should translate to another big day for Alexander, who is 6'5" and provides a huge target for QB Philip Rivers in the Chargers' vertical passing game.

Projected Stats: 6 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD