Midway through the 2011-12 NFL season we have seen proven stars such as QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Calvin Johnson put up superstar numbers and continue their reign of dominance, while under-the-radar guys such as WR Early Doucet and WR Jerome Simpson have begun to make a name for themselves.
Wide Receiver is the toughest position to choose starters for in fantasy football because you never know what to expect on that given Sunday, or Monday, due to the fact that receivers usually don't record big-time points unless they have an incredible game in which they score over two touchdowns and earn over 100 yards.
This season, receivers have been putting up more points than usual, but there have also been players that have been extremely inconsistent, causing you to desperately browse the waiver wire.
If you need a wide receiver for your fantasy team, one of the following breakout players should absolutely do the trick.
Weight: 186 pounds
Percent Owned: 34.1 percent
Week 9 Stats: Five receptions for 109 yards
Week 9 Fantasy Points: 10
Season Fantasy Points: 56
Season Stats: 39 receptions for 540 yards and one touchdown; three rushing attempts for 19 yards
Week 10 Opponent: @ Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)
Antonio Smith has been very impressive in recent performances, and I don't expect him to slow down now. Ben Roethlisberger really spreads the field by throwing to all of his receivers, which makes Smith a valuable asset because he has proven to be a playmaker.
Weight: 190 pounds
Percent Owned: 31.6 percent
Week 9 Stats: Three receptions for 43 yards and one touchdown
Week 9 Fantasy Points: 10
Season Fantasy Points: 50
Season Stats: 26 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns
Week 10 Opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
Jerome Simpson has become a big part of the Cincinnati offense, and he's been having an incredible season. He's going to have to produce big numbers against the Steelers if they want to have a chance in that game, so I'd give him a start. Possibly a 10 to 15-point game.
Weight: 205 pounds
Percent Owned: 24.3 percent
Week 9 Stats: Five receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown
Week 9 Fantasy Points: 13
Season Fantasy Points: 63
Season Stats: 20 receptions for 397 yards and four touchdowns; one rushing attempt for 10 yards
Week 10 Opponent: @ Seattle Seahawks (2-6)
Torrey Smith has really proven that he can make an impact in this league, already assuming a fairly productive role in his first season with the Baltimore Ravens. Only owned by 24.3 percent of ESPN fantasy football teams, Smith is a receiver who can really impact your roster immediately.
Weight: 212 pounds
Percent Owned: 18.8 percent
Week 9 Stats: Six receptions for 78 yards
Week 9 Fantasy Points: 7
Season Fantasy Points: 60
Season Stats: 34 receptions for 437 yards and three touchdowns
Week 10 Opponent: @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
Early Doucet is a name that 80 percent of football fans have probably never heard of. But it doesn't seem like that will last long with the impressive performances that Doucet has been showcasing of late. Against the struggling Eagles, Doucet could have a big game. Expect at least 50 yards and a touchdown.
Weight: 214 pounds
Percent Owned: 26.5 percent
Week 9 Stats: Two receptions for 30 yards
Week 9 Fantasy Points: BYE
Season Fantasy Points: 49
Season Stats: 29 receptions for 362 yards and three touchdowns
Week 10 Opponent: @ Green Bay Packers (8-0)
Michael Jenkins is a veteran in the NFL who has never truly lived up to his potential. He's a solid performer but never rose to that level of greatness that was once expected. After a slow start this season, Jenkins has quickly picked up the pace and will continue to thrive on the Minnesota Vikings. However, don't expect any change to the pitiful season the Vikings have been experiencing.