Fantasy Football Week 12: Who's Hot, Who's Not at Wide Receiver
The wide receiver position is very hit or miss for fantasy owners, and that trend has continued throughout the 2011-12 NFL season.
Injuries have affected production for many wide receivers, whether the wide receiver himself or his quarterback was injured.
It's been another roller-coaster ride of a season for most fantasy owners, but a number of weeks still remain for teams to either shine or fail in their leagues. Owners can succeed by making the right play each week or suffer by sitting, or playing, the wrong guy.
Welcome to the life of a fantasy football manager.
Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
Percy Harvin has been a hot receiver for his fantasy owners as of late, especially in deeper leagues. Many owners could have picked Harvin up off of free agency a few weeks ago. Christian Ponder has been looking his way, and it's been paying off.
It doesn't hurt that Percy appears in the Minnesota Vikings' backfield a few times throughout the game which tallies up rushing yards for even more fantasy points, and he'll probably be seen back there more often after Adrian Peterson sprained his ankle against the Oakland Raiders.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson instantly benefits from Aaron Rodgers throwing him passes, and Nelson has been one of the hottest receivers in the NFL the last few weeks.
Nelson has always been one of Aaron Rodgers' weapons, but recently he's been one of, if not the favorite target for Rodgers to pass to, and Nelson hasn't disappointed his quarterback.
Nelson hasn't just caught the ball, either. He's been racking up the yards after the catch, and even showing off his strength, like he did against the Minnesota Vikings, in order to get into the end zone.
Nelson will continue to receive a lot of looks in the red zone.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Victor Cruz made the New York Giants' roster in preseason because of the spectacular catches he made, and he's continued to do the same throughout the 2011-12 NFL regular season.
Even with every other Giants wide receiver healthy, Eli Manning continues to look Cruz's way, and Cruz continues to make play after play. Cruz has caught at least six balls in six of his last seven games, and he's found the end zone in three of those games.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald is earning every dollar of the $120-million contract he signed this past summer, and he's continued to shine even without the Arizona Cardinals' starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb, healthy.
Fitz has found the end zone four times in the Cardinals' last three games, and he's always a threat to make the big play. Fitz is making those fantasy owners who passed up on him early in the draft second guess their decision of doing so.
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Stevie Johnson has been struggling lately, and it doesn't help that his quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, has been struggling as well.
Johnson hasn't found the end zone since Week 6, and he has yet to have 100 receiving yards in a game this year.
It's not going to be any easier for Johnson in Week 12 because he has to line up against the New York Jets Darrelle Revis. Revis always plans a trip for his opponents to Revis Island, and Week 12 won't be any different.
Santonio Holmes, New York Jets
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Reggie Wayne has to be one of the more unhappier people in the NFL because of the injury that's holding Peyton Manning out for the entire year.
Wayne has been nearly nonexistent the entire season, except in Week 1 when he racked up 106 yards and a touchdown.
Considering Wayne will catch passes from either Curtis Painter or Kerry Collins for the rest of the season, I don't think his production is going to change anytime soon.
For those who drafted Reggie early in their draft not knowing Peyton would be out the whole season, I'm sorry, but there's nothing that can be done at this point in the season. Hopefully you made some nice free-agent acquisitions throughout the season to make up for Reggie's lack of production.