2012 Fantasy Football Rankings Wide Receivers: Who to Target?

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Sometimes when you are drafting it is better to take a player who is ranked a bit lower overall because of the upside or reliability at the position.  There are obvious "no-brainer" picks that should be selected.

Let's start with wide receivers that I will be targeting in my drafts for the 2012 season.

No-brainer selections (in no particular order): Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Roddy White

Wide receivers to target in the top 25 WR's (in no particular order):

AJ Green (WR, CIN) - need reassurance? In his rookie year he posted 1,000+ yards and 7 TDs while missing some games due to injury.  He should stay healthy this year and have no problem posting 1,000+ yards and near double digit TD's.  I love this pick in dynasty leagues and redraft leagues.  He is a top target for 2012.

Jordy Nelson (WR, GB) - Greg Jennings is coming off a major injury and Nelson showed that he is a reliable fantasy option every week.  He will not have as many TD's as last year but he is an easy fantasy player to produce 1,000+ yards and double digit TDs.

Hakeem Nicks (WR, NYG) - If Nicks can stay healthy for the entire year he will have 1,000+ yards and near double digit touchdowns.  Nicks is an amazing athlete and is easy to draft in 2012.

Yes, there are a number of other players to target in the top 25, but these are some selections to strongly consider in 2012.

Wide receivers to target in the bottom WR's (in no particular order):

Torrey Smith (WR, BAL) - He showed what he is capable of at WR last year, becoming Flacco's long range target.  He had over 750+ yards and 7 TD's in 2012.  He is going to have a huge sophomore year.  I would not doubt that he posts 1,000+ yards and nearly double digit TD's and he can be drafted much later in your fantasy drafts.

Eric Decker (WR, DEN) - If he can post 8 TD's with Tim Tebow how many more TD's will he have with Peyton Manning?  If you are in a TD only league and looking for a later round pick, then give Decker a chance and expect him to put up nearly double digit TD's while staying healthy all year.

Antonio Brown (WR, PIT) - Brown is a PPR league owners WR to draft in the later rounds of your draft.  He has explosive after the catch ability and don't be surprised if he outproduces Wallace in PPR leagues.  His downside is that he doesn't find the end-zone as much as I would like.

Again there are other WR's to target in the bottom, but these are three to target.

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