Fantasy Football Focus: A Detailed Look at the Wide Receiver Position

Expert Advice from Brian Music - 2011 Inaugural Toyota Legends of Fantasy Football Hall of Fame Member

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after making a nine-yard touchdown reception against the Miami Dolphins during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

All fantasy football managers look at different statistics when ranking players for their team rosters. We use these rankings to help us make decisions about who to start, what players to target in trades, free agency, and waivers, etc. Obviously, we are primarily focused on what the players will hopefully do for us going forward. However, it is important to also look backwards to see what they have done for us up to this point. This should give you an idea of what players have been valuable in your league's scoring system. It also lets you see how often the players are utilized for their teams with receiving targets, receptions, etc. And you also get a picture of the yardage produced by players in that position. While past performance is no guarantee of future results, it is still a good indication. Here are the important statistics pertaining to the wide receiver position through Week 10 of the 2012 NFL season.

FANTASY POINTS (Yahoo! scoring system):

1) A.J. Green CIN (123.20); 2) Brandon Marshall CHI (121.70); 3) Victor Cruz NYG (113.70); 4) Vincent Jackson TB (107.00); 5) Percy Harvin MIN (105.30); 6) Randall Cobb GB (101.60); 7) Eric Decker DEN (100.30); 8) Reggie Wayne IND (99.50); 9) Marques Colston NO (96.60); 10) Roddy White ATL (94.90); 11) Julio Jones ATL (94.70); 12) James Jones GB (94.20); 13) Demaryius Thomas DEN (93.60); 14) Andre Roberts ARZ (85.80); and 15) Miles Austin DAL (85.70).

RECEIVING YARDS:

1) Reggie Wayne IND (835); 2) Brandon Marshall CHI (797); 3) Calvin Johnson DET (767); 4) Demaryius Thomas DEN (756); 5) Wes Welker NE (736); 6) A.J. Green CIN (735); 7) Victor Cruz NYG (717); 8) Vincent Jackson TB (710); 9) Roddy White ATL (709); 10) Percy Harvin MIN (677); 11) Brian Hartline MIA (662); 12) Miles Austin DAL (637); 13) Steve Smith CAR (630); 14) Julio Jones ATL (628); and 15) Marques Colston NO (626).

RECEIVING TARGETS:

1) Reggie Wayne IND (101); 2) Victor Cruz NYG (100); 3) Larry Fitzgerald ARZ (97); 4) Brandon Marshall CHI (90); 5) Percy Harvin MIN (85); 6-tie) Calvin Johnson DET and Wes Welker NE (83); 8-tie) A.J. Green CIN and Dwayne Bowe KC (82); 10) Marques Colston NO (74); 11-tie) Stevie Johnson BUF and Brian Hartline MIA (71); and 13-tie) Steve Smith CAR, Vincent Jackson TB, and Eric Decker DEN (70).

RECEIVING TDS:

1-tie) A.J. Green CIN and James Jones GB (8); 3-tie) Brandon Marshall CHI, Victor Cruz NYG, and Eric Decker DEN (7); 6-tie) Marques Colston NO, Vincent Jackson TB, and Randall Cobb GB (6); 9-tie) Julio Jones ATL, Jordy Nelson GB, Mike Wallace PIT, Torrey Smith BAL, Santana Moss WAS, Andre Roberts ARZ, Mike Williams TB, and Golden Tate SEA (5).

Brian Music is one of five inaugural inductees to the 2011 Toyota Legends of Fantasy Football Hall of Fame on Yahoo! Sports. He has participated in fantasy football for 23 years and began playing Yahoo! fantasy football in 2001, winning trophies in 17 of the 25 leagues that he has played (including 9 League Championships), and placing in the Top 3 in Fantasy Points in 23 of the 25 leagues.

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