Fantasy Football Focus: Wide Receiver 2012 Season Review

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

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2012 was a huge year for wide receivers in fantasy football. If you were not fortunate enough to own one or more of the big performer WRs, you probably found yourself with an early exit from your fantasy playoffs. As all fantasy owners are suffering from fantasy withdrawal around this time of year, many are already preparing for the 2013 season. And to help you with your WR rankings, here are some 2012 receiving statistics that you should find helpful.

Fantasy Points Scored (Full Season) - based upon Yahoo! standard fantasy leagues:

1) Calvin Johnson DET (220.40 fantasy points); 2) Brandon Marshall CHI (216.60); 3) Dez Bryant DAL (207.70); 4) A.J. Green CIN (202.80); 5) Demaryius Thomas DEN (197.40); 6) Vincent Jackson TB (188.40); 7) Eric Decker DEN (184.40); 8) Andre Johnson HOU (183.80); 9) Julio Jones ATL (182.80); 10) Roddy White ATL (177.10); 11) Wes Welker NE and Marques Colston NO (171.40); 13) Victor Cruz NYG (169.20); 14) Michael Crabtree SF (165.30); and 15) Reggie Wayne IND (163.00).

Fantasy Points / Game Average (Full Season):

1) Calvin Johnson DET (13.78 points/game); 2) Brandon Marshall CHI (13.54); 3) Dez Bryant DAL (12.98); 4) A.J. Green CIN (12.68); 5) Demaryius Thomas DEN (12.34); 6) Denario Alexander SD (11.98 - played in only 9 games) 7) Vincent Jackson TB (11.78); 8) Percy Harvin MIN (11.70 - played in only 9 games); 9) Eric Decker DEN (11.53); 10) Andre Johnson HOU (11.49); 11) Julio Jones ATL (11.43); 12) Roddy White ATL (11.07); 13) James Jones GB (10.83 - played in only 15 games) and 14) Wes Welker NE, Marques Colston NO, and Randall Cobb GB (played in only 15 games) (10.71).

Fantasy Points Scored (Last 4 Weeks):

1) Dez Bryant DAL (85.10 fantasy points); 2) Michael Crabtree SF (77.80); 3) Calvin Johnson DET (74.70), 4) Eric Decker DEN (67.90); 5) Brandon Marshall CHI (66.90); 6) Demaryius Thomas DEN (65.90); 7) James Jones GB (64.90); 8) Mike Williams TB (61.10); 9) Andre Johnson HOU (60.00); 10) Steve Smith CAR (59.90); 11) Wes Welker NE (59.30); 12) Julio Jones ATL (56.90); 13) Denario Alexander SD (53.30); 14) Roddy White ATL (52.80); and Jeremy Maclin PHI (51.30).

Receiving Yards (Full Season):

1) Calvin Johnson DET (1,964 yards receiving); 2) Andre Johnson HOU (1,598); 3) Brandon Marshall CHI (1,508); 4) Demaryius Thomas DEN (1,434); 5) Vincent Jackson TB (1,384); 6) Dez Bryant DAL (1,382); 7) Reggie Wayne IND (1,355); 8) Wes Welker NE (1,354); 9) Roddy White ATL (1,351); and 10) A.J. Green CIN (1,350).

Receiving TDs (Full-Season):

1) James Jones GB (14); 2) Eric Decker DEN (13); 3) Dez Bryant DAL (12); 4) A.J. Green CIN and Brandon Marshall CHI (11); 6) Julio Jones ATL, Victor Cruz NYG, Marques Colston NO, and Demaryius Thomas DEN (10); and 10) Mike Williams TB and Michael Crabtree SF (9).

Receptions (Full Season):

1) Calvin Johnson DET (122 receptions); 2) Wes Welker NE and Brandon Marshall CHI (118); 4) Andre Johnson HOU (112); 5) Reggie Wayne IND (106); 6) A.J. Green CIN (97); 7) Demaryius Thomas DEN (94); 8) Roddy White ATL and Dez Bryant DAL (92); and 10) Victor Cruz NYG (86).

In looking at the various statistics, it is nearly the same names that appear in all of the categories. So, come draft time, you shouldn't go wrong with Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Vincent Jackson, Dez Bryant, Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Roddy White, Eric Decker, Julio Jones, Marques Colston, and Victor Cruz (just to name a few). Obviously, Calvin Johnson is #1 among WRs, but any number of these other WRs may be your #2. All rank among the leaders in fantasy points, receiving yards, and TDs. And considering that most fantasy leagues start 3 WRs, it is imperative that you get as many of these players as possible.

So, while you are either celebrating winning your league championship or crying about what almost was, start preparing for 2013 now. Trades will take place, players will move on, and rookies will be drafted, but it is never too early to put in a little work now to get a jump start on your 2013 draft.

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 20 of the 29 leagues that he has played (including 10 League Championships), and placing in the Top 3 in Fantasy Points in 27 of the 29 leagues.

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