2012 Fantasy Football WR Rankings – Week 6

Oct 8, 2012

With an exciting fifth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 6 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
Percy is an absolute beast. He has 38 catches for 407 yards and 62 yards on the ground. He has scored via the run, via the pass, and via the return game. He takes on Washington, who has allowed a league worst 328.6 ypg through the air and 13 touchdown passes.
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones bounced back with ten catches for 94 yards against Washington. He faces Oakland, who has 283.0 ypg and nine touchdown passes.
3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
He has a tough draw against Philly, but Megatron can produce against anybody.
4. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz has already salsa danced five times. The Niners are tough, but Eli and Cruz are dialed in.
5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland’s Joe Haden could slow him down, but he has scored in four straight games and is averaging nearly 100 yards per game.
6. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas is coming on. After gaining 103 yards in Week 4 he blew up for 188 yards against the Pats. Next up is San Diego, who has allowed 11 touchdowns.
7. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz is averaging 90.0 yards with two TDs in his past three games. He faces Buffalo, who has allowed twelve passing touchdowns.
8. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy played third fiddle to Julio and Gonzo, but the Falcons are firing on all cylinders and is .
9. Wes Welker, New England Patriots  
Aaron Hernandez could possibly return and take some targets away from Welker, who is averaging 8.75 catches for 117.5 yards over the past four games. My guess is Welker remains very active against Seattle.
10. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
This strikes me as a game in which Johnson will need to be featured more than usual. Houston’s defense is great, but the Packers will put up points. The Pack have allowed ten passing scores and Johnson could add to that total.
11. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Reggie is on fire. He’s averaging 126.5 ypg. Without Revis the Jets don’t have an answer for slowing him down.
12. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs 
It will likely be Brady Quinn throwing to him, but the Bucs have allowed 345.3 ypg. He’s averaging seven catches for 87.3 yards and 0.75 TDs over the past four games.
13. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
He was quieted by the Eagles to the tune of 17 yards, but he should make noise against Tennessee. The Titans are giving up 279.6 yards and 2.4 passing scores per game.
14. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Slowed to 38 yards against Kansas City, but he should be a solid WR2 at home against Dallas.
15.  Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys’ offense has been a disaster. Mile has been steady though, averaging 75.0 yards and 0.75 TDs through four games. Baltimore has allowed 261.4 ypg.
16. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
He only has one touchdown after scoring just two last year, but he is averaging 81.5 ypg and hasn’t had less than 74 yards in a game this year.
17. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson has averaged five catches for 78.5 yards over the past four games. At home that number is 106.5 ypg. He should be trouble for Detroit.
18. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker has had three nice weeks in a row. Peyton is on fire and Decker is a solid option against San Diego, who has allowed eleven passing scores.
19. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
He came back to Earth with 59 yards against the Bengals. He should be more productive against St. Louis.
20. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
He has averaged four catches for 73.0 yards over the past four games, twice going over the century mark. Faces Denver, who has allowed nine passing scores.
21. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
He’s had back-to-back solid starts, averaging 106.5 yards. Faces Dallas.
22. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
He hasn’t quite returned to form, but his five catches against Pittsburgh is encouraging. He should take another step forward against Detroit.
23. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
His numbers aren’t terrible (67.3 ypg), but he’s had some costly drops. If he got his head on straight during the bye he’ll be a solid WR2 against Baltimore.
24. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
He busted out with 113 yards against the Bills and has had six or more catches in four of the five games.
25. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers 
Tough match-up against Houston on the road. Jordy is averaging just 24.0 ypg away from Lambeau this year. Of his 15 touchdowns last year, only two came on the road..
26. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He’s alternated between good and bad performances. The bad is due up and the Chiefs have been tough on number one WRs the past few weeks. Colston, Floyd, and Torrey Smith combined for 101 yards over the past three weeks.
27. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
If Jennings remains out Jones is a solid WR2 against Houston. Even if Jennings plays, Jones could have WR3 value this week.
28. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
He hasn’t quite met expectations, but with his speed and Brady’s arm, he’s always a threat. Even against Seattle.
29. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
He hasn’t topped 61 yards yet this year. He scored the first three games, but he has two straight duds. He’s a risk against Arizona.
30. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
He had five catches for 67 yards against Carolina and could be in for a decent day against New England, who has allowed 291.6 ypg and 12 touchdowns through the air.
31. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
He still isn’t quite up to form and could be without RG3 this week. That and a tough draw against the Vikings make him a mid-level WR3 this week.
32. Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers
Finally got on the same page with Rivers and picked up a pair of scores on SNF. Takes on Denver.
33. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Moore is averaging four catches for 61.0 yards on the year. Takes on Atlanta.
34. Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals
Has four touchdowns on the year and eleven catches over the past two weeks. Should be productive against Buffalo.
35. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb’s a hit or miss guy with eleven catches for 148 yards and a touchdown over the past two games. He needs Jennings to be out to be a viable WR3.
36. Domenik Hixon, New York Giants
Hixon has eleven catches for 169 yards in the past two games. His value also hinges on player availability, in his case Nicks’.
37. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals
We’re in that dreaded low-end WR3 territory where you have to decide to take a shot on a risky play or go with a steady option. Hawkins is the steady variety. He’s averaging 58.8 ypg.
38. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
He’s getting a ton of looks, but hasn’t done a lot with them. Still, it’s nice when you know your plug-in play is going to at least have opportunities.
39. Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins
He’s had at least 43 yards in every game this year. He should see his share of looks against St. Louis.
40. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
He’s been decent all but one week. If V-Jax gets shut down, Williams could pick up some of the slack against Kansas City.
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52 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Phil
    October 9th, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Ryan love the website! I noticed you didn’t include Brandon Gibson on this list, do you think he has any worth with Amendola out? I’m currently looking to fill my flex spot between him, Torrey Smith, and CJ Spiller but I’m leaning more towards Spiller on this one. Thanks!

  2. LestersLegends
    October 9th, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I like him, but I wouldn’t play him over T. Smith.

  3. Mel
    October 9th, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Julio Jones & Cruz are obvious starts for me this week. I’m not sure who to put in my Flex since I lost Amendola. Torrey Smith, Hartline or James Jones. I was thinking Smith but Dallas D is getting Ratliff back & should be strong coming off a bye week. Tough call, maybe James Jones or Hartline?

  4. JC
    October 9th, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Andre Roberts is available on waivers. I have Maclin, Nate Washington, Hartline, Nicks, DHB, Little, and Kendal Wright. Do I use a waiver? Also who is your starting 3? This for PPR and I’m 2-3 (9th place).


  5. LestersLegends
    October 9th, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Mel – I still lean towards Smith and then Hartline.
    JC – Maclin, Hartline, and Nicks when healthy. the rest are whatever. i like the amount of looks wright gets. maybe roberts. there isn’t an obvious choice here.

  6. rozay
    October 10th, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Hey man who has the best short term value and long term value between josh gordon and andrew hawkins? Also is hawkins cinci’s #2 receiver? Thanks

  7. LestersLegends
    October 10th, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    i’d say hawkins. he’s on the field a lot and is #2 in terms of targets.

  8. rozay
    October 10th, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Thanks man. I just picked up julio in a trade and have to fill my WR2 and flex spot with 2 of these 4: britt, manningham, hawkins and kyle rudolph. Who would you roll with?

  9. LestersLegends
    October 10th, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    hawk and rudolph

  10. rozay
    October 10th, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Appreciate it as always!

  11. Lofty
    October 10th, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Hey RL…

    Who would you roll with at Flex?
    Spiller @ ARI
    Torrey vs Dal

    Your rankings seem to suggest Torrey, to me.

    Thanks as always.

  12. Lofty
    October 10th, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    (1 pt PPR, thanx.)

  13. LestersLegends
    October 10th, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    loftey – i’d go torrey.

  14. JC
    October 10th, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Some bone head dropped Demaryius Thomas in our league. I am trying to claim him on waiver right now. Who do you drop Kevin Smith, DHB, Greg Little, Kendal Wright, or Kendall Hunter. Sorry if these are obvious but why not ask.


  15. LestersLegends
    October 10th, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    all of em, just kidding. kevin smith seems the most logical.

  16. JC
    October 10th, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Lol, all they do is ride pine. You bring up a good point though in the TE forum I asked about Pitta/Fred Davis. Do I keep Pitta and drop one of the clowns mentioned above?

  17. JC
    October 10th, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Kept Pitta and dropped Greg Little for Fred Davis. Hope you agree because moves aren’t free in this league! :)

  18. LestersLegends
    October 10th, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    that should be fine. I think you may be overthinking all of this, lol. None of them are much better. Of course if you can get Thomas, that’s fine.

  19. Daniel
    October 10th, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Hey man I have Anquan Boldin and James Jones and I just picked up Mikel Leshoure off the waiver wire. I need to start someone at WR #2 and flex option. Which 2 should I start this week?

  20. Mel
    October 10th, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Who would be my best flex option to back up Witten: Celek, Miller or Dreessen? Need good long term fill. Thanks!

  21. LestersLegends
    October 10th, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    daniel – i’d sit leshoure.
    Mel – long term i say celek. Miller started hot, but once they start running more he could get phased out some.

  22. Pete
    October 11th, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    Should I trade Brandon Lloyd for Dez Bryant considering how Hernandez’s eventual return might eat into his targets?

  23. LestersLegends
    October 11th, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    That may not be a bad deal. I think Hernandez hurts welker more than Lloyd though

  24. montana
    October 11th, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Randall cobb or kyle rudolph at flex this week?

  25. LestersLegends
    October 11th, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    toss up. i think i go rudolph.

  26. montana
    October 11th, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Thanks for answering so fast. What about cobb or andrew hawkins

  27. LestersLegends
    October 11th, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    I like Cobb a little better, but Hawkins is a safer choice.

  28. JC
    October 11th, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    As you know my waiver claim for demaryius thomas will hopefully go through. I also have Hakeem Nicks waiting on the bench. Current starters: jeremy maclin, nate washington (or Kendall Wright), and brian hartline. Other guys on bench include DHB and Kendall Wright. Question is: do i put nate washington on the bench because he is playing tonight because I may get Thomas and Nicks may be ready? I can re-arrange the others prior to game time because they all play sunday. I’m thinking I have to do this, thoughts…? Also if I get Thomas and Nicks plays banged up, who’s your starting 3?


  29. LestersLegends
    October 11th, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I’d sit Nate. If you get Thomas, great. He should start with maclin and hartline. If not, you can go with Nicks, assuming he’s healthy. Worst case you throw DHB out there.

  30. jeff
    October 11th, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Hey Lester, pick two: James Jones, Wes Welker or Antonio Brown? I’m starting Bradshaw as my starting RB. I don’t have that much faith on Bradshaw against 49ers. Should i start all 3 WRs above or start only 2? Thanks

  31. LestersLegends
    October 11th, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    welker and brown. jones or bradshaw is 50-50, but i think he’ll have a decent game. hard to sit him after his outburst.

  32. Brandon
    October 11th, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Hey Lester,

    I have a possible trade in place. I would be giving up only Chris Johnson and gaining Andrew Luck & DeSean Jackson. As of right now my running backs are Jamaal Charles, Alfred Morris, Willis McGahee and C.J. Spiller. I have to play 2 rb’s and can play a 3rd in the flex. My wide receivers are Hakeem Nicks, Vincent Jackson, Stevie Johnson, Andrew Hawkins and Domenik Hixon. I have to play 2 wr’s, but can play up to 4. Lastly, my starting Qb right now is Stafford. Do you think I should take the trade? Thanks

  33. JC
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    I didn’t get Demaryius Thomas, knew it was too good to be true. I’m left with Nicks (if he can play) or DHB this week. Andre Roberts is available in free agency, do I grab him and let go DHB?

    Also the guy who must’ve have a higher waiver priority than me dropped Lance Moore for D. Thomas. Do you think I should claim him?


  34. JC
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Please look a at my last post in this section to see WR Core to help answer the Andre Roberts and Lance Moore question.


  35. LestersLegends
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Brandon – Odds are you aren’t going to be using Luck very frequently assuming Stafford gets on track. It does give you an option if you want to play match-ups though. You likely aren’t using CJ very often given your backs and DeSean does bolster your WR. Not a bad deal.
    JC – You’re killing me with the constant rehashing of your WR4s. Kidding. I like Lance Moore better than the other options.

  36. John
    October 12th, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Hey Lester, I notice you don’t have Jeremy Kerley listed, but he had nine targets last week and play a very pass weak Colts defense this week. I was wondering how you felt about benching Brandon Lloyd for him this week in a PPR league.

  37. LestersLegends
    October 12th, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I wouldn’t do it, but they do have to throw to somebody. He should get plenty of looks as you suggest.

  38. Brandon
    October 12th, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    If Hakeem Nicks plays, do you think I still play him and take the risk and they are playing against the 49ers or do I go with Andrew Hawkins? He was targeted 13 times last week.


  39. LestersLegends
    October 12th, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I don’t trust Nicks. I’d play it safe with Hawkins.

  40. Blake
    October 12th, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Can’t quite decide on my WR lineup. As of right now
    Starting: A. Johnson, R. Wayne, D. Bryant
    Bench: M. Crabtree, R. Cobb.
    I think I’m good, but I could use a second opinion. Thanks!

  41. LestersLegends
    October 12th, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I’m with you. Dez or Crabtree could go either way, but we both seem to prefer him.

  42. Clayton
    October 12th, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I have been offered Rashard Mendenhall and Wes Welker for Doug Martin and Mike Wallace. With Mendenhall’s recent performance, would you accept this trade, all other things being equal? I have also been offered Matt Forte and Miles Austin for Ray Rice and Eric Decker. Thoughts on this as well?

  43. LestersLegends
    October 12th, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    i wouldn’t. mendy is banged up. i wouldn’t give up forte. neither trade helps you.

  44. Nico
    October 13th, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    im doing great in my team (4-0-1) but that’s cuz of brees and bears defense.reggie bush and skittles and victor cruz.with brees and bears defense out this week im projected to lose and quite frankly with my bench starting this week (kevin kolb,lions defense) i know i am but i dont want to go down that bad.my question is which receivers should i play…..Victor cruz (no brainer),Brandon Gibson,Heyward-Bey or james jones?youre awesome by the way on the quick responses!!

  45. LestersLegends
    October 13th, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Thanks Nico. I would go Jones and Gibson in that order with Cruz.

  46. Mike
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    I’m in a 6 team league and Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Michael Crabtree, and Dez bryant are all on the waiver wire. My WRs are Julio Jones, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Lloyd, Antonio Brown and Eric Decker. I know I’m keeping Wayne and Jones. Do you suggest I drop someone for those people on the waivers? And what should I do with CJ Spiller? Should I wait it out until he gets back on track?

  47. Mike
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    James Jones is also available if you suggest picking him up instead of the other WRs.

  48. LestersLegends
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    I’d drop lloyd for nelson. if there is a good RB on the wire, which isn’t too unlikely in six team league, you can make the switch. just be prepared to pounce if fjax goes down again.

  49. Mike
    October 14th, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I just proposed a trade that will send Doug Martin and Lloyd for Torrey Smith and Demarco Murray. Do you suggest dropping decker or brown for Nelson?

  50. LestersLegends
    October 14th, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    decker is less consistent.

  51. Need Help
    October 15th, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    I have one WR spot open for tonight and need your help on making the choice Decker or Floyd?

  52. LestersLegends
    October 15th, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I have Decker a little higher just because Peyton is on fire.

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