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Fantasy Football Review: Top Wide Receivers of 2012

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Fantasy Football 2012: Best Wide Receivers Review

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The 2012 fantasy football season featured plenty of big seasons by wide receivers. From elite players at the position who have put up big numbers week in and week out to newcomers who will likely be big stars in 2013, the wide receiver position had an intriguing group of players finding their way at the top of the list. From record-setting performances to favorable situations, the best wide receivers in the league have helped fantasy owners to victories all season long. Using a standard scoring system, here’s a look at the top wide receivers of the 2012 fantasy football season.

Fantasy Football 2012 Honorable Mentions at Wide Receiver:

10. Roddy White – 177.10 points (1,351 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns)

9. Julio Jones – 182.80 points (30 rushing yards, 1,198 receiving yards, 10 receiving touchdowns)

8. Andre Johnson – 183.80 points (1,598 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns)

7. Eric Decker – 184.40 points (1,064 receiving yards, 13 receiving touchdowns)

6. Vincent Jackson – 188.40 points (1,384 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns, 1 2-point conversion)

* Player statistics accurate as of the end of the 2012-13 regular season. Fantasy point totals determined through standard Yahoo! fantasy football scoring structure. Passing Yards - 25 yards per point, Passing Touchdowns - 4, Interceptions - minus-1, Rushing Yards - 10 yards per point, Rushing Touchdowns - 6, Reception Yards - 10 yards per point, Reception Touchdowns - 6, Return Touchdowns - 6, 2-Point Conversions - 2, Fumbles Lost - minus-2, Offensive Fumble Return TD - 6.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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5. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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5. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos – 197.40 points

Season statistics: 1,434 receiving yards, 10 receiving touchdowns, 3 fumbles lost

Greatly benefiting from the presence of Peyton Manning, Thomas had a career year with the Broncos. Still young and with room to continue growing, he could be an even bigger fantasy force in a second year with Manning as his quarterback.

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4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals – 202.80 points

Season statistics: 38 rushing yards, 1,350 receiving yards, 11 receiving touchdowns, 1 fumble lost

Perhaps one of the more consistent wide receivers in all of football, Green had an impressive first half of the season where he scored a touchdown in nine straight games, which gave fantasy owners great comfort knowing what they could get from the star wideout. In just two seasons in the league, he has already established himself as one of the most feared wide receivers in the game for his size, great hands and big-play ability.

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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys – 207.70 points

Season statistics: -5 rushing yards, 1,382 receiving yards, 12 receiving touchdowns, 1 2-point conversion, 2 fumbles lost

Perhaps one of the most surprising stars at wide receiver this season, Bryant had many question marks going into the year. From disciplinary concerns to a finger injury during the season, he somehow found a way to an amazing season where he was one of the top overall fantasy scorers in the second half of the season. Now focused and more on top of his game than ever, Bryant has what it takes to repeat his success next season.

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2. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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2. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears – 216.60 points

Season statistics: -2 rushing yards, 1,508 receiving yards, 11 receiving touchdowns

One of the few worthwhile fantasy options on the Bears offense, Marshall nearly had the best fantasy season among wide receivers if it weren’t for the No. 1 player on the list. Despite off-field concerns and potential negative factors in the Bears offense, he flourished and put together a very productive season.

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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions – 220.40 points

Season statistics: 1,964 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns, 3 fumbles lost

Owner of one of the biggest single-season records for wide receiver, Johnson finished the season with 1,964 receiving yards, breaking the former mark set by Jerry Rice. While he did have somewhat of a slow start to the season, he played incredibly well despite a so-so running game and overall disappointing season for the Lions. He will be a clear first-round pick in drafts in 2013.