Fantasy Football 2012 - Week 4 Wide Receiver Rankings

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There are a lot of moving parts as we move into the first bye week. Click here to get the most complete data as you make those crucial Wide Receiver Start/Sit decisions in Week 4.

We have moved from the NFL draft to preseason games to opening day and now we land on the beginning of another important stage of fantasy football, the bye weeks! Is your team ready?

"Depth" is an important word these weeks as teams start to take time off, leaving our fantasy rosters thin. Who can you trust? Who is getting the ball? Who should you pick up on waivers? Who has the best matchup? These are all important questions as we make the tough lineup Start/Sit decisions.

This week I will be introducing a new format to the wide receiver rankings. I feel we are far enough into the season to start posting matchup information. Also, targets are becoming more and more important as we evaluate which wide receivers are the favorites for their respective QBs. And, of course, a general notes section will highlight some important points for the week. Let's start right there:

NOTES:

  • Welcome to the 2012 NFL season, Larry Fitzgerald. For those of us who drafted him in the second or third rounds, frustration levels were reaching "Benching Levels" after his one-catch performance in Week 2. Hopefully, you fought that urge and cashed in on his matchup with the Eagles.
  • Who was this receiver wearing Santonio Holmes' jersey in Week 3? He had his first 100-yard receiving day in his last 25-plus starts. Whoa. Are you convinced? I'm not sure that I am, as my No. 33 ranking (see below) has him as a low-end WR3 in a 12-team league.
  • Please don't be fooled by Golden Tate's two-touchdown performance against the Packers. If you are breathing, I'm sure you saw his second catch in replay after replay after replay on Tuesday. Or should I say his non-catch? I don't think he should be a starter for you, and I don't trust his QB Russell Wilson, yet.
  • I'm not sure if it is just data or a real trend, but I'm starting to get concerned about wide receiver performances for those teams playing on Thursday Night Football. Sure, Eli Manning and the boys finished with great numbers in Week 3, but that was after three INTs in the first half. Carolina, Green Bay and Chicago (remember the pathetic week from Brandon Marshall) all were quite underwhelming. Just a half a word of caution for Torrey Smith owners on Thursday. We know he played in an emotional game late into Sunday night, so there could be a significant letdown. No one is their right mind is starting a Cleveland Browns wide receiver, so no warning needed in that case.
  • Jerome Simpson is back from his three-game suspension this week. Couple that with Christian Ponder really looking nice .... he could be a good waiver-wire move for your team.
  • Hold judgment on Brandon Lloyd. Yes, I know he has been a slight disappointment thus far. But, his targets are up and I think he could be a buy-low candidate as we move forward.
  • As mentioned above, the bye weeks start this week, so be sure to bench all Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers for Week 4.
  • Besides the guys on bye, keep an eye on these injured wideouts: Hakeem Nicks, Greg Jennings, Pierre Garcon, Jeremy Maclin, Marques Colston, Kenny Britt and Leonard Hankerson.

TARGETS:

Fantasy wide receiver scoring can be fluky (see Golden Tate). But, one thing that you can't argue with is targets. See the chart below showing the Year-To-Date and Week 3 target leaders:

Year-To-Date

Week 3

Reggie Wayne (40)

Dwayne Bowe (16) - wow, Sweet Sixteen

Dwayne Bowe (37)

Reggie Wayne (15)

Victor Cruz (36)

Santonio Holmes (14)

Danny Amendola (34) - yeah, really

Calvin Johnson (12)

A.J. Green (34)

Brandon Lloyd (12)

Santonio Holmes (33)

Nate Burleson (12) - Titus Young?

Brandon Lloyd (33) - told you so

Kendall Wright(11)

Percy Harvin (32)

Antonio Brown (11) - bye week

Calvin Johnson (31)

Demaryius Thomas (11) - only caught 3!

Brandon Marshall (31)

A.J. Green (11)

Brian Hartline (29) - is he on waivers?

Eric Decker (11)

Antonio Brown (29) - bye week

Steve Johnson (11)

Demaryius Thomas (29) - Eric Decker?

Mike Wallace (11) - bye week

DeSean Jackson (27)

Kenny Britt (11) - is he back?

Vincent Jackson (27)

Brandon Marshall (11)

Roddy White (27)

Percy Harvin (11)


FANTASY POINTS ALLOWED (FPA):

FPA is a great judge of the strength of a future matchup. The number next to the teams' names represents how many fantasy points that team is giving up to the entire receiving corps on an average weekly basis. This data wouldn't force you to start Mike Williams (TB) as your WR1 just because they are playing the Redskins. But, it might help you break the tie between Vincent Jackson and Roddy White. Obviously, you want your guy to play against a team that is allowing a LOT of points to WRs:

Best Defense Against Opposing WR's

Worst Defense Against Opposing WR's

Dallas Cowboys (10.23)

Washington Redskins (38.43)

Carolina Panthers (13.20)

Tampa Bay Bucs (35.30)

Houston Texans (15.40)

Cleveland Browns (31.97)

Green Bay Packers (16.50)

Buffalo Bills (30.17)

Atlanta Falcons (16.97)

New York Giants (30.00)

San Diego Chargers (17.43)

Indianapolis Colts (27.10)

Seattle Seahawks (17.60)

Denver Broncos (26.20)

Arizona Cardinals (17.63)

Baltimore Ravens (26.00)

Week 4 Rankings

Player (TEAM)

Standard Scoring

PPR Scoring

Calvin Johnson (DET)

1

1

Julio Jones (ATL)

2

2

A.J. Green (CIN)

3

3

Andre Johnson (HOU)

4

4

Demaryius Thomas (DEN)

5

7

Percy Harvin (MIN)

6

5

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)

7

6

Steve Johnson (BUF)

8

9

Roddy White (ATL)

9

8

Jordy Nelson (GB)

10

11

Victor Cruz (NYG)

11

9

Vincent Jackson (TB)

12

12

Greg Jennings (GB)

13

13

Dwayne Bowe (KC)

14

16

Miles Austin (DAL)

15

14

Brandon Lloyd (NE)

16

15

Steve Smith (CAR)

17

18

Torrey Smith (BAL)

18

19

Eric Decker (DEN)

19

17

Pierre Garcon (WAS)

20

20

Wes Welker (NE)

21

21

Hakeem Nicks (NYG)

22

23

Jeremy Maclin (PHI)

23

22

Malcom Floyd (SD)

24

24

Brandon Marshall (CHI)

25

26

DeSean Jackson (PHI)

26

28

Dez Bryant (DAL)

27

29

Denarius Moore (OAK)

28

30

Lance Moore (NO)

29

31

Marques Colston (NO)

30

27

Danny Amendola (STL)

31

25

Nate Washington (TEN)

32

32

Santonio Holmes (NYJ)

33

34

Andrew Hawkins (CIN)

34

33

Michael Crabtree (SF)

35

35

Brandon LaFell (CAR)

36

36

Mike Williams (TB)

37

38

Alshon Jeffery (CHI)

38

39

Anquan Boldin (BAL)

39

37

Kenny Britt (TEN)

40

40

Nate Burleson (DET)

41

42

Jerome Simpson (MIN)

42

43

Titus Young (DET)

43

44

Randall Cobb (GB)

44

45

Brian Hartline (MIA)

45

41

Leonard Hankerson (WAS)

46

46

Sidney Rice (SEA)

47

47

Andre Roberts (ARI)

48

48

Jon Baldwin (KC)

49

49

Kendall Wright (TEN)

50

51

Justin Blackmon (JAC)

51

52

Jeremy Kerley (NYJ)

52

53

Donald Jones (BUF)

53

54

Davone Bess (MIA)

54

50

James Jones (GB)

55

56

Golden Tate (SEA)

56

57

Mario Manningham (SF)

57

58

Jacoby Jones (BAL)

58

59

Kevin Ogletree (DAL)

59

55

Josh Gordon (CLE)

60

60

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