1. Bengals - A.J Green should be viewed as a solid No.1 Fantasy WR worth a pick in Rounds 2 and 3 after recording 97 receptions on 175 targets for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. Green was able to score in 9 straight games from Week 2 to Week 11 along with posting 70+ yards OR a TD in 13 of the 16 regular season games last season.
2. Falcons – Julio Jones should still be viewed as a low-end No.1/SOLID No.2 Fantasy WR with tons of upside who will go off the board in Rounds 2 and 3 after recording 79 receptions on 152 total targets for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 as well as posting 70+yards and/or a Touchdown in 10 regular season games. Julio averaged over 74.9 yards per game in 2012 along with recording 17 receptions of 20yards or longer and 5 receptions recorded 40 yards plus. In back-to-back seasons, Julio’s longest reception has gone for at least 80 yards as Ryan’s main deep threat along with converting 56 receptions for first-downs.
3. Packers - Randall Cobb should be viewed as a No.2 Fantasy WR as he checks in as a Top 15 Fantasy Wide Receiver in 2013 after recording 80 receptions on 112 targets for 954 yards and added 8 touchdowns in 2012. The Packers had all sorts of ideas planned for Cobb, once he emerged he was able to record 70+ yards and/or a touchdown in 10 regular season games. Cobb had an impressive all-around season, racking up 2,342 all-purpose yards including 954 receiving, 132 rushing, 964 on kick returns, and 292 on punt returns along with 9 total touchdowns in 15 games. Greg Jennings now in Minnesota, Cobb should be a main fixture in the Packers offense and will likely play havoc again this year against weaker coverage.
4. Ravens – Torrey Smith finished with 49 receptions for 855 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2012. Smith is stepping into the No.1 WR spot for Flacco and the Ravens this year and will head into 2013 as a No.3 Fantasy WR with a ton of upside with the departure of Anquan Boldin. Smith set career-high numbers in every category except receptions in 2012. If Smith can pick up the slack with Boldin now in SF, it could lead to a very nice break out 3rd year and owners should view Smith as a No.3 Fantasy WR worth a mid-round pick.
5. Jaguars – Cecil Shorts was a welcomed breakout producer in 2012 as he recorded 55receptions on 106 targets for 979yards and 7 touchdowns. Keep an eye on what happens with Shorts this offseason, and hopefully he can avoid any setbacks with the concussions. If Shorts can remain healthy he has a ton of upside and fantasy potential and owners should consider Shorts a low-end No.2/high-end No.3 Fantasy WR.
MORE Wide Receiver Rankings and Write-ups by Jonathan Nardone of FantasyFootball101 to come!
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