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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31889851 #1 - Calvin Johnson %231+-+Calvin+Johnson Fantasy Football

Much like Adrian Peterson, who nearly had a record-breaking season, Calvin Johnson’s actual record-breaking performance makes him the king of the hill. In his 204 targets, Johnson caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns. This is the only wide receiver that should be drafted in the first round (in 10 to 14-team leagues). In a PPR league, I would consider taking Johnson with the fifth pick. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31889849 #2 - Brandon Marshall %232+-+Brandon+Marshall Fantasy Football

Last season, Brandon Marshall was targeted 40.4 percent of the time, by far the highest amount in 2012. A hip issue recently held Marshall out of practice, but I would expect him to be ready for Week 1 against Cincinnati. New head coach, Marc Trestman, brings the West Coast offense to the windy city. If we’re looking at more passing opportunities, Marshall has the potential to be the best wide receiver in 2013. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31889852 #3 - Reggie Wayne %233+-+Reggie+Wayne Fantasy Football

Colts’ fans rejoiced after Andrew Luck and Chuck Pagano, along with Bruce Arians, helped return Indianapolis to postseason play. A lot of Luck’s success can be attributed to his No. 1 receiver, Reggie Wayne. In 2012, Wayne was targeted 195 times, second to only Calvin Johnson. Out of those passes, Wayne caught 106 balls and only five touchdowns. If the TDs increase, Wayne could carry a fantasy offense as a WR1. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31889848 #4 - A.J. Green %234+-+A.J.+Green Fantasy Football

There wasn’t a sophomore slump for A.J. Green, as he increased his receptions, yards, and TDs from 2011 to 2012. In his rookie year, Green ranked 19th in wide receiver targets. The following season, Green jumped up to fifth. Continuing the trend, I boosted him up the list to No. 4. The chemistry between Green and Andy Dalton is great for fantasy football value, plus there really isn’t an outstanding option at WR2 for Cincinnati. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31889850 #5 - Andre Johnson %235+-+Andre+Johnson Fantasy Football

Andre Johnson played in all 16 games for the first time since 2009 last year and his fantasy owners greatly appreciated that season: 112 catches and 1,598 receiving yards. From a fantasy standpoint, Johnson landed fifth in points out of his fellow wide receivers, and he only scored four touchdowns. Steve Smith was the next-highest WR to match Johnson’s TD total, and Smith was 20th in fantasy points. Even if Johnson adds three TDs from last year’s total, he’ll still be a top five fantasy receiver, again. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31892792 #6 - Roddy White %236+-+Roddy+White Fantasy Football

Here’s where confusion sets in…Julio Jones has an average draft position of 26.6, while Roddy White is being selected with an average draft position of 30.4. Yet, in 2012, White had 13 more receptions and 14 more targets than Jones. In 2011, White finished with 100 catches, second-most that season. The year before that, White had the most receptions in the league with 115 catches. Hopefully, this piece will help fantasy owners correct their ways and draft White prior to his teammate. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31892793 #7 - Larry Fitzgerald %237+-+Larry+Fitzgerald Fantasy Football

It’s been a long three years for Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald. That’s how long it’s been since the Cardinals have had a decent quarterback (Kurt Warner). This season, Carson Palmer joins the squad as the team’s new slinger and he hasn’t had a reliable receiver since 2010 (Chad “something”). Together, they could be a fantasy match made in heaven. I’m thinking 90 receptions, easily. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31892791 #8 - Dez Bryant %238+-+Dez+Bryant Fantasy Football

People who played in a PPR league last year will wonder why Dez Bryant is so low on this list, “He was the fourth-best fantasy receiver in 2012.” True, but where was Bryant ranked in 2011 and 2010? The answer: behind Miles Austin. In 2012, Bryant finally played an entire season and Austin was hampered with a hamstring injury (when isn’t he?). I need more consistency from Bryant to move him up the list. Until then, No. 8 is where you’ll find him. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31889854 #9 - Wes Welker %239+-+Wes+Welker Fantasy Football

The wide receiver situation in Denver is one full of speculation and intrigue. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing for Broncos fans, but a possible nightmare for fantasy owners. The sixth, seventh, and eighth-highest fantasy scores out of all receivers last season were Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, and Eric Decker. Naturally, the addition of Welker could either hurt the stock of his teammates or help pull defenders off of them. I believe the Peyton Manning-Welker connection will be used like a short run, which is great for PPR leagues. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31891066 #10 - Marques Colston %2310+-+Marques+Colston Fantasy Football

Drew Brees isn’t the only guy who missed Sean Payton last year. In 2010, Marques Colston was ninth with 84 receptions. In 2011, Colston finished ninth, again, this time with 80 receptions. Then, last season, Colston fell to 13th on the receptions list and injuries weren’t to blame. Last year was the only time he played in all 16 games in the past three seasons. Expect Payton, Brees, and Colston to get on the same page early and often in 2013. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31892790 #11 - Vincent Jackson %2311+-+Vincent+Jackson Fantasy Football

It’s hard to imagine that Vincent Jackson’s eighth year as a pro was his best, but it was. He set career-highs in receptions (72), targets (147), and yards (1,384). Tampa Bay won seven games in 2012 mostly because of the balanced attack of Doug Martin on the ground and Josh Freeman finding Jackson in the air. The Bucs ability to keep defenses on their toes only helps Jackson, and his fantasy football owners, tally more receptions. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 PPR Wide Receivers 31889853 #12 - Demaryius Thomas %2312+-+Demaryius+Thomas Fantasy Football

Last year was the first time Demaryius Thomas played an entire season and he couldn’t pick a better time. With Peyton Manning quarterbacking his inaugural season as a Bronco, he threw towards Thomas 141 times. In 2011, Thomas was only targeted 70 times. His 94 receptions in 2012 placed Thomas seventh on the list among other receivers. However, new teammate Wes Welker had 118 catches last year as a Patriot and will definitely steal some attention from Thomas, hence the slip to No. 12 on this list. – Adam Meyer

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