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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31840812 1. Stafford and Johnson 1.+Stafford+and+Johnson Fantasy Football

Targets: 204
Yards: 1,964
TD: 5

 

No surprise here. Calvin Johnson set the record for most receiving yards in a season last year, surpassing the great Jerry Rice. Also, Johnson was targeted the most in the NFL. Sure, the five touchdowns are depressing, but the 16.1 yards per reception and 122.8 yards per game are enough to compensate for the lack of scores. Even though Matthew Stafford didn’t have much of a running game last season, he finished second in the NFL in passing yards. Now, Reggie Bush is added to the roster which will take some pressure and coverage off of this duo. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31840809 2. Cutler and Marshall 2.+Cutler+and+Marshall Fantasy Football

Targets: 194
Yards: 1,508
TD: 11

 

Two words: Marc Trestman. The Minnesota native makes his way to Chicago after coaching five years in the Canadian Football League. While in the CFL, Trestman coached the Montreal Alouettes into three Grey Cup games, winning two. During those back-to-back Grey Cup victories, his QB won back-to-back MVP awards. Now, he takes his success through customs to help guide a Bears’ offense with QB Jay Cutler, who finished 25th in passing yards. Nearly half of Cutler’s 3,033 yards were gained by Brandon Marshall. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31839718 3. Luck and Wayne 3.+Luck+and+Wayne Fantasy Football

Targets: 194
Yards: 1,355
TD: 5

 

In Andrew Luck’s inaugural campaign, he exceeded expectations by completing 54.1 percent of his passes for 4,374 yards (seventh-most in the NFL). Out of all of Luck’s attempts, 32.7 percent of his targets were aimed in the direction of Reggie Wayne. Given the full season under their belts, Chuck Pagano’s duo should only improve in 2013. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31840810 4. Manning and Thomas 4.+Manning+and+Thomas Fantasy Football

Targets: 141
Yards: 1,434
TD: 10

 

While there was no doubt Peyton Manning would be on this list, his favorite receiver could be debated. Last year, Demaryius Thomas led the charge with 21.8 percent of Manning’s targets. Fellow Bronco, Eric Decker, received 19 percent of Manning’s attention while leading the team with 13 touchdowns. Newest toy, Wes Welker, was targeted 175 times (27.1 percent) in Tom Brady’s offense. Ultimately, my decision on who would be paired with Manning leaned in the direction of the receiver he is most familar with. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31840808 5. Brees and Colston 5.+Brees+and+Colston Fantasy Football

Targets: 132
Yards: 1,154
TD: 10

 

For the second-straight year, Drew Brees led the NFL in passing yards. In 2011, Marques Colston was the beneficiary on 16.1 percent of Brees’ passes. After 2012, Colston’s targeted percentage increased 3.4 percent. Brees, in my opinion, should be the first QB off the draft board. If Jimmy Graham is unavailable, you should aim your sights on Colston. Even though the impression is Brees spreads the wealth, Colston has been targeted over 100 times in six out of seven seasons with New Orleans. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31840807 6. Dalton and Green 6.+Dalton+and+Green Fantasy Football

Targets: 164
Yards: 1,350
TD: 11

 

The youngest tandem on this list haven’t even reached their full potential. The yards and touchdown production increased for both Bengals in their sophomore season. Green tied Brandon Marshall and Rob Gronkowski for the fourth-most receiving touchdowns, with Green also finishing in the top 10 in receiving yards (five yards shy from the top seven). – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31840811 7. Schaub and Johnson 7.+Schaub+and+Johnson Fantasy Football

Targets: 164
Yards: 1,598
TD: 4

 

Andre Johnson only scored four times in 2012.  That stat will put a bad taste in some owners’ mouths, especially in “TD-only” leagues. However, Johnson was targeted 36.6 percent of the time in Houston, the most in the NFL. Health was the biggest issue for both Johnson and Matt Schaub before the 2012 season. Schaub sat six games in 2011 with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot while Johnson missed nine games with a right hamstring problem. They bounced back in 2012 by playing in every game for the Texans. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31839716 8. Rodgers and Jones 8.+Rodgers+and+Jones Fantasy Football

Targets: 98
Yards: 784
TD: 14

 

Wait, what? Yeah, James Jones didn’t lead Green Bay in targets. That honor would belong to Randall Cobb with 104, six more than Jones. Cobb also led the Packers receiving corps in yards and receptions. However, Cobb did not finish with the most touchdown receptions from Aaron Rodgers. That accomplishment goes to Jones. Not only did he top his teammate, Cobb, by six touchdowns, but he also led the entire NFL in TDs. Only Larry Fitzgerald received a higher percentage of red zone targets in 2012. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31839714 9. Manning and Cruz 9.+Manning+and+Cruz Fantasy Football

Targets: 143
Yards: 1,092
TD: 10

 

Victor Cruz salsa’d onto the scene in 2011 and hasn’t missed a game since. His average pace (“Pace” as in salsa…get it?) hovers around 137 targets, 1,314 yards, and 9.5 touchdowns. Eli Manning concluded 2012 with the 12th-most passing yards. That may not seem impressive, but Manning's chemistry with Cruz sold me on this dynamic duo. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31839713 10. Freeman and Jackson 10.+Freeman+and+Jackson Fantasy Football

Targets: 147
Yards: 1,384
TD: 8

 

When Vincent Jackson signed with Tampa Bay before the 2012 season, no one could imagine the type of impact he would have. Jackson finished in the top five in receiving yards, while only tallying 72 receptions (25th-most). Josh Freeman is coming off of season-highs in passing yards (4,065), touchdown passes (27), and passing attempts (558). Freeman enters a contract year in 2013 with the Buccaneers. It’s time for Greg Schiano to open up the offense and let it fly. – Adam Meyer
 

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31839715 11. Palmer and Fitzgerald 11.+Palmer+and+Fitzgerald Fantasy Football

Stats from Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, and Brian Hoyer


Targets: 153
Yards: 798
TD: 4

 

As you can see, Larry Fitzgerald had a lengthy cast of quarterbacks delivering him the pigskin in 2012. Now, he welcomes Carson Palmer, with open arms, to Arizona. Last year, Palmer concluded his tenure in Oakland with 4,018 passing yards (10th in NFL). The sky is the limit for these two now that Bruce Arians is in charge. Arians helped lead Indianapolis to the seventh-best passing offense with a rookie quarterback last season. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy 2013: Top 12 QB/WR Combos 31840806 12. Romo and Bryant 12.+Romo+and+Bryant Fantasy Football

(Targets/Yards/TD stats listed from 2012 season)

 

Targets: 138
Yards: 1,382
TD: 12

 

Make all the jokes you want about Tony Romo’s inability to win big games, but he set career-highs in passing yards (4,903), completions (425), and attempts (648) in 2012. Teammate Dez Bryant recorded at least one catch in all 16 games last year, including a 13-catch performance against Baltimore in October. Bryant finished last year with the third-most touchdowns by a wide receiver. Also, Bryant tied for the most 40+ yard receptions with six. – Adam Meyer
 

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