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There’s some pretty big names in the final installment of our review of the 2012 fantasy football rankings.  No doubt there are at least a couple of names in this list attached to teams that missed the playoffs.  Looking through them, I can see at least three guys that landed on teams of mine that were in the consolation bracket rather than aiming for gold trophy glory.  Overall, it’s going to also read like an infirmary ward list as most of the descriptions of their year will start with ‘missed time with injuries’.  Football has a way of doing that, of course, but those injuries were a difference between being startable every week and being forgotten by week 10.  So with that, let’s get on with the review.  As we don’t yet have a player rater, we’ll be using yahoo’s end of season PPR rankings as our reference.  So lets see how our top 60 wide receivers for 2012 fantasy football panned out…

Stats based on receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns

41. Percy Harvin - A first-half all-star for any team that drafted him, Harvin was a top 5 wide receiver before week 9 hit.  Then he went down with an ankle injury that seemed minor enough but of course, never played another game in 2012.  If he’d kept the pace he had in weeks 1-8, Harvin would’ve finished with 120 receptions, 1334 receiving yards, 192 rushing yards and 8 total touchdowns.  Yes, it was unsustainable but we’re still looking at a top 10 wide out had the injury not occurred.  Preseason Rank #13, 2012 Projections: 85/1020/5/190/1, Final Numbers: 62/677/3/96/1

42. Santana Moss -Yet another guy where you go ‘when did you start him?’.  He finished with 8 touchdowns that I doubt many owners out there got to enjoy.  Moss is a firm reminder that RG3 – for how good he is – doesn’t bring much value to the guys he throws to…well except for one guy.  We’ll talk about him soon enough.  Preseason Rank #44, 2012 Projections: 55/680/4/0/0, Final Numbers: 41/573/8/14/0

43. Larry Fitzgerald – What else can be said here but ‘wow’ in a Christopher Walken voice?  It’s like Larry starred in an Ed Wood film, ‘Attack of the three-headed suckfest at QB’ seeing as none of Hoyer, Lindley, or Skelton ever acted like a good QB.  I thought 2011 proved Larry could survive any bad scenario.  I was proven wrong.  Preseason Rank #2, 2012 Projections: 85/1400/10/0, Final Numbers: 71/798/4/0/0

44. Brandon Gibson – Had a few useful stretches but was definitely a bye week filler, desperation play most weeks.  You’re gonna notice a lot of Rams WRs in this section as they all had 2 and 3 game stretches that made you pick them up and get nothing from them the week you finally did start them.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 51/691/5/0/0

45. Nate Washington – Like the Rams, we’re going to be seeing a lot of Titans receivers in this section.  No one ever jumped out and became a clear cut Locker target due to injuries but Nate was the only one to play every game of the three this year so naturally that’s why you see him above the other two.  Yes, that’s the best thing I can think of to say with regards to Nate.  Preseason Rank #42, 2012 Projections: 55/770/6/0/0, FInal Numbers: 46/746/4/0/0

46. Jeremy Kerley – Well, someone had to catch it when Dirty Sanchez wasn’t throwing into triple coverage or butt-fumbling.  We wouldn’t be talking about Kerley if Holmes stays healthy, of course.  Yeah, we won’t be talking about Jeremy in 2013.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 56/827/2/8/0

47. Donnie Avery – Touchdowns are king.  Honestly, his year wasn’t all that different fromT.Y. Hilton by the numbers minus the scores.  In fact, looking at the numbers of some of the guys ahead of him, I kinda wonder why he’s all the way down here.  I would’ve played Avery over Santana any week.  What exactly are you doing, yahoo?  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 60/781/3/9/0

48. Dwayne Bowe – Was having a rough year even prior to the injury.  That’s what happens when your QBs are an assortment of meh.  Here’s to Bowe landing somewhere nice in 2013 for both himself and his fantasy owners or Andy Reid turning Matt Cassel into something not resembling Alex Smith.  Preseason Rank #19, 2012 Projections: 75/1050/7/0/0, Final Numbers: 59/801/3/0/0

49. Brandon LaFell – If Carolina ever figures out what path they want to take as a team, LaFell is going to be an interesting player.  Until then, he’s about as exciting to me as the Country Music Awards.  Preseason Unranked, 2012 Projections: 40/700/4/0/0, Final Numbers: 44/677/4/35/0

50. Pierre Garcon -Hard to talk about Garcon in a shortened 2012 without looking forward to a bright future.  I really liked him preseason and his pace for a full year’s work – 70 catches, 1013 yards and 6 touchdowns – solidifies my giddy butterflies about him.  In reality he played about 7 fully healthy games this season so even those pace numbers undercut what he could do.  Hopefully he stays enough under the radar as I think we see a top 15 finish from this Frenchman for 2013.  Preseason Rank #29, 2012 Projections: 75/975/7/20/0, Final Numbers: 44/633/4/9/0

51. Darrius Heyward-Bey – I really liked the Oakland passing game this year.  Little did I know that most of the value of it would be sucked away by Brandon Myers.  I distinctly remember starting him from weeks 8 thru 13 and then finally saying ‘to H-E-double hockey sticks with you’.  His response was a 5 catch 82 yard performance with a touchdown.  I don’t get you, DHB, I really don’t!  Preseason Rank #33, 2012 Projections: 65/910/5/0/0, Final Numbers: 41/606/5/16/0

52. Chris Givens – Our second Rams receiver to grace this list.  Unlike Gibson, I remember when Givens was a worthy start.  Specifically, weeks 5 through 8 where his worst output was 3 catches for 73 yards.  Then a bye week.  Then a conduct detrimental and things got squirrelly.  Overall, he’s a Rams receiver to watch in 2013.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 42/698/3/12/0

53. Greg Little – When you draft a Browns receiver, you should expect Little.  Then when you get Little in return, you won’t be disappointed.  Him and Josh Gordon make for an interesting tandem if the Browns ever figure out what they want to do as a team at QB.  That ‘if’ is bigger than Nicki Minaj’s booty.  Preseason Rank #53, 2012 Projections: 65/780/3/0/0, Final Numbers: 53/647/4/15/0

54. Hakeem Nicks – To quote myself from the top 40 wide receivers post, ‘If he plays in 13 games and is only productive in 11 of them, I won’t be surprised’.  Well he played in 13 games.  As far as production goes, however…yeah, that’s why he’s down here.  Preseason Rank #24, 2012 Projections: 75/1125/8/0/0, Final Numbers: 53/692/3/0/0

55. Kendall Wright – And here we have the second of our three Titans receivers.  Wright racked up a lot of receptions of the dink and dunk variety with his longest pass on the year being 38.  For the most part, Locker looked to him as quick outs and let Kendall do the dirty work.  Might be an interesting play for PPR leagues next year unless Locker figures out how to throw an accurate pass over 10 yards.  Preseason Unranked, 2012 Projections: 35/535/4/0/0, Final Numbers: 64/626/4/4/0

56. Brandon Stokley – The best thing I can say about Stokley is I think he had a large role in bringing Manning to Denver.  Yeah, no one owned nor started this guy at any point this year so let’s just move on.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 45/544/5/0/0

57. Davone Bess – If you thought Hartline’s 1000 yard season was boring, check out Bess’ 775 yard one!  Yeah, Miami needs to improve their wide receiver setup in 2013.  Preseason Rank #48, 2012 Projections: 65/670/3/10/0, Final Numbers: 61/778/1/0/0

58. Danny Amendola - Our final Rams receiver and easily the best one, IMHO.  Amendola really is a mini Wes Welker.  The only problem is Wes is already tiny.  I guess when you make one even smaller, it breaks easily.  Danny is a PPR beast when healthy.  Unfortunately, he’s now only played 12 games in the last two seasons.  Yet, I’m still drafting him again next year and surely will suffer from Amendoldrums again.  Preseason Rank #47, 2012 Projections: 80/680/2/0/0, Final Numbers: 63/666/3/8/0

59. Kenny Britt – A really rough year for Britt as he rounds out our Titans.  He was never 100% and was learning a new offense at the same time.  I thought he’d be a bargain this year but might be an even bigger one now that he dropped this dud.  It still like this Britt, bad teeth and all.  Also to be fair, the moment I heard he was having knee issues again, I scratched him from my rankings but I’ll still give you what I originally posted about him.  I’m that giving.  Preseason Rank #23, 2012 Projections: 70/1190/9/0/0, Final Numbers: 45/589/4/0/0

60. DeSean Jackson – What better way to round out our review process than to end with an Eagles receiver.  I don’t think there was a more dysfunctional team in 2012 than the Eagles and the end result was pretty much zero value from every Philly player drafted in fantasy with DeSean being no exception.  Even before he went on the IR, his year wasn’t all that grand.  Thank you Andy Reid and Vick for a wonderful and glorious 2012 fantasy football season!  Said no fantasy football player ever.  Preseason Rank #16, 2012 Projections: 65/1135/8/70/1 (and one return touchdown, FWIW), Final Numbers: 45/700/2/-7/0 (and zero return touchdowns, FWIW)