Wide Receiver Consistency Rankings
This is the third part of a positional Consistency series utilizing the standard deviation of weekly point output from the 2012 season. This article focuses on Wide Receivers, the first two articles were on Quarterbacks and Running Backs, respectively. Follow Joey on Twitter @PFF_Joey and everyone @PFF_Fantasy
Since Fantasy Football is a week to week game, it behooves fantasy owners to consider both total outpoint and weekly consistency when drafting players. The 50 points that your “stud” gets you in week four isn’t going to mean anything if you don’t make the playoffs when he is putting up goose eggs come crunch time. To give yourself the best chance to win a fantasy championship, you want a nice mix of upside and consistency at both a player and overall team level.
Below is a chart of the weekly standard deviation of points for the top 60 standard scoring wide receivers from last season followed by my takeaways from the list. Please keep in mind that the following is by no means intended to be used as overall rankings. A low standard deviation of weekly output is not necessarily indicative of fantasy success, nor is a high standard deviation damning to a player’s outlook. A player who scores more total points inherently leads to higher deviations from the mean. Players can also be consistently bad. That is why I urge you to keep an eye on the “Total Points Rank” column when browsing this list.