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Fantasy Analysis: Top 25 Wide Recievers by Catch Percentage

Antonio BrownWhen it comes to fantasy football and wide receivers there are a few key stats to keep an eye on. Obviously, Points-Per-Opportunity is a good one. Targets is another important statistic. We all love touchdowns as a measuring stick for all offensive players. Today I’ll be looking at Catch Percentage. Targets are fine, but if the receivers aren’t catching the ball, then it does no good for anyone.  Keep in mind that some key factors involved with Catch Percentage are both the receiver’s ability to catch the passes and the quarterback’s ability to throw a ball that can be caught.  For example, you’re not going to see too many Bucs, Giants, or Jags on this list because their QBs have had abysmal completion percentages so far in 2013.

The sortable table below (after the jump) shows the Top 25 wide receivers who have had 20 targets or more through 5 weeks in 2013 ordered by Catch Percentage. The Top 25 is essentially those receivers who have caught 64% of the passes thrown to them or better. There are certainly some surprises on the list such as Mohamed Sanu (the Depth-of-Target stat becomes important for him), and there are some very notable players that you’re not going to find on the list.  A few examples:  #30 DeSean Jackson (28/46; 61%), #31 Larry Fitzgerald (24/40; 60%), #34 Victor Cruz (31/52; 60%), #35 Dwayne Bowe (17/29; 59%), #41 A.J. Green (31/55; 56%), and #43 Calvin Johnson (21/39; 54%).

Rank Player G Targets Receptions Catch %
1 Antonio Brown (PIT) 4 39 32 82
2 Demaryius Thomas (DEN) 5 43 34 79
3 Julian Edelman (NE) 5 47 36 77
4 Jordy Nelson (GB) 4 30 23 77
5 Marques Colston (NO) 5 31 23 74
6 Wes Welker (DEN) 5 42 31 74
7 Randall Cobb (GB) 4 34 25 74
8 James Jones (GB) 4 26 19 73
9 Rod Streater (OAK) 5 22 16 73
10 Julio Jones (ATL) 5 57 41 72
11 Mohamed Sanu (CIN) 5 25 18 72
12 Kendall Wright (TEN) 5 36 26 72
13 Doug Baldwin (SEA) 5 24 17 71
14 Pierre Garcon (WAS) 4 41 29 71
15 Stephen Hill (NYJ) 5 21 15 71
16 Vincent Brown (SD) 5 31 22 71
17 Greg Jennings (MIN) 4 20 14 70
18 Eric Decker (DEN) 5 42 29 69
19 Brian Hartline (MIA) 5 37 25 68
20 Reggie Wayne (IND) 5 41 28 68
21 DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) 5 33 22 67
22 Andre Johnson (HOU) 5 55 37 67
23 Brandon Marshall (CHI) 5 46 31 67
24 Anquan Boldin (SF) 5 40 26 65
25 Dez Bryant (DAL) 5 45 29 64

* 20 targets or more


K. Smelser About K. Smelser

Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine…

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