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June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012

Wide Receivers

[ON THE RISE] Less than a year after tearing his Achilles tendon, Thomas (page 84) flashed his explosiveness last season, catching the 80-yard, game-winning score in the AFC wild-card game against Pittsburgh. Now the passing-challenged Tim Tebow is out, Peyton Manning is in, and Thomas will play the role of Manning's No. 1 threat. It all adds up to a De-rrific breakout season.

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13 Miles AUSTIN COWBOYS TIER: 2

AGE: 28 BYE WEEK: 5 AUCTION: $14

Those who drafted Austin last summer hoping for 2009- and '10-type production were sorely disappointed. Limited to just 10 games because of knee and hamstring injuries, he regressed. Something always seems to be nagging Austin, but when he's 100%—as he says he is—he can be a fantasy savior. If his health concerns you, perhaps you should consider Dez Bryant instead.

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14 A.J. GREEN BENGALS TIER: 2

AGE: 24 BYE WEEK: 8 AUCTION: $14

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