Fantasy Football Player Rankings: WR

2017 Regular Season - Preseason Redraft

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Wide Receiver
Updated Sep 5, 2017
Tier 1
1Antonio Brown, PIT1.0513.4Brown is money. Although I am leaning RB with a Top 2 overall pick, Brown could be the safest pick on the board, one you'll be happy you drafted after the top RB were taken ahead of you. Even though I expect good things from Martavis Bryant, he isn't a threat to AB's targets with such weak receiver options after these two. PPR scoring, start 1-2 RB, 3-4 WR, strong argument for Brown #1 overall.
2Julio Jones, ATL1.0512.6Over 200 targets in 2015 - wow, that is still eye-popping. His targets dropped to a modest 129 last season but he still made the most of them with an 83-1,409-6 stat line, missing two games in the process. Expect OC Kyle Shanahan's departure to have a negative effect on the overall offense, but probably less-so for Jones even if his efficiency suffers. He plays tough and does tend to get knicked up a bit as a result.
3Mike Evans, TB 1.0812.8Jameis Winston has some egos to manage in this Bucs offense to keep everyone happy (cough, cough ... DeSean Jackson), but Evans enters his fourth season after setting a career high in receptions and yards, plus adding a dozen touchdowns. Prefer Evans over many of the top WR for fantasy thanks to his impressive touchdown numbers inside the red zone.
4Odell Beckham Jr., NYG1.0712.3Some excellent choices in this top WR tier, especially considering Beckham is listed 4th. Three consecutive seasons topping 90 receptions, 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns. Damn. Many will take him first at this position, potentially first overall, and that is fine. Is his short temper or attitude going to get him in trouble and cost him games at some point? It is something you might think about from time to time with OBJ on your roster.
Tier 2
5Michael Thomas, NO 2.0311.2An aggressive ranking for a player who surprised as a rookie and is therefore ripe for a sophomore slump, but at the same time he still has Drew Brees as his QB and plenty of targets left New Orleans in the off-season. In that respect he might be one of the safer bets in the late-1st, early-2nd round. Thomas did what he did on 120 targets last season, so there is clearly room for that to grow.
6A.J. Green, CIN1.1012.0Mr. Reliable or Mr. No Respect? Perhaps both. Missed 6 games last season and most of the talk about the Bengals is about rookies RB Joe Mixon and WR John Ross. Green might not have flashy upside, in part thanks to his QB Andy Dalton, but hard to argue with 90-1,300-10 when he plays 16 games.
7Jordy Nelson, GB1.1213.1After a completely lost 2015 season Nelson returned with a vengeance with 97-1,257-14 on 152 targets in 2016. He had some doubters, and now age 32, doubt will continue. I still don't think Aaron Rodgers fully trusts Davante Adams as his primary go-to guy, while Randall Cobb isn't built to handle the targets of a WR1 or WR2. Until Nelson truly shows signs of slowing down, I'm pretty comfortable drafting him early to mid-second round.
8Brandin Cooks, NE 2.0911.0Here is hoping Cooks is willing to do things the Patriots way. It isn't like Julian Edelman has gone any where, so this is a more volatile ranking than most because there isn't a clear indication how much the Pats will feed Cooks the ball.
9Dez Bryant, DAL 2.069.8The price of winning and the way they did it, Dez was a supporting cast member in 2016 and is now two seasons removed from the 90-1,300 and double digit touchdown seasons his fantasy owners enjoyed from 2012-2014. Still only 28 and a very talented player, draft him banking on the talent to rise to the top. Plenty can happen to help him produce, whether Ezekiel Elliott gets suspended, isn't as effective, Dak Prescott opens things up more in his second season, or a bit of all three.
10Doug Baldwin, SEA2.129.7Baldwin's ridiculous run of games to finish the 2015 season (11 TD Weeks 12-16) wasn't sustainable, but he showed he is no fluke either and clearly has a nice rapport with QB Russell Wilson. Wilson was a bit off last season. A return to expectations for him can only help Baldwin.
11Keenan Allen, LAC 3.106.3When he plays, this guy is really, really good. Everything you want in your WR1 - a target hog with big play ability and nose for the end zone, plus a QB not afraid to sling the pigskin. The problem is Allen hasn't played a ton missing all but one game last season and half of the 2015 season. Indications are he is healthy now. I would take a chance on him.
Tier 3
12Amari Cooper, OAK 2.089.1Don't get me wrong, I really like Cooper the player - and who isn't giddy about a competitive Raiders team right now? - but for fantasy he seems a tad overrated. The problem is he doesn't score many red zone touchdowns. Every TD he scored last season was from beyond 30 yards, and he had only two under 20 (from 15, 19 yard) as a rookie. Until he shows he can usurp Michael Crabtree in this category, we should discount Cooper accordingly in the rankings. Tier 3 is more appropriate than Tier 2.
13Demaryius Thomas, DEN4.018.6Another talented WR, another porous QB situation. In this one we don't even know which QB is going to get the call at this time, although it is promising former Chargers HC Mike McCoy is the new Broncos OC. As Philip Rivers career shows, McCoy isn't afraid to air it out, which could mean good things for DT.
14T.Y. Hilton, IND 3.0511.3A lot of fantasy experts loved Donte Moncrief this time last year, expecting him to take over as primary target on the Colts. At 5'9", 180 lbs. and not a big touchdown guy, there are always going to be people looking to replace you. I looked it as, "who does Andrew Luck like and trust?" Clearly Hilton, who had a career year in 2016. The problem right now is Luck isn't throwing the ball yet, rehabbing from off-season shoulder surgery. Continue to monitor news for Luck to assess the impact on him and those directly effected.
15DeAndre Hopkins, HOU3.107.5No WR is completely QB-proof, and this pick soured pretty quickly last season. Problem: the Texans still have a very sketchy QB situation, regardless of how much you believe in rookie DeShaun Watson longer term. Everything went right in 2015 and not much in 2016. Halfway between the two extremes seems about the right expectation. Hope for the best based on his talent.
16Allen Robinson, JAC 5.037.8Exactly the same number of targets at 151. That produced 80-1,400-14 in 2015 and bottomed out at 73-883-6 in 2016, a 100 fantasy point decline (standard scoring). A new offense including improved running game can only help, but we don't want to get too excited out of the gate.
17Terrelle Pryor, WAS 3.087.8Usually if a player changes offensive skill positions at the NFL level you can write them off for fantasy. A former QB, Pryor is an exception to that. He is clearly dedicated to his craft and was very much fantasy relevant on the Browns (not easy to do) to the tune of 77-1,007-4 plus a rushing TD. He moves to a much better situation with the Redskins and expecting a modest bump to those numbers is not unreasonable.
Tier 4
18Tyreek Hill, KC4.056.0Hill was a waiver-wire darling last season as a rookie with an uncanny ability to break a huge play for a touchdown even in some games with very few touches. 24 rushing attempts and 61 receptions produced over 850 yards and 9 TD, not even counting 3 TD on kickoff and punt returns. The Chiefs said goodbye to Jeremy Maclin and are looking to use Hill even more as a receiver. Trust Andy Reid how to best utilize this talented speedster.
19Michael Crabtree, OAK 4.129.3It could be high time to sell Crabtree in dynasty if you don't expect to be competitive this year, or acquire him at an "approaching 30" discount if you are, but for redraft he should be just fine. Not a burner, he has back-to-back 85 catch seasons while only hitting 900-1,000 yards. He is money around the end zone however scoring 17 touchdowns his two seasons with the Raiders. As long as Amari Cooper is second fiddle to Crabtree in the red zone Crabs should be just fine.
20Martavis Bryant, PIT 4.08Can a guy who missed the entire 2016 season due to suspension really be a Top 30 receiver? Bryant has the talent and opportunity to do it. He burst on the scene as a rookie scoring 8 TD on only 26 receptions playing the final 10 games of the 2014 season. Suspended and injured to start the 2015 season, he accumulated 50-765-6 in 11 games. Certainly a risk to relapse and get suspended again at any time, reports are so far so good he understands he's on his last strike. ADP is rising but still an acceptable price to pay for a double digit touchdown receiver.
21Alshon Jeffery, PHI 4.037.8Never a big Jeffery fan, I have to admit he appears to be in a good situation to succeed. When things went right before he really succeeded in 2013 and 2014 under the tutelage of Brandon Marshall. Things fell apart when Marshall left Chicago and the Bears as a whole slumped badly. A fresh start - and a 16 game season, after missing 4 and 7 the last two years - could do wonders for Jeffery's fantasy stock.
22Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 5.108.6Now 33, Fitzgerald plays the Hines Ward role in Bruce Arians offense. When Ward was 33 that was 2009 and he had a 95-1,167-6 season. I might have Fitz ranked a bit high but that is because I am more confident he will hit his numbers than other players in this tier, and hey, you don't have to pay this high a price for him.
23Davante Adams, GB4.0710.7Adams broke out last season scoring 12 touchdowns, which was unexpected after he disappointed in 2015 when Jordy Nelson was lost for that season with injury. I feel like Aaron Rodgers still doesn't trust Adams' route running to the same degree as Nelson or Randall Cobb, but this is a passing team with a great QB and Adams is still developing entering only his fourth season. I am neither targeting or avoiding Adams. He is typically going a little high for my liking.
24Kelvin Benjamin, CAR4.088.5Off a 1,000 yard, 9 TD rookie season in 2015, playing weight concerns hit Benjamin when he reported in 2016. He still played 16 games and had a 63-941-7 line on 118 targets, 27 fewer than the prior year. This offseason his weight is a story once again. Okay, so he's young and hasn't fully grasped the need to stay away from McDonald's. Don't let him slip too far in your draft though. His 6'5" frame is a huge mismatch for opposing defensive backs, he's got a better shot at double digit TD than most any other WR drafted around his ADP.
25Golden Tate, DET5.078.2Similar to the T.Y. Hilton-Donte Moncrief dynamic on the Colts, last year at this time fantasy players pushed for Marvin Jones to be the "value" play at receiver on the Lions. Jones started hot but fizzled while Tate kept plugging away like he had the prior two years catching over 90 passes. Not a big TD guy but reliable and undervalued.
26Pierre Garcon, SF 8.027.6Considered a better complimentary receiver over his career, it will be interesting to see what he can accomplish as the primary under Kyle Shanahan and with Brian Hoyer at QB. Shanahan is a big plus, obviously, and who was DeAndre Hopkins' QB in his best season? Oh right, Hoyer.
27DeVante Parker, MIA 6.046.6A lot of positive reports about Parker and now with Jay Cutler at QB he has no prior history with either receiver to play favorites. Very close to flip-flopping Parker and Jarvis Landry in the rankings.
Tier 5
28Chris Hogan, NE 10.036.1
29Stefon Diggs, MIN6.048.3After spending a 1st round pick on Cordarelle Patterson (2013) and LaQuon Treadwell (2016), who predicted 5th round pick (2015) Diggs to be the top receiver on the Vikings? Top being relative, because his 2016 only produced 84-903-3. Still, not bad considering the late switch to Sam Bradford, it was only Diggs second season and he missed 3 games. Not a lot but some optimism he can improve on last season.
30Jamison Crowder, WAS6.107.9Good possession receiver produced well last season considering he was playing fourth fiddle to DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed, finding the end zone seven times in the process. Like the player but not usually enough to draft him ahead of others. Could be really good in PPR especially if Reed struggles to stay on the field.
31Brandon Marshall, NYG5.106.5Only a season removed from a 109-1,502-14 stat line it is hard not to get giddy with the opportunity to add Marshall as your second or sometimes third WR. Counter-point: that was on 173 targets, which shouldn't happen, he is 33, and perhaps - just sayin' - he is more interested in a future broadcast career.
32Willie Snead, NO7.037.6Solid but not spectacular stats in his first two seasons but with the amount of targets that left the Saints in the offseason, and Snead's continued development, a very good chance he approaches 90 catches and tops 1,000 yards this season.
33Rishard Matthews, TEN 11.049.3Matthews showed he was very undervalued last year, and low and behold he is once again under the radar coming off a 9 TD season. Eric Decker signing is bit concerning because Decker is so good in the red zone but Matthews is still a WR1 on what should be a good overall team and offense. Well worth the price.
34Jarvis Landry, MIA 6.098.6The lack of touchdowns by Landry (5, 4, 4 from 2014-16) continues to push fantasy players to hope another option emerges on the Dolphins, meaning he might come at a reasonable discount, but still a player you probably only really want in a PPR scoring league. He is what he is, a 1,000 yard receiver who doesn't score much. Not a game breaker.
35Sammy Watkins, LAR 6.036.9I had Watkins ranked well below his ADP before being traded to the Rams. Mid-training camp trades are not usually a positive for fantasy given the new playbook, new teammates and life upheaval to get accustomed to. In this case I will hold steady on Watkins. Worse QB, perhaps better offensive philosophy, a team that wants him, tougher division. In most cases someone else will draft him based on name recognition higher than I would be willing.
36DeSean Jackson, TB 7.128.3Jackson is still pretty reliable on the long ball for his success, so at age 30 and with a new, still young, QB, I'd be cautious expecting a lot from DJax his first year in Tampa.
Tier 6
37Marvin Jones, DET9.117.8
38Randall Cobb, GB8.106.5
39Tyrell Williams, LAC9.019.2
40Jeremy Maclin, BAL8.095.5
41Kenny Britt, CLE11.078.7
42Emmanuel Sanders, DEN 7.078.9
Tier 7
43Corey Davis, TEN ®10.02
44Adam Thielen, MIN10.127.9
45Cole Beasley, DAL13.077.1
46Ted Ginn, NO 12.036.2
47John Brown, ARI9.124.6
48Kevin White, CHI13.064.7
49Corey Coleman, CLE9.105.9
50Donte Moncrief, IND 9.088.1Expected to break out last year, Moncrief played only 9 games but scored 7 times in those contests on 30 catches. His output will be heavily dependent on the health of Andrew Luck, which isn't great right now. Draft him at fair value, don't reach.
Tier 8
51Mike Wallace, BAL12.037.9
52Paul Richardson, SEA 3.2
53Robby Anderson, NYJ 13.115.1
54Eric Decker, TEN 8.0410.5
55Cooper Kupp, LAR ® 11.12An unofficial pre-training camp depth chart provided to the media lists Kupp as a starter. Not something to get overly excited about but a good early sign.
56Kendall Wright, CHI 13.125.4
57Zay Jones, BUF ®11.08Overall the receivers depth chart is pretty light. There is some upside potential here with respect to the rookie Jones.
58Tyler Lockett, SEA14.074.7
59Nelson Agholor, PHI 3.2
Tier 9
60Allen Hurns, JAC6.0
61Kenny Golladay, DET ®12.08
62Terrance Williams, DAL5.6
63Mohamed Sanu, ATL14.046.0
64Sterling Shepard, NYG12.127.3
65Marquise Goodwin, SF4.4Appears to be the early favorite to start opposite Pierre Garcon, but this situation is very fluid.
66Devin Funchess, CAR4.4
67John Ross, CIN ® 14.05Ross is sitting out the start of training camp with a shoulder injury and he could be sidelined 2-3 weeks. Draft pundits are excited about this kid's prospects, and we towed the line ranking him as the Bengals third most productive receiver after A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, but perhaps it is a little early to pencil him in there just yet. Veterans Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd (2nd year) could keep Ross on the bench.
68Breshad Perriman, BAL4.5
Tier 10
69Jordan Matthews, BUF 10.097.0Matthews missed some offseason work with knee tendinitis and it looks like he will still be limited to some degree at the start of training camp. Like the talent but concerned about his recovery and ultimately, impact on his playing time and targets. Going to a new team at this stage won't help either.
70Robert Woods, LAR5.2
71Tavon Austin, LAR 4.6
72Kenny Stills, MIA14.067.9
73Travis Benjamin, LAC13.126.6
74Braxton Miller, HOU1.8
75J.J. Nelson, ARI14.106.6
76Curtis Samuel, CAR ®
77Marqise Lee, JAC6.4
78Laquon Treadwell, MIN0.8
79Chris Godwin, TB ®
80Malcolm Mitchell, NE5.3
81Josh Doctson, WAS14.023.3
Tier 11
82Tyler Boyd, CIN4.1
83Taylor Gabriel, ATL13.027.8
84Dede Westbrook, JAC ®
85Eli Rogers, PIT6.0
86Chris Conley, KC3.3
87JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT ®
88Mike Williams, LAC ®Williams is dealing with back problems, and earlier news indicated he could miss the season. Even though the latest reports suggest that was false, Williams is down the depth chart and an injury risk, so there is little point even taking a flier on him in redraft compared to other options.
89ArDarius Stewart, NYJ ®
90Jaelen Strong, HOU2.2
Tier 12
91Julian Edelman, NE 10.088.0
92Cameron Meredith, CHI 9.058.1Someone has to catch the ball some of the time for the Bears, is the thought process with a player like Meredith. It worked late last year when he separated himself from the pack with a 66-888-4 line, including four games with 9 or more receptions. I am okay with the premise, but I want to be careful not to overpay for it. Could be a bumpy ride if the QB position is really bad.

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