Fantasy Football Player Rankings: WR

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Wide Receiver
Updated Jul 21
Tier 1
1Antonio Brown, PIT1.0413.4Brown 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, ATL1.0612.6Over 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 1.0912.8Jameis 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., NYG1.0612.3Some 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 2.0411.2An 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, CIN1.1112.0Mr. 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, GB2.0213.1After 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.
8T.Y. Hilton, IND2.0711.3A 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.
9Dez Bryant, DAL2.099.8The 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, SEA3.029.7Baldwin'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.
Tier 3
11Amari Cooper, OAK2.109.1Don'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.
12Brandin Cooks, NE3.0511.0Here 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.
13DeAndre Hopkins, HOU3.047.5No 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.
14Allen Robinson, JAC4.027.8Exactly 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.
15Demaryius Thomas, DEN 3.118.6Another 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.
16Keenan Allen, LAC4.096.3
17Terrelle Pryor, WAS3.087.8
18Michael Crabtree, OAK5.029.3
19Alshon Jeffery, PHI 3.117.8
Tier 4
20Martavis Bryant, PIT 4.10
21Tyreek Hill, KC4.086.0
22Davante Adams, GB4.0510.7
23Jarvis Landry, MIA 5.038.6
24Larry Fitzgerald, ARI6.108.6
25Golden Tate, DET6.058.2
26Julian Edelman, NE6.018.0
27Kelvin Benjamin, CAR6.028.5
28Stefon Diggs, MIN7.068.3
29Willie Snead, NO7.027.6
30Brandon Marshall, NYG5.106.5
31Donte Moncrief, IND6.078.1
Tier 5
32Jamison Crowder, WAS 6.127.9
33DeSean Jackson, TB8.018.3
34Sammy Watkins, BUF 3.106.9
35Cameron Meredith, CHI9.108.1
36DeVante Parker, MIA8.066.6
37Pierre Garcon, SF8.107.6
38Jeremy Maclin, BAL8.035.5
39Rishard Matthews, TEN11.109.3
40Marvin Jones, DET10.077.8
Tier 6
41Randall Cobb, GB8.106.5
42Emmanuel Sanders, DEN7.118.9
43Jordan Matthews, PHI12.077.0
44Eric Decker, TEN9.0110.5
45Adam Thielen, MIN11.107.9
46Quincy Enunwa, NYJ10.096.9
47Kenny Britt, CLE12.028.7
Tier 7
48Tyrell Williams, LAC11.019.2
49Cole Beasley, DAL14.067.1
50Allen Hurns, JAC14.056.0
51John Brown, ARI9.064.6
52Corey Coleman, CLE 10.055.9
53Mike Wallace, BAL11.127.9
54Tyler Lockett, SEA14.074.7
55John Ross, CIN ®12.07
56Kevin White, CHI13.084.7
Tier 8
57Robert Woods, LAR14.065.2
58Nelson Agholor, PHI3.2
59Sterling Shepard, NYG13.037.3
60Will Fuller, HOU14.115.4
61Devin Funchess, CAR4.4
62Tavon Austin, LAR15.024.6
63Robby Anderson, NYJ5.1
64Paul Richardson, SEA3.2
65Mohamed Sanu, ATL14.046.0
66Terrance Williams, DAL5.6
Tier 9
67Corey Davis, TEN ®9.09
68Breshad Perriman, BAL13.114.5
69J.J. Nelson, ARI6.6
70Curtis Samuel, CAR ®14.03
71Laquon Treadwell, MIN0.8
72Mike Williams, LAC ® 11.03
73Chris Godwin, TB ®
74Malcolm Mitchell, NE5.3
75Josh Doctson, WAS13.023.3

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