Fantasy Draft Rankings 2018: WR

23644241059_7678091d80_kTaking a look at the receivers now. Standard rankings below. Again, I will be posting half-PPR and PPR rankings at a later time. [name – team, bye week]

  1. Antonio Brown – PIT, 7: Best receiver in the game right now hands down. He should be a top 5 pick in your league again. If you are superstitious though be wary because he is on the cover of this year’s Madden..
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – HOU, 10: Finally has a QB that can throw and isn’t afraid to. As long as Watson stays healthy you can count on consistent production out of Hopkins.
  3. Odell Beckham Jr. – NYG, 9: Coming back from a season-ending injury to a new coaching staff and revamped offense. We all know what he can do. Expect him to put on a show to set himself up for a huge contract extension.
  4. Julio Jones – ATL, 8: Julio could be a steal in the late first or early second round. Look for him to improve on the 3 TDs of last season as he makes his own case for best wide receiver in the game.
  5. Michael Thomas – NO, 6: Another player whom I expect to improve on their touchdown total of last year. It was 5 by the way.
  6. Keenan Allen – LAC, 8: Keenan was great in the second half of the season after starting out a bit slow. No Gates and no Hunter Henry this year should lead to him having a few more targets.
  7. A.J. Green – CIN, 9: He always seems to end up being a top ten WR. This year should be no different as he tries to keep the Bengals offense relevant.
  8. Davante Adams – GB, 7: The clear number one on an offense that no longer is with Jordy Nelson. Oh, also the guy throwing to him is Aaron Rodgers.
  9. Mike Evans – TB, 5: If I was confident in Jameis taking a positive step forward this year I would be higher on Evans. Still solid no matter who is throwing him the ball.
  10. T.Y. Hilton – IND, 9: T.Y. had a tough season last year without Andrew Luck at the helm. Andrew is back and with that Hilton’s numbers should be too.
  11. Doug Baldwin – SEA, 7: Baldwin should be stepping into increased targets with the departure of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson this offseason. Look for him to quietly continue putting up solid numbers.
  12. Tyreek Hill – KC, 12: Mahomes will be airing it out a lot more than we saw Alex Smith doing. This should be a positive for Tyreek whose play-making ability is unmatched.
  13. Stefon Diggs – MIN, 10: Kirk should be throwing downfield more than Keenum did last year which is why I give him the edge over his counterpart Thielen.
  14. Amari Cooper – OAK, 7: No more Crabtree and a healthy Carr should bode well for Amari.
  15. Larry Fitzgerald – ARI, 9: Larry doesn’t look to be slowing down yet. He proves every year that he is still one of the best and I expect him to do it again this year.
  16. Adam Thielen – MIN, 10: Adam blew up last year under Shurmur. Expecting some regression this season but still should be a solid WR2/3 this year.
  17. Allen Robinson – CHI, 5: Hard for me to judge Allen Robinson this year. With the contract he signed I would expect him to be featured in this offense. Boom or bust pick in my opinion. Could be worth the gamble in the 5th round.
  18. Jarvis Landry – CLE, 11: Landry should be the focal point of the Browns offense. He has put numbers up on bad teams and this season should be no different.
  19. Alshon Jeffery – PHI, 9: If he can haul in a few more passes this year then he could be great value at this point in the draft.
  20. JuJu Smith-Schuster – PIT, 7: Broke out last year and is now firmly entrenched as the WR2 in Pittsburgh. He doesn’t need many touches to make a difference.
  21. Golden Tate – DET, 6: Never like drafting Tate but he always puts up low-end WR2 numbers. He should do the same this year and even have a few more targets in the middle of the field with Ebron leaving town.
  22. Marvin Jones – DET, 6: Crazy TD numbers last year shot him up the WR rankings. I don’t think he can match those numbers especially with Kenny Golladay vying for targets on the outside too.
  23. Josh Gordon – CLE, 11: Not sure his status for this season as he still hasn’t shown up for training camp at the time of writing this. Arguably is one of the most talented receivers in the game but off field issues keep expectations tempered. Could be a low-end WR1 or solid WR2 if you want to gamble on him.
  24. Michael Crabtree – BAL, 10: This has a Steve Smith type of feel to me. Wouldn’t surprise me if he turned into Flacco’s favorite redzone target.
  25. Demaryius Thomas – DEN, 10: Drafted him once and regretted it. Let someone else deal with Demaryius.
  26. Brandin Cooks – LAR, 12: Cooks is a deep-threat receiver that is taking the place of Sammy Watkins in the Rams offense. I didn’t like Sammy last year so I won’t be taking Cooks this year.
  27. Chris Hogan – NE, 11: He is the number one receiver on this team even when Edelman is healthy. Potential here to put up WR2 numbers this season.
  28. Sammy Watkins – KC, 12: He got paid and now is set to be a part of the KC offense alongside several other playmakers. Could see him fitting in and putting up solid WR2 numbers.
  29. Corey Davis – TEN, 8: Corey, meet Marcus. Corey ended last year on a high note and now comes into this year having had a full off season to build chemistry with Mariota. Look for him to build on last year’s numbers in what could be a potential breakout season as the top wideout in Tennessee.
  30. Pierre Garcon – SF, 11: There are more mouths to feed in San Fran this year but I would expect Pierre to still get 100+ targets and be a viable WR3.
  31. Jamison Crowder – WAS, 4: Sleeper pick for me. Paul Richardson has joined him and should help take pressure off the top to allow Jamison to work in the middle of the field where he is most effective. Alex Smith is a more conservative QB and his style should align with Crowder’s receiving abilities.
  32. Randall Cobb – GB, 7: Rodgers is still throwing to him and without Jordy in town I could see Cobb having a bounce back year.
  33. Emmanuel Sanders – DEN, 10: I’ve been scared to draft Denver receivers ever since Peyton Manning retired. This year is more of the same as they brought in veteran journeyman Case Keenum to run the offense.
  34. Marquise Goodwin – SF, 11: Goodwin was Garapolo’s favorite target at the end of last season. If they can pick up where they left off he could end up having better numbers than Pierre.
  35. Will Fuller – HOU, 10: Boom or bust pick. Deshaun is not shy about throwing it up to him and putting pressure on the defense.
  36. Devante Parker – MIA, 11: No more Landry and the return of Tannehill could be just what Devante needs to break out this year.
  37. Cooper Kupp – LAR, 12: Lots of mouths to feed in this offense so I can’t see him being much more than a WR3 on good weeks.
  38. Devin Funchess – CAR, 4: Olsen is back and that is going to affect his production more than you think.
  39. Robert Woods – LAR, 12: Hesitant to draft for the same reasons as Kupp. Also, Robert is competing with Brandin Cooks on the outside for targets.
  40. Robby Anderson – NYJ, 11: Risky pick as he is under review with the league currently from some off field issues. Has some upside as a number one receiver but he is also on the Jets.

Other notables to keep an eye on are Chris Godwin, Mike Williams, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordy Nelson, Martavius Bryant, and Allen Hurns. They are all on new teams or young and raw with upside. I will be targeting Godwin late in my drafts as a stash candidate or possibly a bit earlier if he has a good preseason and gets on the radar more. Plus he has a great name.

 

Good talk and good luck.

 

 

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