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Last week you may have read our comprehensive fantasy football rankings: running back edition, if not you can view them here. But now let’s get into the deepest position for your fantasy draft: Wide Reciever.

2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receiver Edition

Most NFL teams carry at least six receivers on their depth chart, while most fantasy owners, in standard formats, carry at least four, and sometimes stockpile up to six or seven. The key is to stockpile with players that you can actually feel comfortable plugging in on any given week.

For example, let’s go back to the 2016 season, week 5. The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the New York Jets. Straight from his mother’s basement, Sammie Coates takes the field. He has himself a Sunday. Six receptions, 139 yards and two touchdowns later (good enough for 31.9 points) and Sammie Coates is a household name. Every fantasy owner is drooling, patiently waiting on the waiver wire to stake their claim. If you were in a league that had a salary cap, and you wagered to pick up players, you may have bid high to add Coates to your roster, this was the guy to replace Keenan Allen, who screwed you over in the beginning of the season.

Well, the rest of the story is pretty short. After his week 5 explosion, Coates combined for 4.3 points the rest of the way. That can’t even classify as unreliable, it’s just downright nonexistent.

Lucky for you, you don’t have to worry about that happening to you again this year. After hours, nay, months of scouring ADP and player matchups, we have put together an extremely in-depth analysis of the top 40 wide receivers that you should target in your draft. That way you can stockpile your roster for hopefully the entire season.

If you do need to hit the waiver wire, make sure to check SportsAlDente every week for waiver wire pickups, start em sit em advice, etc.

Without further ado:

2017 Fantasy Wide Reciever Rankings

 Andrew WhisnantTad DesaiTalon GraffDanny RendonBob Movahed
1Antonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh SteelersJulio Jones, WR Atlanta FalconsAntonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh SteelersAntonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh SteelersAntonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh Steelers
Don't overthink this. He’s been the best wide receiver in the NFL for the last few years and there’s no signs of that changing. Take Brown as the first wide receiver, he’s a beast. I know, I know! How could I possibly rank Jones above Antonio Brown? My “problem” with Brown isn’t any fault of his own. The Steelers drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant is coming back from suspension. The year before he had just under 800 yards and six touchdowns in just 11 games. I’m not confident Brown will get as many targets as he did last year. Jones on the other hand is the only legitimate and consistent threat the Falcons have and if he can avoid injury, that will equal unrivaled output.
Brown has been a statistical beast the last few years and with the Steelers poised for a big year he should be on point yet again. Brown should be a top five pick in any draft out there. A threat in any format. Especially PPR. With a healthy Big Ben, and the return of Martavius Bryant, the sky is the limit.Brown has been dominant for a few seasons now. The wideout is incredibly fast, has sure hands, and is the paradigm for outstanding route running. Even with the return of Martavis Bryant, I can't fathom a season in which Brown doesn't finish with stellar stats.
2Odell Beckham Jr., WR New York GiantsAntonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh SteelersMike Evans, WR Tampa Bay BuccaneersOdell Beckham Jr., WR New York GiantsMike Evans, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Giants brought in Brandon Marshall and are expected to have a better running game. However, that takes nothing away from Beckham. He’s already becoming one of the greats. Another one to not overthink as he gets better every year.I know I just said why Brown might be down this year but his being down is still better than most receivers out there. Brown has the complete set: size, speed and incredible route running abilities. It also doesn’t hurt that Ben Roethlisberger has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the past decade. Brown is one of the safest bets you can make for the WR1 position.
Tampa Bay has everyone on the edge of their seat to see if this offense explodes on the field like it does on paper. Evans should be the primary target and will benefit from new additions like DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard. A 1,600 yard season and 15 touchdowns is within reason for Evans. The most explosive WR in the league. With Brandon Marshall takeing some of the coverage, his numbers can only get better.Conventional wisdom would place either Odell Beckham Jr. or Julio Jones in this spot. However, Evans has been on the rise since his rookie season. The Buccaneers are an improved team with a lot to prove. They’ve added DeSean Jackson, which will alleviate some of the double-coverages Evan’s draws. And, let’s not forget Evans finished third last year amongst wide receivers in standard PPR scoring.
3Mike Evans, WR Tampa Bay BuccaneersOdell Beckham Jr., WR New York GiantsJulio Jones, WR Atlanta FalconsJulio Jones, WR Atlanta FalconsJulio Jones, WR Atlanta Falcons
Evans has double digit touchdown potential even when the Buccaneers are not doing so hot. If Tampa Bay breaks out this year and makes a playoff run, it’ll have a lot to do with Evans and Jameis Winston’s connection. DeSean Jackson may take some scores away from Evans but he’ll also take away some coverage which will help Evans more than Jackson hurts his numbers. Beckham isn’t so much third on this list as he is 2B. He and Brown are in the same position in terms of targets being a question given the Giants’ acquisition of Brandon Marshall. But Beckham is so dynamic that he will create opportunities for himself. His performance at training camp is enough to inspire confidence that his production will remain high. Jones is going to have another big year for the Falcons and whoever owns him in fantasy football. He has a new OC but has the same quarterback in Matt Ryan so his production shouldn't suffer. He has a case as the top fantasy receiver but his touchdown totals haven't seen double digits since 2012 and with ATL's running game, I don't think that will change this year.Big play receiver in a high powered offense. Can be streaky at times. Looks to be getting more red zone targets this year. Look for Julio early in any draft format.Personally, I think Jones is the best receiver in the game. The man is a freak of nature. How on Earth could someone that is that tall, that fast, that strong, and have super glue seeping out of the pores in his hands exist? Unfortunately, Jones is the kind player that consistently gets nagging injuries, which usually puts him out for a game or two.
4Jordy Nelson, WR Green Bay PackersMike Evans, WR Tampa Bay BuccaneersOdell Beckham Jr., WR New York GiantsMike Evans, WR Tampa Bay BuccaneersOdell Beckham Jr., WR New York Giants
This is simple. Aaron Rodgers loves to see Nelson in the end zone. He’s had double digit touchdowns two years in a row and him and Rodgers both seem to be still in their prime. Evans’ touchdown numbers took a huge jump from three in 2015 to 12 in 2016 and there’s no big reason to think that will go down. DeSean Jackson’s arrival does cause some concern but he is more of a home run option so while Evans may lose some scores to him, it won’t be enough to make a huge impact. If anything, Jackson will draw attention away from Evans allowing him more opportunities. This is a deep receiver group when OBJ is the fourth ranked receiver. Beckham has been dominating the fantasy game since entering the league and this will be the best offense he has been a part of. He will lose targets to Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram which is why he isn't sitting higher than fourth. If you have to "settle" for OBJ you're doing just fine in your league. Part of a talented WR corps. With a big arm QB, and a stud rookie TE, Evans is in for a big year. Also, the addition of DeSean Jackson will help to open up more routes.Beckham continues his supreme reign over the league, by which I mean he draws the most attention of any player on and off the field. Despite adding Brandon Marshall, Beckham is still the most legitimate weapon on the Giants offense. Nonetheless, he’s such an undisputed talent that he’s bound to still finish in the top five fantasy receivers by the end of the season.
5Julio Jones, WR Atlanta FalconsA.J. Green, WR Cincinnati BengalsJordy Nelson, WR Green Bay PackersJordy Nelson, WR Green Bay PackersJordy Nelson, WR Green Bay Packers
Jones might not be as high as expected on my list but I think this is where he belongs. He remains on one of the top offenses in the league but with a coaching change, Matt Ryan may take a little step back and that puts Jones at five rather than three or four.Green did miss the final six games of last season but even with that injury, he finished just short of 1,000 yards and doesn’t have a history of injury problems. Tyler Eifert and John Ross do present a challenge to him, but much in the same way Beckham does, Green has a way of creating opportunities out of nothing which is always intriguing in fantasy.
Nelson is a very talented receiver and probably the most reliable when he stays healthy. He also has Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball. Adams is reportedly going to have a bigger role this year but Nelson is as steady as they come. The number one receiver in an Aaron Rodgers offense. He is getting up there in age, but last season showed that injury and Father Time have failed to slow down his production.Many fans were despondent at the beginning of last season over Nelson’s slow start. However, it didn’t take long for the veteran wide out to prove naysayers wrong. In fact, every season Nelson and Aaron Rodgers have played a full season together, Nelson finishes within the top 10 amongst fantasy receivers. As long as he stays healthy, he’s a sure thing at his position.
6A.J. Green, WR Cincinnati BengalsJordy Nelson, WR Green Bay PackersA.J. Green, WR Cincinnati BengalsA.J. Green, WR Cincinnati BengalsMichael Thomas, WR New Orleans Saints
A top wide out since he’s entered the league, Green looks to recover from injury and return to elite status. The rookie additions on offense and a healthy Tyler Eifert should prove to help Green and have him boast a top ten performance in fantasy this year. Nelson has been incredibly consistent in the past two years in which he played all 16 games, eclipsing 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. While he’s getting up there at the age of 32, Nelson hasn’t given us a reason to think his production will drop and as long as Aaron Rodgers is still his quarterback, it’s even more reason to think he will continue to crank out the stats.
Green finally has a running mate with the fastest man from the 2017 Draft, John Ross. The Bengals also added a new running back in Joe Mixon which will take attention away from Green and free him up to make plays. One of the most productive WR over the past 6 years. With a big arm at QB, and a monster rookie running back, Green should be ready for plenty of work.It speaks volumes to Thomas’ skills and potential that he’s bounced up to a second round ADP this year from his 12 th round ADP last year. The stage is set for Thomas to have a massive sophomore campaign since the departure of Brandin Cooks. Assuming Drew Brees continues to launch the ball downfield (a safe assumption), Thomas will rack up points.
7T.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis ColtsDez Bryant, WR Dallas CowboysDez Bryant, WR Dallas CowboysT.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis ColtsDez Bryant, WR Dallas Cowboys
Hilton is beginning to be mentioned as an elite wide receiver around the league. Last season, he had his career best in receptions and receiving yards. Andrew Luck’s shoulder issue lowers Hilton’s ceiling but Luck should only miss a week or two. Bryant was so dependable for Dak Prescott that he pretty much sucked all the end zone targets from Jason Witten finishing with eight touchdowns despite missing three games. It’s not ridiculous to think given another offseason of working with Prescott and hopefully playing a full season, that Bryant will return to his 2014 self in which he caught 16 touchdowns.
Dez is healthy and the rapport he and Prescott built at the tail end of 2016 should only improve this year. With Elliott's suspension, the focus of the offense will shift to the passing game and Bryant will only benefit from it. The veteran still knows how to make big plays and will be relied heavily on to carry this offense through the first six games.This rank hinges on the health of Andrew Luck. Hilton is electric, but without Luck, he will struggle. Still worth taking early due to past production.I have my reservations about Bryant, well to put it more accurately, I have my reservations about what the offense will look like sans Ezekiel Elliot for 6 games. That being said, Bryant is still a terrific pass catcher and is the undisputed leader of Dallas’ aerial attack. Hopefully, Bryant can stay healthy all season and return to his former self.
8Michael Thomas, WR New Orleans SaintsMichael Thomas, WR New Orleans SaintsT.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis ColtsDez Bryant, WR Dallas CowboysDoug Baldwin, WR Seattle Seahawks
After an outstanding rookie year and with Brandin Cooks leaving, Thomas is the clear number one target for Drew Brees. In his sophomore season, it’s expected for Thomas to perform better than his rookie numbers and it’s hard to disagree considering Drew Brees’ pass attempts are in the top three in the league almost every year. Thomas is the riskiest guy you’ll find in the top ten. The reason for that is because his value is based more on the system he’s in than his actual production. His rookie year was phenomenal and if he had received a few votes for Offensive Rookie of the Year, it wouldn’t have been massively surprising. However, taking a flyer on a guy with one good year is almost never a good idea. Almost. With Brandin Cooks gone, Drew Brees still in New Orleans and the offense still promising high production, Thomas is a risk but one definitely worth taking in the early rounds.
Hilton's production hinges on Luck's health. Hilton is a talented receiver but will not be as effective with Scott Tolzien throwing him the ball. As long as Luck is in the lineup, Hilton should be in yours. The loss of Ezekiel Elliott brings his value down a tad, but it also means more work in the passing game. Hopefully Dak Prescott can avoid the sophomore slump. I miss the days in which Baldwin was undervalued by the fantasy world because his ADP has jumped quite a bit (I drafted him in the 5 th round last year). However, Baldwin is consistent scorer and is likely to produce even more this upcoming season given the Seahawks desire to throw the ball more. As Russell Wilson’s favorite receiver, he’s guaranteed at least 20% of the targets on that offense.
9Doug Baldwin, WR Seattle SeahawksAmari Cooper, WR Oakland RaidersMichael Thomas, WR New Orleans SaintsAmari Cooper, WR Oakland RaidersBrandin Cooks, WR New England Patriots
Russel Wilson’s pass attempts have increased every year he’s been in Seattle and that increase has a correlation with Doug Baldwin seeing his receptions and receiving yards jump up every year Wilson’s been there. The most trusted wide receiver on the Seahawks is a top ten fantasy play. I’ve talked a lot about how dangerous it is for receivers to be in a competitive environment in terms of other receivers and Cooper is a great example of that. Cooper finished for more yards than his teammate Michael Crabtree but Crabtree finished with more scores. The addition of Jared Cook only adds to that problem. While Cooper is the very definition of dependable, his touchdown numbers could continue to suffer.
With Brandin Cooks out of the picture, Michael Thomas enters the role of primary receiver for Drew Brees. The New Orleans' offense still has some tread on the tires and with some fresh faces in the receiving corps and in the backfield, Thomas should be the main benefactor. Derek Carr's favorite target will put up big numbers, but needs more red zone targets. The Raiders look to be Super Bowl favorites this year, and Cooper should be a big part of that.Remember what Tom Brady did for Randy Moss? 23 touchdowns! Obviously, Cooks is nowhere near the player Moss was, but, Cooks is sliding into an elite offense, with the greatest quarterback of all time, and a coach that has showered him with praise since entering the league. At the very least, Cooks is ensured the deep threat role on that offense, which will certainly yield impressive results.
10Dez Bryant, WR Dallas CowboysBrandin Cooks, WR New England PatriotsAmari Cooper, WR Oakland RaidersMichael Thomas, WR New Orleans SaintsT.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis Colts
Bryant’s fantasy play is highly dependent on his touchdown receptions. With Ezekiel Elliot missing multiple games due to suspension, Bryant’s red zone targets should increase drastically and with Dak Prescott going into his second year in the offense his trust in Bryant and the offense will make Bryant a good fantasy play.One of the other reasons Michael Thomas is ranked above Cooks is mainly because he overtook him as the Saints’ top receiver last season. However, the Patriots have an uncanny ability to elevate players’ potential that’s scary to imagine with Cooks. It’s not outside the realm of possibility for Cooks to finish in the top five in yards and touchdowns this season. Cooper is poised for a huge year with Carr under center, Crabtree playing opposite, and Lynch in the backfield. The Oakland offense has high expectations as does most of the football world. Cooper will lose red zone looks due to Lynch being there but Cooper is a big play receiver who keeps getting better. With a high catch percentage, Thomas plays in a pass first offense that traded away his only competition for catches. If Drew Brees throws it, you can bet Thomas will be somewhere close, ready to make a play.Hilton’s value is really predicated on Andrew Luck’s health. Clearly, he’s a much more productive receiver if Luck is on the field and ready to roll. However, Hilton is elusive and fast enough to still get his stats up even with a backup under center.
11DeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston TexansDoug Baldwin, WR Seattle SeahawksBrandin Cooks, WR New England PatriotsDoug Baldwin, WR Seattle SeahawksAmari Cooper, WR Oakland Raiders
No quarterback for the Texans can be as bad as Brock Osweiler was for Hopkins fantasy value. If Tom Savage does struggle, we will see the rookie Deshaun Watson come in who has a love of throwing to Clemson wide receivers down field. Do not let last year scare you away from this beast of a receiver. I know its preseason, but has anyone seen the Seahawks offense thus far? Russell Wilson looks poised to have a great season and Doug Baldwin has proven to be his must trusted guy. He is no longer a sleeper receiver. The bad news...Cooks no longer plays with Drew Brees. The good news...Cooks now plays with Tom Brady. The rich get richer and Cooks will thrive with Brady and the the rest of the Patriots' offense. He wont lead the league in any categories but he should be targeted no later than the 3rd round. A dynamic WR that can be streaky. Hoping to get back to his 2015 form this year with a few new weapons around him.Cooper has been a stud since entering the league. His numbers have been rising and he’s unlikely to slow down. The young man plays with insane athleticism and has cemented himself as Derek Carr’s favorite target. Although he splits looks with Michael Crabtree, Cooper is likely to end with over a thousand yards again.
12Brandin Cooks, WR New England PatriotsDeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston TexansDeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston TexansDemaryius Thomas, WR Denver BroncosDeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston Texans
Cooks has a luxury few other receivers have in the NFL, going from one hall of fame quarterback to another. There are a lot of mouths for Tom Brady to feed on his offense but Cooks is the clear deep threat and has all the talent in the world. This could be his best season yet. I truly believe that if Hopkins had a halfway decent quarterback for most of his career, he would be on par with Jordy Nelson and Dez Bryant in terms of production. The reason I’m so confident in saying that is because even with the Texans’ nightmare carousel of quarterbacks the past few years, Hopkins has managed to go over or finish just short of 1,000 yards. This includes his 2015 season in which he had over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns. Yards have never been Hopkins’ problem but touchdowns have. Despite never missing a game in his four-year career, Hopkins has only gone over five touchdowns twice. That’s not promising. So Hopkins will miss out on big scoring but will always be dependable for a solid one. Everyone is talking about Deshaun Watson being the eventual starter in Houston but Tom Savage is QB1 right now and either one will have a great receiver to throw to with Hopkins. Hopkins looks to bounce back and return to 2015 form and with the quarterback situation more established this year he should get close. With questions at QB, the Broncos will be relying on their veteran WR corps to help make up the difference. Production may go down a tad this year, but Thomas is still worth an early round pick.Hopkins is in a tough spot. No one can deny this receiver’s excellent abilities, but he can’t score if his offense can’t score. I have some hope for him, especially in a PPR format because even if he’s not tallying touchdowns, he’s probably going to catch a lot of passes and remain the primary target on the Texans’ offense.
13Amari Cooper, WR Oakland RaidersT.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis ColtsKeenan Allen, WR Los Angeles ChargersBrandin Cooks, WR New England PatriotsDemaryius Thomas, WR Denver Broncos
Despite being outscored by Michael Crabtree last year, Cooper has this season to prove what he can do with his elite talent. He’s a dependable threat and the Raiders have one of the top offenses in the league. Cooper has a stable floor in fantasy and could vault into the top ten this season.Normally Hilton would be higher on this list but much like Hopkins, his stock is hurt by an unsure quarterback situation. Andrew Luck is still recovering from his offseason shoulder surgery and rumors have been constantly popping up that he may not be ready for the start of the season. If this is the case, Hilton’s output to start the season is almost guaranteed to disappoint. Backups Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris are just atrocious so if Luck misses any time it will be bad news for Hilton. If Luck plays the whole season then Hilton will likely turn out another productive year. Allen returns from a season lost due to injury and is an early top candidate for comeback player of the year. With Melvin Gordon finally getting on track and other weapons in the passing game, Allen will return to Pro Bowl form for Los Angeles. The newest weapon in the Patriots war machine. Cooks provides the speed they haven't had in a long time. It won't take long for Tom Brady to find Cooks down field. The question that remains is if Brady can still throw the deep ball effectively.Similar to Hopkins, Thomas has a subpar offense and underwhelming quarterback play hindering his chances at scoring. But, also like Hopkins, Thomas is a talented enough receiver that at the very least he’ll haul in all the targets sent his way, which gives him more value in a PPR format.
14Keenan Allen, WR Los Angeles ChargersTerrelle Pryor, WR Washington RedskinsKelvin Benjamin, WR Carolina PanthersAlshon Jeffery, WR Philadelphia EaglesAllen Robinson, WR Jacksonville Jaguars
There’s obviously a huge injury risk here but when Allen’s on the field he’s a top wide receiver in the league. Last season before his injury, he was bullying Marcus Peters in game one, who is considered a top corner in the league. The talent is there if Allen can stay on the field.Pryor absolutely blew up in his first full year as a receiver with 1,000 yards and four touchdowns. The touchdown numbers can be forgiven with Cleveland’s quarterback situation last year which makes the yard numbers even more impressive. Now that he has a real quarterback in Kirk Cousins and Washington losing two of their top receivers, Pryor is primed to take over as a legitimate threat in the NFC East. Benjamin never really has lived up to the potential that everyone expected out of him when he arrived in the league. He finally appears to be healthy and should be the player everyone thought he'd be. Rookie sensation Christian McCaffrey should keep defenses occupied enough to leave Benjamin open for some huge plays. KB also is a great red zone threat with his 6'5 and 235 pound frame. Benjamin is probably going to be there well past the fourth round and into the fifth, and if he is you better jump on him because he could be the steal of the draft. A new team with a promising QB behind center. Alshon will help lead an exciting Eagles offense with little to hold him back. Expect an improvement over the last two seasons, and hope that he can stay healthy.The future of Blake Bortles looks bleak, which may or may not bode well for Robinson. The huge receiver with a jaw dropping vertical just needs some consistency on his offense, which a new quarterback might offer. Regardless of whose throwing him the ball, I expect him to have a bounce back year this season.
15Demaryius Thomas, WR Denver BroncosKeenan Allen, WR Los Angeles ChargersAllen Robinson, WR Jacksonville JaguarsDeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston TexansTerrelle Pryor, WR Washington Redskins
The quarterback situation in Denver hurts Thomas’s value in fantasy but for the past few years he’s remained a solid WR1. The coaching changes in Denver do provide an interesting connection for Thomas as Mike McCoy returns as offense coordinator whom Thomas had his breakout 2012 season under. Even if this offense gets worse, rest assured that Thomas will remain a top 15 wide receiver.There’s a difference between being injury prone and just flat out unlucky. Allen has missed significant time in the past three years but to be fair to him, a torn ACL, a lacerated kidney and a broken collarbone can hardly be attributed to being injury-prone. I think it’s well worth the risk to take Allen earlier than most given he has a more stable quarterback situation than most receivers in this range and has proven himself capable of being a fantasy stud. Robinson has had highs and lows throughout his NFL tenure. After a breakout 2015, he had a disappointing year in 2016. Jacksonville finally has a solid running threat in the fourth overall pick Leonard Fournette. That should help a little bit but Robinson and Bortles have to get back to their 2015 form. Robinson is a talented receiver so he should have a solid year. Plagued by bad QB play, Hopkins had a big drop off in production. With the arrival of Deshaun Watson, Hopkins outlook can only improve… if Watson can win the job. It’s hard to pass up a playmaker like Hopkins, so scoop him up, and hope Watson is behind center week 1.I’m not totally sold on the Pryor hype train that is chugging along fantasy commentators’ articles. However, the departures of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson leave a lot of targets available on a pass happy offense, so Pryor is bound to draw a solid margin of those available opportunities. And heck, he produced on the Browns so there’s no telling what he can do with a decent quarterback.
16Terrelle Pryor, WR Washington RedskinsDemaryius Thomas, WR Denver BroncosSammy Watkins, WR Los Angeles RamsTerrelle Pryor, WR Washington RedskinsDavante Adams, WR Green Bay Packers
Pryor had a breakout year in Cleveland last year and now goes to a better offense in Washington. The team has already put Pryor in the number one role and he will be the new and improved Pierre Garcon for the Redskins. Pryor could easily jump this ranking and be a top 10 play if the Redskins can keep stability this season.Reports have been saying that Lynch is losing the quarterback battle big time against Siemian and Siemian doesn’t really scream winning solution. Thomas is good enough that he can still produce with Siemian but just not anything that will blow you away. I would expect a similar season to his last with 1,000 yards and around five scores.

Watkins was recently traded to the Los Angeles Rams and nothing really changed. He is still playing with a young quarterback and in an offense that focuses on the run with a good defense. He needs to be more consistent and stay on the field so maybe a change of scenery will somehow help him do that.One of the most incredible athletes the league has seen in some time. With a big frame, speed, and a wing span that commands respect, Pryor is a monster. He put up over 1,000 yards on a dismal Cleveland team, the sky is the limit now that he is a member of the Redskins, and a sure fire lock to be Kirk Cousins #1 target.No one thinks Adams can replicate his 12-touchdown finish this upcoming year, and that’s probably true. But let’s not forget that he plays with Rodgers, a quarterback that can finish with over 30 touchdowns without skipping a beat. I like Adams chances at having at least 8 of Rodgers’ ridiculous touchdown total.
17Alshon Jeffery, WR Philadelphia EaglesAlshon Jeffery, WR Philadelphia EaglesDemaryius Thomas, WR Denver BroncosMichael Crabtree, WR Oakland RaidersAlshon Jeffery, WR Philadelphia Eagles
With the Jordan Matthews trade, the Eagles have helped fantasy owners by making it clear that Jeffrey is the number one target. Expect Carson Wentz to pepper his huge receiver with targets especially around the goal line. Jeffrey should be a low end WR1 playFirst off, I love players who are playing on a one-year “prove it” deal and especially love when talented players do that. With Jeffery, you have both. Jeffery has the best quarterback he’s ever played with in Carson Wentz and pairs well opposite of Torrey Smith. Especially considering Jeffery’s style of play along with his size makes him the first option in the end zone above the rest of the Eagles’ weapons. With quarterback questions for a second year in a row, Thomas' fantasy outlook has questions too. However, Thomas has been remarkably consistent in spite of the shaky quarterback play. Thomas is good for high catch totals but his touchdowns have dwindled each of the last two years. He's a solid option for your team though. The second half of Oakland’s WR duo, Crabtree is a touchdown machine. Stealing red zone targets from Cooper was the norm last year, and a trend that should continue in 2017. There is something to be said about the trust QBs have in their veteran pass-catchers.Jeffery is undoubtedly a talented receiver; it’s the reason he’s consistently drafted fairly high. But, and this is a colossal but, the guy gets injured all the time. I do think he’s in an ideal situation playing for the Eagles, and I think he’ll be the clear target leader for Carson Wentz. However, this is all moot if he can’t stay healthy.
18Golden Tate, WR Detroit LionsDavante Adams, WR Green Bay PackersDoug Baldwin, WR Seattle SeahawksJarvis Landry, WR Miami DolphinsMichael Crabtree, WR Oakland Raiders
The Lions do not have a clear number one anymore but Tate is the most consistent among the Lions receivers. He gets around 90 receptions each year and should get just over 1,000 yards. Tate is a good choice at WR2.It took a while but Adams finally stepped up to his potential in his third year in the league. He set career highs in every category and while Martellus Bennet’s arrival may steal some targets away from Adams, Rodgers has a knack for spreading out the ball pretty evenly. Adams is the at the top of the list of secondary receivers that still have potential for a significant fantasy impact. All of Baldwin's totals went up last year except for his touchdowns. He has become Russell Wilson's favorite target in Seattle's offense. It remains to be seen if Seattle will rely a bit more heavily on the run game this year after signing Eddie Lacy but Baldwin's numbers shouldn't suffer too much. Tied for the most receptions over the last three years, Landry is a PPR gold mine. With Jay Cutler throwing the ball down in Miami his stats may take some time to get started, but rest assured, he’s going to get his. If he can score a few more times this year, he could be in the WR1 talk.Crabtree is a second option receiver, but what a great second option to be. The veteran wide out plays for a dynamic offense and an ever-improving Carr. And most importantly, Crabtree is the preferred red zone wide out on his team, which in fantasy football amounts to more than target shares.
19Tyreek Hill, WR Kansas City ChiefsMichael Crabtree, WR Oakland RaidersJulian Edelman, WR New England PatriotsKeenan Allen, WR Los Angeles ChargersKeenan Allen, WR Los Angeles Chargers
After a crazy first year in the NFL, the Chiefs have already moved Hill up the depth chart to their number one offensive target. Hill has potential for being an insane fantasy scorer this year but this spot is putting him in a good spot. The Chiefs have a rising star on their hands with Hill as a solid fantasy WR2 with WR1 potential.The only reason Crabtree ranks below Adams in terms of secondary receivers is because the Raiders have a more complete offense than the Packers meaning Carr won’t have to throw 30-40 times a game like Rodgers likely will. The big risk with Crabtree is the possibility if Cooper goes off one game, it’s likely Crabtree didn’t have much. The upside is vice versa. Crabtree will likely be a solid option to plug in at WR2 but I think that’s as high as his ceiling goes.
Edelman now has to compete with Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks for targets but he’s a fine option to take in your draft. He obviously has Brady's trust and that means quite a bit. He should be freed up a bit more in coverage.Having played only 9 games in the last two years, Allen is looking to get it together in 2017. Injuries have robbed the Chargers of one of their best weapons, and they are sure to welcome him back with plenty of work. Philip Rivers will enjoy plenty of open space down field due to the emergence of Melvin Gordon. Allen is an excellent pass catcher. I would be placing him much higher on this list if it weren’t for the fear of some freak injury accosting him again. Nonetheless, Allen is Philip Rivers’ favorite target when on the field because of his quickness and shifty route running. For the sake of the Chargers and fantasy fans, I hope Allen stays off of IR this season.
20Michael Crabtree, WR Oakland RaidersKelvin Benjamin, WR Carolina PanthersJarvis Landry, WR Miami DolphinsJulian Edelman, WR New England PatriotsJarvis Landry, WR Miami Dolphins
As mentioned earlier, Crabtree has been just as good as the other Raider on this list. The reason is because of his end zone targets. Marshawn Lynch coming in this year will take away some end zone targets but Crabtree should still be a solid WR2 and could outscore Amari Cooper.Benjamin’s weight was a big concern for the Panthers when they started OTA’s and was the butt of the joke for pretty much the entire rest of the offseason. Benjamin quieted the concerns when he grabbed two spectacular catches including one for a touchdown. Not to mention he just visually looked more fit. He, like the Panthers in general, had a down year but at this point in the draft, it’s safe to take a flyer considering he remains Cam Newton’s only legitimate threat on the outside. The loss of Ryan Tannehill hurts Landry's stock a bit here but the Jay Cutler signing keeps him relevant. DeVante Parker's development is still ongoing so expect Landry to be targeted a lot by Cutler. The run game looks to carry the offense again with Jay Ajayi breaking out last year which lowers Landry's ceiling. Another one of Tom Brady’s weapons who looks to benefit from the addition of Brandin Cooks. Look for plenty of underneath routes left open by the speed of Cooks. Gronk has the goal line, Cooks has the deep ball, making Edelman the perfect possession receiver, and a PPR dream. Landry dropped after the news of Ryan Tannehill’s season ending injury. However, I wouldn’t ignore him just yet, especially considering the addition of Jay Cutler. Now, I’m not saying Cutler is going to save the Dolphins, but he is a certified gun slinger, and last time I checked, Landry is still the best receiver on that offense. So, who knows, maybe Landry produces more without Tannehill.
21Allen Robinson, WR Jacksonville JaguarsTyreek Hill, WR Kansas City ChiefsGolden Tate, WR Detroit LionsAllen Robinson, WR Jacksonville JaguarsSammy Watkins, WR Los Angeles Rams
Look, I have eyes. I can see that Robinson has talent to put up top five wide receiver numbers. But he can’t do that with Blake Bortles or anyone else on the Jaguars roster right now throwing the football. That’s why he falls to a WR2 range. The coaches have also been open about how they want to run the ball every down if they can. I would be worried about Robinson because he could finish worse than this if everything goes to hell in Jacksonville.This is probably the biggest boom-or-bust pick at the receiver position. Hill is primed to take over as the Chiefs’ top playmaker with Jeremy Maclin gone and reports out of training camp is he is living up to that opportunity. However, his size is a concern and the Chiefs’ lack of any other dynamic receivers bring up concerns if he can produce consistently. Golden Tate is the primary receiver in Detroit's offense, for now. Kenny Golladay keeps turning heads in camp and in preseason. Tate has had at least 90 catches the last three years but if Golladay stays on the trajectory he is on it'll only hinder Tate. After taking a big step back in his production in 2016, Robinson will bounce back in 2017. The addition of Leonard Fournette will help to take pressure off Blake Bortles, and force defenses to stack the box to stop the run. This will open plenty of one-on-ones for the 6’3” receiver.Yes, playing for the Rams is not ideal, but let’s consider a couple of elements. For starters, the Rams have made focused efforts on improving their offense with upgrades to the coaching staff and offense line. Also, Watkins is the certified number 1 option in their passing game. Hopefully, and I mean hopefully, he stays off the sideline and Jared Goff improves his game. Oh ya, I forgot to mention that Watkins is really darn good when he’s on the field.
22Larry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona CardinalsGolden Tate, WR Detroit LionsTyreek Hill, WR Kansas City ChiefsGolden Tate, WR Detroit LionsTyreek Hill, WR Kansas City Chiefs
The ageless wonder returns for his 14th season and remains the top target for the Cardinals. The healthy return of John Brown takes some targets away from Fitz but the consistency from this 33-year-old makes him a solid fantasy play.It took a while for Tate to really catch on last year but after week five he had only one bad game. While the Lions’ offensive line injuries could cause Stafford some headaches (literally), Tate is still his number one target and is therefore always a viable option for at least WR2.
The Chiefs have a lot of trust and faith in Hill this year, enough to show Jeremy Maclin the door. Hill will be used early and often in Kansas City's offense as a deep threat. The offense still revolves around the run game but Hill's big play potential is undeniable. Two 1,000-yard seasons over the last three years, and not one missed game means Tate is reliable. And if there is one thing that’s music to a fantasy owners ears, it’s reliability. Count on Tate to produce each and every week. If the touchdown totals go up, so will increase his value.I love watching Hill play football! This guy defines the word dynamic. I don’t think he’s going to jump significantly, even with Jeremy Maclin’s departure. However, I do like his ability to score in multiple ways, and I think he’ll draw a decent number of chances after Travis Kelce.
23Julian Edelman, WR New England PatriotsLarry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona CardinalsMichael Crabtree, WR Oakland RaidersLarry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona CardinalsLarry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona Cardinals
Tom Brady’s favorite target will remain a fantasy beast in PPR. Edelman will lose some targets because of everyone on this offense but he’ll be on the field every play. Honestly, having both Edelman and Brandin Cooks on your fantasy team could be interesting and somewhat of a handicap situation. But expect consistent fantasy points from Edelman.It goes to show how talented Fitzgerald is when he has 107 catches for over 1,000 yards and six touchdowns, and people call it a slower year. That’s not to mean they are wrong, it isn’t even close to his best but that’s still pretty damn good. If Carson Palmer can rebound from a spotty-at-best 2016 season, which is no given, Fitzgerald can catapult himself back in the top 15. Crabtree has been steady and consistent ever since joining Oakland in 2015. He and Cooper make up one of the best wide receiver duos in the league. He will not win you a championship but Crabtree will win you a game or two this year. What more can you say about one of the most professional WRs to ever the play the game. Year after year, Fitzgerald shows up. He eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark in both of his last two seasons, and he is days away from his 34th birthday. At this spot in the draft, you could definitely do a lot worse.Yes, Fitz is old, and yes, Carson Palmer had a disappointing season last year. But, please, Fitz is as reliable as they come. He may not be as explosive as he once was, however, Fitz still possesses strong hands and knows how to run perfect routes. I don’t think he’ll put up monster numbers, but he’ll remain a solid WR2 or FLEX option for your team.
24Jarvis Landry, WR Miami DolphinsAllen Robinson, WR Jacksonville JaguarsLarry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona CardinalsKelvin Benjamin, WR Carolina PanthersGolden Tate, WR Detroit Lions
Jay Cutler coming in at quarterback might be a little concerning for Landry’s value in fantasy. But Cutler had his best years under Adam Gase and honestly the Dolphins did not lose an elite quarterback. At best, Ryan Tannehill was average and that’s the best Cutler can do to. So, Landry’s value should stay around WR2, especially in PPR.Robinson is clearly suffering from a bad quarterback situation given his 2015 season. While he was disappointing in 2016, his stats tell a different story. Just under 900 yards and eight touchdowns is impressive but consistency was his biggest problem. It’s likely that most of Robinson’s production will be in garbage time but it’s worth the risk if you’re hurting for a WR2 or 3. The ageless wonder, Fitzgerald, tallied his second consecutive 100-catch season last year. He continues to produce at a high level for Arizona and the emergence of David Johnson only helps Fitz. As defenses try to figure out ways to contain Johnson, Fitzgerald will be causing headaches and mismatches of his own. You have to take his age into account though and the fact that his quarterback is only getting older too. Cam Newton had a bad year, and yet Benjamin just missed the 1,000 yard mark. At 6’5”, he is a matchup nightmare, and now he has the help of Christian McCaffrey to spread the defense. Seven touchdowns a year ago is right around the norm for Benjamin, but don’t be surprised if he adds a few deep ones to the stat line with the help of an improved running game.I want to believe that Tate will make some kind of jump into a higher tier of receivers, but every season he fails to make that ascension. Regardless, Tate is still the number one option on a pass happy offense with a quarterback that has a cannon for an arm. He won’t give you any consistent performances, but you might get an explosion or two throughout the season.
25Kelvin Benjamin, WR Carolina PanthersEric Decker, WR Tennessee TitansAlshon Jeffery, WR Philadelphia EaglesSammy Watkins, WR Los Angeles RamsEmmanuel Sanders, WR Denver Broncos
Benjamin struggled last year but had an average fantasy season. In the Panthers first preseason game he looked like he did his rookie year and no one could cover him. This is a risky pick especially with how the Panthers offense is supposed to be different but Benjamin is the clear number one on the team and a huge target in the red zone.Decker is a signing that has largely gone unnoticed by many, especially in terms of fantasy. Due to that lack of attention, many are forgetting that Decker will likely be the number one receiver for the Titans when the depth chart is finally released. If Decker can stay healthy, he will likely lead the team in every receiving category. I wouldn’t be too concerned with rookie Corey Davis as it traditionally takes receivers longer than most other positions to adapt to the NFL. A new place to call home and a young stud of a quarterback has fantasy owners intrigued to see what Jeffery will do. His 1,100 yard and 10 touchdown performance in 2014 seems like a distant memory but maybe with the exit of Jordan Matthews, Jeffery can return to the high end receiver he was before. Being traded to the Rams this preseason will slow his production a bit, and his health is an issue owners must be aware of. But there is no denying his talent. And if he can manage to get on the same page as his new QB, the production will return. Take him with a bit of reservation, but it’s a pick that could pay off big.Sanders is a speedster wide out that gives you the hope for a 40 or more yard touchdown every time he’s on the field. Unfortunately for him, and for Thomas, his offense struggles to establish any meaningful kind of rhythm, especially with deep plays. However, I do think he has FLEX value; even more so in a PPR league.
26Davante Adams, WR Green Bay PackersJamison Crowder, WR Washington RedskinsPierre Garcon, WR San Francisco 49ersTyreek Hill, WR Kansas City ChiefsStefon Diggs, WR Minnesota Vikings
It’ll be next to impossible for Adams to repeat his 12 touchdowns from last year. But what last year did that helps Adams this season is give Aaron Rodgers trust in him. As the team’s wide receiver two, Adams will have a clear role for this team and is a touchdown machine.Crowder could be targeted more than Pryor if teams decide to focus on the latter leaving Crowder wide-open for high production. Given Crowder’s overall solid skillset, this wouldn’t be at all surprising. The one thing that has me concerned about Crowder is Josh Doctson, Washington’s first round pick last year, has apparently impressed in camp after missing his entire rookie year. If he progresses as much as some are expecting, Crowder can see his targets get swallowed by the second-year man.

Garcon plays in San Francisco where he will be the number one target for a rebuilding offense. The 49ers are hoping he still has something to give and coming off of a 1,000 yard season, he just might. Playing in San Francisco only hurts his stock but when the team passes the ball they don't have many more options beyond Garcon so if he falls into your lap don't discredit him too fast. He could provide a solid WR3 for your team. The Chiefs new weapon is a jack of all trades, and has the speed to take any play to the house. Alex Smith isn’t known for his deep ball, and that’s a shame. Hill may lose out on valuable yards and touchdowns due to QB play. However, if big armed rookie, Patrick Mahomes can work his way into the game, look out! There has been a lot of chatter around Diggs. He’s become one of those players that is going to be heavily targeted in drafts because of his low cost and potentially high return. That being said, Diggs has a lot of ambiguity surrounding him, namely, his health, the Vikings quarterback scenarios, and the overall quality of their offense. Nonetheless, he’s worth the risk.
27Jamison Crowder, WR Washington RedskinsMartavis Bryant, WR Pittsburgh SteelersDavante Adams, WR Green Bay PackersEmmanuel Sanders, WR Denver BroncosMartavis Bryant, WR Pittsburgh Steelers
Crowder is a great value if you can get him around the 6th round in your draft. He’s a threat to have 100 receptions and his role is expected to increase heavily this year. In PPR he has WR2 upside and a potential to get double digit touchdowns.Apparently Martavis Bryant has added on 10 pounds in the offseason which tells me: 1. He’s finally investing himself in the game and 2. He will play more physically but still possesses breakaway speed. He’s been a little prima donna with the Steelers draft choice of Juju Smith-Schuster but he is still above him on the depth chart. If he can catch six touchdowns in just 11 games in 2015, imagine what he can do with a full season in which he’s stronger.
Head coach Mike McCarthy has stated his intentions to get Adams more involved in the offense. Nelson is the clear number one receiver in that offense so Adams will compete with Randall Cobb and tight end Martellus Bennett for targets. Adams fell just short of his first career 1,000 yard season but managed to find pay dirt 12 times. Coming off a 79 catch, 1,032 yard season that produced 5 Broncos TDs, Emmanuel Sanders looks to be ready to do it again. At the age of 30, Sanders hasn’t lost much in terms of skill or explosiveness. He may, however, find it a bit more difficult to find space. The Broncos RB and QB situations leave something to be desired, and that means teams will be looking to shut down the pass game. It’s difficult not to see the value in Bryant; he’s a giant wide out, with ridiculous speed, and a future hall of fame quarterback. My apprehensions are about his role and conditioning. Bryant missed an entire season and he’s playing on a crowded offense. I think he’ll still have FLEX appeal, but only because of his big play potential.
28Pierre Garcon, WR San Francisco 49ersJarvis Landry, WR Miami DolphinsBrandon Marshall, WR New York GiantsDavante Adams, WR Green Bay PackersKelvin Benjamin, WR Carolina Panthers
Going to the 49ers helped Garcon’s fantasy career more than you realize. He goes to a place where he’s a clear number one and where he’ll have the most targets every game. Garcon could repeat his numbers from his 2013 season and have 100 receptions and 1,000 yards.I know the name Jay Cutler is pretty much impossible to be used to inspire confidence but it could’ve been a lot worse. Landry is still one of the more versatile receivers in the NFL and therefore has the potential to still be an effective WR2 this late. However, there’s also the possibility that Cutler falters and Landry just doesn’t have the structure around him to succeed. It’s a risk but one well worth taking this late.
Marshall has been sort of all over the place the last few years but he has never played opposite of a more talented receiver than OBJ. Marshall will be able to contribute a lot to the offense each opponent's number one corner will be occupied with Beckham. Looking to continue his success from a year ago, Adams will once again benefit from the play of Aaron Rodgers. With production coming in waves, his low floor/high ceiling must be taken into account when drafting. He can win the week for you just as easy as he could lose it. When he’s on, he’s on. When he’s off, it’s hard to watch.I don’t really understand why Benjamin has fallen so far in his ADP. Sure Cam Newton is recovering from his surgery, but seriously? In an off year after a year of being injured Benjamin still finished with 7 touchdowns. The guy is 6’5 and Newton’s favorite receiver. Benjamin will be the go to end zone target, that alone makes him worth an 8 th round selection.
29Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota VikingsDeSean Jackson, WR Tampa Bay BuccaneersTerrelle Pryor, WR Washington RedskinsJamison Crowder, WR Washington RedskinsJamison Crowder, WR Washington Redskins
Diggs was inconsistent in his second year with the Vikings but remains the team’s number one wide out. He has 90 receptions and 1,000-yard potential. Especially with Sam Bradford coming into his second year as the starter and that should improve the offense. If Diggs can improve his week to week consistency, He’ll be a good WR2.Ignoring the five games Jackson missed in 2015, his time in Washington was oddly consistent. That’s not an “oddly” against him, just the rarity of seeing any receiver put up near identical stats is interesting no matter who it is. Jackson’s role in Tampa Bay will likely be the same as it was in Washington, that is a receiver used to stretch the field resulting in a solid number of yards but rarity in touchdowns. I would expect something around 1,000 yards and 4-6 touchdowns from Jackson this year.
Pryor produced at a high level in Cleveland so having Kirk Cousins throwing to him will give him the opportunity to put his talents on display. He has people talking and his big play potential will be evident in the nation's capital. Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed could cut into his targets but don't be surprised if Pryor quickly ascends to Cousins' favorite receiver. Benefiting from the loss of the Redskins top two receivers from a year ago, he will now have to fight with Tyrell Pryor for targets. Crowder cooled off at the end of last season, ending with just 12 receptions in the last 5 games with zero touchdowns. This is a new season, however, and he is now the #2 receiver in a Kirk Cousins offense.I actually prefer Crowder to Pryor when it comes to Redskins’ receivers. His late round price tag comes at a low risk, but he has a really high upside. I think Pryor will be the main wide out on the team. However, Crowder already proved his value last season and has a pre-established rapport with Kirk Cousins. It’s very conceivable to see Crowder averaging around 8 targets a game, not bad for later pick.
30Tyrell Williams, WR Los Angeles ChargersSammy Watkins, WR Los Angeles RamsJordan Matthews, WR Buffalo BillsStefon Diggs, WR Minnesota VikingsJulian Edelman, WR New England Patriots
The offseason caused some worries to Williams fantasy value but with Mike Williams dealing with injury, Williams looks to be the clear number two to Keenan Allen. He won’t see the volume he did last season but he is expected to have a good role in this Chargers offense.Goff will depend really heavily on Watkins and so despite the offense’s likely struggles this upcoming season, Watkins will still have a lot of targets and in some cases, a lot of production to go with it. The question is consistency and health. Watkins out, Matthews in. Matthews was diagnosed with a chipped sternum after his very first practice with the Bills. He should be fine for the regular season opener and it will be interesting to see how well he performs with his new team. He had a solid rapport with Carson Wentz in Philadelphia so we will see if he can do the same with Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo. Matthews joins a receiving corps that includes long time veteran Anquan Boldin and rookie Zay Jones. It is not yet clear where Matthews will fit in so draft with caution. His rank is largely based on potential. Diggs was the best option for a bad team in 2016, but help has arrived. Like Allen Robinson and Kelvin Benjamin, Diggs will benefit from the addition of a dynamic rookie running back. Delvin Cook should help this team in a lot of ways, and one of the biggest benefactors of his skill set will be the passing game. Diggs is worth a late round pick, and will improve on his 84 receptions and three touchdowns from last year.Edelman isn’t the guy that’s going to get you a ton of touchdowns. Heck, it’s difficult to determine his role given the addition of Cooks and the return of Gronk. However, Edelman managed to stay healthy last season, a good sign for his overall trajectory. And, most importantly, he and Brady are best friends with a dynamic on and off the field. I can’t see him being fazed out of the offense that easily.
31Martavis Bryant, WR Pittsburgh SteelersPierre Garcon, WR San Francisco 49ersEmmanuel Sanders, WR Denver BroncosBrandon Marshall, WR New York GiantsWillie Snead, WR New Orleans Saints
Bryant’s suspension issue could tank his season for him fantasy wise but if he’s able to play all season he has strong potential. A talented number two wide receiver has quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to throw to him and one of the most talented offenses in the league to take focus off of him. His touchdown potential makes him a sleeper who could get up to the WR2 ranks.I believe Kyle Shanahan will be a good coach in San Francisco after he gets all the pieces to fit his offense. I think since Garcon is the only legitimate possession threat in San Fran, he promises at least decent return if you draft him. The number two receiver in Denver is getting up there in age and in the last three years his production has declined. Some of that is due to poor quarterback play but regardless, Sanders is not the same receiver he was when he arrived in Denver a few years ago. He should be nothing more than a plug and play bench player on your roster. Bad QB play ruined Marshall’s season last year. 2017 promises to be much better. With the move across town, Marshall will be paired with Odell Beckham and Eli Manning on a team that wants to throw the ball. A player of this caliber can’t stay bad forever, at this point in his career, being the second option may be just what he needs.If you don’t want to draft Michael Thomas in the second round, then consider Snead for a later round selection. The Saints throw the ball a lot, quite a lot, so much so, that Brees is always putting up monster stats. Even as the second option, Snead is going to get enough chances to become a solid FLEX option for your team.
32Eric Decker, WR Tennessee TitansWillie Snead, WR New Orleans SaintsDeSean Jackson, WR Tampa Bay BuccaneersMartavis Bryant, WR Pittsburgh SteelersJeremy Maclin, WR Baltimore Ravens
I love Eric Decker going to the Titans. He gets to combine his red zone ability with Marcus Mariota, one of the best red zone quarterbacks in the NFL. He seems to be the number one target in camp and will have a role in the rising Titans offense. He’s a sleeper pick with good WR2 potential.Snead has always been the guy that was a really good substitute for a bye week. The reason for this was because of his role in the Saints offense which was: a touchdown along with around five receptions per game. His stats back this up. He had 69 catches for just under 1,000 yards in 2015 to 72 catches for 895 yards in 2016. He doesn’t score much but that should change now that Cooks is gone. I think Snead is one of the best sleepers in fantasy this year.
Jameis Winston really wanted Jackson in Tampa Bay and he got his wish. Jackson joins the Buccaneers as the deep threat option for Winston. Jackson joins Mike Evans who should garner the majority of the defense's attention and should allow Jackson to have quite a few one on one matchups which bodes well for him. Back from a one year suspension, Bryant will take his spot opposite Antonio Brown in the starting lineup. If the Clemson product can get back into game shape sooner than later, he may just be what the Steelers need to put them on that next level. With a talented offense that will keep defenses guessing, there should plenty of passes to go around. Maclin produced quite consistent numbers during his time in Kanas City. He’s dropped so low on the draft boards solely because of his injury-laden season last year. However, I think the Ravens are a great place for him to be. Their run game is atrocious and Joe Flacco enjoys airing the ball out. Also, Maclin’s only real competition for the lead receiver role is an older Mike Wallace.
33Willie Snead, WR New Orleans SaintsEmmanuel Sanders, WR Denver BroncosMartavis Bryant, WR Pittsburgh SteelersWillie Snead, WR New Orleans SaintsDeSean Jackson, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Brandin Cooks trade helps more people than just Michael Thomas. Willie Snead looks to breakout in his third year and seems to be the Saints main deep threat. His physical traits don’t show Snead’s potential as a wide receiver but he flashed talent last season and has the trust of Drew Brees.Sanders put up very similar numbers to DeSean Jackson and with a worst quarterback. That promises that Sanders can still produce fairly well even if the Broncos’ quarterback situation is really as dire as it seems. You can do worse than Sanders but if he is on the fringe as a WR2 so you can definitely do better. Bryant reminds me of Davante Adams in terms of being a highly talented receiver who just hasn't lived up to the hype. Bryant is coming off a suspension and hasn't produced the way he should have yet. He is in a great situation where he can learn from one of the best in the game but if Bryant doesn't figure it out this year, he may need to find a new home in 2018.One word that describes Willie Snead: consistent. He isn’t going to put up huge numbers, and he won’t always find the end zone, but he won’t leave a goose egg in the point column either. He will once again serve as the number two option in New Orleans and should see plenty of passes thrown his way.Jackson is really going to thrive in Tampa. He still has the speed that has made him a household name, and more importantly, there’s far less pressure on him. Jackson is coming into Tampa Bay as the clear second option, but the second option to a receiver that regularly draws double coverage. This will likely give Jackson a lot of one-on-one matchups, which is great for big plays opportunities.
34DeSean Jackson, WR Tampa Bay BuccaneersCameron Meredith, WR Chicago BearsDonte Moncrief, WR Indianapolis ColtsPierre Garcon, WR San Francisco 49ersPierre Garcon, WR San Francisco 49ers
The Buccaneers want Jackson to stretch the field for them and be a deep threat for Jameis Winston. If this Bucs team can meet their expectation, Jackson will have a 1,000-yard season and could almost reach double digit touchdowns. I expect him to remain a good WR3 play but his inconsistency week to week is a concern.Meredith is an interesting prospect this year. He produced pretty well last year with 900 yards and 4 touchdowns but most of his best games were against teams that rank in the bottom half of the league in terms of pass defense. So you risk drafting a guy that simply took advantage of bad defenses or you successfully draft a receiver who churned out a good season with Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer.
Moncrief battled injuries for a large part of last year but he will be relied on to move this Colts' offense that has the potential to be one of the best passing units in the league. Moncrief along with Hilton and Dorsett should have heydays with Luck at quarterback but poor line play and injuries has kept them from reaching their full potential. Moncrief could potentially have a dynamic year if everyone stays on the field but that is a lot easier said than done. Never a true number one receiver, Garcon will finally get his chance on a below average 49er team. Eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark for only the second time in his career in 2016, Garcon did so by chipping away each week. He was consistent week in and week out, going over 100 yards just once. He is leaving a phenomenal offense to join a roster of cast-offs and players past their prime. His value will come in the form of volume, perfect for the PPR format.Everyone is really excited to see what Garcon can do under the coaching genius of Kyle Shanahan. Truthfully, I too think he’ll have a major jump from his last season numbers. That being said, his value is greatly diminished because of the sheer lack of the talent on the Niners offense.
35Jeremy Maclin, WR Baltimore RavensAdam Thielen, WR Minnesota VikingsEric Decker, WR Tennessee TitansDeSean Jackson, WR Tampa Bay BuccaneersDonte Moncrief, WR Indianapolis Colts
Maclin steps in the number one wide receiver spot in Baltimore and looks to return to his 2014 form. Maclin claims to be fully recovered from a groin injury last year and looks to be in good spot with Baltimore. The only problem is Joe Flacco’s injury. If Flacco isn’t out there for some of the weeks, Maclin’s value drops out of fantasy playable range.Here’s why I get upset at every Minnesota fan: Diggs is not in my top 40. I’m sorry but he just isn’t a good fantasy option to me. He gets a lot of yards but just cannot score for the life of him. Normally this wouldn’t be a huge issue but Thielen’s emergence late last season casts doubt over Diggs’ production. I trust a solid possession receiver rather than a speedy slot receiver any day of the week in terms of fantasy.
Decker may end up being the steal of the offseason for the Tennessee Titans. He has been highly praised by his new teammates and coaching staff. He joins the best quarterback he has had since Peyton Manning. He comes off an injury plagued 2016 but looks to return to his form while helping to groom rookie Corey Davis. The Titans running game will scare some people off but do not sleep on this Tennessee receiver as he could easily lead his team in targets and yards. The veteran speedster is joining one of the most exciting offenses in the league. He is now the number two option behind Mike Evans, and has the luxury of catching passes from one of the best young QBs in the league, Jameis Winston. His PPR value takes a hit for the fact that he is a deep ball threat at this stage in his career, nothing more. His days of running routes across the middle are all but behind him, so his worth will come from the big play and his touchdown production.Moncrief was a tough one for me to put on this list. His only saving graces are his end zone opportunities and Luck’s abilities to pass. However, both Moncrief and Luck are battling injuries, so it’s difficult to have a lot of faith in him.
36Cameron Meredith, WR Chicago BearsJulian Edelman, WR New England PatriotsWillie Snead, WR New Orleans SaintsJeremy Maclin, WR Baltimore RavensBrandon Marshall, WR New York Giants
Meredith seemingly came out of nowhere last season and is now the Bears number one receiving target. He’s going in double digit rounds and has good value there if the Bears have a decent season. Play him based on week to week matchups but keep an eye on his production.Edelman is going to dominate PPR leagues in terms of the number of catches he gets but unfortunately, I think the rest of his stats will drop off. In case you didn’t guess, I really do think Cooks is going dominate the Patriots’ offense along with Gronk and the big loser in that equation is Edelman. However, Edelman will still be a good borderline WR3/bench player. Snead is a sneaky receiver and thrives with Drew Brees. He is capable of having big games and with Brandin Cooks gone he should be targeted more by Brees. After posting just 536 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2016, the only place to go is up for Jeremy Maclin. Having only reached 1,000 yards twice in his seven year career, Maclin will look to get there once more in the pass first offense of the Ravens. Normally a high volume pass catcher, last year was cut short by injury. He will enter 2017 healthy and looking for a fresh start in a new home.Marshall was once a great receiver. And yes, he still is a really good receiver. However, with Beckham and Sterling Shepard on the field, target distribution is going to difficult to judge. That being said, I think the improvements to the Giants’ offensive line bodes well for all three receivers; Eli Manning is a much better quarterback when he has time to setup.
37Kenny Britt, WR Cleveland BrownsJohn Brown, WR Arizona CardinalsJamison Crowder, WR Washington RedskinsEric Decker, WR Tennessee TitansEric Decker, WR Tennessee Titans
Britt had a sneaky good season last year in L.A and has the potential to reach those numbers again. He has WR2 upside but the Browns are the Browns and you never really know what could happen in Cleveland. I would take him as a potential sleeper and he’ll prove to be a solid flex play.Second receivers in Bruce Arians’ offenses have always thrived. Michael Floyd is the best evidence of that. For the three years Floyd had under Arians, the receiver constantly floated around 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. With Floyd gone, Brown is primed to take over that stat line as long as Carson Palmer can bounce back from a dismal 2016 season. Crowder could end up being the leading man in D.C. He had 99 targets last year in an offense that featured DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Jordan Reed. Reed is still in town but suffers from the injury bug too much. Crowder is a breakout candidate this year and could potentially put up big numbers. With 2016 lost to injury, Decker will get a fresh start in Tennessee. In a much better system with much better talent around him, Decker will attempt to regain his 2015 form. With a great QB, one of the best O-lines in football, a running game that is feared, Eric Decker will be worth a late round pick.Decker is a talented receiver, but I don’t think his situation is that ideal. For starters, the Titans are a run first team. They have a great trio of runners (I’m including Mariota) that make it easy for them to employ a slow-paced methodic offense. Additionally, Mariota already has favorite targets in Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews. But Decker is a great red zone target, so he’ll always retain some fantasy value.
38Donte Moncrief, WR Indianapolis ColtsBrandon Marshall, WR New York GiantsJeremy Maclin, WR Baltimore RavensDonte Moncrief, WR Indianapolis ColtsTyrell Williams, WR Los Angeles Chargers
Moncrief may never get the receiving yards he’s capable of but he’s a touchdown machine. Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury and his return to the field is what makes or breaks Moncrief’s fantasy potential. Moncrief can see play as a flex against good matchups.I know this is a big ask but let’s ignore Marshall’s lackluster 2016 season. He was cycling through bad quarterback after quarterback so his lack of production can hardly be blamed on him. Instead, it’s a safer bet to look to his 2014 season. It was his last in Chicago in which he had just over 700 yards for eight touchdowns. With Beckham taking up most of the attention, particularly in the red zone, it leaves Marshall the more likely option in close scoring opportunities. Marshall at best could end up being a worthy flex and at worst will be a solid backup option.Maclin joins Baltimore after being released by Kansas City. He is a reliable receiver with good hands and will be looked upon as a possession guy as he joins a group with two speedsters in Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace. A role player in an offense that is led by Andrew Luck. Injuries ate up most of his season last year, and injuries to his QB may eat up some of this year. But if the planets align just right in Indianapolis, Moncrief will be worth a roster spot. He scored 7 touchdowns in 9 games last year, imagine what he could accomplish if everyone could just stay healthy.Williams impressed everyone last year when he assumed the role of Rivers’ main target. His size and speed gave him a decent amount of big play opportunities. However, and this is tough to say, he has a ton of potential for your team if Allen gets injured once more, which given Allen’s history, isn’t too far-fetched.
39Brandon Marshall, WR New York GiantsTyrell Williams, WR Los Angeles ChargersStefon Diggs, WR Minnesota VikingsTyrell Williams, WR Los Angeles ChargersJohn Brown, WR Arizona Cardinals
I am not really of fan of Marshall this year but that doesn’t mean he cannot produce at a WR3 or flex level. He steps in the number two spot in New York and the Giants have never really had a rushing attack to rely on which leads them to a passing offense. Eli Manning will struggle again this year, limiting Marshall’s production but in double digit rounds he has some value.Normally I would say Williams’ stats are going to tank since the Chargers have Allen returning from an injury and drafted Clemson star Mike Williams in the first round. However, since the latter is now out indefinitely, potentially for the entire season, Williams is a solid receiver to take in the later rounds. I doubt he’ll eclipse 1,000 yards again but his touchdown numbers can still float around five to seven touchdowns a year. Someone has to lead Minnesota in receiving, why not Diggs. He is still yet to play a full season but unless Laquon Treadwell lives up to his potential, Diggs will be the main target, other than tight end Kyle Rudolph, for Sam Bradford.The big receiver went for 1,000 yards last year, and found the end zone seven times. With the return of Keenan Allen, Williams may find himself in more one-on-one situations. And at 6’4”, that means plenty of receptions against smaller corner backs. Expect big things from the Chargers this year, and count on solid production from Tyrell Williams.Brown should be a better fantasy option than he has in recent years. However, he’s been plagued with injuries and illnesses since he’s been in the league. When healthy, Brown is ridiculously fast and wins most down field match-ups. However, it’s tough to trust his reliability, or the reliability of Palmer for that matter.
40John Brown, WR Arizona CardinalsKenny Golladay, WR Detroit LionsCorey Davis, WR Tennessee TitansKenny Golladay, WR Detroit LionsKenny Britt, WR Cleveland Browns
Brown has sneaky value in fantasy this year. He also has a lot of risk due to his sickle cell health issue. If Brown can stay healthy he has good WR3 play and potential to have WR2 numbers some weeks. Keep an eye on his injury status but Brown is the Cardinals number two and has the trust of Carson Palmer.This is the sleeper pick in all of fantasy football that I am the most excited for. Golladay was a third round pick out of Northern Illinois and ever since training camp started has been earning great reviews from almost every outlet attending. He backed up the talk with two touchdowns in his debut preseason game against the Colts. In two instances the corners had great coverage on him but he proved able to create space to catch the ball. Golladay was so good in practice it caused the Lions to allow Anquan Boldin to walk. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he comes out as a legitimate red zone threat for the Lions this season so he’s well worth a look in the later rounds of the draft.

Davis will be an early contender for offensive rookie of the year. He is in a great situation with a young and talented quarterback and a veteran who he can learn from. He won't be relied on as the only play maker because of the great run game but he will be a play maker because he just simply is one. He will shoot up this list in a year or two though so keep an eye out for how he does this year. This is my “flyer” spot. At this point in the draft you can afford to gamble with a pick. Maybe you land that diamond in the rough. Kind of like the guy that picked Odell Beckham Jr. off waivers his rookie year. This is where a player like Kenny Golladay falls. Impressive in his first pre-season game, he has the size to make people take notice. If you have room on your roster, give this guy a look, he may be the difference maker in a competitive league.I think it’s safe to assume that Britt won’t come anywhere close to the stats we saw out of Pryor. But, someone has to catch the ball for the Browns, and if Britt’s play on the Rams is any indication of his role on the Browns, it’s likely going to be him.

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Author Ryan Dyrud

Founder and CEO of SportsAlDente.com. Grew up in Denver with a passion for all sports and an emphasis on the NFL. Moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Leisure Services (Yes the Van Wilder degree). My opinions are my own, but they should be yours too.

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