2018 PPR Rankings: Top 80 Wide Receivers
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Below is the final 20 in our Top-80 PPR Wide Receivers.
61. Geronimo Allison (Green Bay Packers): Getting a bit of a preseason bump from Aaron Rodgers, Geronimo Allison is looking like he may be the team’s WR3 despite drafting three receivers in this year’s draft. Whoever the WR3 for the team ends up will have value as Rodgers will spread the ball enough to let his receivers feast – at this point Allison could have significantly more value than the 61st best WR or he could have significantly less value. Stash late, wait, and see.
62. Tyler Lockett (Seattle Seahawks): Tyler Lockett has never started more than 9 games for Seattle since being drafted in 2015, but may have the opportunity to this season. He has a 66% catch rate on 206 targets and is due for an increased workload with Jimmy Graham gone. Lockett seems locked as the team’s WR2 behind Doug Baldwin and ahead of Brandon Marshall. Seattle throws the ball at a league average rate, so there should be good looks for Lockett. As far as veteran sleepers, Lockett could be a late round gem.
63. Dede Westbrook (Jacksonville Jaguars): Jacksonville quickly became a run-first offense under Leonard Fournette, making 99 fewer attempts in 2017. With Fournette leading the charge, it is fair to expect more of the same. Although we here at QB List are expectant of Marqise Lee, the lack of a true number one will spread value. When Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and lee were out last season, Dede Westbrook feasted. Westbrook may be the 2a to Keelan Cole‘s 2b as Westbrook missed most of last season before thundering into the league (in what was his rookie season). Cole played all season and only saw an uptick once Allen squared were hurt. Westbrook seems to have the advantage and can put up some serious numbers if he gets the targets – how many is still his limiting question.
64. Keelan Cole (Jacksonville Jaguars): See above. Keelan Cole was incredibly effective late in the season, but should take a back seat to Dede Westbrook and probably Donte Moncrief. His value is limited, but like Westbrook if he gets the targets.
65. Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers): It is difficult to place Mike Williams as he missed most of 2017, his rookie season, with intermittent injuries. He was a top first round pick in 2017, so he has the pedigree to excel, but with the team’s depth at receiver his usage is questionable. Williams is definitely worth a stash as if he stays healthy could make a significant impact alongside Keenan Allen.
66. James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers): On a team with as much volume as Pittsburgh, even the team’s WR3 has value. Washington should slide in behind Antonio Brown and Juju Schuster-Smith (and behind Le’Veon Bell). He will stretch the field and could be boom or bust most weeks. He should be more involved than Martavis Bryant was – as a baseline for the rookie’s performance.
67. Jermaine Kearse (New York Jets): In his first season with the New York Jets, Jermain Kearse had a career season with 65 receptions on 105 targets for 810 yards and five touchdowns. Kearse’s role is less certain this season and should slide in as the team’s WR3 in a best-case scenario. Do not pay for his 2017 season, but know that if the opportunity presents itself, Kearse is capable of capitalizing on it.
68. Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati Bengals): Tyler Boyd should cover the slot for the Bengals this season, giving him immediate fantasy relevance (compared to his past two seasons of irrelevance). He was injured much of 2017 and has yet to see enough playing time to make a judgment call on his future – if he stays healthy, there could be some upside running routes alongside AJ Green.
69. Kevin White (Chicago Bears): I buy into Kevin White each season only to be disappointed when he breaks. White has been a popular sleeper pick for the past two seasons and at this point is best classified as a post-post-hype sleeper pick. He is still on the terrible Bears and has Allen Robinson taking most of the coverage. Mitch Trubisky will be throwing the ball, the former seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft has yet to be able to prove himself.
70. Ryan Grant (Indianapolis Colts): On an Andrew Luck lead offense, Ryan Grant is worth a flier. He has been taking reps on the first-team offense in the WR2 role behind TY Hilton. Luck will spread the ball around quite a bit. Keep an eye on his preseason as he may crack a starting role for the first time in his five year career.
71. Deon Cain (Indianapolis Colts):
Deon Cain is another exciting rookie that has a chance to start for a team. Like Ryan Grant above him, Cain has immense value under Andrew Luck and his pedigree from Clemson makes him an exciting late round target. Editors Note: Deon Cain tore his ACL and will be out for the season. In future rankings, he will be dropped from the list.
72. Quincy Enunwa (New York Jets): Quincy Enunwa was a popular sleeper heading into the 2017 season after starting to break out in 2016, but he missed the entire 2017 season with a neck injury. With Sam Darnold under the helm, Enunwa should fare better – but will need to beat out fellow break out Jermaine Kearse for a starting role. Picking between the two is a risky bet as neither are guaranteed shares and could be on a terrible offense if Darnold does not pan out.
73. Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons): At one point, Calvin Ridley was the second wide receiver to go off the board in the 2018 draft (two picks behind D.J. Moore) and was to many the consensus top receiver in the draft. He will line up behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, severely limiting his initial value. If any player has a chance to overcome those odds and be this year’s JuJu Schuster-Smith – it’d be Ridley.
74. Equanimous St. Brown (Green Bay Packers): Geronimo Allison‘s stock is trending sky high as Green Bay’s WR3, but there are plenty of receivers in the mix. I am giving deference to Equanimous St. Brown after a phenomenal preseason week one. He has been impressing all camp and does not seem to be slowing down. The WR3 role for Green Bay should be an interesting roster spot to watch.
75. Ted Ginn Jr. (New Orleans Saints): Despite 25 fewer targets in his first season with New Orlean’s last season, Ted Ginn Jr. managed to only record one less reception in 2017 — a 19% rise in his catch rate! His target share should decrease again with Cameron Meredith on the team, but Ginn Jr. has made a career of stretching the field and getting yards. At 33 and with more competition, he may still have some value – but not much.
76. Mike Wallace (Philadelphia Eagles): Mike Wallace maintains some value by sheer volume and Philadelphia’s aggressive offense. At best Wallace will be the fourth look for a pass, which still warrants some value – but not enough to target Wallace in most drafts.
77. John Brown (Baltimore Ravens): By process of elimination, John Brown looks to be the WR2 in Baltimore behind Michael Crabtree. Baltimore threw the 11th most passes last season and Brown’s main competition will be in the form of Willie Snead who should occupy the slot. There is not a lot of upside to Baltimore’s offense, but Joe Flacco will be throwing to someone.
78. Zay Jones (Buffalo Bills): The addition of Corey Coleman casts some doubt on Zay Jones second season – but Jones should get the first opportunity to carve out a role behind Kelvin Benjamin. Even with Benjamin the pecking order for the Bills’ receiver core is dubious and all three would be playing under AJ McCarron or Josh Rosen – so additional question marks. Roll the dice if you must.
79. Dante Pettis (San Francisco 49ers): Dante Pettis is another rookie with some solid upside. Trent Taylor is penciled in as the starting slot guy, but continuing his successful preseason could give Pettis a good number of targets.
80. Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys): Dallas’ receiver core is notably thin – Terrance Williams has had an unexceptional career, but on a Dez Bryant-less team, a risky Allen Hurns, and rookie Michael Gallup – maybe Williams gets more targets that most are expecting. In Dallas all things are possible.