Good tidings fantasy footballers! I wrote up the Wide Receiver Rankings earlier this summer. You can find those in-depth writeups HERE. However, a lot has changed since then. I have now updated the rankings after breaking down preseason action and all of the moving parts within NFL rosters. I will highlight a few of the changes at the bottom of this article.
Wide receiver rankings are based on PPR scoring.
|7||Odell Beckham Jr.||-1||2|
|77||Ted Ginn Jr.||4||11|
|98||Equanimeous St. Brown||-12||13|
- Tyreek Hill has jumped up to the fourth spot simply based on the offensive potential of the Chiefs. I was a bit low on him in my initial rankings. He has seemed to evade any further trouble and if he can avoid any other incidents, he will easily be in the top-five conversation by the end of the year, barring injury.
- Michael Thomas is an animal and has the potential to be the best wide receiver in the league. But with Drew Brees another year older and the signing of Latavius Murray, the Saints will once again lean heavily on the run. This means limited catches for Thomas. However, he is still a very nice receiver to snag on draft day.
- Odell Beckham Jr. has hit an injury snag to start the season. His hip injury does not seem like something that will hinder him from being active week one. He had problems with injuries last year and let’s hope that isn’t the case this year. It is certainly a situation to monitor.
- Antonio Brown has had quite an eventful preseason. First, it started with the frostbitten feet, which seemed to be healed now. Then, it was the issue with the helmet grievance. We don’t even know if Brown will play week one because he can’t find a helmet he likes. Issues like this and the Raiders’ questionable offensive line bump Brown down into tier three.
- After the retirement of Andrew Luck, many people have jumped ship on the Colts’ offense. I do not think they are as bad off as it seems. They have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and a quarterback that sat behind Luck and Tom Brady. In 2017 Jacoby Brissett started 15 games. Brissett had almost the same QB rating (8.9) as Luck (9.2) when targeting Hilton. Hilton certainly moves down but can remain a top-15 receiver.
- With the announcement that A.J. Green may not be ready until week three (at best), Tyler Boyd is shooting up draft boards. We saw what he could do last year without Green and it seems he may have usurped the top receiver spot in Cincinnati.
- Golden Tate was suspended for four games due to the PED violation. That leaves Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram as the only viable receivers for the Giants. Shepard has been battling a broken finger but seems to be all systems go for week one.
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