Good tidings fantasy footballers! What can I say? The wide receiver position holds a special place in my heart. I have analyzed the data for hours and painstakingly flip-flopped on my decisions time-after-time. But alas, I have made my final rankings. Now let’s get started, shall we?
Wide receiver rankings are based on PPR scoring.
Tier 7: Livin’ on a Prayer
41. Dede Westbrook, (Jacksonville Jaguars)- Westbrook finished 27th in targets last season and 33rd overall in PPR scoring. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts with Marquise Lee back from injury, but behind the two of them, the Jaguars do not have great caliber receivers. Nick Foles will certainly be an upgrade over Blake Bortles and will help Westbrook’s fantasy value.
42. Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers)- While D.J. Moore is overvalued this season, I love the value of Curtis Samuel. Samuel outperformed Moore last season, posting WR2 numbers four times, to Moore’s three. That doesn’t even address Samuel playing four fewer games than Moore. The only downsides with Samuel are Cam Newton’s arm status and the Panthers’ run-first scheme.
43. Geronimo Allison, (Green Bay Packers)- Allison was a top-30 receiver before an injury derailed his season last year. He has a ton of upside in the later rounds due to the lack of other options in the Packers receiving corps. Davante Adams cannot do it all on his own, and Aaron Rodgers needs another red-zone option. Allison has the frame to saddle that responsibility.
44. Keke Coutee, (Houston Texans)- Coutee was heavily involved last year when Will Fuller was sidelined. Coutee saw 41 targets over six games. Even with Fuller back, Coutee saw 30 targets to Fuller’s 19. Fuller will offer higher touchdown upside but will be more boom-or-bust than Coutee. Coutee will have a more consistent floor, but a lower ceiling than Fuller. Plus, if Fuller goes down again, Coutee would be an automatic top-30 option.
45. Anthony Miller, (Chicago Bears)- Miller played much of the 2018 season while nursing injuries, yet he still managed to produce seven receiving touchdowns. Operating in Matt Nagy’s offense offers a ton of opportunity for Miller. With Allen Robinson also struggling with injuries throughout his career, Miller has a chance to separate himself from the pack in Chicago.
46. DeSean Jackson, (Philadelphia Eagles)- Jackson is back where he belongs and has a great group of weapons around him. He will be able to stretch the field and let others operate. He will have big games, but they will be tough to predict. He has always been a boom-or-bust player, but that may never be truer than now.
47. Kenny Stills (Miami Dolphins)- Stills is always undervalued despite finishing as a top-30 WR in 2016 and 2017. You can get him for next to nothing, and now he has a better quarterback throwing to him. If you want a reliable late-round target, Stills is one of the best.
48. Devin Funchess, (Indianapolis Colts)- We have not seen what Funchess can do with an accurate quarterback. It can be argued that Funchess is also the best red-zone option the Colts have behind Eric Ebron. It is always a good idea to get a piece of a top offense this late in the draft.
49. N’Keal Harry, (New England Patriots)-Harry is an interesting prospect. However, like Josh Gordon, we are always led to believe that Tom Brady’s shiny new toy will come in and light the league on fire. This is never the case. It will take Harry a while to get comfortable with the playbook and build chemistry with his quarterback. Harry will have a few big games, but I expect the Patriots to stick to their methodical running game and check downs–limiting Harry’s upside.
50. Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos)- Sanders was having an incredible season last year before his injury. Unfortunately, he is 32 years of age and tore his Achilles. This is never a good combination. He is always a great value in PPR leagues, but now he is paired with a quarterback who specializes in the deep ball and is not known for accuracy. All these facts combine to relegate Sanders to this spot.
51. James Washington, (Pittsburgh Steelers)- Ben Roethlisberger has talked Washington up constantly in the offseason. Washington has a chance to fill the void left in the Pittsburgh WR corps. If Juju Smith-Schuster can be a bonafide number one and draw double teams, Washington will have every opportunity to succeed on the opposite side. Grabbing a piece of the Steelers’ offense this late is a steal.
Tier 8: Six Feet from the Edge
52. Michael Gallup, (Dallas Cowboys)- Once Amari Cooper got to Dallas, Gallup saw two more targets per game. Gallup was hyped up heading into last season, but this year you can get him for a steal. He is a great compliment to Cooper, but the Cowboys’ run-heavy scheme will limit his opportunity.
53. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, (Green Bay Packers)- MVS has proven experience in the Packers’ offense. Last year forced him into the starting lineup and he took advantage of it. He posted 581 yards on 38 receptions and proved he can be a trustworthy slot receiver for the Packers. It’s no secret that the Packers lack offensive weapons. MVS has a good chance to reach at least 60 catches this season solely based on that fact.
54. DaeSean Hamilton, (Denver Broncos)- Hamilton has flashed in the offseason and arguably has more talent than Courtland Sutton. With Emmanuel Sanders aging and injured, one of these young guys must step up. If it’s Hamilton, then this is a steal.
55. John Brown (Buffalo Bills)- John Brown was off to an insane start last year…but then Lamar Jackson took over. Now in Buffalo, Brown’s upside is limited. Josh Allen’s arm strength compliments Brown, but his accuracy last year was putrid. This will not help Brown be any more consistent. Couple that with a run-first attack, and you are relying on an extreme boom-or-bust situation.
56. Jamison Crowder, (New York Jets)- Crowder has been one of the biggest up-and-down players in the league. It will be good for him to get a fresh start. He has demonstrated the ability to be an effective PPR receiver before, and he will be an excellent security blanket underneath for Sam Darnold. He could transform into one of the safest floors available late in the draft.
57. Donte Moncrief, (Pittsburgh Steelers)- Moncrief is a complete dart throw most weeks. Although it helps he is in the Steelers’ offense, he will have to push James Washington out of the starting role. He will score from time to time, but it will be hard to depend on him for anything more unless he leapfrogs Washington.
58. Tyrell Williams, (Oakland Raiders)- Williams best year was in a season where Keenan Allen was hurt. Now he is the number two wideout in an inefficient offense and that is anything but sexy. If the offensive line woes can be fixed and Derek Carr gets back to playing like his old self, then Williams could be a late-round gem.
59. D.K. Metcalf, (Seattle Seahawks)-Metcalf is a physical specimen. Russel Wilson has sung his praises frequently in the limited time they have spent together. The Seahawks needed another wideout since Doug Baldwin retired. It may be a while before we see his true potential, however. Rookie wideouts rarely make a splash and it will be an uphill battle due to the Seahawks’ heavy ground game.
60. Mohamed Sanu, (Atlanta Falcons)- Sanu is the perfect target this late in the draft. If you are looking for a consistent player instead of a boom-or-bust, Sanu is your guy. In his time with the Falcons, Sanu has been a WR3 in half of his games. He is at the 60th spot here but has the chance to finish in the top-40.
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