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 9: Holding Out Hope
61. Albert Wilson, (Miami Dolphins)- Wilson’s season was cut short by injury last season. He only played in seven games but was on pace for 894 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Now with a new coaching staff, a new quarterback, and a return from injury, Wilson may take a step forward.
62. Robert Foster, (Buffalo Bills)- Foster flashed toward the end of last season and showed big-play ability. Like John Brown, Foster is a great compliment for Josh Allen, but the run-first mentality and Allen’s inaccuracy will make Foster a sporadic play at best.
63. Devante Parker, (Miami Dolphins)- Year after year, we have heard the hype building around Parker. He has flashed it every now and then but has never quite lived up to the expectations. With rumors of the Dolphins trading him and injuries derailing his season, Parker is still a tantalizing option this late in drafts. Perhaps the new coaching staff and Ryan Fitzmagic can turn Parker into what we always believed he could be.
64. Marquise Goodwin, (San Francisco 49ers)- Goodwin has flashed big-play ability in the past. He has blazing speed and can easily separate from defenders. However, with the 49ers drafting Deebo Samuel and Dante Pettis emerging as the number one, Goodwin could find himself sliding out of the rotation.
65. Quincy Enunwa, (New York Jets)- With an upgraded backfield and a new coach at the helm, Enunwa could be in for much better production in 2019. He is a big body and a threat in the red zone. Paired with Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson, Enunwa may now have the space to operate on the outside. Injuries have been a huge concern for much of his career, but he is worth a flier this late.
66. Parris Campbell, (Indianapolis Colts)- Campbell has a huge hill to climb in terms of becoming fantasy relevant. He is a tremendous receiver, but as it stands he is likely the fifth target in the passing game on the Colts’ roster. Rookies rarely make an impact, but if Campbell can get substantial snaps, anything is possible in this offense.
67. Marquise Lee, (Jacksonville Jaguars)- Lee has shown the ability to be a solid receiver in fantasy. He finished as a WR3 or better in 17 games between 2016-2017. Injuries and bad quarterback play have limited Lee, but he could be a steal come draft day.
68. Adam Humphries, (Tennessee Titans)- Humphries has quietly been one of the best slot receivers in the league. He recorded career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns last season. It will be interesting to see how he fits in Tennessee, where Marcus Mariota has failed to produce many fantasy-relevant wide receivers.
69. Tre’Quan Smith, (New Orleans Saints)- If Smith can leapfrog Ted Ginn Jr., then he has a chance to be a relevant wideout in fantasy this season. As I said in the Michael Thomas blurb, I expect the Saints to air it out more this year and Smith could be one of the biggest benefactors.
Tier 10: Dart Throws
70. Deebo Samuel, (San Francisco 49ers)- The 49ers used a second-round pick on Samuel, which would lead you to believe that he will be a starter at some point. When that becomes the case, however, is yet to be seen. It should not be that hard since the Niners are lacking big time at the position.
71. David Moore, (Seattle Seahawks)- With Doug Baldwin retired, D.K. Metcalf being a rookie, and Tyler Lockett never having shouldered the load by himself, Moore has a real chance to see legitimate snaps and opportunities early on.
72. Marquise Brown, (Baltimore Ravens)- “Hollywood” Brown got that nickname by making big plays in college. That may be tough to do with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, but the Ravens have nothing else at the wide receiver position. Volume alone should help Brown outperform his ADP.
73. Antonio Callaway, (Cleveland Browns)- Callaway finds himself in a crowded depth chart, which is unfortunate given what he showed us last year. He will have great games from time-to-time, but they will be hard to predict.
74. Taylor Gabriel, (Chicago Bears)- Gabriel saw 93 targets last season and was a regular contributor to the offense. However, Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller were injured. Gabriel will be a factor in the Bears’ offense, but he will be even more of a dart throw this season.
75. Zay Jones, (Buffalo Bills)- Jones had a strong second half last season. He may start the season as the Bills’ number one or two receivers but will cede work to Foster and Brown. In a low-volume offense, Jones is not very intriguing.
76. A.J. Brown, (Tennessee Titans)- Another year, another Titans’ rookie receiver getting hyped up. Corey Davis has failed to reach what the fantasy community thought he was capable of. This gives Brown plenty of opportunity to overtake the number one spot. However, I do not expect much from Brown in his first season unless it happens in the second half.
77. Mecole Hardman, (Kansas City Chiefs)- Hardman has all kinds of potential in the Chiefs’ offense. Unfortunately, he has to climb past Demarcus Robinson and Sammy Watkins. He is a speedster and could make a lot of plays given the chance. However, he was much more intriguing before it was announced Tyreek Hill would not be suspended.
78. Nelson Agholor, (Philadelphia Eagles)- With DeSean Jackson back in Philly, Agholor will slide back into the slot. This is great news because this is where he excels. In the last two seasons, he ranks 12th in points-per-target from the slot among receivers who saw at least 40 targets.
79. Randall Cobb, (Dallas Cowboys)- Cobb will be operating out of the slot in Dallas. It is highly unlikely that Dak Prescott can make three wide receivers relevant in fantasy, but if Ezekiel Elliott sits out over his contract, there is at least a chance.
80. John Ross, (Cincinnati Bengals)- Ross was hyped up heading into last season and he even flashed in the preseason. However, that never translated into the regular season–even after A.J. Green went out for the year. He struggled with drops and was never consistent. That being said, the Bengals plan to deploy a new offense this season modeled after the Los Angeles Rams. If this is the case, Ross can only benefit from it.
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