This week we continue our fantasy football rankings rundown with a look at the Wide Receiver position. Join Andy Germani, Tommy Landseadel, Joe Mica, Dan Marcus and Neil Schnurbach as they help you prepare for your rapidly approaching football drafts.
All of our rankings assume standard scoring:
- 6 points for TDs
- 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
- 1 point for 25 yards passing – no PPR
Without further ado, let’s check out the ranks! N/R denotes a non ranking for that particular player.
|Honorable Mentions: Corey Davis, Kenny Stills, Tedd Ginn|
|One Hit Wonders: Appearing on only one set of rankings|
|Kevin White, Tyler Lockett, Robert Woods, Rishard Matthews, Will Fuller, Marquise Lee, Josh Doctson, Zay Jones, Allen Hurns, Sterling Sheppard|
Which WR are you most willing to reach for?
Andy: After Doug Baldwin’s monstrous second half of 2015, he finished the year with an unsustainable 14 touchdowns. People had Baldwin pegged as a disappointment in 2016, and he was if you were expecting 14 touchdowns again, but Baldwin managed 1,128 yards and seven touchdowns. I think he is a safe a bet as any to finish as a WR1. He doesn’t have the upside that some do, but he also doesn’t have an injury history either.
Joe: The departure of Brandon Cooks opens up a prime opportunity for Willie Snead. I also like Davante Adams. With Jordy and Cobb getting long in the tooth, he’s a bankable WR2 when most WR1 are still on the board.
Tommy: There really aren’t many WRs I am tempted to reach for in 2017. The depth of the position makes selecting them more about value. That doesn’t mean I won’t consider using a first round pick on a WR, but if I do it will be one of the big 3.
Dan: Emmanuel Sanders continually gets no respect despite producing as a solid wide receiver two. He proved last year he could still manage to do so with poor quarterback play, so despite the uncertainty in Denver, he should produce.
Neil: Michael Thomas is now the clear #1 receiver in a Saints offense that loves to throw the ball. With Odell Beckham Jr. now competing with Brandon Marshall for targets, and Mike Evans having DeSean Jackson on his squad, I am liking Thomas as a top 3 wide receiver overall.
Which WR will you be looking to avoid?
Andy: ADP tells me I won’t own Brandin Cooks anywhere – currently going as WR12 according to Fantasy Pros, and I have him down at 21. I am not willing to be the guy that tries to guess which Patriots target is going to end up as a bust this year. At least one of Gronk, Edelman, or Cooks will have a down year, unless they all underperform because they are splitting targets.
Joe: After an ACL tear and kidney problems in consecutive seasons, one wonders if Keenan Allen can last more than a handful of games? His stats are through the roof, but so is his medical history. He’s going to make someone’s season – for better or worse.
Tommy: I am a little leery of investing too early in Mike Evans and Dez Bryant. Evans was essentially the lone receiving weapon for the Bucs last season. That isn’t the case anymore. He is a terrific football player, but lower volume will make it hard for him to live up to his first round price tag. My concerns for Dez are also all about volume. He is also getting older and carries a bit more injury risk than he once did in a run heavy attack.
Dan: I will be avoiding Julian Edelman in drafts. He has never been an elite touchdown producer and relies instead on efficiency and volume. With the addition of Brandin Cooks and the potential return of a healthy Gronk, that volume shouldn’t be expected this season.
Neil: I think Brandin Cooks will have a phenomenal real life season for the Patriots, but there are simply too many cooks in the kitchen (pun intended) for him to be hugely effective in fantasy. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, James White, Dion Lewis, Malcolm Mitchell, Mike Gillislee and others will all be seeing plenty of targets on the Patriots.
Which mid-round pick do you see
producing the biggest profit?
Andy: Willie Snead has been on every one of my teams I have mocked so far. The Saints offense is a big reason why, but Snead is coming off of back-to-back 100 target seasons. As a solid borderline WR2/3 I will be in on Snead for sure, just don’t expect many touchdowns.
Joe: Only 10 WR had as many or more yards as Jarvis Landry. Unfortunately he was a little lean in the TD department. In fact, Landry’s numbers were nearly identical to Amari Cooper who is being drafted a round ahead of him.
Tommy: Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder are set to fill a large production void in an efficient Redskin offense. One of these guys could emerge as a WR1 by season’s end. I also like Donte Moncrief and DeVante Parker as potential breakouts after a disappointing season.
Dan: Eric Decker will return profit in the middle rounds due to the fact that he finally has a proficient quarterback throwing to him. He has shown the ability to find the endzone regularly, making him a value in the ninth round even if he won’t have elite volume.
Neil: I always love to pick guys who are coming off of injuries as they tend to get drafted too late. Eric Decker is still a top receiver and I have seen him ranked as the 50th wideout on some sites. I think that is a mistake as he is the unquestioned #1 receiver on an improving Titans offense and should have a very solid year.
Who are your favorite end-draft picks
to round out your roster with?
Andy: Will Fuller is going really late in drafts for a guy everyone loved last year at this time, and early in the season when he had that mini breakout before injuries and a bad quarterback ruined his season. Fuller is a high upside pick this late, but just remember that his weeks will likely be like DeSean Jackson was for most of his career just maybe not quite as extreme.
Joe: Kevin White might have the same doubters as Keenan Allen after missing significant time during the last 2 seasons. However, selecting him this late has much less risk. In the 4 games that he was credited with in 2016, he averaged 5 receptions a game and nearly 50 yards.
Tommy: If you want a safe-ish late pick, look no further than the Jets. They will be a terrible team, so they are likely to be throwing often in comeback mode. Quincy Enunwa and Robbie Anderson are the two most popular names today, but Anderson has had a rough offseason, so ArDarius Stewart also warrants consideration. Two of these guys could emerge as WR3 type contributors. Kevin White is the guy to watch if you want a lottery ticket. He has elite talent if he can ever remain healthy.
Dan: Sterling Shepard, Marqise Lee, and J.J. Nelson
Neil: I really like Josh Doctson for a good year this year. The 2016 1st round draft pick was hurt last year, and when he came back, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder were ahead of him on the receiver depth chart – only Crowder remains from that list. I think that Doctson will see plenty of targets, and his natural talent, combined with increased opportunity should lead to some great results.
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