2018 Wide Receiver Rankings

Over the next 5 weeks, the Fantasy Assembly’s greatest fantasy football minds will be coming together to produce our 2018 consolidated rankings. Join Andy Germani, Tommy Landseadel, Joe Mica, and Eric Braun 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.

Player Team Eric Tommy Andy Joe
1 Antonio Brown PIT 1 1 1 1
2 DeAndre Hopkins HOU 3 2 2 2
3 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 2 3 3 4
4 Julio Jones ATL 4 4 4 3
5 Davante Adams GB 5 7 5 5
6 Keenan Allen LAC 6 6 6 6
7 Michael Thomas NO 7 5 8 7
8 A.J. Green CIN 9 8 7 8
9 Mike Evans TB 8 9 9 9
10 T.Y. Hilton IND 13 10 13 12
11 Doug Baldwin SEA 17 11 10 14
12 Tyreek Hill KC 12 15 12 13
13 Adam Thielen MIN 10 12 14 19
14 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 11 17 16 11
15 Stefon Diggs MIN 14 14 11 20
T 16 Amari Cooper OAK 18 13 18 22
T 16 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT 24 22 15 10
18 Demaryius Thomas DEN 22 18 17 15
19 Brandin Cooks LAR 16 20 23 16
20 Allen Robinson CHI 19 16 19 24
21 Marvin Jones DET 15 21 30 17
22 Golden Tate DET 27 19 24 18
23 Alshon Jeffery PHI 26 23 22 23
24 Michael Crabtree BAL 30 28 21 21
25 Josh Gordon CLE 21 29 20 33
26 Sammy Watkins KC 20 25 34 25
27 Corey Davis TEN 31 27 28 28
28 Jarvis Landry CLE 23 30 31 34
29 Chris Hogan NE 25 24 27 46
30 Emmanuel Sanders DEN 28 35 38 26
31 Robert Woods LAR 32 33 33 29
32 Devin Funchess CAR 33 32 37 27
33 Pierre Garcon SF 29 31 29 45
34 Robby Anderson NYJ 37 26 43 32
35 Jamison Crowder WSH 35 37 39 31
36 Julian Edelman NE 40 38 32 37
37 Will Fuller HOU 34 43 26 48
38 Randall Cobb GB N/R 36 25 36
39 Jordy Nelson OAK 47 40 36 38
T 40 Kenny Stills MIA 36 39 48 41
T 40 Marquise Goodwin SF N/R 34 35 35
42 Cooper Kupp LAR N/R 47 46 30
43 Sterling Shepard NYG 41 N/R 44 39
44 Rishard Matthews TEN 50 42 42 N/R
45 Allen Hurns DAL N/R 49 45 43
46 D.J. Moore CAR 38 N/R 40 N/R
47 DeVante Parker MIA 44 N/R 47 47
48 Kelvin Benjamin BUF N/R N/R 41 40
49 Josh Doctson WSH 39 44 N/R N/R
50 Nelson Agholor PHI N/R 41 49 N/R
Honorable Mentions: Kenny Gollaway, Anthony Miller, Calvin Ridley

The following players each appeared on one set of rankings and should be considered nothing more than a late round dart throw: Marquise Lee, Chris Goodwin, Tyrell Williams, Tyler Lockett, Cameron Meredith, Chester Rogers, Paul Richardson, Dez Bryant.



Which Wide Receiver(s) are you most willing to reach for?

Eric: I’ve been a believer in Sammy Watkin’s talent for a long time and the Chiefs giving him $16 million a year just confirms that at least a few NFL teams are big believers as well. You don’t pay somebody that much for them to not be involved, and that offense should be explosive if Pat Mahomes is as good as advertised.

Joe: Besides Antonio Brown, Julio Jones is the only WR to average over 100 yards per game over the last 3 years. That’s an annual average of nearly 1,600 yards.

Andy: It looks like Michael Crabtree will be my biggest reach based on ADP. He had a bit of a down year last year with just 618 yards and eight touchdowns, but that also came in just 13 games. He was inactive for two and ejected very early in another.

I don’t believe Crabtree is a great player anymore by any means, but he is the top target on a team that passes a lot. The ceiling isn’t super high here and I don’t see a realistic chance of him being atop-10 receiver unless the top guys get hit by injuries, but I think he has a floor of an every week WR3 with a normal expectation of a WR2.

Tommy: There isn’t a single WR in the early-mid rounds that I would reach for. I think there are some really nice values created by the RB bounce back in 2017, and I like all the players in those 2nd and 3rd tiers, but I suggest taking the value as it comes.

Which Wide Receiver(s) will you be looking to avoid?

Eric: DeVante Parker. Can we stop with this already? He isn’t good. Yes Jarvis Landry is gone, but Kenny Stills is still the better receiver and can often be had for less. And somebody like Josh Doctson has just as much upside but less history of disappointment than Parker.

Joe: Josh Gordon, and it’s not even close. Yes, he’s electric and averages a whopping 18.6 yards per catch. But the Browns have added other weapons and with coordinator Todd Haley will most likely distribute the ball around. Plus Gordon is one mishap away from a lifetime ban.

Andy: I want no part of Jarvis Landry in non-PPR. This one is simple as he needs a ton of volume to just be a WR2/3 and now he has competition for that volume. He has a weekly expectation of 5 for 50 with upside for like another 25 and a touchdown. Easy pass for me.

Tommy: I am avoiding the Cleveland Browns. Jarvis Landry needs volume I don’t see him getting in Cleveland, and I simply don’t see how anybody could have faith in Josh Gordon at this point. I will let somebody else gamble there.

Who are some of your favorite mid to late round picks to target?

Eric: Doug Baldwin’s knee injury right now could open the door for Tyler Lockett to see a lot of targets from an elite QB on a team that will likely have to throw a lot. And Jamison Crowder should fit well in DC with Alex Smith and is the best receiver on the roster.

Joe: Demaryius Thomas and Marvin Jones – Despite a deplorable rotation of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, Thomas still managed to 949 receiving yards last year. Now he has a much better QB in Case Keenum. Meanwhile Marvin Jones quietly had just as many fantasy points as Julio Jones (164 standard) but fantasy owners are drafting 32 other WR ahead of him.

Kenny Stills and Jordy Nelson – Critics may still be gravitating to DeVante Parker instead, however Stills already bested him last season and that was with Jarvis Landry on the roster. As for Nelson, he transfers to a Raiders team where Jon Gruden loves his dependable veterans. Age may be catching up to him, but he’s the best bet to inherit the 100 targets that would have gone to Michael Crabtree.

Andy: I am going to own a lot of Will Fuller and Randall Cobb this year. Fuller has boom or bust weekly upside and is currently going as a mid level WR3 where I think he should be a borderline 2.The weekly swings may be huge, but his big week winning upside offsets the downside. With Cobb, it comes down to getting a lot of targets from Rodgers – it is that easy. The downside to both of these guys is their production is 100% tied to their QBs health.

Tommy: Corey Davis could be a 2nd year breakout, I like Jordy Nelson and Anthony Miller as late values, and keep and eye on Calvin Ridley and Dante Pettis. They may be a year away from fantasy relevance, but they will both be good players to own long-term.

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4 thoughts on “2018 Wide Receiver Rankings”

  1. Joe,
    You got Hogan ranked much lower than your amigos.Why is that. Seems like he is in a good situation to get a big bomb in targets this season.

    1. It may be that my amigos and others view Hogan as the WR who naturally absorbs Brandin Cooks targets, which is understandable. But (1) Cooks is a much better receiver than Hogan and (2) the 2017 Patriots lost Julian Edelman for the entire season so his 159 targets had to go to someone. Edelman is back for 2018 and even with his 4 game suspension, I don't see Hogan making the same Cooks-type dent behind Edelman and Gronkowski.

      This will be Hogan’s 3rd year with the Patriots. Sometimes you are the player your stats say you are. If Hogan was a 1K/900+ type WR like he is being ranked along side, he should have shown it by now in his 6 year career.

  2. Sometimes you are the player your stats say you are. Last year weeks 1 thru 7 Hogan was WR5 in standard leagues, WR9 in PPR.
    It was unfortunate that he got injured after 9 games.

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