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.
|3||Odell Beckham Jr.||NYG||2||3||3||4|
|T 16||Amari Cooper||OAK||18||13||18||22|
|T 16||JuJu Smith-Schuster||PIT||24||22||15||10|
|T 40||Kenny Stills||MIA||36||39||48||41|
|T 40||Marquise Goodwin||SF||N/R||34||35||35|
|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.