Top 15 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers
This is the position of divas, so they say. Wide Receivers are becoming more and more the focus of offenses. It’s important to choose the right ones for your teams. And trust me; you need depth at the position. No jokes or references to last season (I won my league), here are the top 25 fantasy WRs going into your 2019 draft.
1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
He’s on the PUP list and sources say he may not play week one. Even if he misses week one, he’s still the #1 WR. He is arguably the best in the NFL. DeShaun Watson loves throwing to him and he catches damn near everything. With 115 receptions in 2018 to go with 11 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards, the guy is a machine. Think about that one more time. Over 1,500 yards. With Lamar Miller leading that backfield, expect Watson to air it out and expect Hopkins to keep doing what he’s been doing his whole career.
2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
2018 was his first season with 100 receptions and 1,000 yards. He clearly is the favorite of Aaron Rodgers which shows you just how good he is. Not to mention, the 13 receiving touchdowns. The Packers are always a pass first team and he’s the clear #1. Not sure Matt LeFleur, having been the Offensive Coordinator of the lowly Titans offense last year, will make the Packers any better, but, in fantasy, you need the Packers to be chasing wins late and throwing the ball. This means the ball will go Davante’s way consistently throughout the season. HE finished 3rd amongst all WRs in points scored last year and he’ll make the jump up to 2nd this year
3. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Now that camp is right around the corner, stay tuned to Whole Nine Sports and things are changing so rapidly. Not even on the top 25 list, Hill jumps to the #3 WR. He will not get suspended, Mahaomes’ stock gets even higher and Hill will continue to burn defense. He was 1st in points scored in 2018. He had a career high 87 receptions and almost 1500 yards to with that. He’s a big play guy, not a possession guy. While that may worry some, his numbers speak for themselves. If you do draft him, your hope is the ruling on his suspension is set in stone and it’s not like the Zeke suspension of a few years back.
4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
It’s amazing that he’s only had one season of double digit touchdowns. What’s even more amazing is that some people sleep on him. He had almost 1,700 yards in 2018. 1,677 to be exact. That’s almost unreal. Yards also matter in fantasy too. No matter how good or bad Atlanta is, playing in a dome at least 8 games a year favors offense and passing. Jones’s consistency alone should be enough reason to take him. Sure the Falcons have other weapons, but they should help open up the defense for more big plays from Julio. Oh, and he was 4th in scoring last year as well.
5. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
The Saints may run the ball more this year than in previous years, but when they do throw, it’s going to Thomas. Thomas hauled in an astounding 125 receptions in 2018 solidified him as a guaranteed star in the Big Easy. Gone are the days of not being able to rely week in and week out on a Saints WR. Thomas gained over 1,400 yards and scored 9 touchdowns in 2018. Thomas will continue to be a Brees favorite. So the “Saints got robbed” may bleed into this year. Don’t be surprised if Sean Payton runs up the score on people and throws when the game is over. Thomas will feature in those scenarios heavily as a nice icing on the cake.
6. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
Boy, does this guy hate the New York Football Giants. He’s talking like he was in a relationship for years, and is now realizing he was miserable the entire time. Now he’s out to show everyone his new partner, or team, is younger, hotter, more fun, and he’ll be better because of it. Yes, Cleveland had a surprisingly good year, considering they are the Browns. Yes, the Browns are fun and can be good, but will they? Fact of the matter is that the Giants had bad records for basically every year with OBJ. However, he was still a consistent producer in the world of fantasy football. In what some people say was a lost season for him in 2018; he still had over 1,000 yards, 77 receptions, and 6 touchdowns in only 12 games. Imagine a 16 game season if he stays healthy. The Browns offense should be spread out between him, running back Nick Chubb, his old buddy Jarvis Landry, and tight end David Njoku. Beckham’s big play ability stands out over all of them. He’s always produced big numbers in fantasy, year after year on admittedly lowly teams. The injury concern plays a factor and he may be a pulled hamstring or calf waiting to happen but, don’t over think it. This is a new year, with a new team, but you should still expect production.
7. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Probably a little bold to have him this high, but keep your cool. Evans finished 9th in fantasy points among WR in 2018. Tampa Bay was also the 12th highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2018. With Bruce Arians now the coach, things will get even better. He’s always been on a lackluster team but, puts up numbers. He had over 1,500 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2018. Where his value is a little diminished is only the 84 receptions. Again, Bruce Arians is an offensive wizard who should make quarterback Jameis Winston play better. If Winston plays better, Evans gets more targets, hopefully in the red zone, and Mike Evans owners everywhere are happy. He’s only missed 3 games in 5 years so you can count on him to be out there every week.
8. AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals
If name recognition is your thing, take A.J. Green. Again, who knows with the Bengals, but if they win, you know Green is going to be involved. If they’re a dumpster fire, Green will for sure pick up garbage time points. Injuries plagued his 2018 season but, this man and his quarterback have chemistry. He just produces year in and year out. In just 9 games, he had 46 receptions and almost 700 yards. Tyler Boyd broke out as a fantasy star, but like Julio, this can just make defenses not double team him and open up the offense. The concern, as stated before, is if the Bengals are able to score a lot making which would make Green their top guy. Green though, will produce no matter what Cincy’s record is. He and Andy Dalton always seem to be on the same page.
9. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
JuJu is now the Steelers #1 wideout. Think about it, for years, even before JuJu, Antonio Brown was the top guy and teams still didn’t stop him. We know every year the Steelers are good, will be in a fight for the playoffs, and screw you in your survivor pool when they lose a weird game they definitely should have won. It’s not the triple B’s in the Steel City but, it’s still Big Ben slinging the ball. JuJu had 7 touchdowns with over 1,400 yards in 2018. While that’s going to be tough to duplicate that production, there’s no reason he can’t do it. He was 8th in scoring among fantasy WRs in 2018, and has big play ability, while also being able to be a possession guy. Don’t sleep on Juju.
10. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders
For someone who was 5th in scoring last year, this is quite a drop off. The reason? It’s hard to trust the Raiders. Derek Carr has never been the same since his injury a few years ago. Jon Gruden looked completely overmatched in his first year back in the NFL. The fact is though; Antonio Brown caught career high 15 touchdowns last season, was 3 yards away from 1,300, and had over 100 receptions. That Steelers team was a little dysfunctional so, the dysfunction of the Raiders should not stop his on-field production. Are they going to be good enough to have Antonio Brown as your WR1? Maybe. Maybe not. His talents though should supersede the Raider offense, if it is indeed poor.
11. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
In 2017 he had over 1,200 yards. Then in 2018 he had over 1,300. This is not to say in 2019 he will have over 1,400 but, the fact is, he is very good, even with shaky quarterback play. He had over 110 receptions in 2018 as well as 9 touchdowns. He was 7th in scoring against all fantasy WRs. Even though Stefon Diggs is his counterpart, a good fantasy player himself, Thielen is still good for almost every game. There may only be one or two games where he’s silent, just hope those don’t come in fantasy playoffs. This is also the second season with Kirk Cousins as Quarterback. Who knows, maybe=e their chemistry is through the roof now. Fact of the matter is, Cousin has a year under his belt and should be more comfortable in the Vikings system and be more productive. If he’s more productive, Thielen will reap the benefits.
12. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
It’s weird to go back four and five years ago, but people’s perceptions don’t change sometimes. Because 2015 and 2016 were injury-plagued seasons for Allen, that still makes some people hesitant to take him. After those two seasons in 2017 though, he played every game. Some people thought that was a fluke and didn’t take him in 2018. He played every game. While in 2017 he had more yards and receptions, in 2018 he had over 1,100 yards, 97 receptions, and 6 touchdowns. With Rivers still playing, and playing well, he likes to have a security blanket. It’s not 2008, so it’s not Antonio Gates. It’s Keenan Allen. The Chargers also are looking to challenge for the AFC this season, so expect a steady diet of Allen in the game plans.
13. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Another person who once had a bland year, and people completely gave up on him or stopped thinking of him as an elite WR. Some people are still scared to pick him because in 2017 he didn’t have Luck throwing him the ball and had under 60 receptions and under 1000 yards. In 2018, he had Luck throwing him the ball and returned to form. This resulted in him having over 1,200 yards, over 75 receptions, and 6 touchdowns. He’s a big play receiver. He may not be a 100 catch guy that can help you the most in PPR formats. But, keep in mind that those numbers from 2018 were in only 14 games. Last year he flew under the radar. This year, you may be able to get this top 25 player a lot later than you should. T.Y. is the real deal.
14. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
He was 19th in scoring in 2018. In 15 games, he hauled in 75 passes for 1005 yards. That does NOT tell the whole story. Look at him in his 9 games with the Cowboys. Not only did he have over 50 receptions, he accumulated 725 yards, AND 6 touchdowns. Think about that. Six touchdowns in 9 games. While that pace may not hold up for a whole season, Cooper will be around double digit TDs in 2019. Dak loved throwing him the ball in 2018, and he’ll continue to do so in 2019.
15. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Limited to just 12 games in 2019, Edelman still was 20th overall amongst fantasy WRs. He had 74 receptions, 850 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns. The Patriots always score and accumulate yards. Edleman is always a part of that production. He and Tom Brady click so well, he can be a top fantasy WR blind folded. A full season from Edelman will be nothing but super productive.