Wide Receiver Rankings 1.0

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Edited by Matt Hicks, Staff Writer

These rankings are based on consensus rankings between myself and Eric. Below is a table of our rankings 1-18 In this article, I only talk about a few players; to hear our full analysis  on every WR 1-18, listen to the Wide Receivers Part 1 (1-18) episode on our Podcast; Top2Pod.

Matt Eric Average
Antonio Brown 2 1 1.5
Odell Beckham Jr. 1 3 2
DeAndre Hopkins 3 2 2.5
Keenan Allen 4 4 4
Julio Jones 5 5 5
Jarvis Landry 6 6 6
Michael Thomas 7 7 7
Tyreek Hill 8 8 8
Mike Evans 9 9 9
T.Y. Hilton 10 10 10
A.J. Green 11 11 11
Davante Adams 12 12 12
Doug Baldwin 14 13 13.5
Larry Fitzgerald 13 15 14
Adam Thielen 15 14 14.5
Brandin Cooks 17 16 16.5
Marvin Jones Jr. 18 17 17.5
Demaryius Thomas 16 20 18
  1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown stays atop redraft rankings with another monster season in 2017. He led the league with 1,533 receiving yards. He pulled in 101 of his 162 targets (62%) and hauled in 9 touchdowns. His consistency and big play potential keeps him on the top of this list as long as Big Ben stays in Pitt.

  1. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

Beckham’s 2017 was cut short by a season ending injury. Even still his dynamic play-making ability and finish as WR4 in 2016 makes this 25-year-old a top option in dynasty formats.

  1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

Hopkins had a huge 2017; pulling in 1,378 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns, and 96 receptions to make him the WR2. We ran a poll on @Top2Pod asking about preference of these top 3 WRs for dynasty formats; Hopkins was a close second (35%) to OBJ (38%). Brown still pulled in 27% of the 194 votes; which speaks a lot to him ability to perform at age 29.

  1. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

We’ve been waiting years for Allen to have his breakout season. 2017 proved to be just that; 102 receptions for 1,393 yards and 6 touchdowns. Allen finished with one of the highest catch percentages (64%) and played all 16 games; quieting down his injuries concerns. Allen holds strong as the best “second tier” wideout.

  1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

We’re not ready to give up on Julio Jones, yet. Although he underperformed in 2017; he still finished as WR7. He caught 88 passes for 1,444 yards (more than Hopkins, Allen, Landry, and Thomas) but had his fantasy value capped by a lack of red zone action; just 3 touchdowns.

  1. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
  2. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
  3. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
  4. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans was wildly disappointing in 2017. After finishing as WR2 in 2016, Evans posted just 1001 yards on 71 receptions for 5 touchdowns. Evans caught just 53% of his targets; which likely speaks to Winston’s inaccuracy more than Evans’ playmaking ability. Expect Evans to have a bounce back 2017 but his upside is capped by poor quarterback play.

  1. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
  2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
  3. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

2018 will prove whether Adams is still the go-to receiver in Green Bay with Rodgers back in charge. In 2017, mostly with Hundly, Adams caught 74 receptions for 885 yards and his fantasy production really benefitted from his 10 touchdowns. Adams is likely to survive the inevitable wide receiver cut(s) in Green Bay

  1. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
  2. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
  3. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen remains the top wideout in Minnesota. He caught 91 receptions (compared to 64 for Diggs) and 1,276 yards (Diggs had 849) and 4 touchdowns (Diggs bested him with 8). Although Diggs isn’t far behind but Thielen remains the top option in PPR formats.

  1. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
  2. Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions
  3. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

About Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing at Top2 is focused on dynasty fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @Top2Matt

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