Wide Receiver Rankings 1.1

Edited by Matt Hicks, Staff Writer

Photo Credit: 247 Sports

These rankings are based on consensus rankings between myself and Eric. Below is a table of our rankings 1-36 In this article, we only breakdown some player; to hear our full analysis  on every WR 1-18, listen to the Wide Receivers Part 1 (1-18) or Wide Recievers Part 2 (19-36) episodes 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
Stefon Diggs 19 19 19
Alshon Jeffery 20 18 19
Golden Tate 21 21 21
Dez Bryant 23 25 24
JuJu Smith-Schuster 26 22 24
Sammy Watkins 23 27 25
Robert Woods 24 26 25
Michael Crabtree 22 29 25.5
Amari Cooper 25 28 26.5
Devin Funchess 31 23 27
Pierre Garcon 32 24 28
Jordy Nelson 27 30 28.5
Allen Robinson 28 31 29.5
Josh Gordon 29 32 30.5
Emmanuel Sanders 30 33 31.5
DeVante Parker 33 NBTE* 33
Kelvin Benjamin 34 34 34
Marquise Goodwin 35 NBTE* 35

*NBTE=Not Better than Edelman. Full explanation of Eric’s love for Edelman explain on the podcast epsiodes

  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 playmaking 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, Cleveland Browns
  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. Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
  2. 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
  4. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
  5. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles

Jeffery hype has resurged after a successful 2017 campaign. Jeffery caught 9 touchdowns and totaled 789 receiving yards. Jeffery only caught 57 of his 120 targets, though, giving him on the worst catch percentages (47%) of any wideout on this list.

  1. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

Tate was the second most successful receiver in Detroit last season; primarily because he only scored 5 touchdowns in 2017. He was able to pull in 92 receptions (75% of targets) for just over 1,000 receiving yards. Tate comes with high upside in the part of the rankings.

  1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
  2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams

Watkins is the ultimate roll of the dice. If you’re looking for a safe play in 2017; avoid him. Championships are rarely won on safe plays, though, and Watkins has big upside. He caught 8 touchdowns on 39 receptions (that’s about 1 touchdown for every 5 touchdowns). If the Rams scheme the offense to fit Watkins better, or if Watkins lands on another team we could see a huge bump in production.

  1. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
  2. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
  3. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

Cooper vs Crabtree is perhaps the hardest debate of any teammate wideout combos. Crabtree had more receptions (58 to Cooper’s 48), and 8 touchdowns to Cooper’s 7. Cooper did have 680 yards to Crabtree’s 618 and Cooper had 7 yards/targets (Crabtree 6 yards/targets). Cooper finds himself just below Crabtree on our rankings but has a lot of upside for 2018.  

  1. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
  2. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
  3. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Jordy Nelson failed to perform in 2017; pulling in just 53 receptions and 6 touchdowns. Nelson’s lack of production can be credited, in large part, to Hundly favoring Adams. Nelson still caught 60% of his targets in 2017, compared to 64% in 2016 and 65% in 2014. In those seasons Nelson had 152 targets and 151 targets, respectively and turned them into 27 touchdowns and 2,776 receiving yards. In 2017, Nelson had just 88 targets. With Rodgers back in 2018, we need to expect Nelson to bounce back as well.

  1. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

We’re big on Josh Gordon and the movie Semi-Pro. I’ll leave it at that, and let you listen into the podcast to hear us go off on both.  

  1. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
  2. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
  3. Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills
  4. Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers

Goodwin had 56 receptions and 962 yards in 2017, but only 2 touchdowns. With a full season of Jimmy Garoppolo we can expect to see his red zone production jump.

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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