2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Fantasy Football WR Rankings- Updated: Friday, May 12th
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown.
Here are our 2017 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings from Kevin Hanson:
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Finishing as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons, Brown has finished as the WR1, WR1 and WR3 in standard-scoring formats, respectively. Brown has triple-digit receptions in four consecutive seasons and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. Over his past four seasons, Brown has averaged 100.2 receiving yards per game. No receiver, or player, has a higher floor than AB84.
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones had foot surgery on March 6th, but he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp and (more importantly) Week 1. With 1,400-plus yards in each of the past three seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 yards per game in four consecutive seasons. With good health, he's a clear-cut top-three fantasy wide receiver that should go in the top half of Round 1 in fantasy football drafts this summer.
3. Odell Beckham, New York Giants
He may have frustrated fantasy owners, teammates and fans at times, but Beckham is now three-for-three in seasons with double-digit touchdowns and at least 90 catches and 1,300 yards. The only real concern with OBJ is the addition of Brandon Marshall. Only Tampa's Mike Evans (175) had more targets last season than Beckham (169), who could see perhaps 20 or so fewer targets in 2017.
4. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No receiver scored more fantasy points in standard-scoring formats and only Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson scored more in PPR formats last season. Setting career highs in receptions (96) and yards (1,321) with 12 touchdowns for the second time in his three NFL seasons, Evans also led the NFL in targets (175). The addition of DeSean Jackson will mean a few less targets for Evans but less defensive attention as well.
5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green missed six games last season due to a hamstring injury so he failed to exceed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his six-year career. That said, he still averaged a career-high 96.4 yards per game even with a goose egg in his final game played last season. Assuming good health in 2017, AJG is a top-five fantasy receiver.
6. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Missing the entire 2015 NFL season, Nelson's 2016 campaign (97/1,257/14 on 152 targets and second-most fantasy points) was nearly identical to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13 on 151 targets and second-most fantasy points). The main difference for Jordy was his drop in Y/R (13.0 in 2016 compared to 15+ in previous four seasons played). Another year removed from his torn ACL and given the rapport and trust that he and Aaron Rodgers have with each other, Nelson should be in store for another elite season.
7. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Along with Brandin Cooks, Thomas was one of two top-10 fantasy wide receivers in 2016. The rookie had at least four catches and 40 yards in all 15 games played and finished the season with a 92/1,136/9 statistical line. With Cooks now in New England, there is plenty of room to grow in his sophomore campaign as the top target for Drew Brees.
8. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
No team called a pass on a lower percentage of their plays than the Cowboys last season. Even though Bryant is clearly the team's go-to receiver, there were a few games where he disappeared (three one-catch games). Counting the team's playoff loss to the Packers, however, Bryant had 43/646/8 stat line over his final eight games (excluding Week 17 when the starters sat most of the game). Bryant is a solid WR1 due to his dominance in the red zone, but he may frustrate fantasy owners with the occasional dud in a run-first offense.
9. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Not only did Hilton record his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season, but he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) in 2016. Furthermore, Hilton set career highs in both receptions (91) and targets (155), but he has scored five to seven touchdowns (six last year) in all five of his NFL seasons.
10. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Overall his numbers were solid as Cooper set career highs in both receptions (83) and yards (1,153) in his sophomore campaign. That said, Cooper was much more productive in the first half (52/787/2) of the season than the second half (31/366/3). Hopefully, he's able to put together a more consistent season from start to finish in his age-23 season.
11. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
A free-agency steal if he can stay on the field, Jeffery signed a one-year deal that should keep him motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013. Maintaining that pace over a 16-game season would equal 1,262 receiving yards.
12. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
If Tony Romo didn't retire and signed with the Texans, Hopkins would be ranked higher in my wide receiver rankings. Poor quarterback play sabotaged Hopkins' 2016 production as he finished with just 78 catches for 954 yards and four touchdowns. Thirty-five wide receivers scored more fantasy points than Hopkins last year. That shouldn't happen again, but it's reasonable to temper expectations for a massive bounce-back after last season's disappointment.
13. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
As Blake Bortles and the passing offense regressed, Robinson finished with 73 catches for 880 yards and six touchdowns in his age-23 season following an 80/1,400/14 line in 2015. Based on his talent, I expect improvement from A-Rob, but that will require an improved season from Bortles as well and the Jags should become a run-first team with Leonard Fournette added to the mix.
14. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
While Baldwin scored half as many touchdowns (seven) in 2016, he set career highs in both receptions (94) and yards (1,128) and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. Baldwin remains a high-end WR2 option in 2017.
15. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Even though Thomas battled a hip injury for much of last season, those are not bad numbers as "five-year lows." Before last season, however, Thomas had averaged 100/1,447/10 in his previous four seasons. It's reasonable to expect an improvement over last year's numbers even if he doesn't post another 100/1,400/10 season.
16. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Over his past 16 games, Allen has racked up 116 catches for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns. Of course, the bad news is that those 16 games span three separate seasons as Allen has played just nine games over the past two seasons. Even though durability is the obvious concern, that 16-game production would equate to 169.7 fantasy points and 285.7 PPR points, which would have ranked ninth- and fifth-most, respectively, had all 16 of those games occurred in 2016 only.
17. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Adams just missed the 1,000-yard mark last season, but he shattered previous career highs with 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. Going into the 2017 season, he is clearly the No. 2 option for Aaron Rodgers behind Jordy Nelson in one of the league's most-explosive offenses.
18. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
Along with Amari Cooper, Crabtree is part of one of the top wide receiver duos in the NFL. In both of his seasons in Oakland, Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns each season and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.
19. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
The obvious concern with Watkins is health (foot). Playing just 21 games over the past two seasons, Watkins had another foot surgery in January, but he is expected to be ready for the 2017 season. That said, foot injuries (especially for wide receivers) are always tricky and worrisome. When healthy, however, Watkins has the talent and potential to be domimant as we saw down the stretch in 2015.
20. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
After missing nine games combined in his previous two seasons, Edelman played a full 16-game slate and finished the year with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. The addition of Brandin Cooks hurts Edelman's fantasy value a bit, but he remains a WR2, especially in PPR formats, heading into 2017.
21. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
Complaining about his role in the Saints offense has led Cooks to a change of scenery. Fortunately for him, he goes from one Hall-of-Fame quarterback (Drew Brees) to another (Tom Brady). Cooks finished as a top-10 producer in both PPR and standard-scoring formats last season and it's possible that he does so again. That said, I'd expect even more volatility in his weekly production, which could be highly frustrating for his fantasy owners (and Cooks).
22. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
Missing seven games in 2016, Moncrief didn't have the breakout that many (including myself) expected as he finished with 30 catches for 307 yards and seven touchdowns. With a tantalizing combination of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed, Moncrief could break out in his age-24 season provided he can stay healthy.
23. Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins
A full-time receiver for the first time, Pryor had 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns and added 21 rushing yards and another score despite Cleveland's quarterback issues. Getting a quarterback upgrade with Kirk Cousins on his one-year deal with Washington, Pryor could post even better numbers in his second full season at receiver.
24. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Back for (at least) one more season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in consecutive years with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons. Even though he will turn 34 years old prior to the 2017 season, Fitzgerald is a reliable WR2 for fantasy owners.
25. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
Over the past two seasons, Landry has a total of 205 receptions for 2,295 yards and eight touchdowns in addition to 22 rush attempts for 128 yards and a touchdown. Landry has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons.
26. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
After a career year in 2014 (101/1,404/9), Sanders has at 75 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Expecting a "pass-happy" offense under (old and) new OC Mike McCoy, Sanders said: "I had an opportunity to play in this offense my first year in 2014. I had 1,400 yards." It's clearly a quarterback downgrade for the Broncos compared to the 2014 version of Peyton Manning, but Sanders should improve upon his numbers from the past two seasons even if he doesn't bounce all the way back to 2014 production.
27. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Preseason expectations were greater than his actual production in 2016. Even though Parker has played 30 of 32 games over his first two seasons, he has battled injuries and his offensive coordinator is excited for what Parker can do provided he stays healthy in 2017. Per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, here are Clyde Christensen's 2017 expectations for Parker: "Gigantic year."
28. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs had a few monster games -- back-to-back 13-catch games to start November and two separate 160-yard performances including his 13/164 outing on Nov. 13th. With Adrian Peterson missing nearly all of the 2016 season, the Vikings were pass-heavy (ninth in NFL) in 2016 after ranking 30th in pass-play percentage (51.12%) in 2015. With Minnesota's trio of running backs, I expect them to be run-heavy again in 2017, but Diggs is clearly the team's best fantasy option at wide receiver with a WR2/3 outlook for 2017.
29. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Despite his slow start last year, Tate extended his streak of 90-catch seasons to three as he finished the year with 91 catches for 1,077 yards and four touchdowns. Failing to exceed 41 yards in his first five games, Tate had five-plus catches in 10 of his final 11 games and only Larry Fitzgerald and Jordy Nelson had more receptions than Tate (74) from Weeks 6 to 17.
30. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
After missing all of 2015 due to an ACL injury, Benjamin started last season strong (13/199/3 in his first two games), but he finished the year overall with less production (63/941/7) than his rookie numbers (73/1,008/9). On a positive note, Benjamin is another year removed from his ACL injury, but coach Ron Rivera said that the receiver "is a little heavy" this spring.
31. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Signing a three-year free-agent deal this offseason with the Buccaneers, Jackson posted a 56/1,005/4 slash line with Washington last season. Likely to score more touchdowns in 2017, D-Jax may not significantly exceed his receptions or yards in 2017 with Mike Evans as the team's clear No. 1 receiver. With a 17.7 career Y/A average, the explosive wideout will likely have his share of big games with a few duds thrown in.
32. Brandon Marshall, New York Giants
Changing teams with plans to play two more seasons, Marshall will still play half of his football games at MetLife Stadium. After a 109/1,502/14 season in 2015, Marshall disappointed fantasy owners with only 59 catches for 788 yards and three touchdowns. While he gets a quarterback upgrade, he's clearly the No. 2 receiver to Odell Beckham and the team has a talented young WR3 in Sterling Shepard.
33. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins
In the middle of the season, Crowder had a five-game stretch where he finished with 100-plus yards and/or scored a touchdown in all five games. In fact, all three of his 100-yard games occurred during that stretch. Given the changes to the receiving corps in free agency, Crowder should remain just as involved in the passing game as he was last season with the potential to improve on last year's overall numbers (67/847/7).
34. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees spreads the ball around, but the loss of Brandin Cooks moves Snead up a notch in the pecking order for targets. Even with Cooks on the roster, Snead has a total of 141 catches and 1,879 yards in his two seasons.
35. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
In his first season with the Titans, Matthews set career highs of 65 catches, 945 yards and nine touchdowns and all three of his 100-yard games occurred over the final six games of the year. While he may not post top-15 numbers in Tennessee's run-first offense again in 2017, Matthews is a viable WR3 going into 2017.
Best of the rest:
36. Eric Decker, New York Jets
37. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
38. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
39. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
40. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
41. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
42. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
43. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
44. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
45. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
46. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
47. Kenny Britt, Cleveland Browns
48. Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears
49. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
50. Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
51. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
52. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
53. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
54. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
55. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens
56. Dontrelle Inman, Los Angeles Chargers
57. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins
58. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
59. Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills
60. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars
61. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
62. Tavon Austin, Los Angeles Rams
63. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
64. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
65. Michael Floyd, Minnesota Vikings
66. John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
67. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
68. Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots
69. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
70. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
71. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
72. Robby Anderson, New York Jets
73. Ted Ginn, New Orleans Saints
74. Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans
75. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
76. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
77. J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals
78. Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers
79. Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
80. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
81. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons
82. Taywan Taylor, Tennessee Titans
83. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys
84. Torrey Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
85. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
86. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings
87. Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns
88. Markus Wheaton, Chicago Bears
89. Kamar Aiken, Indianapolis Colts
90. Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts
91. ArDarius Stewart, New York Jets
92. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals
93. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams
94. Carlos Henderson, Denver Broncos
95. Chad Williams, Arizona Cardinals
96. Travis Benjamin, Los Angeles Chargers
97. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
98. Chad Hansen, New York Jets
99. Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks
100. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
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