Fantasy Football Rankings: 2018 Wide ReceiversUpdated: Sunday, July 15th
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. These rankings are for the 2018 NFL season.
Our 2018 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings from Kevin Hanson:
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (Bye: 7)
As good and consistent as it gets, Brown has finished as a top-three fantasy wide receiver in four consecutive seasons. Over the past five seasons, Brown has 582 receptions for 7,848 yards and 52 touchdowns. Leading the league by a wide margin in those categories, second-most in those categories are 481 receptions (Demaryius Thomas), 6,897 yards (Julio Jones) and 46 touchdowns (Dez Bryant).
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (Bye: 10)
Leading the NFL in receiving touchdowns (13) last season, Hopkins now has four seasons with 75-plus catches and three seasons with 1,200-plus yards through his age-25 season. With a league-high 174 targets last season, Hopkins had 35-percent target share in 10 of 15 games and double-digit targets 11 times. As the focal point of Houston's offense, he arguably has the highest floor among all receivers in the league. A model of consistency, Hopkins had 70-plus yards and/or a touchdown (plus) in all 15 games last year.
3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (Bye: 8)
With 1,400-plus yards in each of the past four seasons, Jones has a total of 6,317 receiving yards during that four-year span. Only Antonio Brown (6,349) has more and both have more than 1,200 yards more than DeAndre Hopkins (5,063, third). Only Brown has more catches than Jones over that span. Of course, the problem is that Jones has just 23 touchdowns, tied for 21st in the NFL since 2014.
4. Odell Beckham, New York Giants (Bye: 9)
As much as he may do things to frustrate the front office and organization off the field and/or on the sidelines, there are few players as talented as Beckham Jr. on the field. Last season was lost to injury, but OBJ had more than 90 catches, 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of his first three NFL seasons. With good health, the contract-year wideout should post similar numbers in 2018.
5. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (Bye: 8)
Playing just eight games in 2015 and one game in 2016, Allen won the AP Comeback of the Year award as he posted career numbers (102/1,393/6) in a healthy 16-game campaign. From Weeks 11 to 17, Allen was absolutely dominant with five 100-yard games during that seven-game span. No player had more receptions (58) or receiving yards (797) and only Antonio Brown (six) scored more touchdowns (five) than Allen over that stretch.
6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (Bye: 9)
After missing three-plus games in two of the previous three seasons, Green played a full 16-game slate and posted a 75/1,078/8 stat line in 2017. Aside from 2016 (career-high 96.4 YPG but six missed games), Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in his other six NFL seasons.
7. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (Bye: 6)
With 196 receptions for 2,382 yards and 14 touchdowns through two NFL seasons, Thomas has at least 92 catches and 1,137 yards each season. No player has more receptions through his first two NFL seasons than Thomas.
8. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bye: 5)
Even though he posted a career-low 1,001 yards last season, Evans has now begun his career with four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Only two other players — Randy Moss and A.J. Green — have started their careers with four 1,000-yard seasons. Over his four NFL seasons, Evans has 32 touchdowns and a pair of 12-score campaigns.
9. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (Bye: 7)
With double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back seasons, Adams has a total of 149/1,882/22 over the past two years. With Jordy Nelson released (and now in Oakland), Adams will have an opportunity to improve upon his top-12 (or 14th in PPR) 2017 production.
10. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye: 12)
Nearly doubling his receiving yardage to 1,183 in Year 2, Hill closed the season strong with 21 catches for 457 yards and three touchdowns in four December games. There is the potential to improve upon last year's numbers with Mahomes under center, but the addition of Sammy Watkins (a much more talented WR2) to the receiving corps could diminish his opportunity for a major jump in production.
11. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (Bye: 7)
Falling just shy of the 1,000-yard mark last season, Baldwin has 247/3,188/29 over the past three seasons and has finished as the WR7, WR10 and WR13, respectively, in standard-scoring formats over the past three seasons.
12. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (Bye: 10)
Thielen has only 10 touchdowns in his four NFL seasons, but the former UDFA built upon his breakout 2016 season to lead the team in targets (142), receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,276). Only Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins had more yards than Thielen last season.
13. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (Bye: 10)
Thomas is coming off his worst season (83/949/5) since breaking out in 2012. Signing Case Keenum may not return Thomas to the days of 90/1,400/10 numbers he posted from 2012 to 2014, but a bounce-back campaign to the tune of 90 catches and 1,200 yards seems reasonable with steadier quarterback play.
14. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (Bye: 10)
With 20 fewer receptions year over year, Diggs finished 2017 with 64 catches for 849 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. Diggs has missed multiple games in each of his three NFL seasons, but he could improve upon his WR18 (WR19 in PPR) season if he's able to stay healthy for a full season.
15. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (Bye: 9)
Failing to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time since his rookie season, the new offense and return of Andrew Luck bodes well for Hilton, who led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards in 2016. A bounce-back campaign is on the horizon for the speedster, but one concern is the lack of touchdowns -- Hilton has never had more than seven scores in a season.
16. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (Bye: 11)
Since leading the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, Gordon has played a total of 10 games -- five in 2014 and five in 2017 -- due to suspension. Gordon has the upside for a top-10 season if he's able to stay on the field for a full season, but his risks are obvious.
17. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (Bye: 9)
Returning for (at least) another season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in each of the past three seasons and four of the past five. Incredibly consistent, Fitz has 100-plus receptions and 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons. Going into his age-35 season, he's a solid WR2.
18. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye: 9)
Posting a 57/789/9 line in his debut season with the Eagles, Jeffery's yardage was the lowest since his rookie season, but he was only one score shy of his career high. His 47.5-percent catch rate was disappointing and he exceeded the 75-yard mark in only two regular-season games. With a team-high 120 targets last season, however, Jeffery remains a threat for double-digit touchdowns as the team's No. 1 receiver with a strong chance to improve on his catch and yardage totals.
19. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (Bye: 7)
After beginning his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Cooper posted a disappointing 48/680/7 line over 14 games. Still only 24 years old, it's possible that Cooper bounces back and sets career highs with Michael Crabtree — the 1(b) to his 1(a) — now in Baltimore.
20. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (Bye: 5)
Still only 24 years old and with an 80/1,400/14 season (2015) under his belt, Robinson was lost for (almost) all of 2017 with a torn ACL sustained in Week 1. Making his practice debut in OTAs in May, Robinson should be a full-go for training camp.
21. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (Bye: 7)
Exceeding expectations in his rookie season, Smith-Schuster had 41 catches for 686 yards and four touchdowns over his final seven regular-season games including three 100-yard games during that span. (He had 17/231/3 in his first seven games.) Even as the offense's third option behind Brown and Le'Veon Bell, Smith-Schuster is poised for a bigger and better second season with Martavis Bryant traded to the Raiders.
22. Michael Crabtree, Baltimore Ravens (Bye: 10)
As part of a 1-2 punch with Amari Cooper in Oakland, Crabtree had three (well, two if you don't count 2017) productive seasons as a Raider. During that span, Crabtree has 25 touchdowns -- eight-plus in each of the past three seasons. The move to Baltimore means that Crabtree now becomes his team's clear No. 1 wideout.
23. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (Bye: 8)
The fifth-overall pick in last year's draft, Davis has the tools to become a true No. 1 receiver in the league. Injuries slowed him down in his rookie campaign as he finished with a 34/375/0 (regular-season) line. Healthy and impressing during offseason workouts, Davis has the potential for a breakout 2018 season.
24. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (Bye: 6)
Posting an NFL-high 18.0 Y/R in 2017, Jones had 61 receptions for a career-high 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns, one shy of his career best, despite a slow start (8/130/2 in first four games). Jones finished as fantasy's WR5 (WR11 in PPR) and he was WR4 (WR7 in PPR) from Week 5 on.
25. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (Bye: 6)
The eight-year veteran has spent half of his career in Detroit and he has 90-plus catches in each of those four seasons. In addition, he has 1,000-plus yards in three of four and back-to-back seasons. The drawback is his lack of touchdown production -- 19 over four years in Detroit -- but he's a consistent receiver that gets a boost in PPR formats.
26. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams (Bye: 12)
With Sammy Watkins signing a free-agent deal with the Chiefs, the Rams traded for Cooks as he looks for his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Of course, it's a downgrade to play with Jared Goff (2018+) after beginning his career with future HOFers Drew Brees (2014-16) and Tom Brady (2017). That said, Sean McVay and Goff ran the league's highest-scoring offense last season.
27. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots (Bye: 11)
Hogan played only one regular-season game (Week 14) in the second half of the season, but he posted a 33/438/5 slash line in his first eight games. During that span, he was the WR7 in standard-scoring formats with the 13th-most on a per-game basis. With Brandin Cooks in L.A. and Julian Edelman suspended for four games, Hogan has a chance to get off to a hot start in 2018.
28. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (Bye: 10)
While Sanders missed four games, his 2017 numbers (47/555/2) were nearly half of his 2016 production (79/1,032/5). Before last season, Sanders had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and there is a reasonable chance that he approaches that level of production with Keenum under center.
29. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns (Bye: 11)
The Browns traded for Landry and then signed him to an extension through the 2023 season. Leading the NFL last season with a career-high 112 receptions, Landry finished the season with 987 yards and nine touchdowns (also a career high).
30. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (Bye: 12)
Missing four games in his debut season with the Rams, Woods averaged a career-best 65.1 yards per game and went off for nine catches and 142 yards in their playoff loss to the Falcons. If he was able to stay healthy for a full season, Woods was on a 16-game pace of 74.7/1,041.3/6.7.
31. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (Bye: 11)
Missing all of last season with a torn ACL, Edelman lost his appeal of a four-game suspension to start of this season. In 2016, Edelman had 98 catches for a career-high 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. With Cooks traded to the Rams, Edelman figures to be peppered with targets when he is on the field (Weeks 5 to 16). It wouldn't surprise me if Edelman set career highs across the board on a per-game basis.
32. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye: 12)
When things are going right, Watkins can be as productive as any receiver in the league. That said, he's now playing for his third team in three years and only had 39/593/8 for the league's highest-scoring offense last year. On a positive note, however, the chemistry between Mahomes and Watkins appears strong with team reporter BJ Kissel writing, "Mahomes to Watkins is becoming a thing."
33. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (Bye: 4)
In a breakout season, Funchess had 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns to finish with the 21st-most fantasy points (22nd-most in PPR) in 2017. Tight end Greg Olsen missed more than half of 2017 and the Panthers used their first-round pick on D.J. Moore, so it's possible that Funchess posts similar (but not much better) numbers in 2018.
34. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers (Bye: 11)
Garcon (neck) missed half the season and was on pace for an 80/1,000 season before the injury. His last full season (2013) playing in Kyle Shanahan's offense, he posted a career-best 113/1,346/5 stat line. Unlikely to repeat those numbers, a 1,000-yard season is certainly within reach.
35. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (Bye: 11)
I've been (too) high on Parker in his young career only to be disappointed. So, perhaps I'm a bit gun-shy and am too cautious in my outlook for Parker this year. He appears to be doing the right things as Joe Schad notes: "Dolphins coaches say few if any players have spent more time in the building than Parker since last season ended." Given that Jarvis Landry and his 570 targets over the past four years are no longer on the roster, the 25-year-old Parker has loads of upside if he's able to put it all together this season.
36. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (Bye: 4)
Dealing with a lingering hamstring issue last season, Crowder says he "feel[s] great now." Crowder finished with a 66/789/3 line last season, but Smith and Crowder have demonstrated early rapport that could lead to a true breakout with good health.
37. Jordy Nelson, Oakland Raiders (Bye: 7)
Released by the Packers, Nelson had just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. That said, he had 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 97/1,257/14 (2016) in his previous two full seasons. There's virtually no chance that he returns to the 90-catch, 1,200-yard mark he had in 2016, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he finished with eight-plus touchdowns, something that Michael Crabtree had done in each of the past three seasons in Oakland.
38. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (Bye: 9)
Even though he missed five games, Shepard posted a career high in receiving yards (731) and set a career high in receptions on a per-game basis (5.36). Shepard will have an opportunity to post full-season career highs as the team's WR2.
39. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (Bye: 12)
No rookie receiver had more receptions than Kupp (62) in 2017 and only JuJu Smith-Schuster had more yards and touchdowns than Kupp (869/5). While it's possible Kupp repeats his rookie-year production, it's unlikely he improves much on those numbers if Woods and Cooks stay healthy.
40. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (Bye: 8)
With Allen out for virtually of 2016, Williams had a breakout season with 69 catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. With Allen healthy, Williams had 43/728/4 in 2017 — and that level of production is a more reasonable expectation barring an Allen injury in 2018.
41. Robby Anderson, New York Jets (Bye: 11)
While his legal matters may now be resolved, Anderson could face league discipline from his off-field issues. In terms of on-field production, he had a career season (63/941/7) and was especially productive from Weeks 7 to 13. During that six-game span, Anderson had 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown every week and posted a 31/525/6 line.
42. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye: 9)
In a breakout campaign, Agholor's 2017 numbers (62/768/8) exceeded his production from the previous two season's combined. Agholor finished as a top-25 fantasy receiver in 2017 in both PPR and standard-scoring formats.
43. Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills (Bye: 11)
Traded during the season to the Bills, Benjamin finished the full season with 48 receptions, 692 yards and three touchdowns. With only 16/217/1 in his six games with the Bills, Benjamin wasn't 100 percent during that time, but he should lead the team in receiving assuming good health in 2018.
44. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (Bye: 11)
Over the past two seasons, Stills has 100 catches for 1,573 yards and 15 touchdowns and he's finished as a top-30 receiver in standard-scoring formats both seasons. There may be some game-to-game volatility, but there is a strong chance that he outperforms his current ADP.
45. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Bye: 6)
Golladay's best games were his first (4/69/2) and his last (2/80/1). Missing five games, the rookie totalled only 22/328/0 in his nine games from Weeks 2 to 16. As ESPN's Matt Bowen predicts, Golladay is certainly a candidate for a second-year breakout.
46. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (Bye: 7)
Since exceeding 800-plus yards in his three healthy seasons from 2012 to 2015, Cobb has 600-something yards in back-to-back seasons. His 43.5 yards per game and 9.9 yards per catch were either the lowest of his career or since his rookie season. Given a secure WR2 role, Cobb could bounce back provided that he and Rodgers can stay healthy.
47. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans (Bye: 8)
After hauling in 945 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Titans, Matthews posted a 53/795/4 season in 2017. While he will (or should) take a back seat to Davis, Matthews has the potential for another top-40 season.
48. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (Bye: 7)
Lockett played a full 16-game slate last season, but he was never 100 percent. With Paul Richardson in Washington (D.C.) and the uncertainty of what the Seahawks will get from Brandon Marshall, Lockett has breakout potential in 2018.
49. Will Fuller, Houston Texans (Bye: 10)
The Texans scored 30.71 (real) points per game with Deshaun Watson under center; only 13.67 without him. As you'd expect, the games that Fuller played with Watson were much better than those without him. Both were on the field together for just four games, but Fuller scored seven touchdowns in those four games! Durability is a concern for both as Fuller has missed multiple games in both seasons and Watson is returning from a torn ACL, but there is plenty of upside for Fuller if both maintain good health in 2018.
50. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bye: 5)
Jackson had a disappointing first season (50/668/3) in Tampa and averaged a career-low 13.4 Y/R. The speedster should improve upon last year's numbers, but he's likely to fall short of the 1,000-yard mark he hit in three of his previous four seasons.
Here are the best of the rest:
51. Allen Hurns, Dallas Cowboys (Bye: 8)
52. Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers (Bye: 11)
53. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (Bye: 9)
54. Cameron Meredith, New Orleans Saints (Bye: 6)
55. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (Bye: 8)
56. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (Bye: 4)
57. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (Bye: 4)
58. John Brown, Baltimore Ravens (Bye: 10)
59. Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (Bye: 11)
60. Paul Richardson, Washington Redskins (Bye: 4)
61. Martavis Bryant, Oakland Raiders (Bye: 7)
62. Mike Wallace, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye: 9)
63. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (Bye: 8)
64. Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville Jaguars (Bye: 9)
65. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (Bye: 11)
66. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (Bye: 8)
67. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (Bye: 8)
68. Ted Ginn, New Orleans Saints (Bye: 6)
69. Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (Bye: 5)
70. Travis Benjamin, Los Angeles Chargers (Bye: 8)
71. Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (Bye: 8)
72. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bye: 5)
73. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals (Bye: 9)
74. Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars (Bye: 9)
75. Terrelle Pryor, New York Jets (Bye: 11)
76. Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears (Bye: 5)
77. James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers (Bye: 7)
78. Tavon Austin, Dallas Cowboys (Bye: 8)
79. Albert Wilson, Miami Dolphins (Bye: 11)
80. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (Bye: 10)
81. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (Bye: 8)
82. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals (Bye: 9)
83. Chester Rogers, Indianapolis Colts (Bye: 9)
84. J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals (Bye: 9)
85. Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins (Bye: 11)
86. Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills (Bye: 11)
87. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (Bye: 7)
88. Taywan Taylor, Tennessee Titans (Bye: 8)
89. Willie Snead, Baltimore Ravens (Bye: 10)
90. Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bye: 5)
91. John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals (Bye: 9)
92. Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (Bye: 9)
93. Ryan Grant, Indianapolis Colts (Bye: 9)
94. Jordan Matthews, New England Patriots (Bye: 11)
95. Brice Butler, Arizona Cardinals (Bye: 9)
96. Trent Taylor, San Francisco 49ers (Bye: 11)
97. Brandon Marshall, Seattle Seahawks (Bye: 7)
98. Jeremy Kerley, Buffalo Bills (Bye: 11)
99. Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns (Bye: 11)
100. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (Bye: 9)
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