Wide Receiver (WR) Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Antonio Brown has been running this position for quite some time, and while Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr, and Mike Evans come close, they were still far off from Antonio Brown. We did see DeAndre Hopkins bounce back from bad quarterback play the last few seasons as DeShaun Watson stepped in and made him a top 25 fantasy scorer, and he actually finished with more fantasy points than Antonio Brown. If we can get a healthy year from these wide receivers, it is another reason to believe that passing games will produce a better fantasy year. There are a few new names in the top 20 like Josh Gordon, who is projected for over 1,000 yards receiving. There are some names in the Tier 3 section that could be sleepers. Sammy Watkins has moved to Kansas City, and this situation may be the best one he could be in. Adam Thielen, Jamison Crowder, and Randall Cobb are a few names that standout in this Tier 3 range that could over perform their projections. Moving into the Tier 4 range, you begin to start taking more dart throws than safe picks. Kenny Stills could finally get the production in this range with Jarvis Landry off to Cleveland.

ADP OV Rank POS Rank Player 2019 FPTS Team Depth Bye 2019 Projected Stats 2018 Stats 2018 FPTS 2018 OV Rank 2018 POS Rank
Tier 1
7.5 246 WR2 DeAndre Hopkins
189.8 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 10 Rec: 1,338 YDS, 10 TD Rec: 1,572 YDS, 11 TD 218.5 28 WR28
10 278 WR3 Davante Adams
188.4 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 11 Rec: 1,219 YDS, 11 TD Rec: 1,386 YDS, 13 TD 218.6 27 WR27
13 57 WR1 Julio Jones
201.4 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 9 Rec: 1,505 YDS, 9 TD Rec: 1,677 YDS, 8 TD 212.9 31 WR31
13.9 321 WR8 Michael Thomas
174.4 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 9 Rec: 1,284 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 1,405 YDS, 9 TD 190.5 44 WR44
16 464 WR4 Odell Beckham Jr
186 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 7 Rec: 1,278 YDS, 10 TD Rec: 1,052 YDS, 6 TD 153.34 78 WR78
18.1 51 WR5 JuJu Smith-Schuster
183.4 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 7 Rec: 1,289 YDS, 9 TD Rec: 1,426 YDS, 7 TD 185.9 48 WR48
19.6 334 WR6 Antonio Brown
176.8 Oakland Raiders Raiders Oakland Raiders 1 6 Rec: 1,227 YDS, 9 TD Rec: 1,297 YDS, 15 TD 219.7 26 WR26
21.4 280 WR7 Mike Evans
175.2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 7 Rec: 1,292 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 1,524 YDS, 8 TD 204.4 35 WR35
25.8 52 WR9 T.Y. Hilton
171.9 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 1 6 Rec: 1,299 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 1,270 YDS, 6 TD 163 66 WR66
27 61 WR10 Adam Thielen
166.1 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 12 Rec: 1,173 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 1,373 YDS, 9 TD 194.3 41 WR41
28 72 WR11 AJ Green
161.6 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 Rec: 1,171 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 694 YDS, 6 TD 103.4 212 WR212
31.6 339 WR13 Keenan Allen
159.6 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 12 Rec: 1,208 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 1,196 YDS, 6 TD 163.1 65 WR65
33.8 242 WR12 Amari Cooper
160 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 8 Rec: 1,153 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 1,004 YDS, 7 TD 140.4 102 WR102
Tier 2
39.7 2 WR16 Stefon Diggs
151.6 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 2 12 Rec: 995 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 1,021 YDS, 9 TD 164.3 61 WR61
42.6 230 WR15 Julian Edelman
152.2 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 1 10 Rec: 1,100 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 850 YDS, 6 TD 133.42 123 WR123
43.7 240 WR14 Brandin Cooks
152.5 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 9 Rec: 1,114 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 1,204 YDS, 5 TD 163.2 64 WR64
45.8 68 WR17 Robert Woods
147.2 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 2 9 Rec: 1,030 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 1,219 YDS, 6 TD 179.6 50 WR50
49.4 231 WR23 Cooper Kupp
135.2 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 3 9 Rec: 923 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 566 YDS, 6 TD 95.1 254 WR254
49.6 251 WR34 Tyreek Hill
120.9 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 12 Rec: 770 YDS, 5 TD Rec: 1,479 YDS, 12 TD 241 21 WR21
53.9 470 WR25 Chris Godwin
133.9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 7 Rec: 996 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 842 YDS, 7 TD 126.2 142 WR142
55 164 WR19 Sammy Watkins
141.7 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 2 12 Rec: 972 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 519 YDS, 3 TD 75.1 395 WR395
58.6 285 WR35 Jarvis Landry
120.7 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 2 7 Rec: 908 YDS, 5 TD Rec: 976 YDS, 4 TD 136.12 111 WR111
60.1 291 WR29 Calvin Ridley
126.8 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 2 9 Rec: 863 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 821 YDS, 10 TD 142.8 96 WR96
63.5 287 WR20 Tyler Lockett
136.2 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 11 Rec: 945 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 965 YDS, 10 TD 165.4 60 WR60
Tier 3
65.9 253 WR21 Alshon Jeffery
136.2 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 10 Rec: 942 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 843 YDS, 6 TD 120.3 159 WR159

A familiar face tops the wide receiver rankings. Antonio Brown topped 1,500 yards for the third time in the last four years, and he bested 100 receptions for the fifth straight year. Even with Todd Haley out as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator, there's little reason to believe Brown's play will suffer from his departure. Big Ben knows who his No. 1 option is, and our projections understandably call for Brown to eclipse 100 receptions and 1,500 yards again this year. Odell Beckham Jr. played in just four games last year, but he projects to bounce back to pre-injury form. Julio Jones annually leaves gamers wanting more touchdowns, but after scoring just three last year, he projects to regress positively with our projections calling for eight scores in addition to his usual massive yardage output. Michael Thomas has cemented his status among the game's elite receivers after a huge sophomore year. Dipping into Tier 2, DeAndre Hopkins is coming off of leading the position in scoring in Standard leagues last year, and a full healthy season of Deshaun Watson could result in him playing more like a Tier 1 receiver than a Tier 2 wideout. Having said that, big-play teammate Will Fuller could cut into Nuk's career-best 13 touchdowns from last year, making the Tier 2 ranking look spot on for Hopkins. Green Bay's decision to cut Jordy Nelson makes Davante Adams a high-floor, high-ceiling option in Tier 2. Keenan Allen's a target machine who the high-floor, high-ceiling label also fits. Tyreek Hill doesn't care about massive target share, and his home-run ability keeps him projected among the NFL's top fantasy wideouts even with the addition of Sammy Watkins in free agency. T.Y. Hilton is a candidate to out play his Tier 2 ranking if Andrew Luck comes back to pre-injury form, and Doug Baldwin gets the respect he deserves as Seattle's unquestioned No. 1 with his slotting in this tier. Our projections are forgiving of Amari Cooper's dreadful 2017 and have a long enough memory to remember he bested 70 grabs and 1,000 yards receiving each of his first two seasons in the NFL in 2015 and 2016. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs aren't far apart in the rankings and go from a surprising breakout quarterback, Case Keenum, to a more established talent at the position, Kirk Cousins, and should thrive again this year. Speaking of teammates and Keenum, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are high probability bounce-back wide receivers this year after each fell short of 1,000 yards receiving in 2017 with the messy quarterback carousel of Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler failing to get the job done. Veteran receiver Pierre Garcon will benefit from Jimmy Garoppolo running the offense in San Francisco, and he only slightly has to beat our projections to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving, making him a strong WR3 in fantasy leagues. Even bad offenses and passing attacks -- namely on teams that project to be in a position of playing catch up -- can produce fantasy value, and Kelvin Benjamin stands out as a player whose 2017 stats project to take a step forward as Buffalo's No. 1 receiver for the full year in 2018. Benjamin and the rest of the Tier 3 receivers start the decline of receivers from every-week starters to guys who will start most weeks but not necessarily every week. The line begins to blur between Tier 3 and the forthcoming tiers, and guys like Corey Dais, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp stand out as candidates to out play their projections and some of the names a tier ahead of them.