Wide Receiver (WR) Fantasy Football Rankings 2018

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 2018 FPTS Team Depth Bye 2018 Projected Stats 2017 Stats 2017 FPTS 2017 OV Rank 2017 POS Rank
Tier 1
5.1 42 WR4 Antonio Brown 205.9 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 7 Rec: 1,507 YDS, 9 TD Rec: 1,533 YDS, 9 TD 209.3 26 WR26
11.8 46 WR6 Odell Beckham Jr 194.7 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 7 9 Rec: 1,314 YDS, 10 TD Rec: 302 YDS, 3 TD 49 631 WR631
14.1 44 WR5 Julio Jones 199.3 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 8 Rec: 1,502 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 1,444 YDS, 3 TD 163.9 51 WR51
18.1 54 WR9 Michael Thomas 174.7 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 6 Rec: 1,207 YDS, 9 TD Rec: 1,245 YDS, 5 TD 154.5 62 WR62
20.7 53 WR8 AJ Green 176.8 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 6 9 Rec: 1,328 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 1,078 YDS, 8 TD 151.8 69 WR69
21.8 51 WR7 Mike Evans 185.6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 5 Rec: 1,276 YDS, 9 TD Rec: 1,001 YDS, 5 TD 132.1 115 WR115
Tier 2
10 59 WR13 DeAndre Hopkins 156.5 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 10 Rec: 1,155 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 1,378 YDS, 13 TD 213.8 23 WR23
17.2 80 WR22 Davante Adams 138.3 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 7 Rec: 922 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 885 YDS, 10 TD 148.5 80 WR80
20.5 79 WR21 Keenan Allen 139.9 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 8 Rec: 1,008 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 1,393 YDS, 6 TD 182.2 37 WR37
29.1 81 WR23 Tyreek Hill 137.9 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 12 Rec: 799 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 1,183 YDS, 7 TD 164.2 48 WR48
29.8 67 WR16 Josh Gordon 146.2 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 1 11 Rec: 1,084 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 335 YDS, 1 TD 39.5 739 WR739
30.2 63 WR15 Doug Baldwin 152.3 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 2 7 Rec: 1,056 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 991 YDS, 8 TD 148.3 82 WR82
36.5 101 WR28 Stefon Diggs 127 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 2 10 Rec: 941 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 849 YDS, 8 TD 134.2 108 WR108
37.6 58 WR12 T.Y. Hilton 159.8 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 1 9 Rec: 1,238 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 966 YDS, 4 TD 118.6 150 WR150
40.6 57 WR11 Amari Cooper 161.8 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 8 Rec: 1,183 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 680 YDS, 7 TD 110.4 179 WR179
43.6 61 WR14 Brandin Cooks 153.9 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 2 12 Rec: 1,129 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 1,082 YDS, 7 TD 156.2 60 WR60
46 73 WR18 Alshon Jeffery 142.5 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 2 9 Rec: 1,014 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 789 YDS, 9 TD 138.9 98 WR98
47.6 74 WR19 Allen Robinson 141.7 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 1 5 Rec: 1,017 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 17 YDS, 0.0 TD 1.7 1450 WR1450
51.6 99 WR27 Larry Fitzgerald 127.2 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 9 Rec: 992 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 1,156 YDS, 6 TD 152.44 68 WR68
61.1 107 WR32 Jarvis Landry 126 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 11 Rec: 945 YDS, 5 TD Rec: 987 YDS, 9 TD 148 85 WR85
63.6 86 WR24 Golden Tate 135.1 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 9 Rec: 1,047 YDS, 5 TD Rec: 1,003 YDS, 5 TD 132.5 114 WR114
72.9 75 WR20 Michael Crabtree 141.2 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 10 Rec: 972 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 618 YDS, 8 TD 113.8 162 WR162
Tier 3
32.1 123 WR37 Adam Thielen 117.9 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 10 Rec: 886 YDS, 5 TD Rec: 1,276 YDS, 4 TD 148.7 78 WR78
68.6 137 WR42 Chris Hogan 111.5 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 3 11 Rec: 820 YDS, 5 TD Rec: 439 YDS, 5 TD 75.6 399 WR399
Tier 5
42.9 298 WR98 Juju Smith-Schuster 50.7 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 2 7 Rec: 426 YDS, 2 TD Rec: 917 YDS, 7 TD 133.7 111 WR111

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.