2018 Positional Rankings: Top Ten Wide Receivers PPR
Should you follow the sexy 2018 trend and draft running backs early and often or adopt a zero RB strategy and zig when others zag? There is no right or wrong answer but I do know when you follow the herd sometimes you get lead to the slaughter. The WR position as a whole saw a decline across the board in fantasy production in 2017 but what the numbers tell us is the NFL is still very much a passing league. When I look at our list of top ten RB’s and compare the names to this list I feel much more comfortable with a lot of these WR’s at their ADP versus the RB’s. I won’t be afraid to build my teams around stud pass catchers in the first few rounds and prey on the volatility of the RB position later in drafts. Without further adieu I bring you our top 10 WR’s for the 2018 season!
10. T.Y. Hilton –
One of the more frustrating and predictable receivers to own last year, Hilton is looking to rebound in a big way with a healthy Andrew Luck under center in 2018. One year removed from leading the league in receiving yardage people forget how good a receiver Hilton is. He doesn’t have anyone to battle for targets and is catching passes from an elite quarterback much like the next receiver on this list.
9. Davante Adams –
In an off season that saw the Packers release Jordy Nelson, sign Jimmy Graham and add a couple of receivers later in the draft Adams is poised for a potential massive target share from one of the best quarterbacks on the planet. He’s proven he can score double digit TD’s the last two seasons but is he ready to be the go to guy and eclipse 80 receptions and 1,000 yards?
8. Mike Evans-
It seems like every other year is the pattern for Mike Evans to score double digit touchdowns. His first four years have produced 12,3,12 and then 5 TD receptions in 2017. My money is on Evans bouncing back and getting at least 10 TD grabs this year. A lot like our next receiver on the list recency bias will make Evans a very attractive target as a WR1 a bit later than we normally see them get selected.
7. A.J. Green –
Coming off of a “down” year of 1,078 yards and 8 touchdowns can be tough in the fantasy community. Everybody wants the newest shiniest upside toy and looks past the veteran who’s a 7! time pro bowler. A.J. Green has the potential to be a league winner if he slides to you in the third round in drafts. The Bengals offense should rebound as a whole and Green is the undisputed alpha dog in that passing offense. Don’t hesitate one bit to make him a part of your squad.
6. Keenan Allen –
My early leader in the clubhouse to lead the league in targets, Allen is going to build off of his comeback player of the year campaign in a big way. His performances from week 10-12 last year are a sign of things to come. Double digit receptions, over 100 yards and a score in each game was the first time a WR has achieved that feat in NFL history. Personally I like Allen over Julio this year, don’t @ me.
5. Michael Thomas-
The third year is typically the “break out” season for a young WR but not Michael Thomas. Sporting back to back 90 plus reception, 1,100 plus yard receiving seasons Thomas is in a class of his own. I’m a firm believer the Saints will throw the ball more often this season and once again Michael Thomas will eclipse 100 receptions and see positive TD regression and push for double digit scores making him a safe pick in the second round of your drafts.
4. Julio Jones –
I’m not the biggest Julio Jones fan this year but alas, here he is ranked fourth. Don’t get me wrong Julio is a fantastic football player but I just have a hard time sinking so much draft capital into a player who doesn’t score touchdowns and routinely under performs when you need him most in the fantasy playoffs. If yardage is your thing Julio is great but so was Andre Johnson and how many fantasy championships die he win for you?
3. Deandre Hopkins –
Targets, production, health and the ability to perform no matter who is playing quarterback for the Texans are just a few reasons to love Deandre Hopkins this year. Let’s hope Deshaun Watson can remain healthy all season so we can see what this dynamic duo might be able to pull off. Hopkins led the NFL with receiving TD’s with 13 in 2017, can he top it? I think he can, he’s that damn good.
2. Odell Beckham Jr.-
One of last years biggest disappointments due to injury OBJ returns high upon our rankings list and for good reason. A historic start to his career which rivaled only Randy Moss, OBJ is one of the best receivers in the game and he is sliding to the end of round one in drafts due to this years running back heavy focus. Give me the guy who consistently has eclipsed 1,300 yards and double digits TD’s three out of the last four years over a second year running back.
1. Antonio Brown –
Pretty much a no brainer for most fantasy players. Business has been boomin for Mr. Brown since his 2013 season and all he’s done since then is average 116 receptions, 1569 yards and 10 touchdowns! He lead the league in receiving despite missing two games and while some may be concerned that he just turned 30 (insert eye roll emoji) there is no steadier performer at the position. If you are picking in the middle of round one and the big four running backs are off the board then slam the “draft” button on this years Madden cover athlete!
Well, that will do it for the second installment of our 2018 positional rankings. What did you think? Do you agree with the rankings? Did I do a good job? Let me know by tweeting me at https://twitter.com/dafantasyfather or @tffgurus our company handle. While you are at it go check out our new podcast page @trophytimepod. That will do it for this installment but make sure to come back next week as we count down the top ten QB’s.