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2016 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

 

With the increased popularity of PPR scoring wide receiver has become the most important position in fantasy football leagues. Receivers are no longer vehicles that put up huge numbers every few weeks, rather they are among the most consistent scorers in the league week in week out. The top scoring position players each year is made up mostly of receivers. Owners that realize this, and realize that most leagues allow for 3-4 receivers to start, are wise to load up early and often on receivers, if only to keep them away from the rest of the league.

 

  1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh. Brown has produced far more over the last few seasons than any other receiver, in the most receiver friendly era of football. He merits consideration as the top overall selection.

  2. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants. Beckham makes the most incredible plays. He’s also highly productive. It’s tough to see him not being a top 5 fantasy scorer - among position players.

  3. Julio Jones, Atlanta. It’s hard to argue with Jones’ production. He’s capable of hurting teams in a number of ways and has a great rapport with Matt Flynn.

  4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Hopkins is a beast that has really developed in Houston. He can do everything and should be the centerpiece of their offense for years to come.

  5. Dez Bryant, Dallas If Elliott has a good year, and Romo doesn’t miss too much time, Bryant should return to the top few spots of the elite receiver board.

  6. AJ Green, Cincinnati. Green is, perhaps, the most physically gifted receiver in the league. He should continue to put up very good, but not league leading, numbers due to his system.

  7. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville. Robinson showed last season that he is a very complete receiver capable of getting deep and making plays in tight spaces. He should continue to build upon last year along with Blake Bortles.

  8. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay. Losing Nelson really hurt the Packers last year. One would expect Aaron Rodgers to use him liberally this season.

  9. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans. Cooks will continue to benefit from having Drew Brees as his quarterback.

  10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver. Thomas needs to rebound after a lackluster 2015. HIs quarterback situation is way worse but he has the talent to adjust.

  11. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets Marshall could easily be higher on this list. He has aged very well and matured into a dependable player.

  12. Amari Cooper, Oakland Cooper is smooth. Last years numbers should be his floor.

  13. Sammy Watkins, Clemson I’m expecting a great year for Watkins, if he stays healthy.

  14. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago. Jeffrey is a very good receiver who should continue to get plenty of opportunities this year.

  15. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay. Evans could be among the best receivers in the game soon.

  16. TY Hilton, Indianapolis. Hilton is so underrated.

  17. Keenan Allen, San Diego. Allen has big play potential. Needs consistency and health.

  18. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina. Carolina will welcome him back to town.

  19. Randall Cobb, Green Bay. Cobb hasn’t developed yet like he was expected to.

  20. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver. Sanders is hurt by Denver’s quarterback but he should still put up good numbers.

  21. Eric Decker, New York Jets. Decker is a very good #2 receiver.

  22. Doug Baldwin, Seattle. Baldwin is steady.

  23. Michael Floyd, Arizona. Floyd needs to really step up and seize the #1 spot in Arizona this year.

  24. Jarvis Landry, Miami. Landry could be a great value pick in the middle rounds.

  25. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City. Maclin should put up similar numbers to last season.

  26. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona. Fitzgerald is aging but he finds himself in a great system to age in.

  27. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia. Matthews looked good last season. He’s their only real threat at receiver.

  28. Michael Crabtree, Oakland. Crabtree is a perfect compliment to any true #1 receiver.

  29. Kevin White, Chicago. This is a pure projection based on White’s college career.

  30. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota. Diggs looked promising at times last season.

  31. Corey Coleman, Cleveland. Coleman is a talented rookie. Jackson will find ways to get him the ball.

  32. Tyler Lockette, Seattle. Lockette has home run potential but he is the Seahawks number two receiving option.

  33. Devante Parker, Miami. Parker is another player that I am projecting to have a breakout year.

  34. Golden Tate, Detroit. Meh.

  35. Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee. He could be a lot higher. On this list. Not in life.

  36. Will Fuller, Houston. Hopkins and Smith should free up Fuller allowing him to be the natural deep threat that he is.

  37. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota. Treadwell should get plenty of goal line and third down opportunities.

  38. Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis. There is some upside here but starting him is a projection only.

  39. Torrey Smith, San Francisco. No better than a #3.

  40. Steve Smith, Baltimore. Good value as a #3 or 4 starter

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