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Chris Sweet – Fantasy Sports Analyst

Today we dive into our preliminary Wide Receiver Rankings. Over the past five years wide receivers have completely overtaken running backs as the higher scoring skill position. In some years the WR30 was as good as the RB10. Last year saw a bit of a resurgence of the running backs, at least at the top, and the league as a whole will slowly transition that way I would guess, but I think the WRs are poised for a big bounce back this year. The top 3 WR are the same as last year, and I don’t expect any of them to fall off. Antonio Brown is the closest thing we have seen since to Jerry Rice retired, and Brown can set his own record by recording 100 catches again this year. OBJ will finally have strong receivers on the other side to take some focus off of him, and Julio Jones has the reigning MVP throwing him the ball. I’m also expecting bounce back years (You won’t see the term positive regression on this site) from some 2015 studs that will fall down a few rounds this year making them great values.

The thing about WRs that makes them different from RBs is that there are far more of them that are productive, so you can always find a starter late in the draft, or even on the wire during the season. We are basing these rankings on PPR scoring with a 3WR league. On to the preseason rankings…

NFL Wide Receivers 2017

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Odell Beckham Jr.
  3. Julio Jones
  4. AJ Green
  5. Mike Evans
  6. Jordy Nelson
  7. TY Hilton
  8. Doug Baldwin
  9. Keenan Allen
  10. Amari Cooper
  11. Dez Bryant
  12. Michael Thomas
  13. Demaryius Thomas
  14. Alshon Jeffery
  15. Jarvis Landry
  16. Julian Edelman
  17. Brandin Cooks
  18. DeAndre Hopkins
  19. Terrelle Pryor Sr.
  20. Allen Robinson
  21. Sammy Watkins
  22. Davante Adams
  23. Willie Snead
  24. Martavis Bryant
  25. Brandon Marshall
  26. Tyreek Hill
  27. Golden Tate
  28. Pierre Garcon
  29. Stefon Diggs
  30. Larry Fitzgerald
  31. Rishard Matthews
  32. Eric Decker
  33. Jeremy Maclin
  34. Jamison Crowder
  35. Michael Crabtree
  36. Cameron Meredith
  37. Mike Wallace
  38. Robert Woods
  39. Corey Coleman
  40. Kenny Britt
  41. Jordan Matthews
  42. Kelvin Benjamin
  43. Desean Jackson
  44. Tyrell Williams
  45. Donte Moncrief
  46. Randall Cobb
  47. Josh Doctson
  48. Quincy Enunwa
  49. Zay Jones
  50. Davante Parker
  51. Adam Thielen
  52. John Brown
  53. Corey Davis
  54. Marqise Lee
  55. Kamar Aiken
  56. Ted Ginn Jr.
  57. Mike Williams
  58. Marvin Jones
  59. JJ Nelson
  60. Kenny Stills
  61. Torrey Smith
  62. Kevin White
  63. John Ross
  64. Sterling Shepard
  65. Taylor Gabriel
  66. Allen Hurns
  67. Kenny Golladay
  68. Breshad Perriman
  69. Tyler Lockett
  70. Robby Anderson

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