2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Fantasy Football WR Rankings- Updated: Thursday, June 15th
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown.
Here are our 2017 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings from Kevin Hanson:
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Finishing as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons, Brown has finished as the WR1, WR1 and WR3 in standard-scoring formats, respectively. Brown has triple-digit receptions in four consecutive seasons and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. Over his past four seasons, Brown has averaged 100.2 receiving yards per game. No receiver, or player, has a higher floor than AB84.
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones had foot surgery on March 6th, but he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp and (more importantly) Week 1. With 1,400-plus yards in each of the past three seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 yards per game in four consecutive seasons. With good health, he's a clear-cut top-three fantasy wide receiver that should go in the top half of Round 1 in fantasy football drafts this summer.
3. Odell Beckham, New York Giants
He may have frustrated fantasy owners, teammates and fans at times, but Beckham is now three-for-three in seasons with double-digit touchdowns and at least 90 catches and 1,300 yards. The only real concern with OBJ is the addition of Brandon Marshall. Only Tampa's Mike Evans (175) had more targets last season than Beckham (169), who could see perhaps 20 or so fewer targets in 2017.
4. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No receiver scored more fantasy points in standard-scoring formats and only Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson scored more in PPR formats last season. Setting career highs in receptions (96) and yards (1,321) with 12 touchdowns for the second time in his three NFL seasons, Evans also led the NFL in targets (175). The addition of DeSean Jackson will mean a few less targets for Evans but less defensive attention as well.
5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Missing the entire 2015 NFL season, Nelson's 2016 campaign (97/1,257/14 on 152 targets and second-most fantasy points) was nearly identical to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13 on 151 targets and second-most fantasy points). The main difference for Jordy was his drop in Y/R (13.0 in 2016 compared to 15+ in previous four seasons played). Another year removed from his torn ACL and given the rapport and trust that he and Aaron Rodgers have with each other, Nelson should be in store for another elite season.
6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green missed six games last season due to a hamstring injury so he failed to exceed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his six-year career. That said, he still averaged a career-high 96.4 yards per game despite a goose egg in his 10th and final game played in 2016.
7. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Along with Brandin Cooks, Thomas was one of two top-10 fantasy wide receivers for the Saints in 2016. The former Buckeye had at least four catches and 40 yards in all 15 games played and finished the season with a 92/1,136/9 statistical line. With Cooks now in New England, there is plenty of room for growth in his sophomore campaign as the clear top target for Drew Brees.
8. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
No team called a pass on a lower percentage of their plays than the Cowboys last season. Counting the team's playoff loss to the Packers, however, Bryant had 43/646/8 stat line over his final eight games (excluding Week 17 when the starters sat most of the game). Bryant is a solid WR1 due to his dominance in the red zone, but he may frustrate fantasy owners with the occasional dud in a run-first offense.
9. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Not only did Hilton record his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season, but he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) in 2016. Furthermore, Hilton set career highs in both receptions (91) and targets (155), but he has scored five to seven touchdowns (six last year) in all five of his NFL seasons.
10. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Overall his numbers were solid as Cooper set career highs in both receptions (83) and yards (1,153) in his sophomore campaign. That said, Cooper was much more productive in the first half (52/787/2) than the second half (31/366/3) of the season. Hopefully, he's able to put together a more consistent season from start to finish in his age-23 season.
11. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
While Baldwin scored half as many touchdowns (seven) in 2016, he set career highs in both receptions (94) and yards (1,128) and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. Another top-10 season should be within reach in 2017.
12. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Poor quarterback play sabotaged Hopkins' 2016 production as he finished with just 78 catches for 954 yards and four touchdowns. In fact, 35 wide receivers scored more fantasy points than Hopkins last year. That shouldn't happen again this season, but it's reasonable to temper expectations for a massive bounce-back with either a rookie or inexperienced quarterback under center.
13. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
A free-agency steal if he can stay on the field, Jeffery signed a one-year deal that should keep him motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013. Maintaining that pace over a 16-game season would equal 1,262 receiving yards.
14. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
As Blake Bortles and the passing offense regressed, Robinson finished with 73 catches for 880 yards and six touchdowns in his age-23 season following an 80/1,400/14 line in 2015. Based on his talent, I expect improvement from A-Rob, but that will require an improved season from Bortles as well and the Jags should become more of a run-first team with Leonard Fournette added to the mix.
15. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Even though Thomas battled a hip injury for much of last season, those are not bad numbers as "five-year lows." Before last season, however, Thomas had averaged 100/1,447/10 in his previous four seasons. It's reasonable to expect an improvement over last year's numbers even if he doesn't post another 100/1,400/10 season.
16. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Adams just missed the 1,000-yard mark last season, but he shattered previous career highs with 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. Going into the 2017 season, he is clearly the No. 2 option for Aaron Rodgers behind Jordy Nelson in one of the league's most-explosive offenses.
17. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
Along with Amari Cooper, Crabtree is part of one of the top wide receiver duos in the NFL. In both of his seasons in Oakland, Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns each season and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.
18. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Over his past 16 games, Allen has racked up 116 catches for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns. Of course, the bad news is that those 16 games span three separate seasons as Allen has played just nine games over the past two seasons. Even though durability is the obvious concern, that 16-game production would equate to 169.7 fantasy points and 285.7 PPR points, which would have ranked ninth- and fifth-most, respectively, had all 16 of those games occurred in 2016 only.
19. Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins
A full-time receiver for the first time, Pryor had 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns and added 21 rushing yards and another score despite Cleveland's quarterback issues. Getting a quarterback upgrade with Kirk Cousins on his one-year deal with Washington, Pryor could post even better numbers in his second full season at receiver.
20. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
After missing nine games combined in his previous two seasons, Edelman played a full 16-game slate and finished the year with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. The addition of Brandin Cooks hurts Edelman's fantasy value a bit, but he remains a WR2, especially in PPR formats, heading into 2017.
21. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
The obvious concern with Watkins is health (foot). Playing just 21 games over the past two seasons, Watkins had another foot surgery in January, but he is expected to be ready for the 2017 season. That said, foot injuries (especially for wide receivers) are always tricky and worrisome as we've seen with Watkins. When healthy, however, he has the talent and potential to be as domimant as any receiver.
22. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
Unhappy with his role in the Saints offense, Cooks goes from one Hall-of-Fame quarterback (Drew Brees) to another (Tom Brady). A top-10 producer in both PPR and standard-scoring formats last season, it's possible that he does so again. That said, I'd expect even more volatility in his weekly production, which could be highly frustrating for his fantasy owners (and Cooks).
23. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
Missing seven games in 2016, Moncrief didn't have the breakout that many (including myself) expected as he finished with 30 catches for 307 yards and seven touchdowns. With a tantalizing combination of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed, Moncrief could break out in his age-24 season provided he can stay healthy.
24. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
After a career year in 2014 (101/1,404/9), Sanders has at least 75 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Expecting a "pass-happy" offense under (old and) new OC Mike McCoy, Sanders said: "I had an opportunity to play in this offense my first year in 2014. I had 1,400 yards." It's clearly remains a quarterback downgrade for Sanders compared to the 2014 version of Peyton Manning, but Sanders should improve upon his numbers from the past two seasons even if he doesn't bounce all the way back to 2014 production.
25. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Back for (at least) one more season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in consecutive years with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons. Even though he will turn 34 years old prior to the 2017 season, Fitzgerald is a safe WR2/WR3 for fantasy owners.
26. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Despite his slow start last year, Tate extended his streak of 90-catch seasons to three as he finished the year with 91 catches for 1,077 yards and four touchdowns. Failing to exceed 41 yards in his first five games, Tate had five-plus catches in 10 of his final 11 games and only Larry Fitzgerald and Jordy Nelson had more receptions than Tate (74) from Weeks 6 to 17.
27. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
Over the past two seasons, Landry has a total of 205 receptions for 2,295 yards and eight touchdowns in addition to 22 rush attempts for 128 yards and a touchdown and has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. That's the good news. The bad news? Starting on Oct. 9th, the Dolphins gave Jay Ajayi double-digit carries over the final 12 games. Here are Landry's per-game numbers before Oct. 9th: 7.75/93.75/0.25 on 11.25 targets per game. Here they are on or after Oct. 9th: 5.25/63.42/0.25 on 7.17 targets per game. With the Dolphins becoming a run-first team, I'd expect Landry's per-game targets to be closer to 7.17 than 11.25 going forward.
28. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
With the ability to take it to the house on any play, Hill scored 12 touchdowns -- six receiving, three rushing and three returns -- despite getting only 61 receptions and 24 carries. The release of Jeremy Maclin this offseason should lead to a significant increase in opportunities for the explosive offensive weapon.
29. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Preseason expectations were greater than his actual production in 2016. Even though Parker has played 30 of 32 games over his first two seasons, he has battled injuries and his offensive coordinator is excited for what Parker can do provided he stays healthy in 2017. Per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, here are Clyde Christensen's 2017 expectations for Parker: "Gigantic year."
30. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs had a few monster games -- back-to-back 13-catch games to start November and two separate 160-yard performances including his 13/164 outing on Nov. 13th. The Vikings should run the ball more often in 2017 than they did last year, but Diggs is clearly the team's best fantasy option at wide receiver with a WR2/3 outlook for 2017.
31. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
Garcon is coming off his second career 1,000-yard season (79/1,041/3) and he could be in store for a bigger season in San Francisco with limited competition for targets. Garcon had 113 catches on 181 targets in 2013 when Kyle Shanahan was his coordinator in Washington.
32. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Signing a three-year free-agent deal this offseason with the Buccaneers, Jackson posted a 56/1,005/4 slash line with Washington last season. Likely to score more touchdowns in 2017, D-Jax may not significantly exceed his receptions or yards in 2017 with Mike Evans as the team's clear No. 1 receiver. With a 17.7 career Y/A average, the explosive wideout will likely have his share of big games with a few duds thrown in.
33. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees spreads the ball around, but the loss of Brandin Cooks moves Snead up a notch in the pecking order for targets. Even with Cooks on the roster, Snead has a total of 141 catches and 1,879 yards in his two seasons.
34. Brandon Marshall, New York Giants
Changing teams with plans to play two more seasons, Marshall will still play half of his football games at MetLife Stadium. After a 109/1,502/14 season in 2015, Marshall disappointed fantasy owners with only 59 catches for 788 yards and three touchdowns. While he gets a quarterback upgrade with Eli Manning, he's clearly the No. 2 receiver to Odell Beckham and the team has a talented young WR3 in Sterling Shepard.
35. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins
In the middle of the season, Crowder had a five-game stretch where he finished with 100-plus yards and/or scored a touchdown in all five games. In fact, all three of his 100-yard games occurred during that stretch. Given the changes to the receiving corps in free agency, Crowder should remain just as involved in the passing game as he was last season with the potential to improve on last year's overall numbers (67/847/7).
36. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
Playing only 21 games in three seasons and none last year due to suspension, skepticism about his ability to stay on the field (or off suspension) would be natural. That said, the big-play receiver has averaged 17.29 Y/R and scored on one out of every 5.43 receptions in his young career. In addition, Bryant has added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason as the 6-foot-4 wideout is now up to 225 pounds. If (a big if) he can stay clean, he could be a steal for fantasy owners.
37. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
After missing all of 2015 due to an ACL injury, Benjamin started last season strong (13/199/3 in his first two games), but he finished the year overall with less production (63/941/7) than his rookie numbers (73/1,008/9). On a positive note, Benjamin is another year removed from his ACL injury, but the big receiver was a "little heavy" this spring.
38. Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens
Coming off a disappointing season (44/536/2 in 12 games), Maclin was released by the Chiefs and has signed with the Ravens. Before last season, however, the 29-year-old wide receiver had 172 catches for 2,406 yards and 18 touchdowns over the previous two seasons combined. With good health, Maclin should bounce back in 2017.
39. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
In his first season with the Titans, Matthews set career highs of 65 catches, 945 yards and nine touchdowns and all three of his 100-yard games occurred over the final six games of the year. Top-15 numbers (like last year) may be out of reach in Tennessee's run-first offense with the addition of Corey Davis, but Matthews could still end up being the team's most productive fantasy wide receiver in 2017.
40. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
Injuries kept Coleman from making the impact that fantasy owners had hoped to get from the first receiver selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, Hue Jackson hopes to have Coleman (hamstring) back when training camp starts. If Coleman can (get and) stay healthy, there's some breakout potential in his sophomore campaign.
41. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
What's not to like about Davis as a prospect? Of course, ankle surgery sidelined him for offseason workouts and he played against a lower level of collegiate competition at Western Michigan, but Davis has all of the physical tools to develop into an elite receiver at the next level. Highly prolific in college, the 6-foot-3 wideout had 1,400-plus yards and 12-plus touchdowns in each of the past three seasons.
42. Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears
A thumb injury will sideline Meredith for the rest of the offseason program, but he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. When given an opportunity, Meredith had several productive outings including four 100-yard games. With Alshon Jeffery now in Philadelphia and a spotty durability track record of former first-rounder Kevin White, Meredith is likely to lead the Bears receiving corps in targets and fantasy production.
43. Eric Decker, Free Agent
The Jets have released Decker and one team that could be interested is Baltimore even though they recently signed Jeremy Maclin. The 30-year-old wide receiver has 1,000-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in three of his previous four seasons before missing 13 games in 2016.
44. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
Brown's production was nearly cut in half (39/517/2 in 2016 vs. 65/1,003/7 in 2015) in large part due to medical issues. Brown had a cyst on his spine drained and is poised for a bounce-back season. Quarterback Carson Palmer said that Brown is "heavier, he’s stronger. He looks more explosive than he did last year."
45. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Following his Week 1 performance (7/114/1), it was all downhill from there last season. While he missed two games, Matthews posted career lows in yards (804) and touchdowns (three). The good news is that Carson Wentz is going into his second season; the bad news is that there is much more competition for targets with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith joining the roster in free agency.
46. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Williams had a breakout season in 2016 as he finished with 69 catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. With a healthy Keenan Allen and the selection of Mike Williams with the seventh-overall pick, it will be nearly impossible for him to duplicate last year's numbers.
47. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Now behind Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams in the targets pecking order, Cobb posted a career-low 10.2 Y/R in 2016 and averaged only 46.9 receiving yards per game, the lowest since his rookie season. From Week 5 to 11 when Aaron Rodgers averaged 45 pass attempts per game (out of necessity), Cobb finished as a top-36 fantasy wide receiver in five of six games. Outside of the six-game stretch when the Packers went 1-5, however, Cobb failed to finish as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in any week.
48. Kenny Britt, Cleveland Browns
Despite quarterback and offensive concerns with the Rams, Britt posted his first-ever 1,000-yard season with a 68/1,002/5 stat line in 2016. Even though Britt is going into his ninth season, the veteran receiver is still only 28 years old (turns 29 in September). Britt will have to deal with questionable quarterback play once again, but it's possible that he approaches his 2016 numbers once again.
49. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
Enunwa had 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns in last year's breakout season and that performance would be a reasonable expectation for the upcoming season. In fact, it's possible that he takes another step forward as the Jets have parted ways with Eric Decker.
50. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Thielen shattered previous career highs with 69 catches for 967 yards and five touchdowns. Even with the team using a first-round pick on Laquon Treadwell in the 2016 NFL Draft, Thielen should continue to be the second-most productive wide receiver on the team behind Stefon Diggs.
Here are the best of the rest:
51. Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
52. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
53. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
54. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
55. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens
56. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
57. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
58. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins
59. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
60. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
61. Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs
62. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars
63. Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills
64. Ted Ginn, New Orleans Saints
65. Tavon Austin, Los Angeles Rams
66. J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals
67. Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
68. Michael Floyd, Minnesota Vikings
69. John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
70. Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots
71. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
72. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
73. Robby Anderson, New York Jets
74. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
75. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
76. Dontrelle Inman, Los Angeles Chargers
77. Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans
78. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
79. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
80. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons
81. Travis Benjamin, Los Angeles Chargers
82. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
83. Taywan Taylor, Tennessee Titans
84. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys
85. Torrey Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
86. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
87. Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers
88. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings
89. Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers
90. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
91. Kendall Wright, Chicago Bears
92. Kamar Aiken, Indianapolis Colts
93. Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts
94. ArDarius Stewart, New York Jets
95. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals
96. Carlos Henderson, Denver Broncos
97. Chad Williams, Arizona Cardinals
98. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
99. Chad Hansen, New York Jets
100. Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks
101. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams
102. Albert Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs
103. Aldrick Robinson, San Francisco 49ers
104. Markus Wheaton, Chicago Bears
105. Andre Holmes, Buffalo Bills
106. Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers
107. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
108. Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
109. Brandon Coleman, New Orleans Saints
110. Dorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia Eagles
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