2019 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver PPR Rankings- Updated: Sunday, July 7th
Scoring: These rankings are based on point-per-reception (PPR) scoring formats -- one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per reception and per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown. These rankings are for the 2019 NFL season.
Our 2019 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings from Kevin Hanson:
1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Over the past six seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game five times. Turning his 113 receptions into a league-high 1,677 yards, Jones is a lock for 1,400-plus yards as long as he stays healthy. Even though he was scoreless through seven games (53 receptions on 81 targets), he managed to score eight touchdowns over the final nine games of the season. Will his second-half red-zone production spill over into 2019?
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Hopkins said that he was the "most banged up I've ever been playing football," but Hopkins set career highs in receptions (115) and yards (1,572) and scored 11 touchdowns. Despite not always having good quarterback play, which he has now with Deshaun Watson, Hopkins has at least 95 catches, 1,375 yards and 11 touchdowns in three of his past four seasons.
3. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Three years into his young career, Thomas continues to improve each season -- 92/1,137/9 in 2017, 104/1,245/5 in 2018 and 125/1,405/9 in 2019. Since Thomas has been in the league, there have been 19 100-catch seasons and, of those, only Christian McCaffrey (86.3%, 2018) had a better catch rate than Thomas (85.0%, 2018) over the past three years. The only other wide receivers with 100 catches and catch rate above 70 percent -- Adam Thielen (73.9%, 2018), Larry Fitzgerald (71.3%, 2016) and DeAndre Hopkins (70.6%, 2018).
4. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Adams set career highs across the board -- 111 catches on 169 targets for 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns. While it was his first 1,000-yard season, Adams extended his streak of seasons with double-digit touchdowns to three. Over the next several seasons, Adams will be a perennial threat to lead the position in fantasy points as the clear No. 1 wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers.
5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
Taking a massive step forward in his sophomore campaign, Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in both receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,426) in 2018. With Antonio Brown and his 104/1,297/15 production now in Oakland, there could be more targets in Smith-Schuster's future, but there were certainly be more defensive attention.
6. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Along with Randy Moss and A.J. Green, Evans is one of three NFL players to begin his career with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. In addition, Evans set career highs in yards (1,524), yards per reception (17.7) and yards per target (11.0) last season.
7. Odell Beckham, Cleveland Browns
Missing four games last season, Beckham hauled in 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six scores. Even though OBJ has missed 21 games over his five-year career, he ranks third in receiving touchdowns (44) over that span behind Antonio Brown (59) and DeAndre Hopkins (45). Especially given the quarterback upgrade of going from Eli Manning to Baker Mayfield, the sky's the limit for Beckham Jr., who is currently projected to more touchdowns than all receivers not named Davante Adams in our projections.
8. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders
Since 2013, Brown has had more than 100 catches and 150 targets every season and averaged 1,524 receiving yards and 11.2 touchdowns per season over that six-year span. In addition, AB has finished as a top-three fantasy wide receiver in five consecutive seasons. A top-three season may be less likely now that he's forced himself out of Pittsburgh, but Brown remains a top-eight option at the position.
9. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Playing full 16-game slates in back-to-back years, Allen saw his numbers dip year-over-year, but he still put up a healthy 97/1,196/6 stat line (WR14, WR12 in PPR). A top-15 fantasy wide receiver in any format, Allen is about as steady and consistent as it gets.
10. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Thielen reached the 100-yard mark in the first eight games of the season as he posted career highs across the board -- receptions (113), yards (1,373) and touchdowns (nine). Finishing as a WR1 (top-12) in each of the past two seasons, Thielen is a good bet to do so for a third consecutive season.
- MORE: Check out Kevin Hanson's way-too-early 2020 NFL Mock Draft.
11. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Before missing (almost all of) the second half of the season, Green was off to a fantastic start with a 45/687/6 line through Week 8. On a per-game basis, he was fantasy's WR8 (WR11 in PPR) through Week 8. The only concern is durability as Green has now missed three-plus games in three of the past five years, but Green's mid-Round 3 ADP makes him one of my favorite WR1's if I start a draft RB/RB.
12. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
The midseason trade for Cooper was mutually beneficial for the team and player. In his 11 games (counting the postseason) with the Cowboys, Cooper racked up 66 catches for 896 yards and seven touchdowns. Only six receivers scored more fantasy points than Cooper from Weeks 9 to 17 -- he was the WR9 in PPR formats. Cooper enters his age-25 season with three 1,000-yard campaigns already under his belt and is shooting for (an unrealistic and record-breaking) 2,000 yards in 2019.
13. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Excluding the season that Andrew Luck missed, Hilton has five consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards. Hilton missed two games last season and dealt with a high-ankle sprain down the stretch, but he set career highs with 10.6 yards per target, 90.7 yards per game and a catch rate of 63.3 percent. The only drawback with the 5-foot-10 receiver is that he has never had more than seven touchdowns in any of his seven seasons.
14. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams
Arguably, no team has a better trio of wide receivers than the Rams and their presence helps and perhaps hurts each other in terms of fantasy production. Even if they would individually see a larger share of targets in a different situation, the trio maximizes their opportunities in L.A.'s high-octane offense. No longer with Drew Brees (2017) or Tom Brady (2018), Cooks didn't miss a beat in 2019 with Jared Goff as he had 80 catches for a career-high 1,204 yards and five touchdowns in his first season with the Rams.
15. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Adding his 26 postseason catches for 388 yards to his regular-season numbers, Edelman had 100 catches for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games last year. Giving the lack of pass-catching weapons in the offense, Edelman is going to be peppered with targets even more than usual.
16. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
Woods led the Rams in targets (130), receptions (86), receiving yards (1,219) and receiving touchdowns (six) last season. Whether he leads the team in those categories or not again in 2019, Woods, Cooks and Cooper Kupp are all excellent options as a fantasy team's WR2.
17. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Like Thielen, Diggs set career highs by converting 102-of-149 targets for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns and he added 62 rushing yards. After missing multiple games in each of his first three NFL seasons, Diggs also played a career-high 15 games last year and finished as a top-12 fantasy wide receiver (10th in PPR formats).
18. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Despite a consistent level of targets -- 66 to 71 -- in all four of his seasons, Lockett posted career highs in receptions (57), yards (965) and touchdowns (10) as he shattered previous career highs in catch rate (81.4%), yards per reception (16.9) and yards per game (60.3). While those ratios may regress closer to the mean, Lockett's target volume is all but assured to increase at the same time given Doug Baldwin's retirement.
19. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeffery's catch rate was up significantly in 2018 (70.7%) compared to his first season (47.5%, 2017) in Philadelphia and that led to per-game improvements in receptions and yards (5.0/64.8 vs. 3.6/49.3). Missing three games in 2018, Jeffery has now missed at least three games in three of four seasons and has failed to reach the 900-yard mark since 2014.
20. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Productive when given the opportunity, Godwin is poised to take another big step forward with DeSean Jackson now back in Philadelphia. Over the past two seasons, D-Jax has missed six games and Godwin has 98-plus yards in four of those games. Coach Bruce Arians has described the 23-year-old wideout as someone who could be "close to a 100-catch guy."
21. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
Through five NFL seasons, Watkins has just one top-24 season (2015, WR16) although he just turned 26. A major problem with Watkins has been his durability (or lack thereof) as he has missed three or more games in three of the past four seasons and a total of 18 games over that four-year span. The former fourth-overall pick has tremendous upside to open the season while Hill is suspended.
22. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Ridley put up excellent rookie numbers overall (64/821/10). Off to a hot start with six touchdowns in the first four games, Ridley was inconsistent over the final three quarters of the season. Exceeding the 50-yard mark in three of his first four games, he did so in only three of his final 12. Given the amount of attention that Jones commands, the former first-rounder from Alabama should be able to put together a more consistent sophomore campaign. Ridley is a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3 heading into the 2019 season.
23. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
Golladay had a breakout second season with 70 catches for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns on 119 targets. Only six receivers had more 12-target games than Golladay (four), but he also had four or less targets in one-third (five) of his (15) games as well. Golladay has the physical tools to be more of a threat in the red zone and could take another step forward in his third year.
24. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Off to a great start, Kupp (knee) had 30 catches for 438 yards and five touchdowns in his first five games of the season. He suffered a knee injury the following week, only to eventually return for a couple more weeks before tearing his ACL. Kupp appears to be on track for a Week 1 return from his ACL injury, but the second-year wide receiver had the second-most fantasy points behind Minnesota's Adam Thielen over the five-week healthy span last season.
25. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
With reports suggesting it will be a not-so-lengthy suspension (possibly just four games?), Hill's ADP has steadily risen since the beginning of June. Among qualified players, Hill led the NFL in yards per touch (15.0) as he racked up 1,630 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns -- 12 receiving, one rushing and one return. When he's on the field, few players can match his weekly upside.
26. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
Including his rushing yards (172), Moore had 960 yards as a rookie but only two touchdowns. A back-end WR2 based on my current projections, Moore has some upside entering his sophomore campaign.
27. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitzgerald isn't getting any younger (then again, who is?) and he's coming off a disappointing season (69/734/6). Before last season, however, he posted three consecutive 100/1,000 seasons. Perhaps he won't bounce back to the 100/1,000 level, but the new offense should allow him to post better numbers in 2019 and he's a nice value compared to his current ADP.
28. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Despite missing two games last season, Boyd posted his first-ever 1,000-yard season with a 76/1,028/7 line as he finished with a WR17 performance in both PPR and standard-scoring formats. Assuming good health for Green, Boyd may fall short of the 1,000-yard mark this season, but he's a viable WR3 with some upside.
29. Robby Anderson, New York Jets
Anderson's numbers were down year-over-year, but he finished strong when Sam Darnold returned from a foot injury. Over the final four games of the season, Anderson had 23 catches for 336 yards and three touchdowns. During that span, Anderson was the WR5 (WR6 in PPR). With improvement and more consistency from Darnold, Anderson has the potential to vastly exceed his current ADP and is one of my favorite targets as a third receiver.
30. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
As bad as Arizona's 32nd-ranked pass offense was last season, Kirk was a consistent producer down the stretch before a foot injury prematurely ended his rookie season. With at least 40 yards in seven of his final eight games, Kirk was a top-30 receiver from Weeks 5 to 13. Even though the team drafted three receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft, Kirk has "a good feel" for the new offense and is poised for a major step forward in an offense that should generate more volume and productivity overall.
31. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
Shepard set career highs in targets (107), receptions (66), yards (872) and Y/A (13.2) last season. With Odell Beckham now in Cleveland, Shepard should establish new career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns.
32. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
Missing three games in his first season in Chicago, Robinson finished with 55 catches for 754 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season and then went off for 10/143/1 on 13 targets in Chicago's playoff loss to Philadelphia. With good health and further development from Mitchell Trubisky, A-Rob has upside as the No. 1 receiver in one of the league's better offenses.
33. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
Since entering the league (2014), only four receivers have more targets than Landry (719). Thriving as a volume-receiver, Landry parlayed his 149 targets in his first season as a Brown into an 81/876/4 statistical line and a WR22 fantasy performance (WR18 in PPR). Before that, he was a top-16 receiver in each of his previous three seasons: WR14 (2017, WR5 in PPR), WR16 (2016, WR13 in PPR) and WR15 (2015, WR9 in PPR), respectively. Reunited with his former LSU teammate, Landry is one of the most overvalued wide receivers compared to his current fantasy football ADP.
34. Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars
In a healthy sophomore campaign, Westbrook led the Jags with a 66/717/5 receiving line on 101 targets and added 98 rushing yards. Lacking quality quarterback play, Westbrook still managed to finish as a top-35 wide receiver in 2018. Given the upgrade at quarterback, Westbrook should outperform (his current ADP).
35. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
Jones missed roughly half of 2018, but he had 61/1,101/9 in 2017 as he led the NFL in Y/R (18.0). In his nine games last season, Jones had at least 50 yards and/or a touchdown in eight of them. While I expect Golladay to outperform Jones, he's a solid WR3 in any format with upside for much better.
36. Golden Tate, New York Giants
Traded midseason, Tate failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in three seasons. Now with a new team, Tate and Shepard are the 1(a) and 1(b) options among the team's wide receivers. Both are solid WR3/flex options, but the offense clearly centers around Saquon Barkley and the quarterback situation is less than ideal.
37. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Williams had a breakout second season as he hauled in 10 touchdowns in 2018. While I expect a drop in his red zone production with the return of a healthy Hunter Henry, the departure of Tyrell Williams to the Raiders should lead to a bump in targets, receptions and yards for the third-year receiver.
38. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
Davis dominated targets last season (112, 25.63 percent), but Delanie Walker missed almost all of 2018 and now the Titans have added A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries to the mix. In a run-heavy offense, the former top-five pick may struggle to build upon his 65/891/4 line in year three.
39. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
As the saying goes, the best ability is availability. Unavailable in more than half of the team's games, Fuller has played in just 14, 10 and seven games, respectively, in his first three NFL seasons. Playing in only 11 total games with Deshaun Watson, Fuller has 45 catches for 782 yards and 11 touchdowns in those 11 games. Extrapolating that per-game pace over 16 games, Fuller would have a stat line of 65/1,137/16.
40. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
In spite of missing four games, Jackson finished 32nd in fantasy points (42nd in PPR) in 2018. Now back in Philadelphia, D-Jax gives the Eagles the deep threat they have lacked. Jackson led the NFL in Y/A in 2018 (18.9), 2016 (17.9) and 2014 (20.9).
41. Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers
Productive after the team's Week 11 bye, Pettis had a four-game stretch through Week 15 with at least 80 yards and/or a touchdown each week. During that four-game span, Pettis had 17 catches for 338 yards and four touchdowns with the third-most fantasy points amongst receivers (eighth-most in PPR). Impressing the coaches and his teammates this offseason, Pettis looks ready to build upon his late-season rookie momentum in 2019.
42. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
Sanu set a career high in receiving yards (838) in 2018 and just missed by one in receptions (66, career high: 67). Even with Jones and Ridley ahead of him in the pecking order for targets, Sanu could once again finish as a top-36 wide receiver in 2019.
43. DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos
Over each of the final four games of last season, Hamilton had at least eight targets, five receptions and 40 yards. While he had just five total receptions before that point, Hamilton was fantasy's WR27 (and WR22 in PPR) during that four-game stretch. Of the team's top three receivers, Hamilton has the potential for the biggest year-over-year improvement and it wouldn't be a surprise if he finished as the team's most productive wideout when the season is over.
44. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Perhaps I'm too conservative in my projections, but I currently have Sutton only slightly improving upon his rookie numbers (42/704/4).
45. Jamison Crowder, New York Jets
Not only did he miss roughly half the season, but Crowder set a career low in receptions per game (3.2) and his 43.1 YPG was his lowest since his rookie season. A return to his 2016/2017 numbers -- 60-plus catches and 750-plus yards -- seems reasonable if he can stay healthy.
46. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers
Typically, the No. 2 wideout in a Rodgers-led offense has plenty of fantasy viability and that was the case for Allison before injuries cut his 2018 short. Allison had 64-plus yards each week through Week 4 with a 19/289/2 line on 29 targets as a top-25 performer (WR28 in PPR) over that span. There is upside compared to his current ADP if he's able to maintain good health.
47. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders
A few seasons removed from a 1,059-yard breakout season, Williams has had a couple of solid seasons --43/728/4 in 2017 and 41/653/5 in 2018. As Oakland's clear No. 2 receiver, Williams should outperform his numbers over the past couple of seasons, but he's unlikely to return to the 1,000-yard level barring an injury to Brown.
48. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lee missed all of 2018 and it's possible that he won't be ready for the start of training camp. That said, his 2019 status for the opener doesn't appear to be in jeopardy. A potential slow start as he returns from his ACL tear combined with his lack of touchdowns (eight in 53 games) means he's not much more than a low-upside WR4 despite the upgrade at quarterback.
49. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
Scoring seven touchdowns on just 47 touches in 2018, Samuel exceeded 70-plus yards in three of his final five games last season. While his touchdown rate should regress and he could be fourth in line for targets from Cam, the third-year receiver should set career highs in catches and yards if he can stay healthy.
50. Donte Moncrief, Pittsburgh Steelers
With Brown now in Oakland and JSS getting the double coverage, the 25-year-old Moncrief (turns 26 in August) could be the team's No. 2 receiver. Moncrief had 48/668/3 in his lone season with the Jaguars, but gets a significant offensive upgrade by signing with the Steelers this offseason. With ADP a couple of rounds lower than James Washington, Moncrief is the better value of the two at their current costs.
Here are our next 40 fantasy wide receivers:
51. N'Keal Harry, New England Patriots
52. James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers
53. Keke Coutee, Houston Texans
54. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
55. Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills
56. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins
57. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
58. Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans Saints
59. Trey Quinn, Washington Redskins
60. Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills
61. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
62. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
63. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
64. Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears
65. Devin Funchess, Indianapolis Colts
66. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
67. David Moore, Seattle Seahawks
68. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens
69. Albert Wilson, Miami Dolphins
70. Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears
71. John Brown, Buffalo Bills
72. Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions
73. Adam Humphries, Tennessee Titans
74. Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
75. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
76. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
77. Paul Richardson, Washington Redskins
78. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans
79. Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts
80. Willie Snead, Baltimore Ravens
81. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
82. Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns
83. Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills
84. Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers
85. Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys
86. Andy Isabella, Arizona Cardinals
87. Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars
88. Tre'quan Smith, New Orleans Saints
89. Equanimeous St. Brown, Green Bay Packers
90. Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders
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