2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Fantasy Football WR Rankings- Updated: Tuesday, September 5th
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 wide receivers 21-40 in our rankings:
21. 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 the Jags should become more of a run-first team with Leonard Fournette added to the mix.
22. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Back for (at least) one more season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons. Going into his age-34 season, Fitzgerald is a safe WR2 for fantasy owners.
23. 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. Both of those -- 75 catches and 1,000 yards -- seem to be a reasonable floor, but there is some upside for improvement over the past two seasons with Mike McCoy returning to run Denver's offense.
24. 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.
25. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Preseason expectations were unfortunately greater than his actual production in 2016. Coaches, players and reporters have generally talked Parker up all offseason, which can be summed up by the offensive coordinator's 2017 expectations for him: "Gigantic year." With Cutler taken over for the injured Ryan Tannehill, it's likely that the former first-round pick finally outscores Jarvis Landry in fantasy points (at least, in standard-scoring formats).
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26. 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.
27. 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 will lead to a significant increase in opportunities for the explosive offensive weapon and few players have as high of a weekly scoring ceiling.
28. 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.
29. Brandon Marshall, New York Giants
Changing teams but not home stadiums, Marshall will still play half of his football games at MetLife Stadium. While he gets a quarterback upgrade with Eli Manning, Marshall is clearly the team's No. 2 receiver to OBJ and the team has a talented young WR3 in Sterling Shepard as well.
30. Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams
There is no denying that his best is about as good as any receiver's best, but there are a number of concerns with Watkins going into the 2017 season. While he's healthy at the moment, foot injuries are tricky, especially for wide receivers, and Watkins has missed a combined 11 games over the past two seasons. In addition, Watkins gets a quarterback downgrade going from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff.
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 totals in 2017 with 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. 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).
34. 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.
35. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
Missing seven games in 2016, Moncrief (shoulder) 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 blend of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed, Moncrief could break out in his age-24 season provided he can stay healthy. That said, Luck's absence in Week 1 and lack of a timetable is a concern for all of the skill-position players.
36. Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens
Last season was a year to forget for Maclin (and his fantasy owners). Before last season, however, Maclin had 85-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in each of his previous two seasons. Given the departure of targets from last year's squad, Maclin could bounce back in a big way with good health.
37. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
It was an injury-plagued and disappointing rookie season for the top-15 selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. An explosive athlete when healthy, the Browns will be counting on him to take a big step forward in his sophomore campaign with 1,000-yard receiver Terrelle Pryor now in Washington.
38. Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
Even though Wallace had his first 1,000-yard season since 2011, he has finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver (standard scoring) in seven of eight seasons since entering the league in 2009. While I'm not necessarily targeting Wallace, I'm more than willing to draft him in the later rounds of drafts as he slips.
39. Jordan Matthews, Buffalo Bills
Being traded to a run-heavy team isn't usually a positive for a wide receiver, but you could certainly argue that J-Matt's fantasy outlook improved by being traded to the Bills, especially considering the Bills traded away Sammy Watkins. With that said, Matthews is currently dealing with a chip fracture in his sternum and he's week to week. When healthy, however, he'll be in the weekly WR3 mix.
40. Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans
Released by the Jets this offseason, Decker had 1,000-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in three of his previous four seasons before missing 13 games in 2016. Signing a one-year deal with the Titans, he further boosts Marcus Mariota's fantasy outlook for 2017. And while Decker may be the most productive amongst the team's wide receivers, there are a lot of mouths to feed in the passing game that the group will likely limit each other's opportunities.
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