Pre-Season Ranks, Wide Receiver


No position matters more in Fantasy Football in 2016 than wide receivers.

Top 50 Wide Receivers:
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
3. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
5. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
7. Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears
8. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
12. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
13. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
14. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
15. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
16. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
17. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
18. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
19. Sammie Watkins, Buffalo Bills
20. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
21. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
22. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
23. Eric Decker, New York Jets
24. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
25. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
26. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
27. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
28. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
29. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
31. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
32. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
33. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
34. Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
35. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
36. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
37. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
38. Sterling Shephard, New York Giants
39. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings
40. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
41. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
42. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
43. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
44. Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers
45. Steve Smith, Sr., Baltimore Ravens
46. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
47. Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers
48. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
49. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens
50. Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers

Highlights:
* I think the top four go without much disagreement, especially the top three. At five I have Bryant to bounce back, the steady AJ Green at six and a bounce back from Alshon Jeffrey in a contract year at seven. I think Robinson remains steady at eight. The first big surprise is probably Thomas at nine. People are low on him. They say his quarterback situation is poor. Well, to that I say in a down year — with the No. 31 rated QB — he had 105 catches for 1,300 yards. I like him to catch more TDs this year.
* Some might argue that Brandon Marshall at 11 and Jordy Nelson at 12 are too low. My argument is age for both, quarterback for Marshall (Geno Smith...) and coming off a big injury for Nelson. Not to mention that the Green Bay offense scuffled a bit last season. Not sold on him returning to top five or top 10 numbers.
* Sammy Watkins at 19 looks low, and it is. But I'm not a big believer that some of Watkins upside is sustainable. I also question his role in the Buffalo offense. He's a talent, but how high can he go?
* I have all three Cardinals receivers from 30 to 32. It could be low, and likely will be for at least one of them, but how do you know who? That's the problem.
* Youth is served from 34 to 40, all first or second year players primed to break out.
* Torrey Smith at 44 and Steve Smith, Sr. at 45 looks strange at first. But it's hard to see Smith breaking out with the offensive woes in San Francisco, and Smith is coming off a bad injury, is 37, and likely to retire after the year.

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