Antontio Brown- Best Game: 25 Worst Game: 3 Average Game: 15.7 ADP: 1:08 (1st) The absolute best receiver in the game. Truly incredible to watch. This year I expect him to succeed and finish in the top 3 in standard leagues in number one or two in PPR leagues. An easy pick once the top 3 or four RBs are off the board.
Dez Bryant- Best Game: 29 Worst Game: 5 Average Game: 13.8 ADP: 1:09 (3rd) With DeMarco Murray gone Dez could be in line for 18-20 receiving touchdowns. The only thing that keeps him below Brown is the fact that this he held out most of the off-season. It’s a little thing but it could make him start out slow.
Odell Beckham- Best Game: 30 Worst Game: 2 Average Game: 16.4 ADP: 2:02 (5th) I don’t feel Beckham is going to be dynamic as he was last year, but he will be a good enough if not spectacular WR1. Another good thing about Beckham is that his schedule lightens up toward the end of the year which could really give his owners that big push to the gold.
DeMaryius Thomas- Best Game: 34 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 13.9 ADP: 1.11 (4th) DeMaryius Thomas is still a safe pick even with Manning arm strength declining. This is because Manning loves to target Thomas on short screens which allows Thomas to rack up tons of yards after the catch. Out of all the receivers in the top 7 DeMaryius is the safest but has the least amount of upside.
Calvin Johnson- Best Game: 28 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 11.5 ADP: 2:03 (6th) Calvin Johnson is one of those players who could easily win you you’re league if he has another season like he had in 2012 or 2011. The only issue is that he built up quite the injury history the past two years. This year, Megatron is a high risk high reward player, and those are the types of players that make memorable fantasy football seasons.
Randall Cobb- Best Game: 23 Worst Game: 2 Average Game: 11.9 ADP: 2:08 (8th) Cobb gets a nice boost due to Jordy Nelson’s injury. Also don’t worry about his injury. He is good enough of a player to warrant a mid second round pick even if he misses week 1.
Julio Jones- Best Game: 31 Worst Game: 5 Average Game: 12.2 ADP: 1:08 (2nd) I’m really surprised people are drafting Julio Jones right around Brown and Bryant considering he never posted a top 7 year at WR in his career. I can only justify taking Jones in the first round if it’s a PPR league. In standard leagues only draft him if f he slips to the middle
A.J. Green- Best Game: 28 Worst Game: 2 Average Game: 10.2 ADP: 2:07 (8th) I’ve never been much of a Green guy as shown by my “Why AJ Green is overrated” post but in fantasy he will be a decent and safe WR1. Mid to late second round is a good place to take him.
Brandin Cooks- Best Game: 21 Worst Game: 2 Average Game: 8 ADP: 3:01 (10th) Usually I’m skeptical of players who have a lot of hype despite not having played in many games but I’m sold on Brandon Cooks because Drew Brees has great chemistry with him and Cooks won’t have to compete for targets with Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham. He is young and not very durable so don’t really reach for him if safer picks are available.
Alshon Jeffery- Best Game: 19 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 10.4 ADP: 3:02 (11th) Alshon is a tough guy to judge because of the Bears coaching staff, Jay Cuter’s inconsistency and the loss of Brandon Marshall. My advice is don’t reach for him but if he falls to around 3:06 you could feel comfortable taking him.
DeAndre Hopkins- Best Game: 35 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 9.1 ADP: 3:08 (14th) I really like Hopkins this year as a low-end WR1 high-end WR2. Andre Johnson was one of those most targeted players last year and him leaving to division rival Indianapolis will give him plenty of opportunities to show off his amazing hands and great athletic ability.
Mike Evans- Best Game: 32 Worst Game: 3 Average Game: 10.5 ADP: 3:06 (13th) The hamstring injury hurts his stock a lot. If you’re playing in ESPN leagues it’s probably best to let some guy who doesn’t know about the injury take him. If you’re in a smart league I wouldn’t hesitate to take him in the late 3rd round. Check my fantasy QB rankings to see why I love Buccaneer’s players this year.
Emmanuel Sanders- Best Game: 30 Worst Game: 3 Average Game: 12 ADP: 3:12 (16th) Emmanuel Sanders is another one of those safe picks that can lock down a WR2 spot but give you little more. Peyton Manning’s inevitable decline will affect Sanders far more than it will affect Thomas.
T.Y. Hilton- Best Game: 28 Worst Game: 2 Average Game: 11.5 ADP: 2:11 (9th) I put Hilton and Johnson right next to each other because I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Andre Johnson becomes the Colts number 1 receiver. I’m also a bit concerned that Phillip Dorsett could steal some of his down the field targets. He’s a bit over drafted but a great choice in the third round.
Andre Johnson- Best Game: 19 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 6.5 ADP: 4:04 (17th) I really like Andre Johnson this year, and feel that working with one of the top QBs in the NFL will do wonders for Johnson who has played with QBs like David Carr, Matt Schaub, and Ryan Fitzpatrick his whole career.
Vincent Jackson- Best Game: 15 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 6.5 ADP: 6.12 (31st) Vincent could be the Buccaneers number one receiver, and even if he isn’t he’s a lock to finish in the top 24. The most underrated player in fantasy football, a fifth round value that’s available in the sixth or seventh round.
Jordan Matthews- Best Game: 25 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 7.9 ADP: 3:04 (12th) Matthews is a popular pick to breakout but I’m concerned that he is a bit over hyped. Didn’t do enough in my opinion to warrant an early third round pick.
Davante Adams Best Game: 12 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 3.6 ADP: 3:11 (15th) Difficult player to rank because his ADP skyrocketed after Jordy Nelson went down. Adams won’t just be the second option for the Packers and post Randall Cobb like numbers immediately, odds are Ty Montgomery and perhaps Jeff Janis will see lots of looks as well. Adams still has value in ESPN league where I’ve been able to draft him in the late in the fifth round as a high upside flex. Just don’t waste to high of a pick on such a speculative prospect.
Keenan Allen- Best Game: 24 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 6.5 ADP: 5:02 (22nd) Keenan Allen is an interesting bounce back candidate. Philip Rivers is now healthy and signed so he will be ready to throw the ball to his top receiver. Will good WR2 but not much more than that.
Julian Edelman- Best Game: 20 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 9.1 ADP: 5:10 (24th) We all know what he is: a PPR monster and a decent low upside WR2 in standard leagues.
Sammy Watkins Best Game: 24 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 7.8 ADP: 6:02 (26th)
Desean Jackson Best Game: 21 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 9.6 ADP: 6:10 (30th)
Jeremy Maclin Best Game: 30 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 11.4 ADP: 4:08 (20th)
Golden Tate Best Game: 21 Worst Game: 4 Average Game: 9.4 ADP: 4:06 (18th)
Jarvis Landry Best Game: 17 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 5.6 ADP: 5:02 (21st)
Amari Cooper Best Game: NA Rookie Worst Game: NA Average Game: NA ADP: 4:07 (19th)
Larry Fitzgerald Best Game: 22 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: ADP: 8:10 (38th)
Steve Smith Best Game: 25 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 6 ADP: 7:08 (34th)
Brandon Marshall Best Game: 21 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 8.7 ADP: 5:04 (23rd)
Roddy White Best Game: 16 Worst Game: 2 Average Game: 9.1 ADP: 9:06 (41st)
Marques Colston Best Game: 14 Worst Game: 3 Average Game: 7.1 ADP: 10:02 (43rd)
Charles Johnson Best Game: 16 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 5.2 ADP: 6:07 (29th)
Mike Wallace Best Game: 17 Worst Game: 3 Average Game: 8.6 ADP: 8:02 (35th)
Anquan Boldin Best Game: 19 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 8.1 ADP: 9.11 (42nd)
Brandon Lafell Best Game: 21 Worst Game: 2 Average Game: 8.1 ADP: 11.01 (48th)
Allen Robinson Best Game: 14 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 6.5 ADP: 6.04 (27th)
Michael Floyd Best Game: 17 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 6.9 ADP: 11:09 (51st)
Devin Funchess Best Game: NA Rookie Worst Game: NA Average Game: NA ADP 8:09 (37th)
Eric Decker Best Game: 28 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 8 ADP: 10:06 (46th)
Kendall Wright Best Game: 20 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 7.4 ADP: 11:01 (49th)
Pierre Garcon Best Game: 19 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 5.3 ADP: 11:11 (52nd)
Stevie Johnson Best Game: 13 Worst Game: 2 Average Game: 4 ADP: 10:05 (45th)
Torrey Smith Best Game: 18 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 8.6 ADP: 10:12 (47th)
Victor Cruz Best Game: 16 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 6.2 ADP: 7:06 (33rd)
Nelson Agholor Best Game: NA Rookie Worst Game: NA Average Game: NA ADP: 5:12 (25th)
Terrance Williams Best Game: 19 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 6.4 ADP: 9:05 (40th)
Eddie Royal Best Game: 22 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 7.1 ADP: 9:01 (39th)
John Brown Best Game: 17 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 5.9 ADP: 7:04 (32nd)
Brian Quick Best Game: 20 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 7.6 ADP: 10:02 (42nd)
Markus Wheaton Best Game: 12 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 4.4 ADP: 8:03 (36th)
Martavis Bryant Best Game: 20 Worst Game: 1 Average Game: 10 ADP: 6:06 (28th)
Cody Latimer Best Game: 1 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 0.5 ADP: 13:03 (58th)
Reuben Randle Best Game: 19 Worst Game: 0 Average Game: 6.4 ADP: ()