Ranking the Top 25 Fantasy Wide Receivers
The current NFL is big on the passing game, and the league is full of productive wide receivers.
There may not be much difference in fantasy scoring from one group to the next, but it’s always good to have at least two players you can depend on to score a good chunk of points each week.
If you can get your hand on two or three of the following players, you’re in a great spot at the receiver position.
25. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills:
Diggs wanted out of Minnesota, and he got his wish. A trade sent him to Buffalo where he will be the unquestioned No. 1 receiver.
24. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams:
Woods has been targeted more than any receiver in the Rams’ strong passing offense in the last two years.
23. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers:
He has 303 receptions over the last three seasons but will have to adjust to a different quarterback. Exit Philip Rivers, enter Tyrod Taylor.
22. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks:
It didn’t take Metcalf long last season as a rookie to establish himself as a dependable target for quarterback Russell Wilson, and his second season could mean even more trust from the star QB.
21. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos:
Despite a strong college career at SMU, Sutton came into the NFL as a raw talent. Last year’s performance may just be the beginning as he develops his skills.
20. DJ Chark Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars:
A great rookie season could get better for Chark if quarterback Gardner Minshew continues to be the gunslinger he showed himself to be throughout last season. The Jags should also be playing from behind a bunch, which means airing it out.
19. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons:
In his first two seasons, Ridley has been the perfect complement to Falcons’ receiving leader Julio Jones, and the Atlanta D may not be very strong.
18. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks:
He led all NFL players with 23 red-zone targets and 17 red-zone receptions.
17. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team:
With former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins also throwing to him in the NFL, McLaurin is on track for a great second season, and is Washington’s main offensive weapon.
16. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers:
Smith-Schuster’s highly-anticipated season suffered a major setback when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was lost for the season in the second game. His own season ended when he suffered a knee injury in November. With Roethlisberger back, Smith-Schuster should return to prominence.
15. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns:
Beckham’s first season in Cleveland was a bit below expectations, but now that he has built chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield, he should be in store for more production. He was also very unlucky in the red zone, while being targeted there quite a bit.
14. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans:
His average of 20.2 yards per reception last year as a rookie was astounding. The Titans go as running back Derrick Henry goes, but Brown is a great asset to change the pace.
13. DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers:
Not known as a field-stretcher, Moore should be the perfect type of target for new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. He can take a short pass and run for a while.
12. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams:
He had five games with at least 100 receiving yards in the first half of the season. He had a touchdown in each of the final five games.
11. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Evans is only the second player (Randy Moss) to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first six seasons. He gets to try for No. 7 with Tom Brady as his quarterback.
10. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys:
Look for Cooper to flourish yet again with Dak Prescott taking the next step as his quarterback.
9. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions:
No stranger to the big play, he piled up 18.3 yards per reception last season and 11 touchdowns, which led the NFL, and he should only be getting better.
8. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings:
With Stefon Diggs traded to Buffalo, Thielen should get a larger share of the targets from quarterback Kirk Cousins.
7. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
He broke out in a big way last season and ranked third among wide receivers with 1,333 receiving yards. He’s also got Brady at the helm now.
6. Allen Robinson II, Chicago Bears:
His 154 targets last season ranked third in the NFL. He could put up even better stats if the Bears turn to Nick Foles at quarterback. Foles loves throwing to players with big catch radiuses.
5. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals:
After seven strong seasons in Houston, Hopkins was traded to the Cardinals, who will heavily lean on him as they rebuild their offense around quarterback Kyler Murray.
4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons:
The fact that Jones has not scored more than 10 touchdowns in a season since he was in high school is perplexing, but his monster reception and yardage totals keep him among the elite fantasy wide receivers.
3. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs:
Hill’s game-breaking ability is unmatched throughout the NFL. He benefits from playing with reigning Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers:
He has been a touchdown machine with at least 10 a season from 2016-2018. Last year he was one of eight NFL players targeted an average of more than nine times per game.
1. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints:
In full PPR scoring, Thomas averaged three more points per game last season than the second-highest scoring fantasy wide receiver. It’s tough to imagine he’ll match last year’s NFL record of 149 receptions, but his track record is so incredible that he won’t have to set a record to finish among the top two or three receivers this year.