WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

 

NFL Fantasy Football Expert Analyst Lance Goodman gives fantasy owners a quick recap of what took place at the Wide Receiver position last year.

Lance Goodman

7/16/19

2018 FINAL RANKINGS 

1. Michael Thomas, NO: 125 rec., 1,405 yds, 9 TDs
2. Tyreek Hill, KC: 87 rec., 1,479 yds, 13 TDs
3. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU: 115 rec., 1,572 yds, 11 TDs
4. Davante Adams, GB: 111 rec., 1,386 yds, 13 TDs
5. Julio Jones, ATL: 113 rec., 1,677 yds, 8 TDs
6. Antonio Brown, PIT: 104 rec., 1,297 yds, 15 TDs
7. Adam Thielen, MIN: 113 rec., 1,373 yds, 9 TDs
8. Juju Smith-Schuster, PIT: 111 rec., 1,426 yds, 7 TDs
9. Robert Woods, LAR: 86 rec., 1,219 yds, 7 TDs
10. Brandin Cooks, LAR: 80 rec., 1,204 yds, 6 TDs
11. Mike Evans, TB: 86 rec., 1,524 yds, 8 TDs
12. Keenan Allen, LAC: 97 rec., 1,196 yds, 6 TDs
13. Stefon Diggs, MIN: 102 rec., 1,021 yds, 9 TDs
14. Amari Cooper, DAL: 75 rec., 1,021 yds, 7 TDs
15. Tyler Boyd, CIN: 76 rec., 1,028 yds, 7 TDs
16. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG: 77 rec., 1,052 yds, 6 TDs
17. T.Y. Hilton, IND: 76 rec., 1,270 yds, 6 TDs
18. Tyler Lockett, SEA: 57 rec., 965 yds, 10 TDs
19. Julian Edelman, NE: 74 rec., 850 yds, 6 TDs
20. Jarvis Landry, CLE: 81 rec., 976 yds, 4 TDs
21. Calvin Ridley, ATL: 64 rec., 821 yds, 11 TDs
22. Kenny Golladay, DET: 70 rec., 1,063 yds, 5 TDs
23. Alshon Jeffrey, PHI: 65 rec , 843 yds, 7 TDs
24. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN: 71 rec., 868 yds, 5 TDs
25. Golden Tate, 74 rec., 795 yds, 4 TDs
26. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI: 69 rec., 734 yds, 6 TDs
27. Chris Godwon, TB: 59 rec., 842 yds, 7 TDs
28. Mike Williams, LAC: 43 rec. 664 yds, 11 TDs
29. Mohammed Sanu, ATL: 60 rec., 800 yds, 4 TDs
29. Corey Davis, TEN: 60 rec., 800 yds, 4 TDs
29. Sterling Shepard, NYG: 60 rec., 800 yds, 4 TDs
30. Robbie Anderson, NYJ: 50 rec., 732 yds, 6 TDs
31. A.J. Green, CIN: 46 rec., 694 yds, 6 TDs
32. Cooper Kupp, LAR: 40 rec., 566 yds, 6 TDs

2018 RECAP

Michael Thomas, NO (PPG): Thomas got off to a scorching hot start with 38 stabs in his first 3 games to set a new NFL record. He's a do it all receiver who really doesn't have a chink in his armour and with a Hall of Fame Quarterback at his disposal, he gets a ton of quality targets. 

Tyreek Hill, KC (PPG): Hill is arguably the fastest player in the NFL step for step and among the most elusive, which allowed him to thrive in a major way and take his game to new levels in 2018 after a break through campaign the year before.

 

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (PPG): Hopkins has established himself as fantasy football gold on the heels of another spectacular season. 2018 marked the 3rd time in the last 4 years that Hopkins had at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and double digits TD receptions. He's another receiver who really doesn't have a weakness in his game.

 

Davante Adams, GB (PPG): Adams has quickly become a favorite around the fantasy circuit and his consistent production is the reason why. He just completed his third straight year of double digit touchdowns. Nonetheless, 2018 was still a breakthrough, as he recorded his first 100+ catch and 1,000+ yard season.

 

Julio Jones, ATL (PPG): There has never been a question about hia  talent, as his production from day 1 has been brick solid. Jones added another notch to his belt in 2018 leading the NFL in receiving yards and becoming the first player in league history with 5 consecutive seasons of 1,400+ receiving yards. 

Antonio Brown, (PPG): You knew at some point Antonio Brown wasn't going to lead the league in receptions or reception yards and 2018 was that year, however his 15 TD receptions led the league and assured him a spot among the elite once again.

 

Adam Thielen, MIN (PPG): Thielen another receiver who got off to a blistering start, beginning the season with an NFL record 9 straight 100 yard receiving games. His numbers slumped a bit in the latter part of the season but overall, owners got every penny they paid for.

 

Juju Smith-Schuster, (PIT): Here's another guy whose quickly become a favorite among fantasy circles. With a name like Juju Smith-Schuster, how can't you be liked. The sophmore showed out with over 1,400 receiving yards and some big time PPR value.

 

Robert Woods & Brandin Cooks, LAR (PPG): You want to talk about production, let's focus in on the Rams Wide Receivers. Both Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks were both 80 catch, 1,200 yard receivers. The low TD totals of 7 & 6 respectively could be better but the value was there.

 

Mike Evans, TB (PPG): Evans production has been more up and down than consistent at this point in his career. Whatever the case, his talent and ability have rarely been questioned. Last season he quietly caught for over 1,500 receiving yards on only 86 grabs. His 8 TDs made the numbers rock solid, as he continued his trend of a good year, after an average year.

 

Keenan Allen, LAC (PPG): Allen is a respected and proven commodity around the fantasy circuit. He's had some struggles with injuries but when he's on the field, he's productive, as evidenced by his 2018 campaign, in which he had 5 or more catches in 12 of the 15 games he played in, coming up a few yards short of 1,200 receiving yards on the year. His one downfall was only scoring 6 TDs.

 

Stefon Diggs, MIN (PPG): Diggs is another young talent that had been on his grind for a while, battling through nagging injuries and multiple Quarterbacks during his first three seasons. In 2018, he finally broke through and reached his potential as a 100 catch, 1,000 yard receiver, to go along with 9 tugs, providing owners with excellent value.

 

Amari Cooper, DAL (PPG): Despite eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards on the season, Cooper was either hit or miss with 50% of his seasons production coming in a 4 game span. In the other games his numbers were modest to pedestrian.

 

Tyler Boyd, CIN (PPG): Although his numbers weren't overly impressive, they were pretty consistent and that's what fantasy owners look for. He had 70+ receiving yards in 7 of the 15 games he played in and also chipped in 7 TDs, which is excellent for a player who was drafted in later Rounds.

 

T.Y. Hilton, IND (PPG) From a consistency stand point, Hilton was one of the top fantasy Wide Receivers, logging 70+ receiving yards in 9 out 14 games, to help him accumulate close to 1,300 yards. His only strike, was a huge touchdown drought, in which he only got in the end zone twice (in the same game) over the last 10 weeks of the season.

 

Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (PPG): OBJ is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the NFL. He was consistently productive gaining at least 70 receiving yards in 8 of 12 games but missed the final 4 games of the season due to injury, leaving his owners in dismay.

 

Tyler Lockett, SEA (PPG): Lockett proved to be one the better late round pickups from last years fantasy draft, providing owners with some nice depth and flexibility. Although he didn't have a lot of catches, he averaged 17 yards per reception and hauled in 10 TD passes, which a winning number in the world of fantasy.

 

Julian Edelman, NE (PPG):Edelman missed the first four games of last year due to suspension for PEDs, so his live draft stock took a hit early on. For owners who were wise enough to select him in later Rounds, he paid dividends, especially during the last month of the season, when he averaged almost 7 catches per game on close to 80 yards and scored 3 TDs.

 

Jarvis Landry, CLE (PPG): As expected, or at least from my account coming into last season, Jarvis Landry's numbers were pretty much on par with my live draft projections. The one area that sticks out like a sore thumb is the lowly 4 TDs, which is always an unwelcomed number.

 

Calvin Ridley, ATL (PPG): Like any other rookie, Ridley went through his fare share of struggles and mistakes but overall, his 800+ receiving yards and 11 TDs, which led the team, left fantasy owners very little room to complain, especially since he was a late Round draft pick.

 

Kenny Golladay, DET (PPG): Another late round gem and perhaps a timely waiver wire pickup for some owners, Golladay was solid, posting 70+ receiving yards in 8 out of 15 starts. He surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving plateau but the lack of touchdowns kept him from being an even more impactful player.

 

Alshon Jeffery, PHI (PPG): Jeffery is another player who likely would've been ranked higher coming into live drafts if it weren't for an injury that kept him out for the first three weeks of the season. He was far from consistent but did give his owners lineups a boost in the six games in which he scored double digits.

 

Emmanuel Sanders, DEN (PPG): Another excellent mid to late round pick up who was highly productive but couldn't finish the season due to an injury that caused him to miss the final 4 games of the year. He was on pace for 80-90 catches and over 1,000 receiving yards.

 

Golden Tate, DET (PPG): Tate got off to a fast start last season racking up 28 catches, 2- 100 yard receiving games and 3 TDs in the first four games. After that it was all downhill as he only recorded one more game with over 50 receiving yards and crossed the goal line once in the final 12 games.

 

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI (PPG): The expectations coming into last season for Fitzgerald were on the modest side considering his age and the uncertainty at the Quarterback position for Arizona. The end result wasn't very good for Larry or his fantasy owners, as he only had four meaningful games throughout the entire year.

 

Chris Godwin, TB (PPG): Considering his draft position coming into last season, there wasn't alot expected of Godwin. He was either a late round draft pick to fill out your roster or a waiver wire pickup at some in the season. His production was spotty, so if he didn't score a touchdown, he didn't have much to offer, however he managed to gain 50+ receiving yards in 8 out of 15 games, so some value was there.

 

Mike Williams, LAC (PPG): Although Williams didn't catch anywhere near the amount of balls you need to be productive in fantasy football, his 11 TDs held weight and allowed for him to have some impactful days in owners lineups.

 

Mohammed Sanu, ATL, Corey Davis, TEN and Sterling Shephard, NYG: All of these players had same exact numbers. On average it came out to 3.75 catches and 50 receiving yards per game, with one touchdown every four games. For Sanu and Shepard it was mostly expected because of their respective roles on their teams but as for Davis, his season was more of a disappointment and let down.

 

Robbie Anderson, NYJ: With the exception of a big game in Week 5, Anderson was pretty irrelevant all season, with the exception of a strong run in the Fantasy Playoffs when he racked up 20 catches for 312 yards and 3 TDs, from Weeks 14-16.

 

A.J. Green, CIN & Cooper Kupp, LAR: Both Green and Kupp were on pace to have outstanding years but season ending injuries limited them to only appearing in 8 games.