Pre-Draft Fantasy Rankings: WRS 1.0

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Tiers (Tiers correlate to all positions rather than each individual position)

Super Elite

Elite

Stud

Above Average

Average

Below Average

Dynasty Stash

Not worth rostering in any format

WR Rankings (standard)

Tier One

  1. Davante Adams GB
  2. DeAndre Hopkins HOU
  3. Michael Thomas NO
  4. Tyreek Hill KC

Tier Two

  1. JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT
  2. Odell Beckham Jr CLE
  3. Antonio Brown OAK
  4. Julio Jones ATL
  5. Mike Evans TB
  6. A.J Green CIN
  7. Keenan Allen LAC
  8. T.Y Hilton IND
  9. Amari Cooper DAL
  10. Brandin Cooks LAC
  11. Stefon Diggs MIN
  12. Adam Thielen MIN

Tier Three

  1. Robert Woods LAR
  2. Tyler Lockett SEA
  3. Tyler Boyd CIN
  4. Emmanuel Sanders DEN
  5. Alshon Jeffery PHI
  6. Corey Davis TEN
  7. Allen Robinson CHI
  8. Kenny Golladay DET
  9. Cooper Kupp LAR
  10. Chris Godwin TB

Tier Four

  1. Calvin Ridley ATL
  2. Golden Tate NYG
  3. D.J Moore CAR
  4. Mike Williams LAC
  5. Jarvis Landry CLE
  6. Will Fuller V HOU
  7. Marvin Jones Jr DET
  8. Tyrell Williams OAK
  9. Julian Edelman NE
  10. Larry Fitzgerald ARI
  11. Doug Baldwin SEA
  12. Courtland Sutton DEN
  13. Christian Kirk ARI
  14. Sammy Watkins KC
  15. Dede Westbrook JAX

Tier Five

  1. Sterling Shepard NYG
  2. Dante Pettis SF
  3. Robby Anderson NYJ
  4. Desean Jackson PHI
  5. Adam Humphries TEN
  6. Jamison Crowder NYJ
  7. Anthony Miller CHI
  8. Trequan Smith NO
  9. Albert Wilson MIA
  10. Devin Funchess IND
  11. James Washington PIT
  12. Randall Cobb DAL
  13. Antonio Callaway CLE
  14. Marquise Goodwin SF
  15. Demaryius Thomas NE
  16. Kenny Stills MIA
  17. Willie Snead BAL
  18. Cole Beasley BUF
  19. John Brown BUF
  20. Curtis Samuel CAR
  21. Mohamed Sanu ATL
  22. Quincy Enunwa NYJ
  23. Josh Doctson WAS
  24. Chris Conley JAX
  25. Keke Coutee HOU
  26. Nelson Agholor PHI
  27. Danny Amendola DET
  28. Michael Gallup DAL
  29. Taylor Gabriel CHI
  30. Paul Richardson WAS
  31. Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB
  32. John Ross CIN
  33. Robert Foster BUF
  34. Devante Parker MIA
  35. Donte Moncrief PIT

Tier Six

  1. Kendrick Bourne SF
  2. Taywan Taylor TEN
  3. Keelan Cole JAX
  4. David Moore SEA
  5. Cameron Meredith NO
  6. Marqise Lee JAX
  7. Chester Rogers IND
  8. Jakeem Grant MIA
  9. Zay Jones BUF
  10. Phillip Dorsett NE
  11. Josh Reynolds LAR
  12. Geronimo Allison GB
  13. Breshad Perriman TB
  14. Tajae Sharpe TEN
  15. Mike Wallace PHI
  16. Laquon Treadwell MIN
  17. Chris Moore BAL
  18. Travis Benjamin LAC
  19. Daesean Hamilton DEN
  20. Josh Gordon NE
  21. Equanimeous St. Brown GB
  22. Trey Quinn WAS
  23. Jake Kumerow GB
  24. Trent Taylor SF
  25. Rashard Higgins CLE
  26. Cordarrelle Patterson CHI
  27. Torrey Smith CAR
  28. Kevin White ARI
  29. Jordan Lasley BAL
  30. Ted Ginn Jr NO
  31. Chris Hogan CAR
  32. Dontrelle Inman IND

Tier Seven

  1. Mack Hollins PHI
  2. Tavon Austin DAL
  3. D.J Chark JAX
  4. Keith Kirkwood NO
  5. Justin Watson TB
  6. Keontay Burnett NYJ
  7. Tim Patrick DEN
  8. Braxton Berrios NE
  9. Allen Hurns DAL
  10. Ryan Switzer PIT
  11. Marcell Ateman OAK

Tier Eight

  1. Gehrig Dieter KC
  2. Zach Pascal IND
  3. Chad Williams ARI
  4. Bruce Ellington NE
  5. Alex Ericson CIN

Tier One Analysis

These four receivers are going to be your day-in, day-out studs at the position. They should never leave your lineup and can be expected to produce double digit points every single week. Hill’s big play ability is what lets him sneak into this tier, as he is a legitimate threat to score every time he touches the ball (ask any secondary that saw him last year). As for Adams, Hopkins, and Thomas they benefit from being the top receiver on their respective offense (by a long shot) and are nearly locks for 90-100 receptions, well over 1,000 yards receiving, and double digit receiving touchdowns. You’d be lucky to grab two of them if you land a late draft pick, should other teams in your league allow them to fall.

Tier Two Analysis

In this tier you have your mid to low end WR1’s. They’re all talented enough to crack Tier One but just happen to have some aspect that could hold them back. For Thielen and Diggs, as good as they are they hurt each other’s value with their talent. Rarely will there be a week where they both produce top-10 numbers at the position. Cooks and Hilton land here due to a few reasons. They’re a bit undersized, and while you could make the argument that Tyreek Hill suffers from the same issue, he benefits from having a hyper-aggressive gunslinger throwing him the ball. We expect Jared Goff and Andrew Luck to spread the ball around a lot this year with their surplus of weapons, and this could lead to some down weeks for Cooks and Hilton. With Allen and Cooper, they tend to struggle early on in the season, eventually coming on strong down the stretch. With Evans and Green, what you see is what you get, we know that they will have their monster games mixed with the games where their QB is colorblind. Beckham and Brown are elite talents who land just outside of Tier One due to concerns about their new landing spots (Beckham has to compete with Jarvis landry and Antonio Callaway for targets while Brown faces an uncertain QB situation in Oakland, as well as an offseason full of distractions). Smith-Schuster should see a similar output to last year, with the potential to put up even better numbers with Brown gone. Lastly, we have Julio Jones, normally a Tier One player his “touchdown problems” these past few seasons bump him down a tier for now, but we can guarantee that he will be a Tier One player again at some point.

Tier Three Analysis

This group falls just shy of WR1 territory, but they should almost always be included in your lineup week-in and week-out. We really love the upside of players like Godwin, Davis, Golladay, Lockett, and Boyd as they each showed signs of being future stars at times last season. They are all entering big years and should be motivated to rise to the occasion. As for Kupp and Woods, they should be productive in the high ceiling Rams offense. Jeffrey and Sanders land here due to a strong track record and a lack of competition for targets at their positions (for now).

Tier Four Analysis

This tier consists primarily of rising receivers and known commodoties. These guys will serve as your WR2 or Flex depending on the week, and should be valuable depth pieces on your roster in the case of injuries. Some stand-out names from this group include Calvin Ridley, Mike Williams, Jarvis Landry, and D.J Moore. Ridley benefitted from unprecedented touchdown numbers last season, so we have our doubts about him repeating his performance from last season. Williams and Moore are two guys who we see as major breakout candidates, thanks to their first-round pedigree, breakout games last season, and the departure of a starter on each of their teams (Tyrell Williams for LA and Devin Funchess for Carolina). Landry is a guy who we would normally place in Tier Three, but due to the addition of Odell Beckham to the offense in Cleveland, we think his high-volume of targets may take a hit.

Tier Five Analysis

This is a rather broad tier, consisting of guys who could potentially be flex plays at certain points during the season, but otherwise represent solid bench depth for standard rostering formats.

Tier Six Analysis

Most of these guys only really hold value on dynasty teams and injury/bye week decimated rosters.

Tier Seven Analysis

Keep around in dynasty leagues (maybe) but don’t expect much in standard leagues.

Tier Eight Analysis

Nah.

WR Rankings (ppr)

Tier One

  1. Davante Adams GB
  2. DeAndre Hopkins HOU
  3. Michael Thomas NO
  4. Tyreek Hill KC
  5. Julio Jones ATL

Tier Two

  1. Juju Smith-Schuster PIT
  2. Antonio Brown OAK
  3. Odell Beckham Jr CLE
  4. A.J Green CIN
  5. Keenan Allen LAC
  6. T.Y Hilton IND
  7. Mike Evans TB
  8. Adam Thielen MIN
  9. Amari Cooper DAL
  10. Robert Woods LAR
  11. Brandin Cooks LAR
  12. Stefon Diggs MIN

Tier Three

  1. Tyler Lockett SEA
  2. Tyler Boyd CIN
  3. Cooper Kupp LAR
  4. Golden Tate NYG
  5. Jarvis Landry CLE
  6. Chris Godwin TB
  7. Emmanuel Sanders DEN
  8. Julian Edelman NE
  9. Corey Davis TEN
  10. Alshon Jeffery PHI
  11. Kenny Golladay DET

Tier Four

  1. Calvin Ridley ATL
  2. Allen Robinson CHI
  3. Will Fuller V HOU
  4. Larry Fitzgerald ARI
  5. Marvin Jones Jr DET
  6. Tyrell Williams OAK
  7. Dede Westbrook JAX
  8. Christian Kirk ARI
  9. Sterling Shepard NYG
  10. Dante Pettis SF
  11. Courtland Sutton DEN
  12. Adam Humphries TEN
  13. Randall Cobb DAL
  14. Cole Beasley BUF
  15. Sammy Watkins KC
  16. Jamison Crowder NYJ
  17. James Washington PIT
  18. Doug Baldwin SEA
  19. Anthony Miller CHI
  20. Robby Anderson NYJ
  21. Desean Jackson PHI

Tier Five

  1. Devin Funchess IND
  2. Albert Wilson MIA
  3. Josh Doctson WAS
  4. Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB
  5. Quincy Enunwa NYJ
  6. John Brown BUF
  7. Trequan Smith NO
  8. Demaryius Thomas NE
  9. Willie Snead BAL
  10. Kenny Stills MIA
  11. Curtis Samuel CAR
  12. Danny Amendola DET
  13. Antonio Callaway CLE
  14. Marquise Goodwin SF
  15. Nelson Agholor PHI
  16. Chris Conley JAX
  17. Michael Gallup DAL
  18. Phillip Dorsett NE
  19. Zay Jones BUF
  20. Keke Coutee HOU
  21. Devante Parker MIA
  22. Marqise Lee JAX
  23. Paul Richardson WAS
  24. Cameron Meredith NO
  25. Kendrick Bourne SF
  26. Robert Foster BUF
  27. Donte Moncrief PIT
  28. Mohamed Sanu ATL
  29. Keelan Cole JAX
  30. Taylor Gabriel CHI
  31. John Ross CIN
  32. Chris Moore BAL
  33. Josh Reynolds LAR
  34. Taywan Taylor TEN
  35. Trey Quinn WAS
  36. David Moore SEA

Tier Six

  1. Laquon Treadwell MIN
  2. Travis Benjamin LAC
  3. Daesean Hamilton DEN
  4. Jakeem Grant MIA
  5. Jake Kumerow GB
  6. Chester Rogers IND
  7. Breshad Perriman TB
  8. Tajae Sharpe TEN
  9. Braxton Berrios NE
  10. Torrey Smith CAR
  11. Rashard Higgins CLE
  12. Mike Wallace PHI
  13. Keith Kirkwood NO
  14. Trent Taylor SF
  15. Equanimeous St. Brown GB
  16. Cordarrelle Patterson CHI
  17. Allen Hurns DAL

Tier Seven

  1. Ryan Switzer PIT
  2. Justin Watson TB
  3. D.J Chark JAX
  4. Geronimo Allison GB
  5. Marcell Ateman OAK
  6. Dontrelle Inman IND
  7. Josh Gordon NE
  8. Chris Hogan CAR
  9. Bruce Ellington NE
  10. Kevin White ARI
  11. Keontay Burnett NYJ
  12. Ted Ginn Jr NO
  13. Alex Ericson CIN

Tier Eight

  1. Tavon Austin DAL
  2. Tim Patrick DEN
  3. Gehrig Dieter KC
  4. Jordan Lasley BAL
  5. Zach Pascal IND
  6. Mack Hollins PHI
  7. Chad Williams ARI

Tier One Analysis

The only addition to this tier from standard to PPR is Jones, who is one of the most consistent receivers in PPR formats. Even if he continues to suffer from “touchdown problems”, his high volume of receptions in conjunction with his high output of yardage should make him a Tier One player.

Tier Two Analysis

This group remains virtually the same, as we know what to expect out of them for the most part with the exception of Woods who we see putting up a lot of receptions for LA this season.

Tier Three Analysis

This group remains the same for the most part, aside from Edelman and Tate joining the group. These two veterans are sneaky candidates to put up 100 + catches if they remain healthy all season. Likewise, they should benefit from having elderly quarterbacks checking down to them constantly on third downs (no offense to Tom and Eli, we still respect you guys).

Tier Four Analysis

Here we find a group that’s feeling a little “slotty. You’ll find a lot of PPR exclusive starters in this bunch, namely guys like Cole Beasley, Randall Cobb, Jamison Crowder, and Adam Humphries. Doug Baldwin’s stock takes a hit here due to his injury uncertainty and the low-volume passing offense employed by Seattle last season.

Tier Five Analysis

This group is compiled of mostly bench receivers/desperation flexes with the potential to break through as WR3s for your team. Keep these names in mind late in fantasy drafts.

Tier Six Analysis

I wouldn’t touch this group outside of Dynasty formats, at least to begin the season. There are some deep sleepers in this group though.

Tier Seven Analysis

Only viable options for desperate dynasty teams.

Tier Eight Analysis

Just don’t.

Names to watch

Michael Crabtree

Jermaine Kearse

Dez Bryant

T.J Jones

A.J Brown

Marquise Brown

Andy Isabella

Hakeem Butler

N’Keal Harry

D.K Metcalf

Kelvin Harmon

Deebo Samuel

Parris Campbell

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