2018 WR Rankings

Rankings assume a scoring of, rushing/receiving TD = 6 points, 10 yards rushing/receiving = 1 point, each reception = 1 point (PPR).

Tier 1 – Elite

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Deandre Hopkins
  3. Odell Beckham Jr.
  4. Julio Jones

With the elite RBs of Gurley, Bell, DJ, Zeke, etc. flying off the top of draft boards, you’re likely to only see the above four WRs taken in the first round. AB returns as the no-brainer consensus WR1 who offers both an unlimited ceiling and floor at his position and is arguably in his own tier by reeling in over 100 receptions in each of the last five seasons. Although “Nuk” Hopkins is unlikely to see (NFL-leading) 174 targets again this year, the return of fellow Clemson alum Deshaun Watson will help limit the amount of regression in his stats (13 TDs in 2017).

Tier 2 – Near-Elite

  1. Michael Thomas
  2. Keenan Allen
  3. A.J. Green
  4. Davante Adams
  5. T.Y. Hilton
  6. Mike Evans

Michael Thomas is a dominant separator and route-runner per advanced stats and is right there with the Tier 1 receivers and is a steal in Round 2. People forget T.Y. Hilton led the league in receiving yards in 2016, and with Luck (seemingly) looking healthy again, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him finish as a Top 5 WR again.

Tier 3 – Excellent

  1. Stefon Diggs
  2. Larry Fitzgerald
  3. Amari Cooper
  4. Doug Baldwin
  5. Adam Thielen
  6. Tyreek Hill
  7. Demaryius Thomas
  8. Jarvis Landry

Ageless Larry Fitz quietly finished as the WR4 in PPR scoring last year with the likes of Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert throwing him the ball, but like TB12, it’s impossible to tell when father time will finally catch up to him. Cooper is a huge bounce-back candidate with Gruden now calling the shots for the Raiders and is already turning heads in training camp. Unlike most experts, I like Diggs over Thielen as he ranks as one of the best route runners in the league and is already showing great rapport with Kirk Cousins by connecting with him three times (including a TD) on three targets in the Vikings opening drive of the preseason.

Tier 4 – Very Good

  1. Allen Robinson II
  2. Marvin Jones Jr.
  3. Alshon Jeffery
  4. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  5. Brandin Cooks
  6. Golden Tate

Tier 5 – Good

  1. Corey Davis
  2. Chris Hogan
  3. Sammy Watkins
  4. Josh Gordon
  5. Michael Crabtree
  6. Cooper Kupp

Tier 6 – Solid Reserves

  1. Julian Edelman
  2. Emmanuel Sanders
  3. Randall Cobb
  4. Robert Woods
  5. Marquise Goodwin
  6. Robby Anderson
  7. Jamison Crowder
  8. Sterling Shepard
  9. DeVante Parker
  10. Will Fuller V

Tier 7 – End of Bench

  1. Pierre Garcon
  2. Devin Funchess
  3. Kelvin Benjamin
  4. Kenny Stills
  5. Marqise Lee
  6. Jordy Nelson
  7. Chris Godwin
  8. Allen Hurns
  9. Nelson Agholor
  10. Rishard Matthews

Tier 8 – Late-Round Fliers

  1. D.J. Moore
  2. Cameron Meredith
  3. Josh Doctson
  4. Kenny Golladay
  5. Mike Williams
  6. Tyler Lockett
  7. Mohamed Sanu
  8. Anthony Miller
  9. Dez Bryant
  10. Calvin Ridley
  11. Michael Gallup
  12. Dede Westbrook
  13. John Ross
  14. Keelan Cole
  15. Ryan Grant

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