2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers 11-20
These 2018 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers Rankings will be updated often throughout the spring and summer, so make sure you check back from time to time. Also, be sure to check out my other 2018 Fantasy Football articles, which will include sleepers, busts, tons of 2018 Fantasy Football mock drafts and other material. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers. Bye: 7. JULY 10 UPDATE: JuJu Smith-Schuster is projected to have 100-plus targets this year, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Smith-Schuster was a monster to close out the 2017 campaign, logging four or more receptions in his final seven games. The Steelers will have to throw a ton in 2018 because their defense is abysmal, so 100-plus targets is very realistic for Smith-Schuster.
JuJu Smith-Schuster had numerous brilliant moments as a rookie, ultimately catching 58 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith-Schuster, just 21, figures to be a more consistent player with experience next season. His production should increase, especially with Martavis Bryant gone.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 83 catches. 1,200 yards. 9 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 179.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 262.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts. Bye: 9. JULY 30 UPDATE: In his first padded practice, Andrew Luck was 12-of-14 in 11-on-11 situations, and one of the incompletions was a dropped touchdown. And yes, he was throwing NFL-sized balls. We still need to see Luck in real-game action, but this is great news for his fantasy outlook. T.Y. Hilton obviously needs a bump as well.
JULY 25 UPDATE: Colts head coach Frank Reich said he expects Andrew Luck to play in the preseason opener. This is quite the shock; Luck was ready for training camp, but I didn't expect him to see game action so soon. This is obviously very encouraging for both him and T.Y. Hilton.
JULY 21 UPDATE: Andrew Luck has been completely cleared for training camp, which is great news for T.Y. Hilton. Last year, Hilton was very inconsistent, so Luck's return is a huge boon for his fantasy outlook.
T.Y. Hilton failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since his rookie year. Despite Andrew Luck's absence throughout all of 2017, Hilton still accumulated 966 receiving yards. He'll be back to his pre-2017 form if Luck returns to the field, though there is heavy risk with him.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 80 catches. 1,250 yards. 8 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 178.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 258.
Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers. Bye: 5. JUNE 23 UPDATE: Jameis Winston has been suspended for three games. Mike Evans should be fine with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, but he should be getting a slight downgrade in the rankings.
Mike Evans had a very disappointing year, yet he still eclipsed 1,000 yards and scored five touchdowns. Evans looked like he wasn't trying half the time, but he finished strong - 16 catches, 241 yards in his final three games - and so he could be a bounce back next year as a buy-low option.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 88 catches. 1,220 yards. 8 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 175.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 263.
Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders. Bye: 7. AUG. 25 UPDATE: Amari Cooper caught only one pass against the Packers, but he was on the field for just a handful of plays. Cooper made it count, reeling in a 49-yard bomb. With Oakland's offense improving, Cooper is a solid fantasy option if he can stay healthy for once.
It's amazing that nearly a third of Amari Cooper's yards in 2017 came in one game, which was the Thursday night affair versus the Chiefs in which he caught 11 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. This was Cooper's worst season by a long shot, so he's a great buy-low option now that he's healthy. With a better coaching staff in place, Cooper could have his best season yet.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 81 catches. 1,180 yards. 8 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 174.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 255.
Will Fuller, WR, Texans. Bye: 10. JULY 29 UPDATE: In an attempt to improve durability, Will Fuller has bulked up to 185 pounds. Fuller has been in the weight room frequently, according to team reporter Aaron Wilson, who said Fuller looks as explosive as ever. With Deshaun Watson also working like a mad man this offseason, Fuller seems poised for a huge year.
Will Fuller played four games with Deshaun Watson. In those four contests, in which Fuller wasn't completely healthy, he caught 13 passes for 279 yards and seven touchdowns. Watson will have more experience next year, and with an entire offseason to work with Fuller, the two should have a stronger connection. Fuller is in contention to have high-end WR2 status this season.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 67 catches. 1,060 yards. 9 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 168.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 235.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals. Bye: 9.
Larry Fitzgerald has eclipsed 100 receptions in three consecutive seasons. Carson Palmer has retired, but he could still get to four in a row, as Fitzgerald has been very productive with terrible quarterbacks in the past. Thus, I wouldn't be concerned about Sam Bradford's health, especially with Josh Rosen in the fold.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 101 catches. 1,120 yards. 6 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 148.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 249.
Marvin Jones, WR, Lions. Bye: 6.
Marvin Jones struggled in the first month of the season, but caught fire down the stretch, either accumulating 60 receiving yards or catching a touchdown in 11 of his final 12 games. He finished with 61 receptions for 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns. Just 28 in March, Jones is still in his prime and should continue to perform on a high level.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 60 catches. 1,060 yards. 7 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 148.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 208.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns. Bye: 11. AUG. 24 UPDATE: Jarvis Landry saw a whopping eight targets in the opening half versus the Eagles. He caught three balls for 23 yards, but could have drawn some interference flags in the end zone. Landry is going to have a great PPR fantasy year.
Despite all the talk that DeVante Parker was going to emerge as Jay Cutler's favorite weapon this past season, Jarvis Landry was the one who had the big season, logging a career-high 112 receptions. Cutler's incompetence meant that those 112 catches turned into just 987 yards, but Landry did score nine touchdowns. Landry doesn't have a great outlook with Tyrod Taylor as his quarterbacks, but he's still going to be a monster in PPR formats.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 108 catches. 1,110 yards. 6 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 147.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 255.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos. Bye: 10. AUG. 25 UPDATE: Case Keenum loved throwing to Adam Thielen out of the slot last year, so it shouldn't be surprising that he has preferred Denver's slot receiver as well. Emmanuel Sanders once again led the Broncos in targets, seeing eight balls at Washington. Sanders did plenty with those targets. He converted a third-and-14 by finding an open space, then hauled in a diving, 33-yard catch. He later scored a touchdown on an end-around. Sanders caught four balls for 61 yards to go along with a 27-yard rushing touchdown in one half of action. I'd rather have Sanders than Demaryius Thomas (2 catches, 13 yards) at this point.
AUG. 19 UPDATE: Case Keenum loved throwing to Adam Thielen last year, and it appears as though his new favorite target is Emmanuel Sanders. He targeted Sanders six times in this game, double that of anyone else. Sanders caught half of the passes thrown to him for 27 yards.
Emmanuel Sanders was a huge disappointment in 2017, logging 47 receptions for 555 yards and two touchdowns in an injury-ravaged season. Sanders is a good bet to bounce back next year if he can stay healthy.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 88 catches. 1,160 yards. 5 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 146.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 234.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers. Bye: 11. AUG. 19 UPDATE: There were reports that Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target in training camp has been Marquise Goodwin, and the second preseason game affirmed those beliefs. Goodwin led the starters in targets with three, and he caught all of the passes thrown to him for 61 yards - all in just a quarter of action.
AUG. 15 UPDATE: Marquise Goodwin has "clearly" been Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner. This isn't the first time we've heard this, so Goodwin's stock should continue to point up. At this point, his durability is the only concern.
Marquise Goodwin was terrific down the stretch, accumulating at least 68 receiving yards in six of his final eight games. He and Jimmy Garoppolo showed great chemistry together, with Goodwin even posting a 10-114 line against the Titans. Goodwin comes with some risk, however, as he has battled injuries throughout his career. Keep in mind that Pierre Garcon will take some targets away. Still, Goodwin is not a bad option in the double-digit rounds.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Stats: 74 catches. 1,090 yards. 6 total TDs.
Projected 2018 Fantasy Points: 145.
Projected 2018 PPR Fantasy Points: 219.