Chet Gresham Fantasy Rankings - Wide Receiver



Published 8/15/2017 1:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 1. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants. Bye: 8.

    The No. 1 wide receiver this coming season will likely come from Beckham, Antonio Brown, Mike Evans or Julio Jones once again. Beckham is the young gun of the group with plenty to prove still. I'm going to look to him as the highest-upside wide receiver of the year, but it's no doubt close.

  • 2. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    Brown had a down year for him, but there wasn't much room for him to exceed his previous three fantasy finishes. He's still easily in the top-wide receiver conversation and even the top-overall-pick conversation, as the Steelers' offense should remain strong.

  • 3. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    Jones is the best receiver in the league when healthy, but continues to go down with injuries. They are frequent enough that I'm dropping him a bit from where he should be picked.


  • 4. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers. Bye: 6.

    Evans was a consistent touchdown scorer last season and should continue to be that for the Buccaneers this year as they will continue to search for play-makers on offense.

  • 5. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers. Bye: 4.

    Nelson was one of the most reliable receivers in the league this season, and despite age creeping up on him, I expect Aaron Rodgers will keep the touchdowns flowing in 2017.

  • 6. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Bye: 9.

    Green's injuries are becoming a pain in the butt for his fantasy backers, but we still can see that he has plenty of ability when healthy.


  • 7. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints. Bye: 5.

    Thomas gets a bump because Brandin Cooks was shipped off to the northeast. Ted Ginn won't get the targets Cooks saw, so Thomas should easily be the top target getter on a prolific passing offense.

  • 8. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    Bryant is in the wrong offense to put up huge numbers, but will continue to see good touchdown opportunities and should be efficient when he does get targets with so much attention going toward Ezekiel Elliott.

  • 9. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts. Bye: 10.

    Hilton continues to show that a home dome and Andrew Luck as his quarterback is enough to keep him near the top each year in fantasy. That should continue this coming season as well.


  • 10. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks. Bye: 5.

    Baldwin doesn't get the targets I wish he would, but he sure is good when he gets them. If Russell Wilson had been healthy all last season, I think Baldwin would have finished higher, and I will take a shot at him again this year.

  • 11. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders. Bye: 10.

    Cooper has a nice young quarterback, but has yet to reach his upside as a receiver. He's not used in the red zone like his counterpart Michael Crabtree, which hurts, but Cooper is the no-doubt No. 1 receiver in Oakland and will begin to take on a bigger work load.

  • 12. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars. Bye: 5.

    Robinson wasn't very good last season, but Blake Bortles was worse. Again, like Nuk Hopkins, I'm going with talent here and still feel that Robinson will perform in what should be a more diverse offense this year.


  • 13. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans. Bye: 9.

    Deshaun Watson is of course a green rookie, but he - and your uncle Jeff - can throw the ball better than Brock Osweiler. Watson should rely on DeAndre Hopkins this season and help him come back to form.

  • 14. Terrelle Pryor, WR, Redskins. Bye: 9.

    Pryor gets a big bump at quarterback with Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball and should also be the No. 1 receiver with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson out of town. I love Pryor's upside in this offense and will be targeting him in 2017.

  • 15. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos. Bye: 11.

    The Broncos won't get Tony Romo and seem content with their disastrous duo at quarterback for now. That leaves me cold on D.T.'s upside this year.


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