Chet Gresham Fantasy Rankings - Wide Receiver

Published 3/22/2017 12:00 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 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. 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.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. 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.

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. 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.

  • 8. 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.

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

    Thomas is the better all-around receiver between himself and Brandin Cooks, but both fit this offense well and choosing between the two could be perilous. I'm going with Thomas, as he ended up with better stats than Cooks as a rookie and should only improve.

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

    Hopefully, Nuk gets more and better targets this season, but we can longer consider him a lock after his poor 2016. We know his ability is off the charts and the Texans must get more from him to contend.

  • 11. 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.

  • 12. 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.

  • 13. 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.

  • 14. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills. Bye: 10.

    Watkins has all the ability in the world, but of course, his injury history is a real concern. At this point in a fantasy draft, I think it's worth grabbing him if he falls though.

  • 15. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Bye: 4.

    Jeffery has Top-10 skill, but Top-500 health. Now on a "prove it" deal in Philadelphia, he should get better targets than he would have with Mike Glennon at the helm, but the Eagles also have a lot of mouths to feed. Overall, I like Jeffery's ability and upgrade at quarterback enough to still be bullish on his upside.

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