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Wide Receiver Draft Rankings - Standard Scoring


The first pick in fantasy drafts is always the elite running back. Whether it be in PPR leagues or standard, this is the case and for good reason. It is important to have an elite running back when they are available. But this doesn’t mean you should forget about the wide receiver position.

Sure, it is good to build up your depth at the running back position. They are more likely to get hurt and therefore need to be replaced more often. Don’t forget though, you normally play more wide receivers in your lineup. This is somewhat mitigated in standard leagues as the values are much closer, but the new standard for leagues is three WR and two RB.

One good thing about the receiver position is the depth you can acquire even in later rounds. Whereas running backs may be more of a flier in late rounds, a player like David Moore or Hunter Renfrow has an easier path to be valuable. Especially on bad teams who will need to pass to catch up in games. Let us now take a look at the standard tier rankings at Rotoballer.com and highlight some players to consider, or maybe not in some of those tiers - both early-round studs and late-round prayers.

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Updated Fantasy Football Rankings - Wide Receivers

Below are RotoBaller's consensus staff rankings for the 2019 fantasy football season. These rankings are compiled by Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Scott Engel, Bill Dubiel, Dominick Petrillo and Spencer Aguiar.

In case you missed it, our very own "Big Pick Nick" Mariano was the #11 overall most accurate industry expert ranker for the 2018 season, and #9 overall in 2017. Additionally, industry legend Scott Engel recently joined the RotoBaller team and provides his insights as well. Scott is an FSWA Hall Of Famer and award winner.

Position Rank Overall Rank Player Name Position Tier Overall Tier
1 5 Davante Adams 1 1
2 7 Julio Jones 1 1
3 8 DeAndre Hopkins 1 1
4 9 Odell Beckham Jr. 1 1
5 11 Tyreek Hill 1 2
6 13 JuJu Smith-Schuster 2 2
7 14 Michael Thomas 2 2
8 18 Mike Evans 2 2
9 23 Antonio Brown 2 3
10 25 Keenan Allen 3 3
11 27 Stefon Diggs 3 3
12 31 Adam Thielen 3 3
13 33 Brandin Cooks 3 3
14 34 Julian Edelman 3 4
15 39 Amari Cooper 3 4
16 41 Robert Woods 3 4
17 45 Chris Godwin 4 4
18 46 T.Y. Hilton 4 4
19 47 Tyler Lockett 4 4
20 50 Cooper Kupp 4 4
21 51 Tyler Boyd 4 4
22 52 Kenny Golladay 4 5
23 54 Allen Robinson 4 5
24 55 D.J. Moore 4 5
25 56 Alshon Jeffery 4 5
26 59 Mike Williams 4 5
27 61 Calvin Ridley 4 5
28 69 A.J. Green 5 5
29 70 Jarvis Landry 5 5
30 71 Josh Gordon 5 6
31 72 Robby Anderson 5 6
32 78 Corey Davis 5 6
33 79 Sammy Watkins 5 6
34 80 Marvin Jones 5 6
35 81 Sterling Shepard 5 6
36 84 Curtis Samuel 5 6
37 89 Dante Pettis 5 6
38 92 Will Fuller 6 7
39 95 Christian Kirk 6 7
40 97 Dede Westbrook 6 7
41 100 Emmanuel Sanders 6 7
42 101 Geronimo Allison 6 7
43 104 Michael Gallup 6 7
44 106 Donte Moncrief 6 7
45 108 Tyrell Williams 6 7
46 111 Larry Fitzgerald 6 8
47 112 Courtland Sutton 6 8
48 114 Marquez Valdes-Scantling 6 8
49 117 Anthony Miller 7 8
50 120 Keke Coutee 7 8
51 123 DeSean Jackson 7 8
52 129 Golden Tate 7 8
53 131 Kenny Stills 7 9
54 136 Daesean Hamilton 7 9
55 137 Albert Wilson 7 9
56 139 D.K. Metcalf 7 9
57 140 John Brown 7 9
58 141 James Washington 7 9
59 144 N'Keal Harry 7 9
60 146 Jamison Crowder 7 9
61 147 Devin Funchess 7 9
62 148 Tre'Quan Smith 7 9
63 151 Robert Foster 7 9
64 156 Adam Humphries 8 10
65 157 Quincy Enunwa 8 10
66 160 Mohamed Sanu 8 10
67 167 Trey Quinn 8 10
68 168 Marquise Goodwin 8 10
69 172 Mecole Hardman 8 10
70 177 Deebo Samuel 8 11
71 178 Rashard Higgins 8 11
72 179 Zay Jones 8 11
73 181 Devante Parker 8 11
74 182 Randall Cobb 8 11
75 185 Ted Ginn 8 11
76 189 Marquise Brown 9 11
77 191 Parris Campbell 9 11
78 195 Terry McLaurin 9 11
79 200 Travis Benjamin 9 11
80 203 Jaron Brown 9 11
81 207 Taylor Gabriel 9 11
82 212 John Ross 9 11
83 213 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 9 12
84 215 Andy Isabella 9 12
85 217 Cole Beasley 9 12
86 218 Chad Beebe 9 12
87 220 Nelson Agholor 9 12
88 223 D.J. Chark 9 12
89 226 Miles Boykin 10 12
90 228 A.J. Brown 10 12
91 230 David Moore 10 12
92 232 Paul Richardson 10 12
93 233 Marqise Lee 10 12
94 240 Antonio Callaway 10 12
95 241 Danny Amendola 10 12
96 244 Brice Butler 10 13
97 245 Willie Snead 10 13
98 247 Josh Reynolds 10 13
99 249 Demaryius Thomas 10 13
100 251 Deon Cain 10 13
101 256 Equanimeous St. Brown 11 13
102 257 Phillip Dorsett 11 13
103 258 Cordarrelle Patterson 11 13
104 261 Breshad Perriman 11 13
105 263 Emmanuel Butler 11 13
106 268 Michael Crabtree 11 13
107 269 Jakobi Meyers 11 13
108 270 Hunter Renfrow 11 13
109 272 Maurice Harris 11 13
110 278 Jalen Hurd 11 14
111 283 Demarcus Robinson 12 14
112 284 Chris Conley 12 14
113 286 Josh Doctson 12 14
114 290 Keelan Cole 12 14
115 291 Trent Sherfield 12 14
116 292 Justin Watson 12 14
117 295 Chris Hogan 12 14
118 299 Trent Taylor 12 14
119 313 Keesean Johnson 13 15
120 314 Preston Williams 13 15
121 316 Ryan Switzer 13 15
122 320 Bennie Fowler 13 15
123 321 Diontae Johnson 13 15
124 322 Keith Kirkwood 13 15
125 324 Kelvin Harmon 13 15
126 325 Cody Latimer 13 15
127 330 Tavon Austin 13 15
128 332 Hakeem Butler 13 15
129 333 Emanuel Hall 13 15
130 336 Taywan Taylor 13 15
131 341 Jarius Wright 13 15
132 345 Seth Roberts 13 15
133 354 Alex Erickson 13 16
134 356 Chris Moore 13 16
135 367 Russell Shepard 14 16
136 372 Riley Ridley 14 16
137 379 J.J. Nelson 14 16
138 382 Jordan Matthews 14 16
139 385 Tim Patrick 14 17
140 387 Andre Roberts 14 17
141 389 Jakeem Grant 14 17
142 391 Darius Slayton 14 17
143 399 Kendrick Bourne 14 17
144 402 Juwann Winfree 14 17
145 404 Braxton Berrios 14 17
146 406 Jake Kumerow 14 17
147 409 Torrey Smith 14 17
148 416 Auden Tate 14 17
149 417 Chester Rogers 14 17
150 418 Allen Hurns 14 17
151 419 Stanley Morgan Jr. 14 17
152 424 Marcell Ateman 14 18
153 428 Keelan Doss 14 18
154 429 Dontrelle Inman 14 18
155 430 Deandre Carter 14 18
156 431 Aldrick Robinson 14 18
157 440 Ryan Grant 14 18
158 441 Gary Jennings 14 18
159 444 Cameron Meredith 14 18
160 447 Austin Carr 14 18
161 451 Laquon Treadwell 14 18
162 453 J'mon Moore 14 18
163 454 Isaiah McKenzie 14 18
164 458 Richie James 14 18
165 460 Jazz Ferguson 14 18
166 464 Cody Core 14 18
167 466 Scott Miller 14 18
168 467 Greg Dortch 14 18
169 468 Byron Pringle 14 18
170 470 Mack Hollins 14 18
171 481 Josh Malone 14 18
172 482 Justin Hardy 14 18
173 483 Deontay Burnett 14 19
174 484 Josh Bellamy 14 19
175 490 Tajae Sharpe 14 19
176 495 Noah Brown 14 19
177 497 Dylan Cantrell 14 19
178 498 Lil'jordan Humphrey 14 19
179 502 Brandon Powell 14 19
180 503 Eli Rogers 14 19
181 506 Zach Pascal 14 19
182 507 Damion Ratley 14 19
183 508 Chad Williams 14 19
184 513 Charles Johnson 14 19
185 514 Daurice Fountain 14 19
186 515 Marvin Hall 14 19

 

Tier One

There are only two players listed in tier one for the consensus ranks on Rotoballer.com. The first is DeAndre Hopkins and the second is Davante Adams.

Both are incredible players and should be the top two wide receivers in all formats for 2019. You will also be forced to take a mid-first-round pick if you want to get them. And you should be willing to do just this in your draft. With players like Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon holding out, Adams and Hopkins are both safer options when it is your turn to pick one or the other.

No matter which one you pick you cannot go wrong in this debate. Both are set to get monster workloads in their respective offenses and should be over 1,400 yards with double-digit touchdown receptions.

If you are looking for even the tiniest of tiebreakers the Green Bay offense should be somewhat better, so the slight edge goes to Davante Adams. But really, don’t agonize. Just close your eyes and choose. You will be happy either way.

Julio Jones is a stud and clearly the leader of this group. He will be close to the league lead in yardage and if he can recover some touchdowns with Dirk Koetter, he could easily finish among Adams and Hopkins in a tier above.

Tyrek Hill is another matter. He is a big-play receiver for sure. But if some of those big plays don't hit, he will bust based on rising ADP. Yes, yards are more important than receptions in standard leagues. But only having 75 receptions limits the upside of Hill. Although ranked in the consensus at WR4, there are many players below him who I would be more comfortable in taking at the same range.

 

Tier Two

Juju Smith-Schuster and Mike Evans, in the same tier, have the same potential for yardage and touchdowns and provide higher of a floor. If you are looking in this tier, it is hard to go wrong. But be wary of the man in Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes is set to regress a bit, and this means so are his weapons.

 

Tier Three

Two of the three receivers in the Rams offense reside in this tier. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks will again have great seasons in Los Angeles. Even with Cooper Kupp back, the offense is explosive enough to have all of them finish in the top 20.

A big player to talk about in this tier is Julian Edelman. Some may think he takes a hit with the addition of Josh Gordon. But their games are totally different. Not only is Gordon a big-bodied downfield receiver but he will also draw coverages away from Edelman making it even easier for Tom Brady to find his favorite target. If he can get some open looks and gain yardage after the catch instead of employing the fire department motto of stop, drop and roll Edelman could find a huge amount of value in standard leagues to go along with his massive value in PPR formats.

The safest players in this tier are probably the teammates in Minnesota. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen could cannibalize each other a bit. But even so they can still finish top-15 for your fantasy team. Both should have over 1,000 and should also reel in eight to 10 touchdowns. Kirk Cousins was not great last season. But with 30 touchdown passes he wasn’t bad either. In the second season together, all three of these players could take a further step up in production.

 

Tier Four

On the other hand, you have a player like T.Y. Hilton who is going to finish far worse than expected without Andrew Luck around.

There are many receivers to like in this tier but two stand out because of their opportunity.

Tyler Boyd in Cincinnati is going to be the man. A.J. Green is out for who knows how long. Tyler Eiffert can’t stay healthy either. This means whether by hook or by crook, Tyler Boyd will be force-fed the ball. The offensive line is just that. Offensive. This could and should limit the amount of run being given to Joe Mixon until they can figure this out. This means a big season, or at least start to the year should be in the cards for Tyler Boyd.

 

Tier Five

A lot of potential in this tier but not much actual production just yet from several young players. Some could break out, but figuring out who is the tricky part.

Robby Anderson and Sam Darnold had a strong connection during the final month of 2018. Anderson was the WR6 over this time. With a full offseason of work this relationship is only going to grow. Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder are alright as underneath guys. But the big plays are going to go to Robby Anderson, and he should be a solid target in drafts.

With players like Josh Gordon, Corey Davis, Sterling Shepard and Curtis Samuel we have players who have been getting buzz this offseason. Add to this guy like Sammy Watkins and Dante Pettis and this tier is like AA baseball. They all look like the next big thing, but they need some work to pan out. If Josh Gordon is back and has his head on, he may have the highest upside. But he also clearly has the lowest floor for obvious reasons. Sammy Watkins is also intriguing if he remains on the field in the high-powered Chiefs offense.

All of these players could be worth a spot on your roster. But don’t go and overpay for any of them. Let them fall to you and take the one who presents the best value in the middle rounds as your WR3 or WR4.

 

Tier Six

There are two good answers when it comes to who to draft in this tier. The first is Dede Westbrook. The second is, whoever is the number two in Green Bay. My leaning is MVS and this would be my choice. But if you are drafting next week, it would be good to wait for the team reports to make sure.

As for Westbrook, he is the number one receiver in the Jacksonville offense. This may not seem like much, but all teams have to throw. At least they've upgraded their QB position somewhat. Plus, Nick Foles threw 40% of his passes last season to the slot receiver. Westbrook played over 90% of his snaps in the slot in 2018. This will be a match made in heaven. Or Duvall County which is far different than heaven. If there is a receiver this low in the rankings who could jump multiple tiers, it is Westbrook. By this time next season, he could be talked about as a top-30 receiver.

 

The Rest

There are a few guys later to also look at. As stated, the wide receiver position has a lot of talent and this is good as you use more of them on a weekly basis than any other position. Saying this let’s take a look at a couple of names later in drafts to keep an eye on.

David Moore is dealing with a shoulder right now. But when he comes back, he will be the number two receiver in Seattle. Everyone is in love with D.K. Metcalf, but rookie receivers do not usually do a whole lot. David Moore had some big plays with Russell Wilson last season and with Doug Baldwin gone and Tyler Lockett set for some regression, he could take a big step up.

Another player to keep an eye on is the “man” in Baltimore. I know the team is going to run but all teams need to throw some. This could lead to a late-round flier on Willie Snead having a chance to work out for you. Mark Andrews is a good sleeper tight end but the other player who had somewhat of a rapport with Lamar Jackson was Snead. This is more of a play in deeper leagues as none of the wide receivers should be drafted otherwise for the Ravens. But in deep 16-team leagues, or leagues with deep benches. Snead is worth a stash.

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