Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller
- Sean Koerner ranks the top fantasy football wide receivers into tiers for best ball.
- He explains his strategy at WR and when to target certain pass catchers.
The week-to-week production can be quite volatile, but ultimately, it’s a very predictable position. That’s why it’s key to have seven or eight WRs. The extra depth is also good considering it’s the only position that requires three slots each week. Not to mention that if you end up strong at WR, it’ll be heavily used as your flex.
I typically snag WRs as they fall further down the draft than they should. Other positions see sharp drop-offs at certain points in my projections, but it’s more of a steady decline at WR. That’s why you’ll see much bigger tiers and more disagreement among expert rankings. These factors make it much easier when you follow my advice of letting the draft come to you and to dictate which WRs fall to your team.
Let’s dig in.
Note: For scoring and ADP purposes, I will be referencing DRAFT.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
You hardly see any debate as to who the top QB/RB/TE is heading into 2019. That’s not the case for WR. Some days I wake up leaning Hopkins, other days I lean Adams. The fact is, you really can’t go wrong with either.
Both are truly elite WRs who have proven to be QB-proof.
It’s easy to forget, but Hopkins still put up elite WR1 numbers with Tom Savage and T.J. Yates throwing him the ball in 2017 — a feat that made Hopkins an instant fantasy football legend in my book. Adams did the same, catching passes from Brett Hundley that same season, an equally impressive feat.
But today I lean toward Adams as the top WR to draft.
Aaron Rodgers played hurt last season, throwing only 25 touchdown passes, and Adams still managed to tie Hopkins in fantasy points. You have to imagine that Rodgers’ TD passes will only go up, meaning the rise in tide will lift all boats, giving Adams even more TD potential.
Hopkins will also have a healthy Keke Coutee and Will Fuller heading into 2019. If both stay healthy, it’ll only mean Hopkins will see fewer targets.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
Any one of these WRs could be the first taken, and it wouldn’t feel like a reach. I’m happy to take any of the four if they fall to me mid-Round 2.
Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brown is a bit of a question mark heading into 2019.