WR Rankings for 2019 NFL Fantasy Football

WR Rankings for 2019 NFL Fantasy Football

This is arguably the deepest wide receiver class we have ever seen in fantasy football. The top 24 guys feel like absolute locks at WR1 & WR2. However, the top 10 all have enough upside to finish as the best receiver in fantasy football.

So, what does this mean for your draft strategy this season? It means you can get a legitimate number one WR, with WR1 upside as late as the first pick in the third round. We have guys with WR2 grades available as late as pick 63! So if scarcity doesn’t exist at WR, and we know it doesn’t exist at QB/TE focus the majority of your early picks where scarcity does exist. We want to 3 of our first 4 picks to be RB’s.

For example: using current ADP and drafting at pick 7: we would draft Le’Veon Bell in round 1, Mike Evans in round 2, Devonta Freeman in round 3, Mark Ingram in round 4, Chris Godwin in round 5, and Miles Sanders in round 6. With this strategy you are essentially done (aside from a late round sleeper) at RB, the scarcest position, by round 6. Now we are just adding depth at receiver, and targeting our QB1 and TE1 in rounds 7-12.

top 60 nfl wr rankings for 2019 fantasy football

There are still loads of team’s WR1’s on the board in round 7: Robby Anderson, Sterling Shepard, Alshon Jeffery, Allen Robinson. As well as some number 2 receivers on high-end offenses: Will Fuller, N’Keal Harry, Geronimo Allison, Marvin Jones.

Marvin Jones is going in round 11 and he was WR7 in 2017, and WR28 in what was a disaster of a year for the Lions offense last season. We can give more than a dozen examples like this at the WR position, but you are going to struggle to find any value past round 8 at RB.

So with so much value, available so late into the draft, how do you make sense of it all? Our WR rankings include our rank, the player’s current ADP, and a relevant note for their 2019 draft value.

Rankings updated on 7/21/2019.

Top 60 WR Rankings for 2019 NFL Fantasy Football Season

HR RankWide ReceiverADPSoSAdditional Notes
1Davante Adams227Was 2nd in NFL in targets and WR1 in fantasy PPG. Cobb and his 7 targets per game are gone, Graham is another year older, they didn’t add a WR this offseason, so it’s looking more and more like Adams may lead the league in targets this season.
2DeAndre Hopkins111Hopkins is the best receiver in football. He was a superstar when Tom Savage was his QB, and now that Watson is giving him consistent QB play he looks unstoppable. He was WR1 last year, WR2 in 2017, and Texans addressed (somewhat) the offensive line issues.
3Tyreek Hill2332He is undeniably a top 3 WR pick if not for the off-field nonsense. He will be suspended, but whether he is WR26 or WR13 will depend on whether it’s a 8 game or 4 game suspension. 8 top 10 WR weeks in 2018, which is a crazy number.
4Julio Jones47Julio finished WR4 despite not scoring until week 9. He went on to score 8 in final 9, but still just barely scratched the surface. Koetter spent the last few seasons getting destroyed by Julio so trust us, he will get plenty of red zone targets in 2019.
5Michael Thomas316Thomas has been WR6 each of the last two seasons and is arguably the safest pick at the position. As crazy as it sounds, he needs more targets. He caught 125 of 147 targets last season for an 85% catch rate, the next highest for a guy over 86 targets was 72.9%… that. is. insanity.
6Mike Evans818Given 240 targets leaving this offseason, if Evans, Godwin, and Howard don’t all have career years it will be a massive failure by either Arians, Winston, or both. Evans was WR3 in 2016 and was WR6 last year. Not sure how he moves any lower given project targets number.
7Odell Beckham Jr523We may be too quick to jump to the conclusion that Mayfield > Eli so 2019 OBJ > 2017-2018 OBJ. A lot of talent on this roster, OBJ has been hurt a ton, and he and Mayfield have the combined maturity/temperament of a 10 year old so may be conflict again at some point.
8JuJu Smith-Schuster630Yes, we are taking JuJu over AB this year. We have Brown projected for more targets, but Juju has massive advantage with both QB and system. Juju trailed Brown by less than 3 PPG, w/ a higher catch rate and higher yards per target and yards per reception.
9Antonio Brown731Has averaged 12 TD’s per season over last 5 and could get back to 180 targets this season. Tyrell Williams is big play guy, Hunter Renfrow is a victory cigar, and hard to trust rookie RB. Brown is going to line up everywhere and get as many targets as he can handle.
10Keenan Allen1129Had a slow start to 2018 and never caught up despite 5 TD’s in last 7 games. Still, double digit targets in 5 games including a 19 target game in week 13 reminds us why he remains an elite PPR fantasy receiver.
11A.J. Green1326Injury ruined 2018, but was still extremely productive when active… his 18.5 fantasy PPG put him at WR10 and he score in double figures in 6 of 8 games.
12Adam Thielen910Our top 4 receivers has not changed, but we are cycling OBJ/Evans/Thielen up and down in this second tier. Hard not to love Thielen this year, he was WR7 last year despite the issues Cousins and the O-Line had.
13Chris Godwin2018If you are a loyal Hello Rookie reader you know how we feel about this man. We are all in on Godwin. He has the size, talent, and will finally have the role w/ Humphries and Jackson both gone. Was WR25 with just 95 targets in 2018, he will get to 135 in 2019.
14Amari Cooper125Was clearly more effective in Dallas, but consistency was still an issue. Scored more than 2 points in only 2 of 6 games for Cowboys. It’s still Zeke 1 as a runner and Zeke 1 as a receiver.
15Julian Edelman1522Averaged just over 17 FPPG in PPR leagues, good for WR12 and could see even more work in 2019 w/ no Hogan, Gordon, or Gronk.
16Stefon Diggs1410Was RB11 in FPPG in games he started last season. Still not much competition for carries and role in passing game should remain with Ty Montgomery gone. The key is how he is used in LaFleur’s offense.
17Cooper Kupp1620His 12 red zone targets in less than 8 games was top 5 pace in league. Finished the season WR14 in FPPG, and Rams offense was never the same after he was out. Among big 3 he had highest red zone target rate, highest catch rate, and highest fantasy PPG.
18Kenny Golladay1713Finished last season as WR21 on a Lions offense that will be much approved in 2019. Will be the #1 target again here in 2019 and gets plenty of red zone work. High End WR2.
19Robert Woods1820Is completely in sync with Goff, and finished as WR11 last season. Kupp is higher because he has been the red zone favorite when active, but Woods was a target machine last season.
20Robby Anderson3024Team finally targeted him heavily down the stretch last season and it paid off w/ nearly 20 fantasy PPG. Is a legitimate WR1 in the NFL, but Darnold and O-line need to improve and he has to prove it to Gase who tends to ignore talent at times.
21Brandin Cooks1620Was the most inconsistent of the big three in LA. Didn’t top 62 yards after week 11 and has no role in the red zone when Kupp is active. He is still arguably the best receiver on the roster and clearly most explosive, just doesn’t have the role that the other two have.
22Mike Williams2529Put up 43/664/10 with a less than favorable target share and only 5 starts last year. Tyrell Williams is gone, but Hunter Henry is back. Combine that with third year in system and we think he’s up to 100 targets which could be scary in this offense.
23Allen Robinson316Target share was crazy considering the lack in production 94 targets for just 750 yards in 13 games. If he is going to get 8 targets/game he is going to be a solid start every week given offense and strength of schedule. Should be better in red zone this year.
24Sammy Watkins2132If he is healthy he will be a WR1 in this offense. He flashed that last season (114 yards in AFC Championship game). The issue is health is always a concern and Cheetah may be back at some point.
25Tyler Lockett2419This WR class is deep. We are high on Lockett this year, yet have him exactly at his ADP. What he did was so underrated in 2018, 80%+ catch rate with 16+ YPC. Scored in 9 of first 12 games of season, but could be even better if they can get his target count up.
26D.J Moore2614Was our favorite receiver in last year’s class, talent is absolutely off the charts. Panthers have made it clear he is the guy here, and Funchess leaving opens up another 90+ targets.
27Will Fuller3211The dude is a week winner when he is healthy. Ceiling is off the charts and seems to find the end zone every single week. He is so good we would consider treating him like a RB1 and handcuffing him with Coutee if possible.
28Tyler Boyd2726Came out of nowhere to be WR19 last year, and targets will definitely be there as tight end position is a ? and no receiver other than Green has shown any ability at all.
29Calvin Ridley197The talent is obvious, and the ceiling will remain high. The issue is consistency. He had 6 great games and 9 games under 5 points. Additionally, we think Koetter will use Hooper even more in red zone.
30Alshon Jeffery293Jeffery is the top guy on what could arguably be the best offense in the NFC if Wentz stays healthy. Was WR23 with Foles last season so has a ceiling higher than this, however hasn’t finished above 20 since 2014.
31Sterling Shepard394Fantasy owners are clearly overreacting to the fact that he didn’t produce w/o OBJ down the stretch last season. Passing attack was a disaster at that point. He will be their top guy in 2019, and we see him as a sleeper to finish as a top 15 WR.
32Jarvis Landry2323OBJ signing, Njoku is a stud, Duke is going to catch the ball, Chubb will get plenty of carries, and Hunt will be heavily involved when back… likely means Landry does not get enough targets to be the PPR guy of the past. He lacks a red zone role to carry top 25 value.
33Geronimo Allison3727Is moving to the slot which may be a natural fit for his skill set, and brings him closer to Rodgers which with no tight end (sorry Jimmy) may be huge. One of our favorite sleeper picks this season.
34Corey Davis4215His 58% catch rate is a problem, which is why Humphries was signed, but Humphries will also demand attention from opposing defenses creating space for Davis.  O-line is solid, and run game is elite, which should mean big plays for Davis over the top.
35Emmanuel Sanders4321Was WR12 when he got hurt in 2018. Was clocked running nearly 20 MPH just 4 months after surgery, so will be all the way back. Flacco and Scangarello upgrades.
36Marvin Jones4413Jones was WR7 in 2017, and finished last season WR28 despite all of the issues the Lions offense faced. Golladay is still the guy here, but with Tate now gone his targets should jump back to 2017 levels.
37Dede Westbrook472Has looked really good in camp, gets an upgrade at QB, and will be the number one receiver here. Had 101 targets last season, that number unlikely to go up a bunch in this offense, but will be more productive with Foles.
38Golden Tate384Still very relevant PPR guy, remains one of the better YAC guys in the league. Extremely intelligent, knows how to get open, Eli is going to love him. Will not be a big TD guy.
39Parris Campbell4917With Hilton on the outside demanding bracket coverage, Campbell’s speed may end up being a nightmare for opposing defenses. This offense throws it more than anyone and could certainly put two receivers in the top 20.
40Larry Fitzgerald4125Kingsbury will throw it a ton, play with pace, and they are going to be trailing a lot, so targets should take a tick up. While young receiving core is talented, he is by far the best red zone option they have on the roster.
41Courland Sutton4521Appears ready to explode in 2019, would be a guy we are targeting if available at current ADP. Flacco is a massive upgrade at QB, and he needs one as his catch rate was a pathetic 50% in 2018.
42Christian Kirk4025Kirk has a ton of ability, and Kingsbury/Murray should be an upgrade for him in year 2. Has to hold off a loaded stable of young receivers.
43DeSean Jackson523Proved last season that he still has plenty of speed, big play ability, and passion.  You can certainly see the combination of Wentz/Pederson getting everything possible out of Jackson.
44Mecole Hardman3432We are likely too low on him for him to be in play. Was a player at Georgia, and Reid will play young guys, but has to beat out vets for snaps and Cheetah may be back eventually.
45Anthony Miller556Miller flashed at times as a rookie, and his 7 touchdowns were impressive. Needs more consistent targets to take another step forward in 2019, but with Robinson, Burton, Cohen, and Gabriel it may be tough to find them.
46Dante Pettis3512Was solid, not spectacular, as a rookie. Team added a ton of competition this offseason, and Goodwin is still the best deep ball guy while we think Samuel is best overall.
47Adam Humphries7015They didn’t pay him to not throw him the ball…. Was arguably the best slot receiver in football last season, and this team needs a glue guy in the passing game. May become Mariota’s BFF.
48Keke Coutee4811Will Fuller is the number 2 receiver here, and really when he’s healthy he is 1A. We also think they get more out of their tight end this season. Still, given Fuller’s injury history, Coutee may be a steal at some point this season.
49D.K. Metcalf4811Metcalf provided us with very little NFL-relevant film in his time at Ole Miss, but his build/speed is terrifying. Not the best hands, not a polished route runner, but could be a home run hitter in an offense that desperately needs more WR production.
50Marqise Lee722Was a legitimate low end WR2 when healthy. Foles is going to help both he and Westbrook, but this is still a run first offense and the team likes Conley and Chark as well.
51Curtis Samuel5314PFF was super high on Samuel last season. The team see Moore as their number one, but Samuel will see favorable coverage and with Funchess gone should see a much higher snap count.
52Jamison Crowder6424Gase did use the slot WR a lot in Miami (Jarvis Landry may be why…) and Crowder is clearly the number 2 option behind Anderson.
53Devin Funchess5117Probably too many mouths to feed, but Luck threw it a ton last year and he’s the best big body receiver they have. Likely competing with tight ends for targets and a red zone role.
54Marquise Goodwin7312Why is Goodwin worth a late round flier? If he’s healthy and Garoppolo he has been a top 20 fantasy option. If he isn’t you just dump him and move on… perfect boom or bust pick.
55Tre’Quan Smith7516We are even higher than 55 on him, but you don’t need to draft him any earlier to be sure you get him. Look for a massive jump in targets and production in year 2 under Payton.
56DaeSean Hamilton7721Has plenty of ability, but we really like the two receivers ahead of him, and Scangarello will get his backs and Fant involved as well. May not be enough targets.
57Terry McLaurin761All the way down to 57 before we hit the first Washington receiver, and he isn’t even listed as a starter right now. Not sure how you trust any of these guys, but McLaurin is worth a late round flier.
58Donte Moncrief5930Someone needs to step up and be the number two receiver in Pittsburgh. Washington looked really bad last season, so we are leaning towards it being the vet.
59Marquise Brown5628There is a good chance Snead becomes the most consistent fantasy receiver on the team, but obviously they will want to get a return on their early draft choice and the big play potential is off the charts here.
60Deebo Samuel5412Samuel is the perfect complimentary piece to Goodwin and we think he’s the best receiver on the roster. Could be a big-time sleeper if he stays healthy.

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