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This is the first of a mult-part series on wide receivers. Most rankings will be based on PPR leagues, but non-PPR leagues and Dynasty leagues will be discussed as well.
Top 5 Primary Receivers
1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh
This is a no-brainer. Over the last 3 seasons, Brown has averaged 125 catches for 1,677 yards and 10 touchdowns per season. In a PPR league, he’s a sure thing for a sizable score each week.
2. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants
Beckham has caught over 90 passes in both of his seasons and has not played a 16 game season yet. With rookie Sterling Shepard in the lineup, there could be even more balls thrown Beckham’s way. It’s a good bet he catches over 100 passes and still gets about 12 touchdowns, which makes him a great pick in any league and probably the best receiver in a non-PPR league.
3. Julio Jones – Atlanta
Atlanta’s offense is centered around Jones. If Devonta Freeman can produce a season similar to last year to take the pressure off of Matt Ryan, Jones is going to continue to get 200 targets (203 in 2015).
4. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston
Hopkins took a huge leap forward last season as he caught 111 passes, compared to 76 in 2014. The Texans are a bit different now with Arian Foster in Miami and with Brock Osweiler at quarterback. Hopkins should continue to see close to 200 targets and with his hands and ability to create separation, expect him to score over 10 touchdowns again in 2016.
5. AJ Green – Cincinnati
Green will likely see more targets with the departures of Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta) and Marvin Jones (Detroit), which should project him at around 100 receptions and 10+ touchdowns.
Top 5 Receivers Coming off Injury
1. Dez Bryant – Dallas
Injuries were a big part of 2015 for Dez Bryant as he missed six games initially, but then had to have surgery on his ankle and foot this past January. He should be ready to go and if Romo is healthy, he should be back to normal on the stat front.
2. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay
Nelson’s ACL injury really hurt the Packers in 2015, but should be back at 100% for 2016. Expect about 100 catches and don’t be surprised if he scores 13 or more times. There’s no reason to avoid him with a higher pick in your draft.
3. Keenan Allen – San Diego
Allen missed a lot of 2015 with the lacerated kidney issue that landed him on IR. He should be back and if all goes well, there’s every reason to believe he’ll catch around 100 passes and be a star, especially for PPR leagues.
4. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina
It’s scary to think what Carolina could be this year WITH Kelvin Benjamin, since they went to the Super Bowl without him in the lineup. He might not get 90 receptions, but it’s likely he finds the endzone a lot. Might be a 5th or 6th round sleeper that could yield big results.
5. Steve Smith – Baltimore
Don’t count Steve Smith Sr. out. He is such a fiery guy and with the lack of big weapons in Baltimore’s arsenal and Joe Flacco’s ability to throw a fantastic deep ball, Smith could be a big steal in the later rounds.
Later articles will cover mid-round steals, late-round sleepers, and more for each position.