It’s time to take our minds off of the madness of this world, and delve into a fantasy world. Today we take a look at the top 10 wide receivers.
- Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh: Brown once again proved his greatness last season to the tune of 1,834 yds. and 10 touchdowns. The numbers kept coming despite the fact Ben Roethlisberger missed several games with injury. Antonio Brown can’t be guarded and he should be at the top of your fantasy list.
- Julio Jones, Atlanta: Jones wasn’t far behind Brown as far as numbers go. He finished the year with 1,871 yds. and 8 touchdowns. His quarterback, Matt Ryan, did not have a strong year, and the supporting casts of Roddy White and Harry Douglas were relatively quiet all year long. Jones is an absolute beast.
- Deandre Hopkins, Houston: I like Nuk Hopkins high on this list, simply because he put up monster numbers despite catching balls from four different mediocre quarterbacks. D-Hop was second team all-pro in 2015 after amassing 1,521 yards and 11 scores. Brock Osweiler is a question mark, but I’m confident he’s an upgrade over Hoyer, Mallett, Yates, and Weeden.
- Allen Robinson, Jacksonville: Robinson and quarterback Blake Bortles have a some good chemistry going in Jacksonville. The second year receiver out of Penn State exploded for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. With Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas in the mix, Robinson sees a fair amount of single coverage, and he thrives. He should have big numbers again.
- Odell Beckham, NYG: Beckham is a freak of nature at the receiver position. He continues to make plays even when facing routine double teams. Beckham finished the 2015 season with 1,450 yds. and 13 tds. Eli Manning goes to Beckham on a regular basis and the results are there. No sign of this guy slowing down.
- Dez Bryant, Dallas: Bryant is recovering from a broken foot which severely hampered his 2015 season. Not only was Bryant out most of the year, but Tony Romo also suffered a season-ending injury. Both guys should be back to full health coming into this season, which means big numbers for Dez. Just two years ago, he compiled 1,320 yds. and 16 tds.
- Amari Cooper, Oakland: I have a feeling that Cooper is going to explode in a big way this season. He was very impressive as a rookie (1,070 yds., 6 tds.), as he built chemistry with Derek Carr. Carr is a budding star at quarterback and he knows how to get the ball into Cooper’s hands. Look for a big year from the second year man out of Alabama.
- A.J. Green, Cincinnati: Green is an outstanding receiver, and he benefitted from Andy Dalton’s standout play in 2015. He surpassed 50 yards receiving 12 times and finished with 10 touchdowns. Green is a consistently solid performer upon whom fantasy owners can rely week after week.
- Demaryius Thomas, Denver: The quarterback situation in Denver is still up in the air, but one thing is for sure, the ball needs to get into Thomas’s hands. He had a bit of a “down” year in 2015, finishing with 1,304 yds. and 6 tds. The numbers are decent, but Peyton Manning was simply awful for most of the year. Thomas should be able to bounce back in 2016.
- Brandin Cooks, New Orleans: Drew Brees battled some injury issues last season, but he is still Drew Brees. Cooks is one of his favorite targets and is quickly developing into a top tier receiver. Despite a slow start, he still finished with 1,138 yds. and 9 tds. Those numbers will go up this season.
The best of the rest: Allen Hurns, Doug Baldwin, John Brown, Mike Evans, Jeremy Maclin, Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall, Larry Fitzgerald, Emmanuel Sanders, TY Hilton, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Desean Jackson, Tyler Lockett, Kelvin Benjamin, Keenan Allen, Tavon Austin
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