PPR Redraft Rankings 2019: Wide Receivers

Tier 1: Elite – The top clear top four receivers for 2019, in my opinion. These guys are all the unchallenged leading receivers on their respective teams and have produced at a high level for at least the last three years.

1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons – 6’3”/220, Bye 9

The thread with my full argument for Julio Jones as the #1 receiver in 2019 can be found HERE.

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans – 6’1”/212, Bye 10

Hopkins saw 32.3% of Deshaun Watson’s targets in 2018 and caught 70.6% of those. There’s no one on the team currently who is threatening to eat into that target share.

3. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers – 6’1”/215, Bye 11

Adams finished as the WR2 in PPR formats last year despite missing a game. He was #1 in points scored per game with 22.0 and commanded 28.3% of Aaron Rodgers’ targets.

4. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints – 6’3”/212, Bye 9

Thomas has an insane career average stat line of 139 targets, 107 receptions, 1261 yards, 8 touchdowns. That equates to 281.1 fantasy points, which would have been good for 10th place in 2018. This will be his floor, but Thomas will exceed that in 2019.

Tier 2: WR1s – This tier rounds out my favorite WR1 options. Things get a little more messy after the top four, as this tier is full of high-potential players who have various questions like health, off-field concerns, playing for a new team, crowded offenses, etc.

5. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns – 5’11”/198, Bye 7

To illustrate how easily these guys can reach the top, the top 5 fantasy receivers from last year were separated by less than 10 fantasy points. OBJ is in for a career year with Baker Mayfield as his quarterback, but – will he stay healthy all 16 games?

6. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs – 5’10”/185, Bye 12

I’m predicting a slight step back by the whole Chiefs offense in 2019, so I’m not willing to place Hill in my top 5 despite the fact he finished as the WR3 in 2018.

7. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6’5”/231, Bye 7

The top seven are all proven stars with years of high-level production. None of these guys are the wrong answer. Evans comes in here because his QB situation is worse than the guys above him.

8. Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers – 6’1”/215, Bye 7

Juju was WR8 in PPR last year, but that was with Antonio Brown distracting the opposing team’s best defensive backs. Brown is gone and Juju is the main focus of the defense now. This pick is a little risky but the reward could be huge.

9. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings – 6’0”/191, Bye 12

Last year, I thought Diggs would be the clear WR2 behind Adam Thielen and that he may have already hit his ceiling. I was very wrong. He finished as WR10 while showing improvement over his first three seasons. I’m predicting a similar season to 2018, but with an increase in yards.

10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers – 6’2”/211, Bye 12

Allen is a steady, consistent WR1 option. That won’t start to change this year. One of the safest receivers in the league.

11. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings – 6’2”/200, Bye 12

The Vikings had two receivers finish in the top 12 last year. They have added no one to their offense who will challenge for enough targets to change that.

12. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders – 5’10”/185, Bye 6

I don’t know what’s going on with AB, but his whole offseason is telling me to stay away. But he’s AB, so how much can I doubt him? I’m only looking at him as a low-end WR1 but I’d prefer Brown as my WR2.

Tier 3: WR2s – This is a tier where I like to take some risks. When my drafts go right, I have one guy in the top 4 plus another from the top 12, so when I get to my Tier 3 guys, I like taking chances to get ahead of the game with young receivers who are in position to breakout and have at least a strong WR2-type season. This tier also contains some “safe” players because sometimes my drafts just don’t always go right, and the stability of a steady high-floor WR2 is better for the team.

13. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys – 6’1”/210, Bye 8

Lucky 13. It will be interesting to see what Cooper is able to do with a full season of Dak Prescott as his quarterback, as well as what new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is able to scheme up. Cooper was WR11 from weeks 8-17, but finished as 19th overall.

14. DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers – 5’11”/215, Bye 7

I have been talking up Moore all offseason on the Ride or Dynasty Podcast. He’s set for a breakout sophomore campaign after a quietly impressive rookie year.

15. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions – 6’4”/215, Bye 5

Golladay was 2018’s WR21 in PPR but he was only 23.3 fantasy points short of finishing 15th. That’s a very reasonable jump which equates to one reception for a few yards extra per game. He is entering year three and is the clear #1 receiver in Detroit.

16. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams – 5’10”/183, Bye 9

Cooks finished as WR13 in 2018. Over the last four years, Cooks has averaged a 77/1150/7 stat line. I’m predicting a slight regression from last year to the average in 2019, which would place him right around that WR15-16 mark in fantasy.

17. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals – 6’2”/203, Bye 9

A third-year breakout last year, Boyd came out of nowhere to finish as the WR17. This is Boyd’s year to officially take over as the WR1 in Cincy. A repeat of last year is likely, but part of me thinks he can be even better.

18. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6’1”/209, Bye 7

Last year’s WR27. Tampa will have one of the best passing offenses in the NFL this year and Godwin is moving into sole possession of Tampa’s #2 role this year. He will see a bump in targets, catches and yards. Touchdowns should stay the same at or around seven.

19. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks – 5’10”/182, Bye 11

Lockett is Russell Wilson’s top receiving target. That alone gives Lockett a lot of fantasy value. He finished as WR16 in PPR last year and could very well see a larger role this year. The reason he’s lower in my rankings is because he won’t have 10 TDs to pad his stats again.

20. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams – 6’0”/195, Bye 9

Woods broke out big time in 2018 and finished as a receiver one (11th place). He will regress from that in 2019 with the return of Cooper Kupp and an overall slight regression from last year on offense, but Woods is still a strong WR2 option.

21. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots – 5’10”/198, Bye 10

Edelman tied with Keenan Allen for 12th place in fantasy points per game (17.3), and Edelman only played in 12 games. He’s Tom Brady’s favorite receiver and will have a solid WR2-caliber season. One of my safer picks in this tier.

22. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons – 6’1”/190, Bye 9

Julio’s sidekick was the top rookie receiver from a year ago, and finished as a low-end WR2 (WR22 in PPR). Ridley’s a dangerous big-play receiver on one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

23. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans – 6’3”/209, Bye 11

Fun fact: Davis was the WR28 in PPR last year! Let’s not give up on him yet. Davis is far more talented than his stats suggest and he is going into year three, which is a magic number year for many receivers. Davante Adams didn’t even breakout until year three. *Shrugs*

24. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals – 5’11”/200, Bye 12

Kirk was impressive as a rookie. He made 43 catches for 590 yards and 3 touchdowns (on a garbage offense) in 12 games before getting injured. Arizona is going to throw the football a lot and Kirk will be the leading receiver on this team in 2019.

Tier 4: WR3s – We’re starting to get into the area where it’s the most difficult to rank receivers. The receivers who finished 25th and 36th last season were only separated by 28.7 fantasy points, which is less than two points per game. With that, the names in this tier will be close to interchangeable, but my favorite bets in this tier are at the top.

25. TY Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – 5’10”/183, Bye 6

Andrew Luck has retired and Hilton’s fantasy value takes a massive hit. With Jacoby Brissett throwing him passes in 2017, Hilton finished as WR27. I’m giving him two extra spots because the coaching staff is better than it was in 2017.

26. Robby Anderson, New York Jets – 6’3”/190, Bye 4

Sam Darnold is going to take the next step in year two and Anderson is the best receiver on the Jets. The tandem built a nice rapport last year and that connection will strengthen. All signs point to a career year for Anderson.

27. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns – 5’11/196, Bye 7

WR18 a year ago, Landry is no longer the top receiver on the Browns after the addition of OBJ. My guess is that Landry will be a little bit down from last year, but still productive.

28. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – 6’2”/208, Bye 9

Kupp is a better player to trade for than to draft! Returning from a torn ACL, there’s a high chance he starts the season slow or even inactive. Buy low on Kupp when this happens and reap the benefits when he gets back to normal in the second half.

29. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers – 5’11”/195, Bye 7

Samuel is another third-year receiver primed and ready to breakout in 2019. He flashed throughout 2018, displaying his potential as a high-end playmaker. DJ Moore and Samuel will be one of the most sneaky-good receiver duos in the league this season.

30. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers – 6’4”/220, Bye 12

Williams finished 32nd among receivers last year behind the strength of his 11 touchdowns on 50 touches. That’s not happening again. However, I am predicting more yards and receptions as the clear #2 receiver for the Chargers after the departure of Tyrell Williams.

31. AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals – 6’4”/210, Bye 9

There are certain players each year I’m not touching. Green is one of those this year. He is on the downslope of his career, has had injury concerns in recent years, is currently hurt, and is more of a headache than a help at this point in his career from a fantasy perspective.

32. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears – 6’3”/211, Bye 6

Last year’s WR40, Robinson was playing his first year in a new offense after returning from an ACL tear in 2017. I expect a statistical bump in 2019 now that he has a year under his belt in Chicago and has developed some chemistry with QB Mitchell Trubisky.

33. Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars – 6’0”/178, Bye 10

Someone has to catch passes from Nick Foles this year. My favorite to make a fantasy impact is Westbrook, a third-year receiver who finished as WR33 last year despite a chaotic quarterback situation. With some stability at the position now, he will likely exceed this ranking.

34. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos – 6’4”/216, Bye 10

Sutton had a respectable rookie season, picking up 704 yards and 4 touchdowns on 42 grabs. Now that he has had a year to adjust to the speed of the pro game, Sutton will improve upon what he did last year and I’m giving him an outside shot to finish as a top 24 receiver.

35. Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers – 6’1”/195, Bye 4

Pettis finished 2018 strong with four quality fantasy performances in his final five games. He’s my favorite to finish as the top receiver on the 49ers this year.

36. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals – 6’3”/218, Bye 12

The GOAT of this generation still has it. He can still put up 1000 yard seasons, but it’s not something you can rely on from Fitz anymore. Still 100% worth a roster spot and is a great flex option to start the year with.

Tier 5: Occasional Flex Options – Players I see as having solid flex value at some point this season compose this tier. But these aren’t players I want as my WR2, 3, or primary flex options to begin the season. The order is merely the order which I would draft these players when I’m filling out my bench.

37. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants – 5’10”/201, Bye 11

I was very low on Shepard last year but he ended up finishing as WR30. OBJ is out of New York and the #1 wide receiver role is Shepard’s. He will be the #3 option in the passing game behind Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley, however, so his ceiling is capped.

38. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles – 6’3”/218, Bye 10

I might be sleeping on Jeffery here, as he was WR26 last year, but Philly’s receiving group is extremely crowded. And remember what I said about the points spread between WR25 and 36 being only 28.7 points? The difference between WR26 and WR38 was 28.6 points.

39. Will Fuller, Houston Texans – 6’0”/184, Bye 10

Fuller is a pretty good big-play receiver… when he’s on the field, that is. He has missed 16 games due to injury in the last two seasons.

40. N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots – 6’4”/225, Bye 10

Harry will be the #2 receiver in New England at some point this season. There’s a lot of value in that. He is definitely worth rostering to begin the year. This small investment could pay dividends.

41. Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills – 6’2”/196, Bye 6

The undrafted receiver out of Alabama showed some nice chemistry with Josh Allen down the stretch last year, going over 100 yards three times and turning in 10+ point fantasy performances in five of the final seven games of 2018.

42. Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears – 5’11”/190, Bye 6

Miller led the Bears in touchdown receptions as a rookie last year but finished fifth on the team in receptions and receiving yards. In year two, I’m projecting a sizable jump from Miller, and for him to emerge as the #2 receiver in Chicago.

43. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions – 6’2”/199, Bye 5

Detroit’s WR2 was on pace for a nice season before getting hurt after 9 games. Jones could be a very valuable late-round pickup.

44. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs – 6’1”/211, Bye 12

Watkins finished as the WR63 last year. He only played in 10 games, which is just a reminder that he gets hurt often. If Mecole Hardman hits as a rookie, Watkins will be an afterthought.

45. Keke Coutee, Houston Texans – 5’11”/180, Bye 10

Coutee flashed at times in 2018 and had a really nice game in the playoffs against the Colts. He dealt with injuries last year and only played in six games, however, and is currently dealing with one. Coutee could become Houston’s WR2 if he can stay healthy.

46. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers – 6’3”/202, Bye 11

Green Bay has Davante Adams… and then four guys vying for the receiver two role. This was almost MVS, but I decided on the veteran, Allison, who battled injuries in 2018 but finished with 20 receptions for 303 yards in just 5 games.

47. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos – 5’11”/180, Bye 10

Sanders is getting up there in age and is returning from a major injury. Denver also has two young up-and-comers who are ready to assume larger roles.

48. Josh Gordon, New England Patriots – 6’3”/225, Bye 10

I want nothing to do with Gordon this year, but I felt he had to break the top 48. Yes, he’s talented. But so are all the players above him. That’s why they’re in the NFL. Draft Gordon if you want but you’ll see no love from me in my rankings.

Tier 6: Waiver Watch List – These are players who likely will or at least should go undrafted but are names to keep an eye on as guys whose chances I like to become valuable additions from the free agent pool. Of course, this is not an all-inclusive list, and with 96 starting receivers in the NFL, I cannot list them all.

49. Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts – 6’0”/205, Bye 6

50. Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins – 6’4”/210, Bye 5

51. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys – 6’1”/198, Bye 8

52. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers – 6’4”/206, Bye 11

53. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks – 6’3”/229, Bye 11

54. Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs – 5’10”/187, Bye 12

55. Golden Tate, New York Giants – 5’10”/197, Bye 11

56. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens – 5’9”/170, Bye 8

57. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers – 5’11”/214, Bye 4

58. DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos – 6’1”/206, Bye 8

59. Jamison Crowder, New York Jets – 5’9”/177, Bye 4

60. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers – 5’10”/183, Bye 7

61. Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns – 5’11”/200, Bye 7

62. KeeSean Johnson, Arizona Cardinals – 6’1″/201, Bye 12

63. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles – 5’10”/175, Bye 10

64. Jalen Hurd, San Francisco 49ers – 6’4”/227, Bye 4


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