Top 40 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings


I’ve recently put out my quarterback and running back fantasy football fantasy rankings, and now its time for the wide receivers. Curious to see where Titans WRs Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter are ranked among their peers? Let’s find out as we dive right into the rankings, starting with the top 10:

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

5. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

8. Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears

9. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

– I don’t see a huge difference between #2 and #6, so if you can get any one of the WR’s ranked in that range then you’re in good shape.

– I like both Nelson and Cobb this season. And with the departures of WR James Jones and TE Jermichael Finley, there should be even more targets coming for the Packers WR duo.

– Antonio Brown should rank among the league leaders in targets and receptions yet again this upcoming season.

On to 11-20

11. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

12. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

13. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

15. Andre Johnson Houston Texans

16. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks

17. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

18. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

19. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

20. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

– I wouldn’t worry too much about Jackson taking away targets from Garcon in Washington. If anything, this just opens up even more space for Pierre to work the underneath routes.

– I am aware of Percy Harvin’s injury history, he is just too talented for me to rank him any lower. If he can manage to survive a 16 game schedule, we’re looking at top 10 WR.

– Patterson is interesting. He is a raw athlete and he can’t run a full route tree just yet. That being said, he has rare explosiveness, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he finished inside the top 15 even with a low reception total.

– I expect Roddy White to have a bounce-back season. With Julio Jones commanding double teams, a fully healthy White should reap the rewards.


21. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos

22. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

23. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

*****24. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans*****

25. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

26. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

27. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

28. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

29. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

30. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins

– Wes Welker could easily be ranked inside the top 20, but his history of concussions scares me. He is one or two away from having to consider an early retirement.

– The perception around Kendall Wright in his young career is that he is a possession receiver. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. He has been underutilized by the former Titans coaching staff and this is the first year that he will be asked to run a more diverse route tree. He has Antonio Brown-like potential.

– Edelman should be the #1 wide receiver in New England, and if TE Rob Gronkowski can’t stay on the field, Edelman will be the center of attention.

– Golden Tate should see a ton of single coverage playing alongside Megatron, and with the pass heavy attack in Detroit, he should approach the 1000 yard mark for the first time in his career.


31. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

32. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

33. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

34. Terrence Williams, Dallas Cowboys

35. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

*****36. Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans*****

37. Eric Decker, New York Jets

38. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

39. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals

40. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

– I’m not thrilled with the offensive environment and the QB throwing to rookie WR Sammy Watkins, but he should see a lot of targets in Buffalo. Consistency might be an issue, but expect a few huge games out of Watkins this year.

– Justin Hunter has as much potential as any young wide receiver in the NFL. If everything breaks right, Hunter could vault all they way inside the top 25. I honestly believe that he will breakout this season barring injury. The only reason I don’t have him ranked higher is because you can draft him as your #3 or #4 WR, which means you don’t have to reach for him in fantasy drafts.

– Brandin Cooks is an intriguing rookie receiver. He could be utilized in a variety of ways in New Orleans and he does have a top-notch QB at the helm. I just feel like they spread around the ball too much, which lowers Cooks’ ceiling.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned as I will soon unveil my tight end and defense/special teams rankings.