Last week I ranked my top 10 running backs for MFL best ball leagues. Let’s dive into wide receivers this week.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Odell Beckham, NY Giants
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay
Brown was the consensus number 1 overall pick in 2016 drafts and he didn’t disappoint. He finished as WR1 and averaged over 20 fantasy points per game. As long as Ben Roethlisberger returns there is no reason to think he can’t do it again. Beckham got off to a slow start but still averaged 19.1 fantasy points and offers league winning upside. Eli Manning had one of the worst seasons of his career. If he can improve in 2017 Beckham could post even bigger numbers. Evans made a major leap this year averaging 19.1 points per game with 12 touchdowns. What’s really scary is Evans’ season could have been even better. Only 61% of the balls thrown his way were catch-able which ranked 9th worse. If Winston continues to improve in his third season Evans will have a real chance to finish as WR1.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati
Julio Jones, Atlanta
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay
Before his season ending injury Green was on pace for 1500 yards and 7 touchdowns. His lack of red zone targets (10 in 10 games) keeps him out of the top tier, but with little competition for targets he should be a top option once again. Jones offers a huge weekly ceiling but is also capable of putting up some duds. That plus nagging injuries drops him out of the top 3 for me. Still he is one of the best receivers in the game on a high powered offense. Despite being 31 years old and coming off ACL surgery, Nelson returned to his dominant ways. He finished the season second in points per game at 19.5 and led all receivers with 14 touchdowns. As long as Aaron Rodgers continues to play at such a high level Nelson will be a top receiving threat.
Michael Thomas, New Orleans
Doug Baldwin, Seattle
Dez Bryant, Dallas
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis
Thomas established himself as the Saints number one receiver and should only improve as he enters his sophomore year. As long as Brees is under center the number one receiver will be a great fantasy option. With a year of playing time together it’s easy to see Thomas making a major leap next year. Baldwin seems to constantly fly under the radar but he’s clearly the number one option on a team that has developed a pass-first mentality the last two seasons. Russell Wilson struggled early with injuries but as his health improved so did Baldwin’s production. I expect that to continue throughout the 2017 season. As Dak Prescott settled into the starters role his connection with Bryant improved. A big body who’s always a red zone threat I expect Prescott to lean on Bryant even more in 2017. As long as he can stay healthy Bryant should be a top-10 receiver. Hilton had a career year as he led the league in receiving yards. The concern for Hilton is red zone usage as he only saw 16 red zone targets in 16 games. Still, being Andrew Luck’s top receiving option is always a plus and there’s no reason to think Hilton can’t rack up catches and yardage again in 2017.
Disagree with my rankings? Someone you think should be in the top 10 that I left out? Let me know in the comments below