Are you ready to get a jump on the 2018 fantasy football season? I’ve put together all that you need to know to start drafting a strong selection of wide receivers right here for you. Keep reading to get all of the information that you will need.
Here are our Top 6 wide receivers to pay attention to this coming NFL season.
Add One of These Top Tier WR's
So many options when it comes to WR’s, you have to be ready to commit to at least one of these guys.
Brown is going to be a number one pick at the WR slot in most leagues—both yearlong and daily—this coming season. There’s a good reason for this. He played 14 games last season and had 9 touchdowns on 101 receptions. He had 1,533 yards, indicating that his TD number really should have been much higher. While there’s variance on a year to year basis, we can expect that for every 100 yards or so, there will be 1 TD. Brown had a below average season in this respect, but the law of averages indicates that this will be much higher moving forward. He is going to be a definite first round draft pick in every league.
Odell Beckham, Jr.
Beckham just received the largest contract a WR has ever been given, and this is going to artificially build the hype behind Beckham—even more so than he already had going for him. He scored 3 TDs in the four games that he played last year, racking up 25 receptions and 302 yards. Although those numbers are pretty small, they are mammoth when you take into account the fact that he played only 25 percent of a season. If he stays healthy this season, we should expect these numbers to be much higher. Still, I’m a bit cautious about Beckham. The QB situation in New York isn’t resolved yet, and a receiver is only as good as his quarterback. Beckham has a lot going for him and will have a strong season, but it’s not yet clear just how strong his season is going to be right now.
Hopkins is another player that you will almost definitely see go in the first round. He’s also going to be extremely popular in a DFS setting because he won’t be quite as expensive as Brown, yet will have some higher numbers once in a while, meaning that there will be situations where he’s a better value pick than Brown. He played 15 games last season and had 96 receptions for a total of 1,378 yards and 13 TDs. That’s an average of 14.2 yards per catch, which is one of the highest in the league. Hopkins is part of a strong offensive crew, and will not see as much action as some other WRs do because of this, but he will remain the Texans go-to offensive choice moving into the future. Of the top three WRs this season, he’s the only one who remains in this position. He will either go at the end of the first round or the beginning of the second.
Jones is another player set to go at the end of round one or the beginning of round two in most leagues. In 2017, he had 88 receptions for 1,444 yards, but just 3 TDs. That was in a total of 16 games, which seems quite low. One of the reasons why Jones was seemingly under-utilized is that he had a very low reception rate. Out of 149 targets, there were just 88 catches. This was one of the lowest in the league for top rated receivers. This year will likely be better, but it’s hard to tell just how much better. This advice? Stay away from him in a yearlong setting but keep your eyes open for DFS because he will likely have extraordinary games here and there.
Baldwin will not be on the radar for a lot of fantasy managers, but he should be, especially when the third round of drafting comes up. He’s going to be the top target for Seattle QB Russell Wilson once again this season, who despite his tenure in the NFL, has continued to improve year after year. Baldwin had 75 receptions last season for just over 990 yards. He also scored 8 TDs last season, and 29 over the last three seasons. The only reason he’s not a first or second round pick is that he’s been dealing with a knee injury and isn’t that reliable from game to game. DFS managers will want to pay special attention to Baldwin because he will be extremely effective in certain matchups, giving him a higher than normal fantasy value in these settings.
With Andrew Luck back and looking semi-decent, Hilton is poised to have a strong season. He had 57 receptions for more than 990 yards last season and a total of 4 TDs. That was in 16 games, but it’s important to keep in mind that starting QB Luck only played 15 games and was recovering from injury most of the season. Sources say that he’s a lot stronger this season, and that means that Hilton will have a stronger season as a result. Hilton’s likely to be a wild card player this season. If he’s still around in round four, grab him. And like a lot of other players on this list, he’s going to have a few DFS situations where he will be the best choice by far. Keep your eyes on him, but don’t waste an early draft pick. He could be one of the most underrated WRs out there, but drafting him early is a bit too large of a risk for me, especially when there’s a lot of proven talent out there.