by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
First it was Kelvin Benjamin that was lost for the season, now it is Jordy Nelson who was previously ranked #7 (if you want to throw in Kevin White as well, though he was never going to be a WR1). Unfortunately for fantasy owners the top receiving options in the league are going down quickly. Luckily it’s a deep position, but there’s obviously been significant change to our rankings. Let’s take a look:
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
- Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers
- Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos
- Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
- Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints
- Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills
- Brandon Marshall – New York Jets
- Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders
- Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers
- Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers
- Randall Cobb gets a small bump up on the rankings and is a locked in WR1, but obviously the biggest gainer is Davante Adams. With so many receptions and TD now available there’s every reason to believe that he is going to rise to WR2 status. Don’t expect him to assume all of the opportunities left behind by Nelson, as they should be split up, but would a line of 75/1,000/8 really be a surprise? Could he even be better than that?
- The questions surrounding the Bills’ quarterback spot is obviously a concern, but regardless of who is under center you know that Sammy Watkins is going to get his opportunities. While we have concerns about LeSean McCoy (click here for the article), but when healthy he’ll be the focus of opposing defenses, opening things up for Watkins to operate.
- Amari Cooper isn’t likely going to match the stellar performances from last year’s rookie class, but who can in their first season (notice that there are three sophomore receivers in the Top 16). That doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be a very productive option right from the start.
- Brandon Marshall is in New York… Kevin White is possibly lost for the season… Alshon Jeffrey anyone? As it is he posted 85 receptions for 1,133 yards and 10 TD a year ago and has clearly emerged as a Top 10 option moving forward as long as he’s healthy.
- Looking for this year’s breakout receiver? For us it’s DeAndre Hopkins and you can find out why by clicking here.
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