2018 Preseason Rankings: Updated Top 50 Wide Receivers: Value Shifts Across The Board (Jeffery, Gordon & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While there hasn’t been the big injury that’s impacted our wide receiver rankings, that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been changes.  Who has been impacted by some minor injuries?  Who has benefited from strong reports/performances?  Who has been impacted by off the field issues?  Let’s see how it all comes together for our updated rankings:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers (1)
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans (2)
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons (3)
  4. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants (4)
  5. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers (5)
  6. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers (6)
  7. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
  8. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints (8)
  9. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals (9)
  10. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs (10)
  11. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings (12)
  12. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts (15)
  13. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks (11)
  14. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals (13)
  15. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos (14)
  16. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions (17)
  17. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings (18)
  18. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders (19)
  19. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers (20)
  20. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears (21)
  21. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns (24)
  22. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers (23)
  23. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions (25)
  24. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams (26)
  25. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams (27)
  26. Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens (28)
  27. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles (22)
  28. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns (16)
  29. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos (32)
  30. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers (49)
  31. Robby Anderson – New York Jets (33)
  32. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams (31)
  33. Will Fuller – Houston Texans (29)
  34. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins (34)
  35. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans (35)
  36. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots (36)
  37. Starling Shepard – New York Giants (38)
  38. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots (37)
  39. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins (50)
  40. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons (39)
  41. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs (40)
  42. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers (41)
  43. Kelvin Benjamin – Buffalo Bills (42)
  44. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans (44)
  45. Jordy Nelson – Oakland Raiders (45)
  46. Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers (30)
  47. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers (NR)
  48. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (46)
  49. Nelson Agholer – Philadelphia Eagles (47)
  50. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins (43)

Dropped off Rankings:

  • Allen Hurns – Dallas Cowboys (48)

Notes:

  • We all know how much upside Josh Gordon has, and if he is on the field and ready he is going to be a Top 15 option.  The problem is he’s not with the team and we don’t really know what’s going on or when he could report.  The fact that the team is looking at Dez Bryant could speak to the concerns and it’s possible that Gordon’s absence will stretch into the regular season.  Jarvis Landry’s stock is on the rise, while Gordon should be considered a risky selection with significant upside.
  • All the talk out of San Francisco has been that Marquise Goodwin has emerged as the top receiver for Jimmy Garoppolo, supplanting Pierre Garcon.  That’s not to say that Garcon won’t play a role, but it appears the veteran is going to be the secondary option in an offense that should improve significantly.  Adjust your draft boards accordingly.
  • A rumor recently emerged that Alshon Jeffrey was a candidate to open the season on the PUP list, forcing him to sit out the first six weeks of the year.  While that has been shot down since, it remains to be seen if he will be healthy enough to play Week 1 (and even if he does dress there’s a chance he’s going to be limited).  Keep that risk in mind, as his production could be limited over the first few weeks thus dragging down his overall appeal.
  • DeVante Parker was already a risky proposition, but now sidelined with a broken finger and there’s no guarantee that he’s going to be ready for the start of the season so his value only falls further.  Consider him a late round lottery ticket and little else.
  • Talk is that Doug Baldwin will be healthy ahead of Week 1, but time will tell.  We have to drop him down slightly given the risk but the reward is significant.

Make sure to check out all of our 2018 preseason rankings:

Position
Date Updated
Quarterback08/31/18
Running Back09/02/18
Wide Receiver 08/29/18
Tight End08/24/18
Kicker08/28/18
Defense08/09/18
2018 Preseason Rankings: Updated Top 15 Tight Ends: A Potential Breakout On The Rise, Veterans Falling & More
2018 Preseason Rankings: Updated Top 40 Running Backs: Injuries Already Cause Significant Changes & More

2 comments

  1. Billy says:

    Should I trade Sammy Watkins for Kenny Stills? I feel Stills will be the go to guy in Miami and Watkins is 3rd option on the chiefs behind Kelce and Hill. What are your thoughts?

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