2018 Preseason Rankings: Updated Top 50 Wide Receivers: Some Notable Names Falling, Josh Gordon On The Rise & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The loss of Marquise Lee sends a pair of Jaguars up the rankings, and while that was the biggest loss there has been plenty of movement across the rankings.  Who is expected to miss time early?  Who has become a huge risk?  Has anyone seen their stock rise?  Let’s take a look:

  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 (11)
  12. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts (12)
  13. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals (14)
  14. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos (15)
  15. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions (16)
  16. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings (17)
  17. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders (18)
  18. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers (19)
  19. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks (13)
  20. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns (28)
  21. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears (20)
  22. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns (21)
  23. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers (22)
  24. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions (23)
  25. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams (24)
  26. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams (25)
  27. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers (30)
  28. Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens (26)
  29. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos (29)
  30. Robby Anderson – New York Jets (31)
  31. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams (32)
  32. Will Fuller – Houston Texans (33)
  33. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins (34)
  34. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins (39)
  35. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans (35)
  36. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots (36)
  37. Starling Shepard – New York Giants (37)
  38. Nelson Agholer – Philadelphia Eagles (49)
  39. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles (27)
  40. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots (38)
  41. Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars (NR)
  42. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons (40)
  43. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers (42)
  44. Kelvin Benjamin – Buffalo Bills (43)
  45. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs (41)
  46. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans (44)
  47. Jordy Nelson – Oakland Raiders (45)
  48. Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers (46)
  49. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers (47)
  50. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars (NR)

 

Dropped off Rankings:

  • DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (48)
  • DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins (50)

 

Notes:

  • Reports are that Alshon Jeffery is going to avoid the PUP list, but he’s going to miss the first few games of the season (at least two).  While that obviously doesn’t eliminate his value, there are obvious questions to exactly how much time he’ll miss and if he’s going to be slowly eased back into the offense when he is healthy enough to return to the field.  Send him down your draft board immediately.  On the flipside, Nelson Agholer should assume a bigger role and could run with the opportunity.  Bump him up into the WR3 range.
  • Josh Gordon has reported and it appears like he’s going to be ready to roll for Week 1 (assuming he’s healthy enough, as he’s battling a minor injury).  Maybe he’s somewhat limited, but the upside is there to be a WR1 from Day 1.  His value is obviously on the rise.
  • According to Mike Vorel (via Twitter), “Doug Baldwin says he’s at 80-85%. It’s something he’ll have to deal with throughout the season.”  That news makes him a tough sell, doesn’t it?  Originally a borderline WR1, he his more on the WR2/WR3 spectrum given the risk.
  • We talked about the potential opportunities in the Jacksonville wide receiver corps, given the injury to Marquise Lee, which you can read by clicking here. Keelan Cole is the obvious beneficiary and he should now be solidly on the WR4 spectrum with the potential to be an every week starter.

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 20 Quarterbacks: Are Watson/Wentz Trustworthy, Mahomes Continues To Climb & More
2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Kickers: Who Are The Best Options To Target?

2 comments

  1. Stan Cal says:

    Hey Professor! So I recently drafted for a 10 team, standard league. My usual philosophy is to wait late to draft 2 QBs that have high ceilings and pick the scraps on TE, DST, and K. Thought process is that there’s a fair chance 1 QB emerges as a top 6 guy at the cost of two picks after round 10, and minimal lost capital if I need to stream TE, DST, or K. Usually I end up with known quantities for my top 5 RB/WR picks with a bunch of lottery tickets afterwards with high upside. Do you think this roster has too many high-risk darts? If so, who would you jettison in that week 3-6 period to secure a more stable presence?
    Wentz, Stafford
    Barkley, Mixon, Collins, Ja. Williams, Aa. Jones (cuff), Michel
    Hopkins, Evans, Hogan, Fuller, Davis
    Doyle
    Saints
    Prater

    Thanks and love your work!

    • Outside of Doyle, I like it actually (though I’m not the biggest Mixon supporter). You could use more certainty at WR3, but the upside is there.

      Look around for a TE upgrade, but should turn out well I’d think

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