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“Papa Georgio” Wide Receiver Rankings 76-100 (Part 1 of 4) 2016


Early in the season this is the way I see things shaping up on the depth chart, with still several position battles taking place. But think of the team or (QB), and what style of play they use, to find that sleeper WR pick.  (8) showing teams bye week. You will see 3 GB  Packers in this list. I believe any one of them or two of them could have an impact on fantasy teams this season or at least part of the season. It’s early and some time injuries will settle some position battles, but I feel there are some great players with some serious upside on this list.


76        Robert Woods, BUFFALO (10)        (Position Battle WR2-WR3)

When Robert Woods gets starter-level snaps, he has actually been an interesting fantasy player. This season, he is listed as the second starter,

images-2 Woods

next to Sammy Watkins. With the better play of Tyrod Taylor, Woods could be a respectable WR3 that doesn’t hurt you to start for injuries or bye weeks




77        Jaelen Strong, HOU (9)        (Risky, with big UPSIDE)

Braxton Miller and Will Fuller are the big shiny names in Houston opposite of Hopkins, but it may be Jaelen Strong who ends up with the most snaps and makes the biggest fantasy impact. He has been reported to have made significant improvement over the off-season, and the upgrade to Brock Osweiler certainly doesn’t hurt.


78        Jamison Crowder, WAS (9)        (SP Teams, Value)

While the Redskins’ depth chart is loaded with quality pass catchers, Crowder will still find his way to get enough receptions to deserve a spot on a fantasy roster. He is a sensational route runner and a touchdown guy every time he touches the ball. Additionally, he could add a few special teams touchdowns to the mix.

79        Danny Amendola, NE (9)        (Tom Brady return week 5)

This mini-wideout has battled injuries over the years, but is a superb route runner who fits into the Patriots’ offense perfectly. In fact, Amendola took a substantial pay cut to ensure he could remain in Brady’s offense. If Edleman goes down, Amendola will become a terrific PPR play, and even if Edleman stays healthy, Amendola is worth owning

80        Ted Ginn, CAR (7)                  (Great Offense QB, Special Teams)

If you are expecting another 10 touchdowns and 700+ yards from Ginn this year, you are sure to be let down. Then again, everyone continued to underrate him all of last season despite several huge performances. The difference this year, is that Fuchness has surpassed Ginn on the depth chart and now Kelvin Benjamin is back. We don’t regard him as being worthy of a roster spot at this point.

81        Jeff Janis, GB (4)        (Upside, Stud QB)

When Randall Cobb went down with a chest injury during the playoffs, Janis stepped in, snatching seven receptions for 145 receiving

images-5%206.11.13%20PM Janis

yards and two touchdowns. Seeing that Devante Adams struggled all season and that Janis appears to have gained Rodgers’ trust, Janis could breakout as the Packers’ No. 3 wideout behind Nelson and Cobb. If one of them goes down, his stock would immediately soar.



82        Danny Amendola, NE (9)         (Match ups-Tom Bradys game, see 83 rank)

This mini-wideout has battled injuries over the years, but is a superb route runner who fits into the Patriots’ offense perfectly. In fact, Amendola took a substantial pay cut to ensure he could remain in Brady’s offense. If Edleman goes down, Amendola will become a terrific PPR play, and even if Edleman stays healthy, Amendola is worth owning

83        Nate Washington, NE (9)               (Upside Tom Brady and Offense)

Washington did have two very good games and now joins an explosive offense in New England, but he is burried on the depth chart. If he does find his way into playing time, he will be worth playing, but at this point you just never know.

84      Davante Adams, GB (4)        (look at No. 96 as well) (will get his chance)

Adams had his chance and he let fantasy owners down, but most importantly, he let Aaron Rodgers down and that is not the kind of thing you want to do if you are trying to earn snaps in Green Bay’s offense. While Adams could be a quality fantasy asset, chances are that he will be surpassed by Jeff Janis and perhaps even Ty Montgomery on the depth chart.

85        Justin Hardy, ATL (11)        (Dynasty Value)

He should have fantasy relevance with winning the slot job. Use of 3 wide receiver sets important in his factor. Which Atlanta does use.

86        Marqise Lee,  JAC (5)          (Talented 3WR  and Injury Value +)

images-2 Lee Someone has to be the No. 3 wideout in this young Blake Bortles potential offense, and that someone is Marqise Lee, who has some injury issues might be just as good as Hurns. Last season, he scored 0.120 fantasy points per snap, which ranks him up there with names like Randall Cobb.



87        Pharoh Cooper, LA (8)

Until recently, only first round rookies were able to make much of a fantasy impact, and Cooper may continue to change that notion. Cooper is mentally and emotionally ready for the big stage, but will have to beat out Kenny Britt and Brian Quick if he wants to earn enough snaps to be a quality fantasy player.

88        Eddie Royal, CHI (9)

Royal spent much of 2015 injured, and when he did play, it was not impressive, but he is currently slated to start in the slot for Jay Cutler’s Bears. It will be a tall task to hold off both Marquess Wilson and Marc Mariani, but if he can, you’ve got to monitor Royal for pickup.


89        Jermaine Kearse, Sea           (Potential)

Tyler Lockett is the hot name among Seattle wide receivers, but it is Kearse who is ahead of Lockett on the depth chart and Kearse who received more snaps all of last season. Additionally, Kearse finished No. 45 among wideouts in fantasy points last year, which made him a part-time starter.

90        Brandon Coleman, NO (5)           (Drew Brees)

Coleman carries plenty of hype heading into fantasy drafts. Saints have no defense ,and Bree’s throwing the ball. With the addition of Michael Thomas, competition for this WR3 will be interesting.

91        Victor Cruz, NYG (8)        (Injury Risk)

Cruz is worth drafting above his position. Stud or Dud, In fact, Cruz might not make the team, let alone be a fantasy relevant asset. At this point in New York, Sterling Shepard is possibly next to Odell Beckham.

92        Chris Conley, KC (5)        (Athletic Freak)

images Conley So a player such as Conley who has the build at 6’2″ and 213 pounds, the opportunity to be a second receiver for his team, and electric athletic skills, it’s near impossible to know what to do because he also plays on the league’s seventh-most run-heavy team from last year, ran the fourth-fewest passing plays in 2015. But he easily could be a No.1 WR for the Chiefs.


93        TJ Jones, DET (10)           (Upside, Dynasty)

Deep sleeper. Even Detroit QB Matthew Stafford believes WR T.J. Jones could be in for a breakout season. They will be throwing the ball a lot !!


94      Cole Beasley, DAL (7)        (Receptions +)

images-1 Beasley


Sneaky slot receiver, who always ends up with the big catch. Tends to see lots of targets against certain match ups. Witten takes away attention still in the middle, which makes Beasley Beastly. (Match up is the key with him)


95      Darrius Heyward-Bey, PIT (8)        (Risky – Potential)

He is nothing more than the No. 3 or 4 receiver in a great offense. So while he might post fantasy relevant numbers if he got the chance to start, he would require injuries to two of Antonio Brown, Wheaton or Sammie Coates, so don’t waste a draft pick here.

96     Ty Montgomery, GB (4)           (++ when injuries occur)

Contrary to what you may believe, Montgomery is still in contention for the No. 3 wide receiver job in Green Bay. Many believe Janis is going to lock it up, but Montgomery appears to have passed up Devante Adams for the No. 4 spot, and if anyone gets injured, Ty would become a quick pickup if not drafted.

97      William Fuller, HOU (9)          (Rookie, Dynasty)

The fact that he is slated to start across from DeAndre Hopkins has not persuaded our experts into believing Will Fuller will help fantasy teams. A large majority say he is being picked too high in drafts and expect him to deal with more of a learning curve than other rookie wideouts who are more complete players.


98       DeAndre Smelter, SF (8)     (QB play?)

Smelter tore his ACL at Georgia Tech the year before he was drafted in the fourth round. Now that he is healthy, he will compete for a starting job with the 49ers. Even if he does manage to win the job, San Fransisco’s passing game is a mess and Smelter has a big learning curve, so he is unlikely to warrant a draft pick.

99      Braxton Miller, HOU (9)     (Dynasty, Rookie Competition)

images-4 Braxton

Miller is truly an elite athlete, but don’t be too easily persuaded by his star power. He is too raw to make more than a marginal impact in a marginal offense. Switching positions is a tall task, even for the best of athletes.



100     Albert Wilson, KC (5)

Albert Wilson may not have had a very good season, but he did enough, especially in the playoffs, to earn a starting role. Both Maclin and Kelce will draw plenty of attention so Wilson could sneak his way to WR4 type production if he is able to stay healthy and hang on to his job. Could possibly be a starter for the Chiefs

Players next in line: Cecil Shorts, HOU (9), Brian Quick, LA (8), Rashard Higgins, CLE (13)    Kenny Stills, MIA (8),  J.J. Nelson, ARI (9), Bryce Butler, Dall (7),Charles Johnson, Minnesota (6),  Philly Brown, Carolina (7),  Andre Johnson, Tenn(13)

Final Points – Regardless of your first-round draft strategy, there are plenty of receivers with sleeper and breakout potential to add to your list of wide receivers in deeper parts of your draft. Remember, match-ups, weather, strength of schedule, and position battles when it comes to these type of players. But they can make a good fantasy team close to great with the right pick at the right time.


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  1. Norm Dancosse

    August 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    You have Tyler Boyd ranked twice! . Page 1 of 4 and page 2 of 4.

    • Jason Gregory

      August 20, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Last minute editing – I believe I was moving him up

    • Jason Gregory

      August 20, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Yes, you will see that with my rankings as more knowledge is gained, they might get moved up a section, I know my next article I moved some WR’s up

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