Here is the place to start stealing Wide Receivers, there is a ton of talent in this group who have been moving up the ranks. And they have serious #1 WR talent and play for the right team. There will be a handful from this group who I see Top 10-15 by years end. In parenthesis denotes the players bye week.
26. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (2nd Year WR, that means ++)
Parker closed the season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games of the season. During that six-game span, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.
27. Eric Decker, New York Jets (Reception +)
Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker’s weekly production was extremely consistent: 11.7-plus PPR points every week. He never finished worse than PPR WR34 last season. That consistency led to WR14 full-season finish in PPR scoring in 2015.
28. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers (Great Offense, Great QB)
As a rookie in 2014, Benjamin finished with 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Unfortunately he missed all of 2015, but he’s clearly the team’s top wide receiver for last year’s highest-scoring offense. If fully recovered he will be moving up the rankings soon.
29. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (QB play? Talented Wr)
In two seasons with the Broncos, Sanders finished with 101/1,404/7 (2014) and 76/1,135/4 (2015). Given the team’s quarterback situation, however, it’s likely that the Broncos rely on their running game a little more this season. Still is a very very good receiver, and will be interesting to see how things shape up in Denver’s passing game.
30. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (Extension and Strong ending last year)
Not only did he set career highs of 78 receptions, 1,069 yards and (a league-high) 14 touchdowns last season, but Baldwin scored 11 of those touchdowns during the five-game span from Weeks 12 to 16. Baldwin, who signed an extension through 2020, Over the final eight games of the season, Baldwin scored a touchdown on 19.05% of his receptions (12 of 63).
31.Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (Up and Coming)
While Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015 and I have him projected to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in 2016.
32. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (Talent, Young, Risky)
Probably to high for someone who doesn’t get on the field. But based on potential and how many time they are going to throw ball, he could develop into a nice pick. He will need to get his body in game shape.Conditionally reinstated with a four-game suspension to the start the season, Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy receiver going into 2016. Only 25 years old. Is he worth the risk?
33. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards. He’s unlikely to finish as a top-20 fantasy receiver once again (as Cooper takes a step forward), but he’s a solid WR for fantasy teams. Young QB getting better and both should have the confidence after last season
34. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. All three of the team’s top-three receivers, however, are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.
35. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn’t have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Snead could give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016. But will need to show more consistency to fight off M.Thomas for plays.
36. Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers
Smith led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1) last season. With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of passing plays.
37. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (Offense heading UP)
In a breakout second season, Hurns finished with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Along with teammate Allen Robinson, the two Allens were among only nine wide receivers to post 1,000/10 lines in 2015. With an improved team outlook, Hurns is a solid WR 2 or WR3. But could put up WR1 numbers.
38. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (Boom or Bust possible with Upside)
Jones set career highs in receptions (65) and yards (816) in his final season with the Bengals last year. While the Lions should be more balanced this year, no team threw the ball on a higher percentage of their plays in 2015. Tate and M. Jones should lead to new career highs in catches and yards for Jones.
39.Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Dangerous as a returner, Lockett became more involved in the team’s offense in the second half of his rookie season. While he had a couple of return scores early in the season, all six of his receiving scores occurred in the final 10 games of the season. Lockett should improve upon his rookie receiving numbers (51/664/6) in 2016
40.DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (Deep play threat, Maybe ST)
A hamstring injury limited Jackson to just nine games last season. Over the final six weeks of the season, Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns. With the team using a first-round pick on Josh Doctson, D-Jax remains a boom-or-bust weekly option, but he should finish with 1,000 yards or so provided he remains healthy.
41.Tavon Austin, Los Angeles Rams (Receptions+, Explosive)
Even though Austin had just 473 receiving yards, the versatile receiver had a total of 907 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns including a punt return touchdown. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015. He should lead the team in receptions and touches again. Dude has mad skill wheels.
42. Kevin White, Chicago Bears (Bust out Potential, Young)
White missed all of his rookie season due to a stress fracture in his shin. Recovered from last year’s injury, White has all of the physical tools to develop into a dominant receiver in the league. And the Bears should be throwing the ball a lot this season, playing catch up. Expecting a bust out year for this gentlemen.
43.Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (Sky is the limit, Sweet Potential)
The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who should be the No. 2 option behind Odell Beckham with Rueben Randle signing with the Eagles and the uncertainty of what Victor Cruz will be able to provide. I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie.
44. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (Dynasty, Huge Upside)
The first receiver off the board in April’s draft, Coleman is an explosive athlete and could wind up leading all rookie receivers in fantasy production. Few teams have a worse receiving corps than the Browns, especially with Gordon on the sidelines for the first four games, and the team should find themselves trailing and needing to throw often. RGIII could decide his numbers for him.
45. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings (Upside – REDZONE TARGET)
Some will knock Treadwell for his (lack of) speed, but the Vikings first-round pick is a big-bodied (6-2, 221), physical receiver with strong hands that runs good routes. Perhaps a bigger problem than his speed is Minnesota’s offense, as no team threw it less than the Vikings in 2015. Could be a nice pick here.
46.Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers (Move up,Mad Skills, Passing Offense)
In spite of poor quarterback play in Cleveland, Benjamin broke out with a 68/966/5 season. With better weapons on San Diego’s roster, Benjamin will get his chance with Stevie Johnson out, but the improvement in quarterback play should allow Benjamin to have a BREAKOUT season.
47. Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (Move Up in ranks/Position Battle)
With Martavis Bryant suspended for the season, it should lead to a higher volume of targets and production for Wheaton, who finished with 44 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns last season. Over the final six games, however, Wheaton had a total of 476 yards and four touchdowns.
48. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (Moved up from previous rankings)
The Falcons gave Sanu a big free-agent deal to become Atlanta’s No. 2 receiver behind stud Julio Jones. Based on his contract and role, Sanu should have an opportunity to put up numbers similar to his 2014 season (56/790/5). Good offense, Good tools around him, he could be sliding up the ranks as we go.
49. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs in both absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season. Good young QB and emergence of Doug Martin may help him have a rebound season.
50. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs got off to a great start with six-plus catches and 87-plus yards in each of his first four games played and he was clearly the most productive of Minnesota’s wide receivers last season. Competing with Treadwell for targets in Minnesota’s low-volume pass offense. Dude has skills though.
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