There is no position in fantasy football that runs deeper than wide receiver. While every NFL team has one primary quarterback, and may rotate a couple of running backs, a good offense can produce three fantasy-relevant wide receivers and almost every team has two worth knowing. While there are plenty of options to go around, getting good ones is never easy and can make the difference between a championship run and another year on the outside of the playoffs looking in. I like to make sure I get one elite WR and then fill around him with plenty of players with upside to see who sticks.
Getting the right WR can be tricky, though. Many different factors affect how receivers play week to week including gameplan, coverages faced, game situations, and quarterback play. Having QB issues can drain a WR’s production faster than almost any other factor, so make sure you consider that when making picks.
Another factor to focus on is your league’s scoring. Some leagues reward a point for every reception (PPR) while some award a half and others like ESPN standard scoring don’t consider receptions only total yards. Make sure to target the kind of receiver that will bring you the most payoff in your specific league.
The tough part about getting WR’s is their volatility. From year to year and even from game to game their production can vary greatly. All you have to do to see an example is look at Roddy White’s numbers which were excellent throughout his career before falling off the map last season and taking many of his fantasy owners with him. On the other hand, there are always receivers that emerge from the waiver wire, so make sure you stay active throughout the season.
On the following slides, you can find my top 40 WR going into the year, and make sure to stay tuned to our fantasy football page for more rankings, perspective, and sleeper options leading up to your draft day.
Throughout the season, you’ll also be able to find waiver wire pickups, starter rankings, and weekly value options to help you build the best team possible.