Who was the best wide receiver in the game last couple of years, sometimes these players ranked in these spots fall into top of the tier WR’s. Not all but usually a few of them.We’re not talking about who made the Pro Bowl or even who got the All-Pro votes. Who was really a great fantasy WR? Forget reputation and forget how much money each player makes. Here ya go, who will it be
51 Vincent Jackson, TB (6)
From 2011 to 2014, Jackson had over 1,000 yards every season, and even last season he was on pace for 960 had it not been for injury. The man knows how to make plays, and with Mike Evans drawing several defenders, could be a nice play this season if Jackson can stay healthy.
52 Travis Benjamin, SD (11) (increasing value)
Say what you will about Phillip Rivers, but he consistently throws for big yards despite decent receivers. Over the years, he has turned players into useful fantasy assets. The thing about Benjamin is, he is already a useful fantasy asset. It will be interesting to see how him and Rivers connect. Could be risky pick.
53 Dorial Green-Beckham, TEN (13)
With his body and speed, he should have an expanded role especially with the addition of Demarco Murray who they will use correctly in the offense. Which will give more room for DGB to do his thing. Also he is a great red-zone target.
54 Mohamed Sanu, ATL (11)
You may look at Sanu and see just 394 yards with 0 touchdowns, but we see the guy starting across from Julio Jones in a strong offense. Matt Ryan is going to get his 4,500 passing yards, and while 2,000 of those might go to Julio, that leaves 2,500 to split between Sanu, two mediocre tight ends and slot receiver Justin Hardy.
55 Devin Funchess, CAR (7) (Moving up the Charts)
He is going to be involved in a great offense, plus he has the explosive gift to score from any where. One other reason for this is that he is expected to emerge as the
second starter as Kelvin Benjamin’s sidekick. We saw what Teddy Ginn was able to accomplish with Cam Newton this year, so expect the same type of production, or better, form a more talented receiver.
56 Kendall Wright, TEN (13)
Wright is being drafted in the top 70 for receivers this year. Maybe to low since as talented as Dorial Green-Beckham may be, when Wright was healthy, no Titans receiver saw more targets. If the same is true this year, Wright could be a solid WR3, so don’t hesitate to grab him.
57 Josh Doctson, WAS (9)
While Doctson is talented and possesses impressive potential, Kirk Cousins has six more polished weapons in the passing game, from Garcon, Jackson, Crowder and their deep tight end pool. If there are injuries, Doctson would be a nice pick up. Or as the season goes to could have value.
58 Phillip Dorsett, IND (10)
Any receiver who has Andrew Luck throwing him passes is interesting, but what makes Dorsett so intriguing is that if week 17 is any indication, Dorsett will be a big part of a dynamite Colts offense this year. He is clearly the No. 3 receiver right now for the Colts, but if either Hilton or Moncrief misses time, he will become a WR2 immediately.
59 Michael Thomas, NO (5) (Upside, Dynasty)
The Saints seem to be slow at pushing rookie receivers out for loads of snaps, and with the emergence of Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman, Thomas could begin the year as the odd man out. With that being said, he is talented enough to play himself into plenty of targets by years end in a Drew Brees offense. Might take him a few or more weeks to provide the value pick.
60 Pierre Garcon, WAS (9) (Reception value +)
Let’s not forget that he hauled in 113 catches for over 1300 yards just a couple of seasons ago, and that was with RG3 at QB. With Kirk Cousins, a healthy Garcon could see his way to another 1,000 plus yards this season, and in PPR leagues, he is an animal.
61 Rishard Matthews, TEN (13) ( intriguing value)
Between Week 2 and Matthews’ final healthy game in Week 10, he had 38 receptions for 613 receiving yards, which over a full season would have been comparable to A.J. Green and Mike Evans. Doriel Green-Beckham certainly has a higher ceiling, but Matthews is healthy and can really help fantasy teams this season. You will not find a safer play at this stage in the draft.
62 Chris Hogan, NE (9)
Hogan has a similar skill set to Edelman and Amendola but a bigger, more durable body. He isn’t expected to get many snaps at the start, but we all know how prone the Patriots are to changing things around. Seeing that he is moving from Buffalo to a powerhouse offense, Hogan could be a nice value if he ends up earning some playing time.
63 Mike Wallace, BAL (8)
While Mike Wallace has always possessed plenty of skill, his best days seem to be behind him, as he finished with just 39 catches for 473 yards and 2 touchdowns last season. This year, he moves to Baltimore, where he gets Joe Flacco’s cannon arm throwing the deep balls, but with the emergence last year of Kamar Aiken, and the speed of Breshard Perriman. Sos he could get his long TD stride back.
64 Sammie Coates, PIT (8) ( Upside, Dynasty, Dude)
With Martavis Bryant gone, Coates becomes the clear No. 3 WR in a spectacular offensive unit. Given that Coates possesses greater potential than Markus Wheaton, it isn’t out of the question for him to eventually take over the starting role. If it is sooner than later, Coates could end up being the best sleeper in all of fantasy football.
65 Bruce Ellington, SF (8)
Could be a deep sleeper in this season. His SPARQ score (athleticism) graded out better than Odell Beckham and Brandin Cook before the draft, and in Chip Kelly’s offense, that could go a long way. Do not be surprised when Ellington becomes a quality WR3 and the 49ers top receiver his season.
66 Anquan Boldin, DET (10)
Even despite his old age and the likes of Blaine Gabbert throwing him the ball, Boldin showed he can still play some football. Detroit added this veteran, and given that he is such a fierce run blocker, he will likely play his way into snaps. If he ends up getting the snaps on offense, picking him here could be a great value.
67 Nelson Agholor, PHI (4) (Upside, athletic)
Agholor’s game-high for receptions last year was just three. While he is clearly talented, Expects a jump from 283 yards and 1 touchdown to WR2 territory, He should continue to improve and with the focus on Mathews, he could be a sweet pick right here.
68 Breshad Perriman, BAL (8) (little risky, upside)
The Ravens had to be thrilled when they found out Perriman wouldn’t require ACL construction surgery, but for fantasy owners, Perriman shouldn’t be considered out of the dark. An injury so severe that such a significant surgery was in question is a major red flag, especially when his speed is such a clear top strength. There is some serious talent here, but a player with 0 NFL snaps is risky, but the TALENT is there.
69 Terrance Williams, DAL (7)
Williams is being drafted too low right now. Williams is a talented red zone target, but only hauled in 3 last season despite 840 yards receiving. If he can replicate the 800+ yards with 7 or 8 TDs, we will be talking about a top 30 WR. If Romo and Dez stay healthy Williams will get his share of TD’s. But he does need his team to stay healthy so he is not the focus on defense.
70 Tyler Boyd, CIN (9)
The rookie is expected to start in the slot, but with Andy Dalton splitting passes between A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Gio Bernard, there won’t be many balls to go around. He should be regarded as nothing more than a wait-and-see option at this point.
71 Rueben Randle, PHI (4)
Randle finished just behind Randall Cobb and Mike Evans with 129.9 fantasy points last season and don’t forget, he had over 900 yards the season before. Nelson Agholor’s off the field incident and sub par mini-camp might have put Randle in the driver’s seat for the No. 2 WR job opposite of Jordan Matthews. If he does start, there is no reason to believe he won’t get another 900+ yards.
72 Seth Roberts, OAK (10)
If Derek Carr is actually going to break out like everyone suggests, more than just Amari Cooper and Mike Crabtree will benefit. Seth Roberts is the No. 3 wideout in Oakland and could see a big uptick in his stats. If one of the two starters gets hurt, Roberts will be a big waiver wire pickup, so keep an eye out.
73 Brandon LaFell, CIN (9)
You might think that if LaFell couldn’t become a useful fantasy player with Tom Brady at quarterback that he definitley won’t be able to with Andy Dalton, but right now he is slated to start, and being across from A.J. Green will the focus away from LaFell. His challenge will be keeping Tyler Boyd from carving into his playing time.
74 Kenny Britt, LA (8)
With Nick Foles and Case Keenum, the Rams’ No. 1 receiver notched 681 receiving yards. With Jared Goff throwing the ball, you might expect that number to increase, but the Rams will likely spread out the snap count more this season with Pharoh Cooper and Brian Quick waiting in the wings behind Britt and Tavon Austin.
75 Steve Johnson, SD (11) (INJURED) Possibly season ending
Johnson made some waves in the fantasy world last season when he caught for 497 yards in 9 games, but much of that was without , Keenan Allen playing along with him. Seeing that Allen is back and that Stevie Johnson isn’t in the stage of his career to take a step forward. Could be value as a slot receiver who gets targets during certain match ups.
Extra: How crazy is it that now we are picking Fantasy Wr’s earlier and earlier every year. Many of the top name receivers are leaving in the first round of your draft. With that usually some of the best receiver fall in this range of player to start the season, and end up being a No.1 Wide Receiver. Which or Who will it be this season?
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