Burkardt’s Preseason Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers

by Skyler Burkardt
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Fantasy football season is just around the corner. Over the next few weeks, I will share my top-10 rankings for each position to help give you an edge and possibly determine who should be drafted in your fantasy leagues this season. We are on to wide receivers.

Wide Receivers

1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans

The  Houston Texans have added offensive line talent to protect DeShaun Watson, and because of that, we should see Hopkins numbers increase from last year. Hopkins will be the best fantasy wide receiver this year based off of how much he gets targeted and how anything that is thrown his way gets caught. Don’t be shocked if you see him go for 2,000 yards this year.

2. Odell Beckham Jr. – Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield‘s new weapon is going to put up crazy numbers now that he is paired with his college teammate Jarvis Landry. We could see his best numbers yet with Mayfield at the helm and plenty of weapons on this Browns team.

3. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings

Thielen can only get better now that the Vikings have added to their offensive line and therefore protecting Kirk Cousins. Even with Stefon Diggs on this team, there are plenty of stats to go around. Thielen won’t put up Beckham and Hopkins numbers, but he will be an outstanding WR1.

4. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers

Phillip Rivers’ favorite target is always a top-5 lock for fantasy numbers because of the sheer number of targets every game. Allen is an elite route runner and reliable for Rivers to throw to in any situation. Don’t be surprised to see him break 1,300 yards once again and maybe even double-digit touchdowns.

5. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If Bruce Arians is running the offense, count me in for some high numbers for Evans. Evans quietly had a good year last year, recording 86 catches for 1,524 yards and eight touchdowns. With Winston at quarterback full time and Arians calling the shots, the Buccaneers will look to utilize him even more. The upside is too good to pass him up if he falls in the draft.

6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons 

There is a lot of talk around Jons this year, and many think he will have the chance at eclipsing the 2,000 receiving yards mark. That may be a reach, but 1,300 yards and seven touchdowns would make him a top-5 candidate.

7. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers

Smith-Schuster is now the undisputed No. 1 wide receiver in Pittsburgh, and he’ll show everyone what he is capable of without Brown. The second-year wide receiver could put up close to the same stats that Brown has in the past because of how well he runs his routes. Don’t be afraid to reach on Smith-Schuster because Ben Roethlisberger isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

8. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams

Cooks is going to have a great year this year fantasy-wise now that he’s had experience in Sean McVay’s system. In his second year with the Rams, McVay should utilize him more and create more opportunities that should see him eclipse the 1,200-yard mark once again.

9. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees isn’t getting any younger and last season his passing yards dropped. Brees should still hit 4,000 yards and around the same touchdowns as 2018. With a potential drop in Brees’ play, that will hurt Thomas’s fantasy numbers.

10. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings

Diggs has established himself as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver. He can cut on a dime and make a defenses pay. Diggs is going to record another 1,000-yard season as he continues to make fantasy owners happy. He could surpass some of the other wide receivers on this list due to the Vikings upgrading their offensive line, but for right now he lands at No. 10
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