Leach’s 2019 Wide Receiver Re-Draft Rankings

by Cody Leach
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The 2019 wide receiver position is loaded with talent, but there are a lot of questions and differences in opinions on where these players all rank out against each other. DeAndre Hopkins is the natural choice at No. 1, but after that, it gets complicated. Putting Antonio Brown outside the top-5 is extremely difficult, but the downgrade in offenses should lead to a bit of regression for the future Hall of Famer. Here are my fantasy wide receiver rankings as we head into 2019.

Wide Receivers

TIPS: In standard scoring formats, touchdowns are king. Try to target players such as Davante Adams and Mike Evans and stay away from your smaller slot guys who rack up catches, but don’t necessarily put the ball in the end zone.

Sleeper

The Eagles offense should be outstanding again in 2019. The injury concerns are understandable with Carson Wentz and not having Nick Foles backing him up, but still, expect a monster season from Alshon Jeffery. As teams look to take away the tight ends down in the red zone, Jeffery could be the next option that Wentz looks to target. Jeffery brings double digit touchdown upside and has WR1 well in his range of outcomes for the 2019 season.

Strategy

Getting one of the top 7 WR’s should be the primary focus here. There is a decent-sized tier break between No. 7 and No. 8. Each guy in the top-7 brings exceptionally high upside, with a very high floor, and not many/if any question marks. After Evans, other players carry some risk. Will JuJu Smith-Schuster be the same without Antonio Brown taking two defenders away? Can Amari Cooper be an elite fantasy player with Dak Prescott throwing him the rock? How do you pick between the three Rams wide receivers?

1 D Hopkins HOU
2 D Adams GB
3 Julio Jones”}”>Julio Jones ATL
4 Michael Thomas”}”>Michael Thomas NO
5 Odell Beckham Jr.”}”>Odell Beckham Jr. CLE
6 Antonio Brown OAK
7 Mike Evans TB
8 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT
9 Amari Cooper DAL
10 Adam Thielen”}”>Adam Thielen MIN
11 T.Y. Hilton”}”>T.Y. Hilton IND
12 Keenan Allen”}”>Keenan Allen LAC
13 A.J. Green”}”>A.J. Green CIN
14 Robert Woods”}”>Robert Woods LAR
15 Stefon Diggs”}”>Stefon Diggs MIN
16 Brandin Cooks”}”>Brandin Cooks LAR
17 Calvin Ridley”}”>Calvin Ridley ATL
18 Kenny Golladay”}”>Kenny Golladay DET
19 Alshon Jeffery PHI
20 Cooper Kupp”}”>Cooper Kupp LAR
21 Julian Edelman”}”>Julian Edelman NE
22 Mike Williams”}”>Mike Williams LAC
23 Tyler Lockett”}”>Tyler Lockett SEA
24 Allen Robinson”}”>Allen Robinson CHI
25 Chris Godwin”}”>Chris Godwin TB
26 Sammy Watkins”}”>Sammy Watkins KC
27 Tyreek Hill”}”>Tyreek Hill KC
28 D.J. Moore”}”>D.J. Moore CAR
29 Robby Anderson”}”>Robby Anderson NYJ
30 Dede Westbrook”}”>Dede Westbrook JAC
31 Jarvis Landry”}”>Jarvis Landry CLE
32 Tyler Boyd”}”>Tyler Boyd CIN
33 DeSean Jackson”}”>DeSean Jackson PHI
34 James Washington”}”>James Washington PIT
35 Sterling Shepard”}”>Sterling Shepard NYG
36 Golden Tate”}”>Golden Tate NYG
37 Marvin Jones”}”>Marvin Jones DET
38 Corey Davis”}”>Corey Davis TEN
39 Dante Pettis”}”>Dante Pettis SF
40 Will Fuller”}”>Will Fuller HOU
41 Courtland Sutton”}”>Courtland Sutton DEN
42 Christian Kirk”}”>Christian Kirk ARI
43 Larry Fitzgerald”}”>Larry Fitzgerald ARI
44 Curtis Samuel”}”>Curtis Samuel CAR
45 Geronimo Allison”}”>Geronimo Allison GB
46 Kenny Stills”}”>Kenny Stills MIA
47 Robert Foster”}”>Robert Foster BUF
48 N’Keal Harry NE
49 Michael Gallup”}”>Michael Gallup DAL
50 Anthony Miller”}”>Anthony Miller CHI
51 Keke Coutee”}”>Keke Coutee HOU
52 Emmanuel Sanders”}”>Emmanuel Sanders DEN
53 Tyrell Williams”}”>Tyrell Williams OAK
54 Marquise Goodwin”}”>Marquise Goodwin SF
55 Jamison Crowder”}”>Jamison Crowder NYJ
56 DaeSean Hamilton”}”>DaeSean Hamilton DEN
57 Devin Funchess”}”>Devin Funchess IND
58 John Brown”}”>John Brown BUF
59 Mecole Hardman KC
60 D.K. Metcalf SEA
61 Marquez Valdes-Scantling”}”>Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB
62 Donte Moncrief”}”>Donte Moncrief PIT
63 Mohamed Sanu”}”>Mohamed Sanu ATL
64 Marqise Lee”}”>Marqise Lee JAC
65 Deebo Samuel SF
66 A.J. Brown TEN
67 Antonio Callaway”}”>Antonio Callaway CLE
68 Nelson Agholor”}”>Nelson Agholor PHI
69 Randall Cobb”}”>Randall Cobb DAL
70 Parris Campbell IND
71 Devante Parker MIA
72 Albert Wilson”}”>Albert Wilson MIA
73 Tre’Quan Smith”}”>Tre’Quan Smith NO
74 Quincy Enunwa”}”>Quincy Enunwa NYJ
75 Marquise Brown BAL
76 Demaryius Thomas”}”>Demaryius Thomas NE

My Guys

The graphic below shows where each wide receiver  is going in drafts compared to other quarterbacks. The tab on the far right shows ADP-RANKINGS. This shows me the players I am higher/lower on than the consensus opinion across the fantasy industry.

  • Amari Cooper
  • Calvin Ridley
  • Alshon Jeffrey
  • Allen Robinson
  • Dede Westbrook
  • Desean Jackson
  • James Washington

Amari Cooper should get back to the player that he was in his early seasons in Oakland. The Cowboys offense saw a significant increase in production after trading for him last season. Cooper saw five or more receptions in six of his nine games in Dallas and with a full offseason, that should continue, if not improve.

The Falcons offense could become explosive once again with Dirk Koetter taking over as the offensive coordinator. Expect second-year wide receiver Calvin Ridley to take the next step.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking for a No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver to take over the production of Antonio Brown. Smith-Schuster will get his receptions, but after that, this is wide open. Washington seems like the player that could most benefit.

 

 

 

 

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