Top-10 Wide Receivers for 2018:
1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
Projected receptions, yards and points: 110 rec – 1,583 yards – 323 points
Probably the most elite performer over the last four fantasy seasons, Brown comes into 2018 with no signs of slowing down. He’s coming off a 2017 season where he racked up 101 receptions for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns. With his QB Ben Roethlisberger returning for another year, it’s a safe bet AB will once again be the #1 overall WR in fantasy.
2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
Projected receptions, yards and points: 95 rec – 1,489 yards – 292 points
I’m taking an early risk putting Jones at number 2 because of his underwhelming performance in 2017. Even though he had 88 receptions for 1,444 yards, he only had three touchdowns. I’ll say that again. Julio Jones only had three touchdowns in 2017. The highlight for last season was week 11 against the Bucs. Jones had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns. A receiver who is capable of that type of output in a single game, in my opinion, deserves to be number 2 on this list.
3. Deandre Hopkins – Houston Texans
Projected receptions, yards and points: 94 rec – 1,321 yards – 283 points
With the addition of Deshaun Watson to the offense, Deandre Hopkins had a couple of breakout games in 2017. The highlight was week seven against the Seahawks when he amassed eight receptions for 224 yards and one touchdown. Watson went down with an ACL injury, but Hopkins kept up his fine play with three of the seven games receiving over 100 yards and five total touchdowns. I’m putting Hopkins as a solid RB1 this season.
4. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants
Projected receptions, yards and points: 99 rec – 1,295 yards – 278 points
Coming off of an ACL injury in 2017, it’s hard to gauge the impact OBJ will have over the first few games of the season. Having logged 300 yards in the first four games of the season, OBJ was on track to total around 1,200 yards by the end of 2017. The addition of Saquon Barkley to the offense will take some of the pressure off Beckham and should let him flourish if healthy in 2018.
5. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers
Projected receptions, yards and points: 102 rec – 1,304 yards – 280 points
Allen racked up just under 1,400 yards in 2017, along with six touchdowns. As the clear number one receiver on the depth chart in Los Angeles, I look for Allen to have another big year in 2018. He’s a very solid RB1 and should be taken within the top 12 picks.
6. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints
Projected receptions, yards and points: 100 rec – 1,268 yards – 278 points
With Drew Brees as his quarterback, it’s easy to see why Thomas is such a productive receiver. He’s coming off a 2017 season where he totaled 104 receptions for 1,245 yards. The highlight was week 13 which included ten receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown. I think the combination of Kamara and Ingram in the backfield should bolster Thomas’ numbers for this upcoming season.
7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
Projected receptions, yards and points: 90 rec – 1,297 yards – 268 points
Green has been the shining light on an otherwise underwhelming Bengals team as of late. He totaled 1,078 yards last year with eight touchdowns as the Bengals went 7-9. Since being drafted in 2011, Green has had over 1,000 yards receiving in 6 of 7 seasons. I see no reason why he would fall off in 2018, so I’m making him a solid WR1.
8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
Projected receptions, yards and points: 76 rec – 1,250 yards – 243 points
With Andrew Luck on the sideline last season, Hilton had the second worst season of his career. He only totaled 57 receptions for 966 yards and four touchdowns. However, with Luck looking like he’ll be the starter this season, I think Hilton will have an excellent season and could serve as a potential WR1.
9. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers
Projected receptions, yards and points: 86 rec – 1,088 yards – 254 points
With the move of Jordy Nelson to the Raiders, Davante Adams is a good candidate to take over as the clear number one for the Packers. He put up 74 receptions last season for 885 yards and ten touchdowns. Having Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback is all the more reason to trust Adams going into 2018. He should be drafted in the top-12 this season.
10. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
Projected receptions, yards and points: 104 rec – 1,056 yards – 242 points
Fitz has totaled over 105 receptions each of the last three seasons, and I think that trend continues this year. With Josh Rosen primed to take over the starting QB role, I think Fitz will serve as a safety blanket this season and rack up the receptions to possibly a career high. He saw 109 receptions for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns last season. There’s no reason to assume the 35-year-old receiver will see a drop off in performance this year, so I’m making him a borderline WR1.
Honorable mentions and projections:
Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings
Projected receptions, yards and points: 82 rec – 1,143 yards – 238 points
Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Projected receptions, yards and points: 76 rec – 1,062 yards – 233 points
Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs
Projected receptions, yards and points: 80 rec – 1,035 yards – 232 points
Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
Projected receptions, yards and points: 88 rec – 1,024 yards – 228 points
Stats and projections courtesy of ESPN.com