Who are the Top 10 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WRs) for 2016? Last year, we had a handful of new receivers emerge as elite, like Allen Robinson. Who are the top 10WRs for 2016? Who just missed the cut?
Top 10 WRs for 2016
1. Antonio Brown – The tough part about calling this obvious is that if Big Ben gets hurt, Brown falls almost an entire tier. Still, predicting that Big Ben will be hurt isn’t something we will do here. Brown has had two back-to-back seasons now with 129-130 receptions for 1,698+ yards and 10+ touchdowns.
2. Julio Jones – ABrown and Julio are so dominate at their position. Brown with his speed and route running, and Julio with his insane size. He flat-out dominates the space around him. Despite only 8TDs in 2015, and 6 the year prior, he has 12-15TD upside in him, he just needs more end zone targets. Last year, the beast dropped 136/1871/8TDs… that’s incredible, and even if he dips in receptions in yards this coming year, add in 2-3 more TDs and his points will be there again.
3. Deandre Hopkins – This year is so loaded in the top 1-6 overall, and it’s because of these super elite WRs. Hopkins could easily be as good as either ABrown or Julio, and he could be the top fantasy scorer at the end of 2016. He is that good. He has that much upside and he is only going to get better. Scary. His 111/1521/11TDs last year feels safe if you want 2016 projections.
4. Odell Beckham – He will always come with some attitude concerns, but he, like any of the three above him, is 1.01 deserving. He really is. He is only entering his third season and his first two NFL seasons look like: 91/1305/12TDs and 96/1450/13TDs. Sometimes you forget how good he is for only playing two years in the NFL.
5. Dez Bryant – After only 9 games played with 401 yards receiving and 3TDs, it’s tough to know what to expect out of Dez in 2016. Ranking him higher than this would have big risks, but 5-8 seems safe with good upside.
6. Allen Robinson – ARob has both the ability to get even better next year, or disappoint. He pulled in 1,400 yards and 14TDs on just 80 receptions, so if he can pull in 95-100, watch out. Players sometimes have seasons like he did in 2015, though, then disappoint the next year. So, there is some risk in expecting 1,400/14TDs, but we like his chances give Blake Bortles is looking for real. Feel good about ranking ARob in the 5-8WR range in 2016.
7. AJ Green – A great value here. While it’s hard to rank him higher because he has disappointed as of late, but he can always play with the 1-5 guys, so this is great value with low risk.
8. Demaryius Thomas – Of all the WRs in the 5-10 range, we worry most about Thomas, due to injury and QB situation. He could drop to the bottom of the top 10 by August. He could remain, much depends on what we think DEN will do at QB in 2016.
9. Amari Cooper – He could take a huge step forward in 2016 and be a top 3-6 guy.
10. Mike Evans – He will be a great value grab this year because he has top 3-7 ability but will rank near the bottom of the top 10WRs by default, just because there are so many good WRs this year.
Just missed the cut: Alshon Jeffery, Sammy Watkins, Josh Gordon, Keenan Allen, Brandon Marshall, Julian Edelman, Randall Cobb, Doug Baldwin, Jordy Nelson, Emmanual Sanders, Jordan Matthews, Brandin Cooks, Allen Hurns, TY Hilton