One of the most debated theories in Fantasy Football, “You can’t win your league in the first round, but you can lose it.” Much like The 40 Year Old Virgin’s infamous, “If you don’t use it, you lose it” question, this one is still hotly debated. For those of you who agree with this theory, keep reading. For those of you who disagree, keep reading.
The wide receiver position has become more reliable in Fantasy over the years as they are slightly more predictable and seemingly less injury prone than that of the running back position. If you’re the risk averse type like myself, you may want to seriously consider taking a wide receiver with your first, and possibly second round pick.
Of the top 25 standard scoring RBs in 2014, only three of those players managed to crack the top 10 in 2015 (Lamar Miller, Chris Ivory and Matt Forte). We see better consistency from the WR group as six of 2014’s top 25 were able to crack 2015’s top 10 list (Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson).
Still not sold on the idea? Ask the people who drafted the following players how they felt about their first and or second round pick last season: Eddie Lacy, Le’Veon Bell, Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch, DeMarco Murray, C.J. Anderson, Jeremy Hill, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck.
On behalf of all us folks who drafted a WR early last year and selected one or even two of the following players, we thank the rest of you who chose to ignore facts and stats and Fantasy points: Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas.
2016 WR Changes Since 2015
Last year’s Top 22 standard scoring list consists of eight second year players: Allen Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks, Allen Hurns, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Matthews and John Brown.
While we’re more likely to get an episode of Game of Thrones where questions actually get answered than a repeat of last year, it’s worth noting the second year WRs who have a chance to make a significant jump in 2016:
Amari Cooper, Tyler Lockett, Dorial Green-Beckham, Kevin White, DeVante Parker, Breshad Perriman, Devin Funchess, Nelson Agholor, Stefon Diggs, Phillip Dorsett, Jamison Crowder, Sammie Coates, DeAndre Smelter and Devin Smith.
Last year’s Top 25 scorers at the WR position included three players who joined new teams in the offseason: Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn Jr.
The biggest names who will be wearing a new uniform in 2016 are Marvin Jones, Travis Benjamin, Rueben Randle, Mike Wallace, Rishard Matthews, Chris Hogan, Brandon LaFell, Mohamed Sanu and most likely to sign elsewhere, Anquan Boldin.
Golden Tate & Marvin Jones:
There has been speculation all offseason regarding who will take over as the number one WR for Detroit. The industry seems split between Tate and Jones but recent reports have suggested it is a 1 and 1A situation, with Jones taking the lead role. With catches like the one in the video below, it’s easy to see why there’s been so much buzz.
— NFL (@NFL) August 12, 2016
Josh Gordon & Corey Coleman:
2016 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings
These Fantasy Rankings are based on standard, non-PPR and PPR Fantasy leagues.
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