Mike Tagliere’s 2019 Wide Receiver Rankings With Notes (Fantasy Football)

by Mike Tagliere | @MikeTagliereNFL | Featured Writer
Jun 19, 2019

Davante Adams didn’t have a single game below 16 PPR points in 2018, something no other receiver can say

In case you missed them, we’ve posted my quarterback and running back rankings over the last two days, which means only one thing… it’s time for the wide receivers. Drafting running backs in the first-round has become the cool, new, hip thing to do, but should it be? I remember just a few years back when fantasy footballers were drafting Calvin Johnson at No. 1 overall. At this moment, there are just three wide receivers being selected in the top 13 picks of drafts (according to consensus ADP).

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The reason everyone is using to draft running backs at the start of drafts is due to the lack of true workhorse options as the draft goes on. Well, the same can be said about wide receivers. From 2012-2016, an average of 30.2 receivers per year saw 110-plus targets. In 2017-2018, that average has dropped to just 19.5 receivers per year. To be fair, 110 targets aren’t necessarily target-hog numbers, but did you know there’s been just three times a player has reached 170 targets over the last three seasons? That number was hit five times alone in 2015. So, the next time someone tells you workhorse running backs are fading, tell them target-magnet wide receivers are becoming just as rare.

 

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1Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
2Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
3Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
4Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
5Chris Carson (SEA)RB
6Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
7David Johnson (ARI)RB
8Le'Veon Bell (NYJ)RB
9Julio Jones (ATL)WR
10Cooper Kupp (LAR)WR
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11DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
12Aaron Jones (GB)RB
13Phillip Lindsay (DEN)RB
14Josh Jacobs (OAK)RB
15Mark Ingram (BAL)RB
16Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
17Marlon Mack (IND)RB
18Michael Thomas (NO)WR
19Sony Michel (NE)RB
20T.Y. Hilton (IND)WR
21Devonta Freeman (ATL)RB
22Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
23Tyler Lockett (SEA)WR
24Tevin Coleman (SF)RB
25Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
26Kerryon Johnson (DET)RB
27Julian Edelman (NE)WR
28Robert Woods (LAR)WR
29Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
30Michael Gallup (DAL)WR
1Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
2Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
3Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
4J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
5Trevor Story (COL)SS
6Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
7Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
8Trea Turner (WSH)SS
9Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
10Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
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11Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
12Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
13Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
14Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
15Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
16Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
17Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
18Juan Soto (WSH)LF
19Anthony Rendon (WSH)3B
20Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
21Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
22Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
23Starling Marte (PIT)CF
24Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
25Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
26Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
29George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
30Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
1Anthony Davis (LAL)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (BKN)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
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11Russell Westbrook (HOU)PG
12Paul George (LAC)SF,PF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (LAC)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (OKC)PG
16Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
19Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
26Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
27Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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