Mike Tagliere’s 2019 Wide Receiver Rankings With Notes (Fantasy Football)
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).
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.
ADP – Average Draft Position