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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1Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
2Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
3Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
4Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
5David Johnson (ARI)RB
6DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
7Davante Adams (GB)WR
8Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
9Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
10Le'Veon Bell (NYJ)RB
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11Julio Jones (ATL)WR
12Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
13James Conner (PIT)RB
14Travis Kelce (KC)TE
15Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
16Michael Thomas (NO)WR
17JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)WR
18Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
19Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
20Mike Evans (TB)WR
21Antonio Brown (OAK)WR
22George Kittle (SF)TE
23T.Y. Hilton (IND)WR
24Marlon Mack (IND)RB
25Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
26Amari Cooper (DAL)WR
27A.J. Green (CIN)WR
28Damien Williams (KC)RB
29Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
30Aaron Jones (GB)RB
1Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
2Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
3Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
4Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
5Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
6Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
7Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
8Trevor Story (COL)SS
9Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
10Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
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11J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
12Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
13Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
14Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
15Trea Turner (WSH)SS
16Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
17Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
18Chris Sale (BOS)SP
19Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
20Anthony Rendon (WSH)3B
21Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
22Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
23Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
24Adalberto Mondesi (KC)2B,SS
25Josh Bell (PIT)1B
26Juan Soto (WSH)LF
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Pete Alonso (NYM)1B,DH
29Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
30Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
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
10Russell Westbrook (HOU)PG
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11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (LAC)SG,SF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (LAC)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (OKC)PG
16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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