By Des Boodam
The wide receiver position is similar to the RB position this season where there are 4-5 every game studs and a second tier of a healthy 7-8 players who produce consistently as well. There are simply more WRs per roster which puts RBs at a premium. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt to get a top 5-wide receiver if humanly possible. Like most, you will have to pick and choose, as there are 2-3 options you can take, none are right or wrong – but I’m going roster balance this season. I want a top tier player at each position and then go the value route from there. Let’s take a look at one of the top 10 you should absolutely target.
#1. Antonio Brown – Slam-dunk no brainer — has showed no signs of slowing down either — and will have more value than some RBs, especially in PPR leagues.
#2. Odell Beckham Jr. – He’s back and he’ll be better than ever. This offense has improved exponentially with the both Saquan Barkley and Nate Solder representing huge upgrades. I have a lot of faith in second year players Sterling Shepherd and Evan Ingram as well. OBJ will have a ton of room to do his thing.
#3. Michael Thomas – He’s a certified stud who has come out of no where to be a leader in receptions, yardage and TDs. He’s good in every situation and has one of the best in Drew Brees getting him the ball. I believe he’ll be even better than he was last season.
#4. Davante Adams – he’s perfectly capable, and a healthy Aaron Rodgers is all that is needed for Adams to stake his claim as one of the best WRs in the league.
#5. DeAndre Hopkins – If Deshaun Watson is healthy – Hopkins will be unstoppable. He was already great last season with multiple QBs throwing him the ball. The former Clemson alums will make up the most dynamic duo in the league if they stay healthy.
#6. Alshon Jeffery – I love Jeffery with a healthy Carson Wentz. Jeffery needs a good QB to be effective but he has all the tools in place to have an absolutely killer season.
#7. A.J. Green –I love A.J. Green, and I’m ashamed his career has wasted away in Cincinnati catching passes from Andy Dalton. He’s be ranked higher if he had a good QB throwing him the ball. He’s been great the last couple of seasons, and has more left in the tank.
#8. Julio Jones – Jones is a supreme athlete, but I get a sickening feeling that the Falcons are going to cut him after this season. He’s terrible in the red zone and doesn’t catch a lot of TDs. He does get double-digit targets per game, and will have some great games… I just don’t like how things are trending between him and the Falcons… especially with Calvin Ridley in the picture.
#9. Keenan Allen – Don’t forget about Keenan who quietly catches a bunch of balls for a bunch of yards and a bunch of TDs. He’s not a burner, but that doesn’t matter, because the Los Angeles Chargers are in it to win it and can shootout with pretty much any team.
#10. Amari Cooper – I was all in on Cooper last season and he just wasn’t right for whatever reason. This year with John Gruden running the show I think Cooper gets back to doing what we overpaid for him to do on draft day last year. Now I think he will come at a huge discount and could very well be a top 5 WR… either way I’m willing to double down on Cooper if I can get him on the cheap.