2018 Top 10 Fantasy Wide Receivers
TOP 10 FANTASY WIDE RECEIVERS
In our opinion, it's in these months before the actual start of the NFL season where Fantasy Championships are won. The research and time you put in now is what gives you the proper foundation and tools to make the right decisions on draft day, the waiver wire and the trading block. If you are here reading an early Top 10, you already know that.
These initial rankings may seem a bit bold at times, but we wanted to have fun with it and go with our guts and bump some of the players we are hype on. These will certainly be changed and expanded on as we move through the preseason games and find out more about the teams and players' roles. As a reminder, or if you are new to us, we base our ranks on .5 PPR Redraft Leagues. The more you interact with us and the more friends you tell, the sooner we will be able to expand to providing detailed insights into all league types.
These are our consensus ranks for everyone working for the Circus brand. We will eventually provide both the individual and consensus ranks as we get closer to the season. If you haven't already, check out our Top 10 Running Backs here.
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THE CIRCUS CONSENSUS TOP 10 WIDE RECEIVERS
1. ANTONIO BROWN - PIT
Brown is the most talented WR in football - maybe even in our generation. Don't get cute, he should be the first WR off your board.
2. DEANDRE HOPKINS - HOU
3. JULIO JONES - ATL
Julio is a lock for top 10 WR production this year. In fact, he has finished as a top 5 WR in each of the past 3 seasons in .5 ppr leagues. His injury risks are overblown (he has actually played one more game - 46 to 45 - than Antonio Brown over the past 3 seasons) and his TD numbers are due to jump this year. We project him for 8 TDs in 2018 - 5 more than he scored last season.
4. ODELL BECKHAM JR - NYG
Here is my biggest gripe with the ranks even though he is only at the #4 spot. OBJ was dropped in some of our rankings due to injury concerns. I have him as my #2 overall WR, and while I think Brown is the better choice, OBJ is in the conversation for overall WR1 for me. He actually has a better fantasy point per game number than the target monster Hopkins who took #2 in our consensus ranks.
5. MICHAEL THOMAS - NO
Thomas was consistently a top 5 WR across the Circus writers' ranks. Most of us our Ohio State University grads, so we may be a bit biased. He has a first ballot HOF QB under center who led the league in completions and was #4 in total yards last year. Thomas himself was #3 in receptions and #6 in total yards. He has had a great start to his young career and is on the trajectory to only get better.
6. KEENAN ALLEN - LAC
Allen finished the season as the #3 overall WR in .5 ppr despite pretending to be a ghost for the first 9 weeks. After the Chargers' BYE in week 10, Allen played more out of the slot and closed out the year by racking up 145 fantasy points from Weeks 11 - 17 - only behind AB during that stretch.
7. DAVANTE ADAMS - GB
He's unquestionably the top guy for the Packers now. Aaron Rodger's top receiving option is a guy I want on my fantasy team. With a healthy Rodgers, the Pack will be a top 5 scoring offense and will vie for the top spot.
8. MIKE EVANS - TB
9. JOSH GORDON - CLE
Boom. Flash is here. As we get closer to the NFL season, the Flash Gordon hype will intensify and not just from us (suffering Browns fans), but from a lot in the fantasy community. He will be one of the most divisive fantasy players this year. Dude looks to be in great shape and he is a unique talent. If his mind is right, sky is the limit for this Browns' WR. Are we telling you to draft him as the #9 WR? No, I am not willing to go that far, but the sooner Baker Mayfield takes snaps for the Browns, the better the chance that Gordon ends up as a high-end WR2.