2016 Draft Kit

Top 110 wide receivers for 2015 fantasy football

Wide receiver is the most volatile position in fantasy football, in fantasy points, expected fantasy points and player turnover from week-to-week and year-to-year.

In the fantasy football world, the elite receivers cost a premium. But are they worth the cost?

Season-long draft strategies

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR formats. So, as I said in the running back rankings, RBs rule. But wide receivers shouldn’t be ignored. There comes a point when all players become values, and owners need to know when to pounce.

I feel like we have an elite top-6, all wide receivers in their prime, at the top of the board. If any one of them were to fall to the end of the second round or even into the third round, it might pay to skip the RB-RB-RB for a round and pick Calvin Johnson if he’s been passed over by the entire league twice.

That said, I’ve done a ton of mocks and if you take a bunch of wide receivers early you end up missing out on all of the best receiver values late. Meanwhile, finding a serviceable running back in the same mid-range is near impossible.

The best strategy is picking up one of those falling wide receivers for a RB-RB-WR-RB opening or a RB-WR-RB-RB opening. This ensures you get three RBs that will be of use to you this season, one high-caliber wide receiver and you are open to take a shot downfield on two or more receivers from the Mike Wallace, Allen Robinson, Pierre Garcon range. Finish with a lottery ticket pick or two at the end of your draft.

But if one of those elite WRs doesn’t fall, then you should end up with three RBs that are more than serviceable and you’ll want to load up on more of those mid-range receivers before you consider drafting a quarterback.

Daily fantasy football strategies

As I said in the opening, wide receivers are extremely volatile. Over the course of the season, they’ll finish with 1,000 yards and 6 or 7 TDs, but many players get those TDs in and yards in bunches. The most expensive wide receivers are the most reliable.

Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones cost a ton, but you’re going to need to roster one of them, or their elite peers each week in daily fantasy.

If you can swing it, roster two of them then try to hit a home run with the third — a highly athletic rookie like Dorial Green-Beckham late in the season in a very favorable matchup, or a veteran like 2014 Harry Douglas stepping into a major role due to injury or a player being benched.

As I’ve said in every primer, there are a hundred different ways to build your lineup, and following a rule strictly for every lineup every week is not recommended. Some weeks there will be three mid-priced receivers with way-too-good matchups.

Don’t second-guess your gut instinct. Hunches are usually based on information you know or have learned that is just below your consciousness.

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Top 110 wide receivers for 2015

These rankings may seem a bit off to you. Here’s the methodology: We took three-year fantasy point season averages (fpts) and assigned them to players based on the free fantasy football rankings at Fantasy Pros. The ADP is by position from Fantasy Pros, to give you an idea where these players are being drafted compared to their peers. Then we modified the points (xfpts) using a formula that factors in age-based performances and projected schedule based on defense-adjusted value over average.

Would I really pick Alshon Jeffery and T.Y. Hilton ahead of Odell Beckham Jr.? Uh, no, but I’m a Giants fan. I’m also pretty convinced Beckham is going to cost way more than he’s going to pay out in 2015 because of all the hype. As I said above, these rankings factor in age-based performance and schedule. They aren’t created to rival (mimic, really) the chalk rankings you can get at virtually every other fantasy site.

[Note: Rankings were updated at 10:31 a.m., Aug. 25 to reflect confirmation of Jordy Nelson‘s season-ending knee injury.]

2015 redraft rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | D/ST

Rk Name Pos Age xfpts ADP fpts
1 Dez Bryant DAL, 6 WR 26 264.6 2 259.6
2 Antonio Brown PIT, 11 WR 27 264.4 1 274.4
3 Demaryius Thomas DEN, 7 WR 27 258.6 3 248.6
4 Julio Jones ATL, 10 WR 26 242.3 5 237.3
5 Calvin Johnson DET, 9 WR 27 228.3 6 225.8
6 A.J. Green CIN, 7 WR 27 211.1 8 218.6
7 Randall Cobb GB, 7 WR 25 204.4 9 215.9
8 Alshon Jeffery CHI, 7 WR 25 196.5 10 210.3
9 T.Y. Hilton IND, 10 WR 25 193.8 11 197.3
10 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG, 11 WR 22 190.2 4 231.5
11 Mike Evans TB, 6 WR 22 177.5 12 203.1
12 Emmanuel Sanders DEN, 7 WR 28 172.2 13 180.2
13 DeAndre Hopkins HOU, 9 WR 23 167.1 14 192.2
14 Davante Adams GB, 7 WR 22 161.1 47 207.6
15 Brandin Cooks NO, 11 WR 21 154.2 15 187.3
16 Jordan Matthews PHI, 8 WR 23 151.6 16 176.6
17 Golden Tate DET, 9 WR 27 149.8 21 147.3
18 Brandon Marshall NYJ, 5 WR 31 143.4 24 162.9
19 Vincent Jackson TB, 6 WR 32 142.4 28 141.5
20 Jeremy Maclin KC, 9 WR 27 141.8 26 141.8
21 Andre Johnson IND, 10 WR 34 139.5 17 171.2
22 DeSean Jackson WAS, 8 WR 28 139.3 20 149.2
23 Keenan Allen SD, 10 WR 23 139.2 23 167.7
24 Julian Edelman NE, 4 WR 29 137.1 18 150.1
25 Amari Cooper OAK, 6 WR 21 129.8 19 157.2
26 Roddy White ATL, 10 WR 33 123.4 30 134.5
27 Sammy Watkins BUF, 8 WR 22 118.4 22 144.9
28 Jeff Janis GB, 7 WR 24 118.0 139.8
29 Mike Wallace MIN, 5 WR 29 116.6 29 128.1
30 Allen Robinson JAC, 8 WR 21 114.7 32 138.5
31 Charles Johnson MIN, 5 WR 26 111.0 38 113.5
32 Eric Decker NYJ, 5 WR 28 110.1 40 122.4
33 Brandon LaFell NE, 4 WR 28 109.8 37 124.8
34 Martavis Bryant PIT, 11 WR 23 108.9 25 143.2
35 Larry Fitzgerald ARI, 9 WR 31 107.3 36 130.5
36 Torrey Smith SF, 10 WR 26 104.7 35 112.2
37 Pierre Garcon WAS, 8 WR 29 104.1 46 106.6
38 Jarvis Landry MIA, 5 WR 22 102.7 27 131.5
39 Kendall Wright TEN, 4 WR 25 102.5 50 105.6
40 Terrance Williams DAL, 6 WR 25 101.5 48 99.5
41 Nelson Agholor PHI, 8 WR 22 101.2 31 120.3
42 John Brown ARI, 9 WR 25 99.7 41 110.6
43 Ty Montgomery GB, 7 WR 22 98.8 129.8
44 Victor Cruz NYG, 11 WR 28 97.6 33 102.8
45 Cecil Shorts HOU, 9 WR 27 97.3 71 89.8
46 Marques Colston NO, 11 WR 32 95.3 44 109.2
47 Michael Floyd ARI, 9 WR 25 95.3 39 106.0
48 Devin Funchess CAR, 5 WR 21 95.1 52 102.0
49 Cole Beasley DAL, 6 WR 26 94.8 72 89.8
50 L. Hankerson ATL, 10 WR 26 94.8 89.8
51 Andre Roberts WAS, 8 WR 27 94.8 89.8
52 Riley Cooper PHI, 8 WR 27 94.8 89 89.8
53 Michael Crabtree OAK, 6 WR 27 93.6 54 91.1
54 Percy Harvin BUF, 8 WR 27 92.3 49 89.8
55 Nick Toon NO, 11 WR 26 92.3 95 89.8
56 Rod Streater OAK, 6 WR 27 92.3 89.8
57 Steve Johnson SD, 10 WR 29 91.4 64 98.3
58 Hakeem Nicks TEN, 4 WR 27 89.8 107 89.8
59 Kamar Aiken BAL, 9 WR 26 89.8 92 89.8
60 Rueben Randle NYG, 11 WR 24 88.4 77 94.7
61 Philly Brown CAR, 5 WR 23 87.0 89.8
62 Nate Washington HOU, 9 WR 31 86.5 106 89.8
63 Brian Quick STL, 6 WR 26 85.0 62 97.5
64 Jarius Wright MIN, 5 WR 25 84.6 103 89.8
65 Anquan Boldin SF, 10 WR 34 84.3 43 114.7
66 Eddie Royal CHI, 7 WR 29 84.2 51 98.6
67 Breshad Perriman BAL, 9 WR 21 84.0 45 103.7
68 Marvin Jones CIN, 7 WR 25 82.4 70 92.6
69 Mohamed Sanu CIN, 7 WR 26 82.3 66 89.8
70 Cody Latimer DEN, 7 WR 22 81.8 55 89.8
71 Devin Hester ATL, 10 WR 32 81.3 89.8
72 Andrew Hawkins CLE, 11 WR 29 81.0 76 89.8
73 Danny Amendola NE, 4 WR 29 81.0 81 89.8
74 Jerricho Cotchery CAR, 5 WR 33 80.7 104 89.8
75 Jaelen Strong HOU, 9 WR 21 80.2 58 89.8
76 Doug Baldwin SEA, 9 WR 26 80.2 57 90.2
77 Josh Huff PHI, 8 WR 23 79.5 87 89.8
78 Harry Douglas TEN, 4 WR 30 79.0 98 89.8
79 Justin Hunter TEN, 4 WR 24 79.0 100 89.8
80 Marlon Brown BAL, 9 WR 24 79.0 97 89.8
81 Brian Hartline CLE, 11 WR 28 78.3 101 89.8
82 Kenny Britt STL, 6 WR 26 77.3 85 89.8
83 Jermaine Kearse SEA, 9 WR 25 77.1 88 89.8
84 Chris Matthews SEA, 9 WR 25 77.1 89.8
85 Brandon Coleman NO, 11 WR 23 77.0 74 89.8
86 Allen Hurns JAC, 8 WR 23 77.0 102 89.8
87 Marqise Lee JAC, 8 WR 23 77.0 93 89.8
88 Robert Woods BUF, 8 WR 23 77.0 83 89.8
89 Kenny Stills MIA, 5 WR 23 76.8 56 95.5
90 Dwayne Bowe CLE, 11 WR 30 76.5 73 89.8
91 Greg Jennings MIA, 5 WR 31 76.5 82 89.8
92 Taylor Gabriel CLE, 11 WR 24 76.5 86 89.8
93 C. Patterson MIN, 5 WR 24 76.5 65 89.8
94 Aaron Dobson NE, 4 WR 24 76.5 89.8
95 Albert Wilson KC, 9 WR 23 74.5 89.8
96 Devin Smith NYJ, 5 WR 23 74.5 91 89.8
97 Phillip Dorsett IND, 10 WR 22 74.3 69 89.8
98 Donte Moncrief IND, 10 WR 22 74.3 67 89.8
99 Devante Parker MIA, 5 WR 22 72.4 53 93.6
100 D. Green-Beckham TEN, 4 WR 22 71.8 59 89.8
101 Chris Conley KC, 9 WR 22 71.8 89.8
102 Steve Smith BAL, 9 WR 36 71.6 34 119.3
103 Markus Wheaton PIT, 11 WR 24 69.0 60 89.8
104 Kevin White CHI, 7 WR 23 67.0 42 89.8
105 Stedman Bailey STL, 6 WR 24 66.5 78 89.8
106 Tavon Austin STL, 6 WR 24 66.5 84 89.8
107 Malcom Floyd SD, 10 WR 33 65.7 68 89.8
108 Marquess Wilson CHI, 7 WR 22 64.3 89.8
109 Tyler Lockett SEA, 9 WR 21 62.7 79 89.8
110 Jordy Nelson GB, 7 WR 30 -5.0 7 0.0

May variance be in your favor today and every day. Draft well this season.





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