Redraft WR Tiers

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The wide receiver position feels the deepest of the fantasy positions outside of QB but there are still clear gaps that make for some interest WR tiers. There is a clear top six but then there are maybe 12-15 guys who could battle for those top spots behind that top six and what that means is that you can wait a little on WR if you miss out on that top tier and still probably feel good about your options. There are also some great gamble options outside of the top 50 or so guys who can be monsters for you in best ball formats or at the very least decent bye week fill ins in other formats

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PPR Tiers

Elite: Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Jordy Nelson

Near Elite: Michael Thomas, T.Y. Hilton, Amari Cooper, DeAndre Hopkins, Doug Baldwin, Dez Bryant

High end #2s: Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey, Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Jarvis Landry, Demariyus Thomas

#2s with upside: Michael Crabtree, Golden Tate, Larry Fitzgerald, Terrelle Pryor, DeSean Jackson, Corey Coleman, Pierre Garcon, Emmanuel Sanders

#2s with risks: Kelvin Benjamin, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Jamison Crowder, Julian Edelman, Martavis Bryant, Devante Parker, Davante Adams

Upside #3 options: Adam Thielen, Cameron Meredith, Brandon Marshall, Mike Wallace, Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb, Cole Beasley

Intriguing bench options: Eric Decker, Tyrell Williams, Sterling Shepard, Tavon Austin, Jordan Matthews, Corey Davis, Sammy Watkins, Jeremy Maclin

Will have their moments: Allen Hurns, John Brown, Marvin Jones, Curtis Samuel, Kenny Britt, Donte Moncrief, Ted Ginn

Upside gambles: Tyler Lockett, Cordarelle Patterson, Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, John Ross, Torrey Smith, Laquon Tredwell, Will Fuller

Rookies with upside: Kenny Golladay, Cooper Kupp, ArDarius Stewart, Zay Jones

Standard Tiers

Elite: Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Jordy Nelson

Near Elite: Michael Thomas, Amari Cooper, DeAndre Hopkins, Doug Baldwin, Dez Bryant, T.Y. Hilton

Elite upside: Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey, Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Stefon Diggs, Brandin Cooks, Demariyus Thomas

TD dependent: Kelvin Benjamin, Michael Crabtree, Devante Parker, Terrelle Pryor, DeSean Jackson, Martavis Bryant, Davante Adams

Target monsters: Emmanuel Sanders, Corey Coleman, Golden Tate, Larry Fitzgerald, Jarvis Landry, Pierre Garcon, Julian Edelman

Upside #3 options: Brandon Marshall, Jamison Crowder, Willie Snead, Marvin Jones, Adam Thielen, Cameron Meredith, Mike Wallace, Corey Davis, Sammy Watkins

Intriguing bench options: Jeremy Maclin, Jordan Matthews, Randall Cobb, Tyrell Williams, Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard

Will have their moments: Curtis Samuel, Kenny Britt, Allen Hurns, John Brown, Eric Decker, Tavon Austin, Cole Beasley, Donte Moncrief, Laquon Tredwell

Upside gambles : Tyler Lockett, Cordarelle Patterson, Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, John Ross, Torrey Smith, Will Fuller

Rookies with upside: Kenny Golladay, Cooper Kupp, ArDarius Stewart, Zay Jones

Elite

These guys are top six options whatever the format. Antonio Brown is perhaps a slight cut above the rest in PPR but if you picked any of the other five over him it wouldn’t stun me.

Near Elite

There is every chance these guys could give you elite performance at a good value this season. Michael Thomas and Amari Cooper are best placed to make the leap. T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Hopkins are likely to be limited on their upside by QB situations. Doug Baldwin and Dez Bryant are perhaps the ones I can least see being a top 5 option come the end of the year for various reasons.

AP Photo - Stephen B. Morton

AP Photo – Stephen B. Morton

High end #2s

Allen Robinson will be looking to bounce back this season and if he can click with Bortles once again he has the opportunity to be a top 10 guys. Alshon Jeffrey will benefit from a fresh situation and will be Carson Wentz’ #1 target. Stefon Diggs is a great PPR option and could easily be top 10 with just 5 TDs to his name in this format. Tyreek Hill may have some growing pains as the #1 option in KC but I love the idea of a versatile player getting the number of touches he can. Keenan Allen and Philip Rivers looked lethal for one half last season before his injury and if you get a full season out of that connection you could easily have a top 5 receiver on your hands which is a risk I want to take. Jarvis Landry is a little limited with the loss of Tannehill but he is a great player and should still see a ton of targets. You can pretty much pencil in 90+ catches for Demaryius Thomas and his talent can do plenty of damage with that many targets.

#2s with upside

These guys have the potential for top 10-15 upside but are more likely to be around 15-20 at best come end of the year. Michael Crabtree is still a huge part of the plans in Oakland and Carr loves him. Golden Tate is the main show in town in Detroit. Larry Fitzgerald and Terrelle Pryor should both see plenty of targets. DeSean Jackson will benefit hugely from the presence of Mike Evans in the same offence. Corey Coleman is literally all the Browns have to be hopeful about on their offence. Pierre Garcon and Emmanuel Sanders should be target monsters in their offences.

#2s with risks

All of these guys are solid #2 options but each is risky for various reasons that could see them struggle week to week. Kelvin Benjamin, Martavis Bryant and Davante Adams all feel very TD dependent and probably won’t see the targets of the tier above. Devante Parker is also likely to be TD dependent but Jay Cutler loves those big guys and that means Parker has some sleeper value in this tier. Brandon Cooks could be a monster in that Patriots offence but week to week they feature someone new and some weeks may just not be Cooks’ turn. Also, I am worried how he adjusts to those snowy games come fantasy playoffs. Willie Snead, Jamison Crowder and Julian Edelman could all be target monsters as the #2s in their offences but all are in offences with plenty of mouths to feed.

Upside #3 options

Adam Thielen and Cameron Meredith were both good last year but entering the season I am not sure enough they can repeat to gamble on them. Brandon Marshall could be the third mouth in that offence. Mike Wallace is going to be very dependent on Joe Flacco and his bad back. Kenny Stills is the #3 there but if he gels with Cutler he could have some decent value. Randall Cobb is primed for a bounce back but his role could be diminished if he doesn’t have a good training camp. Cole Beasley has PPR intrigue but it feels hit and miss.

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Intriguing bench options

All of these guys are worth stashing with the hope they develop into something. Eric Decker could be the big body that Mariota needs. Tyrell Williams could shine if Allen gets injured again. Sterling Shepard could be as low as the 4th guy on the totem pole this year unfortunately. Tavon Austin is the gadget man who could have big weeks but could also be very anonymous. Jordan Matthews will benefit by being the most recognisable target in Buffalo. Corey Davis will be looking to repeat the rookie WR success and is a great gamble option in that young offence. Sammy Watkins needs to stay healthy and get a leap from Jared Goff. I think one can happen but can both? Jeremy Maclin is also heavily dependent on Joe Flacco for any value but with Wallace taking the top off the defence Maclin could be very effective underneath.

Will have their moments

Allen Hurns is a big play guy and in best ball leagues is a valuable piece. John Brown is struggling to be fit for the season but could have massive games if he can get on the field. Marvin Jones will benefit from being the forgotten man in that offence when it comes to coverage. Curtis Samuel could be a huge gadget piece in an offence with big bodies who will take all the attention away from him. Kenny Britt is the big body guy for Cleveland and someone other than Corey Coleman has to catch balls. Donte Moncrief needs to stay healthy but when he is he can be monster upside.
Ted Ginn’s speed and situation should see him be valuable at some points this season

Upside gambles

An exciting group of guys who are worth late round picks in the hope they come good. Tyler Lockett is returning from a horrible injury but his speed and the connection with Wilson means he should be successful if he can get it all together. Can Oakland get Cordarelle Patterson on the same page as their QB? If they can he could be a huge weapon for both the Raiders and fantasy teams. Someone has to catch some balls in Chicago and why not Kevin White in his third year? Breshad Perriman could take over that deep ball threat from the ageing Mike Wallace but he needs Joe Flacco. John Ross is the speedy option in Cincy who could be a useful fantasy guy if he and Dalton can connect regularly. Torrey Smith has the chance to be a big deep ball threat for the Eagles. Laquon Treadwell could be the redzone threat for Minnesota. If you have built a strong roster and can spare the bench spot Will Fuller is worth a gamble because his skill can win you leagues.

Rookies with upsides

We have all seen what Kenny Golladay can do with the opportunity. Cooper Kupp could be the possession guy under Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. ArDarius Stewart could see 150 targets in New York because well they have no one else. Zay Jones just became the number two option in Buffalo with Boldin’s retirement.

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