2019 WR Rankings: Pre-Draft

It was wild off-season for player movement at the wide receiver position with players with Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr finding new homes. These moves have made the 2019 WR Rankings interesting.

1Michael ThomasNew Orleans Saints
2Davante AdamsGreen Bay Packers
3Odell BeckhamCleveland Browns
4Julio JonesAtlanta Falcons
5DeAndre HopkinsHouston Texans
6JuJu Smith-SchusterPittsburgh Steelers
7Mike EvansTampa Bay Buccaneers
8Keenan AllenLos Angeles Chargers
9TY HiltonIndianapolis Colts
10Antonio BrownOakland Raiders
11Adam ThielenMinnesota Vikings
12Stefon DiggsMinnesota Vikings
13Robert WoodsLos Angeles Rams
14Amari CooperDallas Cowboys
15AJ GreenCincinnati Bengals
16Kenny GolladayDetroit Lions
17Cooper KuppLos Angeles Rams
18DJ MooreCarolina Panthers
19Brandin CooksLos Angeles Rams
20Jarvis LandryCleveland Browns
21Tyler LockettSeattle Seahawks
22Chris GodwinTampa Bay Buccaneers
23Courtland SuttonDenver Broncos
24Julian EdlemanNew England Patriots
25Golden TateNew York Giants
26Sterling ShepardNew York Giants
27Sammy WatkinsKansas City Chiefs
28Mike WilliamsLos Angeles Chargers
29Tyler BoydCincinatti Bengals
30Allen RobinsonChicago Bears
31Will FullerHouston Texans
32Calvin RidleyAtlanta Falcons
33Marvin JonesDetroit Lions
34Christian KirkArizona Cardinals
35Emmanuel SandersDenver Broncos
36James WashingtonPittsburgh Steelers
37Corey DavisTennessee Titans
38Dante PettisSan Francisco 49ers
39Alshon JefferyPhiladelphia Eagles
40Doug BaldwinSeattle Seahawks
41Curtis SamuelCarolina Panthers
42Anthony MillerChicago Bears
43Tre'Quan SmithNew Orleans Saints
44John BrownBuffalo Bills
45Robby AndersonNew York Jets
46Michael GallupDallas Cowboys
47N'Keal HarryFA
48Dede WestbrookJacksonville Jaguars
49Antonio CallawayCleveland Browns
50Robert FosterBuffalo Bills
51Tyrell WilliamsOakland Raiders
52EQ St. BrownGreen Bay Packers
53Adam HumphriesTennessee Titans
54Hakeem ButlerFA
55Marquez Valdez-ScantlingGreen Bay Packers
56Daesean HamiltonDenver Broncos
57Kelvin HarmonFA
58Donte MoncriefPittsburgh Steelers
59Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinals
60Kenny StillsMiami Dolphins

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Antonio Brown is out in Pittsburgh but who steps in?

Over the last 3 seasons, Antonio Brown has averaged 161 targets. With that volume now in Oakland, the question is where does that production go? Obviously this should lock in Juju Smith-Schuster into the 160 plus targets he saw a season ago. Vance McDonald should also see a nice uptick in production which can be seen in his rank at the position.

The biggest winner in terms of volume should be James Washington. The second WR from Oklahoma State has the potential to vault to a top 30 or so WR. He only saw 38 targets or 5% of Ben Roethlisberger’s targets in in 2018. That should easily double and and potentially approach 100 target in 2019.

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Donte Moncrief was brought in by Pittsburgh to help fill some of the void left by Brown. While he hasn’t become player some thought he could be coming out of Ole Miss, he still has found ways to be fantasy relevant at times. There should be room in this offense for him to have a role in this offense.

Pittsburgh could and likely will address WR in 2019 NFL Draft. That could throw a wrinkle into the long-term plans for the Steelers WRs from a dynasty lens but for this season its hard to imagine a rookie coming in and taking a massive share of targets.


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