WR Rankings 2016 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants: Round 1, 2. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Round 1, 3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Round 1, 4. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Round 1, 5. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Round 1, 6. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Round 1, 7. Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: Round 1, 8. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: Round 1, 9. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Round 1, 10. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Round 2, 11. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Round 2, 12. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: Round 2, 13. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Round 2, 14. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: Round 2, 15. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Round 2, 16. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Round 2, 17. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Round 2, 18. Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Round 2, 19. Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Round 3, 20. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: Round 3, 21. Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Round 3, 22. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: Round 3, 23. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Round 3, 24. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Round 3, 25. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Round 3, 26. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Round 4, 27. Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions: Round 4, 28. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Round 4, 29. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Round 4, 30. Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Round 4, 31. John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Round 4, 32. Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Round 4, 33. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Round 5, 34. Josh Doctson, WR, Washngton Redskins: Round 5, 35. Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: Round 5, 36. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Round 5, 37. Sterling Shephard, WR, New York Giants: Round 5, 38. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans: Round 5, 39. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: Round 6, 40. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Round 7, 41. DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: Round 7, 42. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Round 7, 43. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Round 7, 44. Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Round 8, 45. Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Round 8, 46. Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears: Round 9, 47. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Round 9, 48. Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Round 10, 49. Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Round 10, 50. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: Round 11


2016 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings





Jason Bantle Last Updated: May 20, 2016.



  1. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

    Odell Beckham Jr. should get a lot of action as a #1 target this year. With Reuben Randle gone Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shephard will be the secondary receiver options for the Giants. I smell a 100 reception season with 1,000 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns for Odell Beckham Jr. in 2016.



  2. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Another receiver that appears to be a lock to match 100 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns is Antonio Brown. Martavis Bryant got suspended for the entire 2016 season plus Heath Miller retired so expect another career year from Brown barring an unforeseen injury.



  3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

    One more receiver that may get 100 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns is DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins is Osweiler's top receiving target in Houston so he should be poised for a big season.



  4. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    A.J. Green had games where he got fantasy owners less than double digit points. He also had games where he 11 fantasy points down the stretch plus he had a 34 point fantasy clinic in Baltimore back in week 3. With Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones gone, Green will get more action and could surpass the next receiver on our list.



  5. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Julio Jones led the NFL in receiving yards last year. He may get some double teams though and Mohammed Sanu is playing across from him. Jones will still be an excellent #1 receiver, but taking him as your first overall receiver seems like a reach at this point.




  6. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    Dez Bryant can be a top 5 receiver if he and Tony Romo both stay healthy in 2016. Both Romo and Bryant dealt with injuries in 2015.



  7. Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

    Brandon Marshall has the tools to be a breakout receiver in Fantasy once again. This guy can carry an offense on his shoulders and is a top 10 receiver regardless of who is throwing him the ball.



  8. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

    Miami has their #1 receiver. His name is Jarvis Landry. Landry was great with 110 receiving yards and 1,157 receiving yards. He's not a guy that will get you extra points with touchdowns, but he's a premium option in both standard and PPR leagues. With Laremy Tunsil straightening out this offensive line Tannehill will have even more time in the pocket giving Landry an outside chance to eclipse his 2015 season.



  9. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

    Amari Cooper exceeded 1,000 receiving yards and showed incredible promise as a rookie with 72 receptions, 1,070 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns as a #2 target across from Michael Crabtree. This year he takes that next step surpassing Michael Crabtree as the #1 target after Crabtree had 85 receptions and 9 receiving touchdowns in a contract year. Cooper was ready to be Oakland's top receiver last year, but the Raiders were patient and they didn't rush Cooper into that #1 role. This year Cooper will get a lot more touches in 2016.



  10. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    Doug Baldwin is Russell Wilson's #1 target by a stretch at this point. With Russell Wilson being considered my #2 quarterback in Fantasy Leagues, Baldwin is a great option for a team to pick up early in the second round.




  11. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Allen Robinson was money with Blake Bortles last season. He should get more double teams though in 2016. Allen will still produce though. Just make sure to get him in the second round instead of the first.



  12. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins has an injury that will limit how much he can do this offseason. Watkins could ascend into a top 5 receiver this year, but with his injury putting him at 12 and getting him in the second round is just a safer route to go.



  13. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    Larry Fitzgerald is Arizona's best receiver. Carson Palmer has a ton of weapons though so its hard to predict who will get the most touches. Fitzgerald has to be the favorite right now, but it's gonna be a long season so be prepared to see weeks where each receiver has a breakout game. Fitzgerald will get you the most consistent production of the three receivers though.



  14. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

    Kelvin Benjamin didn't play in 2015. If he comes back at full health he could jump into the top 10. Right now he's worthy of a second round selection after watching him dominate as a rookie before his injury last season.



  15. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

    Demaryius Thomas is a top 10 receiver. Without Peyton or Osweiler he will play like a top 15 receiver until Paxton Lynch is named the full time starter and has a year of experience under his belt.




  16. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Like Kelvin Benjamin, Jordy Nelson missed the entire 2015 season injured. If he can make a recovery he could be a solid receiver. The other risk with Benjamin is that Randall Cobb may take some receptions away from him which keeps Nelson from being a top 15 receiver in 2016.



  17. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Jameis Winston has the weapons to be a top 20 quarterback after going through some growing pains as a rookie. Winston's most consistent target is Mike Evans. Evans will have another strong season, but if Tampa Bay runs a lot he may not get enough receptions to be a top 15 receiver. He still has enough size, speed, and talent to be a top 20 receiver in Fantasy leagues.



  18. Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

    Brandin Cooks may be a slot receiver. He has the most rapport with Drew Brees right now and that has to count for something.



  19. Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Allen Hurns can be a great #2 target across from Allen Robinson. Hurns put together a few 100 receiving yard games and finished with 64 receptions, 1,031 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns. Hurns is a great #2 target and has the size you look for from a #2 receiver at 6-3 205 lbs.



  20. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

    Emmanuel Sanders was a top 15 receiver with Peyton and Oswelier. Like Thomas, who got downgraded from a top 10 to top 15 receiver without those quarterbacks, Sanders receivers similar treatment going from a top 15 option to a top 20 target.




  21. Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

    Eric Decker is a great complimentary receiver to Brandon Marshall. Like Allen Hurns and Emmanuel Sanders, Decker is a premium #2 target at wide receiver.



  22. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

    Keenan Allen can be such a fantasy nightmare for opponents when he is healthy. The thing with Allen is he does miss games due to injuries.



  23. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

    T.Y. Hilton is Andrew Luck's best target right now. Hilton should bounce back as long as Luck stays healthy.



  24. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    Alex Smith's favorite wide receiver to throw to is Jeremy Maclin. That being said, Maclin will get a ton of double teams since the Chiefs failed to get a #2 target across from him.



  25. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Randall Cobb is a top 25 option. He showed he could be the #1 guy in 2015 when Jordy Nelson went down. Cobb can also be used as a #2 receiver or a slot receiver. As long as Aaron Rodgers is playing, Cobb will get his fair share of Fantasy points.




  26. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

    Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four games in 2016. Edelman's numbers may dip next season because of this especially with the arrival of Martellus Bennett who may take some receptions away from him if the Patriots go back to using two tight end sets.



  27. Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions

    Marvin Jones was a great addition for Detroit. It would not surprise me if he had more receptions than Golden Tate since Tate will be getting more double teams with Megatron gone.



  28. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

    Golden Tate is now Stafford's top target. Tate should see more double teams without Calvin Johnson in 2016. Tate used to face #2 cornerbacks while Jones used to face nickel cornerbacks. Now both receivers are facing #1 and #2 corners in coverage with bigger responsibilities and will have to adapt.



  29. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Mohamed Sanu is an effective fantasy option in the fourth round. I still feel like the Falcons overpaid him in Free Agency despite this.



  30. Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams

    Tavon Austin led the Rams with 5 receiving touchdowns in 2015. If Jared Goff has any success as a rookie it will be due to Austin getting 10 receiving touchdowns in 2016. That is all.




  31. John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    John Brown and Michael Floyd are 2A and 2B in Arizona. Floyd commands a bigger presence on the outside against a #1 or #2 corner across from Fitzgerald. Brown has better production in the slot though as he had 65 receptions, 1,003 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns to Floyd's 52 receptions, 849 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns.



  32. Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    John Brown and Michael Floyd are 2A and 2B in Arizona. Floyd commands a bigger presence on the outside against a #1 or #2 corner across from Fitzgerald. Brown has better production in the slot though as he had 65 receptions, 1,003 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns to Floyd's 52 receptions, 849 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns.



  33. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    Laquon Treadwell was my favorite receiver in the 2016 NFL Draft. Minnesota got a steal in Treadwell plus they also got that German receiver that could end up playing across from Treadwell if he makes the Vikings roster which would allow Stefon Diggs to thrive in the slot. Most of the rookie receivers are guys you take flyers on in the fifth round. Treadwell could struggle due to his 40 time, but he could also thrive and have a rookie year similar to Randy Moss when he dominated for the Vikings in 1998-1999.



  34. Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins

    Washington needed a big body receiver to be Kirk Cousins number one target. Doctson had back-to-back seasons of 1,000 receiving yards at TCU and was the most consistent receiver leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. Cousins will look for Doctson to connect with on some big plays.



  35. Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns

    Corey Coleman was ranked ahead of both Laquon Treadwell and Josh Docston in a lot of mocks leading up to the draft. He was the first receiver drafted as expected, but I think he's entering a bad situation in Cleveland. It depends on the leadership Robert Griffin III shows, but right now I am selling Griffin, Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, or any Baylor entity on the Cleveland Browns. Your move Art Briles.




  36. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    Some teams thought Tyler Boyd had first round talent. Boyd played in Heinz Field where the Steelers play and now will play across from A.J. Green in Cincinnati. Boyd could have a Mohammed Sanu like impact at some point during his rookie year in Cincinnati. I think it will be sooner rather than later.



  37. Sterling Shephard, WR, New York Giants

    Sterling Shephard will probably start out in the slot with Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. on the outside. That's where he should start and if Shephard starts there he will have a bigger impact than Will Fuller.



  38. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

    Will Fuller has game breaking speed and can be an incredible deep threat. We don't know if Fuller will play on the outside against #2 corners or play nickel corners in the slot. Houston needs a #2 receiver across from Hopkins so badly and there is a chance the Texans force Fuller into the outside since he was a first round pick.



  39. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

    Alshon Jeffery may be a top 15 receiver if he was still in Adam Gase's offense. I also think Kevin White returning will take away some of his touches.



  40. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    Tyler Lockett is a great option. He went from being a slot receiver to a #2 receiver on the outside. Lockett will continue to grow in his second season.




  41. DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins

    DeSean Jackson is in a contract year. He may snap out of his two year Fantasy funk just to get a new payday.



  42. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

    Jordan Matthews is Philadelphia's best receiver. He may not get a lot of action in 2016 with the quarterback controversy going on in Philadelphia.



  43. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    Stefon Diggs had a greater impact in the slot than Mike Wallace. Almost every free safety will line up in zone against the Vikings to take away the deep passing game for Diggs.



  44. Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

    Steve Smith is coming off a season ending injury. If he can stay healthy in 2016 without declining, he could be a late round steal.



  45. Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    Brandon LaFell was a #2 receiver in Carolina and New England. He struggled when he returned so he will likely be a slot receiver for the Bengals in 2016. He may begin as the #2 receiver if Tyler Boyd struggles in training camp, but the bottom line is LaFell is a slot receiver at best who is not a top 40 receiver in most standard fantasy leagues.




  46. Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

    Kevin White will be healthy in 2016. White is worth a flyer at some point after you draft your starters.



  47. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

    DeVante Parker will finally start after sitting out most of his rookie season seeing very limited action. DeVante Parker could be a late round steal to keep an eye on if you go running back running back.



  48. Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens

    Mike Wallace could be a solid slot receiver in Baltimore. Steve Smith will play on the outside with Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman competing for that starting receiver job and Wallace will be a low end slot receiver on the Ravens.



  49. Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders

    Crabtree had 85 receptions and 9 receiving touchdowns. He's a great red zone threat, but he's not a deep threat. Now that Crabtree is locked up long term, I expect him to revert to his 2014 form that got him deported from San Francisco.



  50. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

    It's pretty evident that slot receiver Brandin Cooks and tight end Coby Fleener will be Drew Brees top two targets when going through progressions. Willie Snead and Michael Thomas are both capable of starting on the outside with their size and big bodies for wide receivers. Brees is gonna fall in love with Snead or Thomas and the other receiver will become an expendable afterthought that gets limited receptions in New Orleans.



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