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This group was by far the hardest to put together with so much depth and potential break-out candidates. I’m sure you will find it hard to come by a list of WR and not see Antonio Brown as the No. 1, but I believe that Odell Beckham Jr. is going to have an absurd amount of touchdowns. I’m thinking that 16 touchdowns is going to be his floor. While Antonio Brown can easily do that himself, I’m putting Odell as my top WR. One player that can’t be forgotten is Jordy Nelson, as he is coming back from his torn ACL that he suffered last pre-season. He had plenty of time to recover and he should be 100 percent going into next season and Aaron Rodgers is going to want to prove something with him back. He could easily be top-5 when all is said and done. I don’t think people realize how dominate Sammy Watkins can be and actually is. The guy had 60 receptions last season and still had over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. If he hadn’t missed three games and hadn’t been injured for 3-5 other ones, this guy would have had some nasty numbers. The guy embarrassed Darelle Revis and the secondary of Kansas City en route to 17 receptions, 294 yards, and two touchdowns in those two games. I could talk about all of these names and why they should be higher up, but then someone has to be down anyways. This group will be moving all around up until next season and it won’t get any easier. Just want to put this out there now, DeVante Parker is going over 1,000 yards next season and he will be moving up my rankings in the coming months. He was the receiver who I thought was going to have a great career in the NFL and wanted my team to take at No.10, but I liked the Gurley pick.
Dez Bryant: Bryant is an amazing WR and had a bad luck foot injury, then when he came back Romo broke his collarbone. Bryant should be set next year though, after him and Romo having the whole offseason to recover. I expect Bryant regain his 2014-2015 season form.
Mike Evans: Evans had drop issues last season, but he got a ton of targets last year. Jameis has shown that he will force the ball to Evans, that along with them progressing together. My bold prediction is that Evans will be a top 7 receiver next season, but playing it safer in my rankings I put him at 13.
Doug Baldwin: Doug Baldwin went crazy grabbing 10 TDs in 4 games last season; however, I do not see Baldwin keeping up those numbers especially for a whole season. In addition to Tyler Lockett emerging as a good WR.
Golden Tate: Tate is looking like the Lions top receiver at this point as Calvin Johnson has said that he is going to retire. Tate has shown sparks of greatness, and next season he will get his chance to be the top option.
Josh Gordon: Josh Gordon is an amazing talent with a terrible head on his shoulders. With any luck he will not get suspended this year and we will get to see what he can do. Gordon is currently my 42nd WR, but for every month that he does not suspended he will move up in my rankings.
Markus Wheaton: Markus Wheaton is a physical beast. He is tall, fast, and fairly strong for a receiver. Wheaten will be top 30 if Antonio Brown or Martavis Bryant miss an extended period of time; however, even if the Steelers stay healthy Wheaton still has the potential to be fantasy relevant. Wheaten is a hit or miss deep threat and could be a great matchup play next season.
After his last two seasons I simply cannot rank anyone above Antonio Brown. As long as Big Ben is upright he is the unquestioned best all-around receiver in the league. That said, landing any of our Tradefantaysfootball.com consensus top 5 wide receivers should make you a happy camper. A lot of people are down on Dez Bryant at the moment but I think they are quick to forget how great he and Romo can be when both healthy. The WR2 crop isn’t too shabby either. Seeing guys like Demaryius Thomas, Keenan Allen and Brandon Marshall in the low teens (in our way to early rankings) is very enticing for those drafting in the mid-late first round. Two stud receivers right off the bat isn’t bad draft strategy in this day and age. The high teens – low 20’s are packed full of gems as well including Martavis Bryant and Doug Baldwin – it’s safe to say this is another deep year at the wide receiver position!