The FOX Sports fantasy football experts have been updating their top 200 rankings constantly as the season approaches. Here's a look at the 40 wide receivers who cracked the top 100, with comments included.
Antonio Brown may not get the contract he is No. 1 – Antonio Brown
More receptions, targets and receiving yards in EACH of the past three seasons. The Steelers receiver has averaged 125 receptions, 181 targets and 1,677 yards with 10-11 touchdowns per season over the same stretch.
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No. 2 – Julio Jones
Despite Devonta Freeman’s 97 targets and 73 receptions cutting into his potential workload, Jones ranked first in receiving (1,871) and targets (204) last season. Dating back to the 2000 season, only one other receiver finished with more than 1,871 yards – Calvin Johnson.
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No. 4 – Odell Beckham Jr.
It was nearly impossible for ODB to trump his 12-game rookie campaign. Why? Well, only one other receiver posted better numbers in a 12-game season. The Rams' Elroy Hirsch finished with 1,495 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in a dozen games back in 1951 - his sixth professional season. Beckham is still in a position to average 90+ receiving yards per game and finish the season with 10+ touchdowns.
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No. 6 – DeAndre Hopkins
The guy finished fifth in receiving yards per game with 11 touchdowns courtesy of Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates, and Brandon Weeden. As incredible as those stats are, owners should evaluate what little we know of Brock Osweiler as a starter in the NFL and the addition of Lamar Miller should create a more balanced Texans’ offense.
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No. 11 – Dez Bryant
Tony Romo Injury Impact Update He averaged 91 receptions, 145 targets and 1,312 receiving yards with 13-14 touchdowns per season 2012-2014. So, when Bryant missed nearly half of the 2015 season and the nine games he appeared in were muted with Tony Romo on the shelf, owners sacrificed fantasy value based on his ADP. With Bryant and Romo on the field, they’re 2016 fantasy ceiling is boosted with the offensive line stout and the threat of Ezekiel Elliott’s fresh legs out of the backfield.
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13 – Jordy Nelson
When we last saw Jordy – back in 2014 – he posted career highs. He finished with 98 receptions (151 targets) for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns (second-most for him - 15). Nelson missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL suffered during the first drive of a preseason game against the Steelers. His 18.58 yards per reception ranked fifth and 15 touchdowns ranked fourth in the NFL 2011-2014.
No. 14 – Allen Robinson
The Jaguars’ playmaker ranked 16th in receptions (80), but thanks to 14 touchdowns ranked sixth in fantasy points scored among wide receivers (PPR). Should he regress in touchdown production, owners should be aware that Blake Bortles will feed Allen Hurns, Julius Thomas as well as new short yardage running back Chris Ivory around the zone.
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No. 15 – A.J. Green
Another season, another top 10 fantasy performance among his fellow receivers for Mr. Green. His receptions and targets were down slightly due to the emergence of Tyler Eifert in the Bengals’ passing game. Green did, however, see 32 percent of the pass targets last season.
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No. 17 – Keenan Allen
Allen was on pace for 134 catches before suffering a lacerated kidney on a touchdown catch last season. Only three receivers have accomplished that feat since 1970: Marvin Harrison, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. Wouldn’t be shocked to see his average draft position tick upwards throughout August.
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No. 19 – Brandon Marshall
Update: Fitz signs one-year deal with Jets. Where is Ryan Fitzpatrick going to play? Answer that and fantasy owners will truly know Marshall’s 2016 fantasy value. If Fitz stays put with the Jets, Marshall and Eric Decker are one of the best receiving tandems in the league. The duo combined for 26 receiving touchdowns last season. Aside from Antonio Brown, Marshall’s 21.2 fantasy points per game (PPR) last season are unrivaled in recent seasons. He NEEDS Ryan Fitzpatrick to have any shot at replicating the production in 2016.
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No. 22 – Mike Evans
Mike Evans was one of only three receivers in NFL history to record more than 1,200 receiving yards, but catch three or fewer touchdowns. Keyshawn Johnson and Art Monk are the other two unfortunate members of the fraternity. Evans saw 28 percent of the targets on the field and in the red zone last year – a season after posting 12 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. He’s going to finish with a sexy fantasy stat line this year.
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No. 24 – Alshon Jeffery
Brandon Marshall was gone, Jeffery had his shot to shine as the premiere playmaker in the passing game and THUD! He played in only nine games due to a nagging hamstring injury. The Bears wouldn’t sign him to a big dollar deal and one gets the feeling it has to do with injury history. It’s hard to get a read of the real Jeffery because his top-tier fantasy stats in 2013-14 came with Brandon Marshall in the mix. He was on pace for another 1,400-yard season with 8-9 scores. It comes down to health concerns whether or not you take him on draft day.
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No. 26 – Amari Cooper
He was the only rookie wide receiver to finish the season ranked inside the top 25 scorers at the position. Cooper is one of only eight receivers to enjoy 130+ targets during their rookie season (since 1992). Owners interested in targeting Cooper in drafts should be cautious of a sophomore slump. The reason being Cooper would go AWOL for weeks at a time last year. Also, his growth and future fantasy value is directly tied to the maturation of quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders are on the verge of turning a corner, but aren’t there yet. Note: Former Patriots receiver Terry Glenn was targeted 167 times during his rookie season in 1996.
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No. 27 – Brandin Cooks
His rookie season was cut short by injury, but returned for his sophomore season and finished WR11 in standard scoring leagues and WR13 in PPR leagues. It hasn’t taken long for Cooks and Drew Brees to build a rapport out of the slot. While, I don’t think his targets will regress too much from the 129 he saw last year, I don’t want owners sleeping on the arrival of Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener. The Saints uber-pass offense could be back for another course.
No. 29 – Demaryius Thomas
He’s one of only 13 receivers to record two seasons in which he finished with 105-or-more receptions. That was with Peyton Manning and a side of Brock Osweiler behind center. Now, it’s Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback in camp. I don’t like this scenario. I don’t like it at all. Thomas already saw his receiving yards dip about 300 yards between 2014 and 2015 seasons and only caught six touchdowns last year – his fewest since 2011.
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No. 32 – Julian Edelman
Jimmy Garoppolo and I remain in the getting-to-know-you phase as it pertains to trickle down fantasy impact. Edelman has averaged 9.6 targets per game over the past three seasons as Tom Brady has found the security blanket he needs when Gronk is blanketed by the defense. Only Julio Jones has enjoyed more targets per game 2013-2015.
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No. 34 – Sammy Watkins
Is he injury prone? He’s went under the knife for hip surgery, battled a variety of conditions during 2015 and now claims to be nearing 100 percent after April foot surgery to repair stress fractures. Those risks aside, Watkins averaged 113 receiving yards per game with six touchdowns the final six weeks of the season. He and Tyrod Taylor appear to be on the same page. Well, when they share the same field.
No. 36 – T.Y. Hilton
With Andrew Luck behind center in 2014, Hilton ranked WR12 in PPR leagues, but in the midst of the 2015 mess that was the Colts’ Andrew Luck-less offense, Hilton fell to WR22 last season. The good news is he remained a focal point in the pass game. He finished with 135 targets and has averaged 130+ targets per season over the past three. Luck back and healthy will boost the speedy receiver back into the top 12.
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No. 38 – Jarvis Landry
One of only three players to finish a season with 165 or more targets and score four or fewer touchdowns (Keyshawn, Laveranues Coles). His PPR value is the difference between a Top 12 fantasy WR and WR20-25.
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No. 39 – Eric Decker
Update: Fitz signs one-year deal with Jets. He ranks WR3 in touchdowns scored, WR8 in receptions, WR9 in receiving yards, and WR10 in targets over the past four seasons. Like Marshall, we need to know who the quarterback is in New York before his fantasy draft ranking is set in stone.
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No. 40 – Kelvin Benjamin
The Panthers reached the Super Bowl without Benjamin who missed the season with a torn ACL. So, when looking back at his rookie campaign which boasted 146 targets and nine touchdowns, take it with a grain of salt. Carolina knows how to reach the finale without the 6-foot-5-inch receiver. There isn’t a need to force the ball to him for 16 weeks. He will be worked into the flow of the offense that includes plenty of Cam Newton, some Jon Stewart, Greg Olsen, and Devin Funchess.
No. 44 – Golden Tate
Would you be surprised to know that Tate ranks WR5 in receptions over the past two seasons? With Calvin Johnson retired, Tate should earn a few more red zone targets. The Lions added Marvin Jones during the offseason and Eric Ebron continues to improve as a receiver, but Tate is the steady receiver that Matthew Stafford desperately needs to keep his confidence up.
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No. 49 – Randall Cobb
The sixth-year receiver also missed Jordy Nelson on the field last season. He saw three more targets than in 2014, but finished with 458 fewer receiving yards and six fewer touchdowns. All defensive eyes were on Cobb as the guy to contain. With Nelson back on the field, expect Cobb to produce numbers closer to his 2014 resume.
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No. 52 - Michael Floyd
There are many mouths to feed in the Cardinals’ receiving game, but Floyd is their best weapon. After a slow start last season that might be attributable to a hand injury, Floyd surpassed 100 yards in five of his final eight games. He’s a big talent with a high ceiling.
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No. 53 - Jeremy Maclin
Remember when the Chiefs went approximately 43 years without one of their wide receivers scoring a TD? Maclin caught eight of them last season to go along with 87 receptions and 1,088 yards. Want an interesting stat that might be meaningless? Maclin was much better when Jamaal Charles was on the field, catching 36 passes for 483 yards in those five games.
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No. 57 - Donte Moncrief
Lots of smart people think Moncrief will be the Colts’ best receiver this season, and he’ll cost a lot less than T.Y. Hilton. Moncrief caught 64 passes for 733 yards and six TDs in 2015, but five of those scores came in Andrew Luck’s seven games. Luck is back, and Moncrief is primed for a breakout.
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No. 60 - Emmanuel Sanders
Yes, the Broncos’ quarterback situation is horrible. It was dreadful last season too, and Sanders caught 76 passes for 1,135 yards, posting a career-high 14.9 yards per catch. There’s certainly risk with anyone in Denver’s offense, but Sanders looks like a solid value as an WR3.
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No. 61 - Larry Fitzgerald
After three consecutive subpar years that suggested Fitz was nearing the end of the road, he exploded for a WR10 season that included a career-high 109 receptions, 1,215 yards and nine TDs. Do you want to bet on him again at age 33?
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No. 66 - Jordan Matthews
Matthews led the Eagles in targets (128), receptions (85), yards (997) and TDs (eight) in 2015. New head coach Doug Pederson initially wanted to move Matthews outside, but it sounds like he’s going to stay in the slot. That limits his upside, so more of the same is probably what we should hope for.
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No. 67 - Doug Baldwin
It appears that we’re not believers after Baldwin exploded for 14 TDs last season. He probably won’t get that many again, and you can’t invest TOO much in a guy who ranked 27th among wide receivers in targets. Tyler Lockett will vie for Russell Wilson’s attention, too.
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No. 69 - Allen Hurns
Hurns had a fine season, finishing as WR13 in FOXSports.com fantasy scoring. However, he was very TD-dependent, scoring 10 times to go along with 64 receptions and 1,031 yards. Hurns is being drafted early in Round 6 per the ADP at FantasyFootballCalculator.com, so you won’t get him if you have him ranked down here.
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No. 74 - DeSean Jackson
Health issues contributed to Jackson’s worst season, but he should return to form as a boom-or-bust WR3. D-Jax has never really been a high-volume receiver, and won’t be this year thanks to the presences of Jordan Reed and rookie Josh Doctson.
No. 77 - Markus Wheaton
The Steelers throw a lot, and Wheaton figures to benefit from the absences of Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell. Ben Roethlisberger can’t throw to ball to Antonio Brown every time … can he?
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No. 81 - Michael Crabtree
Did you know that Crabtree finished ahead of teammate Amari Cooper in fantasy scoring last season? He had fewer yards than Cooper, but more catches and TDs. Crabtree is more of a possession guy at this point, having averaged 10.6 yards per catch over the last two seasons. Expect a decline in fantasy production
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No. 82 - John Brown
The speedy Brown posted a 65-1,003-7 line last season, but Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thinks he should have had "1,400 easy" due to some drop issues. As mentioned with Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, it’s difficult to invest too much in a receiver on such a loaded team. Fortunately, a Round 6 pick isn’t too big of an investment.
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No. 83 - DeVante Parker
Many pundits are tabbing Parker as a breakout pick after his strong finish in 2015 (22-445-3 in his last six games). Parker is being drafted at the Round 7-8 turn, but hasn't even been starting in the preseason. Nice talent, but not at this draft cost.
No. 91 - Tyler Lockett
Lockett has become a trendy fantasy wideout, rising to a Round 7 ADP. This article by NFL.com’s Matt Harmon details why some think Lockett is on his way to stardom, and notes that the Seahawks want to continue throwing more like they did in the second half of 2015. Let’s hope Lockett’s draft stock doesn’t climb too much as we move into August.
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No. 92 - Kevin White
White was drafted seventh overall in 2015, but missed his entire rookie season with a fractured shin. Early offseason reports were glowing, but reports from camp were mixed, with Jay Cutler citing “growing pains” after a rough preseason game. Still, White should be ready to step into a major role this year. He’ll share targets with Alshon Jeffery, though.
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No. 97 - Marvin Jones
Jones is taking Calvin Johnson’s place, which means big things are ahead, right? Not exactly, but one Lions’ beat writer thinks "it’s fair to expect him to top 80 catches and 1,000 yards for the first time in his career." Jones' ADP has risen from the ninth to the sixth over the last month.
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No. 98 - Corey Coleman
Coleman was the first receiver drafted in 2016, and Cleveland.com reported recently that "all signs" point to Coleman being the team’s No. 1 receiver. That’s not exactly high praise, but someone besides Barnidge has to catch passes for the Browns.