Foster: fantasy football wide receivers draft prep rankings

BY foxsports • May 9, 2016

With the 2016 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror and most NFL free agents with their new squads, here are the FOX Fantasy department's way-too-early 2016 fantasy football draft strategy rankings.

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Player Bye Week
1. Antonio Brown (Pit - WR) 8
2. Julio Jones (Atl - WR) 11
3. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR) 8
4. DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR) 9
5. Dez Bryant (Dal - WR) 7
6. Allen Robinson (Jac - WR) 5
7. A.J. Green (Cin - WR) 9
8. Amari Cooper (Oak - WR) 10
9. Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR) 11
10. Jordy Nelson (GB - WR) 4
11. Mike Evans (TB - WR) 6
12. Julian Edelman (NE - WR) 9
13. Keenan Allen (SD - WR) 11
14. Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR) 10
15. Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR) 11
16. Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR) 9
17. Golden Tate (Det - WR) 10
18. Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR) 8
19. Jeremy Maclin (KC - WR) 5
20. T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR) 10
21. Kelvin Benjamin (Car - WR) 7
22. Doug Baldwin (Sea - WR) 5
23. Brandin Cooks (NO - WR) 5
24. Eric Decker (NYJ - WR) 11
25. Allen Hurns (Jac - WR) 5
26. Randall Cobb (GB - WR) 4
27. Donte Moncrief (Ind - WR) 10
28. Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR) 11
29. Michael Floyd (Ari - WR) 9
30. Jordan Matthews (Phi - WR) 4
31. DeVante Parker (Mia - WR) 8
32. Kevin White (Chi - WR) 9
33. DeSean Jackson (Was - WR) 9
34. Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR) 9
35. John Brown (Ari - WR) 9
36. Michael Crabtree (Oak - WR) 10
37. Tyler Lockett (Sea - WR) 5
38. Markus Wheaton (Pit - WR) 8
39. Marvin Jones (Det - WR) 10
40. Dorial Green-Beckham (Ten - WR) 13
41. Breshad Perriman (Bal - WR) 8
42. Willie Snead (NO - WR) 5
43. Tavon Austin (StL - WR) 8
44. Corey Coleman (Cle - WR) 13
45. Stefon Diggs (Min - WR) 6
46. Mohamed Sanu (Atl - WR) 11
47. Vincent Jackson (TB - WR) 6
48. Kendall Wright (Ten - WR) 13
49. Michael Thomas (NO - WR) 5
50. Sterling Shepard (NYG - WR) 8
51. Nelson Agholor (Phi - WR) 4
52. Phillip Dorsett (Ind - WR) 10
53. Ted Ginn Jr. (Car - WR) 7
54. Josh Gordon (Cle - WR) 13
55. Tyler Boyd (Cin - WR) 9
56. Devin Funchess (Car - WR) 7
57. Sammie Coates (Pit - WR) 8
58. Mike Wallace (Bal - WR) 8
59. Pierre Garcon (Was - WR) 9
60. Will Fuller (Hou - WR) 9
61. Chris Hogan (NE - WR) 9
62. Steve Smith Sr. (Bal - WR) 8
63. Rishard Matthews (Ten - WR) 13
64. Jermaine Kearse (Sea - WR) 5
65. Jaelen Strong (Hou - WR) 9
66. Laquon Treadwell (Min - WR) 6
67. Josh Doctson (Was - WR) 9
68. Terrance Williams (Dal - WR) 7
69. Davante Adams (GB - WR) 4
70. Travis Benjamin (SD - WR) 11
71. Jeff Janis (GB - WR) 4
72. Brandon LaFell (Cin - WR) 9
73. Ty Montgomery (GB - WR) 4
74. Stevie Johnson (SD - WR) 11
75. Victor Cruz (NYG - WR) 8

There isn't a whole lot of separation between Antonio Brown, Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr., as all three will be first round picks. I like Brown slightly better just because of the longer track record of being a receptions hog, but you can't really go wrong here. 

DeAndre Hopkins is knocking on the door to crack that elite group. Given the QB situation he dealt with last year, there's no reason to think he can't replicate or even improve his breakout campaign stats. It became pretty clear that Dez Bryant needs Tony Romo, but trusting Romo to stay healthy is a little hard. He's clearly behind the top four in my view, and if you want to put Allen Robinson or A.J. Green ahead of him, I don't hate that. 

Amari Cooper battled his way to over 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns as a rookie. I'll happily draft him as a top-10 receiver this year with David Carr improving. There's PPR gold scattered throughout the third receiver tier. Julian Edelman, Golden Tate and Jarvis Landry should be target hogs once again. 

 


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