Meyer: fantasy football wide receivers draft strategy 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.

There are four studs who sit atop the first tier in the 2016 wide receiver player pool: Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, and Odell Beckham Jr.

Brown and Jones both compiled 136 receptions (NFL-most) last year. Jones had 37 more yards, but Brown scored two more TDs. Plus, Ben Roethlisberger missed four games in 2015. Jones’ QB, Matt Ryan, didn’t miss a game.

Speaking of quarterbacks who miss games, it would be a crime not to include Dez Bryant into the mix. Bryant had his streak of 1,200 yard seasons snapped in 2015 after three-consecutive campaigns. He played in only nine games and Tony Romo played in four. In those four contests, Bryant scored two TDs. When healthy, there is always a strong chance that you’ll see Bryant throw the “X” up.

You can click on the links below to switch between FOX Fantasy experts' draft rankings and positional rankings:

Meyer: QB | RB | WR | TE | Fowler | Halpin | Foster

Player Bye Week
1. Antonio Brown (Pit - WR) 8
2. Julio Jones (Atl - WR) 11
3. DeAndre Hopkins (Hou - WR) 9
4. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG - WR) 8
5. Dez Bryant (Dal - WR) 7
6. A.J. Green (Cin - WR) 9
7. Jordy Nelson (GB - WR) 4
8. Allen Robinson (Jac - WR) 5
9. Brandon Marshall (NYJ - WR) 11
10. Sammy Watkins (Buf - WR) 10
11. Alshon Jeffery (Chi - WR) 9
12. Brandin Cooks (NO - WR) 5
13. Mike Evans (TB - WR) 6
14. Amari Cooper (Oak - WR) 10
15. Kelvin Benjamin (Car - WR) 7
16. Demaryius Thomas (Den - WR) 11
17. Keenan Allen (SD - WR) 11
18. T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR) 10
19. Julian Edelman (NE - WR) 9
20. Doug Baldwin (Sea - WR) 5
21. Jarvis Landry (Mia - WR) 8
22. Jeremy Maclin (KC - WR) 5
23. Randall Cobb (GB - WR) 4
24. Golden Tate (Det - WR) 10
25. Allen Hurns (Jac - WR) 5
26. Eric Decker (NYJ - WR) 11
27. Michael Floyd (Ari - WR) 9
28. Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR) 11
29. Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR) 9
30. DeVante Parker (Mia - WR) 8
31. Donte Moncrief (Ind - WR) 10
32. Jordan Matthews (Phi - WR) 4
33. Martavis Bryant (Pit - WR) 8
34. DeSean Jackson (Was - WR) 9
35. John Brown (Ari - WR) 9
36. Michael Crabtree (Oak - WR) 10
37. Marvin Jones (Det - WR) 10
38. Tyler Lockett (Sea - WR) 5
39. Kevin White (Chi - WR) 9
40. Stefon Diggs (Min - WR) 6
41. Willie Snead (NO - WR) 5
42. Victor Cruz (NYG - WR) 8
43. Kamar Aiken (Bal - WR) 8
44. Danny Amendola (NE - WR) 9
45. Tavon Austin (StL - WR) 8
46. Corey Coleman (Cle - WR) 13
47. Laquon Treadwell (Min - WR) 6
48. Sterling Shepard (NYG - WR) 8
49. Michael Thomas (NO - WR) 5
50. Josh Doctson (Was - WR) 9
51. Will Fuller (Hou - WR) 9
52. Dorial Green-Beckham (Ten - WR) 13
53. Torrey Smith (SF - WR) 8
54. Vincent Jackson (TB - WR) 6
55. Travis Benjamin (SD - WR) 11
56. Markus Wheaton (Pit - WR) 8
57. Steve Smith Sr. (Bal - WR) 8
58. Breshad Perriman (Bal - WR) 8
59. Mike Wallace (Bal - WR) 8
60. Phillip Dorsett (Ind - WR) 10
61. Nelson Agholor (Phi - WR) 4
62. Mohamed Sanu (Atl - WR) 11
63. Kolby Listenbee (Buf - WR) 10
64. Tyler Boyd (Cin - WR) 9
65. Pierre Garcon (Was - WR) 9
66. Ted Ginn Jr. (Car - WR) 7
67. Devin Funchess (Car - WR) 7
68. Sammie Coates (Pit - WR) 8
69. Leonte Carroo (Mia - WR) 8
70. Josh Gordon (Cle - WR) 13
71. Chris Hogan (NE - WR) 9
72. Rishard Matthews (Ten - WR) 13
73. De'Anthony Thomas (KC - WR) 5
74. Stevie Johnson (SD - WR) 11
75. Rueben Randle (Phi - WR) 4



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