Meyer: fantasy football wide receivers draft strategy rankings

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.

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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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