Wide receiver is quickly becoming the most important position in fantasy football, with the rising popularity of PPR leagues. Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham, you know the names of the huge stars. But some of tier two and three guys can help win you a championship. Who are they? We’ll tell you right now.
When healthy, Allen is a top 10 receiver in the game of football. He went for 1300 yards last season and has the potential to go for even more this season if he can play all 16 games, which he’s only done once in his career. If 2017’s seventh overall pick Mike Williams can have a bounce-back second season, Allen won’t get nearly as much attention from opposing defenses. Pounce on him in the third or fourth round of your draft, and if you get have him as your WR2 with Mike Evans or Deandre Hopkins, that’s a lethal combination in any league.
This might have been one of the best picks of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Falcons didn’t really need another wide receiver, but they went out and added the most pro-ready receiver in the draft. Ridley, whether he ends up as the WR2 or WR3 is going to have a great chance to produce in the Atlanta offense with Matt Ryan throwing him the ball. Julio Jones is going to draw the majority of eyes from the defense, so Ridley will definitely see a lot of one on one coverage during his rookie season, especially early on in the year. He’s going to be an awesome late round steal of your fantasy draft.
Adam Thielen was the big breakout star of last season, but Diggs was just as good. He came up with 849 receiving yards, but he caught a career-high eight touchdowns. Kirk Cousins is going to be a key piece in the equation too, as his favorite target in Washington was Jamison Crowder. Crowder is a very similar player to Diggs, but Diggs is just an overall better receiver. He’s much better at high pointing the ball as a small receiver and would be a great pickup as a WR2 in the middle rounds.
A breakout rookie last year, Kupp was easily Jared Goff’s favorite target. He’s more of a flex play when it comes to wide receivers, but he led the Rams in both catches and receiving yards last year. That might change with Brandin Cooks in the mix now, but Kupp will still have a heavy workload in Sean McVay’s offense. He runs a lot of drag and underneath routes that will get him some easy points in a PPR league. He might not be the strongest candidate on this list, but he should only improve after an impressive rookie season last year.
One of the biggest fantasy stars at wide receiver a few years ago, Gordon should hopefully be back for a full season this year. Let’s keep in mind that he played 14 games in 2013, and led the league in receiving yards. He’s the definition of big-play potential, as during that season he had back-to-back games with 250 yards receiving. Now, with a competent quarterback in Tyrod Taylor throwing him the ball, Gordon should be able to show off more of that big play potential.