Fantasy Football: TDN's WR Rankings

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Some quick background on how these rankings were determined. I put about 40 hours worth of research into these rankings. I started by coming up with my own custom stat projections for the season. That process began by taking projections from seven different outlets and weighing each one based on past accuracy. That gave me one set of projections as a baseline to work with. From there I adjusted the order based on upside, injury risk, situation, and any other relevant factors. Finally, I placed each WR into one of eight tiers.

All of my rankings reflect the order in which I would take players if my draft was today in a standard 12-team half-point PPR league. The rankings would not significantly change in full-point PPR formats.

Please note that the tiers are only meant to be a helpful guide. Do not fall into the trap of undervaluing the top player in a tier and overvaluing the bottom player. Players near the top of tiers are better than those at the bottom.

These rankings will be updated weekly throughout the offseason so be sure to check back in with The Draft Network often to gain an edge on your leaguemates.

If you have any specific questions or want to know more about what I think of certain players, hit me up on Twitter (@JaimeEisner) or Instagram (@JEisnerFFB). I’d be happy to chat with you!

You can find rankings from Paige Dimakos and Jake Arians below Jaime Eisner's rankings.

Click here for specific positional rankings: QB | RB | TE | K | DST | Top 200


***Jaime Eisner's Rankings -- Updated August 27***


TIER 1


1. Davante Adams

2. DeAndre Hopkins

3. Julio Jones

-- No changes here and, barring injury, none planned in the immediate future. If you pick in the middle of the first round (4-7), you probably should select one of these players


TIER 2


4. Michael Thomas

5. Tyreek Hill

6. JuJu Smith-Schuster

7. Odell Beckham Jr.

-- Switched JuJu and OBJ -- personal preference based on Beckham's injury history and Smith-Schuster continuing to excel this preseason.


TIER 3


8. Keenan Allen

9. Mike Evans

10. Stefon Diggs

11. Adam Thielen

12. Julian Edelman

13. Brandin Cooks

14. Robert Woods

15. Amari Cooper

16. T.Y. Hilton 📉

17. Antonio Brown

-- Hilton takes a small tumble after Andrew Luck's retirement, but he's still a solid WR2. The hate will go too far on him and you can probably get him later in drafts than the 16th WR off the board, but that's how you should value him.


TIER 4


18. Chris Godwin

19. Tyler Lockett

20. Mike Williams

21. Cooper Kupp

22. Alshon Jeffery

23. Kenny Golladay

-- No changes at all in this tier.


TIER 5


24. Tyler Boyd

25. Allen Robinson

26. Calvin Ridley

27. Marvin Jones Jr.

28. Sammy Watkins

29. A.J. Green

30. Josh Gordon

-- No changes in this tier either.


TIER 6


31. Jarvis Landry

32. Geronimo Allison

33. Sterling Shepard 📈

34. Curtis Samuel

35. D.J. Moore

36. Larry Fitzgerald

37. Will Fuller

38. Corey Davis

39. Mohamad Sanu

40. Christian Kirk

41. DeSean Jackson

42. Robby Anderson

-- Shepard moves up a few spots with the confirmation that he'll play Week 1. Players in this tier will be playing in WR3 or FLEX spots in Week 1.


TIER 7


43. Emmanuel Sanders

44. Marquez Valdes-Scantling

45. Golden Tate

46. Keke Coutee

47. Donte Moncrief

48. Courtland Sutton

49. Tyrell Williams

50. Devin Funchess

51. Dede Westbrook 📈

52. Kenny Stills

53. Anthony Miller

54. Jamison Crowder

55. Ted Ginn

56. Hunter Renfrow

57. N'Keal Harry

58. D.K. Metcalf

59. Dante Pettis 📉

-- Westbrook appears to have developed some chemistry with Nick Foles in the preseason. Let's see if that carries over to the regular season. I'm really worried about Pettis. I can't remember the last piece of positive news that came out about him from the 49ers coaching staff. He may end up further down the depth chart than we think.


TIER 8


60. Adam Humphries

61. Michael Gallup 📈

62. James Washington 📈

63. Danny Amendola

64. Travis Benjamin

65. Marquise Goodwin

66. Tre’Quan Smith 📈

67. Taylor Gabriel

68. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

69. Breshad Perriman

70. Chris Conley

71. D.J. Chark

72. DaeSean Hamilton

73. Marquise Brown

74. John Brown

75. Jalen Hurd

-- Gallup and Washington move up near the top of this tier as their strong preseasons continue. Gallup is the clear No. 2 in Dallas, but I'm not convinced Washington has earned that same role in Pittsburgh yet. Still worth taking a flier on both. Speaking of fliers, Smith moves up a bit as well just due to the potential of that Saints offense. He's going higher than this in Fantasy Football World Championship leagues. With your last-round pick, why not?


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***Paige Dimakos' Rankings -- Updated August 7***

1. DeAndre Hopkins

2. Davante Adams

3. Julio Jones

4. Michael Thomas

5. Tyreek Hill

6. Mike Evans

7. Odell Beckham Jr.

8. JuJu Smith-Schuster

9. Antonio Brown

10. T.Y. Hilton

11. Keenan Allen

12. Adam Thielen

13. Amari Cooper

14. Brandin Cooks

15. Stefon Diggs

16. Robert Woods

17. Julian Edelman

18. Kenny Golladay

19. Tyler Lockett

20. Chris Godwin

21. Cooper Kupp

22. Allen Robinson

23. Mike Williams

24. Alshon Jeffery

25. Tyler Boyd

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***Jake Arians' Rankings -- Updated August 7***

1. Julio Jones

2. DeAndre Hopkins

3. Davante Adams

4. Michael Thomas

5. Tyreek Hill

6. T.Y. Hilton

7. Keenan Allen

8. Mike Evans

9. Odell Beckham Jr.

10. JuJu Smith-Schuster

11. Antonio Brown

12. Adam Thielen

13. Stefon Diggs

14. Brandin Cooks

15. Julien Edelman

16. Amari Cooper

17. Robert Woods

18. Tyler Lockett

19. Alshon Jeffery

20. Calvin Ridley

21. Cooper Kupp

22. Allen Robinson

23. A.J. Green

24. Dante Pettis

25. Chris Godwin

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