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 20***


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. Odell Beckham Jr.

7. JuJu Smith-Schuster

-- No change in the order, but Keenan Allen's ankle injury was enough to drop him a tier. I believe you'll have a significant WR1 advantage over most of your league if you've drafted one by this point.


TIER 3


8. Keenan Allen

9. Mike Evans

10. Stefon Diggs

11. Adam Thielen

12. Julian Edelman

13. Brandin Cooks

14. T.Y. Hilton 📉

15. Amari Cooper

16. Robert Woods

17. Antonio Brown

-- Andrew Luck's injury drops Hilton down the board a bit. He's no longer a Top 10 option. Brown's helmet issue, foot issue, attitude issue, etc. keep him down here for me. Someone in your league will draft him among the Top 10 WRs. Let them do it.


TIER 4


18. Chris Godwin

19. Tyler Lockett

20. Mike Williams

21. Cooper Kupp

22. Alshon Jeffery

23. Kenny Golladay

-- No name changes in this tier but every player who was an odd number last week moved up one space and vise versa for the even number players.


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 📈

-- Welcome back (for now) Gordon! He instantly becomes a 10-point-per-game option in half-PPR formats with upside for more. He obviously has tremendous downside too, as he's a risk to be suspended at any moment. Still, he's reinstated right now and should be a full go for Week 1. Jones and Watkins also swapped spots in this tier.


TIER 6


31. Jarvis Landry

32. Geronimo Allison

33. Curtis Samuel 📈

34. D.J. Moore

35. Larry Fitzgerald

36. Sterling Shepard

37. Will Fuller

38. Corey Davis

39. Mohamad Sanu

40. Christian Kirk 📉

41. DeSean Jackson

42. Robby Anderson

-- Calling the reviews Samuel is getting at Panthers camp "glowing" is an understatement. He's tearing it up and is overall a more efficient receiver than Moore. Both can have success in the Carolina offense, but if I have to pick only one, I'm leaning toward Samuel. Nothing bad happened with Kirk, but he falls just because I liked a number of guys behind him more. I think this'll be a meh year for Kirk, but I'll be the conductor on the bounce-back hype train in 2020 when he gets to play in the slot.


TIER 7


43. Emmanuel Sanders

44. Marquez Valdes-Scantling

45. Golden Tate

46. Donte Moncrief

47. Keke Coutee

48. Courtland Sutton

49. Devin Funchess

50. Tyrell Williams

51. Kenny Stills

52. Dante Pettis 📉

53. D.K. Metcalf

54. Anthony Miller

55. Jamison Crowder

56. David Moore

57. N'Keal Harry

58. Ted Ginn

59. Dede Westbrook

60. Hunter Renfrow 📈

-- This tier looks relatively familiar to last week's version. Small tweaks here and there with two notable exceptions. Pettis is dropping because his role in the 49ers offense is unclear. Renfrow is on the rise. I think he wins the starting slot job in Oakland. Given Derek Carr's style and AB being AB, Renfrow might be in FLEX territory here and there during the season.


TIER 8


61. Taylor Gabriel

62. Adam Humphries

63. Danny Amendola

64. Breshad Perriman

65. Marquise Goodwin

66. Travis Benjamin 📈

67. D.J. Chark

68. DaeSean Hamilton

69. Michael Gallup

70. James Washington

71. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 📈

72. Parris Campbell

73. Marquise Brown

74. Tre’Quan Smith

75. Jalen Hurd

-- Two new additions to this tier. Benjamin is the clear-cut No. 3 WR for the Chargers and is a great value in the final round of your re-draft or best ball leagues. With Allen banged up, he may have an even more prominent role early in the season. Arcega-Whiteside is impressing at Eagles camp. Keep a close watch if you don't take a flier on him in the last round.


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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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