Can you believe that it is almost time for the NFL season to kick off again? Just a couple of short weeks away so that means you want to start building your fantasy football team now in anticipation of opening kickoff.
One position that can be a significant difference maker for you is the wide receiver position, as finding the right wideout can assure you 10+ points per week, helping you to dominate your league. Here are 10 wide receivers you want to pay special attention to, so you can have great success throughout the fantasy football season.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown isn’t just the best fantasy receiver, he’s the best receiver period! The Steelers wide receiver had 101 catches for 1533 yards and nine touchdowns last season, averaging a little less than 20 points per game. He will likely see the same kind of numbers this season, based on the fact that a lot of what the Steelers do offensively revolves around him.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Hopkins had 96 catches last season for 1378 yards and he scored 13 touchdowns. He scored just one half less of a point then Brown did in fantasy points, and should be on pace for a similar season in terms of yards. If Deshaun Watson returns from a knee injury that sidelined him for half of last season and performs as he did before the injury, Hopkins numbers could go through the roof.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones had 88 catches for 1444 yards but recorded only three touchdowns. He was seventh overall last season in terms of points among wide receivers but should see those numbers rise as he will be calling for the ball a lot more near the end zone.
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
With how well that Melvin Gordon has been playing at the running back spot, Allen is able to benefit as teams have to respect the run first. He recorded 102 catches last season for 1393 yards and six touchdowns, and this season his numbers should not diminish. The one concern you should have is his health, as Allen missed a combined total of 23 games in 2015 and 2016.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
With the loss of Jordy Nelson, Adams becomes the number one wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers. He had 74 receptions last season for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns, which should have a huge upgrade in those numbers as he becomes the primary target. Don’t be surprised to see him in the 15 touchdown range.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
The success of his season will depend greatly upon the return of Andrew Luck. If Luck comes back and is in good health, this could be a season where Hilton far surpasses his 79 receptions, 1139 yards receiving, and seven touchdowns. It would not be surprising to see him add 300 yards receiving and five touchdowns to those numbers.
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Thomas finished with 104 receptions for 1245 yards and five touchdowns last season, in a season where quarterback Drew Brees did not put up particularly huge numbers. The team rode their running backs and that could happen this year as well, but one of their dynamic duos is out with a suspension for the first four games, which should mean the Thomas has the opportunity for some huge numbers early on.
Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
We go out on a limb here as Beckham will be returning from a rather severe injury which allowed him just 25 catches for 302 yards. The Giants wide receiver has seen his number of yards per game drop by 10 or more in each season since 2014, which should cause you to shy away from him as a top five or six wide receiver.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
It was an off year for Green, as he had just 1078 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. The struggles of quarterback Andy Dalton were affecting Green as well, but he should have a bounce-back year as the Bengals entire offense should look better. Look for a 1300 yard season in 2018.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
When you likely have a rookie quarterback it would seem that choosing a wide receiver from that team would be a bad choice. However, a veteran like Fitzgerald is a rookie’s best friend, so his 109 catches for 1156 yards should be comparable to this season as well.
Choosing the right wide receiver can make a huge difference, so look to grab one from this group to help increase your odds of winning it all.