The NFL has undoubtedly become a throw-first, run-later type of league. That's a good thing when it comes to the fantasy value of wide receivers, especially in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues. Receivers are extremely important in PPR leagues, as they outscore running backs on most occasions. So to help you on draft day, here are my top-50 PPR wide outs.
|1||Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|2||Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys|
|3||Demaryius Thomas||Denver Broncos|
|4||Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons|
|5||Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions|
|6||Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants|
|7||Randall Cobb||Green Bay Packers|
|8||A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals|
|9||Alshon Jeffery||Chicago Bears|
|10||T.Y. Hilton||Indianapolis Colts|
|11||Mike Evans||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|12||Brandin Cooks||New Orleans Saints|
|13||Emmanuel Sanders||Denver Broncos|
|14||Jordan Matthews||Philadelphia Eagles|
|15||DeAndre Hopkins||Houston Texans|
|16||Julian Edelman||New England Patriots|
|17||Keenan Allen||San Diego Chargers|
|18||Jeremy Maclin||Kansas City Chiefs|
|19||Amari Cooper||Oakland Raiders|
|20||Andre Johnson||Indianapolis Colts|
|21||Brandon Marshall||New York Jets|
|22||Jarvis Landry||Miami Dolphins|
|23||Golden Tate||Detroit Lions|
|24||Allen Robinson||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|25||Davante Adams||Green Bay Packers|
|26||DeSean Jackson||Washington Redskins|
|27||Vincent Jackson||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|28||Sammy Watkins||Buffalo Bills|
|29||Anquan Boldin||San Francisco 49ers|
|30||Martavis Bryant||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|31||Eric Decker||New York Jets|
|32||John Brown||Arizona Cardinals|
|33||Steve Smith Sr.||Baltimore Ravens|
|34||Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona Cardinals|
|35||Mike Wallace||Minnesota Vikings|
|36||Pierre Garcon||Washington Redskins|
|37||Kendall Wright||Tennessee Titans|
|38||Marques Colston||New Orleans Saints|
|39||Michael Floyd||Arizona Cardinals|
|40||Torrey Smith||San Francisco 49ers|
|41||Charles Johnson||Minnesota Vikings|
|42||Victor Cruz||New York Giants|
|43||Nelson Agholor||Philadelphia Eagles|
|44||Devin Funchess||Carolina Panthers|
|45||Roddy White||Atlanta Falcons|
|46||Breshad Perriman||Baltimore Ravens|
|47||Brandon LaFell||New England Patriots|
|48||Brian Quick||St. Louis Rams|
|49||DeVante Parker||Miami Dolphins|
|50||Terrance Williams||Dallas Cowboys|
Antonio Brown: To start, he was the No. 1 fantasy WR last year in both standard and PPR leagues. Brown lead the league in receptions (129) and yards (1,698) last season. He is the most consistent receiver in the NFL, and Big Ben's favorite target.
Dez Bryant: He led all receivers in TD's last season (16). Without Murray to carry the offense, the Cowboys will need a big season out of Bryant to pick up the slack.
Demaryius Thomas: With his extreme athletic ability and Peyton Manning throwing him the ball, Thomas is a lock for another top-five fantasy season.
Julio Jones: Third in the NFL in receptions, targets, and yards last season. Atlanta has always been pass heavy and Jones will once again lead the charge.
Calvin Johnson: Injuries are the only question when it comes to Johnson, but come on, he's Megatron.
Odell Beckham Jr.: He missed the first four games last season and still cracked the top-five. Not to mention he is on the Madden NFL 16 cover.
Randall Cobb: With Jordy Nelson out for the season, Randall Cobb bumps up to WR1. In this Packers offense, that means huge production.
A.J. Green: He missed six games last year, but still managed to put up a 1,000 yard season. Green is now 100% and ready to have a top-ten season.
Alshon Jeffery: He will see an increased workload with Brandon Marshall now out of the picture. New OC Adam Gase comes to Chicago from Denver where he loved to feed his WR1 the ball.
T.Y. Hilton: Started off slowly in 2014, but he is now Luck's favorite target. With a pass-first offense in Indy, Hilton will get more than his fair share.
Mike Evans: Put together an impressive rookie season even though he was catching balls from Mike Glennon and Josh McCown. With James Winston now under center, expect the 6-foot-5 wide out to dominate the targets, especially in the red zone.
Brandin Cooks: He missed the last six games of last season and still finished as the 22nd receiver in PPR. With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills traded in the offseason, Cooks should have a break out season.
Emmanuel Sanders: You really have to love any receiver in the Denver offense.
Jordan Matthews: He had an impressive rookie season and with Maclin now in Kasas City, Matthews will become the go-to-guy in Philly.
DeAndre Hopkins: Hopkins is now the No. 1 receiver on the Texans. Arian Foster's injury will force Houston to throw the ball more than they are used to.
Julian Edelman: He should see great production in the slot, and even more once New England gets Brady back from his four-game suspension.
Keenan Allen: Despite a disappointing 2014 season, Allen has shown he has the ability to become a real threat in this league. Doesn't hurt to mention Rivers will lean more on Allen at the start of the season with Antonio Gates serving a four-game suspension.
Jeremy Maclin: Reunited with Andy Reid in Kansas City. He's primed to become Alex Smith's favorite target.
Amari Cooper: The No. 4 draft pick in 2015 proved he was a force to be reckoned with. It won't take long for him to establish a strong connection with QB Derek Carr.
Andre Johnson: He has escaped the terrible QB situation in Houston and finds himself in a pass-heavy offense in Indianapolis.
Brandon Marshall: Now with the Jets, Marshall should find success in the spread offense and have himself another 1,000 yard season.
Jarvis Landry: Started his rookie season off quietly, but became the 15th ranked PPR receiver in the second half of the season. He should find more success (an hopefully more goal line targets) in the slot this year.
Golden Tate: Had a break out season in Detroit last year, Megatron back healthy should take away from his targets, but he is still WR2 worthy.
Allen Robinson: Although he is the lead man in the leagues worst offense, he's still the lead man... And that counts for something, right?
Davante Adams: The clear-cut WR2 in Green Bay after Nelson's injury. His production shouldn't be underestimated in this offense.
DeSean Jackson: Had a rollercoaster fantasy season last year. With questions still looming at QB for Washington, Jackson may experience the same type of year.
Vincent Jackson: He only scored twice last season. With Winston under center, Jackson is sure to turn around his production.
Sammy Watkins: You can blame much of his 2014 woes on the QB's in Buffalo and probably again this year. There is no doubt this 22-year-old possesses amazing talent, but it will be hard to see all of it when EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel will be throwing the ball.
Anquan Boldin: Even at 34, Boldin saw 90% of the offenses snaps last season. He is the most consistent receiver in San Francisco and Colin Kaepernick's favorite target.
Martavis Bryant: Scored a touchdown once every six times he was targeted last year. Don't expect that trend to continue, but expect him to be one of Ben Roethlesberger's go to guys in the red zone.
Eric Decker: It was expected that he would have a drop in production in 2014 when going from the Broncos to the Jets. This year he may see even more of a drop now that he is competing with Brandon Marshall for targets.
John Brown: Although he's listed as 3rd on the depth chart, Brown's lightning speed is something his other two counterparts lack. He should see a big bump in production with Palmer back as the starter.
Steve Smith Sr.: At 36 his age could become a factor (even though it seems it hasn't before). He is the lead man in Baltimore now that Torrey Smith is gone and this is his final season, he will want to end it with a bang.
Larry Fitzgerald: His number of targets has been declining the past few seasons, but he remains an every down wide out and reliable a WR3 option.
Mike Wallace: One of the most potent deep threats in the NFL and scored 10 touchdowns last year in Miami.
Pierre Garcon: Pretty much non-existent in 2014. He should see more production this year, but he is still behind DeSean Jackson in the depth chart.
Kendall Wright: He produced a mediocre season last year. With a crowded receiving core he's the best bet fantasy-wise for Tennesee, but he is out of starter consideration.
Marques Colston: His stock has been falling slowly as his age increases. Even with Graham and Stills gone, Colston remains a bench player that should only be used to fill bye weeks.
Michael Floyd: He is poised to be the Cardinals deep threat. In PPR, that's not always the best thing unless he actually can cash in one the long ball. He also will share targets with Brown and Fitzgerald.
Torrey Smith: Just like Floyd, Smith's value is in the deep throw. Don't expect a lot of catches from him, but when he does get a reception it will be for big yardage.
Charles Johnson: Should see more production after surpassing Patterson on the depth chart, but don't expect a breakout season.
Victor Cruz: Here is another deep ball guy. See Michael Floyd and Torrey Smith.
Nelson Agholor: The Eagles first rounder in this years draft. Incredible hands and can make people miss. He should see some good action in Chip Kelly's offense, but will be outshined by Jordan Matthews.
Devin Funchess: With Kelvin Benjamin out for the season, Funchess takes over as the new No. 1 WR in Carolina. At 6-foot-4, he should see a lot of red zone targets, but expect Greg Olsen to take a lot of the targets.
Roddy White: Another deep ball threat that's slowly fading with age.
Breshad Perriman: One of the fastest rookies in the draft, running a 4.24 40-yard dash. He doesn't have the most reliable hands, but his speed should fill the shoes Torrey Smith left.
Brandon LaFell: He is behind Edelman and Gronkowski in line for targets. But he should have a respectable season once Brady is back.
Brian Quick: A season ending shoulder injury cut Quick's productive 2014 year short. Now he has Nick Foles throwing to him.
DeVante Parker: Tallest WR in Miami by three inches, he should see a lot of red zone targets. His foot surgery this offseason could play a factor into his early production.
Terrance Williams: Behind Dez Byrant in the depth chart and also will battle Witten for targets. However, Williams racked in eight TD's last season.