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Way Too Early 2019 Wide Receiver Rankings

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The 2019 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver rankings will have more volatility than any other position this season. Between trade requests, possible retirements and coaching changes, these wide receiver rankings have a ton of room for movement.

When you have two of the best receivers in the game both openly asking for trades, your wide receiver rankings are going to have to be written in pencil. Where will Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. suit up next season? Who will be throwing them the ball? Will there be hold-outs?

What I am getting at is these are early wide receiver rankings. If for some reason you are drafting a team already, then, by all means, use them. Otherwise, take these wide receiver rankings as a starting point. This is where the landscape is laid out as of now.


Fantasy Football is turning into a year-round sport. You need to keep up with the ever-changing news of the NFL. By getting a baseline for the 2019 wide receiver rankings, this will help develop your opinion on players as we get closer to Fantasy Football Draft Day in August.

These wide receiver rankings are based off of PPR scoring, although at this point I’m not sure there would be many changes with standard scoring either. The information is up to date as of February 21st.

Way Too Early 2019 Wide Receiver Rankings

Tier 1: The Elite of the Elite

RankPlayerTeam
1DeAndre HopkinsHouston Texans
2Michael ThomasNew Orleans Saints
3Davante AdamsGreen Bay Packers

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DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

As I mentioned in the early mock draft I did, DeAndre Hopkins has firmly entrenched himself as the top wide receiver in my mind.

With Deshaun Watson slinging him the rock, I would say he has by far the highest floor for production along with one of the best few ceilings. You are getting 100 catches for 1,400 yards and 11+ touchdowns.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

It is hard to believe, but 2018 was just Michael Thomas’ third season in the league. All he has done is increase his receptions, yards and Fantasy Points in each of his first three years. This might be his last year with Drew Brees at the helm, however, so he might have his work cut out for him after that.

Tier 2: If Only He Could Score Touchdowns

RankPlayerTeam
4Julio JonesAtlanta Falcons

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

By almost every metric, Julio Jones is one of the best few receivers in the history of the game. He gets you around 1,500 yards like clockwork and nearly 100 catches.

For some reason though, this guy just can’t find the end zone. I don’t know if it’s a Matt Ryan thing or the offensive coordinator thing, but the Falcons’ top flight receiver has scored more than eight touchdowns just once. If he can find the end zone, he is easily in the above group. Otherwise, he is kind of in an in-between level.

Tier 3: What Helmet Will These Guys Be Wearing in 2019?

RankPlayerTeam
5Antonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers??
6Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giants??

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (for now)

Brown is by far the hardest player to rank right now. He has expressed his concerns over the Steelers’ organization and wanting to leave. He just posted that he and Mr. Rooney had a meeting and decided it was time to part ways.

So where to? I can safely say that he is a Top-5 wide receiver in Fantasy at almost any location. I cannot safely say that he will actually play or if he will hold out like LeVeon Bell. His ranking has the most fluidity of anyone.

Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

There have been talks of just swapping the above to players, which I think would land them right in this same range. Nevertheless, Beckham is four years younger, but has had more serious injuries. He’s still a risk no matter where he ends up, but his upside is worth a Round Two pick.

Tier 4: The Rest of the Clear Cut #1 Receivers

RankPlayerTeam
7Tyreek HillKansas City Chiefs
8Mike EvansTampa Bay Buccaneers
9JuJu Smith-SchusterPittsburgh Steelers
10T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis Colts
11Amari CooperDallas Cowboys

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers

If Antonio Brown is gone and there is not another big-time player in his place, JuJu could rise a couple of spots. If OBJ comes in for Brown, he could drop a couple of spots.

Either way, Smith-Schuster just had the quietest 111 catch, 1,426-yard season I can remember. Hell, I had to make sure I had the right page up when I saw that.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys

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I might be putting too much faith in Dak Prescott’s throwing ability here. However, Cooper was dominant in moments for the Cowboys last year. With a full off-season to work out the kinks, I think he can reach heights that Dez Bryant never did in terms of yardage and receptions.

Tier 5: Possibly Too Many Mouths to Feed

RankPlayerTeam
12Adam ThielenMinnesota Vikings
13A.J. GreenCincinnati Bengals
14Keenan AllenLos Angeles Chargers
15Stefon DiggsMinnesota Vikings
16Kenny GolladayDetroit Lions
17Brandin CooksLos Angeles Rams
18Robert WoodsLos Angeles Rams

Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins did not have the banner year that many expected, but Adam Thielen still had a productive season. I know that he tailed off towards the end of the year, but the guy still finished as WR5.

Dalvin Cook will soak up more of the offensive usage, but I also think that could mean more overall scoring opportunities for the Vikings’ pair.


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Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams

If you know who to rank higher between the two of these guys then you know more than the Schwab. With Cooper Kupp’s return, both guys could see a knock, although we could also see a Sean McVay revenge tour where the Rams are even more explosive next year. For now, I like both guys as low-end WR2’s.

Tier 6: The Last of the True Top Wide-Outs

RankPlayerTeam
19Doug BaldwinSeattle Seahawks
20Allen RobinsonChicago Bears
21Jarvis LandryCleveland Browns
22Julian EdelmanNew England Patriots
23Alshon JefferyPhiladephia Eagles

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Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks

I still have faith in Doug Baldwin. He screwed many over last year that drafted him highly with the constant nagging injuries. However, once he was healthy he showed that he is still a Top-20 option at the position. He will always provide a consistent production basis when healthy.

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

The reigning Super Bowl MVP is already becoming the forgotten man in Fantasy Football circles. I’ve seen him ranked out of the WR3 range altogether. People seem to forget that he missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension which caused the slow start once he came back.

He played in 15 total games last year. In those fifteen games, he amassed 100 catches, 1,238 yards and six touchdowns. With the possibility that Gronk might retire and the other likely exits from the champs’ offense, I think Edelman reaches the 100-catch plateau with ease.

Tier 7: The Best of the Secondary Options

RankPlayerTeam
24Cooper KuppLos Angeles Rams
25Corey DavisTennessee Titans
26Tyler BoydCincinnati Bengals
27D.J. MooreCarolina Panthers
28Calvin RidleyAtlanta Falcons
29Tyler LockettSeattle Seahawks

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

I didn’t say anything about A.J. Green earlier, because I wanted to talk about these two guys together. Green seems to be aging much faster than his 2011 Draft counterpart Julio Jones.

Boyd stepped up big time in his place and looks like he could be the top option in the near future. He had at least three catches in every single game and crossed the thousand-yard mark.

The real problem is the team: Cincinnati seems to be on a downward trajectory. Will Andy Dalton survive? Will their new head coach make a difference? Time will only tell.

D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers

I was high on Moore last year before the season and he had flashes of brilliance in his inaugural campaign. What he severely lacked was consistency. He had multiple games where he would have been an absolute dud if you started him.

With Devin Funchess being out of the picture, I think Moore can become the primary receiver for Cam Newton… for what that’s worth.

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

Something clicked with Tyler Lockett last season and even with fewer targets than in 2017, the 26-year old Seahawk put up nearly twice the amount of yards (965) and upped his touchdowns from two scores to ten. Lockett had sneaky good consistency as well. He put up at least 9.2 PPR Fantasy Points in 14 out of 16 games.

Tier 8: The High-Risk, Somewhat Possibly High-Reward Guys

RankPlayerTeam
30Robby AndersonNew York Jets
31Mike WilliamsLos Angeles Chargers
32Sammy WatkinsKansas City Chiefs
33Chris GodwinTampa Bay Buccaneers
34Marvin JonesDetroit Lions
35Sterling ShepardNew York Giants
36Golden TatePhiladephia Eagles
37Will FullerHouston Texans
38Keke CouteeHouston Texans
39Dante PettisSan Francisco 49ers
40Courtland SuttonDenver Broncos

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Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

Williams is another guy who started to figure it out last year in his second campaign. On just 66 targets he was able to catch 43 passes for 664 yards and ten touchdowns.

He has a knack for the end zone for sure. If he is able to cross the 100-target threshold, I think 1,000 yards and similar touchdown production is in play.

Golden Tate, Philadelphia Eagles

Tate was significantly disappointing last year once he was traded to the Eagles. The former Golden-Domer had just put up 44 catches for 527 yards and three touchdowns in just seven games with Detroit. He proceeded to amass only 30 catches for 268 yards and a single end zone spike over his eight games as an Eagle.

The talent is still there and hopefully, with an offseason in the system, Doug Pederson will help get him more involved.

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans

As a rookie, the former Red Raider only started and finished five total games. In those five games, he had 36 catches for 390 yards and two touchdowns, punctuated by his 11-110-1 performance in the playoffs. Those numbers extrapolate out to 115 catches, 1,248 yards and 6.4 touchdowns.

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While it is tough to say he can match that production over a full season, Coutee is definitely worth a mid-round pick with about as high of an upside that you can get in that area.


That’s the early 2019 wide receiver rankings! Haven’t had enough rankings? Circle back to our Fantasy Baseball rankings as draft season is right around the corner!

About Michael Tomlin

Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.

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