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2017 Consensus Dynasty Wide Receiver Rankings, Nos. 50-90

Earlier this year we unveiled our consensus dynasty quarterback and running back rankings as part of our 2017 dynasty football rankings, which will ultimately conclude with a pre-draft #Dynasty250, then rookie rankings and an updated 250 once the rookies are drafted.

Today we continue our consensus wide receiver rankings with numbers 50-90. These rankings are designed for 0.5 PPR formats.

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Tier 7: Larry Fitzgerald must work out. 

Rank Name High Low Average 2017 Season Age
50 Larry FItzgerald 46 60 51.0 34.0
51 Malcolm Mitchell 40 66 52.0 24.2
52 Tajae Sharpe 45 61 53.0 22.7
53 John Brown 50 67 56.5 27.4
54 Jeremy Maclin 51 63 56.5 29.3
55 Adam Thielen 52 62 57.3 27.1
56 Kenny Britt 53 61 57.5 29.0
57 Cameron Meredith 52 62 58.3 25.0
58 Marqise Lee 54 64 58.8 25.8
59 Brandon Marshall 49 68 60.3 33.5
60 Devin Funchess 59 68 61.3 23.3
61 Quincy Enunwa 60 66 64.0 25.3
62 Michael Floyd 41 89 65.0 27.8
63 Sammie Coates 55 76 65.5 24.5
64 Josh Gordon 51 82 65.8 26.4
65 Cole Beasley 59 76 66.0 28.4
66 Phillip Dorsett 53 82 66.0 24.7
67 J.J. Nelson 60 72 66.8 25.4
68 Mike Wallace 62 75 67.3 31.1
69 Pierre Garcon 63 72 67.8 31.1
70 Tavon Austin 65 71 68.3 26.5
  • The ageless Larry Fitzgerald posted another one hundred reception, one thousand yard season in Arizona, making him uniquely valuable to teams interested in making a win-now push. There were warts (his yards per catch plummeted to a career low), but this hall-of-fame talent can continue to expect volume of targets from Carson Palmer.
  • Malcolm Mitchell lacks prototypical height, but certainly looks the part of a plausible top option in New England. He didn’t post eye popping stats, but he was advanced for a rookie as evidenced by the snaps he earned in an offense that’s notoriously hard on rookies.  We like the talent (Football Outsiders gave him a DVOA more commonly found among top options), but we especially like the opportunity for him to lead an aging wide receiver group.
  • Tajae Sharpe had elite age-adjusted stats as a collegiate prospect. Typically draft position is king in terms of forecasting WR production, but if there’s something to look for in picking out a diamond in the rough, it’s just that.
  • It was a disappointing season for John Brown, who makes for a nice buy low option heading into 2017. Though he won’t have to battle with Floyd anymore for targets, there’s young talent coming up behind him.
  • Jeremy Maclin disappointed in K.C., showing signs of decline. He’s still the Chiefs most proven, consistent option at wide receiver.
  • Advanced stats LOVED Adam Thielen (box score stats didn’t mind him, either). We encourage caution due to his modest pedigree and limited track record, but if you’re hunting for upside that isn’t necessarily a kid, Thielen is your man.  
  • Kenny Britt blew by his career highs despite playing with arguably league-worst quarterbacks. An unrestricted free agent, we recommend selling high on the strength of his 1,000 yard season.
  • Cameron Meredith had an excellent sophomore season, perhaps exaggerated because of how low our expectations for him were and the perfect storm of opportunity. We’d sell to anyone who thinks Alshon will leave and Meredith is necessarily the lead option in Chicago. He’s tall, sure, but he’s also an undrafted player, with below average speed and a 16th percentile breakout age.
  • Marqise Lee was left for dead, but showed why we should continue to care about prospect pedigree among talented prospects that struggle to stay healthy (I’m looking at you, Kevin White). He’s our pick to remain Jacksonville’s second option.
  • Brandon Marshall had a nightmare season, but has the size to bounce back in a more functional offense. No one would blame you if you preferred the younger Quincy Enunwa, who posted a top 20 yards per catch last year.
  • By now you know the drill with Josh Gordon, who checked out of rehab in October, but remains suspended by the league.
  • Boring veterans Mike Wallace and Pierre Garcon continued to put up stats, while Cole Beasley had remarkable efficiency in a career year. With a slight uptick in targets, he could flirt with back-end WR2 upside.
  • Phillip Dorsett is still coasting on his 1st round pedigree and high end quarterback. I’m moving on. J.J. Nelson has enough speed to tantalize, but I’m selling. As long as Larry Fitzgerald and DJ are in town, there just aren’t enough touches to support him.
  • Tavon Austin is a terrible wide receiver and you should trade him. Whether you use your eyeballs, look at his superficial stats or advanced stats he’s just bad.

Tier 8: Anyone interested in Chris Hogan? Did you see how many yards he had in the AFC championship game?

Rank Name High Low Average 2017 Season Age
71 Chris Hogan 65 80 71.3 28.9
72 Eli Rogers 70 78 73.3 24.7
73 Nelson Agholor 63 85 74.5 24.3
74 Pharoh Cooper 71 79 75.3 22.5
75 Travis Benjamin 58 84 76.0 27.7
76 Mohamed Sanu 75 79 77.3 28.1
77 Leonte Carroo 69 87 77.3 23.6
78 Robby Anderson 68 86 77.8 24.3
79 Kenny Stills 58 92 78.5 25.4
80 Allen Hurns 65 91 78.5 25.8
81 Taylor Gabriel 64 91 79.0 26.6
  • Don’t overrate Hogan’s based on his AFC Championship performance.  Hogan’s YPC was elite, so he will have some big weeks in the right matchup, but is too far down the depth chart to be counted on.
  • The return of Martavis Bryant limits Eli Rogers upside, but he can fill in in a pinch and has modest upside were Brown or Bryant to go down (or get high).
  • Nelson Agholor’s first round pedigree keeps him on the radar, but his poor hands (51% catch percentage) suggest he won’t live up to that selection.
  • Pharoh Cooper was one of the youngest players in last year’s draft and based on his youth he could still have un-tapped potential.  Stash him and hope for the best.
  • Benjamin was not able to distinguish himself in San Diego’s Offense. With Keenan Allen’s return he is nothing more than a lottery ticket.
  • Sanu has settled in as a decent possession receiver.  He was second on the Falcons in targets, but with plenty of other options in the passing game and two capable running backs, his upside is limited.
  • Leonte Carroo was a big play option at Rutgers and many pre-draft metrics had him as a sleeper option.  If Kenny Stills leaves as a free agent there could be an opportunity to be the deep threat in Miami.  He could be an interesting bench stash.
  • Robby Anderson began to emerge late in the season (eight targets a game over the last five weeks) and has some big play ability (10 of 42 receptions went for more than 20 yards).  With Brandon Marshall most likely traded or released, Anderson could seize a starting role in the new-look offense.
  • Kenny Stills has ability as a deep threat and has slowly demonstrated the ability to become a complete receiver.  It feels like he’s been around forever but enters 2017 at only 25.  If he ends up signing with the right team he still has the potential to develop into a number three wide receiver.
  • Hurns appears to have been passed by younger options in Jacksonville, but don’t forget his 1,000 yard 10 TD performance from 2015.  With a new coaching staff Hurns could get another look in a starting spot and as a #3 WR in an inefficient but high volume passing offense he should continue be a solid bench option.
  • Taylor Gabriel’s reputation may be as a one dimensional deep threat but his catch rate (71%) suggests he could be a more consistent option.  Despite his small stature (5’8” 165) there is some potential he could seize a larger role in Atlanta.

Tier 9: I saw Kendall Wright get traded for two firsts… in 2016. 

Rank Name High Low Average 2017 Season Age
82 Chris Conley 72 91 80.3 24.9
83 Dorial Green-Beckham 79 85 82.0 24.4
84 Paul Richardson 70 91 83.5 25.4
85 Seth Roberts 80 88 84.8 26.6
86 Robert Woods 74 91 84.8 25.4
87 Brandon LaFell 74 91 84.8 30.9
88 Kendall Wright 77 98 86.0 27.8
89 Torrey Smith 75 91 89.7 28.6
90 Jaelen Strong 76 91 86.0 23.6
  • The final tier is led by three young guys who have yet to actually break out, but the athleticism is there.  They all have barriers to entry and opportunity of course:  Tyreek Hill has flown past Chris Conley in terms of offensive targets and Alex Smith isn’t the guy to provide breakout third wide receivers.  
  • Dorial-Green Beckham was arguably the most athletic player in his draft class, but has yet to turn that into on field production.  If the Eagles aren’t confident in him (the Titans certainly were not, giving him up for a backup guard), they will likely address wide receiver this offseason.  He will have to emerge as a red zone threat to ever show fantasy value.
  • Paul Richardson is fifth man on the target list for Russell Wilson but has flashed some very promising skill in the playoffs (though we aren’t overreacting).  He is just five months older than Lockett and could turn into another big play potential guy with the right opportunity.
  • Seth Roberts seemed to show up in the red zone for the Raiders and was forgotten everywhere else.  He offers some upside in that high scoring offense should Crabtree or Cooper get hurt, but will never amount to anything more than a flex play.
  • Robert Woods, Brandon LaFell, and Kendall Wright are all unrestricted free agents, possession receivers, and low upside guys.  Woods will be 25 at the start of the 2017 season which is why he sits above LaFell (30) and Kendall Wright (28).  Woods is also most likely of the three to turn into a fantasy relevant player.  Much of the value, if any, from these players will be heavily reliant on their landing spot this offseason.
  • Jaelen Strong is Mr. Irrelevant and is mostly irrelevant to his team.  Still just 23 years old, there is potential for the quarterback situation to change and slightly boost his stock.  However, Hopkins and Fuller remain the top looks in the offense, followed by tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin.

Write-ups by Tom Trudeau (@TomTrudeau), Chris Flannery (@cflanders29) and Matt Mesisca

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1 Comment

  1. robbyrobdu
    February 18, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Sleeping on Meredith….elite hands and very crisp routes.

    4.49 wheels play well with a 6.71 3 cone!! He’s also over 6’3.

    Many of us had our eyes on him awhile, a lot of NFL management is idiotic, I urge to focus on the tape…which is amazing…with or without Jeffrey in the lineup.

    He’s a WR2/3 for fantasy depending league size. He’ll provide volume and yardage…TDs also possible with so few weapons and great route running/reliable hands.

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