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2016 Fantasy Football Projections - Wide Receivers

Standard Fantasy Leagues point systems score the wide receivers value based on total points (receiving, rushing and special team TD's) plus total yardage (receiving, rushing and special team yards) minus turnovers (fumbles lost).  This is a synopsis of the 32 starters.  For a full list and value projections see the 2016 FF Summary.

ELITE

  • ​Antonio Brown, PIT (15.0):  Brown is one of the best receiver in the game today.  Even with Big Ben injured for most of last season, he still had a monster season.  Expect more of the same with a healthy Roethlisberger back at the helm.
  • Allen Robinson, JAX (13.9):  Breakout year for Robinson in 2015.  Even though the sample size is small, Bortles and Allen have a good thing going in Jax.
  • DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (13.6):  Hopkins has improved every year turning into a WR stud.
  • Julio Jones, ATL (13.4):  With a name like Julio you know he's gotta be good.  He was the second best receiver last year and expect more of the same this year.
  • Sammy Watkins, BUF (13.1):  Watkins excelled in an average offense - he play even better this year
  • Odell Beckham Jr, NYG (12.7):  Superstar in the making, Odell will lead the league in receiving this year.
  • Demaryius Thomas, DEN (12.7):  Elite WR that suffered last year as Peyton struggled - expect even worse QB play this year
  • Brandon Marshall, NYJ (12.5):  Even at 32, Marshall still brings it. Expect another solid to elite campaign from Brandon.
  • Jordy Nelson, GNB (12.3):  Out all of last year, Jordy looks to return to elite form.  Expect a slow start then back to normal.
  • Alshon Jeffery, CHI (11.9):  Jeffrey has improved every year and this year he'll slide into the elite category


​SOLID

  • AJ Green, CIN (11.9):  AJ dropped from elite to solid the last two years but still great value
  • Julian Edelman, NW (11.5):  Hurt last year, Edelman will have to rely on Garappolo getting him the ball the first quarter of the year
  • Jeremy Maclin, KAN (10.7):  A bright spot in KC - Alex will find a way to get him the ball and another solid year for Maclin
  • Jarvis Landry, MIA (10.4):  Adam Gase has talent in Miami and it starts with Jarvis - bank on a solid season from Landry
  • Brandin Cooks, NOR (10.4):  Cooks will get more looks this year so expect better performance.
  • Keenan Allen, SDG (10.3):  Allen continues to develop and expect Rivers to find him regularly
  • Dez Bryant, DAL (10.3):  Dez had an down year with no one to throw him the ball last year.  Romo is out for 10 weeks which spells disaster to Bryant
  • TY Hilton, IND (9.9):  Everyone struggled in Indy with Luck hurt -- he'll bounce back this year.
  • Doug Baldwin, SEA (9.6):  Wilson improved his passing game last season making Baldwin the main beneficiary


AVERAGE

  • Kelvin Benjamin, CAR (9.5):  Without an elite wideout in Carolina, Benjamin can step up to fill the role - risky pick considering he's a rookie
  • Corey Coleman, CLE (9.5):  A rookie in Cleveland - if RGIII can recapture some of his rookie season magic, Coleman could excel
  • Tajae Sharpe, TEN (9.5):  Rookie Sharpe could emerge eventually as Mariota's go to guy
  • Michael Floyd, ARI (9.2):  Floyd benefited from Carson having a career year and still only produced average numbers
  • Amari Cooper, RAI (9.1):  Things are looking up in Oakland with the development of Carr but don't expect miracles
  • Mike Evans, TAM (8.8):  Jamais will play better in year two so expect improved WR play in Tampa
  • Anquan Boldin, DET (8.6):  Anquan is ancient by WR standards - he'll have a few good outings
  • Stefon Diggs, MIN (8.5):  Average performer in Minnesota with no on to toss him the rock
  • Tavon Austin, RAM (8.0):  The Rams will struggle offensively until they find a QB.


POOR

  • Pierre Garcon, WAS (7.6):  Peyton made Garcon into a household name - he disappeared since he left Indy
  • Kamar Aiken, BAL (6.5):  The passing game has struggled in Baltimore and the receivers did not impress
  • Nelson Agholor, PHI (6.1):  Eagles will struggle mightly this year - avoid picking Agholor
  • Quinton Patton, SFO (5.6):  The worst offense last year will struggle this year with no QB -


AVOID

  • None of the starting receivers rated in the AVOID category.