Happy Monday, y’all! Summer is officially in swing and that means NFL training camps are less than a month away! With that in mind, let’s continue our series of too-early fantasy rankings, this time looking at the wide receiver position.

As an aside, I was on the road this past weekend and my computer just got out of the shop, so these rankings will be short and to the point (I’ll have more detailed write ups for the WR2s and flex plays in my full rankings closer to the start of the season). Let’s dive in.

The WR1s

  1. DeAndre Hopkins

“Nuk” gets the edge over perennial #1 Antonio Brown because he is younger and has a more exciting young quarterback to feed him the ball. Watching Hopkins and DeShaun Watson link up for a full season is going to be a delight to watch in 2018.

  1. Antonio Brown

Brown is one of the safest picks in any draft as he has eclipsed 200 standard fantasy points every year since 2014 (and collected 199 in 2013, but I didn’t want this to be one of those cherrypicked stats, m’kay?).

  1. Odell Beckham, Jr.

Saquon Barkley’s presence will open up the entire offense. The Giants haven’t had a respectable running game during Beckham’s tenure, so if Eli Manning holds up, OBJ could be in for an exciting season.

  1. A.J. Green

Green had a down year in 2017 after missing seven games in 2016 with an injury. However, he has been one of the most consistently targeted wideouts for the better part of the last decade (wow, I feel old saying that). He’s due for a bounce-back season.

  1. Keenan Allen

2017’s comeback player of the year had career highs in catches and yards last year. Despite the fact that he only had six touchdowns, you should expect Allen to have a big 2018. Touchdowns are fluky and the injury to Hunter Henry means Allen could see more red zone targets.

  1. Julio Jones

While Jones is a truly unique physical talent and makes jaw-dropping plays on a regular basis, the truth is that he very rarely lives up to the expectations of his fantasy draft price. That being said, he is still a yardage and target monster, and Steve Sarkisian has stated he wants to get Jones more red zone looks.

  1. Mike Evans

Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension might put a damper on Evans’ early season value, but prospective owners should remember Evans’ 2016 season, in which he was fantasy’s #2 wideout.

  1. Michael Thomas

Thomas had career bests in yards and catches last season, but his touchdowns plummeted from nine to five. If his touchdown production can match his improved volume this season, he’ll be a lock as a WR1.

  1. Tyreek Hill

After making his name as an all-purpose phenom in 2016, Hill blossomed as a legitimate WR1 last season. The speed demon is the perfect kind of receiver for the rookie gunslinger, Patrick Mahomes, which will be exhilarating to watch.

  1. Davante Adams

Adams finally gets to emerge from the shadow of Jordy Nelson and become Aaron Rodgers’ most trusted target (if he did not take that role already last season). He’s been a double-digit TD-scorer in each of the past two seasons, and perhaps he can pair that scoring production with improved yardage and target volume this season.

  1. T.Y. Hilton

Capt. Andrew Luck recently fired his sidearm for the first time in almost two years, which is good news for Lt. T.Y. Hilton and the Indianapolis First Batallion, who have recently added Pvt. Quenton Nelson to their ranks.

  1. Josh Gordon

The hype around Josh Gordon has become one of the greatest sports memes of our time, trailing only Crying Jordan and Capt. Andrew Luck in my book. With Carlos Hyde, Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson providing a solid ground attack, plus Jarvis Landry demanding attention on short and intermediate patterns, the meme has a chance of coming to fruition in 2018.

The WR2s

  1. Adam Thielen
  2. Alshon Jeffery
  3. Demaryius Thomas
  4. Stefon Diggs
  5. Allen Robinson
  6. Doug Baldwin
  7. Marquise Goodwin
  8. Larry Fitzgerald
  9. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  10. Marvin Jones
  11. Will Fuller
  12. Corey Davis

The Flex plays

  1. Golden Tate
  2. Jarvis Landry
  3. Allen Hurns
  4. Michael Crabtree
  5. Sammy Watkins
  6. Chris Hogan
  7. Amari Cooper
  8. Jordy Nelson
  9. D.J. Moore
  10. Julian Edelman
  11. Devin Funchess
  12. Randall Cobb

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I’m Andrew Cabatingan, and I only know three things for sure. One, any NFL kicker not named Stephen Gostkowski (GOATkowski) is absolute garbage and cannot be trusted. Two, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback there ever was or ever will be. Three, I am prone to outbursts of Patriots homerism and any hyperbolic statements I make should be taken as sarcasm. If you’re looking for real facts about me, I suppose I would start by saying I am a sophomore at Northeastern University, I love all Boston sports, everything Game of Thrones (kudos to you if you can find the reference I made earlier), reading, singing, and arguing with strangers on the Internet. I hope that any preexisting bias due to any of this does not begin to seep into my writing, but if it does, I have the peace of mind of knowing that some snarky commenter will probably point it out.

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