The top ten dynasty running backs was a group highlighted by their youth. This set of wide receivers is marked by their proven ability and production. We may not have a young superstar at this position, but the number of players we have in their prime should make for a memorable 2018 season. I just can’t wait for September to roll around.
Here we go, let’s get into our top ten dynasty fantasy football wide receivers!
This series will take us through the top ten of the four major positions and will be updated every July and January. Consider this the 2018 Pre-Season Edition.
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1) Odell Beckham, WR NYG | 2017 Finish: Injury | Age: 25
Many people would have DeAndre Hopkins here, and a small number would go with Antonio Brown. But until Odell Beckham proves otherwise, he’s the number one in my book. His resume and talent are just too compelling. OBJ may be the youngest in tier one, but he’s far from unproven. The LSU product finished as a top seven receiver in every year of his career before 2017. Had he not suffered that fractured ankle, he probably would have made it four for four in his young career.
2) DeAndre Hopkins, WR HOU | 2017 Finish: WR 2 | Age: 26
I just love everything about DeAndre Hopkins. Along with having a fantastic nickname (Nuk), he’s missed a total one game in his five-year career, is coming off a career year, and is in what has to be one of the best situations in football. Can you see why he’s a popular pick at 1.01 in startups? His 13 touchdowns in 2017 will be hard to top. But as long as he racks in the targets like he normally does, he’ll have no problem issuing another fantastic season.
3) Antonio Brown, WR PIT | 2017 Finish: WR 1 | Age: 30
We normally start panicking when a prominent runner or receiver turns 30. Antonio Brown is a rare, yet deserved exception to this rule. I mean seriously, his yearly production is just absurd, and as evidenced by his finish a year ago, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. AB has averaged a ridiculous 1,550 yards and ten touchdowns over the last half a decade. If he can put up a few more years at that clip, he’s well worth the high-priced investment.
4) Michael Thomas, WR NO | 2017 Finish: WR 6 | Age: 25
Two seasons in and Michael Thomas has two top-seven finishes. The former Buckeye has quickly established himself as one of the game’s elite receivers. I didn’t quite have the guts to place him in tier one, but he has done more than enough to earn some separation from those listed below him. Thomas is still the unquestioned number one target in what should be one of the better offenses in football. Look for him to make it three straight seasons as a WR1.
5) Mike Evans, WR TB | 2017 Finish: WR 17 | Age: 24
Mike Evans 2017 was so disappointing to me, that I was actually pleasantly surprised to see him finish as a mid WR2. It just goes to show how high my expectations were after his top three finish in 2016.
What Evans will we get going forward? The former Aggie’s yardage has always been consistent. It’s the touchdowns that either make or break him. On two occasions he’s caught 12 TDs, but just as often, he’s failed to reach even half that value. If he can successfully settle in at around eight or nine touchdowns per year, he should have no problem staying on this top-ten dynasty receiver list for many years to come.
6) Keenan Allen, WR LAC | 2017 Finish: WR 3 | Age: 26
Keenan Allen wasn’t even a second rounder in DLF ADP a year ago. Now, he’s a very strong one and has his sights set on entering round one by the end of 2018. Allen played a full 16 games for the first time in his career last season, and the results were better than what we ever could have expected. As long as he’s healthy and on the field, we can count on him being a weekly difference maker.
7) Julio Jones, WR ATL | 2017 Finish: WR 7 | Age: 29
Julio Jones might as well be 5’11” at this point. Even with his 6’3″ stature, he’s just not a touchdown threat. He’s a yardage guy through and through, and it might be time to accept that because he’s darn good at it. Jones has finished with at least 1,400 yards for four straight years now. And during that impressive span, he’s led the league in yards per game twice. He might not be the type of player we all thought he would be. But he’s still one of the most dominant forces in football.
8) Davante Adams, WR GB | 2017 Finish: WR 14 | Age: 25
Remember when Jordy Nelson tore his ACL in a 2015 preseason game, and Randall Cobb was expected to explode as the true number one in Green Bay? In case you forgot, things didn’t exactly work out for Cobb. Let’s hope that’s not the case for Davante Adams. The Fresno State product now has two consecutive double-digit touchdown seasons in his back pocket, and has a great chance to make it three in a row this fall.
9) A.J. Green, WR CIN | 2017 Finish: WR 10 | Age: 29
A.J. Green. Do they come any more consistent than this? The former Bulldog has been a 1,000-yard receiver all but once in his career and would be a perfect seven for seven had he not torn his hamstring midway through 2016. It doesn’t seem to matter that he’s been working with a marginal starting quarterback, as he just keeps doing what he does. Presume Green to once again push for a top ten season in 2018.
10) Tyreek Hill, WR KC | 2017 Finish: WR 9 | Age: 24
We’ve covered nine receivers who are all unique in their own way, and still, none of them stand out the way Tyreek Hill does. He just plays the game a different way. His weekly numbers may be a tad volatile, but when he gets going, you might as well throw in the towel. Although his skill set seems relatively simple, nobody has figured out how to hold in his speed and open field vision. All signs point to Hill being anything but a flash in the pan. Look for the show to continue for the foreseeable future.
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