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Usually, this is where I say “Wide receiver is deeper than ever and you can wait on the position”. That’s not quite as true as it was last year, and you might find that you like the wide receivers available in the second round as much as you like the wide receivers in the first, which is definitely not true about the running backs. So an early wide receiver could be called for, and then you can still harvest your #2 and #3 from the deep group that starts in the mid-third and stretches to the sixth or seventh, where you can still get Robby Anderson and Tyler Boyd. We will all have our favorite upside bench picks and late-round dart throws at a position that always produces fantasy starters in the second half of the draft.
Adams is the #1 receiver on our boards with Aaron Rodgers back in camp. Hill and Diggs separated themselves from the pack a bit last year and they’re your other first-round wide receiver considerations.
Adams was significantly ahead of every other wide receiver on a points per game basis. Only a hamstring injury that cost him two games last year kept him from having a shot at 20 touchdowns.
Hill was as consistent as he has been in his career last year, and he avoided injury. Monitor his knee issue that came up in camp, but as long as he’s practicing as usual, Hill is worth a late first-round pick.
Diggs was ridiculously consistent last year, with only one game below four games, and six of seven games between weeks 9-16 with 9 or 10 catches. He also delivered titles with a three-touchdown game on Monday night in Week 16. He’s worth a late first if you don’t like any of the running back options.
ASCENDENT UNKNOWN UPSIDE WR1
D.K. Metcalf, SEA
8/26 UPDATE: Excitement about the Seahawks offense has moved Metcalf to the top of this tier.
All of these wide receivers are still on the upslope side of their career arc, or in Ridley’s case, at the peak. They can set new career highs this year, the only question is just how high? It will be fun to see the answer with them on your roster.
It’s easy to forget Jefferson got off to a slow start last year. All reports out of Minnesota are that he picked up where he left off and has been the best player on the field in practices, as expected.
Brown was playing through knee issues last year and still had the look of a player on the rise. He had surgeries to correct the problem and he’s showing no signs of lingering problems. With Julio Jones on the other side, it’s all systems go for takeoff.
Ridley should get the largest opportunity of his career with Julio Jones gone to Tennessee. He’s showing no signs of any issues after having offseason foot surgery. #1 overall wide receiver is in his range of outcomes.
Metcalf was on fire in the first half of his second season, but like the rest of the Seahawks offense, he lost steam in the second half of the year. A new offensive approach in Seattle with a faster tempo and former Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron running the show should give Metcalf the chance to blast into the fantasy stratosphere.
Lamb has impressed every time he has taken the field this summer, and he is looking like the new alpha while Amari Cooper is recovering from January ankle surgery. As long as Dak Prescott is healthy, Lamb could be in the running to lead the league in receptions.
HIGH FLOOR WR1
This group are all clear alphas on their team and they should be target hogs, but aren’t necessarily big-play receivers or red zone dominators.
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