RotoViz Rankings: The Top 24 WRs For 2016

There has been a ton of fantastic content produced at RotoViz this summer. But we know that at a certain point, you want us to just show you the money: RANKINGS! That’s what I’ve come to provide you with today. Here are our top 24 WRs based on the RotoViz staff projections, along with everything you could possibly want to read about them.

1) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Projection: 22.1 PPR PPG

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Brown has been the top fantasy WR each of the past two seasons, and was third in 2013.

For Further Reading:
Antonio Brown is Good, 2016 Steeler Projections

2) Odell Beckham, New York Giants

Projection: 22.0 PPG

OBJ averaged 21.3 PPG last year after posting a ridiculous 24.8 PPG average as a rookie. He should dominate once again as the focal point of the Giants offense.

For Further Reading:
Is Odell Beckham Ready for His Odell Beckhamiest Season Yet?
2016 New York Giants Projections and an Ode to Shane Vereen
Early 2016 Projections: The New York Giants, Including a Disappointing Sterling Shepard

3) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Projection: 21.2 PPG

Jones recorded a league-high 203 targets last season, and finished second in NFL history with 1,871 receiving yards. A 200 target season is incredibly valuable, and Jones should be a top pick again in 2016.

For Further Reading:
Why Julio Jones is a Good Bet to Finish as 2016’s Top Player
Early 2016 Projections: The Atlanta Falcons

4) A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Projection: 18.6 PPG

Green is expected to take it to another level this season after the Bengals lost both Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones to free agency. The injury to Tyler Eifert makes him look even more likely to be a target-hog for this Cincy offense in 2016.

For Further Reading:
A.J. Green Looks Like a Top Six WR, and Other Bengals Projections

5) Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Projection: 18.1 PPG

2015 was a rough season for Bryant. Between injuries to himself and quarterback Tony Romo, he had his worst season so far as a pro. Now that both are healthy, we are projecting him for a bounce-back this year.

For Further Reading:
Why I’m Going ALL IN on Dez Bryant in 2016
He is Who We Thought He Was, and Now He’s Healthy
Dez Bryant, Disaster Seasons, and Bounce Back Rates
Ezekiel Elliott Looks Like Mark Ingram, and Other Cowboys Projections

6) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

Projection: 18.1 PPG

Hopkins had his breakout season in 2015, and we aren’t expecting much less in 2016. We’ll see if Brock Osweiler ends up being net positive or negative for his growth and the stability of the entire offense.

For Further Reading:
Lamar Miller Deserve the Hype, and Other Texans Projections
DeAndre Hopkins Could Lead the League in Targets

7) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Projection: 17.7 PPG

We didn’t get to see Nelson at all in 2015 after he tore his ACL over the summer. However, he will be over a year removed from the injury by the time the season starts, and was a perennial top five WR candidate prior to that.

For Further Reading:
How Big of a Risk is Jordy Nelson’s Age?
Where’s the Jordy Nelson Injury Discount?
The Resurgence of the Packers Offense, 2016 Projections

8) Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

Projection: 17.6 PPG

Allen rebounded nicely last year after a disappointing sophomore season in 2014. Now he just needs to stay healthy for more than half of the season.

For Further Reading:
Keenan Allen Could Lead the League in Targets
Keenan Allen Looks Ready to Live Up to His New Contract, and Other Chargers Projections

9) Brandon Marshall, New York Jets

Projection: 17.4 PPG

Marshall was considered to be on the wrong side of the age curve in 2015 before defying the odds and putting up a top three PPR season. With Chan Gaily and Ryan Fitzpatrick both back for more in 2016, even a slight regression in production due to age should keep him a WR1.

For Further Reading:
Why Brandon Marshall Will Lead the NFL in Targets
How Will a Star Filled Offense Affect the Jets Fantasy Options in 2016?

10) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Projection: 17.2 PPG

Evans was another sophomore disappointment, scoring just three TDs after finding pay-dirt 12 times as a rookie. However, he did add an additional 22 targets, and Jameis Winston is heading into his second year as an NFL QB. It should not surprise anyone to see him succeed again in 2016.

For Further Reading:
Projecting Mike Evans, Charles Sims, and the Rest of the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans Could Bounce Back in 2016 and Still Be Overvalued
Mike Evans, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drops

11) Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Projection: 16.9 PPG

Thomas finished as the WR9 in 2015, his worst finish over the past four seasons. He is the only WR over the last three years to finish as the WR1 that isn’t named “Antonio Brown.”

For Further Reading:
Rumors of the Demise of Demaryius Thomas are Greatly Exaggerated
Demaryius Thomas Could Lead the League in Targets
It’s Not Your Fault Demaryius. It’s Not Your Fault.
Betting Against History: Demaryius Thomas is a Unicorn

12) Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

Projection: 16.8 PPG

Cooper was an elite-level prospect last season, and did not disappoint as a rookie, going over 70 catches and 1,000 yards. He also was apparently playing hurt.

The sky is the limit for Cooper if he can remain healthy and secure even more targets in 2016.

For Further Reading:
Amari Cooper Could Lead the League in Targets
Projecting the Raiders: Why I Still Like Latavius Murray

13) Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Projection: 16.7 PPG

Jon Moore had ARob as a first round talent two years ago, and he was proven right during 2015s breakout campaign. We are projecting him to fall back a little bit this year, but that probably has more to do with Blake Bortles than Robinson himself.

For Further Reading:
Blake Bortles is a Better Value Than Andrew Luck, and Other Jaguars Projections
Will Touchdown Mean Regression Strike Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson in 2016?

14) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

Projection: 16.4 PPG

Cooks had a terrific stretch of games to close 2015, recording five games of over 20 PPR points in his final nine contests. Now entering his third year, and the first without Marques Colston present, we could see his best season yet.

For Further Reading:
Early 2016 Projections: The New Orleans Saints

15) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

Projection: 16.2 PPG

Jeffery was a target hog last year when he was healthy, recording 32 percent of Bears targets in the nine games he played. The loss of Adam Gase and return of Kevin White complicates things a little bit, but Jeffery is still a great talent.

For Further Reading:
What Alshon Jeffery’s Mounting Injuries Mean for His Future
We’re Too Low on Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery Could Lead the League in Targets

16) T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Projection: 16.1 PPG

Hilton was the WR23 last year while playing a majority of his snaps without Andrew Luck. When the pair last played together he was WR11. Finishing somewhere in between with a lean towards 2014 seems most reasonable, which is exactly what we have.

For Further Reading: 
Colts WRs Sneaky Offseason Winners if They Can Get Healthy
Hungry Hungry Hilton
Early 2016 Projections: Indianapolis Colts, or Why Andrew Luck Is a Bargain

17) Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

Projection: 16.1 PG

Watkins went on a crazy run after a mid-season change led to increased targets and efficiency for the young WR. Off-season foot surgery was a surprise, and has depressed his price. We are fairly split on him as a site.

For Further Reading:
Fade Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins’ ADP Makes No Sense (Again)
Early 2016 Projections: The Buffalo Bills

18) Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Projection: 15.7 PPG

Cobb was a co-WR1 with Nelson when both were healthy in 2014. We are getting a slight “he sucked last year” discount in 2016 after he struggled without Nelson last season.

For Further Reading:
The Resurgence of the Packers Offense, 2016 Projections
Using Strength of Schedule to Identify Wide Receiver Rebounds and Disappointments

19) Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

Projection: 15.6 PPG

We will get to find out what Tate is really made of in 2016 now that Calvin Johnson has retired. He has been a top 24 WR both of his seasons in Detroit.

For Further Reading:
Is Golden Tate on the Verge of Fantasy Stardom?
Why I’m Driving the Golden Tate Bandwagon
Golden Tate Can Lead the League in Targets

20) Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs

Projection: 15.4 PPG

Maclin enjoyed his first season with the Chiefs, finishing as a top 15 WR. We’ll see if he can build on that in 2016, or if the return of Jamaal Charles reduces his value.

For Further Reading:
A Career Year for Travis Kelce, and Other Chiefs Projections
The (Not) Boring WR Who Can Help Win Leagues in 2016
7 Wide Receiver Values for 2016

21) Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

Projection: 14.6 PPG

Matthews did not live up to expectations in 2015, but still ended up as a top 16 WR. The Eagles offense should make a significant change this season, and we’ll see how much that impacts his production.

For Further Reading: 
Jordan Matthews Combines More Athleticism and Production Than Most Breakout Candidates
The Most Efficient Receivers in the NFL
Confirmation Bias: Jordan Matthews is as Similar to Jeremy Maclin as You Want Him to Be
The Narrative on Jordan Matthews is Wrong, and You Should Draft Him in 2016
Don’t Be Surprised if These Six WRs Break Out in 2016

22) Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins

Projection: 14.6

Landry is probably the most heavily debated player on fantasy Twitter, but there is no denying what he has done the last two years is impressive. Landry’s 111 receptions in 2015 gave him the most total receptions in the first two years of his career than any player in history. The Dolphins have some new faces, but Landry clearly has established chemistry with Ryan Tannehill.

For Further Reading:
Jarvis Landry and the Difference Between Re-Draft and Dynasty Value
Jarvis Landry Hasn’t Been Good and I Don’t Care
Jarvis Landry Could Lead the League in Targets

23) Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Projection: 14.6 PPG

Edelman missed time with injury last year, but was WR7 in PPG. That said, Tom Brady is suspended for four games, the Patriots have added a couple of new targets, and has already had one injury scare on his resume this summer for his surgically repaired foot.

For Further Reading: 
Julian Edelman Could Lead the League in Targets
Will Julian Edelman’s Left Foot Be a Problem for Him

24) Eric Decker, New York Jets

Projection: 14.5 PPG

Decker has had an impressive run of production in his recent career. He has been WR13 or better in three of the past four seasons, and is returning to a team that looks more or less the same as it did last year.

For Further Reading:
Why Are We Forgetting About Eric Decker?
Standing in the Eye of the Storm: Is it Time to Buy Jets and Broncos Receivers?

Anthony Amico

Anthony is a football coach who possesses two different mathematics degrees. He uses his combined knowledge in those two fields to attack the fantasy landscape across a variety of formats, including daily fantasy, dynasty, and 2QB. He lives to be contrarian. In addition to RotoViz, Anthony is currently a contributor for Fantasy Insiders, TwoQBs, and numberFire.
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