Fantasy Football 2015 Wide Receiver Rankings: Where Do You Take Davante Adams With Jordy Nelson's Injury?

By Jason Lisk
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ELITE TIER

#1 Antonio Brown, PIT
#2 Demaryius Thomas, DEN
#3 Dez Bryant, DAL
#4 Odell Beckham, Jr., NYG
#5 Julio Jones, ATL
#6 Calvin Johnson, DET
#7 Randall Cobb, GB
#8 A.J. Green, CIN

Big names, plenty of big past production. Brown has been the most consistent PPR machine the last two years, and is still in a favorable situation. Demaryius and Dez just signed big new deals. Beckham gets to follow up on his freakish rookie season. Julio and Calvin just need to stay healthy and could easily finish at the top. Cobb is the top receiver in Green Bay now with Jordy Nelson out for the year, and A.J. Green would be higher if only we had more faith in Andy Dalton.

STAR TIER

#9 T.Y. Hilton, IND
#10 Mike Evans, TB
#11 Alshon Jeffery, CHI
#12 Brandin Cooks, NO
#13 Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
#14 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

The young upside tier, as plenty of these guys could move into the top group. Cooks was a hot prospect last year and had an injury. Evans now has a quarterback after the Bucs drafted Jameis, and already has 12 touchdown receptions as a rookie. Hopkins is the entire passing game in Houston. Jeffery is now the top dog in Chicago, and Hilton and Sanders still have Luck and Manning, respectively.

STARTER TIER

 

This big tier has a mix of veterans and relative unknowns. Davante Adams would appear to be the frontrunner to come in 2nd in targets in the Packers’ passing game. Over the last 7 years with Rodgers at QB, the WR2 in Green Bay has averaged a 24th ranked finish at the WR position in fantasy points. Adams is a little more unproven than some of those players (a mix of Jennings, Nelson, Driver, Jones, and Cobb), but if he slips to end of WR3 territory, he’s probably worth the risk.

COMMITTEE STARTER TIER

#33 Steve Smith, BAL
#34 Mike Wallace, MIN
#35 Victor Cruz, NYG
#36 Torrey Smith, SF
#37 Charles Johnson, MIN
#38 Brandon LaFell, NE
#39 John Brown, ARI
#40 Anquan Boldin, SF
#41 Michael Floyd, ARI
#42 Marques Colston, NO
#43 Eric Decker, NYJ
#44 Breshad Perriman, BAL
#45 Kendall Wright, TEN
#46 Pierre Garcon, WAS
#47 DeVante Parker, MIA
#48 Devin Funchess, CAR

Which veteran wide receiver can have a bounce back year? Which unproven guy can emerge with an opportunity, or in Wright’s case, a new quarterback. Cruz comes back from injury, Torrey Smith joins former Ravens’ teammate Anquan Boldin in San Francisco. Rookies Parker, Funchess, and Perriman should be starting options at some point in the year.

RESERVE TIER

#49 Terrance Williams, DAL
#50 Brian Quick, STL
#51 Doug Baldwin, SEA
#52 Michael Crabtree, OAK
#53 Percy Harvin, BUF
#54 Dorial Green-Beckham, TEN
#55 Steve Johnson, SD
#56 Corey Brown, CAR
#57 Phillip Dorsett, IND
#58 Cody Latimer, DEN
#59 Eddie Royal, CHI
#60 Jeff Janis, GB
#61 Dwayne Bowe, CLE

Second wide receivers on teams not as likely to be among the most prolific passing offenses, a couple of third wide receivers with upside on elite passing attacks (Dorsett, Latimer, Janis) and top options in teams that either have great tight ends (Baldwin) or are not likely to put up much (Bowe in Cleveland, Quick in St. Louis)

FREE AGENT TIER

#62 Marvin Jones, CIN
#63 Markus Wheaton, PIT
#64 Reggie Wayne, NE
#65 Rueben Randle, NYG
#66 Donte Moncrief, IND
#67 Kenny Britt, STL
#68 Jaelen Strong, HOU
#69 Tyler Lockett, SEA
#70 Malcom Floyd, SD
#71 Kevin White, CHI
#72 Allen Hurns, JAC
#73 Brian Hartline, CLE
#74 Josh Huff, PHI
#75 Jermaine Kearse, SEA

 

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