We're in the golden era of NFL wide receivers, where virtually every team has at least one big-time pass-catcher that can make plays every Sunday.
Sure, Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Steve Largent are long retired, but never before has the NFL been home to so many elite wideouts. Take a look at all 32 NFL teams, and most of them have two receivers that look like must-haves for your fantasy team.
Of course, only a handful of teams own an NFL star who looks to be a future Hall of Famer. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons have Antonio Brown and Julio Jones, respectively. Both of them are locks for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as is the ageless Arizona Cardinals legend, Larry Fitzgerald.
Some teams are fortunate enough that they have two (or even three), star wideouts, such as the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Rams. But even though some teams struggle aplenty on offense, they all have that one receiver who can make the big play any time you need it.
As we head into the 2018 season, everybody knows who the top-three wide receivers in the NFL now. But there's a huge debate as to which superstars deserve to be in the top 10, and which ones belong in the bottom half barrel of rankings. We're just two months away from the season, and it's never too early to preview the top wide receivers.
Here, we rank every NFL team's wide receiver, from 32nd to 1st.
32 Kelvin Benjamin (Buffalo Bills)
The Bills made the playoffs in 2017 thanks in large part to their defense and another epic year from LeSean McCoy, but they'll certainly need the pass-catchers to show up if they want to make the playoffs in 2018.
Buffalo traded for Carolina Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin at the 2017 trade deadline, but the 6-foot-5 standout struggled with his new team.
Benjamin had jus 16 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown, though the porous play from quarterbacks Nate Peterman and Tyrod Taylor can be blamed.
But for now, A.J. McCarron and Josh Allen have their work cut out for them. How will they get by with this very mediocre receiving corps? We'll find out soon enough.
31 Marqise Lee (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Despite poor play from quarterback Blake Bortles and an unproductive receiving corps, the Jaguars were just a couple of plays away from reaching their very first Super Bowl in 2017. No doubt that Bortles must step up in 2018 to complement the NFL's best defense, but he certainly doesn't have a lot of options.
Marqise Lee - signed to a four-year extension worth $34 million - is easily this team's best wideout. He caught just 56 passes for 702 yards and three touchdowns in 2018, but maybe a breakout year is due.
Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns departed in free agency, but the Jags did sign former Colts standout, Donte Moncrief. Either he or Lee will be Jacksonville's best wideout, even though both are career no. 2 or 3 options.
30 Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans)
The Titans haven't gotten a whole lot out of their wideouts, and it has held back quarterback Marcus Mariota from truly breaking out. With Tennessee falling one game short of the 2017 AFC Championship Game, expectations are higher, and the pass-catchers must show up in 2018.
Rishard Matthews remains the best wide receiver for Mariota. He caught 87 passes for 795 yards and four touchdowns last season. Those are good numbers, but they don't scream "No. 1 receiver."
The Titans prefer to use the ground game with Mariota's jets and Derrick Henry in the backfield, which limits the opportunities for receivers. But if Tennessee wants to take off, they need to open up the passing game.
29 Robby Anderson (New York Jets)
The Jets offense should look a lot better in 2018, with quarterbacks Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold on the roster. Running back Isaiah Crowell and new wideout Terrelle Pryor should help aplenty, but Robby Anderson is easily this team's top play-maker.
Anderson and McCown were one of the more productive duos in the NFL last season.
The former caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. But it's hard to tell if that was a mirage, or if he's truly ready to be a superstar.
Due to the uncertainty of the situation, we had to put Anderson low on the list. But it shouldn't be a surprise if he winds up a Pro Bowler next year.
28 Allen Hurns (Dallas Cowboys)
The Cowboys made a bold decision to cut Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant, which left them without a legitimate No. 1 on the roster. However, they did manage to nab Jaguars standout Allen Hurns, who should put up strong numbers with Dak Prescott as his quarterback.
Hurns was always overshadowed by Allen Robinson in Jacksonville, but he now gets a chance to earn the most targets (Jason Witten's retirement will help). Hurns is a sharp route runner and has excellent speed, but will be put up top-receiver numbers? That remains to be seen.
27 Torrey Smith (Carolina Panthers)
The Panthers acquired Torrey Smith from the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles in a trade, and the speedy deep threat has the potential to really take off with Cam Newton throwing the ball his way.
Smith struggled in two years with the miserable San Francisco 49ers in 2015 and '16, and Doug Pederson used him as a No.3/4 option in Philly. But unless rookie D.J. Moore is ready for prime time, Smith will be Newton's go-to guy, and it will be fun to watch.
Newton has one of the best deep balls in the league, and he's able to scramble out of the pocket and find guys downfield. That's where Smith comes into play, and expect some big plays from these two in 2018.
26 Kenny Stills (Miami Dolphins)
The Dolphins made a massive change to their receiving corps. Out goes Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry, and incoming are veterans Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson. But if you're eyeing Dolphins for your fantasy team, Kenny Stills should be their top receiver on your board.
Despite no Ryan Tannehill in 2017, Stills managed 847 yards and six touchdowns on 58 receptions.
He's one of the best deep threats in the league, and Tannehill will look to make Stills his No. 1 guy next year.
25 Jamison Crowder (Washington Redskins)
With Alex Smith replacing Kirk Cousins and Terrelle Pryor leaving in free agency, the Redskins offense will look a whole lot different next season. If Jay Gruden opts to use Smith as the pocket passer we saw in 2017, then a big year is in order for Jamison Crowder.
The 25-year-old led Washington in receiving last year with 66 catches for 789 yards and three touchdowns. Those are good numbers for a second or third receiver, but Crowder does look poised to build upon that.
With Garcon and Pryor gone, Crowder is undoubtedly Smith's top pass-catching option. We'll see if he can reach new levels in 2018.
24 Pierre Garcon (San Francisco 49ers)
A neck injury limited Pierre Garcon to just eight games in 2017, and he didn't get to play with Jimmy Garoppolo - who came off the bench and won all five of his starts with the 49ers. But with Garcon hopefully healthy and Garoppolo starting a whole season, the former should have another big year.
Garcon had a respectable 40 yards for 500 yards in 2017, so it's not crazy to believe he can reach 1,000 for the third time in his career. With Garoppolo throwing his way, Garcon could be a hidden gem wideout in your fantasy league. He's somebody to keep an eye on in the later rounds.
23 Michael Crabtree (Baltimore Ravens)
After a disappointing season in Oakland, Crabtree was released and signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Now 30 years of age, can Crabtree be the latest reclamation project under general manager Ozzie Newsome? We'll find out soon enough.
Crabtree moves in as the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart, but will he be able to form chemistry with Joe Flacco - who's facing a make or break season?
Crabtree has always put up solid No. 2 receiver numbers, but he did show signs of regression last year. It's hard to know if he'll succeed or flop in Baltimore, so 23 seems like a good spot for him.
22 Julian Edelman (New England Patriots)
Despite his legendary status in Foxborough, Julian Edelman isn't exactly a superstar. He has never been named to a Pro Bowl, and there are only two 1,000-yard seasons on Edelman's resume.
There are plenty of questions for Edelman heading into 2018. He's 32 now, missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL and is facing a four-game suspension. Suspended or not, will he really return to form?
Even if he does, Edelman isn't in that class of elite receivers, but rather a tier below them. It'll be interesting to see if he can regain that 1,000-yard form in 2018, or if we're seeing the decline of his career here.
21 Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos)
Thomas has quietly been one of the elite and most consistent wide receivers in the 2010s. He was 51 yards shy of racking up his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season, which is pretty impressive, considering Denver's QB situation in 2017.
DT hasn't been elite, however, since Peyton Manning retired in 2016. Now, 83 catches for 949 yards and five touchdowns aren't bad numbers, but Thomas is expected to do more. The 30-year-old can still run well, and the arrival of Case Keenum should help Thomas bounce back next season.
20 Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears)
Robinson had an excellent sophomore year in 2015 (80 catches, 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns), but regressed in 2016 and missed all but one game in 2017 after tearing his ACL. Nonetheless, the Chicago Bears are big on a bounce-back year, as they handed him a three-year, $42 million deal.
Robinson will try to help second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky take off in 2018, and who should doubt this combination?
Robinson has excellent hands and runs routes very well.
He will be an excellent fit for a Bears offense that looks prepared to take off in 2018. Look for Robinson to finally return to his 2015 form this upcoming season.
19 T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)
Even though Andrew Luck missed half of 2015 and all of 2017, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has continued to get past defenders with relative ease. He's coming off a fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection, having caught over 50 passes and surpassing the 900-yard mark for the fifth straight year.
With Luck seemingly ready to return in time for the season, he and Hilton will be picking up right where they left off last year. This is going to be another exciting campaign for the Colts offense, who are now led by head coach Frank Reich - the offensive guru that led the Eagles to a Super Bowl 52 championship.
18 Marvin Jones (Detroit Lions)
After spending three years in Cincinnati as a No. 2/3 wide receiver, Marvin Jones finally got his chance by signing a five-year deal with the Detroit Lions in 2016. With Calvin Johnson retired, Jones stepped in and became Matthew Stafford's new favorite wide receiver.
Following the best season of his career in 2016, Jones followed it up with 61 catches for 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns. Jones and Stafford are among the best duos in all of football right now, and there's no reason to expect a regression in 2018. Expect more fireworks this season.
17 Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers)
With Jordy Nelson cut and Randall Cobb showing he'll never be a Pro Bowler again, Davante Adams is the guy for the Green Bay Packers. He is no longer Aaron Rodgers' security blanket, but the No. 1 guy for the Packers.
Despite missing Rodgers for half of 2017, Adams was able to catch 74 passes for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns.
It was the second consecutive year in which Adams came close to reaching the 1,000-yard milestone. But with a healthy Rodgers in 2018, Adams should have a career year.
16 Alshon Jeffery (Philadelphia Eagles)
Alshon Jeffery took a gamble by signing a one-year, $14 million deal with the Eagles in 2017, following a disappointing year with the Bears. It turned out to be well worthwhile, as Jeffery helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII. Oh, and he earned a four-year, $52 million extension.
As we saw in Super Bowl LII, Jeffery was able to use his excellent size and frame to jump up and make the big plays. It's almost impossible for corners to cover this guy one-on-one. Jeffery is just that athletically gifted.
Now that he's spent a year in Doug Pederson's complex offense, Jeffery should be more prepared and looks ready for a career season. He's the top receiver in Philly, and big things are in order for next season.
15 Brandin Cooks (Los Angeles Rams)
It's hard to believe that a 24-year-old wide receiver is already on his third team in as many years, but such is life for Brandin Cooks. Despite back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the New Orleans Saints, he requested a trade in 2017 and was moved to the Patriots. Cooks and Tom Brady formed an excellent connection, as the former caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns.
Cooks is one of the NFL's elite deep threats, averaging 14.1 yards per catch throughout his career. Now, he joins an elite Rams offense led by Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. This is going to be a lot of fun. Watch Cooks take off as usual with his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season.
14 Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs)
Hill was drafted in the sixth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, but he's already surpassed expectations. Few guys in the NFL can match his burst of speed, and virtually no receivers are as hard to tackle as this man.
Hill followed up a solid rookie season by emerging as the top wideout in Kansas City.
He caught 75 passes for 1,183 yards and seven touchdowns. Hill also does plenty of damage in the ground game and as a special teams return man. He truly does it all, and you have to think more is in store as he prepares for the arrival of Patrick Mahomes - whom many believe is an upgrade over Alex Smith.
13 Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings)
Thielen is among the top undrafted players in recent NFL memory, and 2017 was truly a coming out party for the Minnesota State product. He caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards and four touchdowns last season, leading the Vikings to 13 wins. Thielen's efforts also got Minny to the 2017 NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
But with Kirk Cousins now abord, Thielen has an above-average quarterback feeding him the ball. If he can put up great stats with Sam Bradford and Case Keenum, imagine what Thielen can do with Cousins. Expect another big year for him in 2018.
12 Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers)
Following productive rookie and second years, Keenan Allen was hit hard by injuries and played a total of just nine games from 2015 to '16. But Allen stayed healthy in 2017 and reminded the NFL world that he's among the top wide receivers.
He caught 102 passes for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns in 2017, and the Chargers boasted one of the NFL's top passing offenses. In short, Allen was an unstoppable force in 2018, and he's primed to be one of the top receivers for years to come. He's a must-have on your fantasy team.
11 Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)
Fitzgerald has teased retirement over the last two years, so we shouldn't be surprised if 2018 is the last ride. At this point, Fitzgerald is a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's third all-time in receiving yards (15,545), receptions (1,234), and could finish top-10 in career touchdown receptions (currently at 110).
Though he's about to turn 35, Fitzgerald showed zero signs of slowing down in 2017, with another season in which he surpassed 100 catches and 1,000 yards.
He'll once again have his way with opposing corners in 2018, but is this the final season for the best wideout of this era?
10 Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks)
Baldwin was just your average No. 2 or 3 receiver during his first four seasons with the Seahawks. But Baldwin is the latest example of a player breaking out when you least expect it.
His coming out party was in 2015, when Baldwin and Russell Wilson took the NFL by storm. The former caught 78 passes for 1,069 yards and a whopping 14 touchdowns. Baldwin proved he was no one-year wonder, as he caught 94 passes for 1,128 yards in 2016.
The Seahawks had a down year in 2017, but Baldwin remained as productive as ever. So did Wilson, who led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes in 2017.
9 Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been an absolute mess for over a decade now, and things don't look much better for 2018, as quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games.
But the one constant on this roster has been the remarkable play of wide receiver Mike Evans, who notched his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2017 - and that was with Ryan Fitzpatrick filling in for Winston at times, too.
Evans uses his 6-foot-5 frame to jump up and make incredible catches. He's dangerous all over the field and simply cannot be shut down in single coverage. The Buccaneers really have someone special on this roster.
8 Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders)
We will not let one bad year for Amari Cooper affect his ranking on this list. 2017 as a whole was a disaster for the Oakland Raiders, but new head coach Jon Gruden promises to restore order in 2018.
Cooper struggled as quarterback Derek Carr played through a back injury, but his rookie and sophomore seasons were incredible.
The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Cooper is virtually impossible to cover one-on-one. Even AFC West standout corners like Casey Hayward and Chris Harris Jr. have struggled against Cooper.
He should return to form in 2018, and don't be surprised if Cooper is a top-five leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
7 Jarvis Landry (Cleveland Browns)
The Miami Dolphins didn't want to pay wideout Jarvis Landry like a superstar, so he was shipped to the winless Cleveland Browns. With Baker Mayfield set to be Cleveland's future signal caller, we could be looking at the next great QB-WR tandem.
Landry had to play with the ever-inconsistent Ryan Tannehill and backups Matt Moore and Jay Cutler in Miami. Nonetheless, he's among the NFL's leading receivers every year. Landry has amazing hands, can shift his way past defenders and blazes by defenders with his jets. He has everything you need in a wide receiver.
Now, he just has to find the same magic in Cleveland that he had during his four years with the Dolphins.
6 Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints)
Drew Brees hasn't had many great wide receivers throughout his career, but Michael Thomas is one of them. The 25-year-old became Brees' most trusted wideout in boh 2016 and 2017, racking up 2,382 yards and 14 touchdowns through his first two seasons.
Thomas and Brees were an unstoppable connection through the 2017 regular season. Even the Minnesota Vikings' top-ranked defense from 2017 couldn't stop them in their epic playoff bout (seven catches, 85 yards, two touchdowns).
Thomas is only 25 years of age, and he'll be great for years to come. The Saints have a superb player to build around, even when Brees retires.
5 A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals)
The Bengals continue to be one of the most frustrating teams to watch in all of professional sports, but A.J. Green has been consistently elite since breaking into the NFL seven years ago.
With the exception of 2016 - when he was limited to 10 games and still managed 964 yards - Green has hit 1,000 yards every year.
He's never caught fewer than 66 catches in a season, and Green remains the ultimate red zone threat (57 career touchdown receptions).
Andy Dalton may never be the quarterback that leads Cincinnati to the promised land, but he and Green have been one of the most remarkable combos in NFL history. And it's not ending anytime soon.
4 DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans)
It's really amazing what DeAndre Hopkins has done, with Deshaun Watson being the only half-decent quarterback throwing the ball to him. The 6-foot-1 Hopkins has had mediocre quarterbacks throughout his career, including Brock Osweiler, Brian Hoyer, Tom Savage and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Hopkins had a whopping 96 receptions for 1,378 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017, even without Watson for more than half the campaign. He's got the perfect combination of size and speed, and the world is finally learning to appreciate his world class talents.
Now, if Watson can just stay healthy throughout all of 2018, then he and Hopkins could be the next great QB-WR combo.
3 Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants)
Love him or hate him, there's no denying just how talented Odell Beckham Jr. really is as a player. We saw Eli Manning have one of his absolute worst seasons in 2017, as No. 10 tried to get by without his top receiver for most of the campaign.
That just went to show how crucial Beckham is to his team. He registered 1,000 yards through his first three seasons, and was named to the Pro Bowl each year. Beckham doesn't have the size of Mike Evans or Julio Jones, but his route-running, hands and speed are superb. The Giants offense would be absolutely nothing without him, as we saw in 2017.
Side note: How fun will he and Saquon Barkley be together?
2 Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
Before Antonio Brown broke out in 2014, Julio Jones was the NFL's best wide receiver. But we suppose being the top pass-catcher in the NFC will do for the five-time Pro Bowler. Jones is virtually impossible to cover at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds.
With the exception of his rookie year and an injury-filed 2013 season, Jones has topped 1,000 yards every year since breaking into the NFL.
His Super Bowl LI catch turned out to be all-for-nothing, but it was just one of the many plays Jones pulled off that no other receiver can dream of. He's easily headed for the Hall of Fame at this stage of his legendary career.
1 Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Brown has been the NFL's best wide receiver for four years now, and there's no questioning it at this point. He's led the NFL in receiving yards twice (2014 and 2017), despite missing two games last year. Brown has surpassed 1,500 yards three times now, and nobody displays the speed, hands and athleticism like he does.
Pittsburgh has the NFL's best offensive trio in Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Brown. He was a sixth round draft pick in 2010, but Brown has emerged as the best receiver of the 2010s.
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