The quarterback and wide receiver duo is one of the most important things an NFL team needs to have on their offense. If you do not have a good duo, then your offense will be stalled from the beginning. It gives you the ultimate threat to score the most efficient way. While there are still some great running backs in the league like Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson, Todd Gurley, and so many others, it is so much easier to stop the run game if your air game is not up to challenge the defense. The fact that they are some of the highest paid players in the game tells you just how important they are to a team's success.
These rankings are a combination of both the receiver and the passer. If you have the best hands in the game, but your quarterback is lacking, then you are going to be lower in the standings. If you are an elite level quarterback with no real target then you too will be lower in the standings. In order to make it to the top in this list, you have to have both pieces and a bit of chemistry doesn't hurt anyone. So here are the rankings of the best QB/WR duos from worst to best for 2018.
32 Ryan Tannehill & DeVante Parker (Dolphins)
Ryan is entering his 8th season in the NFL and is coming off an ACL tear which kept him out of the 2017 season altogether. Coming back from that injury can always be tough. Especially when it came on the teams first non-contact 11-on-11 practice of the season. However, in 2016, he threw for 2,995 yards with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He did that while completing 67.1% of his passes. And he only missed three games due to injury in 2016. The reason that Ryan Tannehill is so low on this list is that he is coming back from that ACL injury and he can always be a hard one to come back.
DeVante Parker will be entering his fourth season in the NFL.
He has shown flashes of greatness but has yet to have a coming out season. Last year, after playing in 13 games, he started 12 of them. During that time he had 57 receptions for 670 yards and 1 touchdown. And this is while having Jay Cutler throw to him, and Ryan Tannehill is a big step up from Jay Cutler. I believe Devante Parker will have a huge year in Miami this year. But still, this duo is going to be the worst in the league next year.
31 Josh Allen & Kelvin Benjamin (Bills)
Josh Allen was the seventh Pick in the 2018 draft coming out of Wyoming. Alan had his career here in 2016 when you through for 3203 yards for 28 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions. The following year he had a big drop down by throwing 1812 yards and 16 touchdowns were throwing six interceptions. During college is average rating was 137.7, and that’s out of 158.4. I don’t know if Josh Allen will be a better quarterback for the Buffalo Bills than Tyrod Taylor was, Especially since Taylor was such a versatile threat on the ground and air,. And while Josh Allen may be one of the best quarterbacks in the future I believe 2018 he will struggle mightily learning the ways of the NFL.
Kelvin Benjamin is also young guy still trying to prove his worth. After being in the league for four years, and missing the 2015 season due to injury, he has struggled mightily in the league. In 2017 after playing for both the Carolina Panthers and the Buffalo Bills he only got 692 yards, and three touchdowns. He did have to miss two games due to injury, but it was nothing too major. Benjamin is always a threat when he’s on the field, And since his rookie year he received over 1000 yards, it is totally acceptable and believable that this year he can repeat that performance. Both Josh Allen in Kelvin Benjamin will have plenty to prove this year, but as of right now there are among the worst in the league.
30 Blake Bortles & Marquise Lee (Jaguars)
Blake Bortles is among one of the most inconsistent players in the league. Some weeks he will look like the most elite smartest quarterback in the league, others he looks like he never should’ve picked up the ball. Last season he did throw for 3687 yards with 21 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions, and he didn’t bring his team to the playoffs where they were able to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers before falling in the AFC championship game to the New England Patriots. And it was a major part of Blake Bortles inconsistency that eventually led to their loss.
Marquise Lee has long been since in the shadow of Allen Robinson, but now he is the main guy in Jacksonville. Last season he did receive 702 yards with 3 touchdowns. Against the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game he did receive 41 yards but no touchdowns, and after losing by only four points it seems like a big load should’ve been on his shoulders. Blake Bortles in Marquise Lee has a lot to prove next season, and it will be interesting to see how they do but I am projecting them to be not great. They will not be returning to the AFC championship game even behind they Sacksonville defense.
29 Joe Flacco & Michael Crabtree (Ravens)
The question surrounding Joe Flacco for the longest time has been if was elite or not. If you are a Baltimore fan then you whole-heartedly believe that the one time Super Bowl MVP is indeed an elite level quarterback. Last season he led his team to a 9-7 record and just missed the playoffs. During 2017 he had one of his lowest-performing seasons with 3,141 yards and 18 touchdowns while throwing 13 interceptions. His 3rd highest interception total with his 3rd lowest touchdown number and his 3rd lowest total yards. Joe Flacco has been in the league for 10-seasons and they most likely drafted his replacement in Lamar Jackson. I would not be surprised if, by week 10, the Ravens had a new starting QB.
Michael Crabtree has been a somewhat consistent player over his career.
After spending the beginning of his career he played in San Francisco with the 49ers but for the last 3, he was in Oakland with the Raiders. In 2017 he had 618 receiving yards with 8 touchdowns. After playing in and starting in 14 games this past season, will probably have another down season with the Ravens as his best years are most likely behind him. Even with that, he will probably find himself in the WR1 slot for most of the season as the Ravens try and force the ball to him to be great.
28 Sam Darnold & Robbie Anderson (Jets)
Sam Darnold was the 3rd pick in the 2018 draft. He was widely believed to be the 1st pick leading up to draft night when the Browns blew us all away with the selection of Baker Mayfield. Darnold should do well in New York, the Jets have not had much to root for over the past few seasons. Sam Darnold had a great year in college. He had 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Those numbers were terrific for a college player and what is the obvious reason he went so high in the draft. Even if he is the next great QB to play in the league, he does not always have any real targets to pass too.
Last season Robby received 941 yards and 7 touchdowns in just his second season in the league. Even though he is unsure if he will suit up week one while waiting to see if he is suspended after an off-field incident during the offseason. It is especially wonderful to see him being the most likely WR1 after going undrafted in 2016. He was able to play in 16 games last season while starting in 15 of them. His career long for last season was a 69-yard bomb. With Darnold throwing passes his way, he is sure to beat that.
27 Tyrod Taylor & Josh Gordon (Browns)
Right now Tyrod is scheduled to be the starting QB which it think would be great for the future development of Baker Mayfield. Though with the ability of the Browns making a good decision when it comes to their quarterback position. For now, it is Tyrod. Last season he played in 15 games and started in 14 of them. He was able to throw for 2,799 yards and 14 touchdowns while only have 4 interceptions. It was pretty surprising to see that the Browns traded for a quarterback and still drafted Mayfield first overall. Tyrod should be able to do well in the offense even though their o-line is not great.
Gordon will be returning to play his first full season since 2013. In 2014 he only played in 5 games because of injury. He was suspended for all of 2015 because he violated the league substance abuse policy. Then no one would sign him in 2016 because they were afraid he would fall back into his old ways. Then he was signed back to the Browns in 2017. In 5 games he was able to get 335 yards with 1 touchdown. Before all this had happened in his life he was able to be one of the best receivers in the game. IN 2013, in just his second season, he had 1,646 yards with 9 touchdowns. That season he was selected to the Pro Bowl and he was First-Team All-Pro. This 6'3" 225 lb receiver is a true force and is looking to return to his old self.
26 Marcus Mariota & Rishard Matthews (Titans)
Marcus Mariota was the 2 pick in the 2015 draft, right behind Jamies Winston. It could be argued that either one deserved that first pick in the draft. Last season Mariota threw for 3,232 yards with 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Not exactly what you want from your starting/franchise quarterback. He was also able to run for 312 yards with 5 touchdowns. He was able to make it to his first post-season appearance where he made it to the divisional round before getting knocked out by the New England Patriots. Before he got knocked out he was able to get a couple records. He is the first player to have both a receiving and passing touchdown in a playoff game. He was also the first player to throw a touchdown pass to himself in the playoffs.
Rishard Matthews does not have as decorated a past. He has been in the league for 6 years and has played the last 2 years in Tennessee, this will be his 3rd season with the Titans. This season he had 795 yards with 5 touchdowns. He had more than 200 yards than the next closest receiver. He is bound to have another great season but the two of them will still be among the bottom half of the league. Especially if Marcus continues to throw more interceptions than touchdowns.
25 Mitchell Trubisky & Allen Robinson (Bears)
Mitchell Trubisky is entering his second season in the league and is looking to improve upon his first year. Last season he played and started in 12 games after a short bit of the Bears trying to figure out there starter. In that time he threw for 2,193 yards with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He will definitely have a better target to throw at this year and should be able to get way past those numbers. He is their quarterback of the future and is definitely going to amp up those numbers.
Allen Robinson has played his first 4 seasons in Jacksonville.
He had to miss all but one game in the 2017 season where he had 1 catch for 17 yards. He had to leave the game with a knee injury and was later diagnosed with torn ACL. In his 3 years in Jacksonville, he had 2,848 yards with 22 touchdowns. Robinson is looking to have a bounce back season in the league. In 2015 he made the Pro Bowl and led the league in receiving touchdowns with 14 along with Doug Baldwin and Brandon Marshall. Robinson should do very well in the Bears offense but he is coming off an ACL injury so too much should not be expected of him.
24 Josh Rosen & Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)
Josh Rosen was the 10th pick in the 2018 draft after the Cardinals moved up in the draft for him. He was a much-needed pick after the retirement of Carson Palmer. Rosen had a stellar college career. In 3 years with UCLA he had 9,341 yards with 59 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He threw bombs at the combine and has really shown some star potential. Right now Sam Bradford is scheduled to be the starter but after the OTA's and preseason, I am sure that will change. You don't move up in the draft to take him with the expectation that he sits on the bench for a long time.
Larry Fitzgerald is quite the opposite of Josh Rosen. He has arguably the best hand in the NFL. If the ball gets to him then he is most likely going to catch it. Not to mention he has gotten over 1,000 yards in 9 different seasons. He is an 11-time pro bowler and as also been selected to First-Team All-Pro. Larry still has a lot left in the tank and should be able to be a force on this team. With David Johnson coming back, there should be less pressure on him which could make him an even bigger threat to go off.
23 Patrick Mahomes II & Tyreek Hill (Chiefs)
Patrick Mahomes the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He only played in one game in 2017 and it was only because the Chiefs had secured a playoff spot and wanted to rest Alex Smith. In that game, he went 22 of 35 for 284 yards and an interception. It was always known that Mahomes was going to become the starter in KC. It was not known that they were going to send Alex Smith to Washington in order to make it happen but it was never doubted he was going to be given control. In his last season at Texas Tech, he threw for 5,052 yards with 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He might be a great quarterback in the league one day but maybe not next year.
Tyreek Hill has been in the league for 2 years and has been to the Pro Bowl twice. In his 2 years, he has been involved all over the offense and is quite the kick returner. Last year he had 1,183 yards with 7 touchdowns. He also had 204 punt return yards with 1 touchdown. He is one of the fastest receivers in the game and really showed out this year. Hill is poised to have another great year in the league as he looks to exceed in the league once again.
22 Case Keenum & Demaryius Thomas (Broncos)
Case Keenum was the hero of the Minnesota Vikings this past season. Keenum has been a career backup his whole career. Having played on his 4th team in 2018 in just his 7th year. He has always played backup but in 2018 it looks like the Broncos are going to give him the keys to the kingdom. Smith was named the starter after Sam Bradford was injured in week 2. He obviously had career highs with 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. He also ran the ball for 160 yards while getting 1 touchdown. Keenum has a chance to really change his name this year and lead this offense.
Demaryius Thomas will be a big target. He has played and started in every game since 2012. He is bound to have another big season this year since the quarterback situation is figured out. Thomas had 949 yards with 5 touchdowns this season. He leads his team in yards by almost 500 and had at least 2 more touchdowns than anyone else on the team. He is still, clearly, their best receiver and is definitely poised to have another 1,000 yard receiver season after falling just 51 yards shy this year.
21 Dak Prescott & Allen Hurns (Cowboys)
Dak Prescott took over after Tony Romo injured himself in a preseason game and never slowed down. Last season who threw for 3,324 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also ran for 357 yards with 6 touchdowns. He was the NFL Rookie of the Year and was in the Pro Bowl in 2016. Next season he is sure to have a better season especially with Ezekiel Elliot coming back and giving the opposing defense something to fear he will have plenty of time and space to make the right and accurate pass or give him more space to make a play on the ground. Dak should be deadly next year but with Dez Bryant getting cut he no longer has an All-Pro receiver to throw it to this time around.
Allen Hurns has spent his first 4 seasons in Jacksonville and is ready to be the go-to guy in Dallas.
Last year he did go for 484 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. He did that by only playing in 10 games and start in 8 of them. Given the opportunity to play he has shined. In 2015 he played in and started in 15 games. That year he had 1,031 yards with 10 touchdowns. This combo could be a dynamic one in 2018, but I do not think they will be the top threat in the league.
20 Alex Smith & Jamison Crowder (Redskins)
Alex Smith has been an underrated quarterback for many years. Lasy year was his best year statistically. He threw for 4,042 yards with 26 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also ran for 355 yards with 1 touchdown. After having is the best year in Kanas City, they shipped him off to Washington to allow room for Patrick Mahomes to take over the offense and lead them into the next era. In Washington, he will be replacing the longtime franchise tagged player in Kirk Cousins. He is leaving behind quite the threat in Tyreek Hill and that should hurt his numbers this season.
Jamison Crowder was the number one receiver after DeSean Jackson headed to Tampa Bay. Last year Crowder played in 15 games and started in 6 of them. In that, he had 789 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. He led the team in receiving yards while Josh Doctson led the team in receiving touchdowns. This season he is poised to be their top target this season. Entering his 4th year in the league, he is going to be on most fantasy teams as he will continue to lead the team in yards and is sure to raise his touchdown numbers as well.
19 Matthew Stafford & Golden Tate (Lions)
Matthew Stafford is one of the more underrated quarterbacks it is because of the lack of success the Lions have had. Since returning from a shoulder injury in 2011 he has played and started in every game for the Lions. In his 2017 campaign with the Lions, he threw for 4,446 yards with 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Since 2011 He has never thrown for less than 4,200 yards or had less than 20 touchdowns. He is a great quarterback but in that time he only has 3 playoff appearances and has yet to win a game. In his last appearance in 2016, he did not even throw a touchdown. He is great but he has yet to show up in a big moment.
Golden Tate has also had a very good career. Reaching his highest passing totals while in Detroit. He has played and started in all but four games since being in Detroit. Last season he had 1,003 receiving yards with 5 touchdowns. He finished just behind Marvin Jones in both yards and touchdowns. I think that this year Golden Tate will be a bigger player than Marvin Jones and will end the season being the best receiver for the Detroit Lions.
18 Philip Rivers & Keenan Allen (Chargers)
Philip Rivers is another good quarterback who has yet to have any recent playoff success. He has played and started in every game for the Chargers since 2006. In that time he has never thrown for less than 3,100 yards or thrown less than 20 touchdowns. In 2017 he did it again by throwing for 4,515 yards and 28 touchdowns while only throwing 10 interceptions. He has been very consistent over the last 11 years and he shows no real signs and slowing down.
Keenan Allen was one of the more productive receivers in the league. In 2017 he had 1,393 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns.
He had almost double the receiving yards than the next closest guy and also led his team in receiving touchdowns. Allen has only been in the league for 5 years and this was his best receiving year. He is only looking to increase that in the future. He was also selected into the Pro Bowl this year and was the 2017 Comeback player. In 2015 Allen was diagnosed with a kidney injury and had to miss the entire season after November 3rd. Then again in 2016 he was playing in the season opener and tore his ACL, missing his second season. Clearly, he deserved this Comeback Player Award.
17 Cam Newton & D.J. Moore (Panthers)
Cam Newton was at one time considered the best player in the league. In 2015 he won the MVP and it was well deserved. He took that team all the way to the Superbowl before they lost to the Denver Broncos. That is not to say he has had a major step back from that but at least a small one. In 2017 he still had a good year with 3,302 yards with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Not to mention the threat he is on the ground with 754 yards and 6 touchdowns with only 9 fumbles and only 1 of them lost. He is still an elite quarterback in this league and is a threat on any given Sunday.
D.J. Moore is a rookie this year after being drafted with the 24th overall pick. It was hard to pick between him and Devin Funchess but I believe Moore will have a bigger impact this season. In his 3 years at Maryland, he had 1,033 yards with 8 touchdowns. With numbers like that he is sure to be able to explode with a quarterback as efficient and dangerous as Newton. But since he is an unproven rookie, they are going to rank here on this list.
16 Andy Dalton & A.J. Green (Bengals)
Andy Dalton is not the greatest quarterback but he still is not elite. He has played and started in almost every game since 2011 when he joined the league. In 2017 he had, 3,320 yards wtih 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. That's about where his numbers have always stayed at. The reason he doesn't really get any recognition is that he has never had a playoff win, and in his 4 playoff games he has 1 touchdown with 6 interceptions. Not really something to marvel at. That is why Andy Dalton never really is on the top of the list of the best quarterbacks.
A.J. Green is a great receiver. There is just no other way to put it. He as also been in the league since 2011 and has only ever had 1,000 yards except for 2016 when e only played in 10 games. Even then he had 964 yards. In 2017 he had 1,078 yards with 8 touchdown catches. Green was selected to his 7th straight Pro Bowl. It is widely considered that Green is among the best of the best when it comes to receiving. The reason they are so low is that of the lack of an elite status quarterback.
15 Andrew Luck & T.Y. Hilton (Colts)
Andrew Luck missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury and got another surgery to repair a torn labrum. He is still expected to be available to the season opener, but at what level will he be able to play? A shoulder injury is very important for a quarterback, it is only key in throwing the ball. In 2016 he played in 15 games and started all of them. In that season he threw for 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
It will be interesting to see where he is at and how much rust he has when he does start playing again.
T.Y. Hilton has been on the pro bowl team for the last 4 years. In 2017 he received 966 yards and 4 touchdowns. Those numbers are sure to increase because when he played with Luck last he had 1,448 yards for 6 touchdowns. To say that Luck really improves the value and his impact in the game. He is well on his way to reaching his 5th straight Pro Bowl and the Colts should be in the playoffs this year as long as luck can actually make it back to playing. Without him, they are out of luck.
14 Derek Carr & Amari Cooper (Raiders)
Derek Carr will be entering his 5th year in the league come 2018 and he has shown consistent performances across the board. In 2017 he threw for 3,496 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Raiders fixed 6-10 this season and missed the playoffs. The Raiders will be looking to improve on that this season as it could be there last season before they officially move to Las Vegas. Carr has shown exemplary work in the league and has been on the Pro Bowl for the last 3 season. He even has a new big target in Jordy Nelson but I believe Amari Cooper will be a bigger piece in their offense.
Amari Cooper is entering his 4th season in the league and is coming off his career low in yards while having a career high in touchdowns. He had 680 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Amari is set in place to have his best year yet. He did miss two games which would be the lowest in his career. That is clearly the chance to bounce back on. In 2018 the Raiders will look to make the playoffs and they have a better season. The Raiders were among the favourite to win in 2016 before they lost Carr to injury.
13 Eli Manning & Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)
Eli is a fading quarterback but there is no reason he cannot keep going at a high level. Entering his 15th season, he played in and started in every game for 13 years with the exception of week 16 in 2017 when the coach decided to end his streak for nothing. Eli took it like a champ though and fell in line to show his dedication to the team. Even with that, he threw for 3,468 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Giants have a new weapon in Saquon Barkley and they might be ready to have another great year. Even if last year they finished with a surprised 3-13 record, he could be at the mantle for a great season.
Odell Beckham Jr. is constantly in the conversation as the greatest in the game. He had a shortened 2017 due to injury and only played in 4 games. The year before, in 2016, he had 1,367 yards with 10 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in his first 3 years in the league and won the Offensive Rookie of the Year and the PFWA Rookie of the Year in 2014, and he holds a few different records for being the fastest player to so many yards and touchdowns. He is definitely on his way to being one of the best to ever do it if he can stay out of trouble and stay healthy.
12 Kirk Cousins & Adam Thielen (Vikings)
Kirk Cousins has been the franchise quarterback since the departure of Robert Griffin III. After the Redskins acquired Alex Smith in a trade they decided to discontinue the constant franchise tagging of him. It was well worth keeping him. Last season he threw for 4,093 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also ran the ball for 179 yards and 4 touchdowns. The year before he had 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. With the Vikings, he is set to have a great season and he is hoping to help them get past the conference championship and into the Super Bowl. He is going to be big this year.
Adam Thielen was the top receiver on his team in 2017. He had 1,276 yards with 4 touchdowns. He had more than 400 yards than the next closest guy in Stefon Diggs, who was the divisional round hero. After going undrafted in 2013 he has really excelled in the league by being selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl. He has steadily increased his numbers in starts, receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He is sure to have another career year and is another great example of why players who did not get drafted should keep their heads up in hopes of a long career.
11 Jimmy Garoppolo & Pierre Garcon (49ers)
Jimmy G is undefeated as a starter. Last season in just 5 starts he had 1,560 yards with 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He recently signed a 5-year $137 million dollar deal with the Niners so it is more than likely that he is around to stay around for a long time. He was stolen from the Patriots and with an aging Brady, it was only a matter of time before he retires and he would have had a great replacement. Instead, the 49ers have their future and they are looking well off in this league.
Pierre Garcon has played in the NFL for 10 seasons. Last year he only played in 8 games with the 49ers but was able to have 500 yards. The year before, while he was with the Redskins, he went off for 1,041 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is a great receiver and should be seen as such. In 2013 he was the NFL's reception leader. He suffered a neck injury which left him out of the second half of the season but he is expected to be back at full strength come the opener and should be poised to wreck the league up and down the field.
10 Jameis Winston & Mike Evans (Buccaneers)
Jameis Winston was the first overall pick in the draft being selected just before Marcus Mariota. Up to this point, it could be argued that either one deserved the 1st overall pick. The only reason that Jameis is so far ahead from Mariota is the quality of wide receiver with Mike Evans being vastly better than Rishard Matthews. Back to Winston, he is quite the quarterback and is poised to be quite the leader in the league as was showcased in HBO's Hard Knocks. In 2017 he was able to throw for 3,504 yards with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 135 yards with 1 touchdown and he had15 fumbles while he lost 7 of them.
Mike Evans is widely considered one of the most dominant receivers today. He is 6'5" and 231 pounds which makes him quite a big target and he has great hands. Last season Mike went off for 1,001 yards after having 5 touchdowns. The year before was his best with 1,321 yards with 12 touchdowns. He has never had less than 1,000 receiving yards. He is without a doubt worth the 5-year contract he was given worth $82.5 million dollars. Mike Evans should be expected to dominate down in the Bay for years to come.
9 Jared Goff & Robert Woods (Rams)
Jared Goff was rated the 38th best player coming into 2018. He was the 1st overall pick in 2016. After coming in behind Case Keenum in LA with the Rams he went on to play and start in 7 games and he lost all of them. In 2017 he drastically improved by playing and starting in 15 games and he went 11-4 in those game. Last season he threw for 3,804 yards with 28 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He made it all the way to his first playoff appearance where he threw for 259 yards with 1 touchdown and not a single interception. Goff drastically improved from his first year and was named a pro bowler.
He should be ready to steam roll the league especially with the addition of the deep bomb threat Brandin Cooks.
Robert Woods will be entering his 6th year in the league and his second in Los Angeles. This year he played in 12 games while starting in 11 of them. He had 781 yards with 5 touchdowns this season. If he was healthy for the entire season then he would have led the team in yards and touchdowns. Alongside the likes of Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods should be ready to have one of his better seasons in the league.
8 Deshaun Watson & DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)
Deshaun Watson will be returning from an ACL tear. He was off to a great start in his NFL career after being drafted 12th overall, and went off for 1,699 for 19 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He also ran for 269 yards with 2 touchdowns. Deshaun should be considered the future of the league. He really showed how dynamic he was and the way he threw the ball to the decisions he made. He really showed what he was made of in week 3 against the Patriots when he was able to get 301 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 picks. That poise against such an elite defense so early in his career shows what he can truly be made of in the coming years.
Many people believe that DeAndre Hopkins is the best receiver in the game and it is hard to make a counterpoint. He has dominated the game and is ready to be even better next year. As one of the NFL mic'd up moments showed us, the Cardinals coach came over to tell him that right now he was the best in the game and he responded with a simple, I know. In 2017 Hopkins had 1,378 yards with 13 touchdowns. He greatly improved from the year before by 400 yards and by 9 touchdowns.
7 Tom Brady & Julian Edelman (Patriots)
Tom Terrific is coming off an MVP, Super Bowl appearance season. He has showed no signs of slowing down after being the oldest player in NFL history to win the most coveted award for the regular season. There is not enough time or space to write out all the accomplishment he has achieved in his career. He is a multi-time MVP, Super Bowl champ, and Super Bowl MVP. He has played at his highest at some of the biggest moments in sports. Brady orchestrated the biggest comeback in NFL history during Super Bowl LI, and is without a doubt the Greatest to ever do it and anyone who disagrees should not be listened to about much. In 2017 Tom Brady went for 4,577 yards with 32 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He clearly deserved the award.
Julian Edelman was at one point his favourite target. He went down in the preseason and that forced other players to step up. Julian Edelman is a great slot receiver in the league and is ready to bounce back from this injury. In 2016 he had one of the best years in his career with 1,106 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is going to be Tom Brady's favourite target right behind the mammoth of a man in Gronk.
6 Russell Wilson & Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)
Russell Wilson has been a great quarterback in the league since he came in the league in 2012. Never throwing for less than 3,000 yards or 20 touchdowns. In 2017 he threw for 3,983 and 34 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also ran for 586 yards with 3 touchdowns and he fumbled the ball 14 times with only 3 losses. Wilson missed the playoff for the first time in his career this season but he is showing no signs of slowing down in any way. Wilson should be feared on any Sunday for his ability to scramble and extend plays.
Doug Baldwin is another great receiver in the league. Entering his 8th year in the league he is ready to have another great season. He has been in back to back Pro Bowls and is ready to make it to his 3rd straight. In 2017 he went for 991 yards and 8 touchdowns. The year before he had 1,128 yards with 7 touchdowns. Clearly, he is Russell Wilson's favourite target on the team. He had more than 200 yards than the next closest guy and had was 2nd in receiving touchdowns behind Jimmy Graham. These two are sure to make their return to the playoffs.
5 Drew Brees & Michael Thomas (Saints)
Drew Brees has consistently been one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Since he joined the saints in 2006 he has not thrown less than 4,000 yards and has thrown at least 5,000 yards 5 times. In 2017 he played and started in all 16 games. In that time he had 4,334 yards with 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He also got the NFL record for single-season completion percentage with 72%. He also holds multiple NFL records including career completion percentage with 66.9%. Brees is ready to have another great season and make his way to the playoffs again. He is going to be one of the best of all-time when all is said and done.
Michael Thomas is going into his third season in the NFL and has done very well in that time. In his first season, he had 1,137 receiving yards with 9 touchdowns. In 2017 he had 1,245 receiving yards with 5 touchdowns. He also had is first post-season appearance and made it to the divisional round where he had 216 yards for 2 touchdowns. Thomas is poised to have a great career in the league and barring injury could be one of the best ever.
4 Carson Wentz & Alshon Jeffery (Eagles)
Carson was well on his way to winning an MVP trophy in just his second year in the league before tearing his ACL in week 14. In 2016 he had 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also ran for 150 yards for 2 touchdowns and he fumbled 14 times while losing it 3 times. He greatly improved while playing in 3 fewer games. In 2017 he had 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He ran for 299 yards and no touchdowns.
He also fumbled it 9 times and lost it 3 times. His improvement is undeniable. He is way ahead of schedule for his return and should be back by the season opener this year. Ready to lead his team back to the Super Bowl. Alshon Jeffery has been in the league for 6 years and has been with the Eagles for 1. In 2017 he had 789 receiving yards with 9 touchdowns. He led the wide receivers in yards and touchdowns. He is ready to have a great season and win another Super Bowl with help from Carson Wentz and the rest of the Eagles. They did it once with a backup QB so now that they have their superstar back, they should be favourites to do it again.
3 Matt Ryan & Julio Jones (Falcons)
Matt Ryan is just one season removed from his MVP season. He led the Falcons to the Super Bowl when they just could not finish the Patriots off. Ryan still had a great season this year with 4,095 yards and 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for 143 yards with 4 fumbles. Ryan has no reason to slow down this season or in the coming seasons. He has thrown for 4,000 yards for 7 straight seasons. He is going to be great this season and he is going to throw it to a great receiver in Julio Jones.
Julio Jones has been arguably the best receiver in the league for a few years now.
In his 7 seasons in the league, he has received over 1,000 yards 5 times. In 2017 he went for 1,444 yards and 3 touchdowns. Undoubtedly a down year for his touchdowns but it is still a very high receiving yard total. They lost by a mere 5 points in the Divisional round against the eventual champs in the Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons still have a lot to prove after they lost that lead. Most of the team is still intact so it is completely believable that they could for sure make it back to the Big Game again.
2 Aaron Rodgers & DeVante Adams (Packers)
Aaron Rodgers has been arguably the best quarterback in the league for years now. Having been one of the most consistent performers in the NFL up till the season and that was only due to injury. He missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009 this year. In 2016 he had a great year with 4,428 passing yards with 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also ran for 369 yards and 4 touchdowns while fumbling 8 times and losing it 4 times. Rodgers is going to go down as one of the best of all time. He currently holds the NFL record for having the highest career passer rating and 103.8 and he also holds the single-season record with 122.5. He got that during his first of 2 MVP season.
DeVante Adams is going to be a great receiver in the league next season. With Jordy Nelson out of the rotation, Adams can step up and be the number one target. Adams will be entering his 5th season in the league and had great numbers in 2017. He finished with 885 yards with 10 touchdowns, and was also selected to his first Pro Bowl this season. He was the top receiver on his team in both yards and touchdowns. Be on the lookout for Adams next season as him and Rodgers beat team left and right.
1 Ben Roethlisberger & Antonio Brown (Steelers)
Does much more really need to be said about these two that has not already been said. Ben Roethlisberger has been one of the best in the game since coming in 2004. Having thrown for at least 3,000 yards since 2006 and 4,000 yards 5 different times. Big Ben had another career year in 2017 with 4,251 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 14 interceptions while having 47 yards. Big Ben is sure to have another career year in 2018 as they look to make it past the divisional round and back into the Super Bowl. He is going to be without a doubt the most important part of their offense. The bringing in of Mason Rudolph means nothing to Ben as long as he can perform.
Antonio Brown is the best in the game, and he knows it. Brown went off in 2017 with 1,533 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has received for at least 1,200 yards for the last 5 seasons and looks to add a sixth in 2018. Brown has had a great career having totals of 9,910 with 59 touchdowns in just 8 seasons while never missing due to a major injury. As long as 84 is able to suit up, the steelers have a real shot at winning on any given Sunday. Look for them to continue dominating late into January next season.