With the 2019-20 regular season now just around the corner, it is obviously time to start thinking about the most important part of the NFL — fantasy football, of course. With a slew of fantasy drafts already well underway, now seems like the perfect time to review the top 10 fantasy football wide receivers for the 2019-20 season.
Although these rankings will surely look a bit different by the season’s end, there are very few surprises at the moment. Despite the fact that this is quite the top-heavy list with a handful of superstar-caliber players leading the way, the wide receiver position is incredibly deep this time around — which may actually be an understatement of sorts.
1. DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans)
If you have watched any NFL football over the course of the last few seasons, you know that this is a complete no-brainer. Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has continued to produce on a weekly basis, so much so that even double coverages can’t contain this veteran pass-catcher from hauling in balls all over the field. No matter who covers Hopkins in 2019-20, they will likely be outmatched by the Texans’ top target. Hopkins will no doubt be the first wideout off the board in just about every fantasy draft this year.
2. Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers)
With Hopkins more than likely to serve as the top wide receiver, the argument for No. 2 is a legitimate one. However, because the Packers have gotten younger and a bit thinner at receiver, Davante Adams remains in line to encounter a wealth of targets from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2019-20. Because of the target volume that Adams will receive this season, especially in the red zone as Jimmy Graham keeps falling short of the high expectations that surround him, the Packers’ top option along the outside must come off the board behind the always dominant Hopkins.
3. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
Often forgotten at the top of these sorts of lists due to the presence of Hopkins, Adams and others, Julio Jones is still one of the game’s best — if not the best. The Falcons have always produced on offense under the direction of quarterback Matt Ryan even when Atlanta hasn’t been very good as a whole. With the Falcons in a tough spot in the NFC South division, one would think that Jones will once again put up some seriously gaudy numbers and could very well finish as the top fantasy wideout after all is said and done.
4. Odell Beckham Jr. (Cleveland Browns)
No longer in East Rutherford, former New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will definitely be out to prove something as a member of the Cleveland Browns in 2019-20. Although the Browns now feature a lethal offensive attack, thanks to the team’s depth at just about every major position, Beckham Jr. will still get his touches and will remain a top target in the red zone. Even with his buddy Jarvis Landry lining up alongside him, opposing defenses won’t be able to cover everyone with Beckham Jr. slated to use his magnets for hands to haul in everything in sight.
5. Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints)
Now under contract for the foreseeable future in New Orleans, Michael Thomas is sure to go off yet again this season. With Drew Brees still anchoring one of the most impressive offenses that the league has ever seen, he and Thomas will connect for more than a few touchdowns in 2019-20. Not only that, but Thomas remains a deep threat that has the ability to catch the ball from sideline to sideline, which is simply the best of both worlds in fantasy football.
6. JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers)
With Antonio Brown now in Oakland, the Steelers will certainly be turning to JuJu Smith-Schuster early and often in 2019-20. With the up-and-coming pass catcher already putting up impressive numbers on a regular basis, even with a packed Steelers offense over the course of the last few seasons, there is no telling what kind of production Smith-Schuster will manage now that he is the undisputed No. 1 wideout in Pittsburgh.
7. Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs)
Even with his tumultuous offseason remaining at the forefront, Tyreek Hill is still one of the most prolific pass catchers that the league has to offer today. If Hill can stay on the field and doesn’t encounter any further trouble away from the gridiron, he can serve as a top target all season long for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who everyone knows loves to sling it all over the place.
8. Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Consistency. Consistency. Consistency. Mike Evans took the league by storm upon breaking into the highest level while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout pass-catcher has yet to show any signs of slowing down. If Evans is healthy throughout 2019-20, you can expect yet another impressive go-round from him.
9. Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers)
Although becoming an oft-injured player over the years, Keenan Allen has always produced when healthy and on the field. This year shouldn’t be much different, especially with veteran quarterback Philip Rivers still under center in Los Angeles.
10. Antonio Brown (Oakland Raiders)
Where do we even begin? Everyone and their mother knows what Antonio Brown is capable of, but there are just too many variables in place this time around. Not only is this his first season with the Raiders, could a new quarterback impact his play? Will his new environment take some time to get used to considering his odd offseason regiment? Will his recent injury history finally catch up with him?
No one knows for sure what to expect from Brown in 2019-20, but one thing is for sure — A.B. can still ball and is definitely worth taking a chance on in the right spot come draft day.