Fellow fantasy football players, we are less than two weeks away from kickoff between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. That means that fantasy drafts are happening at an alarming rate as the preseason progresses.
Before you take on your fantasy draft, you may need some help deciphering who the players that give you the most value to your team—in terms of where they are being drafted. For this article, we will take a look at who the best wide receivers are based on their average draft pick.
Additionally, we will be using ESPN as the fantasy football site and PPR (points per reception) scoring to determine the best values.
Without further ado, here are the top five values at wide receivers in accordance with their average draft pick in fantasy drafts.
5. Tyler Lockett (ADP: 59.9)
The Seattle Seahawks are one of the few teams who are refusing to give in to the trend of throwing the ball 40 times a game. Last season, Seattle ran it 524 times compared to throwing it just 427 times.
Despite their lack of passing attempts, Russell Wilson was able to connect with Tyler Lockett all season. This season shouldn’t be much different; even with the Seahawks bringing in more talent at wide receiver.
In 2018, Lockett caught 57 passes for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns. This year, Lockett is currently being taken with the 59th pick in fantasy drafts—making him a candidate to surprise some people in 2019.
As it pertains to fantasy football, Lockett was the 11th highest-scoring wide receiver in 2018 with 165.4 points.
4. Jarvis Landry (ADP: 74.8)
As everyone continues to ramble about the prospects of Odell Beckham Jr. in the offense, Jarvis Landry is saying: “Don’t forget about me”. Landry was the team’s leading receiver in 2018 but he could have a better season in 2019.
In his first season with the Browns, Landry brought in 81 receptions, 976 yards, and four touchdowns. In PPR leagues, Landry is known to be a reliable option but he was disappointing in 2018 with just 81 receptions.
Over Landry’s career, he has three seasons of having 94 or more catches and could come close to that this season. With OBJ joining the offense, Landry could see better opportunities to make plays with defenses focusing on his teammate.
As a result, expect to see the Landry of old in 2019 as Baker Mayfield enters his second season under center.
3. Mike Williams (ADP: 67.2)
The Los Angeles Chargers have had one of the best passing attacks in the NFL with Philip Rivers as the quarterback. Owning the wide receivers of the Chargers is usually a decent plan of action in fantasy and this year isn’t any different.
Last year, Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams were the top receivers on the depth chart but that didn’t stop second-year wideout Mike Williams from producing. The Clemson product corraled 43 passes for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Don’t expect Williams to catch a touchdown on nearly 25% of his receptions in 2019 but you can expect him to have a larger role within the offense.
In ESPN drafts, Williams is being selected with the 67th overall pick on average.
Of course, you would want Allen over Williams but the 6-foot-4 receiver should provide you with plenty of value.
2. Chris Godwin (ADP: 63.3)
When talking about the sleepers at the wide receiver position, Chris Godwin’s name should be one of the first names to come up. However, with how many people are hopping on the Godwin train, he may not be considered a sleeper at this point.
Nonetheless, Godwin should present you a bang for your buck with where he is being taken in fantasy drafts. Presently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout is going at the 63rd pick in ESPN drafts.
Considering the loss of Adam Humphries in free agency, Godwin will be asked to command more targets in Bruce Arians’ offense.
After a season where he had 842 yards and seven touchdowns, the third-year pass-catcher could be in for a breakout season in 2019.
1. Dante Pettis (ADP: 122.6)
Heading into the 2019 season, it’s hard to trust any of the San Francisco 49ers wide receivers but one stands out among the rest. At the top of the depth chart, Dante Pettis is an absolute steal in fantasy draft right now.
In ESPN fantasy football drafts, Pettis is being selected all the way at the 122nd pick. With that being said, the second-year receiver should be targeted in deeper leagues that have 12-14 teams.
In 2018, Pettis became one of the 49ers’ best options at wide receiver due to injuries.
Pettis caught five touchdowns and 467 yards in 2018 but with the return of Jimmy Garoppolo, we should see an uptick in the passing attack.