2017 fantasy football wide receiver rankings: 50-41

I’m continuing my rankings with the top 50 fantasy wide receivers for the upcoming season. Here’s the first list 2017 fantasy football wide receiver rankings: 50-41.


50. Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans)- Rishard Matthews was quietly a solid option for fantasy last season. He had 950 receiving yards and nine touchdowns and was ranked the No. 15 ranked receiver in standard leagues.

Matthews really kicked it into gear in the second half of the season. His targets per game increased from 4.9 to 8.0 during the second half of the season and became a reliable play in most fantasy leagues. It is unlikely that he’s going to put up similar numbers to last year with the additions of Corey Davis and Eric Decker, however he is a nice late round target.

fantasy football wide receiver rankings: 50-41


49. Tyrell Williams (Los Angeles Chargers)- Talk about a break out year for Tyrell Williams. At the beginning of the season, he was fighting for the No, 3 wide receiver spot on the team, but by the end of the year he had 1,059 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns.

He’s a reliable pass catcher, as he only dropped five percent of the balls that came his way, and was one of the most productive receivers in the league last year after the catch. He had 439 yards after the catch, which was good enough for eighth best in the league last year.

I’d like to put Williams higher on this list, but because of the Chargers getting Keenan Allen back, and the addition of Mike Williams, he’s no more than a late round pick.

48. Marvin Jones (Detroit Lions)- Marvin Jones was nothing more than mediocre last year. He had his big moments early on in the season but after that he was nothing special. Jones started off the season strong putting up 83 fantasy points in the first seven games, but after that he had a mere 27 fantasy points in the last nine matchups. H

e wasn’t great in terms of efficiency or production, but the reason he cracks the top fifty is because of his opportunities. Last season, he ranked 10th in team pass plays and 11th in terms of how often he was on the field. We’ve seen that he has the ability to put up big numbers, so take him as a late round sleeper.

47. John Brown (Arizona Cardinals)- John Brown was a fantasy disaster last season. He only had 39 receptions due to illness and when he was on the field, he didn’t produce like he did in 2015. After having 1,003 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2015, things were looking good for John Brown in the NFL. The speedy receiver had a 64 percent catch rate and averaged 67 yards per game. He had a poor 2016 but don’t let that deter you from drafting him in fantasy this year, as he’s a strong bounce back candidate.

fantasy football wide receiver rankings: 50-41


46. Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns)- Limited by injuries in his rookie year, Corey Coleman showed promise but didn’t put up big numbers. Coleman had 414 receiving yards and three touchdowns with the poor quarterback situation in Cleveland.

However, there’s still hope for Coleman. He has a high ceiling and tons of talent, plus the opportunities will be there this year. With the departure of Terrelle Pryor, and the only notable acquisition at wide receiver being Kenny Britt, Coleman should see tons of targets and enjoy a nice sophomore year.

45. Jordan Matthews (Philadelphia Eagles)- Playing in 14 games last season, Jordan Matthews had 804 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He has been a nice option for fantasy teams but hasn’t broken out in the way everyone has hoped he would.

He isn’t the most efficient receiver but does rank in the top half of the league in terms of productivity. Matthews ranked 24th in receptions with 73 and ranked 46th in yards after the catch with 235.

With the addition of Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith, don’t expect much more next season from Jordan Matthews.

fantasy football wide receiver rankings: 50-41

Corey Davis (Photo by: titansonline.com)

44. Corey Davis (Tennessee Titans)- The Titans have put together a nice receiving core for the 2017 season. Corey Davis is by far my favorite rookie receiver and here’s why: He’s the second receiver on a high-powered offense, he’s working with one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and that quarterback has never thrown an interception in the red zone in the NFL.

Standing at 6-foot-3, 209 pounds, Davis has a great shot to get some red zone looks this season. Expect a solid rookie year from Corey Davis.

43. Mike Wallace (Baltimore Ravens)- Mike Wallace had a great 2016 season. Wallace had 1,017 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He is one of the most productive receivers in the league ranking in the top 26 in receptions, receiving yards and yards after catch.

Mike Wallace was the No. 1 ranked receiver in terms of team pass plays. There are signs of regression for Mike Wallace however. The Ravens recently signed Danny Woodhead and Jeremy Maclin who are candidates to take targets from Wallace this year.

42. Cameron Meredith (Chicago Bears)- Cameron Meredith had a nice 2016 season. He had 888 receiving yards and four touchdowns for the Bears and fans can expect more of that this year. With the departure of Alshon Jeffrey, Meredith has a chance to go into the season as the lead receiver for Chicago.

He was one of the most efficient wide receivers last season ranking 22nd in catch rate and 12th in yards per target. Overall, Meredith is a great receiver for the Bears, and more is expected for him next season.

41. Kenny Britt (Cleveland Browns)- Kenny Britt finally had a 1,000-yard receiving season. After being drafted in 2009, this is his first season with 1,000 yards and it made me excited for his production next year, until he joined the Browns. Making the decision to go to Cleveland didn’t help Britt’s status for the upcoming season.

It is a shame because he was a very productive receiver for the Rams last season. He was 23rd in receiving yards, 31st in receptions and 29th in yards after the catch with 303. I’m not saying Britt is going to just fall off the map completely, but he has the ability to put up big numbers, its just a matter of who’s throwing him the ball.


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Under the Radar Moves That Will Pay Off Big in 2016

With the draft and most of free agency done, NFL rosters are starting to take shape. Here are five under the radar moves that were really smart.

Safety Eric Weddle to Ravens- The Ravens defense was uncharacteristically bad last year, particularly at the back-end. They were not just plain bad though. They just seemed to give up big plays at the worst possible time. I went back and counted at least four games where they blew a fourth quarter leads and lost. Weddle and the Chargers had a messy falling out last year, he didn’t see the field much due injuries. When the five time All-Pro was ready to go, the Chargers opted not to play him. It was just plain odd. He headed to the Ravens via free agency after the season wrapped up. When he is on the field, he is always around the ball and among league leaders for tackles in the secondary. A smart player who almost never gets beat in coverage and can tackle, Weddle solves lots of issues for Baltimore.

Photo from rantsports.com

Photo from rantsports.com

Wide receiver Brandon LaFell to Bengals- This may be the sneakiest good off-season move in the entire league. After an underwhelming start to his career in Carolina, LaFell spent the last couple years as Tom Brady’s favorite target not named Gronkowski in New England. Brady seemed to really trust him. He had 74 catches during New England’s Super Bowl winning season in 2014. If the best quarterback on the planet trusts him, then so should everyone else. He was let go by the Pats after the 2015 season as a salary cap move. He caught 37 balls in an injury plagued season, but is now healthy. With the inconsistent and often injured Marvin Jones off to Detroit, LaFell will be Cincinnati’s number two receiver opposite A.J. Green. He should draw enough coverage to free up Green just a little bit. Throw in tight end Tyler Eifert and the Bengals have the makings for one heck of a passing offense in 2016.

Photo from profootballfocus.com

Photo from profootballfocus.com


Wide receiver Mike Wallace to Ravens- The Ravens may have had the best off-season in all of football. Weddle will immediately shore up the defense and Mike Wallace is their new big-play threat on offense. However, the word new implies that they had big-play threat last year, that was not the case. Future Hall of Famer Steve Smith was injured, but isn’t winning any foot races even when healthy. Wallace is among the NFL’s all-time leaders in yards per catch. His lowest yards per catch in his seven-year career is a shade over 12. That is still a first down and then some. Hampered by below average quarterbacks in Miami and Minnesota since leaving the Steelers, I say the 29-year-old still has plenty in the tank. Joe Flacco’s flawless deep ball will be just the thing to revive him.

Photo from baltimoreravens.com

Photo from baltimoreravens.com


Linebacker Danny Trevathan to Bears- Von Miller got all the publicity on last year’s Broncos championship defense, but the guy who was next to him for most of it can flat out play. He is always around the ball. He had eight tackles and two key fumble recoveries in the Super Bowl. As a Denver fan, this is the one guy we lost, that I am bummed we could not find a way to keep. I encourage you to find any highlight video of the Broncos defense from last year and watch how many times number 59 is doing something positive, big or small. Former Broncos coach John Fox is no dummy and knows that this is the kind of player his rebuilding Bears defense needs. He is smart, tackles well, rarely is out of position, and covers the pass better than most linebackers.

photo from usatoday.com

photo from usatoday.com

Tight End Martellus Bennett to Patriots for a fourth round draft pick- When will the rest of the league learn to stop giving Bill Belichick really good players for next to nothing? Bennett is coming off three straight 50+ catch seasons for the Bears, including last year, when he missed five games. When he was healthy, he was among the top options for Jay Cutler. After contract issues, he was shipped to the Pats for mid-round draft picks in March. Belichick used similar trades to acquire Randy Moss and Wes Welker a few years back. Those deals resulted in arguably the best offense ever and a near perfect season. While the Bennett deal does not rise to that level, they have looked for a second tight end to pair with Rob Gronkowski ever since the Arron Hernandez debacle. Bennett is an incredible fit to fill that role.


There you have it. My five favorite under the radar off-season moves. I chose not to include contract details because I feel all of these players will end up looking like bargains for their new teams.