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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings – Wide Receivers

A list of the top wide receivers to draft for the 2016 fantasy football season in PPR leagues.

1. Antonio Brown (PIT)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Antonio Brown's 2016 projected stats.

As great as Brown was in 2014, he was even better last year. While his streak of 21 straight games of at least 70 yards expired in Week 4 with Ben Roethlisberger out with a knee injury, Brown more than made up for it with four games of 187 yards or more. By season's end, he topped 2014's historic performance by seven catches and 136 yards - despite playing four games with Michael Vick and Landry Jones under center. Brown's 136 catches tied Julio Jones for No. 2 all time, and his 1,848 yards were fourth, behind only Calvin Johnson, Jones and Jerry Rice. Brown's upside is as high as ever. With Roethlisberger healthy and Martavis Bryant suspended for the year, Brown's target volume is likely to approach 200. At 5-10, 186, Brown does not cut an imposing figure, and his 4.47 speed is above average, though nothing special. But Brown is among the league's quickest and most sure-handed targets, nearly impossible to stay with and dangerous in space. He had eight catches of 40-plus (11st) and managed 9.5 YPT (6th) despite a massive workload and bottom-of-the-barrel QB play for four games. Brown's TD output dropped to 10 last year from 13 in 2014, but chalk that up to Roethlisberger's absence and variance - his 24 red-zone targets ranked fourth in the league, and his 11 targets inside the 10 were sixth.

2. Odell Beckham (NYG)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Odell Beckham's 2016 projected stats.

Quick, name the players in NFL history with more than 180 catches, 2,600 yards and 25 TDs in their first two years. There's only one, so let's ease the criteria and ask for 150 catches, 2,000 yards and 20 TDs. Still just Beckham. Did we mention he didn't see full-time snaps until Week 7 in 2014 and missed another game due to a (well-earned) suspension last year? Beckham has put on a show during his first two years like no WR since Randy Moss (149-2,726-28) in 1998-99. At 5-11, 198, Beckham has average size, but he plays bigger due to his huge hands and ability to snag the ball out of the air one-handed. The Giants didn't take full advantage of his red-zone skills last year, targeting him 20 times inside the 20 (19th) and seven inside the 10 (120th). Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo promoted to head coach, it's unlikely Beckham's usage changes much. That's OK because he does plenty of damage from deep - his eight catches for 40-plus yards tied for the NFL lead with Antonio Brown who had 35 more targets. While Beckham's 4.43 40 is merely good, he ran a blazing unofficial 4.31 at the Combine, more reflective of the damage he's done to DBs. While a healthy Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard could see their share of targets, they replace Rueben Randle and low-end options. None is a significant threat to Beckham.

3. Julio Jones (ATL)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Julio Jones's 2016 projected stats.

Would it kill Julio Jones to score a touchdown? How else can one explain a meager 14 TDs over his last 366 targets spanning 31 games? And Jones isn't some small, quick possession receiver who isn't used in the red zone. He's 6-3, 220, and ran a 4.34 40 at the Combine. Jones' 22 RZ targets ranked sixth last year, and his 11 targets inside the 10 tied for seventh. One would expect his TDs to regress positively to double-digits, but that's only happened once in his five-year career. Either way, Jones is one of the game's elite WR - his 136 catches tied Antonio Brown for second all time, and his 1,871 yards were also second all time, behind only Calvin Johnson's best season. Put differently, peak Jerry Rice never caught as many passes or amassed as many yards in a season asJones did last year. Jones was also efficient - his 9.2 YPT ranked eighth among the league's 32 100-target WR, and he sustained this as the telegraphed top target, receiving a league-leading 203 looks. Nonetheless, Jones didn't make many big plays. In addition to just eight TDs, he had only five catches of 40-plus yards (T-14th). Expect more of the same in 2016. The Falcons don't have anyone who poses a threat to Jones' targets - Mohamed Sanu, Jacob Tamme, Justin Hardy and Devonta Freeman are merely complementary options.

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