With the start of the NFL season rapidly approaching, it also means we are getting closer to prime fantasy football drafting season. We have all of the information that you’ll need to help take home the crown in your league, including our position-by-position fantasy football rankings. Let’s dive into our top-three wide receivers and discuss their potential outlooks moving forward. All rankings are based on half-PPR scoring.
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Awesemo’s Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Three Wide Receivers
Thomas had a season for the ages last year. The Saints went to him early and often, leaving him with a whopping 185 targets. He caught 149 of them, leaving him with an 80.5% catch rate. Given his career 78.1 percent catch rate, his efficiency should not come as a surprise. The heavy workload resulted in him posting 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.
While double-digit touchdowns would have been nice, especially given his number of targets, it’s difficult to complain about Thomas’ production. He’ll once again enter the season with Drew Brees at quarterback, who is showing no signs of slowing down. If he were to suffer an injury, the Saints also brought in the dangerous Jameis Winston to be his backup. While the addition of Emmanuel Sanders finally gives the Saints a competent No.2 receiver, Thomas is once again likely to receive all of the targets that he can handle. As a result, he checks in with an Awesemo projection of 260.8 fantasy points for 2020. Thomas is #1 is Awesemo’s fantasy football rankings among wide receivers.
A toe injury resulted in Adams taking a step backward last season in terms of his overall statistics. With that being said, he still posted 83 catches for 997 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. He was targeted 127 times, which was an average of 10.6 per contest. Extrapolate that over 16 games, and he was on pace for nearly 170 targets. Given that he garnered 169 targets in 2018, it’s clear that the Packers’ passing game is built around him.
The Packers feel like every bit of a win-now team with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. That means they would spend the offseason adding talent around him, right? Wrong. In fact, they used their first-round pick in the draft on quarterback Jordan Love. Their wide receiver group behind Adams consists of Allen Lazard, Devin Funchess, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Jake Kumerow. That’s not exactly anything to write home about. With a lack of quality depth behind him, Adams is poised for a big season if he can stay healthy. His Awesemo fantasy points projection of 230.2 points makes him a prime target for a late first-round, early second-round pick in drafts, depending on league size. Adams is #2 is Awesemo’s fantasy football rankings among wide receive
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Off-the-field issues have resulted in a bit of a dark cloud surrounding Hill, but there is no questioning his talent. He only played 12 games last season because of injury, yet he still had 58 receptions for 860 yards and seven touchdowns. His average of 14.8 yards per reception ranked inside the top 25 in the NFL, and marked the third straight season in which he averaged at least that many yards per reception.
With Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback, Hill is in a great position to continue his productive ways. He was healthy in both 2017 and 2018, which resulted in him posting at least 1,183 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in both of those campaigns. The Chiefs do have promising young receiver Mecole Hardman in the fold and he could eventually become a big part of this team, but that’s not likely to happen anytime soon with Hill and tight end Travis Kelce still on board. Hill likely won’t see the same number of targets as Adams, but his big-play and touchdown upside leaves him nipping at Adams’ heals with an Awesemo projection of 229.5 fantasy points this season. Hill is #3 is Awesemo’s fantasy football rankings among wide receivers.
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