2017 Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Rankings (Standard Scoring)

By John Leinweber
Jul. 19, 2017

Wide Receiver is often the most consistent position in fantasy from a production standpoint. The reason that players like Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Odell Beckham Jr. have been first or second round picks in each of the last three seasons is because of their consistent high level of production. However, this doesn’t mean that wide receivers can’t always live up to expectations. I previously wrote an article shown here, that illustrates the issues regarding all receivers going in the third or fourth rounds of drafts, and what is holding them back from being a WR1. Receivers don’t always get the consistent touches that running backs get, so there can be a fairly low floor on a week to week basis. However, overall the numbers wide receivers are expected to produce are often very consistent. The biggest concerns in drafts are navigating injury history, poor Quarterback play, and ultimately finding the diamond in the rough.

*Courtesy of Panthers Wire - USA Today.

The rankings below are for standard scoring, which traditionally favors running backs over receivers. This is because points are not allotted per touch, so the scoring is seriously dependent on touchdowns. Even though more and more teams are throwing inside the 10 yardline, teams ideally would like to run the ball in for six. This scoring system increases the value in big play threats and red zone threats, like Ted Ginn Jr., Donte Moncrief, and Eric Decker. It also lowers the fantasy value in receivers that catch a lot of passes but don’t have a high touchdown total, like Julian Edelman, Jarvis Landry, and Golden Tate. This is taken into account in the rankings below, and should part of your thought process on draft day.

Below are my top 50 receivers for standard scoring in this 2017 fantasy football campaign.

Top 50 Wide Receivers 2017 (Standard Scoring)

  1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
  2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
  3. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
  4. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
  7. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
  8. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
  9. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
  10. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
  11. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
  12. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
  13. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
  14. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
  15. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
  16. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
  17. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
  18. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
  19. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
  20. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
  21. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
  22. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
  23. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
  24. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
  25. Terrelle Pryor Sr., Washington Redskins
  26. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
  27. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
  28. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
  29. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
  30. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins
  31. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
  32. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
  33. Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
  34. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
  35. Brandon Marshall, New York Giants
  36. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
  37. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
  38. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  39. Ted Ginn Jr. New Orleans Saints
  40. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
  41. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
  42. Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans
  43. Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears
  44. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
  45. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
  46. Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills
  47. Kenny Britt, Cleveland Browns
  48. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
  49. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
  50. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Charg