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If you ask a group of people who they think the best wide receiver in the league is, you'd probably get a few different answers. Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, and maybe even a couple votes for Tyreek Hill or Michael Thomas. But very few people would tell you that it's Davante Adams. 


But it turns out the correct answer might just be Adams, who's the NFL's top wideout, well, in fantasy at least. 

Adams is having one of the most consistent fantasy seasons of all-time. He's never scored fewer than 12.1 points in a single game, he's finished below 15 points just three times and he's caught a touchdown in 11 different games. 


He leads Tyreek Hill in total fantasy points by just two, but Hill has been much more volatile this season, even putting up 6.1 points in Week 15 and 11.1 points in Week 16. Adams has been consistent all year.


On the year, he's been targeted 169 times, hauling in 111 receptions for 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's third in the NFL in receptions, fifth in the league in yards and second in receiving touchdowns. It's fitting that he's not actually first in any particular category but still in the Top 5 of all of them. 

Now, possibly the best season ever for a wide receiver was Jerry Rice's 1987 campaign, and while Adams doesn't quite have 22 touchdowns, he's kept pace with Rice in terms of a fantasy points floor. 


In half-point PPR, Rice's floor in the 1987 season was 14.7 points per game, while Adams' was 12.1. If we extrapolate for full-point PPR, Rice's floor is 16.2 and Adams is 16. He's practically even with the greatest receiver of all time. 


Very few people would mention Davante Adams in the same breath as Jerry Rice, let alone think that they could be equals. But that's truly how great Adams has been in fantasy this season. 


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