Most Overrated WRs in ESPN's Latest Fantasy Football PPR Rankings for 2019 NFL Season

Max Staley
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Wide receivers have proven to be some of the more consistent players from season to season in fantasy football. While there are clear WR1s that you want as a backbone to your fantasy receiving corps, other top wideouts aren't necessarily worth a top pick.

ESPN recently released its updated PPR fantasy football rankings, instantly sparking the conversation of which wideouts are overrated and which are seemingly underrated. But it doesn't end there, as the most overrated running backs ahead of the 2019 fantasy season is up for debate as well.

With lots of wideouts to choose from, here are arguably the four most overrated receivers on the list.

4. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers – No. 2

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Davante Adams is one of the best WRs in the league, but ranking him above of stars like Michael Thomas, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. feels like an overreaction. For one, Adams has only amassed more than 1,000 receiving yards once in his five NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Adams will likely be a WR1 again this coming season, but he hasn't been consistent enough to be ranked as the No. 2 overall WR in fantasy yet.

3. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys – No. 12

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Amari Cooper is one of the most maddeningly inconsistent wide receivers in the NFL. While he was great in his nine regular-season games with the Dallas Cowboys, he actually struggled a bit down the stretch. Over his final three regular-season games, Cooper amassed just 83 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. Cooper's numbers look great over a full season, but his week-to-week inconsistency could frustrate fantasy owners, making him a shaky WR1.

2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers – No. 6

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JuJu Smith-Schuster has established himself as one of the best players at his position, but his value could dip without Antonio Brown. Now that Brown is with the Oakland Raiders, JuJu will likely see a lot more double coverage. JuJu was only doubled on 0.8 percent of his snaps last season, and that number will inevitably increase. He's is a no-brainer WR1, but drafting him ahead of Brown, one of the most productive WRs in NFL history, might be a mistake.

1. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots – No. 15

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This ranking feels like it could be a reaction to Julian Edelman's impressive performance in Super Bowl LIII. Edelman's postseason games have proven he's one of the most clutch players in the NFL, but he's never been an elite fantasy contributor. The Super Bowl MVP has only topped 1,000 yards twice in his nine seasons and, while he could see a boost in targets with Rob Gronkowski out of the picture, he's unlikely to end the season as a top-15 WR.


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