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With NFL Training Camp just two months away, The Duel will come out with Fantasy Football Rankings for each of the six core positions – QB, RB, WR, TE, K and DEF – leading up to the NFL's 100th season.
Wide receiver is a particularly difficult position to rank this season, as you can't really go wrong with any of the top-5 players. Tyreek Hill was the No. 1 WR in .5-point PRR leagues last season, but players like Davante Adams and DeAndre Hopkins could be vying for that top spot in 2019 as well.
The staff of The Duel ranked the top 15 fantasy WRs for the 2019 NFL season. These top 10 are based off the average score of those rankings. These projections are based off .5-point PPR and 1 point per 10 yards receiving.
10. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is one of the most prolific downfield playmakers in the NFL, and he had a dominant season in 2018. The Indianapolis Colts also added a plethora of weapons alongside Hilton this offseason, including Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell, so Hilton figures to draw less defensive attention this upcoming season. With Jacoby Brissett now at the helm, Hilton, being the team's most reliable weapon, could be in line for a big 2019 campaign.
9. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
When healthy, Keenan Allen is one of the best WRs in fantasy. Problem is, the 27-year-old talent has dealt with frequent injuries throughout his NFL career. While Allen has now played in 16 games in back-to-back seasons, posting at least of 1,150 yards and six TDs in both years, he missed 26 games over the first three years of his NFL career. If he's healthy, Allen could easily be a top-5 WR, but injury questions could drop his stock a bit.
8. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders
Following JuJu is his former teammate, Antonio Brown. AB has been one of the best WRs in fantasy and the NFL over his nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the transition from Ben Roethlisberger to Derek Carr could negatively impact Brown's 2019 stock. Roethlisberger is one of the best deep-ball passers in the league, which is not a strength of Carr's game. Brown is still likely going to post a prolific season, but he might not reach the heights he once did in Pittsburgh.
7. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' primary option, and he was a monster last season. The big-bodied WR tallied 1,524 receiving yards and eight TDs in 2018, and now gets Bruce Arians as his new head coach. While Evans is supremely talented, Jameis Winston's inconsistencies as a passer could hurt his stock. Still, Evans' dominance as a downfield playmaker and a red-zone threat make him a good bet to post another prolific season in 2019.
6. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
Now that Antonio Brown is out of the picture, JuJu Smith-Schuster will be the Pittsburgh Steelers' unquestioned No. 1 target in 2019. While the likely increase in targets should help his value, we haven't seen JuJu for a full season without playing alongside Brown. The increased attention could hurt JuJu's efficiency, but he has a great shot at racking up a ton of yards with a heavy volume of targets.
5. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
Odell Beckham Jr. has established himself as one of the best WRs in football. He's done that in spite of playing with Eli Manning his entire career, who has struggled in recent seasons, particularly with throwing deep balls. Beckham's new QB Baker Mayfield was an electric downfield passer in his rookie season, and he has the potential to take the former New York Giants' WR to new heights. If Mayfield and Beckham develop some chemistry, Beckham is talented enough to be the No. 1 WR in fantasy next season.
4. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas might be the safest WR in fantasy. He's one of the most consistent WRs in the NFL on a week-to-week basis, and he's a monster in PPR leagues. Thomas should rack up a similar total of receptions and yards next season, and his consistency makes him one of the most valuable assets in fantasy.
3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
If not for some injury concerns, Julio Jones might be the No. 1 WR on this list. Not much needs to be said about this guy to justify his talent and potential. He's a size-speed freak and might be the most explosive WR in football. Even though he's had inexplicably low TD totals over the past three seasons (17 combined TDs), he's one of the best assets in fantasy when healthy.
2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
It's hard to go wrong with any of our top-5 WRs, and Davante Adams was the No. 3 ranked WR in .5-point PPR leagues in 2018. The 26-year-old talent has reeled in a ridiculous 36 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Adams looks poised for another monster season, and he could even improve upon last season's numbers with Green Bay Packers' new head coach Matt LaFleur now at the helm.
1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Hopkins narowly edged out the rest of the WRs on this list, and he is our WR1 heading into the 2019 fantasy season. The Houston Texans' WR is a PPR machine, racking up 115 receptions, 1,572 receiving yards and 11 TDs in 2018. He's a coverage nightmare in the red zone and seems to make a highlight-reel catch every week. As long as Deshaun Watson is healthy, Hopkins could be the No. 1 WR in fantasy next year.
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