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Helpful tip for drafting wide receivers for those new to college fantasy football - Look at the Group of 5 conferences first. The player that has led the nation in receiving each of the last three years has come from one of those conferences (American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt), and if you notice on the list below, the top four are all from the Group of 5.

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Athlon Sports has teamed up with contributor and resident college fantasy football expert Mike Bainbridge to help you prepare for the upcoming college fantasy football draft season with our positional rankings. Below is the scoring system used to comprise these positional rankings. 

Passing Yards, 25 Yards = 1 point

Passing TD = 4 points

Rushing Yards, 10 yards = 1 point

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Rushing TDs = 6 points

Receptions = 0.5 points per reception

Receiving Yards, 10 yards = 1 point

Receiving TDs = 6 points

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2017 College Fantasy Postional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DEF I K

College Fantasy Football WR Rankings for 2017

Rank

Player

Team

FPPG

1

Richie James

Middle Tennessee

24.42

2

Anthony Miller

Memphis

21.58

3

Cody Thompson

Toledo

20.71

4

Michael Gallup

Colorado State

20.42

5

Dante Pettis

Washington

19.75

6

Cedrick Wilson

Boise State

19.13

7

Courtland Sutton

SMU

18.46

8

James Washington

Oklahoma State

18.25

9

Linell Bonner

Houston

18.17

10

Christian Kirk

Texas A&M

18.13

11

Steve Ishmael

Syracuse

18.08

12

Demetris Robertson

California

17.96

13

Teddy Veal

Louisiana Tech

17.54

14

N'Keal Harry

Arizona State

17.13

15

Scott Miller

Bowling Green

16.96

16

Jon'Vea Johnson

Toledo

16.88

17

Deon Cain

Clemson

16.53

18

Jimmy Williams

East Carolina

16.33

19

Ty Lee

Middle Tennessee

15.88

20

Keenen Johnson

Tulsa

15.88

21

Ervin Phillips

Syracuse

15.83

22

Andy Isabella

UMass

15.79

23

Jeff Badet

Oklahoma

15.75

24

Deebo Samuel

South Carolina

15.72

25

J'Mon Moore

Missouri

15.04

26

Calvin Ridley

Alabama

14.94

27

Steven Sims

Kansas

14.83

28

Wyatt Demps

Nevada

14.79

29

Allenzae Staggers

Southern Miss

14.58

30

Penny Hart

Georgia State

14.50

31

Sergio Bailey

Eastern Michigan

14.42

32

Tavares Martin

Washington State

14.29

33

Justin Hobbs

Tulsa

14.25

34

Keke Coutee

Texas Tech

14.21

35

Emmanuel Thompson

Troy

14.17

36

Cam Phillips

Virginia Tech

14.13

37

C.J. Johnson

Wyoming

14.08

38

Chico McClatcher

Washington

14.08

39

James Gardner

Miami (Ohio)

13.96

40

Simmie Cobbs

Indiana

13.96

41

Lucky Jackson

Western Kentucky

13.88

42

Derrick Willies

Texas Tech

13.84

43

Jonathan Duhart

Old Dominion

13.83

44

Equanimeous St. Brown

Notre Dame

13.83

45

Allen Lazard

Iowa State

13.80

46

Deontay Burnett

USC

13.79

47

Donald Gray

Mississippi State

13.69

48

Devonte Boyd

UNLV

13.67

49

Deondre Douglas

Troy

13.50

50

DaeSean Hamilton

Penn State

13.38

51

Melquise Stovall

California

13.33

52

Nyqwan Murray

Florida State

13.14

53

Shay Fields

Colorado

13.13

54

Ahmmon Richards

Miami

13.13

55

Jared Cornelius

Arkansas

13.11

56

Tre'Quan Smith

UCF

13.08

57

Collin Johnson

Texas

13.08

58

Corey Willis

Central Michigan

13.07

59

Nick Westbrook

Indiana

13.04

60

Isaiah Johnson-Mack

Washington State

12.96

*FPPG = Fantasy Points Per Game (projected) for 2017

— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. For additional College Fantasy Football insight, be sure to follow him on Twitter @MBainbridgeCFF.

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