NFL Wide Receiver Rankings for 2018

Antonio Brown has been a first-team All-Pro selection in each of the past four seasons

Athlon Sports 2018 Pro Football Preview Magazine

When it comes to NFL wide receivers there's a gold standard, or at least a guy who wears the Black and Gold. Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown has not only posted five straight seasons of 1,200-plus receiving yards, he's been named a first-team All-Pro in each of the past four.

 

As great as Brown has been, he's certainly not alone when it comes to impressive wide receivers. While Brown led the league with 1,533 receiving yards, he wasn't tops in receptions. That honor went to former Miami Dolphin Jarvis Landry, who reeled in 112 passes. Brown was fifth with 101 catches and he also was one of 13 in the 1,000-yard club. DeAndre Hopkins paced everyone with 13 touchdown catches.

 

So if Brown is the NFL's No. 1 wide receiver, how do the rest of his peers line up behind him? Here is Athlon Sports' ranking of the top 30 at the position entering the 2018 season.

 

Athlon's player rankings are just one of the features that appear in the 2018 NFL Preview magazine.

 

2018 NFL Wide Receiver Rankings

 

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

Since the Steelers began awarding a team MVP in 1969, no player has won it more times than Brown (four) -- including any of the franchise's 13 Pro Football Hall of Famers in that span. While compiling a league-high 1,533 receiving yards last season, he set the record for most catches (582) and receiving yards (7,848) by a player in any five-year span in league history.

 

2. Julio Jones, Atlanta

Gaudy totals for catches (88) and receiving yards (1,444) are par for the course. However, the three touchdowns produced last season were a ridiculously low total and something Steve Sarkisian must fix in his second year as Atlanta's offensive coordinator.

 

3. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

No wide receiver has done more with less at the quarterback position over the past five seasons. Last season was more of the same with 96 catches for 1,378 yards and 13 touchdowns despite having to play with three different starting QBs. Hopkins and the Texans are hoping that carousel stops spinning when star sophomore Deshaun Watson returns from a knee injury.

 

4. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

The season-ending ankle injury he suffered in Week 5 played a huge role in the 2017 Giants' 3-13 finish. Expected to resurface as the NFL's top big-play receiver this season now that he's healthy once again.

 

5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati

Despite posting another 1,000-yard receiving season, Green had a disappointing 2017 because of drops and five games in which he caught three passes or fewer. On the bright side, he should become the franchise's all-time leader in career 100-yard games (32) and receiving touchdowns (67) while looking to bounce back in 2018.

 

6. Michael Thomas, New Orleans

No player has ever caught more passes (196) in his first two NFL seasons. In the process, Thomas became the first Saints receiver with 100-plus catches in a single season in 2017.

 

7. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Deserving winner of the 2017 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award after recovering from a knee injury that ruined his 2016 campaign. Broke the franchise's single-season record for catches with 102 for 1,393 yards and six TDs.

 

8. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City

Proved ready for the expanded role that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid envisioned for him during the 2017 offseason. The league's most dangerous receiver on "fly" routes with an NFL-high nine catches of 40-plus yards in 2017.

 

9. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

Athlon Sports 2018 Pro Football Preview MagazineWhat will likely be his final NFL season also is one that should vault him into second place in all-time career catches and receiving yardage. Remains one of the NFL's best blocking wide receivers as well.

 

10. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland

We'll know soon enough whether Miami -- which famously traded Wes Welker to New England in 2007 -- made another big mistake when dealing the first player in NFL history with 400 catches in his first four seasons to the Browns. Cleveland needs to get longer gains out of Landry to justify his new five-year, $75 million contract. In 2017, he became the first player since Joe Washington in 1979 to lead the league (non-strike year) in receptions without gaining 1,000 yards.

 

11. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay

12. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams

13. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota

14. Adam Thielen, Minnesota

15. Golden Tate, Detroit

16. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia

17. Julian Edelman, New England

18. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis

19. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City

20. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh

21. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta

22. Demaryius Thomas, Denver

23. Davante Adams, Green Bay

24. Doug Baldwin, Seattle

25. Marvin Jones, Detroit

26. Allen Robinson, Chicago

27. Amari Cooper, Oakland

28. Jordy Nelson, Oakland

29. Michael Crabtree, Baltimore

30. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 21:54

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