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Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 30 wide receivers in your draft

Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 30 wide receivers in your draft

Want to find the best wide receivers in the NFL? Two words will help you in your search: talent and situation.

The perfect mix of talent and situation produces fantasy football monsters like DeAndre Hopkins and Davante Adams, immensely skilled wideouts with elite quarterbacks (Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers) who look their way often.

But when one part of that mix gets left out, you have what could await Antonio Brown in the "black hole" that is the Oakland Raiders' offense.

So, as we rank the top 30 wide receivers in fantasy football entering the 2019 season based on standard scoring (non-PPR), remember: A talented receiver is only as good as the QB throwing to him, and vice versa.

Let's dig in, starting with the cream of the crop in Tier 1.

TIER 1

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (Bye Week: 10)
Hopkins finished in the top five in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last season. As long as Deshaun Watson stays healthy, "Nuk" should continue to torch opposing defenses this season. 

2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (Week 11)
Untethered from Jordy Nelson, Adams exploded for a 111-catch season that made him the third-highest-scoring receiver in fantasy. As Aaron Rodgers' clear No. 1 target, there's no reason why he can't top 100 catches again.

3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (Week 9)
Jones has never lacked for talent, and the Falcons finally got him in the end zone last season with eight touchdowns, his highest total since 2015. Expect new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to make sure Jones is heavily involved again in 2019.

4. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 7)
Smith-Schuster amassed 1,426 yards and seven catches on 111 catches in 2018. Imagine what he can do without having to share with Antonio Brown.

TIER 2

5. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns (Week 7)
There may be some growing pains early on, but Beckham's stock should only rise after trading in Eli Manning for Baker Mayfield.

6. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (Week 9)
There's a reason Thomas is now the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. The primary target in a high-powered, pass-happy offense, Thomas has one of the highest floors in fantasy.

7. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (Week 12)
Simply put, Hill is the most explosive player in a potent Chiefs offense. He may not reach his 2018 total of 14 touchdowns, but he should be off the board within the first two rounds.

8. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 7)
Speaking of explosive: Evans' 17.7 yards per catch in 2018 was the highest average among players with at least 75 targets. He's still an elite WR1 despite the emergence of Chris Godwin. Just keep an eye on that leg injury.

9. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders (Week 6)
Oakland's leading receiver in 2017 and 2018? Tight end Jared Cook. Brown obviously has the skill set, but expect a drop from the gaudy numbers he posted in Pittsburgh.

10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (Week 12)
Allen is an elite WR1 when he's healthy, as evidenced by the 199 catches, 2,589 yards and 12 touchdowns he's tallied over the last two seasons.

TIER 3

11. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (Week 12)

12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (Week 6)

13. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (Week 8)

14. Stefon Diggs, Vikings (Week 12)

15. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (Week 10)

16. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams (Week 9)

17. Robert Woods, Rams (Week 9)

TIER 4

18. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (Week 11)

19. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Week 5)

20. Cooper Kupp, Rams (Week 9)

21. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (Week 9)

22. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (Week 7)

23. Tyler Boyd, Bengals (Week 9)

TIER 5

24. Calvin Ridley, Falcons (Week 9)

25. Jarvis Landry, Browns (Week 7)

26. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles (Week 10)

27. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (Week 6)

28. Robby Anderson, New York Jets (Week 4)

29. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals (Week 12)

30. Mike Williams, Chargers (Week 12)

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Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

It's not about how you start the fantasy football season. It's how you finish.

If you're reading this, chances are your squad is loaded enough to roll through your league's playoffs to the championship round.

But there's always room for improvement, and the Week 16 waiver wire includes a couple players who should be legitimate starters in any fantasy lineup, regardless of depth.

Want to win the whole thing? Start by doing your due diligence on the waiver wire. Here are our top free-agent pickups at each position entering Week 16.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We hope you have a better QB1 option than Fitzpatrick if you've reached your league's championship. But if you're in a two-QB league, the ageless, bearded wonder is a fine pickup: He's attempted 37 or more passes in five consecutive games and gets a beatable Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

RUNNING BACK

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent owned): It's still unclear if Dalvin Cook will play in Week 16 after suffering a shoulder injury Sunday. If he doesn't, that's a massive opportunity for either Mattison or Mike Boone, who found the end zone twice in Week 15 with Cook and Mattison both sidelined. If Mattison is healthy, he should be your top waiver wire priority against the Green Bay Packers' Swiss cheese run defense.

Other running backs to target: Mike Boone (MIN), Chris Thompson (WAS), Wes Hills (DET)

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent owned): This one's a no-brainer. Perriman had produced double-digit fantasy points in two consecutive weeks before going off for three touchdowns last Sunday in Mike Evans' absence. With Chris Godwin also on the shelf, Perriman suddenly is the No. 1 wideout for Jameis Winston and the pass-happy Bucs.

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), Chris Conley (JAX), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent owned): Perriman isn't the only Bucs pass-catcher who should benefit from Evans and Godwin being out. Howard has at least four catches in three consecutive games, and the Houston Texans have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends over their last seven contests.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (25 percent owned): David Blough's stats through three games as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback -- five interceptions, one fumble, nine sacks -- are all the evidence you need to pick up the Broncos ahead of this matchup in Denver.

Other defenses to target: Indianapolis (vs. CAR), Atlanta (vs. JAX)

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Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

You didn't come this far just to come this far.

Week 15 of the NFL season means it's the semifinal round of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues.

If you're reading this, congrats on still being alive. But you're not interested in a runner-up trophy, and we're not interested in providing runner-up advice.

Below are the top players at each position who are widely available on fantasy football waiver wires and are worth adding for Week 15 as you seek fantasy glory.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We'll continue to put Tannehill on this list until he's owned in more than half of leagues. The Titans gunslinger was the sixth-best quarterback in fantasy last week and faces a Houston Texans defense that just allowed 309 passing yards and three touchdowns to Drew Lock. He's your guy again this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Kyle Allen (CAR)

RUNNING BACK

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (40 percent owned): News that Derrius Guice has a sprained MCL means Peterson is the clear-cut workhorse on a team that loves to run the ball. The ageless veteran has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and should see north of 20 touches against the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the safest waiver wire pickup among running backs.

Other running backs to target: DeAndre Washington (OAK), Patrick Laird (MIA), Boston Scott (PHI)

WIDE RECEIVER

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (27 percent owned): The rookie wide receiver has become Tannehill's go-to deep threat, with 333 receiving yards over his last three games. Brown's low catch total makes him a bit of a boom-or-bust play, but it's the playoffs. Gotta take shots to make shots.

Other wide receivers to target: Zach Pascal (IND), Darius Slayton (NYG), Justin Watson (TB)

TIGHT END

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37 percent owned): Njoku caught just one pass for four yards in his first game since Week 2, but has a dream matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that's given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He's a high-risk breakout candidate.

Other tight ends to target: Gerald Everett (LAR), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Kansas City Chiefs (32 percent owned): Is the Chiefs defense ... good? Kansas City has held each of its last opponents (including the New England Patriots) to 16 points or fewer. The Denver Broncos are riding high after upsetting the Texans, but we're sensing a turnover-filled letdown game in KC.

Other defenses to target: Oakland (vs. JAX), Seattle (at CAR)

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