Is Julio Jones the top fantasy receiver for 2017?
Wide receivers, whether in standard or points-per-reception formats, dominated first rounds in fantasy football drafts last season. Don't expect a change for 2017 except for perhaps the tippy, tippy top.
Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones didn't disappoint and are once again worthy of top-5 status in any format.
It's just there are so many interesting receiver options compared to running backs that it will be hard passing on backfield standouts Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott. Otherwise, planning for a WR-WR draft start looks like a fine strategy.
Seriously, the receiver depth is crazy.
Green Bay's Davante Adams finished last season with 75 receptions and 12 touchdowns. He'll play with Aaron Rodgers once again -- and yet might not crack the top-20 rankings at his position.
Same for Stefon Diggs and Terrelle Pryor, two of last season's breakout stars. Larry Fitzgerald led the NFL in receptions. DeSean Jackson topped all in yards per catch. Neither might start for owners in two-receiver leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins, Demaryius Thomas and Allen Robinson were all worthy of first round consideration. They likely won't be in 2017 after disappointing seasons, but that also means we're looking at potentially strong value plays considering the upside.
Speaking of potential, don't forget about rising second-year receivers Michael Thomas, Sterling Shepard and Tyreek Hill or incoming rookies Mike Williams, John Ross and Corey Davis or Martavis Bryant coming off a year-long suspension.
Yep, the receiver position is loaded and here's an early look at some of the projected top fantasy options for next season.