Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings: Top 75 wide receivers, analyzing Brandin Cooks, Terrelle Pryor and four other WRs who changed teams
A change of scenery isn't always a good thing. Heath Cummings discusses six wide receivers who changed teams and the effect it has had on their Dynasty value.
It was a busy offseason at the wide receiver position.
There were three pass catchers taken in the first nine picks of the draft, but it was the movement of six established receivers that really caught my eye. We'll start with a quick overview of these moves and the effect if had on their dynasty value before getting to my top 75 below.
Alshon Jeffery Philadelphia WR
|I love the opportunity for Jeffery going to Philadelphia. He should be the unquestioned No. 1 WR with plenty of pieces around him to prevent double teams. I still believe he has the physical talent to jump into the top 10 in these rankings. The question, as always, is Jeffery's health. He has missed 11 games in the past two seasons, but his talent and upside is too great to give up on. I would expect he ascends to a No. 1 WR in 2017 or drops out of the top 20 altogether.|
Brandin Cooks New England WR
|Cooks is still just 23 years old and is coming off back-to-back 1,100 yard seasons. He was traded to one of the few places where he won't see a drop off in quarterback play. He should be ranked higher than this. My concern for 2017 is volume because the Patriots are loaded with weapons. My concern past that is whether Tom Brady remains elite 2-3 years from now when some of the weapons Cooks is currently battling for targets are gone.|
Terrelle Pryor Washington WR
|Pryor got the biggest upgrade of the group. A year after posting a 77-1,007-4 season with one of the worst QB situations in the league, he moves to Washington where he should be the No. 1 option for Kirk Cousins. He'll turn 28 before the season starts, and I expect 2-3 years of solid No. 2 WR production.|
DeSean Jackson Tampa Bay WR
|People are really excited for DeSean Jackson's move to Tampa Bay. I'm on board if we're talking about the impact on Jameis Winston. For Jackson, I'm not sure a lot changes. The difference between Kirk Cousins and Jameis Winston is not great and he'll be at best second on the team in targets. He's a 30 year-old No. 3 WR, which isn't a great Dynasty asset.|
Pierre Garcon San Francisco WR
|Jackson's former teammate made a much bigger change. He heads to San Francisco to be the No. 1 option. The last time he was featured in a Kyle Shanahan offense he had 113 catches for 1,346 yards. Of course, he was 27 then. He'll be 31 to start the season and Brian Hoyer is his quarterback. There isn't a ton of upside here, but he's close to free in drafts and he's a solid placeholder.|
Brandon Marshall N.Y. Giants WR
|I'd guess I'll be one of the lowest on Marshall in redraft, and maybe in Dynasty as well. He's a phenomenal receiver who has had a spectacular career and he definitely got a quarterback upgrade. He's also 33 years old and coming off a terrible 2016. At best, Marshall is second in the Giants pecking order, and if he struggles early he could easily see fewer targets than Sterling Shepard.|
|WR Dynasty Rankings|
|1||Odell Beckham Jr.||NYG|
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