2018 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Updated WR Tier Rankings 5.0

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The point of tiers is to consolidate rankings of players into groups based on expectations. It's a necessary step in the process of getting ready for Draft Day — and a secret of the pros.

But the most important person you take advice from on Draft Day is yourself. These tiers are mine, but I encourage you to shuffle them to your liking. At the very least, this is a good jumping-off point for you. 

Once you tailor these to your specifications, you'll know where the strengths and weaknesses of each position are. Then on Draft Day, you'll know when you need to draft a player at a certain position or wait another round to get someone in a similar tier. It's a huge advantage to have over your unprepared opponents.

Need further help? Hit me up on Twitter @daverichard or on Facebook. Enough chit-chat, here are my Wide Receiver Tiers heading into the final week of the preseason: 

NON-PPR PPR
ELITE ELITE
ROUND 1 ROUND 1
Antonio Brown Antonio Brown
DeAndre Hopkins DeAndre Hopkins
Odell Beckham Odell Beckham

Julio Jones


NON-PPR PPR
NEAR-ELITE NEAR-ELITE
ROUND 2 ROUND 2
Julio Jones Keenan Allen
Davante Adams Davante Adams
A.J. Green A.J. Green
Keenan Allen Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas Mike Evans
Mike Evans T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton


NON-PPR PPR
RICHEST UPSIDE RICHEST UPSIDE
ROUND 3 ROUND 3 - EARLY ROUND 4
Tyreek Hill Larry Fitzgerald
Amari Cooper Tyreek Hill
Stefon Diggs Amari Cooper

Jarvis Landry

Stefon Diggs

Doug Baldwin

Adam Thielen

Josh Gordon

Allen Robinson


NON-PPR PPR
EXCELLENT EXCELLENT
ROUND 4 MID-ROUND 4 - ROUND 5
Adam Thielen Golden Tate
Doug Baldwin Marvin Jones
Larry Fitzgerald Michael Crabtree
Josh Gordon Brandin Cooks
Jarvis Landry Chris Hogan
Allen Robinson JuJu Smith-Schuster

Emmanuel Sanders

Demaryius Thomas


NON-PPR PPR
VERY GOOD VERY GOOD
ROUND 5 ROUND 6 - MID-ROUND 7
Marvin Jones Marquise Goodwin
Brandin Cooks Corey Davis
Corey Davis Nelson Agholor
Chris Hogan Will Fuller
Emmanuel Sanders Cooper Kupp
Michael Crabtree Julian Edelman
JuJu Smith-Schuster Kenny Stills


NON-PPR PPR
NO. 3/UPSIDE NO. 3/UPSIDE
ROUNDS 6, 7 LATE ROUND 7 - ROUND 8
Demaryius Thomas Sammy Watkins
Marquise Goodwin Robert Woods
Golden Tate Jamison Crowder
Will Fuller Robby Anderson
Nelson Agholor Alshon Jeffery
Cooper Kupp Michael Gallup
Kenny Stills Chris Godwin
Sammy Watkins
Robert Woods


NON-PPR PPR
HIGH-END RESERVES HIGH-END RESERVES
ROUNDS 8, 9 ROUNDS 9, 10
Alshon Jeffery Kelvin Benjamin
Robby Anderson Jordy Nelson
Julian Edelman Sterling Shepard
Jamison Crowder Keelan Cole
Michael Gallup Mike Williams
Chris Godwin D.J. Moore
Kelvin Benjamin Anthony Miller

Devin Funchess


NON-PPR NON-PPR
MID-END RESERVES MID-END RESERVES
ROUNDS 10-12 ROUND 11
Mike Williams Pierre Garcon
Jordy Nelson Calvin Ridley
Sterling Shepard Randall Cobb
Keelan Cole Josh Doctson
Anthony Miller Allen Hurns
Randall Cobb Courtland Sutton
D.J. Moore Kenny Golladay
Devin Funchess
Calvin Ridley
Courtland Sutton
Kenny Golladay
Josh Doctson
Pierre Garcon
John Brown


NON-PPR PPR
LATE-ROUND FLIERS LATE-ROUND FLIERS
ROUNDS 13+ ROUNDS 12+
Rishard Matthews Rishard Matthews
Danny Amendola Danny Amendola
Dede Westbrook John Brown
Allen Hurns Mohamed Sanu
John Ross Dede Westbrook
Tyler Lockett John Ross
Brandon Marshall Tyler Lockett
Cordarrelle Patterson Brandon Marshall

Cordarrelle Patterson

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Dave Richard has spent nearly his entire career covering the National Football League. Beginning with NFL.com at the boom of the Internet, Richard was that site's first Fantasy Football writer before transitioning... Full Bio

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