Time for my Tuesday rankings, and since so many of you graciously texted in yesterday and nominated me as your favorite fantasy analyst, for which I am still humbled by, I figured it was my duty to deliver on the brand equity that has been created and give to you a top 5 that has a strong fantasy football tilt.
We all want to find our version of Cooper Kupp. If you were lucky enough to select Kupp around his ADP last year, you probably made a deep run in your playoffs. And by the way, its easy to forget this, but Kupp’s ADP last year was around round 6.
So, this week’s Top 5:
The Top 5 Wide Receivers Who Might Be This Year’s Cooper Kupp in Fantasy Football.
In order to be this year’s Cooper Kupp, you have to either be the #2 WR selected from your own team or have an ADP around round 6 or later.
5- Jerry Jeudy- Currently has an ADP later than Courtland Sutton and I get it. Sutton feels like the more solid option, after Jeudy came back from injury last season and was just OK down the stretch. Averaging 8ppg upon his return. But, we have to consider that Jeudy is now entering his 3rd season, he’s in the 96th percentile in terms of separation and route running abilities, and he’s never had a QB like Russell Wilson.
4- Hunter Renfrow- Talk about a route running wizard. All Renfrow did last season was finish as a top 10 WR in fantasy. Now, you take someone of his ability and give him Davante Adams to draw coverage away from him. Come on. Renfrow will still be Derek Carr’s safety blanket, he could be in store for another huge year.
3- Jaylen Waddle- Yes, we’re all very excited that Tyreek Hill is in the building, but are we sure Waddle isn’t still going to be Tua’s #1 option? Waddle finished last season with 140 targets and over 100 catches. I think Hill is going to be used as a deep threat and a decoy to keep defenses honest, but Waddle is still going to lead the team in targets, and if he’s able to do that and score some more TD’s along the way, he could have an even better season than last.
2- Mike Williams- Keenan Allen lead the Chargers in targets and receptions but it was actually Mike Williams that lead the way in yards and touchdowns. Now he’s got a new deal and a QB who can sling it deep, I think Mike Williams skill set matches better with what his QB can do than Allen. One of the things that made Cooper Kupp special last year was the 16 touchdowns, and I don’t see a lot of WR’s who have a better chance @ 15+ scores than Williams.
Number 1!- Tee Higgins- Now, here’s the thing with Higgins. He’s already sort of priced for what he is, but he’s also completely worth it. Right now he’s about the 12th WR off the board, a late 2nd to mid-3rd round pick. Even last year, Higgins had a 23% target share to Ja’Marr Chases 21%. And entering this year, who do you think defenses will be keyed in on stopping? Also, how about this stat- from week 13 on through the post season last year- Higgins 840 yards/6TD’s. 956 yards/6TD’s. One is going as a top 8 pick. The other in round 3. Higgins is also entering the classic 3rd year breakout season.