Fantasy Football: 2018 Wide Receiver Rankings | NEPatriotsDraft.com

NEPD Employees Contributor: Jeff Fidler

I looked at Operating Backs a couple of weeks in the past and can now take an early take a look at WR’s & TE’s. Neither class set the draft on hearth but there’s a bunch of WR’s that could possibly be impression gamers this yr and going forward. And a choose few tight ends who might make an influence this yr and sooner or later as nicely. That stated there are few actually good rookie’s ended up in preferrred conditions, with younger QB’s they will grow with. A lot of the players on the listing are versatile guys that may win in quite a lot of ways and must be on the sector a ton.

1)Calvin Ridley – There are many reasons not to have Ridley in this spot & issues will more than likely change. Wow what a ringing endorsement? In all seriousness though I attempt not to ignore the apparent & over assume things (which I fail onerous at) however Ridley is such an incredible slot in Atlanta. Sure, there are many weapons in the dirty, dirty. Yes, Matt Ryan has hassle connecting with J.J. in purple zone. Sure, their offense was peaks & valleys last yr. Yes, I will offer you out for those who assume it seems like Laurel. Nonetheless, the very fact stays Ridley is a dynamic weapon that may start immediately within the slot. He has + route operating that should pay fast dividends in that position, with J.J. taking protection away from him. He really refined there. Whether its his footwork, taking a DB’s leverage away by stemming his routes inside/outdoors, delicate body fakes. He is superior popping out and can only get better with extra proper teaching. Ridley is a gamer with excellent play velocity and skill to get in/out of his breaks shortly. He can do work in all three areas but I actually assume he’ll feast underneath while J.J. & Sanu stretch the defense. Assume curls/comebacks, slants & hitches. Ridley ought to assist in the pink zone too. Ridley’s run blocking is missing & he isn’t the strongest participant but he’s professional ready in so many areas. Not the youngest participant but you draft rookies for the first 4-5 years 90% of the time. Ridley is able to roll right now.

My present top-10 draft prospects thread:

10. WR/Calvin Ridley

A particularly advanced route-runner. Routes are detailed and precise. Very fast twitch and makes changing directions look easy. Arms are above average.

NFL Comp: Reggie Waynepic.twitter.com/hfBZiqg0pr

— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 28, 2018

Nice one step launch inside by Ridley to pretend outdoors to the place the defender was leveraged. Provides a pleasant head pretend outdoors and then explodes inside. He’s not a catch level man, but his combination of savvy and vertical velocity would make him devastating in a timing based mostly system. pic.twitter.com/tsO1DeKNJy

— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) March 12, 2018

Calvin Ridley has a reasonably high flooring as a result of his means to win in the slot with quickness. 3 step launch (I feel, right me if I’m incorrect), cuts throughout the CBs face, catches it naturally away from his body for a primary down. If he’s not successful outdoors, move him inside. pic.twitter.com/48PP8Qrhwt

— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) March 12, 2018

2)Michael Gallup – I beloved watching Gallup play the place in school. He’s a physical, do it all WR who can work all three levels with success. Gallup has the wiggle & shake to make the first man miss & flip a display into an enormous achieve,  like a RB w/ the ball in his palms. He has the toughness & arms to work crossers over the middle & catch by way of contact while taking successful. And at occasions Gallup additionally tracked the deep ball like a middle fielder. He can get off press & is excellent at utilizing his physique in route to make changes and separate. I saw Gallup use delicate elbow and forearm shivers. And even slight hip checks to separate when up close with a DB. He just gets it completed. Gallup was a terrible blocker in school in order that must improve however in addition to that, there aren’t many flaws apart from not having preferrred measurement. And despite not having “great” measurement Gallup was an ideal 50/50 ball man in school this previous yr, making plays a lot greater than measurement would point out. His all around recreation is a superb fit for Dak. As far as I’m concerned the WR1 is up in the air in Dallas & very nicely could possibly be taken by Gallup.

Love how he can regulate to poorly thrown passes. Here is he profitable when the ball is thrown behind him as he absorbs contact. pic.twitter.com/hcsyFNzosI

— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 18, 2018

I feel Gallup has buildup velocity, but you’ll be able to see his burst and acceleration right here. pic.twitter.com/jQJAQ3dMWz

— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 18, 2018

You see him win off launch more often than not and create separation in quite a lot of ways. Right here he makes use of the sluggo route and sifts right by the zone backer for the extensive open TD. pic.twitter.com/373K3yuYFK

— Jonathan Valencia (@JonValenciaBF) December 16, 2017

3)Anthony Miller – Talking of physical WR’s, let me introduce to Anthony Miller. In the event you aren’t acquainted, get acquainted. The Memphis product is a Jim-Dandy of a receiver and must be a favorite goal for Trubisky. He’s a cross between Jarvis Landry & Manny Sanders. Miller has the toughness, grit & battle of Landry. And in addition has Manny’s endurance on the line, capability to adjust on certain routes, seemingly making them his personal & capacity to work inside/outdoors.  For Miller every thing starts together with his implausible footwork. It truly is neat. From the stutter step variations, foot fires, to jab steps & his switching up the velocity. Miller has + footwork that permits him to win on the line. He’s undersized however robust as hell and completely will catch by means of contact and take an enormous hit laying out for a ball. He has excellent, pure arms. His play is so much greater than most guys taller and heavier than him. Miller should kill it in the slot but he’s a flexible receiver. His footwork, toughness and route operating capacity permit him to work outdoors. That and Miller additionally will get on prime of his man shortly and isn’t shy about his palms as weapons or a distraction. Add in his agility, knack for making individuals miss and Miller might be a steal for house owners and irl. Just like the Cowboys, the Bears don’t exactly have an established, productive group however they do have a pleasant young QB to construct round who doesn’t have a favorite weapon yet.

Lovely timing play. Principally three steps, stutter (take a look at the arms flashing) & fade/again shoulder idea

Don’t say something, just watch the route on this landing. pic.twitter.com/cnpu45d6fZ

— Johnny Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) April 28, 2018

Peep the footwork, lulling the defender to sleep. So crisp & square with a hard pretend. My goodness


— Johnny Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) April 28, 2018

Extraordinarily nicely rounded receiver that does in depth injury as a vertical or YAC menace. pic.twitter.com/YkQwoYJS8w

— Johnny Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) April 28, 2018

4) Dante Pettis – Dante Pettis is one other clever receiver to observe and study from. One other guy that may win everywhere in the area. On the road, off the L.O.S. Slot, out large. Pettis is a nuanced, artful receiver that nearly turns into a form shifter on the sector in relation to throwing defenders head, shoulder & hip fakes. Pettis can also be a pure palms catcher that is all the time trying to snatch the ball out of the air, away from his body. He takes lengthy highly effective strides that permit him to vertical fast, very troublesome to handle due to how slippery he is. It’s straightforward to say “jam him” however in the event you miss or he fights by means of and also you don’t have help or toast with jelly throughout you. Like I stated earlier Pettis can win virtually anyplace and exhibits + physique management while working the sidelines or going up for a ball. He has the power to make you miss, sink his hips and explode for six from virtually anyplace. He has 24 TD’s the previous 2 years. Pettis isn’t as dangerous as Gallup with regards to blocking however he wants some work there. An NFL coaching program wouldn’t harm either. That stated, he and Jimmy ought to be bestie’s by years finish. Their recreation and personalities ought to mesh very properly. Both are very straightforward going, good, sensible guys off the sector with a killer instinct on it.

Significantly. pic.twitter.com/aILkDrpcQ2

— 49ers HUB (@49ersHub) April 30, 2018

sluggo on Humphrey.. lots of people thing you need huge pink zone targets.. you just need guys who win within the redbone regardless of their measurement. Pettis wins pic.twitter.com/ulTyySendS

— CrockTIME (@eric_crocker) April 10, 2018

nice stab on the prime of his out route.. gave a lil head nod.. might’ve bought it a bit extra but no wasted time.. created separation want and again.. catches the ball AWAY FROM HIS BODY.. in visitors too.. I like that pic.twitter.com/7xgOQz9vAq

— CrockTIME (@eric_crocker) April 10, 2018

Jimmy & Pettis are going to kill the slant/flat idea variations in Shanahan’s offense. Add in Slat/Flat – Vo (vertical) choice with Richie James and Taylor and you have a very scary offense.

slant. breaks a deal with. makes a man miss. you dont want 6’Four′ receivers if in case you have guys who can catch quick slants and make guys miss on his method to the top zone.. pic.twitter.com/1GqPvfhCNV

— CrockTIME (@eric_crocker) April 10, 2018

5) Christian Kirk – If Kirk’s head is on straight, (arrested in Feb for Disorderly Conduct but when learn between the strains, there’s extra there) he’s a dynamic player. Kirk is a clean shifting, thickly built athlete that may be a cross between Golden Tate and Stefon Diggs. Kirk is a type of gamers that moves lots quicker stay than on TV. Again he’s a glider that’s exhausting to include in shut quarters. Very slippery in the flat and on screens to provide you yac. Good lateral capacity to dodge and minimize by defenders. Excellent palms. Additionally by now you’ve observed a development with most of those receivers and Kirk, like others can win in several areas. His greatest matchups are in all probability within the slot however he can exit vast and do work too. Kirk actually does a very good understanding of route concepts however can also be a menace on returns. Kirk not solely has the respect of his teammates and coaches but in addition from some other giants within the business like Nick Saban. Who referred to as him probably the most explosive player in the SEC. The depth chart is large open for Kirk to benefit from and like Pettis, has a young QB to grow with.

Christian Kirk was my #2WR earlier than the draft after which he landed in the perfect spot potential in Arizona. He’ll get fast enjoying time, gets to study from Fitz, and has Josh Rosen to grow with.
WR#1 in Rookie Dynasty [email protected] pic.twitter.com/T2G29sRxBT

— John Chapman (@JL_Chapman) Might 12, 2018

6)D.J. Moore – Now I absolutely Moore, he was WR2 for me this yr however I’m not in love with the match just yet. Moore might easily be in the prime three on this listing in another few months. Proper now it’s extra of a wait and see state of affairs. It’s Might? Moore isn’t just a Slot Wr but he ought to do a whole lot of injury there. Drawback is until Carolina is operating Caff between the tackles a lot more, which could be very potential contemplating Caff’s current pic’s seemed yoked up. Targets don’t look plentiful at first, even when Caff carried the rock more.

The Haters: “But is Christian McCaffrey ready for a 250+ carry 100+ target season?”

Dairy Sanders: pic.twitter.com/8dOEOk9qem

— Scott Barrett (@ScottBarrettDFB) Might 3, 2018

There seems to be somewhat of a log jam on the position (Caff and Samuel) till things get clearer this summer time. Let’s not overlook about Olsen and Funchess either. From a dynasty standpoint I perceive an early decide. I perceive there can be accidents, the playbook is thick & you’ll be able to move all these guys around. That stated Moore is a implausible receiver. Moore and Miller are very comparable except D.J. is simply 21. And going ahead, after this yr, he ought to be the alpha canine on offense. He appears like a person killer in the slot. I wouldn’t need to cover him 1 on 1 on crucial downs. He has nice footwork, wonderful arms & is a really robust throughout participant. Once more like Miller he’ll throw his man out the club when blocking. I’ve seen him take a couple of gamers out-of-bounds last yr. He’s 6′ but will go up and get a 50/50 ball as properly. Moore brings an entire recreation to the NFL and is pro prepared. Another thing that may’t be ignored is Moore did it with a “merry-go-round” of QB’s that may never be throwing passes within the NFL. Just get him the ball and he’ll do work.

And lastly, a 92-yard landing towards Nebraska that is tied for the second-longest TD move in Maryland history. pic.twitter.com/CuwSswxypU

— Max Marcilla (@MMarcilla98) December 19, 2017

Not seeing too many CBs lock up DJ Moore man to man with no security assist.. Michigan CB David Lengthy was as much as the problem! pic.twitter.com/sTjyh1pC5f

— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) Might 19, 2018

Prime Rookie Wide Receiver Agility Scores:
1. Dylan Cantrell: 10.59
2. J’Mon Moore: 10.60
three. Courtland Sutton: 10.68
Four. DaeSean Hamilton: 10.99
5. DJ Moore: 11.02
5. Simmie Cobbs: 11.02
7. Richie James: 11.03
eight. Deon Cain: 11.08
eight. Keke Coutee: 11.08
10. Trey Quinn: 11.10 pic.twitter.com/W0jNKt2Uei

— RotoUnderworld (@rotounderworld) Might 19, 2018

7)James Washington – Washington is a superb slot in Pittsburgh. If very Huge Ben is good sufficient to grace us together with his presence for a number of more years, he and Washington might turn into a sweet connection. Washington has been an amazing deep menace at Oklahoma and there’s no cause he can’t proceed that success with Roethlisberger in the steel metropolis. There are times Washington is a perfect deep menace, from his release to the catch level and all the great things in between. Washington has some underneath rated footwork and is a strong runner. At occasions he’ll shoot out of his stance like a sprinter and gobble up grass like Pac-Man. Washington has some expertise and success with press however corners are very aware of what occurs in the event that they miss or he fights by means of their jam. It’s a wrap for six. Washington not solely has good velocity however he can weave and move while maintaining that velocity to regulate for the ball or separate from his man. He’s not simply a deep menace but Washington can definitely parlay that part of his recreation into the NFL.

Here he is towards Chidobe Awuzie & Colorado

James Washington TD. That fast first step might be so lethal. pic.twitter.com/bSxlx8PPZ6

— Fusue Vue (@lifesyourcup) January 1, 2017

James Washington with a back shoulder stop route. Also discover how early Rudolph will get the throw off. pic.twitter.com/f3Mzjgl8f5

— Fusue Vue (@lifesyourcup) January 1, 2017

James Washington sets up the CB then flies previous him. Again, used the hand to create a slither of separation. pic.twitter.com/YTH5gHVuF8

— Fusue Vue (@lifesyourcup) January 1, 2017

eight)Courtland Sutton – Sutton has prototype peak, weight and recreation velocity. At 6’Four/220 Sutton has the footwork and physicality to win at the line. The velocity and measurement to win on the catch point on a deep ball. And in that massive body, he has some wiggle to make a defender miss to realize some yac. I’ll submit some highlights under to spotlight that Sutton could make an impression everywhere in the subject. Not typically you see somebody with that measurement take a bubble display for an enormous achieve or make shake defenders off with jukes however Sutton can. It additionally refreshing to see someone this measurement use it and not run from his strengths. Sutton has no drawback decreasing his shoulder into a DB’s chest to ensure he has the first down. And can go as much as snag a fly ball understanding he’ll get hit and perhaps his lower half taken out from underneath him. He was very productive in school amassing over 140 rec’s, 2,200 yards and 22 TD’s the past two years and in addition is an excellent blocker at occasions. Touches is perhaps onerous to return by at first because of the our bodies in front of him. He might be a very nice dynasty pick-up for after this yr though. I doubt Thomas and Sanders are in Denver for much longer after this yr. Courtland Sutton and Carlos Henderson (keep in mind the identify WR 2017 class) might be the new duo there going ahead.

Not many 6-Four guys are getting bubble screens like this and have the burst to show it into an enormous play. The best way he finishes this run, decreasing his shoulder by means of contact is awesome. pic.twitter.com/T0JJKYfhYJ

— Eliot Crist (@EliotCrist) February 20, 2018

Not many 6-Four guys are getting bubble screens like this and have the burst to show it into an enormous play. The best way he finishes this run, decreasing his shoulder via contact is superior. pic.twitter.com/T0JJKYfhYJ

— Eliot Crist (@EliotCrist) February 20, 2018

Sutton is an enormous athletic receiver at 6-4 220lbs. The best way he strikes at his measurement is impressive. He has good burst, vision, potential to run by way of contact, and lateral agility to make defenders miss within the open subject. He can put his foot in the floor, cease, and speed up out of it. pic.twitter.com/5TXJ3rH0Sc

— Eliot Crist (@EliotCrist) February 20, 2018

When Sutton wins on the line of scrimmage he exhibits off good long velocity and has the power to get behind the protection. He should regulate to press coverage in the NFL, but I consider he has the ft and power to do so. pic.twitter.com/RYAYtYguDz

— Eliot Crist (@EliotCrist) February 20, 2018

9)Equanimeous St. Brown – When you’ve got the 2nd greatest QB in soccer throwing the ball to you it tends to make things quite a bit easier. EQ Rodgers will be capable of use St. Brown on a few of his most successful routes. Crossers, drags that focus on underneath and over the center. St. Brown has an excellent feel when in man on these routes. At 6’5 he additionally has the footwork to get off the road, potential sink his hips and coming out fast so DB’s should respect that. This results in numerous opportunities on comebacks, curls and double moves after seeing those. All that’s key but you still need your huge receivers to use that measurement and he does. EQ has an enormous catch radius and may field out defenders for possession balls. He really is one thing within the open area, particularly with these lengthy legs. EQ and Rodgers might be fun to observe for years to return.

Stutter-and-go from Equanimeous St. Brown. He’s #enjoyable. pic.twitter.com/UHpmn2BK2f

— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) July 1, 2017

ESB’s vertical push will get the CB to start out retreating, sinks his hips nicely into his break, then extends for the ball. pic.twitter.com/f5SQcunkHf

— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) July 1, 2017

More good route work from ESB: pic.twitter.com/TEAEQ57YsL

— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) July 1, 2017

Equanimeous is kinda unfair. pic.twitter.com/xXOCXV4jNZ

— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) July 1, 2017

10)Antonio Callaway – Antonio Callaway has the traits and tools to be one of the best receiver on this class. Let’s simply get that out of the best way now. At occasions Callaway seems like a cross between Odell Beckham and Reggie Wayne. Callaway can run routes at full velocity and get in/out of his without dropping any mph. That last half is large for WR’s on the next degree. For those who can separate on the line, in route and truly catch the ball, you might have an extended career in the league. He has + vision and moves by means of visitors like a operating back. Callaway has the power to work everywhere in the area and make a play from anyplace. Route operating is his specialty although. From easy slants to curls. To the best way he stems his deep work. Callaway actually places a stamp on his r/r with exact, sharp actions. Virtually robotic and fluid at the similar time. Now I began by saying this participant has what it takes to be the most effective in his class. I stated that because Antonio has found himself around some creeps too typically to be as clear as attainable. There’s sure individuals you simply can’t affiliate with at a certain level, especially not in public and Callaway hasn’t discovered that lesson but. He additionally failed a drug check for pot just lately from the combine. Now that in and of itself, I actually don’t care about. Truthfully pot is the least of this world’s drawback. It’s also extremely hypocritical for a league held collectively by narcotics to suspend players over weed but that’s another matter. Everyone isn’t the identical and context is required. That failed drug check, on prime of every part else is a large purple flag. If Callaway can stay heading in the right direction he might make that Cleveland offense one thing particular. That group isn’t distant from the playoffs imho.

Dynasty Rankings

  1. D.J. Moore
  2. Calvin Ridley
  3. Michael Gallup
  4. Anthony Miller
  5. Christian Kirk
  6. Dante Pettis
  7. Courtland Sutton
  8. James Washington
  9. Antonio Callaway
  10. Equanimeous St. Brown


1)D.J. Chark – 6’3/200, Legit Four.3 velocity and easily might have been on here, anyplace from 5-10. Chark is a implausible deep menace that should help Bortles thrive off play action.

2)Key’vantanie (Keke) Coutee – Waterbug sort receiver. Nice quicks, velocity and good palms.

three)Daesean Hamilton – Good measurement, just will get open. Is perhaps the perfect route runner within the draft.

Four)Jordan Laasley – Troubled WR in school, suspended a number of occasions, angle isn’t the perfect tbh. He’s quick, accelerates quickly. Has some shake and enough velocity to interrupt it open for six.

5)Richie James – Undersized at 5’9 but robust as nails and will do it all for his staff. He’s an electric receiver that ought to be a favourite for 49er followers. I liked watching James in school, certainly one of my favorites over the previous few years.

6)Auden Tate – Speaking of men I really like, I still can’t consider how far Tate fell. He doesn’t have nice velocity but he’s quick sufficient for his measurement (6’5/225) Tate has great physique control in leap ball situations. Robust, pure arms that secure the ball away from his body and an enormous wingspan.

Tight Ends

1) Dallas Goedert – Versatile, massive bodied tight finish you’ll be able to line up inline at Y or flex him out in the slot or out broad. Doesn’t go down straightforward. Must be a nightmare down the appear. Knows tips on how to use his measurement to defend defenders in the middle and is a purple zone monster.

Ok come on Dallas Goedert. pic.twitter.com/yLHUOZl91y

— Andy Herman (@SconnieSports) April 14, 2018

6’Four, 260 lbs, and the man has great arms and velocity. Burns the security right here for a simple TD over the center. pic.twitter.com/vla5fdMmxz

— Ruairi Songer (@ruairi_s) December 26, 2017

Goedert owns the center of the sector. Nice catch down the middle and then drags two defenders with him for an additional 12 yards. pic.twitter.com/qetNOZHUpH

— Ruairi Songer (@ruairi_s) December 26, 2017

Another ridiculous one handed seize. Discover how he acquired each ft down. pic.twitter.com/8jTZHEzky1

— Ruairi Songer (@ruairi_s) December 26, 2017

2)Hayden Hurst – The Ravens spent a 1st round decide on a 25 yr previous tight finish (will probably be 25 Aug 24) so anticipate they use him heavy. Hurst is a positive prospect, I kid about his age. He’s a bull with the ball in his arms and brings that aggression when he blocks too. The Ravens just invested early picks in two tight ends. Lamar Jackson is the QB of the longer term there and is excellent at iso routes so Hurst or Andrews (#4) could possibly be safety blankets for the dynamic quarterback.

Alternate angle to that lovely one-handed catch pic.twitter.com/akXMBclSQC

— Joe Schiller (@JoeSchillerNFL) Might 11, 2018

Completely executed box out pic.twitter.com/XOW3HHZJJi

— Joe Schiller (@JoeSchillerNFL) Might 11, 2018

Not only does Hurst find the open pocket in zone coverage nevertheless it takes about three USF defenders to convey him down. This kid is tough pic.twitter.com/p9nXiIbUGZ

— Joe Schiller (@JoeSchillerNFL) Might 11, 2018

three)Mike Gesicki – Gesicki is a Jimmy Graham clone that appears exactly like a basketball participant enjoying football. Tall, lengthy strider who can sky to get leap balls together with his 40′ inch vertical. Gesicki can also be a deep menace and has legit 4,54 velocity at 250lbs.

Mike Gesicki GIF thread. pic.twitter.com/Cpv1oYuTAN

— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) Might 2, 2018


— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) Might 2, 2018


— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) Might 2, 2018

4)Mark Andrews – Andrews is a clean shifting, nuanced route runner that gives some yac as nicely. Not a blocker but a matchup drawback for box defenders.

6’5” and 250 kilos and he strikes like that after the catch?! We received one thing right here pic.twitter.com/ZkBCoamz2Q

— Mike Luciano (@TheRealLuc3) February 14, 2018

That is superb. Finds tender spot in Zone, makes a man miss, exhibits off Four.7 velocity. Andrews will make some workforce very joyful pic.twitter.com/PyRUuzVA6u

— Mike Luciano (@TheRealLuc3) February 14, 2018

Runs this route properly, gets into open area and makes a superb play on this ball, understanding he might take successful pic.twitter.com/dtDL11DJYb

— TheScoutingReport (@ScoutingThe) February 10, 2018

Again issues will change and clear up as camp rolls round. We’ll have some inevitable accidents and cuts to shape the picture as nicely. I’ll have Quarterbacks later in the week. Please share and remark, thank you.

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