Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Target – Number 14: Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper is another receiver dealing with a significant amount of target competition. Last year he and Michael Gallup were able to post 1,000 yard seasons, but with CeeDee Lamb being added to the picture, it’s going to be more difficult to put up monster stats.
Not to mention after getting his new deal that he is probably going to be more relaxed when it comes to playing when he’s not 100%. Cooper has dealt with injuries in his career and it would not be shocking to see him miss a few games.
However, Cooper is a very talented receiver. He falls out of the top 10 in these rankings, but is just too good not to have in the top 15.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Target – Number 13: A.J. Brown
A.J. Brown was the highest producing rookie receiver last season. He finished last season as WR15 and with the added experience and more consistent quarterback play, he should be on the upward swing as well.
He does play in a very run-centered offense, so that is one concern, but it’s still hard to see him not improving upon last season’s fantasy production. Brown should be a very safe WR2 this season with WR1 upside.
People might not be eyeing Brown as much, but make no mistake, he’ll be worthy of an early round pick and could be the star of your fantasy football team.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Target – Number 12: Chris Godwin
As you can see, Chris Godwin falls all the way from fantasy WR2 to number 11 in these rankings. This is because of a few factors.
First, he could be playing with a down grade at quarterback this season. Tom Brady might be the GOAT, but at this point in his career, I’m not so sure he’s an upgrade over Jameis Winston, especially for fantasy purposes.
If you do believe that Brady is an upgrade over Winston, it’s likely because of his decision making and with that comes with a lot less opportunities for fantasy production. Winston was not afraid to sling it all over the field and throw it up for grabs. Brady isn’t going to do that, so there are going to be less targets to go around.
Secondly, he will have more target competition this season. The Buccaneers also added Rob Gronkowski, which is a former favorite target of Brady’s, so that will definitely cut into his targets, how much is remained to be seen. Brady also likes to hit his dump offs and target the running backs out of the backfield more than Winston which could further cut into Godwin’s targets.
Lastly, the team will be better as a whole which means a more consistent and methodical approach establishing the run game and less late game garbage production. Another thing that needs to be considered is the risk you’re taking that he will even be Brady’s go to wide receiver. Mike Evans – who got bumped out of the top 15 for these reasons – could very well end up being Brady’s favorite target.
All things considered, while Godwin is one of the best players on this list, he is a fairly big risk for your likely WR1.