1.  
WR  HOU
Rec
107
Rec Yds
1488
Rec TD
10
Rec Avg
13.9
Rush Att
2
Rush Yds
11
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
5.5
Hopkins might not be the biggest or fastest receiver in the league, but he's one of the best. Coming off a volume-driven 2017, Hopkins took his efficiency to new heights last year with 194 more yards on 11 fewer targets. The result was a career high 9.6 YPT, good for sixth among the league's 28 100-target wideouts. At 6-1, 212, and with average speed (he ran a 4.57 at the combine but a 4.46 at his Pro Day), Hopkins excels with precise route running, unmatched body control, situational awareness and the best hands in the game (he caught 115 passes with only two drops last year). Hopkins can make the big play (four catches of 40-plus yards, T-11th), but his bread and butter is the intermediate route (23 catches of 20-plus, 4th, and with an average target depth of 11.5 yards, 7th). He also sees plenty of work in the red zone - his 25 targets inside the 20 ranked fourth, his 15 inside the 10 first, and his nine inside the five also first, i.e., his second straight season with double-digit TDs was no fluke. Hopkins returns as the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver, with a quality quarterback in Deshaun Watson and perfect complementary targets in Will Fuller (to stretch the field) and Keke Coutee (to man the slot). Neither is a threat to Hopkins' overall volume or dominant red-zone role. Hopkins suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder during a playoff loss to the Colts, and while he seems to have made a full recovery during the offseason, an ankle injury sent him to the PUP list for the start of training camp.
2.  
WR  ATL
Rec
103
Rec Yds
1566
Rec TD
8
Rec Avg
15.2
Rush Att
2
Rush Yds
13
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
6.5
Even in his age-29 season, Jones was arguably still the best receiver in the NFL. He led the league with 170 targets and 1,677 yards, the 12th most in NFL history. He had 10 100-yard games and averaged 14.8 YPC (6th) and 9.9 YPT (5th). Oddly, Jones' touchdown drought - only 25 TDs on his last 703 targets heading into 2018 - continued for seven games last year with another 81 targets and not a single TD. But Jones scored eight times over the season's final nine games, debunking the idea that he's not a capable red-zone presence. At 6-3, 220, and having run a blistering 4.39 40 at the 2011 combine, Jones has long been one of the position's athletic freaks, and his speed and explosiveness seem largely intact. Although he had only two catches of 40-plus yards, the fewest in his career, he had 24 catches of 20-plus yards (3rd) and maintained his stellar per-play efficiency. Jones turned 30 in February, but he's played all 32 games the last two years and has missed only two games over his last four. Last year's first-round pick, Calvin Ridley, seems to be a good complement for Jones, and even with Ridley seeing 92 targets, and Mohamed Sanu 94, Jones still paced the NFL in opportunities. Bottom line, with a healthy and competent quarterback and an offense built around him, Jones has as high a floor as any receiver in the league.
3.  
Rec
109
Rec Yds
1445
Rec TD
9
Rec Avg
13.3
Rush Att
3
Rush Yds
21
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
7.0
The age-old fantasy question for wide receivers is whether you'd rather have the only game in town that attracts most of the defense's attention, or someone with a quality complement who cuts into his workload but also pulls away defenders. With Antonio Brown gone, Smith-Schuster's 2019 will provide a case study, as he is now the unquestioned No. 1 for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. Smith-Schuster has been a star since entering the league in 2017, with a whopping 11.6 YPT on 79 looks as a rookie and a 166-111-1,426-7 line as a sophomore last year. While he couldn't match his 2017 efficiency, he finished with a respectable 8.6 YPT, almost a full yard better than Brown's. At 6-1, 215, Smith-Schuster is built like Hines Ward - far more stout than the quicker, thinner Brown. And while, like Brown, Smith-Schuster showed pedestrian speed at the combine - 4.54 40 - he's made big plays throughout his young career with 11 catches of 40-plus yards on 245 targets. The Steelers signed Donte Moncrief this offseason, and second-year man James Washington should have an increased role, but it's unlikely the two will replace Brown's 168 overall targets or his 24 looks in the red zone. Yes, defenses will key on Smith-Schuster as the team's top weapon in the passing game, but volume is almost always king, and we can probably view last year's 166 targets (4th) as his healthy floor.
4.  
WR  CLE
Rec
94
Rec Yds
1421
Rec TD
9
Rec Avg
15.1
Rush Att
6
Rush Yds
39
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
6.5
How good would Beckham be if he'd ever had an above-average quarterback? It looks like 2019 is the year we find out. Thanks to an April trade, Beckham goes from almost single-handedly (and thanklessly) carrying Eli Manning's rotting carcass into Canton to catching passes from rising star Baker Mayfield, who managed 27 TDs and 7.7 YPA in 13.5 games as a rookie despite playing with terrible receivers. And even with Manning, Beckham was productive. Before being shut down for the season's final four games with a quad injury, Beckham put up 12-game stats that prorate to 103 catches, 1,403 yards and eight scores. And while Beckham wasn't especially efficient - 13.7 YPC, 8.5 YPT - those numbers were slightly better than his 2016 showing when he had 1,367 yards and 10 TDs, i.e., there's no indication Beckham has lost much from his peak. At 5-11, 198, Beckham has only average size, but his leaping ability, athleticism and ability to catch passes with one hand help him play taller than he is. Beckham also ran a 4.43 40 at the combine and seems to move faster in pads - few receivers are as dangerous in space or as big a threat to take a short ball to the house. The one issue for Beckham is durability. Last year's quad injury came on top of a 2017 broken ankle that cost him 12 games, and he has now missed at least four games in three of his five professional seasons. That said, Beckham was completely healthy for OTAs, he's still only 26 - firmly in the prime of his career - and he put up massive numbers despite Manning's subpar play dating back to his rookie season. Finally paired with a competent quarterback, the sky's the limit, even if slot man Jarvis Landry will also see his share of looks.
5.  
WR  TB
Rec
93
Rec Yds
1433
Rec TD
9
Rec Avg
15.4
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
Evans had one of the quieter 1,500-yard seasons in recent memory. Perhaps playing on a bad team for a rotating tandem of quarterbacks had something to do with it, or maybe it was the relatively modest 86 catches and eight TDs. Either way, the 25-year old Evans was amazingly efficient with 11.0 YPT (1st), 17.7 YPC (1st), 26 catches of 20-plus yards (2nd) and six catches of 40-plus (T-3rd) on only 138 targets (11th). Contrast Evans' season (138 targets for 1,524 yards) with Antonio Brown's (168 targets for 1,297 yards) for example - the efficiency discrepancy is stark. At 6-5, 231, and with 4.53 speed, Evans isn't quite on the Julio Jones level of freakishness, but few players that big are also that fast. At 26, Evans is still squarely in the prime of his career, and he could receive a boost with downfield-focused coach Bruce Arians replacing the departed Dirk Koetter, though offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who helped power Evans' efficient season, is now in Cleveland. Deep threat DeSean Jackson and possession man Adam Humphries are both gone now, leaving Chris Godwin and rising-star tight end O.J. Howard as Evans' only major competition for Jameis Winston's passes. Evans could also see an uptick in TD scoring. Despite his massive frame, he saw only 14 red-zone targets last year (the same number as Humphries), six targets from inside the 10 and two from inside the five - all four-year lows. With a coaching upgrade, fewer mouths to feed in the passing game and more stability under center, Evans has the best environment of his career.
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