Everyone loves a good old fashioned fairy tale, but what about a fantasy football story? A top 10 list of must own players from the Big Bad Wolf’s league. This is not your average top 10 list though, as it has some different names on it like Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. Will they make an impact in the upcoming season? You’ll just have to read to find out!
Antonio Brown, Steelers WR
Dez Bryant, Cowboys WR
Julio Jones, Falcons WR
Jordy Nelson, Packers WR
Alshon Jeffery, Bears WR
Brandin Cooks Saints Rookie receiver that played his college ball at Oregon State. He’s expected to break out this year and has been named the best rookie on offense by many experts. His size may be a concern as he is only five feet ten inches tall but in today’s NFL with speed and athleticism being such an important factor for receivers it doesn’t seem like this will negatively affect him too much. One thing we do know however is that Brees loves throwing deep passes which should provide plenty of opportunity for Cooks in his rookie season.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals WR
Calvin Johnson, Lions WR
Top 10 Fantasy Football Must Own Players
Antonio Brown is the top receiver in fantasy football going into 2015 and it’s hard to argue with that sentiment. His consistency over his career has been remarkable as he reached at least five touchdowns for six straight seasons (2010 – 2015). He’s also had four consecutive 100 reception years where he was able to surpass 1000 yards receiving. The only thing holding him back from being even higher on this list is the fact that Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t throw deep passes often which could hinder Brown in high yardage games while giving other receivers a better chance of scoring more points if their quarterback does utilize them downfield more frequently
The next player on the list is DeAndre Hopkins, who will be paired with a healthy Brian Hoyer in Houston this season and should see an increase in production as he was one of only three receivers to have at least 1000 yards receiving last year (alongside Antonio Brown and Julio Jones). He also has had five consecutive years where he’s been targeted more than 100 times which shows his dependability when it comes to getting passes thrown his way by quarterbacks
Odell Beckham Jr., Giants, 101 receptions for 130 games: One of two rookies that made this list, OBJ burst onto the scene from day one with 97 catches for 1365 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first year. Let’s not forget his one handed grab against the Cowboys and spectacular catch during a snowstorm that helped propel New York to an upset victory over Philadelphia in Week 14
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, 68 receptions for 110 games: A second consecutive rookie on this list is Houston’s top WR who was paired with new QB Brian Hoyer after Matt Schaub went down in early November
Alshon Jeffery, Bears, 54 receptions for 91 games: With Brandon Marshall gone to Jets via trade last offseason Chicago needed someone else to step up at wide receiver and they found their answer in Jeffery who had career highs of 89 catches for 1407 yards and seven touchdowns with Jay Cutler throwing him passes. Those numbers made him the most productive WR in Bears history.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts, 76 receptions for 1330 yards and five touchdowns: With Reggie Wayne having a down year Hilton stepped up to be Andrew Luck’s number one receiver who led the league with eight 100 yard receiving games (six of those coming consecutively). It was also the first time he had a 1000+ yards season so it wouldn’t be surprising if this is just the start of an even better career than we’ve seen from him already
Eric Decker, Jets; Brandon Marshall, Jets; Wes Welker, Broncos: Three receivers that are top fantasy producers due largely to their ability as PPR options and getting plenty of targets each game making sure you have one of these top receivers on your roster in pretty much any format
DeSean Jackson, Redskins: 2013 was a down year for DJax but he’s still worth a spot as the high risk/high reward option. His 11 touchdowns last season were the most since his rookie campaign and despite having issues with drops this past offseason it’s hard to bet against him returning to form now that RGIII is healthy again.
Alshon Jeffery, Eagles; Brandon Marshall, Jets; Andre Johnson, Texans: All three are over 30 years old and coming off injuries so they come with some risks which drop them below players like Keenan Allen (who should be drafted ahead of all three), Jordy Nelson or Antonio Brown.
Jordy Nelson, Packers: 27 years old and coming off a 98 catch season in 2013 followed by missing the entire 2014 campaign with an ACL injury (and now Davante Adams is putting up big numbers). His return to form should be one of the top stories for 2015 fantasy drafts so don’t reach too early or you could end up regretting it like when many owners took Arian Foster last year after his preseason hamstring injury was deemed minor.
Antonio Brown, Steelers: The most consistent receiver over the past three seasons has also dealt with injuries this offseason but he’s still on track to have another stellar year as Ben Roethlisberger’s go-to guy since Mike Wallace left.