NFL wide receivers are often compared to divas, i.e., temperamental and self-important people who aren’t easy to please.
That said, it certainly pays to have quality “divas” on your fantasy football team. For one, they’ll generate a ton of points over the course of a season while you, as a fantasy team owner, won’t have to put up with their mood swings.
Here’s a look at the top fantasy football wide receivers for 2017. Any one of these players will make your team the envy of other owners in your league.
- Antonio Brown, Steelers
Brown had his worst season statistically in four years last year but still had 106 receptions and 1,234 yards. Most NFL receivers would kill for a “down” year like that.
- Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
Like Brown, Beckham is consistently good, if not great. He’s caught at least 10 touchdowns in each of his three seasons as a pro.
3. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
Evans led the NFL in targets in 2016 and had a pair of 12-touchdown seasons in his three years in the NFL. And Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is a rising star.
- Julio Jones, Falcons
What? Julio Jones not in the top three? Yes, the Falcons’ star is elite, but he’s only caught 22 touchdowns in the past four years. Moreover, Atlanta had the most widely distributed passing offense in league history last season.
- Jordy Nelson, Packers
Nelson gets the slight edge over Cincinnati’s A.J. Green in this slot for the very important reason that his quarterback is the incomparable Aaron Rodgers. Nelson is consistently one of the top fantasy football wide receivers.
- A.J. Green, Bengals
Green was on pace for his best season regarding yards last year before he got hurt and missed the final six games. It’s the only season Green hasn’t reached at least 1,000 yards.
- Amari Cooper, Raiders
The only knock on Cooper is that he hasn’t got it done in the red zone in his first two NFL seasons. But he still caught 83 passes for 1,153 yards in ’16.
- Michael Thomas, Saints
Thomas emerged on the scene as a rookie last season with 92 receptions, 1,137 yards, and nine touchdowns. He could emerge as a top 5 receiver this year.
- Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
While Seattle isn’t necessarily known for its high-flying offense, Baldwin has improved his numbers in each of the past three seasons. He had 94 receptions for 1,128 yards in 2016.
- Dez Bryant, Cowboys
The always-in-the-news Bryant is something of a mystery in terms of on-field performance, in part due to injuries and inconsistency. But if he’s healthy, like in 2014 when he caught 16 TD passes,
Bryant is a force.
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