Fantasy Football: Post-NFL Draft WR Depth Chart

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2018’s rookie class is highly regarded as a deep running back class. However, there’s still some interesting talent entering the league at the wide receiver position. The NFL Draft never disappoints, providing excitement and intrigue about your NFL’s team’s new additions to the roster. Now that the dust has settled, I’ve provided an updated depth chart for each team’s wide receivers. I’ll highlight a few of the biggest changes for fantasy purposes in more detail below, but for a more detailed view of the depth chart before the NFL Draft, check out my article here. You can also view my updated running back depth chart here.

Team WR1 WR2 WR3 WR4
Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald J.J. Nelson Christian Kirk Brice Butler
Falcons Julio Jones Mohamed Sanu Calvin Ridley Justin Hardy
Ravens Michael Crabtree John Brown Willie Snead Jaleel Scott
Bills Kelvin Benjamin Zay Jones Andre Holmes Jeremy Kerley
Panthers Devin Funchess D.J. Moore Torrey Smith Curtis Samuel
Bears Allen Robinson Anthony Miller Taylor Gabriel Kevin White
Bengals A.J. Green Brandon LaFell Tyler Boyd John Ross
Browns Josh Gordon Jarvis Landry Corey Coleman Antonio Callaway
Cowboys Allen Hurns Terrance Williams Cole Beasley Michael Gallup
Broncos Demaryius Thomas Emmanuel Sanders Courtland Sutton Carlos Henderson
Lions Marvin Jones Golden Tate Kenny Golladay T.J. Jones
Packers Devante Adams Randall Cobb Geronimo Allison J'Mon Moore
Texans DeAndre Hopkins Will Fuller Bruce Ellington Keke Coutee
Colts T.Y. Hilton Chester Rogers Ryan Grant Daurice Fountain
Jaguars Marqise Lee Donte Moncrief Dede Westbrook D.J. Chark
Chiefs Tyreek Hill Sammy Watkins Demarcus Robinson Chris Conley
Dolphins DeVante Parker Kenny Stills Albert Wilson Danny Amendola
Vikings Adam Thielen Stefon Diggs Kendall Wright Laquon Treadwell
Patriots Julian Edelman Chris Hogan Malcolm Mitchell Jordan Matthews
Saints Michael Thomas Cameron Meredith Ted Ginn Tre'Quan Smith
Giants Odell Beckham Jr. Sterling Shepard Roger Lewis Cody Latimer
Jets Robby Anderson Terrelle Pryor Quincy Enunwa Jermaine Kearse
Raiders Amari Cooper Jordy Nelson Martavis Bryant Ryan Switzer
Eagles Alshon Jeffery Nelson Agholor Mike Wallace Mack Hollins
Steelers Antonio Brown JuJu Smith-Schuster James Washington Darrius Heyward-Bey
Chargers Keenan Allen Tyrell Williams Travis Benjamin Mike Williams
49ers Pierre Garcon Marquise Goodwin Trent Taylor Dante Pettis
Seahawks Doug Baldwin Tyler Lockett Amara Darboh Jaron Brown
Rams Brandin Cooks Robert Woods Cooper Kupp Josh Reynolds
Buccaneers Mike Evans DeSean Jackson Chris Godwin Adam Humphries
Titans Corey Davis Rishard Matthews Taywan Taylor Tajae Sharpe
Redskins Josh Doctson Jamison Crowder Paul Richardson Brian Quick
Veteran Winners

I’ll preface the ‘veteran winners’ section with saying that these “winners” may not be top tier options in fantasy leagues. However, these players find themselves with either more opportunity or another opportunity to produce in 2018. So, here we go!

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
The hype train surrounding Parker seems to have yet one more year to fuel the engine. Parker has shown flashes throughout his time in Miami but has yet to live up to the hype surrounding him ever since he entered the NFL in 2015. Miami is definitely in the midst of a rebuild, so they could have added some talent at the receiver position, but they chose to go in other directions. It looks like Parker will have one last chance to prove he’s for real in the NFL.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Disclaimer: This is assuming Andrew Luck is back in 2018, but that’s a topic for another day. After letting Donte Moncrief walk in free agency, the Colts have a hole to fill at their WR2 position. They could have easily chosen a top receiver in this class, but they chose to address other positions (which was a smart move in my opinion). If Luck is back, T.Y. will dominate targets and should be a top 10 fantasy option at the position in 2018.

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
The Redskins offense will look very different in 2018. They’ve got a new quarterback in Alex Smith, a new running back in Derrius Guice, and a new receiver in Paul Richardson. However, they chose to pass on top tier receiver talent in the NFL Draft, leaving Josh Doctson the opportunity to be Alex Smith’s number one option this season. He was drafted in 2016 to be the team’s top option in the receiving game. Can he live up to these expectations in 2018?

Rookie Winners

Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
Kirk was drafted in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals and finds himself in a dream scenario. He projects as a slot receiver in the NFL, and he gets to learn from arguably the best slot receiver in the league in Larry Fitzgerald. Kirk could push for playing time early given the lack of talent ahead of him on the depth chart, but he will need to play on the outside to find fantasy relevance in 2018.

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Just like Kirk, Ridley finds himself in a situation where he gets to learn from one of the best in Julio Jones. The Falcons’ first round pick should start immediately across from Jones while Mohamed Sanu slides back into the slot. With defenses providing extra attention to Jones across the field, Ridley should face single coverage and find success early in his NFL career.

Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
After the NFL Draft, Gallup found himself in one of the most wide receiver friendly depth charts in the league. When the Cowboys released Dez Bryant, they were left with a major hole in their roster with the WR1 position completely up for grabs. For now, Allen Hurns and Terrance Williams should start, but Gallup could easily earn a starting role early in the season.

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