Wide receivers are very important in dynasty fantasy football leagues, as a few stalwarts could have you set at the position for a decade. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Davante Adams lead our top dynasty league wide receivers for 2019. Here are quarterbacks and running backs if you missed them, and redraft rankings will be available this summer via Fantasy Consigliere. Ages in parenthesis are for at the start of this season.
1. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT (22)
JuJu Smith-Schuster gets the edge for top dynasty wide receiver, as he’s entering his third NFL season at just 22 years old and is already an All-Pro caliber player. JuJu shouldn’t have much trouble with the extra attention of being a No. 1 receiver, and he should be a safe fantasy WR1 with upside for years with a stable franchise.
2. Davante Adams, GB (26)
At just 26 years old with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, Davante Adams has a strong case for the first wide receiver off the board in dynasty leagues. Adams is coming off a 111/1,386/13 season, and it won’t be surprising if he hits those marks consistently the next few seasons.
3. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (27)
The Texans heavily feature DeAndre Hopkins, so the star receiver’s high floor is ideal for fantasy owners when building a roster for the long-term. One downside to Hopkins is that Deshaun Watson’s playing style could lead to more injuries, but the veteran receiver has shown he can provide stellar play no matter his quarterback situation—his upside is capped if Watson misses time, though.
4. Julio Jones, ATL (30)
Age is a factor in Julio Jones’ ranking, as he’s one of three players 30 or older in the top 39 dynasty league wide receivers. However, Julio is still one of the greatest receivers in NFL history, and several more years of top-flight production won’t be surprising. Jones has over 1,400 yards in each of his past five seasons.
5. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE (26)
The insane start to Odell Beckham Jr.’s career has slowed because of injury the past two seasons, but he’s still just 26 years old and is probably very determined to prove the Giants wrong after being traded to Cleveland. OBJ put up lines of 91/1,305/12, 96/1,450/13, and 101/1,367/10 in his first three NFL seasons, so the upside is huge if he can stay healthy and mesh with Baker Mayfield.
6. Michael Thomas, NO (26)
Michael Thomas is among the safest selections in dynasty leagues, as he has an NFL-record 321 receptions, 3,787 yards, and 23 touchdowns in his first three seasons. He has Drew Brees throwing him the ball right now, which is an obvious bonus, but the Saints should be in a good spot with Teddy Bridgewater whenever Brees retires.
7. Keenan Allen, LAC (27)
Keenan Allen has put his injury concerns behind him after playing in 16 games in each of the past two seasons, and it feels like he should be older than 27 after six years in the league. Allen’s craftiness should allow him to continue doing damage even as he loses athleticism into his 30s.
8. Amari Cooper, DAL (25)
The trade from Oakland to Dallas appeared to ignite Amari Cooper last season, and it helped that he’s a perfect fit for Dak Prescott’s game. Cooper hasn’t been a consistent fantasy WR1 through four seasons, but he could be a fantasy star if he finds consistency with the Cowboys.
9. Antonio Brown, OAK (31)
There are a lot of extremely-committed players, but Antonio Brown is clearly in the discussion among the hardest workers in football—he’ll be 31 at the start of this season, but age shouldn’t be a huge issue because of his work ethic. AB has 100+ receptions in an NFL-record six consecutive seasons, and being heavily featured in Jon Gruden’s offense should help him continue putting up big numbers without Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback.
10. Mike Evans, TB (26)
Last season, Mike Evans joined Randy Moss and A.J. Green as the only receivers in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons to start their careers. If health cooperates, the arrival of head coach Bruce Arians with the Bucs is good news for Evans as he looks to keep that streak—and the chunk plays down the field after a career-high 17.7 yards per reception last year—going.
11. Chris Godwin, TB (23)
There’s already a lot of talk about Chris Godwin being a 100-catch guy for Tampa Bay, so the Penn State product could be one of the steadiest low-end WR1 options for the next several years if he can come through in 2019 at 23 years old.
12. Mike Williams, LAC (24)
In 2018, Mike Williams showed that he’s over his back issues that essentially eliminated his rookie season the previous year, and that might’ve just been the start for him. Williams currently has Keenan Allen taking pressure off him, but the former seventh overall pick has the ability to become a legit No. 1 receiver with 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown upside for the Chargers.
13. Brandin Cooks, LAR (25)
Brandin Cooks is another player that’s shockingly-young, as he’s 25 years old despite already having the opportunity to play in three of the league’s best offenses (and twice with future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Drew Brees). Cooks is the youngest of the exceptional Rams trio, and he should have Jared Goff throwing to him for most of the rest of his career.
14. Stefon Diggs, MIN (25)
Stefon Diggs has been a consistent player since he’s entered the league, but he’s gotten better every season and is coming off his best year with 102 receptions for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns. Minnesota’s likely shift to a run heavy offense has Diggs down at No. 14, but he could certainly be in the top ten.
15. Sammy Watkins, KC (26)
Because of injuries, quarterback situations, and roles on offense, Sammy Watkins doesn’t have the statistical production to be this high among dynasty wide receivers. But he’s a very talented player that could potentially be Patrick Mahomes’ No. 1 receiver depending on the Tyreek Hill situation. You might be able to steal Watkins, who is still just 26 years old, outside the top 25 receivers in a dynasty startup draft.
16. Cooper Kupp, LAR (26)
Cooper Kupp was on pace for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns last season before his knee injury, and he’ll remain an integral part of the Rams offense when he’s able to get back to full strength. The ACL shouldn’t be much of a concern with the way athletes come back from the injury today.
17. Kenny Golladay, DET (25)
“Babytron” Kenny Golladay is a highlight-play waiting to happen, but the concern about his long-term dynasty-league value is that he might not get enough targets compared to other receivers while on a defensive-minded team. However, he still has monstrous upside.
18. A.J. Green, CIN (31)
As previously mentioned, A.J. Green started his career with five straight 1,000-yard seasons. But he’s been getting banged up the past three seasons, and he’ll turn 31 before the start of this season, so you’ll likely get fewer productive years compared to other options.
19. Tyreek Hill, KC (25)
If Tyreek Hill avoids a long suspension, remains in Kansas City, and avoids any off-field issues for the rest of his career, he’ll blowout this ranking. He’s an electric player, but we personally wouldn’t want him on a dynasty roster.
20. T.Y. Hilton, IND (29)
T.Y. Hilton has never caught more than seven touchdowns in a season, but he’s a former league-leading receiver that has Andrew Luck throwing him passes in Indy. Hilton will turn 30 during this season, and his eventual loss of speed will almost certainly lead to fewer week-winning performances.
21. Calvin Ridley, ATL (24)
The situation Calvin Ridley landed in is perfect, as he’s an outstanding “Robin” to Julio Jones’ “Batman” and has the ability to eventually take the mantle as Atlanta’s top option. Ridley entered the league older than most rookies, but that shouldn’t mean he can’t progress and become an elite option. He could easily be several spots higher than this.
22. Allen Robinson, CHI (26)
Allen Robinson had a relatively disappointing season statistically for the Bears, but he was coming off a torn ACL and adjusting to a new offense. Chicago gave him a contract that reflects huge expectations, and Robinson is a former 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown receiver.
23. Adam Thielen, MIN (29)
As is the case with teammate Stefon Diggs, one concern with Adam Thielen is a run-heavy offense leading to less targets. But Thielen is also going to be 29 in August, so he’s a bit older than most of the receivers in the top 25.
24. Robert Woods, LAR (27)
It might seem difficult for the Rams to have three receivers that’ll sustain statistical success on a year-to-year basis, but the offense might run more through the passing game with Todd Gurley’s knee issue. Woods was one of the most consistent players in fantasy last season, and he’s just 27 years old.
25. A.J. Brown, TEN (22)
Second-round rookie receiver A.J. Brown is physically ready to play in the NFL, and he could instantly become the No. 1 wide receiver for the Titans in 2019. Our long-term optimism for Brown lands him at No. 25 among dynasty league receivers.
26. Christian Kirk, ARI (22)
Christian Kirk showed major flashes as a rookie and was a steal in the second round of the NFL draft. He could be the long-term featured receiver in an offense that might run more plays than any other team.
27. Tyler Lockett, SEA (26)
This season will be interesting for Tyler Lockett, as he could get more volume after Doug Baldwin’s departure. Lockett is a deep threat, but he also has the ability to become an 80-catch guy for Russell Wilson.
28. Anthony Miller, CHI (24)
We liked Anthony Miller coming out of Memphis; and like Christian Kirk, he could have easily been a first-round draft choice. Miller had seven touchdowns at less than 100% last season, and he should be locked into a starting role for years in Chicago.
29. Courtland Sutton, DEN (23)
Another second-rounder in the 2018 draft, Courtland Sutton quickly became one of the league’s better deep threats, with a large frame and plus athleticism. Sutton might be Denver’s No. 1 receiver this season.
30. N’Keal Harry, NE (21)
The opportunity is there for N’Keal Harry to become the No. 1 weapon for the Patriots, so he could far surpass this No. 30 ranking among dynasty league wide receivers. It’s worth keeping in mind Harry might not have Tom Brady throwing him passes in his prime.
31. D.K. Metcalf, SEA (21)
Russell Wilson isn’t shy about giving his receivers chances to make plays, which is a good fit for D.K. Metcalf. The Ole Miss product is a little raw right now, though, so there is some risk along with his top-tier upside.
32. D.J. Moore, CAR (22)
D.J. Moore should be a safe dynasty league selection after a strong rookie season, but Cam Newton typically likes to spread the ball around, which could cap his ceiling.
33. Dante Pettis, SF (23)
Deebo Samuel was just drafted in the second round, but Dante Pettis has a year of experience over his teammate and is the favorite to become the No. 1 receiver for the Niners right now.
34. Alshon Jeffery, PHI (29)
Alshon Jeffery would undoubtedly be higher in real-life rankings, but the Eagles haven’t run the offense through him consistently, and he doesn’t have a 1,000-yard season since 2014 with the Bears.
35. Tyler Boyd, CIN (24)
Despite three years of NFL experience, Tyler Boyd is just 24 years old. He’s coming off a 1,000-yard season, and a lot of his best play did come with A.J. Green in the lineup. Overall, he’s probably more of a safe pick than a high-upside pick.
36. James Washington, PIT (23)
James Washington had an up-and-down rookie season, but he has exciting upside as the potential No. 2 receiver for Pittsburgh. Diontae Johnson and Donte Moncrief should both also be kept in mind among Steelers receivers.
37. Will Fuller, HOU (25)
Will Fuller has struggled with injuries, but he’s put up very good numbers when he’s been on the field with Deshaun Watson.
38. Sterling Shepard, NYG (26)
If you follow the money, the Giants are paying Sterling Shepard like a No. 1 receiver, and he’s an underrated player that’s been productive in each of his first three NFL seasons.
39. Mecole Hardman, KC (21)
No. 39 is a fair spot for Mecole Hardman right now, but he might be worth paying a higher price for with Tyreek Hill’s uncertain situation.
40. Julian Edelman, NE (33)
Dynasty league owners looking to win now should target Julian Edelman, but he has up to a decade less time left compared to younger options.
41. Robby Anderson, NYJ (26)
It’ll be interesting to see how the Jets’ receiving corps is utilized in Adam Gase’s offense this season, but Robby Anderosn figures to have the most upside after the rapport he showed with Sam Darnold toward the end of 2018.
42. Jarvis Landry, CLE (26)
There might be too many mouths to feed in Cleveland, so Jarvis Landry is looking like a high-floor option that might hover mostly around 900-1,000 yards each season.
43. Curtis Samuel, CAR (23)
Curtis Samuel has upside as a versatile receiver, but he’s probably no better than the third or fourth option in Carolina’s offense as things stand.
44. Keke Coutee, HOU (22)
As a rookie last season, Keke Coutee had some phenomenal games. Deshaun Watson clearly likes throwing to Coutee, but he must get over the soft-tissue issues he dealt with.
45. Deebo Samuel, SF (23)
Dante Pettis is ranked higher here, but Deebo Samuel could become the No. 1 receiver in San Francisco. Samuel probably has more red-zone potential than Pettis.
46. Nelson Agholor, PHI (26)
The Eagles appear to be forcing Nelson Agholor out, which might be good for his dynasty league value. We think Agholor is supremely talented, so it’s good to bet on that and hope he’s eventually featured more in an offense.
47. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI (22)
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside can probably step into the league as one of the better jump-ball receivers, so he’ll eventually have double-digit touchdown upside. The rookie might not get much playing time in 2019, though.
48. Corey Davis, TEN (24)
Corey Davis showed noticeable strides in his second NFL season, but the Titans added more weapons on offense, and there’s a chance he isn’t in top-three targets on his team.
49. Hakeem Butler, ARI (23)
We thought Hakeem Butler had first-round talent coming into this year’s draft, and fantasy owners shouldn’t be scared off by his draft status as a fourth-round pick. Butler could quickly become a preferred option of Kyler Murray’s on the outside.
50. Tre’Quan Smith, NO (23)
Tre’Quan Smith wasn’t quite as reliable as the Saints were hoping last season, but he was a rookie and has time to grow. Smith showed his upside as the potential No. 2 in New Orleans with a couple of huge games.
51. Marvin Jones Jr., DET (29)
Veteran receiver Marvin Jones still plays at a high level for the Lions, but he’s in a run-heavy offense and is closer to 30 than most players in the top 60.
52. Parris Campbell, IND (22)
Parris Campbell’s impact might be felt more immediately in real life for the Colts, as his speed can stretch the field vertically and horizontally. One of Campbell, Devin Funchess, and Deon Cain could certainly become a strong dynasty WR2 with the Colts.
53. Andy Isabella, ARI (22)
The Cardinals went after Andy Isabella ahead of Hakeem Butler, and they’re high on the UMass product’s ability in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.
54. Marquise Brown, BAL (22)
Marquise Brown should get a boost in standard leagues and leagues that reward bonuses for big-play yardage. Otherwise, Lamar Jackson might need to get more consistent as a passer for Brown to be more than a FLEX.
55. DaeSean Hamilton, DEN (24)
An offensive-minded head coach being hired in Denver would’ve been better news for DaeSean Hamilton, but the second-year receiver is just 24 and could become a high-floor fantasy option.
56. John Brown, BUF (29)
Dynasty owners looking to add John Brown should hope that he and quarterback Josh Allen form an immediate connection that makes him the team’s No. 1 receiver for the next few seasons.
57. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (24)
Geronimo Allison and Equanimeous St. Brown are also in the mix, but Marquez Valdes-Scantling probably has the most potential as a dynasty receiver to roster from the Packers behind Davante Adams.
58. Dede Westbrook, JAX (25)
We’ll see which receiver can emerge as a go-to target for Nick Foles in Jacksonville, but Dede Westbrook arguably has the best mix of production and upside to this point.
59. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI (36)
Larry Fitzgerald’s career is on a year-to-year basis, so he probably shouldn’t be on dynasty league rosters that aren’t expected to compete a the title in 2019.
60. Adam Humphries, TEN (26)
Adam Humphries is a good fit with Marcus Mariota, and he could be a consistent 75-catch receiver with the Titans.