2018 Outlook: Diggs posted the best fantasy campaign of his career last season (19th), and he has finished in the top 15 in fantasy points per game each of the past two seasons. Diggs set career highs in receptions (84) and receiving yards (903) in 2016 and more than doubled his career touchdown total by finding the end zone eight times in 2017. Diggs has been a strong fantasy asset when healthy, but durability has been a big issue. The 2015 fifth-round pick has missed a total of eight games, including at least two in each of his three seasons. Diggs is only 24 years old, is loaded with talent, sees plenty of volume and has a better quarterback in Kirk Cousins this season. He's a strong WR2 target.
2018 Outlook: Nine touchdowns powered Jeffery to fringe WR2 fantasy production last season, but he finished 35th in receptions (57) and 29th in receiving yards (789). Jeffery handled 21 percent of the Eagles' targets, which is his lowest rate since he became a full-time player in 2013. Jeffery is a force near the goal line ' he handled 14 end zone targets last season and is third in the NFL with 77 since 2013 ' and the top wide receiver in a high-scoring offense, but he'll need a larger target share to improve on last season's 21st-place finish. He's a fringe WR2.
2018 Outlook: Gordon returned to the field for five games in 2017 after missing all but five games of the 2014-16 seasons due to suspension. He didn't seem to lose a beat, ranking 21st at the position in fantasy points during the five weeks he was active, thanks to 8.6 targets per game and despite a horrid 42 percent catch rate and only one touchdown. Gordon, who posted an absurd 87-1,646-9 line in only 14 games back in 2013, is still only 27 years old. He's an elite talent and the No. 1 receiver in Cleveland's improved offense, though he figures to be limited a bit by a low-volume passing game. Gordon is a good bet for WR2 numbers if he stays out of trouble.
2018 Outlook: Tate joined the Lions in 2014 and has posted a top-24 fantasy campaign in each of his four seasons with the team. Tate has done his damage by loading up on short-area receptions. He ranks sixth in the league in receptions (372), but his 7.0 aDOT is higher than only that of Jarvis Landry among 35 wideouts with more than 200 receptions during the past four seasons. Tate's only red flag is a lack of scoring. He has managed more than five touchdowns in a season once in his career and was lucky to score five times last season, considering his 1.9 OTD and one end zone target. Tate remains a low-ceiling, high-floor WR2.
2018 Outlook: Robinson signed with the Bears following an up-and-down four-year tenure with Jacksonville. The 2014 second-round pick missed all of last season with a torn ACL but showed his massive upside with 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and a position-high 14 touchdowns in 2015, when he finished sixth in fantasy points. Robinson's production plummeted in 2016, though a lot of the dip can be traced to a bizarrely low connection rate on deep balls. Robinson is still only 24 years old, he has proved to be a reliable, high-volume target (at least 9.25 targets per game in 2015 and 2016), and he is clearly Mitchell Trubisky's top receiving option. Robinson is safest as a WR2 but has massive upside in an improving, pass-first offense.
2018 Outlook: Landry was traded to Cleveland following a four-year stint with Miami, where he was targeted 563 times (sixth most in the NFL) and caught 400 passes (third). Primarily a short-area asset, Landry's career 6.28 aDOT is lowest among 45 receivers with 300-plus targets since he entered the league. The conservative role was more than offset by the heavy volume, allowing Landry a top-14 fantasy campaign each of the past three seasons. That included a fifth-place finish in 2017, which was fueled by a career-best nine touchdown receptions. Landry is unlikely to score that often or match the 9.4 targets per game he saw the past three seasons in Cleveland, but his role should still allow WR3 production.
2018 Outlook: Edelman returns to New England after missing 2017 because of a torn ACL. Despite finishing seventh or better among wide receivers in receptions during three of his past four seasons, Edelman has never finished better than 18th in fantasy points. In 2016, Edelman ranked third in targets and fourth in catches but found the end zone only three times. He led the NFL with 10 drops for the second time in three season and, despite catching 98 passes, finished outside the top 30 fantasy receivers during three-quarters of his outings. A whopping 58 wide receivers had a better rate. Edelman is entering his age-32 season but remains Tom Brady's go-to short-area target. He sports WR2 upside, but downgrade him in non-PPR.
2018 Outlook: Smith-Schuster didn't turn 21 until late last season, but the second-round rookie played a fairly significant role right out of the gate and emerged into a go-to receiver for Ben Roethlisberger from Week 8 going forward. The rookie caught 58 of 80 targets for 917 yards and scored eight total touchdowns for the season. He ranked in the top six at the position with an 11.5 YPT, 73 percent catch rate and 6.8 RAC. He finished 19th among wide receivers in fantasy points despite missing two games and was 11th, if those two weeks are removed. As Roethlisberger's No. 2 target, Smith-Schuster is a strong bet to take another step forward in his second season. He has WR2 upside.
2018 Outlook: Cooper set a career-high with seven touchdowns in 2017, but other than that, it was a highly disappointing campaign. The 2015 fourth overall pick had managed 70-plus receptions and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards during each of his first two years, but he missed two games and was held to a 48-680 line in 2017. He was limited to a 52 percent catch rate and posted one of the three worst drop rates at the position for the second time in his career. On the plus side, Cooper finished strongly with a pair of top-15 fantasy weeks. He's also only 24 years old, and new coach Jon Gruden plans to feature him as the team's top receiver. There's risk here, but Cooper is an intriguing post-hype target.
2018 Outlook: Woods averaged a healthy 23 percent target share (6.9 per game) and ranked 10th among wide receivers in fantasy points during the 12 regular-season weeks for which he was active last season. And that doesn't even include the career-high 14 targets he had against Atlanta in the playoffs. Woods has missed at least one game because of injury during four of his five NFL seasons (including three straight campaigns), but he's clearly a fantasy force as Jared Goff's top target. Even with Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks in the mix, Woods shouldn't see a dip in usage in a Sean McVay offense built around picking apart defenses with good route-running possession receivers. He belongs in starting lineups again this season.
2018 Outlook: Sanders missed four games last season, which limited him to his first fantasy season worse than 32nd since his rookie campaign in 2012. Sanders wasn't his normal productive self during the 12 weeks he was active, ranking 41st at the position in fantasy points, though Denver's horrific quarterback play was a big factor. Sanders has averaged a target share of at least 23 percent in each of his four seasons with the team. He has handled 8.7 targets per game and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards three times during that span. Positioned for a sizable role and with Case Keenum now under center, Sanders is a strong bounce-back candidate and in the WR3 discussion.
2018 Outlook: Garcon was averaging 9.0 targets per game and, despite having failed to score a single touchdown, sat 20th among wide receivers in fantasy points prior to suffering a season-ending neck injury last season. The heavy volume and low touchdown production was nothing new for Garcon. In 10 years in the league, he has yet to find the end zone more than six times in a season. Since 2009, he ranks sixth in the NFL in targets (969), but 21st in end zone targets (65). Garcon turns 32 this year and has posted only one fantasy season better than 24th (13th in 2013), but he has WR2 upside as Jimmy Garoppolo's top target.
2018 Outlook: Jones enjoyed a career-best campaign in his second season with the Lions in 2017. The 2012 fifth-round pick ran 626 pass routes (second most) and a league-best 18.0 YPR allowed him 1,101 yards on 61 receptions. Jones caught nine touchdowns (third most) thanks to 18 end zone targets (second most) and now has two seasons with nine-plus scores under his belt. Jones has quietly evolved into one of the league's top deep threats, though it's worth noting that he averaged 10.2 targets per game when Kenny Golladay was out and only 5.1 when the rookie was active last season. With Golladay's role likely to increase this season, expectations for Jones should be lower than the 11th-place finish he posted in 2017.
2018 Outlook: Crabtree signed with Baltimore after a three-year stint in Oakland, where he ranked eighth among wide receivers in targets (388) and fifth in touchdowns (25). Crabtree has racked up at least 15 end zone targets each of the past three seasons, and his total of 50 during that span ranks third in the entire NFL. Excluding weeks when he was inactive or injured, Crabtree has managed a target share of at least 21 percent in each of his nine NFL seasons. That includes at least 25 percent in each of his three seasons with Oakland. A number in that range figures to be his floor in Baltimore, considering the team's shaky group of offensive skill players. The 30-year-old possession receiver is a fringe WR3 target.
2018 Outlook: Watkins signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs after spending the first three seasons of his career as the top dog in Buffalo and 2017 as the Rams' No. 3 target. The 2014 fourth overall pick has flashed at times, but inconsistent production and injuries have limited him to a career-best fantasy finish of 20th. Watkins is only 24 years old and an extremely talented player, but he's switching offenses for the third time in three years, he'll need to fend off Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt for targets in a low-volume offense, and Kansas City has an unknown at quarterback in Patrick Mahomes. There's some upside here for sure, but Watkins is best viewed as a flex.