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: Thomas has handled a target share of at least 23 percent in each of the past seven seasons (9.2 per game), including 26 percent in 2017 (8.6). He has finished no lower than 16th among wide receivers in fantasy points during that span, though 16th is exactly where he has finished each of the past two campaigns. Thomas has ranked in the top 10 at the position in targets each of the past four seasons, but he hasn't eclipsed six touchdowns in a single campaign since 2014. Thomas has been a high-floor producer, and he's a candidate for better numbers after Denver's quarterback upgrade to Case Keenum. Thomas is a solid 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: 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: 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: McKinnon is heading west and will replace Carlos Hyde as San Francisco's feature back. Though the 5-foot-9, 212-pound McKinnon is a bit smaller than Hyde ' and not quite as effective a runner ' he's an elite athlete and a better receiver. McKinnon never exceeded 159 carries in a season with Minnesota, and he has averaged 3.59 YPC (worst), including 1.50 after contact (second worst), on 309 carries during the past two seasons. McKinnon's receiving volume has been terrific, but his efficiency has been similarly weak (7.2 YPR). Those numbers are alarming, but McKinnon is now one of the highest-paid backs in the league and is expected to be a workhorse back in Kyle Shanahan's offense. That role should easily allow RB2 production.
2018 Outlook: Mixon missed significant time with injuries, shared touches with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, and struggled with rushing efficiency, but he still ended up 22nd at the position in touches as a rookie. The second-round pick was limited to 3.5 YPC and 1.7 YAC, both of which ranked in the lower quarter of the league. Mixon's pass-catching efficiency, on the other hand, was outstanding. He caught all but four of his 34 targets and averaged 8.4 yards per target (fourth highest). Mixon is still only 21 years old and is expected to enter 2018 as Cincinnati's workhorse back. Though he's safest as your second back, Mixon is a strong breakout candidate.
2018 Outlook: Since entering the league via the fifth round of the 2016 draft, Howard ranks fifth in the NFL in carries (528), third in rushing yards (2,435), eighth in YPC (4.61), ninth in YAC (2.04) and ninth in fantasy points. In other words, he's already one of the game's best rushers. The 23-year-old has struggled badly with receiving efficiency (66 percent catch rate, 5.3 yards per target), which figures to continue to limit his fantasy production, especially with Tarik Cohen in the mix. New coach Matt Nagy figures to inject some life into Chicago's offense, but he's also expected to move away from the team's recent run-heavy scheme. Howard is a fringe RB2 who has more value in non-PPR.
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: 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: 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: The Seahawks appear committed to reverting back to a run-first offense, and selecting Penny with a first-round pick during April's draft further confirmed that game plan. The San Diego State product has good size at 5-foot-11, 220 pounds and is a downhill, elusive back with solid receiving skills. He's not the fastest guy (4.46-second 40-yard dash), but that didn't stop him from averaging 7.8 YPC while managing 10-plus yards on 20 percent of his attempts last season. Penny's 74 forced missed tackles and 110.2 elusive rating were tops in this season's class, according to Pro Football Focus. Penny is expected to be a workhorse as a rookie and can also help out with returns. He is a solid RB2 target.
2018 Outlook: Drake burst into fantasy relevance when Miami surprisingly shipped Jay Ajayi to Miami just prior to last season's trade deadline. From Week 9 on, the 2016 third-round pick averaged 5.0 YPC (2.50 YAC) on 123 rushes and caught 29 passes en route to posting the seventh-most fantasy points among backs. In two seasons, Drake is averaging 5.0 YPC (fourth best at the position) and 2.30 YAC (fifth best) on 166 carries. Drake's efficiency has obviously been terrific, and he's the favorite to lead the Miami backfield in 2018. Though he'll certainly defer snaps and touches to veteran Frank Gore, Drake shouldn't struggle to push for 250 touches, which would allow RB2 numbers.
2018 Outlook: Guice was considered by many to be a first-round talent, but he fell into the Redskins' laps in the second round of April's draft. The LSU product has the size and ability to operate as a three-down back at the NFL level. He may never be an exceptional receiver, but he is a powerful, elusive runner who will do plenty of damage after initial contact. Guice showed his wheels with a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the 2018 combine. He figures to immediately handle most of the team's early-down and goal-line work, with Chris Thompson managing passing downs. The limited role puts a cap on Guice's rookie-season appeal a bit, but his talent/workload combination is enough to put him in the RB2 mix.