2015 Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Rankings (Part 1)

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7.) Jordy Nelson, Packers – Is coming off the best season of his career (98 | 1519 | 13) but is 30 years old now and may lose a few targets to emerging 2nd year player Davante Adams. Nelson is still a solid WR1 option who could even improve his stats from last season with the Packers trying to play at a faster pace this year. His upside isn’t as high as the player above him on the rankings, but his floor may be and if he stays healthy is a lock for a top 10 finish among his fellow WRs.

8.) A.J. Green, Bengals – Take out the three games that Green left with injury and his fantasy points per game average of 17.6 looks much better. Health is really the only thing that will keep Green from being a top 10 fantasy receiver. Even with a mediocre QB, he’s talented enough to put together a monster season if he can stay healthy. The potential breakout of RB Jeremy Hill could make things even easier for Green this season.

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9.) Alshon Jeffrey, Bears – The trade of Brandon Marshall makes Jeffrey a #1 WR for the first time in his young career. He’s currently dealing with a soft tissue injury, but looked unstoppable before that in training camp. I expect OC Adam Gase to use Jeffrey like he used Demaryius Thomas in Denver which could result in a monster season for Alshon.

10.) Randall Cobb, Packers – Had career highs in catches, yards, and TDs last season and could easily repeat that in 2016 with the Packers reportedly playing at a faster pace this season. The Packers will be spreading the targets around a little more with the potential breakout of Davante Adams, but there will be plenty of looks still for Cobb. He’s become Rodgers safety-valve receiver and is primed for another top 10 season.