When building a fantasy football team, the wide receiver position should be one of your main priorities. Effective fantasy football receivers, especially in the PPR format, can make the difference between a championship squad and one that misses out on the playoffs.
Targets are the key. According to The Washington Post, 30 percent of the top receivers in PPR finished the season with 150 or more targets. You want to draft players who are going to give you the opportunity to score points because of their workload rather than their big-play abilities. (Try DRAFT on iOS or Android)
Here are some fantasy football receivers you should keep an eye on for your PPR league:
Antonio Brown, Steelers: Pittsburgh has a potent offense, and Brown is one of the key figures, racking up four straight seasons of at least 100 catches. Expect more of the same from one of the best receivers in the league, bar none.
Julio Jones, Falcons: Like Brown, Jones can rack up catches and turn any pass into a long touchdown, which makes him a surefire bet as a PPR standout. Other top-tier targets include Odell Beckham Jr. and DeAndre Hopkins.
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks: The clear No. 1 receiver in Seattle’s offense, Baldwin figures to see plenty of targets from his slot position. While he may not score many touchdowns, Baldwin was targeted 125 times last season and had 94 receptions.
Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos: While he may not be as flashy as other fantasy football receivers, Sanders has been steady, with back-to-back seasons of 137 targets. While others target his teammate Demaryius Thomas, you could snag a mid-round steal.
Pierre Garcon, 49ers: San Francisco is going to be bad, the Niners have to throw it to someone, and Garcon is a perfect PPR player in that he is a possession slot receiver familiar with new coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme. Expect big numbers at low cost.
Corey Coleman, Browns: If you are looking to fill out your roster, you can’t go wrong with this second-year receiver, who figures to be the top target for Cleveland’s offense. He’s projected to get 130 targets this season and could be a sneaky play.
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