As the NFL Draft becomes a distant memory, fans will turn their attention to upcoming mini-camps and training camp. As you know, the NFL is filled with talented wide receivers that can have a huge impact on the gridiron and in the world of fantasy football. Which player will have a breakout season? Who will continue to dominate each week? Here are the top 10 fantasy wide receivers for the upcoming NFL season.
1. Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
Last season Antonio Brown caught over 100 passes and was one of the top receivers in the NFL. With the help of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown caught 12 touchdowns and led the Steelers to an AFC North Divisional title. Over the off-season, Brown signed a five-year contract extension that is worth nearly $73 million. At the age of 28, Antonio Brown is in his prime and will have many stellar seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
2. Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. continually made majestic catches while he led the New York Giants in receiving with 101 receptions and ten touchdowns. The Giants drafted TE Evan Engram from Ole Miss in the first round, who is a dynamic playmaker that will limit opposing defenses solely focusing on Odell Beckham Jr. With the added help on offense, Odell Beckham Jr. is a lock to be a top fantasy receiver in the 2017 season.
3. Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons came within minutes of winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Despite the heartbreaking loss, Julio Jones will return even more motivated and dangerous for opposing defenses. Despite missing a couple of games due to injury, Jones caught 83 passes for over 1,400 yards and six touchdowns. If he stays healthy, Jones can easily catch over 100 passes and double-digit touchdowns in the upcoming season.
4. Mike Evans Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers narrowly missed the playoffs, Mike Evans had a spectacular season with 96 catches and 12 touchdowns for over 1,300 yards. With the emergence of Jameis Winston, Mike Evans is a top wide receiver with almost unlimited potential. Evans will look to build upon his strong season and has the ability to exceed his amazing stats from last year.
5. Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson completely recovered from an ACL injury and led the league with 14 receiving touchdowns. Nelson was also Aaron Rodgers favorite target, as he caught 97 passes for over 1,200 yards. The Green Bay Packers will look to continue their high-powered offense with the amazing chemistry between future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.
6. A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green was the top receiver in the NFL that had 66 catches for 964 yards before suffering a hamstring injury in Week 11 that cost him the rest of the regular season. Barring any injuries, Green is in a great position to have a bounce back year for the Cincinnati Bengals, as they look to rebound from a disappointing season.
7. T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is a dynamic receiver for the Colts that led the league with 1,448 receiving yards. Although the Colts struggled throughout the season, Hilton was a lone bright spot for Andrew Luck, as he caught 91 passes for six touchdowns. Hilton will continue to play a significant role in the Colts offense, and he is worthy of being among the top wide receivers drafted in fantasy leagues.
8. Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys
Without Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys surprised even the most optimistic fans with a 13-3 record. Despite missing a few games due to injury, Dez Bryant caught eight touchdown passes for nearly 800 yards. Over the course of the season, Bryant became the favorite target for Dak Prescott. As Prescott continues to improve as a passer, Dez Bryant will have a bounce back season that should eclipse 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns.
9. Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints
Last year, Michael Thomas was a rookie that became a star in the high-powered New Orleans Saints offense. With Drew Brees at quarterback, Thomas caught nine touchdowns with over 1,000 receiving yards. He will look to build upon his strong rookie campaign and have an even greater impact this year in fantasy football.
10. Corey Davis Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans desperately needed a playmaker, and they drafted one with the fifth overall pick in the draft. Davis caught 52 touchdowns and had over 5,000 receiving yards in his spectacular career at Western Michigan. Corey Davis will become a focal point in the Titans offense, and he has the potential to contend for rookie of the year awards. The Marcus Mariota to Corey Davis connection will have a huge impact in all fantasy leagues.