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Fantasy football 2016 rankings: Wide receivers in PPR leagues

PPR receiver is possibly the deepest position in all of fantasy football. Check out SB Nation’s complete rankings here.

Wide receiver is now the biggest position in fantasy football, and PPR (points per reception) has emerged as one of the most popular scoring formats, so PPR wide receiver is arguably the most important position for owners to scour ahead of their fantasy drafts.

The rise of pass-first offenses and three-wideout sets mean there are targets aplenty to go around, making this the richest, deepest position in the entire game. The NFL’s most elite receivers are now getting upwards of 180–200 targets a year, routinely turning in 120 or more catches.

It’s actually a bit surprising that Marvin Harrison’s single-season receptions record (143 in 2002) is still standing after 14 years, but Antonio Brown and Julio Jones came closest last season when both finished with 136 catches. If both men stay healthy they’ll be in the running to break that record once again (Brown in particular, since extra targets are up for grabs after Martavis Bryant’s year-long suspension).

Keenan Allen may have come close to that record — after eight games he was sitting on 67 catches, putting him on pace for 134. Unfortunately, a lacerated kidney ended his season early and the Chargers’ offense sputtered afterwards. Allen is back healthy and should be Philip Rivers’ most trusted weapon once again. I wouldn’t worry about Travis Benjamin siphoning away targets — he’s only there to fill Malcom Floyd’s spot as the deep-ball specialist. Allen is an easy pick at his second-round ADP.

There isn’t much of a difference in our rankings at the top between standard and PPR. Brown, Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green are all first-round picks no matter what your league’s scoring system is.

Other receivers who benefit from the PPR bump include Jarvis Landry, Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks, whose reception totals should outweigh their relative lack of yardage.

Two of the top rookies this year are Corey Coleman and Sterling Shepard, who both have a path to Week 1 starting jobs. In Coleman’s case, the Browns simply don’t have anyone else to throw to until Josh Gordon gets back from his four-game suspension, giving him plenty of opportunity to establish himself. Shepard has been excelling in training camp and seems to have the inside track towards the No. 2 spot next to Beckham. Both players are worth taking a flyer on in the middle rounds.

Rank Consensus Team DC AW SK MG DG
1 Antonio Brown PIT 1 1 1 1 1
2 Julio Jones ATL 3 2 2 2 3
3 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 2 3 3 5 2
4 A.J. Green CIN 5 5 4 3 4
5 DeAndre Hopkins HOU 4 4 5 4 5
6 Dez Bryant DAL 6 6 6 7 6
7 Allen Robinson JAC 8 7 7 6 8
8 Keenan Allen SD 7 9 8 8 11
9 Alshon Jeffery CHI 14 8 11 9 9
10 Brandon Marshall NYJ 13 12 9 10 7
11 Mike Evans TB 10 10 10 11 12
12 Jordy Nelson GB 9 11 12 12 10
13 Brandin Cooks NO 11 13 13 13 14
14 Amari Cooper OAK 15 15 14 16 15
15 Demaryius Thomas DEN 16 16 15 17 13
16 Julian Edelman NE 12 18 19 19 20
17 T.Y. Hilton IND 19 14 16 14 25
18 Sammy Watkins BUF 21 19 17 15 16
19 Randall Cobb GB 18 17 20 21 17
20 Jarvis Landry MIA 17 21 18 20 22
21 Jeremy Maclin KC 22 20 21 18 19
22 Golden Tate DET 20 22 22 22 24
23 Eric Decker NYJ 23 23 23 25 28
24 Doug Baldwin SEA 25 25 25 24 26
25 Kelvin Benjamin CAR 24 29 26 29 18
26 Donte Moncrief IND 26 24 24 26 35
27 Jordan Matthews PHI 27 26 29 23 33
28 Michael Floyd ARI 28 27 28 28 31
29 Emmanuel Sanders DEN 29 30 30 33 23
30 John Brown ARI 31 28 31 27 30
31 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 37 31 27 36 21
32 Allen Hurns JAC 33 37 36 32 29
33 Josh Gordon CLE 30 35 40 30 32
34 Michael Crabtree OAK 32 39 34 38 27
35 DeVante Parker MIA 36 32 33 37 36
36 DeSean Jackson WAS 38 34 37 31 34
37 Marvin Jones DET 35 36 32 34 39
38 Tyler Lockett SEA 44 33 35 40 37
39 Torrey Smith SF 34 38 44 35 --
40 Kevin White CHI 42 41 39 42 42
41 Sterling Shepard NYG 40 44 38 39 --
42 Tavon Austin LA 43 40 46 44 41
43 Willie Snead NO 41 45 42 41 --
44 Stefon Diggs MIN 39 48 43 45 --
45 Markus Wheaton PIT 45 43 49 49 40
46 Corey Coleman CLE 46 46 41 43 50
47 Kamar Aiken BAL 48 42 45 50 --
48 Travis Benjamin SD -- 47 48 46 44
49 Mike Wallace BAL -- -- -- -- 38
50 Vincent Jackson TB 50 50 47 47 --
-- Steve Smith BAL -- -- -- -- 43
-- Laquon Treadwell MIN -- 49 -- 48 49
-- Phillip Dorsett IND -- -- -- -- 45
-- Pierre Garcon WAS -- -- -- -- 46
-- Devin Funchess CAR -- -- 50 -- 47
-- Chris Hogan NE 47 -- -- -- --
-- Dorial Green-Beckham PHI -- -- -- -- 48
-- Mohamed Sanu ATL 49 -- -- -- --