5. Brandon Marshall
Many question how much more Brandon Marshall has at age 32, but in 2015 Marshall continued his greatness, with 1,502 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns. He was Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite target, and was pulling for the Jets to resign Fitzpatrick all offseason. With Marshall having a great relationship with his quarterback, I expect another 1,000 yard season in 2016. He is the team’s number 1 redzone threat and is a touchdown machine. Marshall is also consistent, and should get at least 10 points every game. He will probably go early to mid second round. He is a safe pick, and you know what you will get from him.
4. Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. has hit the league by storm in his first 2 seasons. Last season he had 1,450 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. He has shown the potential to be the best receiver in football. His explosiveness, is pivotal for a fantasy football team. He could have 2 points at halftime, and then have two 50 plus yard touchdown receptions to have around 24 points. He also has the best hands in the league, and seems to catch everything thrown his way. In a wide receiver dominant season, Beckham will most likely be a first round pick.
3. DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins had a huge 2015 season, with 1,521 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. These are top 5 wide receiver numbers, and he also had 111 receptions. He is the go to guy for the Texans. He put up these numbers with weak quarterback play from Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallet, TJ Yates, and Brandon Weeden. He now has a young quarterback in Brock Osweiler, with big expectations for 2016. Osweiler showed a lot of potential in 2015 for the Broncos, and the Texans hope he continues to make strides in 2015. Like Beckham Jr, it seems like Hopkins catches everything. He has been dominant at times, and seems like every cornerback has a tough time covering him. He should be a first round pick in most fantasy football leagues.
2. Julio Jones
Julio Jones is a numbers machine, with 136 receptions, leading the league in 2015 with 1,871 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns. He gets a lot of fantasy points from his receiving yards. He had a very consistent 2015, and had the best season of his career. He has proven through his career that he is one of the best in football. I expect just as many receiving yards but also more touchdowns from him in 2016. He is only 27 years old, and still has a lot of years left. If you see him available, consider taking him. He will be a first round pick, and there are only a few players I’d take ahead of him. You will not regret having him, and will love his ability to have back to back 25 point games.
1. Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown will go number 1 overall in many fantasy drafts. He put up huge numbers in 2015 with 136 receptions, 1,834 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns. He has had 3 straight seasons with over 1,000 yards, and is the biggest long ball threat in all of football. It seems like he has a handful of games where he is hovering around 150 to 175 receiving yards. He also played in all 16 games the last 3 seasons, so he has shown he can stay on the field. He is always a threat for a big game, and should have no less than 8 to 11 points every game. It is nice having a player on your fantasy team that can single handedly win you your game. If you want a player who is a threat for 20 plus points every week, Antonio Brown is your guy.
All stats via ESPN