Top 5 Fantasy Wide Receivers going into the 2019-20 season

By Alex Saunders
Aug. 07, 2019

The wide receiver position is the most competitive position in football because size, speed, and strength is required to be the best. These top 5 wide receivers check off every box to be the best receiver of all time. This is my top 5 fantasy wide receivers going into the 2019-20 season.

1. DeAndre Hopkins

Last season the Texans went 11 - 5 getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Also, last season DeAndre Hopkins was the top receivers in the NFL after putting up outstanding numbers. Hopkins received for 11 touchdowns and finished the season with 1572 receiving yards, all in which he gained through 115 receptions. Last season Hopkins was a runner-up for Offensive Player of the Year after not dropping a single pass last season. Hopkins was 2nd in receiving yards, 3rd for receptions, 5th for touchdowns, 4th in 20 plus receptions with 23, 2nd in yards per game with 98.3, and 1st in receiving first downs with 81. With Deshaun Watson at quarterback this season and the Texans having a mediocre running game, Hopkins should be the number one offensive target on his team.

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

2. Julio Jones

Last season the Falcons had an underwhelming season going 7 - 9 and not making the playoffs. Even though the Falcons team success was low, Julio still performed as a top receiver in the NFL. Julio received 8 touchdowns and finished the season with 1677 receiving yards, all in which he gained through 113 receptions. Julio was tied in 4th for receptions, 1st for yards in the season, 1st for yards per game with 104.8, and 2nd in receiving first downs with 80. If Julio and the Falcons can get back to the level of which they were at for Super Bowl 51 then I can see Julio truly destroying the league just as Hopkins did this last season. Also, if Matt Ryan can put up the same MVP stats he did in the 2016-17 season just a couple years ago, Julio could be number 1 on this list.

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

3. Tyreek Hill

Last season the Chiefs had an outstanding season going 12 - 4 and making it to the AFC Championship game. When Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes are paired up on the football field, it brings out the best of both players. With Tyreek having the number 1 ranked quarterback going into the 2019-20 season on his side how can anything go wrong? Tyreek received 12 touchdowns and finished the season with 1479 receiving yards, all in which he gained through 87 receptions. Tyreek was 4th in receiving yards in the season, 5th in average yards per reception with 17, 4th in touchdowns, 1st in 20 plus receptions with a total of 27, and 4th in yards per game at 92.4. If the Chiefs play like they did last year Tyreek will have the same outstanding season just as he did last season.

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

4. Michael Thomas

Last season the Saints had a great season going 13 - 3 and making it to the NFC Championship but losing to the Rams. Michael Thomas has one of the best quarterbacks, Drew Brees, who was a runner up for Offensive Player of the Year. With Brees and Thomas still having the connection they had last season, this duo could reckon the league for years to come. Thomas received 9 touchdowns and finished the season with 1405 receiving yards, all in which he gained through 125 receptions. Thomas was 1st for receptions, 6th for receiving yards, tied in 10th for touchdowns, 8th in yards per game with 87.8, and 3rd in first down receptions with 75. The Saints are a Super Bowl contender again this year so we are expecting a lot out of them again this season.

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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

5. Mike Evans

Last season, the Buccaneers’ had an underperforming season going 5 - 11, but if Jameis Winston can play up to his potential, I predict Evans will have a career-high season. Evans received 8 touchdowns and finished the season with 1524 receiving yards, all in which he gained through 86 receptions. Evans was 3rd in receiving yards, 3rd in average yards per reception with 17.7, 2nd in 20 plus receptions with 26, 3rd in yards per game with 95.3, and 5th in receiving first downs with 26. If the Buccaneers can just have a mediocre season Evans will be a top 5 receiver easily. Evans is only 25 years old so he has many years to increase his game and become a top tier receiver in the NFL.

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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