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 Rishard Matthews, TEN (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 217   DOB: 1989-10-12   Age: 28
College: Nevada-Reno   Draft: 2012 Round 7 (20) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014MIA1012 135 2 1 3 0 25.8 2.6
2015MIA1143 662 4 1 4 0 90.6 8.2
2016TEN1665 945 9 0 0 0 148.5 9.3
2017 (Projected)TEN 61 836 6 0 0 0 119.6  

Outlook: When Rishard Matthews was signed last season via the Dolphins he felt more like a fantasy WR4 masquerading as his team's best receiver. The situation couldn't have been any better for Mathews to have a career season in 2016. Without a consistent threat opposite him in the passing attack, sans Delanie Walker, Matthews received 108 targets and made the most of them. So much so that it seems rather unlikely that he will be able to repeat them in the upcoming year. Despite the spike in targets, his 60-percent catch rate is far from elite and his chances of scoring another nine touchdowns with Eric Decker in town are not likely either. He remains a good option for Marcus Mariota and will be effective for Tennessee but he is no longer the best receiver on the team and his window is closing now that the team drafted Corey Davis. He will be a depth option in most formats as a WR3/WR4 in redraft leagues.


 Randall Cobb, GB (Bye: 8)
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Height: 5’10”   Weight: 192   DOB: 1990-08-22   Age: 27
College: Kentucky   Draft: 2011 Round 2 (32) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014GB1691 1,287 12 12 37 0 204.4 12.8
2015GB1679 829 6 13 50 0 123.9 7.7
2016GB1360 610 4 10 33 0 88.3 6.8
2017 (Projected)GB 75 785 6 3 25 0 117.0  

Outlook: After another disappointing year dealing with injury and inconsistency, it's fair to wonder what you can expect from the former Wildcat as he enters his 7th year as a pro. His statistics tailed off frighteningly for the second-straight year, as he amassed only a 60-610-4 line. He was never quite the same after missing a Week 8 game against the Falcons, as an out-of-nowhere 30-point game against the Giants in the playoffs was way too late to help fantasy owners. I think it's fair to assume that Cobb has dropped to the third option in this pass attack. Due to his game and size, he has trouble producing when dinged up, and hasn't gotten back to being the red zone threat his was earlier in his career. I think this offense can absolutely support a third fantasy receiver, and assuming health, Cobb has a WR3 floor. I know I've been a bit negative here so far, but parts of me actually like Cobb better than Adams, especially considering where you can get each of them in the draft. The signing of Bennett is going to open up the middle of the field and Cobb he could return to the 80-plus catch area if he stays healthy.


 Willie Snead, NO (Bye: 5)
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Height: 5’11”   Weight: 195   DOB: 1992-10-17   Age: 25
College: Ball State   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015NO1570 990 3 0 0 0 117.0 7.8
2016NO1572 895 4 0 0 0 113.5 7.6
2017 (Projected)NO 60 806 5 0 0 0 110.6  

Outlook: Willie Snead wasn't heralded when he came into the league as a rookie in 2015 but he's received at least 100 targets in each of his first two seasons as a pro. He will be one of several players tasked with replacing the production of the departed Brandin Cooks and that should encourage fantasy owners to bump him up their cheatsheet a few notches. A mere ten percent increase in production would make him a valuable WR3 most weeks on his way to his first 1,000 yard season. His 69 percent catch rate makes him more even more attractive in PPR formats. Where the floor appears to be his biggest asset, his ceiling isn't nearly as high. There are plenty options near the goal in New Orleans so his lack of touchdowns will prevent him from cracking the top 25 receivers despite playing in a fantasy friendly offense.


 DeSean Jackson, TB (Bye: 1)
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Height: 5’10”   Weight: 175   DOB: 1986-12-01   Age: 31
College: California   Draft: 2008 Round 2 (18) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014WAS1556 1,169 6 4 7 0 153.6 10.2
2015WAS830 528 4 0 0 0 76.8 9.6
2016WAS1556 1,005 4 0 0 0 124.5 8.3
2017 (Projected)TB 54 825 5 0 0 0 112.5  

Outlook: Reinforcing the depth at the receiver position was finally given the attention it demanded after 2016 saw a revolving door of flawed options lining up opposite Mike Evans. Four receivers not named Evans played over 20-percent of the offensive snaps a year ago but only one saw the field on at least half of the team's plays. Inserting Jackson into the mix will allow Dirk Koetter to utilize more of the field and improve his quarterback's passing efficiency in the process. Jackson will turn 31 in December and hasn't caught more than 56 balls since 2013 but he isn't going to be asked to lead the way. He slides into a very comfy secondary role opposite one of the NFL's elite playmakers and should be able to use his burst and route running to make the passing game more dynamic. If Jackson can acclimate himself to the offense, he will be a useful flex option for fantasy owners this season.


 Brandon Marshall, NYG (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1984-03-23   Age: 33
College: -   Draft: 2006 Round 4 (22) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CHI1361 721 8 0 0 0 120.1 9.2
2015NYJ16109 1,502 14 0 0 0 234.2 14.6
2016NYJ1560 787 3 0 0 0 96.7 6.4
2017 (Projected)NYG 59 755 6 0 0 0 111.5  

Outlook: To say that the 2016 season for Marshall was a disappointment would be a vast understatement, as the former first-round fantasy stud posted career lows (not counting rookie season or injury shortened 2014) in catches, yards, touchdowns, and fantasy points per game. He managed to convert less than half of the 129 targets thrown his way by a collection of subpar Jets quarterbacks in route to four consecutive sub-50 yard, zero touchdown games to close out his career in the green and white. Changing to the Giants and Eli Manning will certainly be an improvement over the garbage he dealt with as a Jet, and one could argue that Manning, even in his accelerated age, is the best QB Marshall has ever played with in his ten-year NFL career. But Marshall has always been a volume receiver with over 100 targets in all but his rookie season, and the chance of getting 100-plus targets as the second or third option with the Giants will be a strong order. To be fantasy viable Marshall will need to be a regular red zone threat for Manning and score at least eight receiving touchdowns in 2016 to overcome the loss of yardage and catches.


 Jeremy Maclin, BAL (Bye: 10)
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Height: 6’0”   Weight: 198   DOB: 1988-05-11   Age: 29
College: Missouri   Draft: 2009 Round 1 (19) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014PHI1686 1,329 10 0 0 0 192.9 12.1
2015KC1587 1,088 8 4 11 0 157.9 10.5
2016KC1244 536 2 1 -1 0 65.5 5.5
2017 (Projected)BAL 62 784 5 0 0 0 108.4  

Outlook: After an injury slowed 2016, the Chiefs decided that Maclin's production/pay ration simply wasn't good enough so in a move that surprised many, they released him. The Ravens, in dire need of legit offensive threats, signed him to a two-year deal. Maclin has also been a bit of a fantasy mystery in his career. He had two back-to-back big seasons in his last year with the Eagles and first year with Kansas City. But for most of the remainder of his career he's struggled to truly live up to his 1st round pick status. He joins a Ravens receiver group that has one dimensional players (Wallace) and a third-year guy still finding his way in the league (Perriman).

The Ravens lost a ton of targets when Steve Smith retired and Dennis Pitta suffered to what amounts to a career ending injury. Perriman and Wallace are purely outside players, so it looks like Maclin will find most of his work in the slot. Assuming he's over his 2016 injury, Maclin has a real chance to lead this team in receptions, but I'm not excited about his yardage and touchdown potential. I don't think the Raven's offense will be very good, and Flacco's back injury hasn't helped the chemistry building process. I see Maclin as nothing more than a low ceiling WR3, and not someone I'll be overly excited to add to my team, but someone who could anchor the back end of your fantasy receivers.


 Jordan Matthews, BUF (Bye: 6)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 206   DOB: 1992-07-16   Age: 25
College: Vanderbilt   Draft: 2014 Round 2 (10) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014PHI1667 872 8 0 0 0 135.2 8.5
2015PHI1685 997 8 0 0 0 147.7 9.2
2016PHI1367 731 3 0 0 0 91.1 7.0
2017 (Projected)BUF 63 777 5 0 0 0 107.7  

Outlook: Matthews appears to be the forgotten receiver in Philly this season after posting a surprisingly good, but injury shortened season in 2016. Despite playing in just 14 games, Matthews finished with 73 catches for 804 yards and three touchdowns on 117 targets. His 16-game pace would have left him with an 82/904/4 line, making him a viable flex or matchup play in deeper 12 and 14 team leagues.

With the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith helping to take away coverage from Matthews in the slot, the former second-round pick from Vanderbilt could have a bounce back year and post close to the eight touchdowns he averaged in his first two seasons in the league.

Update 8/15/17: As the forgotten man in the Eagles passing offense heading into the 2017 season, Jordan Matthews' fantasy outlook looked fairly glum with so many receiving threats in Philadelphia. With a shocking trade to Buffalo for cornerback Ronald Darby, the outlook for Matthews changed dramatically as the former second round pick from Vanderbilt will likely slide into the No.1 receiving slot for the Bills in 2017.

Expectations should still be tempered, as the Bills are a run-first team and Matthews does not have the game-breaking speed nor the downfield receiving skills of Sammy Watkins, the player whom he is replacing in the offense. But, Matthews owners should view this as an upgrade due to the fact that he will see an increase in volume.


 Chris Hogan, NE (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’1”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1988-10-24   Age: 29
College: Monmouth   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014BUF1241 426 4 0 0 0 66.6 5.6
2015BUF1336 450 2 1 4 0 57.4 4.4
2016NE1538 680 4 3 9 0 92.9 6.2
2017 (Projected)NE 56 775 5 0 0 0 107.5  

 Kevin White, CHI (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1992-06-25   Age: 25
College: West Virginia   Draft: 2015 Round 1 (7) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016CHI419 187 0 1 9 0 19.6 4.9
2017 (Projected)CHI 55 735 5 0 0 0 103.5  

Outlook: I might as well copy and paste the blurb I had here last year. Once again the potential of White wasn't realized in 2016, as the former 1st rounder missed a majority of the year after suffering a devastating lower leg injury. The injury occurred to the same leg that caused him to miss the 2015 season, and while off-season reports have him healthy and ready to go, it's fair to wonder just how much speed and agility he has left after missing so much time.

It's clear after his four-game stint last season that the Bears desperately want a return on their investment in White. He piled up 36 targets in those games, but unfortunately didn't do much with them. He caught just over half of them, and cashed them in for a measly 187 yards.

The fact remains that no one really knows what White is capable of. He was physically dynamic at West Virginia, but struggled mentally in his first training camp prior to his initial injury. If he has even lost a little because of the injuries, it's hard to imagine him making much of a fantasy splash. He's going to have plenty of opportunity to make plays with only uninspiring veterans and a young undrafted free agent with him on the depth chart, so for those reasons alone I'd be happy to take a flier on him late in my draft as a very low risk, decent reward option.


 Robby Anderson, NYJ (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 190   DOB: 1993-05-09   Age: 24
College: Temple   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016NYJ1442 587 2 3 42 0 74.9 5.4
2017 (Projected)NYJ 56 746 5 0 0 0 104.6  

Outlook: With the departure of veterans Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, second-year wide receiver Robby Anderson is slated to be the No.2 receiving option in New York alongside Quincy Enunwa.

Anderson posted some impressive performances last season, including six catches for 99 yards Week 14 against San Francisco, followed by a four-catch, 80 yard game against Miami the following week that included a receiving touchdown.

Although 85 to 90 targets is not out of the question for Anderson in 2017, the targets will be low value passes from a collection of below average Jet quarterbacks, making Anderson a limited option in anything but deep standard leagues and PPR formats.


 Eric Decker, TEN (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 218   DOB: 1987-03-15   Age: 30
College: Minnesota   Draft: 2010 Round 3 (23) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014NYJ1574 962 5 0 0 0 126.2 8.4
2015NYJ1580 1,027 12 0 0 0 174.7 11.6
2016NYJ39 194 2 0 0 0 31.4 10.5
2017 (Projected)TEN 55 714 5 0 0 0 101.4  

Outlook: Health is the biggest question mark surrounding Eric Decker. The 30-year-old wideout inked a one-year deal with the Titans after missing all but three games in 2016. He finds himself in an offense that doesn't place a huge emphasis on the passing game but does just enough to make the receiver position fantasy relevant. Most of Decker's value resides in his higher than average scoring output so expect Tennessee to use him near the goal on a regular basis. The move to a run orientated team limits Decker's upside but he should have more red zone opportunities with Tennessee than he would have with the Jets. If Decker can take over as Mariota's preferred receiver to get consistent catches he has a real opportunity to be a sneaky good WR2 this year. However, if the injury bug hits or there is a lack of chemistry, Decker could be a touchdown dependent boom or bust WR4.


 Donte Moncrief, IND (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 226   DOB: 1993-08-06   Age: 24
College: Mississippi   Draft: 2014 Round 3 (26) 
SeasonTeamGameRec Yard TDAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014IND1432 444 3 4 17 0 64.1 4.6
2015IND1664 733 6 0 0 0 109.3 6.8
2016IND930 307 7 1 -1 0 72.6 8.1
2017 (Projected)IND 60 705 5 0 0 0 100.5  

Outlook: Donte Moncrief has now dealt with injuries in two of his first three seasons in the NFL and will need to stay on the field to avoid the "injury-prone" label. Moncrief was able to catch a touchdown pass in seven of the nine games he played in 2016 making him a very attractive target for fantasy owners hoping for a full season breakout. A closer look at his numbers reveals only two games with over six receptions in 2016 and five in 2015. Low reception totals make Moncrief far more inconsistent than his numbers indicate on the surface. Nonetheless, the talented receiver out of Ole Miss has little competition to his playing time and will have plenty of room to work playing opposite Hilton. The stars might align to allow Moncrief to take a leap into fantasy WR2 territory yet a simple step forward should make him a solid WR3. Either way, simply staying on the field for most of the season should yield career high production across the board in 2017.