Next up for my onslaught of NFL columns is the top 10 receivers. I actually had a much easier time deciphering this list than the QBs and RBs. I feel like the receivers are a dime a dozen. There are plenty of quality receivers out there, but who is simply irreplaceable in many ways. The top 5 was a no brainer. As like any other position, 6-10 became slightly harder but not to the same magnitude as the QBs or RBs.
10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Analysis: Of course he has the injury prone label because of two season where he was shelved due to injury back to back. The last two seasons, he has been one of the most reliable targets in the league with nearly 200 catches and over 2,500 yards. He is also one of the most sure handed guys in the league.
9. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Analysis: Five years into his career, all five years he has hit the 1,000 yard mark with sub standard QB play for the most part. He also has two seasons in which he caught 12 TDs. At 6’5 and 231 lbs. the guy is a massive target you have to be real bad to miss.
8. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Analysis: Another scumbag on the top 10 list. But the dude can ball. He is as explosive as they come and a matchup nightmare. He is one of two receivers to finish in the top 10 in yards after catch. If you take away the 522 YAC yards last season, he was less than 50 yards short of 1,000 on the year without them.
7. DaVante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Analysis: Adams has emerged as the go-to guy for Aaron Rodgers moving forward. Although he only reached the 1,000 yard mark once in the last three years, he has finished with double digit TDs all three seasons. That was without Rodgers for more than half of last season.
6. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Analysis: Thielen has certainly emerged as the number one guy in Minnesota the last three years with a pair of 1,000 yard seasons under his belt and 18 TDs during that stretch. Quite frankly, it is embarrassing the lack of respect he gets from people.
5. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Analysis: Since his rookie season, Michael Thomas has ranked in the top 10 in receptions, yards and TDs every year minus 2017 where he didn’t hit that mark with TDs. He just got the highest contract for a receiver in NFL history. There is a reason why. He absolutely deserves to be in the top 5.
4. Odell Beckham Jr. Cleveland Browns
Analysis: He is one of THE most explosive playmakers in football. Since coming into the league, he has one of the highest TD rates among receivers. The guy has a knack for finding pay dirt. The last two years he has been slightly down from his first three. However, in the 16 games played, he still managed 102 catches, 1,354 yards and 9 TDs. He did that with sub standard QB play, much like Evans. It will be exciting to see him on the field with his former teammate from LSU Jarvis Landry and Baker Mayfield tossing the rock.
3. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders
Analysis: Absolute head case. Again, he deserves to be here because the production has been there. Until the production stops, you’re a moron if he is not in your top 3.
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Analysis: Entering year 9, Jones looks like he has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. He is one of the most consistent receivers in the league who can do it all. I am sure I will be drinking two Smirnoffs at my draft when I inevitably take him because no one else will. I don’t care. Dude is a stud.
1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Analysis: As much as I would love to put Julio at number one, I can’t. Hopkins has play with beyond sub par QBs until recently. In fact, I would say his QBs have been pretty much piss poor until Deshaun Watson. With 6 years under his belt, he has failed to reach 1,200 yards twice and double digit TDs three times. His last two years have been nothing but consistent thanks to having a formidable QB for most of that time.