By Pasha Hashemzadeh
This post will focus on the fantasy wide receivers that should be drafted after Antonio Brown and arguments for each of them being the first wideout taken off the board after AB come draft time.
fantasyhaus’ top overall ranked player, Antonio Brown looks to build on his 2015 All-Pro year where he posted a whopping 136 catches on 195 targets for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns. The guy is a real-life and fantasy monster. With Jerry Rice-like talent, don’t be surprised to see him break Calvin Johnson’s receiving record and top 2,000 yards in Pittsburgh’s potent offense, which is missing suspended up-and-coming wideout Martavis Bryant, only leading to more targets for Brown. Despite his small frame, health is not an issue with AB as he played in all 16 regular season games last year. Let’s discuss the next tier, which is a two man group including Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones.
Odell Beckham Jr. – OBJ is a similar talent to AB in that their size, speed, change of direction, and playing-making abilities are near identical. OBJ should once again thrive in the Giants offense under new head coach Ben McAdoo. The Giants drafted talented and speedy wideout Sterling Shepard who should line up opposite OBJ come commencement of the 2016 season, taking pressure off the star wideout. Eli’s favorite target could have a career year and makes a strong case for the number two receiver off the board.
Julio Jones – If you like big receivers you’ll go with Julio. The man eats up targets in Atlanta’s offense, despite struggles with the passing game. He was virtually the Falcons only real target last year, and looks to build on his strong 2015 campaign. The addition of Mohamed Sanu should only take pressure off Julio, leaving him facing less double coverage. He has had a history of foot injuries, though posted a healthy and Pro-Bowl year in 2015. Draft him early in the first round with ease.
Pasha’s pick: Julio Jones