Let’s take a look at the top wide receivers for a PPR league for 2018. If you have not already, please take a look at our analysis on the best passing offenses in the league here.
You can check out the article above however that is focused on passing in general, the table below is focused on how wide receivers fit into the mix. The table is sorted by Tier score which was awarded to teams who fell above the 75% threshold in the categories (WR Targets, Total Targets, & WR Target %). The Steelers are far and away the best team to own a WR on (more specifically a certain wide out – Mr. Antonio Brown), however we can see some other surprises.
Any team with an asterisk next to their name has questions and/or a new quarterback under center. Out of the top Tier teams, I believe the strongest teams to target would be Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay (note- Jameis Winston will miss the first 4 games), Green Bay, and Houston (on the belief passing will increase given Deshaun Watson‘s return from injury).
This is not to discount the amount of work given to wide outs on Arizona & Miami, however given the scoring struggles and lack of a clear cut starting quarterback raises some questions. Not to mention MIA was responsible for 24 TD’s through the air, ARI (21) trailed all of the shown above.
Leading the pack was Pitt(29), followed by HOU(28), TB (26), and finally GB(25). All this while Rodgers (GB) and Watson (GB) were injured for substantial time last year. Upon their returns, it seems logical these numbers can improve. In standard leagues the amount of scores through the air are critical for success given the heightened focus on 6 point scores.
Since we have identified some of the top teams that target wide receivers the most, let’s get to those wide outs who see the most action. We are going to take a different approach to this using Lineup Allstar’s available tools to first identify those teams that pass the heaviest (similar to the process above) then specifically focus on the ball hogs on those teams.
The bar chart below is linked the to table shown below it, so you can change the data & chart if you would like. Or change the sort to view those leaders in the standard scoring format, by clicking on the title of the column “Pts” twice to sort from greatest to least. The legend for the table is shown below:
- Rk – rank by STANDARD scoring – so you can see both PPR & STD rank in one view
- WR Trgts – Amount of times team specifically targeted WR on passing attempts
- WR Rec – Amount of team WR receptions
- Tot Att – Total passing attempts to all positions (WR/Backs/TE)
- WR Yds – Amount of receiving yards by team
- WR TD – Passing TD’s caught by wide receivers
- Pts – Standard Scoring Fantasy Points scored by Wide Receivers for Team in question
- PPR Pts – PPR Scoring Fantasy Points scored by Wide Receivers for Team in question
|Rk||Tm||WR Trgts||WR Rec||Tot Att||WR Yds||WR TD||Pts||PPR Pts|
|wdt_ID||Rk||Tm||WR Trgts||WR Rec||Tot Att||WR Yds||WR TD||Pts||PPR Pts|
Now we can see the top teams who utilize their wide outs the most. But who do we draft? Which players are scoring these points? The chart & table combination below will help us determine just that.
The table contains more information than in used in the chart for informative purposes. You can view the top PPR WR’s for any team by changing the filter on the “Tm” column.
We decided to use Detroit since most are aware Antonio Brown, gets the majority of love within the WR group in Pittsburgh. However you can change this to view the top wide outs on any team by simply changing the filter. You can also click on the name of a player to exclude them from the chart.
It is best to use the bar chart above to identify top passing offenses in conjunction with the chart below to identify the top players. For example, we can see the Dolphins generated the 3rd most points for WR’s in the PPR format (from the bar chart above) – so if we change the Pie chart below – we can see Jarvis Landry (now of the Cleveland Browns) was the clear team favorite.
Check out our notes below the chart.
|Rk||Nm||Tm||Gms||Trgts||Rec||Yds||Tds||Rec Lng||Pts||PPR Pts|
|wdt_ID||Rk||Nm||Tm||Gms||Trgts||Rec||Yds||Tds||Rec Lng||Pts||PPR Pts|
- the 200 points registered by Juju Smith-Schuster may seem dismal, but that is only since he is on the same graph as Antonio Brown
- Marvin Jones Jr and Golden Tate both saw great production and an almost identical point distribution
- Jarvis Landry (previously of Miami) will now be playing for Cleveland
- Davante Adams, should be poised for a massive year, given Aaron Rodgers return and the trade of previous #1 Jordy Nelson to the Oakland Raiders
- The Rams get the sharing award, with a phenomenal distribution involving their top 3 threats: Copper Kupp, Robert Woods, & Sammy Watkins (Watkins is now on the KC Chiefs)
Let’s now turn to the 2018 projected team passing information that is ONLY focused on passing fantasy points generated for wide outs. This will help to identify the best projected passing offenses for 2018 using the same methodology for 2017.
Use the bar chart below to identify the best teams, then use the following pie chart below it to identify specific wide receivers. Sorted by Projected PPR Pts generated.