Pro Football Focus is one of the better sites when it comes to fantasy football because of their vast information and data they have.
They ranked wide receivers in tiers coming into the 2019 NFL season.
Jeff Ratcliffe dropped his 2019 wide receiver rankings for Pro Football Focus and the Arizona Cardinals found three of their players making appearances.
TIER 6 – UPSIDE CITY - Christian Kirk
Reasoning: Fantasy drafts keep giving wide receiver value this year, as this group of wideouts will be on the board in the middle rounds of your drafts. Some of these players have post-hype sleeper appeal (Davis, Shepard, and even Jackson) while others are viable breakout candidates (Pettis, Kirk, Sutton, and Coutee).
TIER 6A – NO UPSIDE CITY - Larry Fitzgerald
At the same time, you have Fitzgerald and Tate going in this range. Both options are fantasy mainstays who are past their prime. While their name-brand recognition will get them drafted ahead of some of the upside options in Tier 6, their low fantasy ceilings make them less-than-desirable fantasy options.
TIER 9 – LAST-ROUND DARTS - Andy Isabella
If you’re going to use your last-round pick on a wideout, this is a group of options who will likely still be on the board and offer solid fantasy upside.
Not surprising to see Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk in the same tier, while they are labeled differently.
Because if Larry Fitzgerald puts up 80/900/5 and Christian Kirk puts up 70/950/6 one will be ho-hum while Kirk will be on the brink of becoming “the guy”. That is the burden of what Larry has done his entire career, whereas it creates excitement for Kirk.
Isabella is that late round flier that we all take in these fantasy drafts hoping to find a guy that we can feel smart about picking come November.
What do you think about Jeff’s rankings?