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Situation and opportunity matter to every position, but maybe none as much as wide receiver. If you’re looking for evidence, check out the industry consensus on Mecole Hardman. Pre-draft he was viewed as a gadget player who had a lot to work on and needed a perfect landing spot. He got the perfect landing spot with the Chiefs, and it sure seems like all of the other concerns vanished. Well, they haven’t.
Hardman does have elite speed and his highlight reel does look a lot like Tyreek Hill, at least rookie Tyreek Hill. But Hill improved a lot as a receiver his first three years in the league, most receivers do. The thing is, the Chiefs have a fourth-year receiver on the roster in Demarcus Robinson, who may just be the beneficiary of the role Hardman is being given by the Fantasy community. No, Robinson can’t do the things Hill did either, but he’s a big riser in the rankings below.
I’d still rather have Hardman than Robinson, but only if their cost is the same. Based on what their cost is actually going to be, I’ll take Robinson.
The flip side of Hardman is all the very talented receivers who ended up in questionable situations. Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin will rely on Lamar Jackson improving as a passer. Hakeem Butler fell to the fourth round and now has to beat out Christian Kirk and a receiver the Cardinals drafted ahead of him (Andy Isabella). A.J. Brown was drafted by a run-heavy team that already had a young receiver we believed had No. 1 upside (Corey Davis). And D.K. Metcalf’s initial landing spot may not be great either.
The positive? Either Brown or Boykin is going to be a No. 1 receiver on their own team. Butler possesses size and skills unmatched in the Cardinals receiving corps. Metcalf will be paired with one of the best deep ball passers in the league.
This is a remarkably deep class, as evidenced by the fact that 10 of them made my top-60 receivers and I left out a few that other people like better. I wouldn’t be all that surprised if 10 of these guys are in the top-40 in a couple of years.
Dynasty Rankings DeAndre Hopkins, TexansOdell Beckham, BrownsMichael Thomas, SaintsJuJu Smith-Schuster, SteelersDavante Adams, PackersMike Evans, BuccaneersJulio Jones, FalconsKeenan Allen, ChargersAntonio Brown, RaidersAmari Cooper, CowboysA.J. Green, BengalsKenny Golladay, LionsStefon Diggs, VikingsAdam Thielen, VikingsBrandin Cooks, RamsRobert Woods, RamsD.J. Moore, PanthersChris Godwin, BuccaneersCooper Kupp, RamsTyler Boyd, BengalsT.Y. Hilton, ColtsCalvin Ridley, FalconsMike Williams, ChargersD.K. Metcalf, SeahawksN’Keal Harry, PatriotsHakeem Butler, CardinalsSammy Watkins, ChiefsCorey Davis, TitansDante Pettis, 49ersChristian Kirk, CardinalsDeebo Samuel, 49ersA.J. Brown, TitansJarvis Landry, BrownsAlshon Jeffery, EaglesAllen Robinson, BearsWill Fuller, TexansTyler Lockett, SeahawksParris Campbell, ColtsMiles Boykin, RavensMarquise Brown, RavensMecole Hardman, ChiefsGeronimo Allison, PackersAnthony Miller, BearsJosh Gordon, PatriotsTyreek Hill, ChiefsCourtland Sutton, BroncosCurtis Samuel, PanthersJulian Edelman, PatriotsMarvin Jones, LionsJames Washington, SteelersJ.J. Arcega-Whiteside, EaglesDede Westbrook, JaguarsMichael Gallup, CowboysKeke Coutee, TexansMarqise Lee, JaguarsDaesean Hamilton, BroncosSterling Shepard, GiantsRobby Anderson, JetsGolden Tate, GiantsTyrell Williams, RaidersJohn Brown, BillsZay Jones, BillsAndy Isabella, CardinalsTre-Quan Smith, SaintsRobert Foster, BillsKelvin Harmon, WashingtonDiontae Johnson, SteelersKenny Stills, DolphinsHunter Renfrow, RaidersDevin Funchess, ColtsDevante Parker, DolphinsEquanimeous St. Brown, PackersTerry McLaurin, WashingtonJalen Hurd, 49ersRiley Ridley, BearsPreston Williams, DolphinsStanley Morgan, BengalsAlbert Wilson, DolphinsDoug Baldwin, SeahawksDeSean Jackson, EaglesLarry Fitzgerald, CardinalsEmmanuel Sanders, Broncos
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