CFF: 2019’s Top Returning Wide Receivers
Wide Receiver is one of the hardest positions to evaluate. One receiver can go for the bottom to the top and vice versa in one offseason. CFF returns many big names this season and I want to point out the guys most worth the early picks this offseason. But for starters, here are our honorable mentions.
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- CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
- Adrian Hardy, Louisiana Tech
- Tee Higgins/Justyn Ross, Clemson
- Kirk Merritt, Arkansas State
10. Marquez Stevenson, Houston
Despite having my highest rated quarterback for the upcoming season, I can’t quite put Marquez Stephenson incredibly high just yet. A coaching change and the returns of Courtney Lark and Keith Corbin both return alongside Tight End Romello Brooker. Expect Stevenson to be among the best but don’t snatch him up before some of these others guys I’ll talk about later.
9. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
#TankForTua is already making its way around social media and that’s certainly for good reason. As long as Tua is playing quarterback for Alabama, Jeudy, Ruggs, Smith, and Waddle all hold some sort of Fantasy significance.
8. Rico Bussey Jr., North Texas
Last season, the debate between the star North Texas receiver came down between Jalen Guyton and Michael Lawrence and the winner was Rico Bussey Jr.. Bussey racked up 1,017 yards on 68 receptions with a whopping 12 touchdowns in 2018 and looks take an even more prominent role with Guyton departing for the NFL.
7. Jalen Reagor, TCU
There are few players that are dynamic enough to be relevant without a prominent passer but Jalen Reagor proved all last year that he can. Reagor finished with 1,061 receiving yards under four separate quarterbacks in 2018 and as long as there’s a guy on that offense that can get the ball to him next season he will do just fine.
6. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
Tyler Johnson wasn’t quite WR1 material going into last season but the combination of he and Rashod Bateman was deadly. Johnson himself went for 1,169 yards and 12 scores. Minnesota doesn’t have to go up against Ohio State like they did last year and probably have Penn State in the most opportune year.
5. Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
The pieces are in place for a huge season from the Flames wideout. Antonio Gandy-Golden finished with 71 receptions, 1,000+ yards, and 10 touchdowns in 2018 and the biggest bump he gets for 2019 is the offensive genius of Hugh Freeze who produced Evan Engram, Laquon Treadwell, and Donte Moncrief.
4. James Proche, SMU
I fell off the James Proche wagon hard when Ben Hicks transferred then hopped right back on when Shane Beuchele came to town. The Texas-transfer was probably third in line in the nations best backups behind Jalen Hurts and Kelly Bryant last season and will make SMU a contender in the AAC next season. Expect big numbers out of the Proche in his second season in Sonny Dykes’ air raid system.
3. Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
It might prove a difficult task to meet his numbers from last year but Tylan Wallace remains high up on this list. Wallace filled the void left by James Washington in his breakout season and should prove productive again in 2019. His passer comes down between the tightest spiral in the 2018 class in Spencer Sanders and Hawai’i-transfer Dru Brown.
2. Laviska Shenault, Colorado
The battle for the top spot between Laviska Shenault and Rondale Moore ultimately came down to who had the better quarterback situation. I like Sindelar better than I like Montez for the time being. Shenault was a one-man wrecking crew for the vast part of last season until he fell due to injury. If Shenault stays healthy and Montez returns to early season form then he could potentially come in as the top dog by the end of the season.
1. Rondale Moore, Purdue
Rondale Moore steps in at number one given he returns the 2018 week one Purdue starter at quarterback and the fact that he doesn’t have to do it alone anymore. Purdue’s excellent recruiting class held strong into signing day and guys like David Bell and Milton Wright will take some of the safeties off of Moore this season.
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