Making the case for Julio Jones as the No. 1 fantasy pick

It'd be hard to go wrong with any of the top three fantasy receivers, but Mike Tagliere makes the argument for the guy in Atlanta.

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Making the case for Julio Jones as the No. 1 fantasy pick

There are a lot of fantasy drafts that are in the books at this point, but speaking from my own personal experience, there are still plenty more to be done. You may be in the same position as me, or you may be done drafting and just looking for good reading material.

Today we are going to make it fun, covering a few receivers that I haven’t done to this point, and for good reason. Not everyone has the chance to draft Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. or Julio Jones. But in this final head-to-head, I’m going to dissect these three receivers, and put them in order for you.

I think it’s a good way to close out what we’ve done this offseason, covering the biggest battles in ADP, figuring out which of two players you should have been taking. If you’ve missed any, they are all right here.

Below I go category by category to explain who the No. 1 wide receiver should be in 2016. And believe it or not, the answer I’ve arrived at is Julio Jones. Let’s take a look at why:

Quarterback strength

This is an area that will likely make some people mad, because we have two long-time veterans who have Super Bowl rings, and the other guy who kinda stunk last year. But let’s do our best to look at raw data and project who does best for their wide receiver.

When comparing their yards per game, it’s clear that Ben Roethlisberger took a giant leap forward the last two years, averaging 317.5 yards per game in that span. Considering he had topped 266 yards per game just once in his previous 10 seasons, something changed for Roethlisberger.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by

  • DEV00100000

    Normally, these articles are great… But this is so obvious that it’s clickbait. Antonio Brown is the #1 pick and it’s not really even an argument.

    • cnoteda1and0nly

      I agree with you even though Julio is my favorite wideout. This article clearly provides evidence for OJB to be crowned as WR #1 but somehow he concludes otherwise.

      • DEV00100000

        I think volume is really the only hurdle for Beckham, and I don’t think the additions of Shepard and Cruz coming back helps him, although it sure does make the Giants better. In fantasy, I believe volume really does carry more weight than any other factor. Anyone that’s targeted almost 200 times would be a top 5 WR. If Odell had that type of volume, he would be in a tier of his own. Either way, I think he’s good enough to be a top 5 WR, even if he doesn’t have the targets, he sort of breaks that mold. Would I take him #1? No. But he certainly could be by the end of the year.

        I still think that Brown is the best choice for fantasy purposes. Not just the safe choice, but legitimately deserves to be the #1 pick in all leagues.

  • viking nation

    I think Odell will get more yards because of the additions of Shepard. Teams can’t double team Odell like they was last season the additions of Shepard & Cruz will force teams to beware of the two additions & it will force them to try & cover Odell with one man. With.the Giant’s easy schedule of teams that are.500 &them teams not having the CBs to cover Odell 1 on 1 I see him getting the kind of yards Brown got last year.