Fantasy Football: Which WRs will rise up to top-12 status for the first time? | Sports – Arizona News

Fantasy Football: Which WRs will rise up to top-12 status for the first time? | Sports – Arizona News

Running back remains the most volatile position in fantasy football, but based on the past decade’s annual turnover at the top of fantasy positional scoring, wide receiver isn’t far behind.

An average of 4.5 wideouts have debuted in the WR1 fray since 2007, trailing only backs (5.2). Last season we saw four receivers — Davante Adams, Michael Crabtree, Michael Thomas and Amari Cooper — finish for the first time within the top 12 at their position in standard scoring, according to Pro Football Reference.

In 2012 and 2014, five wideouts separated into the WR1 pack, and as recently as 2010, we saw six. The position has arguably never been stronger. The advantages passing attacks have over pass defenses is inarguable. Using that as our backdrop, here are the the 10 candidates to become first-time WR1s in 2017, ranked from most to least likely.

1. Sammy Watkins, Bills — He’s flashed dominant WR1 ability, as owners lucky enough to have him for his late-2015 surge can attest (5-113-1 over final six games), and Watkins is, by most accounts, relatively healthy as he enters a contract year. Unlike the next guy on our list, he has no serious threats to his volume — Zay Jones’ arrival at best offsets Robert Woods’ departure and Taylor says he’s increasingly comfortable with his oft-injured top target. He’s undoubtedly a risk coming off another surgery on his foot, but Watkins is just 24 and should be highly motivated to potentially hit the open market in 2018, if not shed the growing bust whispers, like Taylor.

2. Terrelle Pryor,…

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