Complete Week 18 Projections

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2014 Statistics182129169813.2134130353
2015 Projections170115151313.295300289.4
2015 Outlook: Last season's No. 1 fantasy WR, Brown led the position in receptions (129) and yards (1,698), while ranking second in targets (180). The 5-foot-10, 186-pounder also managed to score 13 TDs, second only to Dez Bryant, thanks to 22 end zone targets (third overall). If you're looking for consistency, Brown is your guy: He was a top-10 fantasy WR in nine of 16 games last year and finished outside the top 25 just twice. A big reason for Brown's dependability? He has registered six or more targets in 33 consecutive games (including playoffs), with 10-plus in 23 of those and 12-plus in 15.
2014 Statistics184111161914.611000288
2015 Projections166102130212.811000262.6
2015 Outlook: With Peyton Manning back for another season, Thomas is locked in as a top-five fantasy WR. In three years with Manning under center, the Georgia Tech product has finished no worse than fourth in receiving yards, seventh in receiving TDs and fifth in fantasy points among WRs. Despite seeing his touchdowns dip from 14 in 2013 to 11 last season, Thomas actually paced the league with 23 end zone targets. New head coach Gary Kubiak is likely to call more runs and install more two-TE sets, but that should cost Thomas only a handful of looks. The 27-year-old is as safe as they come toward the end of the first round.
2014 Statistics13082112413.712000209
2015 Projections13688108712.49000218.9
2015 Outlook: Gronk is great. Sixty TDs in 73 career games (including playoffs) proves he's a transcendent player in a fantasy-friendly system. But you should resist the temptation to go crazy for him on draft day. He lost significant time to injury in both 2012 and '13, and in the past 10 years, the highest-drafted TE has performed as the best fantasy TE only twice. As of this writing, Tom Brady was facing a four-game suspension. While Gronkowski should still be the first TE taken in your draft, Brady's suspension should remove any temptation to select Gronk in the first round.
2014 Statistics13888132015.016000265
2015 Projections14390136715.210000257.2
2015 Outlook: Bryant has spent the better part of his NFL career putting up huge TD numbers, and last season was no exception. He led all wide receivers with 16 touchdowns in 2014 and has averaged 11.2 receiving TDs per season since 2010, tops in the league. In addition to converting a remarkable 54 percent of his career end zone targets into touchdowns, Bryant ranks eighth in total targets among WRs, ninth in receptions, fifth in receiving yards and first in receiving TDs over the past five seasons. Tony Romo's top target is primed for another WR1 campaign.
2014 Statistics13291130514.3127350266
2015 Projections161103138013.488550260.3
2015 Outlook: The poster boy for 2014's historic rookie receiver class, Beckham carried many of his owners to league titles with 91 receptions, 1,305 yards and 12 TDs in only 12 games. And his consistency was something to marvel at, as he provided WR1 numbers in a position-high 58 percent of his appearances. One big reason for that? Eli Manning relied on Beckham heavily near the goal line, throwing 18 end zone targets his way, eighth most in the league. Don't expect that to change any time soon, with Victor Cruz's effectiveness in doubt and Rueben Randle settling into a complementary role.
2014 Statistics164104159315.36110239
2015 Projections159105140313.482130258.1
2015 Outlook: Despite a well-deserved reputation as one of the game's top WRs, Jones has never finished better than eighth in fantasy points. That figures to change with new OC Kyle Shanahan, who will make the Falcons a bit more run-heavy but has a history of relying on his top wideout. Jones finished third in targets (163), receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,593) in 2014, and it's conceivable that he can improve in all three of those departments this year while adding to his underwhelming touchdown total (six). Playing in the comforts of a dome with Matt Ryan at QB, Jones has the upside to be this season's No. 1 overall fantasy WR.
2014 Statistics12871107715.28000187
2015 Projections14587128214.710000246.5
2015 Outlook: Johnson is only 29 years old, but it appears his massive workload is catching up with him. Before last season, he ranked among the 10 most targeted wide receivers in each of the previous six campaigns. Johnson has now missed at least two games in each of the past two seasons, and his 2014 efficiency, postcatch production and target volume all fell below his career averages. Megatron is still among the elite at the position, and targets won't be an issue as long as Matthew Stafford is under center, but he's no longer the cut-and-dried top fantasy wideout. He's worth a look in the second round.
2014 Statistics11669104115.16220172
2015 Projections15190127414.295300242.7
2015 Outlook: After averaging 98 receptions, 1,388 yards and 11 touchdowns in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Green was plagued by injuries for the first time in his career, missing all or a significant portion of six games last season. When he was on the field, though, Green once again proved to be one of the busiest wideouts in the league, racking up 1,041 yards and 6 TDs on 69 receptions. Say what you want about Andy Dalton's ability, but he certainly gets Green the ball early and often. Entering his prime at age 27, Green has the look of a strong bounce-back candidate.
2014 Statistics12691128714.11211370239
2015 Projections12588120013.68141060239.4
2015 Outlook: Back to full health after missing 10 games in 2013, Cobb exploded for 1,324 total yards and 12 touchdowns on 102 offensive touches last season. He finished as fantasy's No. 7 WR and was the only player in the league to eclipse 850 receiving yards (1,067) and eight touchdowns (12) from the slot. Exceptional with the ball in his hands, Cobb put up the fifth-highest yards-per-target mark among WRs (10.3) and actually led the team in targets from Week 7 on. Even if his TD numbers regress a bit, Cobb will still produce WR1 numbers as long as he's handling a massive workload in Green Bay's elite offense, and with Jordy Nelson out for the season, he'll be relied on as Rodgers' undisputed No. 1 target.
2014 Statistics14585113313.3106330203
2015 Projections14788122213.988510230.9
2015 Outlook: While the rest of Chicago's offense was caught up in the Jay Cutler drama, Jeffery quietly dominated down the stretch in 2014. He scored in six consecutive games from Weeks 11 to 16, trailing only Odell Beckham Jr. in fantasy points among WRs in that span. Jeffery is one of Cutler's favorite weapons at the goal line -- his 37 end zone targets since 2013 trails only ex-teammate Brandon Marshall (40). And with Marshall now in New York, Jeffery is locked in as the Bears' top target in new offensive coordinator Adam Gase's scheme, which proved to be fantasy-friendly to No. 1 wideouts during Gase's stint in Denver.
2014 Statistics13082134516.472200218
2015 Projections136.786119713.984260223.4
2015 Outlook: Hilton's 2014 campaign started slowly (7.4 fantasy ppg through Week 5), but it didn't take long for him to move past Reggie Wayne as Andrew Luck's top target. Hilton returned the favor by averaging 10.9 yards per target, the third-best mark at the position. With Wayne no longer in the picture and an aging Andre Johnson now in town, the 25-year-old Hilton is poised to lead the Colts in targets again. His touchdown ceiling will always be capped by his 5-foot-9, 178-pound frame, but the combination of Luck and Indianapolis' pass-heavy attack should result in strong WR2 production.
2014 Statistics12468105115.512000194
2015 Projections136.781120914.97000214.7
2015 Outlook: He's not getting quite as much press as Odell Beckham Jr., but Evans put together one of the best seasons we've ever seen from a rookie wide receiver. Towering over defenders at 6-foot-5, Evans scored 12 touchdowns in 15 games despite having Mike Glennon and Josh McCown as his quarterbacks. Evans finished 29th at the position in receptions, and only three players saw more than his 19 end zone targets. With Jameis Winston now under center and Vincent Jackson fading into the No. 2 role, Evans has the potential to lead the league in touchdown receptions.
2014 Statistics141101140413.998440247
2015 Projections120.778109014.079600207
2015 Outlook: If you're looking for a prime example of the "Peyton Manning bump," start with Sanders. After catching 67 balls for 740 yards and 6 TDs as Pittsburgh's No. 2 wide receiver in 2013, Sanders put up 101/1,404/9 in Denver last season. The Broncos' offense figures to be more conservative with Gary Kubiak at the controls, but the 28-year-old Sanders will remain an every-down player opposite Demaryius Thomas. While Sanders' frame (5-11, 180) and scoring history (11 career TDs before last season) suggest he's a candidate for a dip in touchdown production, another 100-catch season is certainly within reach.
2014 Statistics12776121015.96000189
2015 Projections135.983117314.14000192.1
2015 Outlook: Despite being stuck with one of the league's worst QB situations, Hopkins finished as fantasy's No. 15 WR last year in his second NFL season. Hopkins has made the most of his 211 career targets, registering just four drops and posting the eighth-best yards-per-target mark (10.1) at the position in 2014. With Andre Johnson out of the mix, Hopkins, 23, enters this season as Houston's clear-cut No. 1 WR. The team's still-unsettled QB depth chart will keep him from becoming a fantasy elite, but Hopkins will see enough target volume to warrant consideration in the third round.
2014 Statistics705355010.437731108
2015 Projections121.783114413.8612820216.1
2015 Outlook: After being selected 20th overall in last year's draft, Cooks endured a roller-coaster rookie season. He finished three different weeks among the top-13 fantasy WRs and ranked outside the top 32 in five other outings. (He also missed the final six games with a thumb injury.) Inconsistency aside, Cooks still ranked as the 26th-best WR in standard leagues and 22nd in PPR prior to his injury. Perhaps more important, from Weeks 1 to 11, only Jimmy Graham garnered more targets than Cooks. With Graham and Kenny Stills having been traded this offseason, it's clear the Saints are betting big on Cooks' potential.