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In this edition of the preseason fantasy football top 150 rankings, we dive into the key wide receivers who have resigned or have been franchised tagged ahead of NFL free agency. As we always say, we love continuity so while many players will be on the move, we will break down what the return of Mike Evans, Tee Higgins, and Michael Pittman could mean for fantasy football in 2024.

After this week, we will finally see where all the key NFL free agency will land, and how those new landing spots will impact my rankings! If you want to see the top free agents for fantasy football, check out our article by Jeff here! Let’s dive in!

 

The Return of the WR1s

  • Player: Tee Higgins
  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Overall Ranking: 45 (ECR 47)

It hasn’t been the smoothest career for Tee Higgins as not only has he dealt with injuries, but Joe Burrow has struggled to stay healthy as well. Since entering the league together in 2020, Higgins and Burrow have played at least 50% of the snaps together in just 43 of 67 games.

If that is the case, why should we be optimistic in 2024? In those 43 games, Higgins has averaged 14.9 PPR PPG, and if you increase his snaps to 70% that jumps to 15.9 or WR15 in 2023. At some point, things will click, and with his return to Cincy, I will be ahead of consensus.

 

  • Player: Mike Evans
  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Overall Ranking: 29 (ECR 35)

Somehow Mike Evans had 1200 yards and 10 touchdowns for just the second time in his career with Baker Mayfield at QB. Mayfield’s return is pending, but all signs point to him returning in 2024 so what does that mean for Evans?

Last season in his age 30 campaign he finished as the WR10 with 16.6 PPR PPG (minimum 4 games). Since 2010, 11 wide receivers had 14 or more PPR PPG in their age 30 seasons. On average those WRs saw a 9% dip in production the following season. If that happens to Evans in 2024, he will average 15.1 PPR PPG which would have made him the WR18.

 

  • Player: Michael Pittman
  • Team: Indianapolis Colts
  • Overall Ranking: 47 (ECR 23)

Michael Pittman’s return is great news for the Colts offense after he led the team in every receiving category in 2023. Now with him back on the roster, what should we expect from him and most likely Anthony Richardson next season?

Before we go any further, yes, it’s way too early to jump to any conclusions BUT let’s do a little hop. In the two full games that Pittman played with Richardson in 2023, he had an 8-97-1 and 1-15 receiving line. It’s fair to wonder if Pittman doesn’t match 109 receptions will he be worth at top 24 pick next year? I think I will be fading him at that cost for now.

Check out the latest 2023 Flex Fantasy Football Projections on Razzball.com!

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Christian McCaffreySFRB
Tyreek HillMIAWR
CeeDee LambDALWR
Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR
Breece HallNYJRB
Kyren WilliamsLARRB
Bijan RobinsonATLRB
Ja’Marr ChaseCINWR
Jahmyr GibbsDETRB
Justin JeffersonMINWR
A.J. BrownPHIWR
Jonathan TaylorINDRB
De’Von AchaneMIARB
Alvin KamaraNORB
Rachaad WhiteTBRB
Puka NacuaLARWR
Garrett WilsonNYJWR
Saquon BarkleyPHIRB
Travis EtienneJACRB
Isiah PachecoKCRB
Josh JacobsGBRB
Rashee RiceKCWR
D.J. MooreCHIWR
Sam LaPortaDETTE
Travis KelceKCTE
Mike EvansTBWR
Davante AdamsLVWR
Deebo SamuelSFWR
Brandon AiyukSFWR
Mark AndrewsBALTE
James ConnerARIRB
Joe MixonHOURB
James CookBUFRB
Aaron JonesMINRB
Kenneth WalkerSEARB
Josh AllenBUFQB
Jalen HurtsPHIQB
Patrick MahomesKCQB
Lamar JacksonBALQB
Raheem MostertMIARB
Chris OlaveNOWR
Cooper KuppLARWR
Stefon DiggsHOUWR
Tee HigginsCINWR
David MontgomeryDETRB
Michael PittmanINDWR
Drake LondonATLWR
Zay FlowersBALWR
Amari CooperCLEWR
Nico CollinsHOUWR
Keenan AllenLACWR
Trey McBrideARITE
Dalton KincaidBUFTE
Joe BurrowCINQB
Dak PrescottDALQB
DeVonta SmithPHIWR
Jaylen WaddleMIAWR
D.K. MetcalfSEAWR
Tank DellHOUWR
Derrick HenryBALRB
Zamir WhiteLVRB
Tony PollardTENRB
Rhamondre StevensonNERB
C.J. StroudHOUQB
Anthony RichardsonINDQB
Brock PurdySFQB
Jordan LoveGBQB
Kyler MurrayARIQB
Evan EngramJACTE
Christian KirkJACWR
David NjokuCLETE
George KittleSFTE
Zack MossCINRB
D’Andre SwiftCHIRB
Devin SingletaryNYGRB
Austin EkelerWASRB
George PickensPITWR
Aaron RodgersNYJQB
Courtland SuttonDENWR
Brian RobinsonWASRB
Josh PalmerLACWR
Marquise BrownKCWR
Jayden ReedGBWR
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaSEAWR
Calvin RidleyTENWR
Jordan AddisonMINWR
Chris GodwinTBWR
Dallas GoedertPHITE
Jake FergusonDALTE
T.J. HockensonMINTE
Mike WilliamsNYJWR
Justin HerbertLACQB
Javonte WilliamsDENRB
Jerome FordCLERB
DeAndre HopkinsTENWR
Gus EdwardsLACRB
Najee HarrisPITRB
Jaylen WarrenPITRB
Jakobi MeyersLVWR
Rico DowdleDALRB
Nick ChubbCLERB
Trevor LawrenceJACQB
Tua TagovailoaMIAQB
Keaton MitchellBALRB
Cole KmetCHITE
Jared GoffDETQB
Josh DownsINDWR
Tyjae SpearsTENRB
Terry McLaurinWASWR
Chuba HubbardCARRB
Chase BrownCINRB
Tyler LockettSEAWR
Christian WatsonGBWR
Matthew StaffordLARQB
Curtis SamuelBUFWR
Khalil ShakirBUFWR
Diontae JohnsonCARWR
Adam ThielenCARWR
Kyle PittsATLTE
Romeo DoubsGBWR
Brandin CooksDALWR
Rashid ShaheedNOWR
Pat FreiermuthPITTE
Cade OttonTBTE
Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTE
Wan’Dale RobinsonNYGWR
Roschon JohnsonCHIRB
Demario DouglasNEWR
Jaleel McLaughlinDENRB
Zach CharbonnetSEARB
Jameson WilliamsDETWR
Michael WilsonARIWR
Zay JonesJACWR
Gabe DavisJACWR
Kirk CousinsATLQB
Kendre MillerNORB
Daniel JonesNYGQB
Jerry JeudyCLEWR
Will LevisTENQB
Kendrick BourneNEWR
Dalton SchultzHOUTE
Miles SandersCARRB
Luke MusgraveGBTE
Baker MayfieldTBQB
Darnell MooneyATLWR
Zach ErtzWASTE
Russell WilsonPITQB
Justin FieldsPITQB
Marvin MimsDENWR
Quentin JohnstonLACWR

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 For more from Bobby and his Razzball content, find him on Twitter @bobbylamarco.

Sources: Razzball.comPFF.comFantasyProsFFTodayPro Football Reference and Football Outsiders





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