The best fantasy football wide receivers, No. 5: A.J. Green
Is Green the NFL’s quietest superstar? The sixth-year player out of Georgia has never had fewer than 1,000 yards and six touchdowns in a season, and both of those low points came in 2014 when he missed three games and was never 100% after suffering a foot injury in Week 1. In his three fully healthy, non-rookie seasons to date, he averaged 93.7 catches for 1,357.7 yards and 10.7 touchdowns. Like DeAndre Hopkins in Houston, Green is at the top of a receiver depth chart in Cincinnati that is largely faceless behind him. While Tyler Eifert emerged last season, it is Green who will command the bulk of Andy Dalton’s attention. Green is as steady as they come, and while he may not have the ceiling of players ranked ahead of him, or, for that matter, a couple of the players behind him, he does have one of the safest floors at the position. You can pencil Green in for 85 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns, which would easily make him a WR1. Consistency and bankability are crucial at the top of the draft, and you’ll get both in Green.