Fantasy Football 2018: Early NFC North wide receiver rankings

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Davante Adams
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Davante Adams /
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1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Scoring double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back years helps Davante Adams’ case, as does the fact he’s the clear No. 1 receiver for the Packers. That’s an important factor when considering who to draft.

Aaron Rodgers no longer has Jordy Nelson to lean on in tough situations, which should lead to an increase in targets for Adams, who was already performing at a high level, even when his two-time MVP quarterback was injured.

Adams’ performances with Brett Hundley at quarterback last year proved his success hasn’t just come as a result of playing alongside Rodgers. Instead, it made Packers fans wonder just how dominant he could be with a full year working with No. 12 as the team’s top receiver.

While Adams is yet to hit the 1,000-yard mark, it’s only a matter of time. With 22 touchdowns to his name in the past two seasons, there’s a lot to be excited about.

Based on individual talent alone, I’d put Allen Robinson at No. 1 on this list. But the offense they play in made the difference. While the Bears’ unit has a ton of potential with all of the new additions, it’s still an unknown. For it to work, Mitch Trubisky needs to play much better. There’s no such worry in Green Bay as long as Rodgers is upright.

Adams’ current ADP makes him a late second-rounder, and he’s ranked ninth among wide receivers. That’s about right.

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Adams should be viewed as a low-end WR1 in fantasy, but if both he and Rodgers stay healthy for the entire season, they could form a dominant partnership.