The wide receiver position has taken a backseat to the running backs in the terms of overall fantasy value at the top of drafts, but it's still a very productive and deep position. In fact, wideouts totaled 532 touchdown catches in 2018. That's the most in NFL history. The position also accounted for 18,040.76 PPR points, which is the most since at least 2000 (as far as we can look back). With points being scored at such a high rate in the high-scoring NFL, let's dig a little deeper into who was the most productive when the football was in their hands. And no, I'm not talking about just overall points scorers.
While the final scoring leaders offer a look at how well a player performed in the stat sheets, it fails to offer us a complete picture of how good the player really was for fantasy fans. In the case of the wideouts, here are the position's top 25 players (minimum 50 touches) in fantasy points per touch (attempts plus receptions):
1. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (3.60 fantasy points per touch): It's no surprise to see Williams ranked this high on our list, as he barely met our touch requirement (50) but finished tied for fifth in touchdowns (10) at his position. The Clemson product is a player to watch in 2019, as he still hasn't hit his stats ceiling.
T-4. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (3.14): Hilton was inconsistent at times this past season, but he still bettered his point-per-touch average (3.08) from 2017 and got back in the top 15 among wide receivers. His low touchdown output will put a cap on his value to that of a No. 2 option, however.
T-4. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3.14): Godwin finished an unimpressive 27th in points at the position, but he made the most with his 59 touches. Depending on what the Buccaneers do with DeSean Jackson this offseason, Godwin could wind up on a lot of fantasy breakout candidate lists for next season.
6. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (3.11): No surprise here, as Brown is a regular top-10 finisher in the point-per-touch conversation among wideouts. Here's what we don't know, however ... he's done in Pittsburgh, so what kind of numbers will he produce at his next destination? Stay tuned, fans.
T-7. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (3.01): Hill is coming off his best pro season, finishing third in PPR points while also bettering his point-per-touch average from 2017 (2.67). What's impressive about Hill is that he saw 17 more touches in 2018 and was still able to increase in high PPT average.
T-7. Robby Anderson, New York Jets (3.10) Anderson didn't have the huge season a lot of us had projected, but he finished very strong. In fact, he averaged 2.74 points per touch over his final four games, during which time he averaged 5.8 catches. He averaged just 2.7 catches in his first 10 contests.
9. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (2.97): Adams proved that he belongs among the elite wide receivers in fantasy football after producing a career season in 2018. He scored a touchdown every 8.5 catches en route to the most consistent fantasy campaign of the year. He'll be a second rounder in 2019.
10. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (2.95): Ridley finished 22nd among wideouts during his rookie year, and his 2.95 point-per-touch average is impressive. His downfall, however, is that Ridley was a top-10 receiver in just 31.3 percent of his games, and he scored 42 percent of his points in three games.
Notes:A.J. Green averaged a stellar 3.25 fantasy points per touch last season, but he failed to meet our touch requirements by four (46). The veteran averaged 3.02 and ranked 10th among wideouts in the category in 2017. ... Will Fuller saw just 32 touches last season as injuries cost him nine games, but he did average a very solid 3.32 points per touch. Unfortunately, Fuller hasn't been able to meet expectations due to various ailments that have limited him to 31 combines games in his first three pro campaigns. ... Adam Thielen averaged 9.3 catches, 115.6 yards and scored six touchdowns in his first eight games of the 2018 season. That was good enough for 2.7 points per touch. His average dropped to 2.4 in the second half, however, as he averaged just 4.9 catches, 56 yards and scored three times in his final eight contests. .... Devin Funchess went from ranking fifth among wideouts in points-per-touch average (3.1) in 2017 to 2.79 this past season. He also saw his targets, catches, yards and touchdowns all fall. D.J. Moore will be the Panthers wideout to target in 2019 drafts, while Funchess could be wearing a new uniform as he enters free agency. ... Cooper Kupp missed our requirements by six touches due to injuries, but he did post a solid 3.04 point-per-touch average in his eight games. Barring any setbacks in his return from a torn ACL, Kupp could turn into one of the better draft bargains in 2019 fantasy drafts.