Wide receivers have become more important than ever to the success of fantasy football owners. You'll see that in most 2016 drafts, where as many as four wideouts could be selected in the first 10 overall picks. In the third part of a four-part series on positional effectiveness (quarterbacks, running backs) it's time to move on to the position that could make or break your chances at winning a championship.
Here are the top 30 fantasy wide receivers from 2015 ranked not by total points, but by their fantasy points per touch (FPPT) average.
1. Ted Ginn, Jr., Panthers (2.91 FPPT): Ginn is coming off the best fantasy season of his professional career, but don't read too much into it. He scored a touchdown for every 4.8 times he touched the football (catches/rushes), which is nothing short of ridiculous, and the return of fellow wideout Kelvin Benjamin will no doubt curb his opportunities next season.
2. James Jones, Packers (2.82 FPPT): Like Ginn, Jones' FPPT is higher than you would think because of his impressive touchdown-to-touch numbers ... he found the end zone once for every 6.25 times he touched the rock. With Jordy Nelson back from a torn ACL and some younger wideouts now in the mix, Jones is unlikely to make a fantasy impact in 2016.
3. Allen Robinson, Jaguars (2.80 FPPT): Robinson broke out in the stat sheets last season, finishing fourth in fantasy points among wide receivers while posting an impressive 14 touchdowns. He also found the end zone once for every 5.7 passes he hauled in from Blake Bortles. A slight decrease in touchdowns should be expected, but Robinson will remain a top choice.
4. Sammy Watkins, Bills (2.60 FPPT): Watkins had a slow start to last season, but he finished on fire with three 100-yard performances and six touchdowns in his last six games. He also recorded a solid 2.9 fantasy points per touch in those contests. Looking ahead to next season, Watkins is one of my favorites to move up into the elite players at this position.
5. Allen Hurns, Jaguars (2.52 FPPT): Hurns was one of the biggest sleepers in fantasy football a season ago, posting a touchdown for every 6.4 times he caught a pass from Bortles. Whether or not he can duplicate that sort of average remains to be seen, but fantasy fans would be wise to expect a slight regression in end zone visits for Hurns moving forward in 2016.
6. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (2.45 FPPT): Talk about a Jekyll and Hyde situation. In his first eight games, Baldwin averaged 1.1 fantasy points per touch (40 touches). In his last eight games, he put up a ridiculous 3.1 points per touch (47 touches, 12 touchdowns). Don't expect Baldwin to post the same level of numbers when he lines up for your fantasy team in 2016.
7. Michael Floyd, Cardinals (2.33 FPPT): Floyd was the third option in Arizona's pass attack last season behind Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown, but he was productive when he touched the football. In fact, the Notre Dame product found the end zone for every 8.7 catches he made. Floyd's main issue is that he's seen 100-plus targets once in his four NFL campaigns.
8. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants (2.30 FPPT): Beckham is an athletic freak of nature, and he makes the most of his touches when it comes to the stat sheets. While his points-per-touch average declined against his rookie campaign, OBJ did score more touchdowns per touch (7.5) as a sophomore. It's hard to imagine a draft where Beckham Jr. isn't a first-round selection.
9. Rueben Randle, Giants (2.24 FPPT): Randle didn't see a whole lot of touches in New York last season, but he did score a touchdown for every 7.1 times he caught the football. Now in Philadelphia, the veteran figures to be third on the depth chart behind Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. So despite a solid FPPT average, Randle won't see enough work to improve.
10. A.J. Green, Bengals (2.18 FPPT): Green is one of fantasy football's elite wideouts, but he wasn't consistent last season. In fact, more than half of his fantasy production over the first six weeks came in just one game. He was much better over his final 10 games, though, and averaging better than two fantasy points per touch overall is a positive trend.