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An ode to Davante Adams, the number one fantasy wide receiver

In PPR leagues, Adams became the number one fantasy wide out by the end of week 16. He deserves all of your respect.

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First, I must start this article by addressing Davante Adams:

Dear Davante,

First off, I must apologize to you, your family, your friends, and your teammates— both past and present. During the off-season, August 21st, 2018, I wrote in an article that it was possible that you could be a top-five wide receiver in fantasy by the end of the season. I was wrong because you became the top wide receiver in fantasy football.

This was a massive oversight.

For that, I apologize for underrating your stellar performance. Thank you for a tremendous season.

Through 16 weeks in ESPN PPR leagues, Adams finished number one in points with 305 — out-pacing Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins, Adam Thielen, and Julio Jones who finished second through fifth, respectively. In Yahoo leagues, Adams edged out Antonio Brown by three fantasy points, and in leagues, he finished second to Brown by one point.

Technically, there’s still another week in the NFL season, but if you’re playing into Week 17, you have legitimate qualms with your fantasy commissioner.

Adams was a force all season long, and showed up when it truly counted for fantasy players. During the heavy bye weeks (weeks 9-11), Adams had 16, 21, and 26 PPR points. It’s almost like Adams had himself on several big-money fantasy teams. There was also not a single week in which Adams had single-digit fantasy points. If there was any one player that you could always count on to get his, it was Adams.

Adams is enjoying his best season as a pro, even as the Packers miss the playoffs. In 15 games, he has set career highs in targets, receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and first downs. There was plenty of reason to double team Adams all season long, with Randall Cobb injured and the other rookie wide receivers finding their footing, but Adams was still reliable.

In a lost season that saw Mike McCarthy fired, Aaron Rodgers struggling, and the defense suffer injury after injury, it was Adams who was the brightest light in the darkness.

As we look towards the 2019 season, we can look forward to even bigger things from the Fresno State product. He has just turned 26 years old (Happy Birthday!) and will still remain Rodgers’ favorite target. He’s an excellent route runner, caught 65.7 percent of passes this season, and knows exactly how to get open on extended plays.

So here’s to Davante Adams, the 2018 WR1!