10) Sterling Shephard, NYG
2018 Stats: 66 receptions, 872 yards, 4 touchdowns
The New York Giants elected to move forward with Sterling Shephard has the new number one receiver in the Big Apple. Following the trade to send Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason, Shephard inked a four-year deal worth $41 million. Though the fourth-year receiver has shown promise, in his two stints against the Cowboys in 2018 he accumulated only six receptions for 91 yards.
9) Golden Tate, NYG
2018 stats: 74 rec, 795 yds, 4 TDs
Golden Tate will play the Cowboys this year with a third different quarterback throwing him the ball. In week 4 of 2018, while with Detroit, he posted a stat line of 8 receptions for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. A trade to the Philadelphia Eagles a few weeks later would place him alongside Carson Wentz. His below average performance against Dallas in week 10 sort of summarized his stint with Philly. He can now get used to seeing Dallas twice a year while with the New York Giants.
8) Kenny Golladay, DET
2018 stats: 70 rec, 1,063 yds, 5 TDs
The now third-year receiver enjoyed a massive spike in his production in 2018 from his rookie year campaign. Golladay showed glimpses of elite-level play last year. So much so that the Lions opted to go for the younger talent over Golden Tate.
7) Brandon Cooks, LAR
2018 stats: 80 rec, 1,204 yds, 5 TDs
Often a forgotten receiver when it comes to the “elite group.” Cooks amassed his fourth consecutive 1000 yard season. He didn’t have a huge day against the Cowboys during their playoff matchup, but he did follow up that game with two straight 100-yard performances.
6) Stefon Diggs, MIN
2018 stats: 102 rec, 1,021 yds, 9 TDs
Stefon Diggs is on the other side of one of the dynamic pairings in the NFL. When Diggs is hot the Vikings offense can be one of the elite units in the league.
5) Robert Woods, LAR
2018 stats: 86 rec, 1,219 yds, 6 TDs
Robert Woods enjoyed a career-high in receptions, yards and touchdowns in 2018. In fact, since arriving in LA in 2017, Woods has thrived under Head Coach Sean McVay. The LA Rams have employed an offense that can beat you with various weapons on the field. Woods was just the one to shine the brightest last year.
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4) Julian Edelman, NE
2018 stats: 74 rec, 850 yds, 6 TDs
Don’t let the stats fool you. A four-game suspension prevented Edelman from posting his fourth 90-catch season in five years and his third 1,000-yard season during that span. His 10 receptions for 141 yards earned him Super Bowl MVP honors. And Dallas has the pleasure of traveling up to Foxborough to see him and Tom Brady this year.
3) Adam Thielen, MIN
2018 stats: 113 rec, 1,373 yds, 9 TDs
Eight straight 100-yard games do anything for you? If so, Adam Thielen is your guy. Thielen captured his second-straight 1,000-yard season. Somehow, he still gets overlooked?
2) Davante Adams, GB
2018 stats: 111 rec, 1,386 yds, 13 TDs
Davante Adams is one of the few names who have posted three-straight seasons of at least 10 receiving touchdowns. He secured his first 1,000-yard season in 2018 and his trajectory continues to push upwards. However, in five meetings with the Cowboys, he has only eclipsed 100 yards once (1/11/15: 117 yds). Since then, Adams has gone for 2-for-12, 2-for-34, 5-for-76 and 7-for-66 and two touchdowns.
1) Michael Thomas, NO
2018 stats: 125 rec, 1,572 yds, 9 TDs
Since entering the league Michael Thomas has yet to fall under 1100 yards receiving and 92 receptions. An all-around receiving threat, Thomas continues to rise as one of the prominent threats in the league. Through a Herculean effort from the Dallas defense, Thomas was held to five receptions for 40 yards. Will they replicate that performance again in 2019?
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