2021 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings
Welcome back to another week of wide receiver rankings. You’ll notice a lot of wide receivers moving up in my Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings. That is because I’m starting to see a lot of consistency in receivers such as D.J. Moore and Deebo Samuel. While some top names are dropping such as Robert Woods and Allen Robinson.
We also are starting to learn which defenses are the real deal after four weeks of football. This comes in handy when it comes to ranking these wide receivers. But, trust me this rankings list will be your cheat sheet to a Week 5 victory.
Just as a reminder if you haven’t seen the last four weeks of rankings, this list is based on half PPR scoring.
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Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings Notes:
Not a huge surprise but I have Justin Jefferson moving up to WR4 this week. The Lions are middle of the pack when it comes to defending the pass. Jefferson has three straight games with a touchdown and I see him dropping at least 100 yards and a touchdown this week. I’m also calling that Jefferson will remain a top-five wide receiver going forward. Adam Thielen will start to go downhill like he did last season.
Corey Davis at WR25 is another wide receiver I love for his Week 5 matchup. The Jets are going against the Falcons. The Falcons have the fifth-worst pass defense so far this season. Davis has been inconsistent this year, but that was Zach Wilson getting used to the NFL. Davis looks like Wilson’s favorite target and Taylor Heinicke and Terry McLaurin just tore up the Falcons. I expect the same results with Davis and Wilson.
Lastly, I have Laviska Shenault Jr. ranked at WR30 for his Week 5 matchup. The Jaguars are going against the Titans. The Titans have the worst pass defense this so far, and now that D.J. Chark is out, Shenault is going to break out. This should be the game he breaks out as it is just him and Marvin Jones Jr. as the two receivers. I expect both receivers to be open all game as the Titans cannot defend the pass this year.
Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings
More Week 5 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | PPR | Flex
|1||Davante Adams||GB||at CIN|
|2||Tyreek Hill||KC||vs. BUF|
|3||Stefon Diggs||BUF||at KC|
|4||Justin Jefferson||MIN||vs. DET|
|5||Cooper Kupp||LAR||at SEA|
|6||D.J. Moore||CAR||vs. PHI|
|7||DeAndre Hopkins||ARI||vs. SF|
|8||CeeDee Lamb||DAL||vs. NYG|
|9||D.K. Metcalf||SEA||vs. LAR|
|10||Terry McLaurin||WAS||vs. NO|
|11||Deebo Samuel||SF||at ARI|
|12||Keenan Allen||LAC||vs. CLE|
|13||Chris Godwin||TB||vs. MIA|
|14||Ja'Marr Chase||CIN||vs. GB|
|15||Tyler Lockett||SEA||vs. LAR|
|16||Adam Thielen||MIN||vs. DET|
|17||Mike Williams||LAC||vs. CLE|
|18||Amari Cooper||DAL||vs. NYG|
|19||Diontae Johnson||PIT||vs. DEN|
|20||Mike Evans||TB||vs. MIA|
|21||Courtland Sutton||DEN||at PIT|
|22||Marquise Brown||BAL||vs. IND|
|23||Tyler Boyd||CIN||vs. GB|
|24||Corey Davis||NYJ||at ATL|
|25||Brandin Cooks||HOU||vs. NE|
|26||Antonio Brown||TB||vs. MIA|
|27||DeVonta Smith||PHI||at CAR|
|28||Robert Woods||LAR||at SEA|
|29||Laviska Shenault Jr.||JAC||vs. TEN|
|30||Allen Robinson II||CHI||at LV|
|31||Odell Beckham Jr.||CLE||at LAC|
|32||Marvin Jones Jr.||JAC||vs. TEN|
|33||Jakobi Meyers||NE||at HOU|
|34||Emmanuel Sanders||BUF||at KC|
|35||Kenny Golladay||NYG||at DAL|
|36||Michael Pittman Jr.||IND||at BAL|
|37||Tee Higgins||CIN||vs. GB|
|38||Jaylen Waddle||MIA||at TB|
|39||Cordarrelle Patterson||ATL||vs. NYJ|
|40||Cole Beasley||BUF||at KC|
|41||DeVante Parker||MIA||at TB|
|42||Darnell Mooney||CHI||at LV|
|43||Henry Ruggs III||LV||vs. CHI|
|44||Robby Anderson||CAR||vs. PHI|
|45||Christian Kirk||ARI||vs. SF|
|48||JuJu Smith-Schuster||PIT||vs. DEN|
|47||Tim Patrick||DEN||at PIT|
|48||Rondale Moore||ARI||vs. SF|
|49||Hunter Renfrow||LV||vs. CHI|
|50||Randall Cobb||GB||at CIN|
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We’re officially through the second week of the NFL preseason and are just two weeks out from real, live, regular-season football. Week 3 should contain more valuable information for fantasy managers, as it’s likely the closest we’ll get to a preview of the regular season for us to make some final adjustments in our fantasy football rankings for the season.
Here, we’ll take a look at where things stand for our PPR wide receiver rankings heading into Week 3 of the 2021 NFL preseason to help prepare you for your fantasy football drafts.
2021 PPR Fantasy Football rankings: Wide receivers
If your league observes a point-per-reception (PPR) scoring format, wide receivers are always going to be a great place to make strides in your fantasy football lineups. Capitalize on your league’s scoring format by chasing wide receivers bound for a voluminous target share.
Adam Thielen vs. CIN, ARI, SEA
Word officially came Wednesday morning that Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. would miss the entire 2021 NFL season after undergoing knee surgery. The team made a move to trade for Jets TE Chris Herndon, but the fact remains that the wide receivers are still likely to be the stars of the show. Adam Thielen led all Vikings skills players in 2020 in and zone target and continues to have upside moving forward into 2021. He is being drafted well beyond second-year wide receiver Justin Jefferson, and a favorable strength of schedule to start the year may make him a big value for fantasy football managers.
Brandon Aiyuk vs. DET, PHI, GB
There are plenty of questions within the 49er offense. Who is the number one wide receiver? Who is the quarterback, for that matter? Though we aren’t yet sure of the plan for this offense, the preseason gave us one indication – the office will be productive regardless. It remains unclear whether or not we will see Brandon Ayiuk resume his role as a touchdown machine, but the matchups versus the Lions and Eagles weak secondaries in Weeks 1 and 2 are sure to at least provide him the opportunity for two statement games to start the year.
Tyler Lockett vs. IND, TEN, MIN
DK Metcalf is the preferred Seattle Seahawks asset to roster in fantasy football, but it’s difficult to argue that teammate Tyler Lockett isn’t the better value. Lockett is typically available as late as the fourth to fifth rounds of fantasy football drafts and will see a similarly decent schedule to start the season. In Weeks 2 and 3, he’ll see the Titans and Vikings who allowed the second-most and fifth-most fantasy points to wideouts, respectively, in the 2020 season.
When making your draft selections in PPR leagues, always remember that you can compensate for a lack of efficiency with volume. In this scoring format, one catch is equally as valuable as 10 receiving yards — meaning you can chase those “possession receivers,” even when they’re not being targeted deep down the field or scoring a ton of touchdowns.
PPR Wide receiver rankings for 2021 fantasy football leagues
|11||Allen Robinson II||CHI|
|26||Odell Beckham Jr.||CLE|
|31||Will Fuller V||MIA|
|37||Marvin Jones Jr.||JAC|
|44||Michael Pittman Jr.||IND|
|48||Laviska Shenault Jr.||JAC|
|50||D.J. Chark Jr.||JAC|
|57||Henry Ruggs III||LV|
|72||Terrace Marshall Jr.||CAR|
|97||Amon-Ra St. Brown||DET|
|118||Keelan Cole Sr.||NYJ|
Fantasy Football WR Tiers 2021: Wide receiver rankings, draft strategy
Written ByJackson Sparks
Wide receiver is always the deepest position in fantasy football. It's easy to get excited about Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins, or Stefon Diggs, but most fantasy football owners prefer to spend their early draft capital on a running back or two. So, what's the strategy if you miss out on the top-tier WRs? Just start grabbing guys indiscrimination in the third, fourth, and fifth rounds? This is where tiers come into play. Having an idea of how rankings separate into tiers is crucial at any position in fantasy, but especially so at WR, where the top options and viable sleepers seemingly never end.
A lot of the top-tier wideouts will be off the board quickly despite running backs dominating the top of the overall rankings. Tyreek Hill is the only wideout regularly being drafted in the first round, according to Fantasy Pros ADP, so you could get a top-tier WR in the second round depending on where you draft.
2021 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200
Knowing when that first tier ends and second tier begins is important. You don't want to reach for your No. 1 receiver when there are still stud RBs and someone like Travis Kelce still on the board. You always want to maximize value, and if you agree with us that there isn't much difference between, say, Allen Robinson and Keenan Allen, you can play it cool even if Robinson is the top remaining name on your draft big board and you don't have a WR yet.
2021 PPR FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200
Unlike other positions, low-tier players are often capable of big weeks at wideout. This isn't to say that you should wait until deep in the draft to start taking them, but it's important to have a knowledge of the receivers in the lower tiers and what they bring to the table. This can help you even early in the draft when you're at a crossroads. Knowing how the rest of your draft could/will unfold if you, say, pass on your first WR for George Kittle early in the third round is important. Will you be happy with the sleepers available late as your WR4 or 5? If yes, then go ahead and take Kittle. If no, then grab a WR and focus on someone like Logan Thomas later in the draft.
DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2021 Cheat Sheet
Ultimately, it's all about having a plan. Wide receiver requires less of a strategy than any other position since there are so many options and you'll be taking them all throughout your draft, but you still want to be prepared for whatever comes your way. You can win with just about any approach, but loading up on receivers early is probably the riskiest. Sure, it's nice to look at your roster and see three bonafide No. 1 WRs for their respective teams, but when the 11th round comes along and you hate all the players on the board except the WRs, you'll wish you had a few earlier picks back.
2021 FANTASY AUCTION VALUES (Standard & PPR):
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Overall
References to ADP (average draft position) will be for standard leagues and courtesy of FantasyPros.
2021 FANTASY TIERS & DRAFT STRATEGY:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST
2020 WR Ranking Tiers: Who are the best fantasy football wide receivers?
Rankings and tiers based on standard, non-PPR leagues. PPR leagues could have different tiers, which is highlighted throughout text below.
1 Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
2 Davante Adams, Packers
3 DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
4 Stefon Diggs, Bills
Hill, Hopkins, and Adams remain from last year's top tier, with Diggs joining the exclusive club. Not much needs to be said about Tier 1. They're all either being taken in the first round or early in the second. Adams, Hill, and Diggs were the top-three wideouts in fantasy last year, in that order. Hopkins finished at WR10 in standard but WR3 in PPR. He had his lowest touchdown total (6) in four seasons last year, and we can expect that number to see a jump.
Even at all of their pricey ADPs, it's hard to argue against banging the table for one of them, especially if the top tier at running back passes you by in the first round.
2021 FANTASY SLEEPERS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Each team
5 DK Metcalf, Seahawks
6 Calvin Ridley, Falcons
7 Allen Robinson, Bears
8 Justin Jefferson, Vikings
9 A.J. Brown, Titans
10 CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
11 Keenan Allen, Chargers
If you selected a WR in Tier 1, you may want to pick a running back before considering someone in Tier 2.
This tier ranges from ADPs of about pick 19 all the way to pick 44. There is incredible value among the guys in this tier. Read the names listed above, and picture any one of them landing in the top five at the end of the year. Would that really be a surprise? Of course not, which is why all are WR1 worthy.
Metcalf is the most expensive option among this tier, and for good reason. He's a walking tank with incredible deep-ball skills in an offense led by Russell Wilson. If you took a running back in the first round, Metcalf is definitely a solid way to follow that up. The running back closest to his ADP (21.5) is Antonio Gibson. If you aren't enamored with Gibson or dedicated to the idea of picking two running backs first, Metcalf makes all the sense in the world.
Ridley's gain is Brown's loss, at least in fantasy. If Julio Jones had remained in Atlanta with Ridley, it's likely that he and Brown, who now competes for targets for Jones, swap places in the rankings. Nonetheless, they both fit comfortably in the second wave of wideouts. They currently have an identical ADP of 23.8, but Ridley is much more likely to see a jaw-dropping number of targets in Atlanta. In PPR formats, Ridley is arguably in Tier 1, and has a little more cushion on Brown. JK Dobbins and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are the top two running backs in this range.
Allen and Jefferson bring a similar route-running savviness to their games but have different skillsets. They will easily be candidates for 100-plus receptions, but a lot of Allen's standard-league success will depend on touchdowns; Jefferson creates chunk plays (more yards/reception than Metcalf last year). Allen is going about nine picks after Jefferson, so depending on your draft position, you might even be able to land both. In PPR settings, they're both arguably in Tier 1.
Robinson and Lamb are unquestionably the best values in this tier. At ADPs of 40.8 and 44.0, respectively, they're a steal at this point in the draft. Robinson has been a steady top-12 WR in the past, and his quarterback situation likely better in Chicago. Lamb may fall even further than his ADP suggests in some leagues. He had a relatively quiet but fantastic rookie season. With Dak Prescott back at the helm in Dallas, Lamb is set for an explosive second-year breakout.
DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2021 Cheat Sheet
Fantasy WR Rankings Tiers: Low-end WR1s, high-end WR2s
12 Mike Evans, Buccaneers
13 Cooper Kupp, Rams
14 Terry McLaurin, Washington
15 Amari Cooper, Cowboys
16 D.J. Moore, Panthers
17 Robert Woods, Rams
18 Julio Jones, Titans
19 Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
20 Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
21 Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
22 Kenny Golladay, Giants
23 Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
24 Courtland Sutton, Broncos
25 Adam Thielen, Vikings
26 Michael Thomas, Saints
Tier 3 showcases just how incredibly deep the wide receiver position is. Although many of these guys have finished as top-12 wideouts in the past, they all have their own reasons for being just below the second tier.
McLaurin, Moore, Golladay, and Sutton all have a similar problem: Questionable (or bad) QB play. They don't have quarterbacks who can elevate their level of play (we shall see with Daniel Jones), boosting them into a higher tier. Sutton feels like a real steal at his current ADP (82.5) as the 33rd wideout off the board, but he's coming back from a torn left ACL.
Evans, Godwin, Kupp, Woods, Aiyuk, and Jones all have the potential to be their respective teams' No. 1 wide receiver. Obviously Godwin/Evans and Kupp/Woods are competing among themselves for the nod as the top option on the Bucs and Rams, respectively. They are directly limiting each others' ceilings for that reason. Jones definitely has the chance to surpass A.J. Brown as the Titans No. 1 WR, but it's more unlikely than likely. In a low-volume passing offense, it's tough to project him higher than a fringe top-20 player at the position. Aiyuk is assumed to take a stranglehold on the 49ers WR1 spot, but we have to see it over a full season before he moves up further in our list. Plus, George Kittle is the real "No. 1 receiver" in San Francisco anyway.
Then you have the guys who are seemingly set in stone as their team's 1B, if not No. 2: Cooper, Lockett, and Thielen. Luckily, they are still highly targeted players with a history of solid fantasy production. You can live with any of these aforementioned guys as your WR1 if you're targeting RBs early and/or Travis Kelce, Kittle, or Darren Waller, but once you get past Godwin, things start to get shakier. Ideally, you're slotting these guys into your WR2 or even WR3 spots, but don't feel you have to pass up on great value at RB in order to do that. There are still plenty of good WRs available.
Beckham Jr. and Thomas share a lot of the same concerns, namely, injuries. Beckham is the Browns' No. 1 wideout, but the offense is so run heavy, it hasn't shown the ability to produce elite fantasy production. Add the injury concerns, and he's not recommended as a No. 1 receiver. With that being said, it's not impossible for Beckham to return to prime form, so if he falls much lower than his WR29 ADP, he's a good value with tremendous upside.
Thomas is being drafted at WR10 at the time of this article. His ADP should see a plummet of epic proportions after news of his left ankle surgery. Thomas figures to miss at least the first month of the season, but it's unclear how long he'll be out. Given last year's struggles, the nagging injuries, and the uncertainty surrounding the Drew Brees-less offense, Thomas can't be considered a WR1 on draft day. If he resembles anything close to his former self once he sees the field, he will be a steal, which makes him an ideal WR3 candidate if you can get him at a reasonable price.
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27 Robby Anderson, Panthers
28 DeVante Parker, Dolphins
29 Tee Higgins, Bengals
30 DJ Chark, Jaguars
31 Ja'Marr Chase, Bengals
32 Chase Claypool, Steelers
33 Diontae Johnson, Steelers
34 Deebo Samuel, 49ers
35 JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
36 Mike Williams, Chargers
37 Antonio Brown, Buccaneers
Clearly, there's still a ton of value at the right spots in Tier 4. You might not do a victory lap after hitting the draft button on some of these guys, but they have the potential to help you do a victory lap after the fantasy playoffs. If you've waited around for your WR2 and WR3, you need to secure someone from this tier in the early middle rounds. The ADPs are more spread out in this tier, so it's tough to say where each will go in your draft. That said, it's likely many will think these players fell "too far," which shows why it's not a bad idea to focus more on other positions in the earliest parts of your draft.
Many will view Chase as having the most upside in this tier. He's being drafted as the WR20, ahead of Kupp, Lockett, Moore, Golladay, etc. Justin Jefferson's rookie season has a lot to do with the hype surrounding him. Not all rookies start out that hot, so be careful not to overdraft. Teammate Tee Higgins, might have something to say about Chase's prospects at Cincinnati's WR1, but it's possible they both explode in what should be a high-volume passing attack. Think last year's Vikings with Jefferson and Thielen (WR6 and WR7).
The trio of Steelers WRs are a tricky group to navigate. It wouldn't be all too surprising to any of the three had the best season. However, you can acquire any of the three around the same point in the draft, with Johnson being the most expensive option (ADP 64.3). There's an argument to be made that Johnson may have reached his fantasy ceiling in 2020 with the insane number of targets (144), but he didn't even top 1,000 yards and scored a relatively mediocre seven TDs. Claypool feels right around the appropriate spot with an ADP of 71 (WR28), though he loses a little value in PPR formats. Smith-Schuster is probably being undervalued. Yes, he was a massive letdown in '20, but his 79.3 ADP seems quite low. We've seen what he's been able to do in the past, and in relation to his ADP, he presents the most upside of the bunch.
Anderson, Chark, and Samuel have the chance to at least be a part of a 1A/1B receiving duo. Although Moore is a much better player, Anderson saw the easy targets in the shallower parts of the field last season (135 targets). Chark has Laviska Shenault Jr. and Marvin Jones right on his heels in contention to be Trevor Lawrence's best friend, and he likely won't replicate his 2019 Pro-Bowl season with upgraded options around him. Samuel has injury concerns and has most likely lost his place as the premier wideout in San Francisco. Still, he's a threat to produce solid fantasy outings thanks to his rushing and playmaking ability.
Parker and Williams are extra attractive in standard formats due to their deep-threat, spectacular-catch abilities. Parker has an incredibly low ADP, being taken as the 48th WR off the board. Go into your draft knowing that he's absolutely a boom-or-bust candidate after Miami added Will Fuller V and Jaylen Waddle, but that ADP still seems to be too low. At that spot in the draft, only backup running backs and older/unproven receivers remain. Chase Parker's upside if those are your options.
Brown is heading into his second season with Tom Brady's Buccaneers. His target share improved as the season went on, and we already know he's been an absolute fantasy superstar in that past. If it weren't for the crowded receiving room in Tampa Bay, he'd likely join Tier 2 or 3. Still, he could have numerous weeks of WR1 production with another year of comfort in the system.
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2021 Fantasy WR Tiers: Potential wide receiver sleepers & breakouts
38 Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
39 Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
40 DeVonta Smith, Eagles
41 Will Fuller, Dolphins
42 Brandin Cooks, Texans
43 Corey Davis, Jets
44 Tyler Boyd, Bengals
45 Marquise Brown, Ravens
46 Marquez Callaway, Saints
47 Michael Gallup, Cowboys
48 Gabriel Davis, Bills
49 Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
50 Jarvis Landry, Browns
51 Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
52 Jalen Reagor, Eagles
53 Marvin Jones, Jaguars
54 Curtis Samuel, Washington
55 Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars
The "sure things" are drying up by Tier 5, but that's not to say there isn't fantastic value here. By now, you've likely selected three receivers, but you might be looking for a third starter or flex in addition to high-upside bench options. You could live with most of these guys as one or even two of your Week 1 starters, and given the mid-to-late-round price tags on them, you won't regret waiting too much.
The trio of Cooks, Landry, and Jones don't fit the "sleepers and breakouts" mold, but these vets shouldn't be completely overlooked. Landry isn't the prettiest option in standard, but he does see a lot of targets, making him a high-floor PPR staple. Cooks always has big-play/big-game appeal. Jones actually presents the most upside among the three vets, but the uncertainty of his new surroundings makes him a bit risky. Still, the No. 1 receiver spot is open for the taking in Jacksonville, and Jones has been an underrated fantasy commodity in prior seasons. At WR51 in ADP, he's worth the pick for the upside.
One of the greatest college wideouts of all-time, DeVonta Smith, is clocking in at an ADP of 80.3. It's not too often you can snag a prolific No. 1 wide receiver that late in the draft (although potential Patriots No. 1 WR Jakobi Meyers is going at WR86). His range of outcomes is anywhere from top-12 to merely top-60. For every Justin Jefferson rookie breakout, there's twice as many Jalen Reagors or Denzel Mims that come along. It's hard to see Smith flopping so hard after watching him terrorize the SEC, but his QB situation doesn't exactly give you a ton of confidence.
Speaking of Reagor, he is the 68th wide receiver coming off the board. Depending on how deep your league is, he's going to sit comfortably on the waiver wire at the start of Week 1. However, he is worth monitoring. The addition of Smith can only help Reagor. Yes, he's not going to be the WR1 in the offense, but he should be in a more ideal spot to flourish. We can't just completely give up on him yet. He's worth your last pick in the draft. It's safe to put Henry Ruggs III in the same category, though he's more likely to be his team's top wide receiver.
Jeudy, Pittman, Marquez Callaway, Shenault and Gabriel Davis are on breakout alert, with Callaway and Shenault being especially interesting in PPR leagues.
Samuel, Brown, Fuller, and Corey Davis have all been around a while, but they're still relatively young veterans. We've seen what they bring to the table, but all have new opportunities -- and a wide range of outcomes -- in 2021. Cooks looks to be the best value here (WR39 ADP), especially if Deshaun Watson is miraculously his quarterback for all or part of this season.
Boyd and Gallup have eerily similar situations. They're talented and have produced solid fantasy seasons, but they are buried behind two first-round talents. Consider them solid picks who could really outproduce their ADPs if there's an injury to another receiver on their teams' depth chart.
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Fantasy WR Deep Sleepers & Boring Veterans
56 Darnell Mooney, Bears
57 Christian Kirk, Cardinals
58 Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
59 Tre'Quan Smith, Saints
60 Cole Beasley, Bills
61 Rondale Moore, Cardinals
62 Emmanuel Sanders, Bills
63 Jamison Crowder, Jets
64 Tyrell Williams, Lions
65 Bryan Edwards, Raiders
66 Nelson Agholor, Patriots
67 John Brown, Raiders
68 Darius Slayton, Giants
69 Russell Gage, Falcons
70 Allen Lazard, Packers
71 Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
72 T.Y. Hilton, Colts
73 Kadarius Toney, Giants
If you're not in a particularly deep league, this tier may have no importance to you. If you are, these guys are late-round fantasy prospects to stash on your bench. Some will undoubtedly emerge as fairly reliable every-week plays, but it's tough to predict who will make that leap. At the very least, the talent in this tier shows why there will always be a receiver worth selecting at any point in your draft.
Of this tier, the guys with the highest upside are Mooney, Smith, Williams, Edwards, and Gage. For all their own reasons, they will likely each see career-high volume. Any could sneak up to a top-24 or top-36 player at the position, especially in PPR for Mooney, Callaway, and Gage.
Waddle, Kirk, Hardman, Moore, and Toney present similar fantasy profiles. It's tough to imagine significant volume for any of them, but they are explosive players, which will lead to some explosive weeks and possibly big seasons if other receivers on their respective teams get hurt.
Beasley and Sanders fight for the right to be, at best, the No. 2 option at wideout in Buffalo. However, anybody on the receiving end of Josh Allen passess certainly has a bit of upside.
Brown and Agholor are deep threats who have struggled to maintain any kind of significant target shares, but they aren't in strong wide receiver rooms, so perhaps they'll have career years.
Crowder, Slayton, and Lazard all figure to be behind at least a few pass-catchers on their teams' pecking order, so barring injuries, they'll likely be matchup-dependent plays
2021 FANTASY CONSISTENCY RATINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
74 Sammy Watkins, Ravens
75 A.J. Green, Cardinals
76 Van Jefferson, Rams
77 Elijah Moore, Jets
78 Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
79 Denzel Mims, Jets
80 Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
81 Josh Reynolds, Titans
82 Tim Patrick, Broncos
83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
84 DeSean Jackson, Rams
85 Randall Cobb, Packers
86 Rashod Bateman, Ravens
87 Preston Williams, Dolphins
88 Quez Watkins, Eagles
89 Rashard Higgins, Browns
90 Josh Palmer, Chargers
Half of the guys in Tier 7 aren't going to see a roster spot, even in deep leagues. The rookies in this list are more worthy of a roster spot because their ceilings (and floors) are completely hypothetical at this point. However, injuries happen, and any of these guys could step into significant roles as a result. At very least, be on the lookout.
Bateman, St. Brown, and Moore are only in this tier due to uncertainty. Bateman could step in as the Ravens No. 1 WR when healthy, but how impressive can that be in the Ravens offense? St. Brown has no pressure to produce right away and is likely to start slow because of uncertainty with the Lions passing game, but he could just as easily be the No. 1 WR sooner rather than later. Moore could also stake claim at the No. 1 WR spot in New York, but that offense is expected to struggle with all the youth in the starting lineup. Mims is seemingly already getting outplayed by Moore in training camp, and with the addition of Corey Davis, he's probably not worth a draft pick.
Watkins, Green, Jackson, and Cobb are the old men of the group. They aren't what they once were and don't look to be major contributors in their offense, but they're all in explosive offenses, so they're at least worth keeping on watchlists.
Jefferson, Reynolds, Robinson, Patrick, and Valdez-Scantling are all playing with WRs and/or tight ends that command much higher target shares. These four specifically are great injury replacements if something were to happen to the stars on their teams.
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2022 NFL Draft: Ohio State wideouts Top Preseason WR Rankings
Chris Olave is near the top of the 2022 NFL Draft preseason wide receiver rankings.
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Two Buckeyes lead the way in the preseason 2022 NFL Draft wide receiver rankings.
The past two draft classes at the wide receiver position have been excellent. 2020 showed off incredible depth, and 2021 had excellent talent at the top with some gems on the second day as well. It looked like the 2022 NFL Draft wouldn’t be up to snuff with the two previous classes, but that was probably an undersell on this writer’s part.
After plenty of summer scouting, this receiver group, while not likely to beat the previous two, has plenty of good talent in it. From elite separators to undersized speedsters, and potential alphas at “X”, these wide receiver rankings have a bit of everything. Let’s dive in!
1. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
The Buckeyes get the top spot early in these rankings with Garrett Wilson. Listed at just 5’11” and 188 pounds, it may not seem like Wilson could profile as an “X” receiver, but he certainly can be with the traits he possesses.
There may not be a real weakness with Wilson. He’s got a strong release package, and stays diverse with his pacing. He shows off the speed, stick, and shuffle release to establish leverage early in his stem. Wilson has incredible change of direction skills and sinks his hips with ease with his flexibility. He utilizes a hop near the top of his stem to freeze defenders and has great explosion off of his plant foot. Wilson uses his hands well to clear contact.
Wilson has a good pair of hands and has very good ball skills. He high points the ball well with great explosion and can slow his stride while maintaining leverage to track the ball well into his hands. Wilson can also make great adjustments and has impressive body control.
After the catch, Wilson has great agility to make defenders miss and stays tough with a stiff arm. He can hit another gear with short area burst and is good at manipulating space.
Wilson looks like he’s in his own tier for the 2022 NFL Draft at this point.
2. Chris Olave, Ohio State
Chris Olave had the option to declare last year, but opted to return to the Buckeyes for his senior season. It could prove to be worth it and there’s a good chance he leaps into the first round conversation in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Like his teammate, Olave has a good release game, showing off a very good speed release, great hesitation, and a good jab step that helps him with early leverage. Olave has the requisite straight line speed to stack corners and win vertically down the field and to eat up cushion versus off coverage. His routes are more smooth than crisp, but he’s still efficient at the top of his stem and attacks blind spots well to create late separation. He’s excellent on a vertical plane and is solid on a horizontal plane.
Olave has some of the best hands in the 2022 NFL Draft, and he tracks it well while also making plays in tough spots down the field and in the red zone. After the catch, Olave has the speed and patience to create.
Olave doesn’t have many holes, other than lacking a bit in the dynamism department and his hand usage against press, but Olave can be an elite WR2 for any team in the NFL.
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Mel Kiper updates wide receiver rankings for 2022 NFL Draft
According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr, these are the top wide receivers heading into the 2022 NFL draft. We will take a closer look at who he thinks is the best receiver coming out.
1. Jahan Dotson, Penn State –
Dotson leads Penn State in all major receiving categories. He has 27 catches for 362 yards with four touchdowns. Dotson is also one of three receivers on the team with a reception of 50 yards or longer. And the best part of his play this year is he hasn’t dropped a single pass thus far.
2. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State –
Wilson is one of two Buckeye receivers on this list. This year he has been used more in the slot with 43 catchers. But he’s still been dynamic as he averages 17 yards per catch. Wilson has caught 23 passes for 391 with three touchdowns.
3. Drake London, USC –
London’s play is one of the only good things for USC fans this season. Although the Trojans have suffered through inconsistent quarterback play, that has not stopped him from leading the country in receiving yards with 540. London’s 39 receptions are tied for the lead in college football. And three of those catches have been for six.
4. Chris Olave, Ohio State –
Olave continues to shred defenses deep with his speed and quickness. But his average years per catch has taken a dip every year, after peaking at 17.3 in 2019. That is because the defense is trying to limit the Buckeyes’ deep threat. Right now he has18 catches for 255 and three touchdowns.
5. Treylon Burks, Arkansas –
Burks is another speedy wideout who does most of his damage from the slot receiver position. He has been the favorite target of quarterback KJ Jefferson this season. He leads the Razorbacks receiving core with 19 catches for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and averages 19.6 yards per catch. And he also has the team’s longest play from scrimmage this year, a 91-yard reception.
6. Jameson Williams, Alabama –
Williams used the transfer portal to land a spot on the Alabama roster. And he has been a dynamic playmaker out the gates. His is second on the team in receptions with 12 but Williams’ receiving yards (299), touchdowns (3), and his 24.9 yards per catch average are tops for the Crimson Tide. And as a bonus, he’s added two more scores in the return game.
7. John Metchie III, Alabama –
Metchie is the sure-handed veteran leader of the Crimson Tide receiving core. He’s is finally getting a chance to head the group that saw four former members go in the first round of the last two drafts. He has 24 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown on the season. But his 10 yards per catch is on the low end for an Alabama receiver.
8. Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama –
The 6-foot-3 junior receiver and Alabama native is helping lead South Alabama. They are off to a 3-0 thanks to his 14 catches for 317 yards. But has not caught a touchdown on the season yet.
9. Dontay Demus Jr., Maryland –
Unfortunately, as this piece was being written Demus suffered what appears to be a significant leg injury in Maryland’s game against Iowa. Coming into the game, he had 24 four catches for 446 yards and three touchdowns. Hopefully the senior can make a full recovery from this injury in time for the draft.
10a. George Pickens, Georgia –
Pickens Has yet to play this year as he is recovering from offseason ACL surgery. Last year as a sophomore he had 36 catches for 513 yards and six touchdowns. Had it not been for his injury this receiver would likely be higher on this list.
10b. Justyn Ross, Clemson –
Justyn Ross is making his way back from injury. He missed all of last season recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Clemson has been slowly bringing him back into the gameplan with every passing week. He has 22 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
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Fantasy Football Tiers (2021): Wide Receiver Rankings Explained
UPDATED: September 3, 2021
We are inching closer to the start of the 2021 NFL season, and with that, we're seeing an obvious increase in the number of fantasy drafts. That makes it more important than ever to put your players into positional “tiers.” Unlike my regular player rankings, which you can also find on Sports Illustrated, tiers group players of similar value together. So, if you miss out on a particular player, you can see others on his tier.
Fantasy Football Tiers
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends
We’ve already looked at the quarterbacks and running backs, so the wideouts are next.
Tier 1 – The Elite
- Davante Adams, Packers
- Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
- Stefon Diggs, Bills
A season ago, Adams, Hill, and Diggs finished 1-2-3 in fantasy points among wideouts, and they're the consensus top three receivers in most 2021 fantasy drafts. Adams will retain the top spot with the return of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and Hill has averaged more than 20 fantasy points in two of his last three seasons. Diggs had a career campaign in 2020, and his prominent role in the Buffalo pass attack keeps him among the elite players at his position. He'll be a high second-round selection in drafts.
Tier 2 – High-End WR1s
- DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
- Calvin Ridley, Falcons
Hopkins has averaged 17.9 or more fantasy points in four straight seasons, and his first year in Arizona resulted in a 1,400-yard campaign. He's an absolute target machine, and he won't last beyond the middle of the second round in most drafts. The same holds for Ridley, who jumped into the high-WR1 conversation after busting out in 2020. With Julio Jones now in Tennessee, Ridley should easily see 140-plus targets once again.
Tier 3 – Mid WR1s
- D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
- Justin Jefferson, Vikings
- Keenan Allen, Chargers
- A.J. Brown, Titans
All four of these wideouts could finish the season in Tier 2, but for now, they're all being selected as mid-WR1s in most drafts. Metcalf and Jefferson both finished in the top seven among wideouts last season, and both Allen and Brown averaged more than 17 fantasy points for their respective teams. The quartet will be third or fourth-rounders.
Tier 4 – Low WR1s/High WR2s
- Allen Robinson, Bears
- Terry McLaurin, Football Team
- CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
- Robert Woods, Rams
- Amari Cooper, Cowboys
Robinson has finished in the top 10 among fantasy receivers in two straight years, but he can still be had as a third or fourth-rounder. McLaurin's stock is rising with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, and Lamb might be the hottest breakout candidate at the position. He's going in the third round in drafts. His teammate, Cooper, won't be that far behind in most leagues. Woods has put up an average of more than 15 fantasy points in each of the last three seasons, and now he'll be catching passes from Matthew Stafford.
Tier 5 – Mid WR2s
- Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
- Dionate Johnson, Steelers
- Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
- D.J. Moore, Panthers
- Mike Evans, Buccaneers
Lockett was enormously inconsistent last season, but he did finish as the WR8 in PPR formats. He could push for low WR1 totals if the Seahawks let Russell Wilson cook. Johnson led the Steelers in targets a season ago and has emerged as the top option for Ben Roethlisberger. Evans finished 21 spots ahead of Godwin at wideout in 2020, but Godwin averaged more points. Both are in the WR2 range in what should be a high-octane Buccaneers offense. Moore, who ranked 25th last season, should see more targets with Curtis Samuel now in Washington and Sam Darnold under center.
Tier 6 – Low WR2s/High WR3s
- Julio Jones, Titans
- Adam Thielen, Vikings
- Cooper Kupp, Rams
- Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
- Tee Higgins, Bengals
- Chase Claypool, Steelers
Jones has long been ranked as a WR1, but his age, durability questions, and a move to Tennessee have dropped him into the WR2 conversation. Kupp and Thielen have both been WR1s in the past and could be good values in drafts. Higgins, Aiyuk, and Claypool are more in the high-end WR3 discussion, but the trio could all push for WR2 value.
Tier 7 – Mid WR3s
- Robby Anderson, Panthers
- Tyler Boyd, Bengals
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
- Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
- Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
- Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
Anderson is coming off a 95-catch season, and now he'll be reunited with Darnold in Carolina. In recent weeks, Boyd's stock has risen with the early struggles of rookie Ja'Marr Chase, and Jeudy could bust out in the stat sheets for fantasy managers with Teddy Bridgewater under center. Smith-Schuster is likely to see a decline in targets and catches, but he's still a viable WR3 in PPR formats. Chase is one of the most talented wideouts to come out of college in the last decade, but he hasn't looked great in the preseason. Regardless, his talent and built-in rapport with Joe Burrow make him an attractive WR3 who could push for WR2 value this year.
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Tier 8 – Low WR3s/High WR4s
- Courtland Sutton, Broncos
- Brandin Cooks, Texans
- Antonio Brown, Buccaneers
- Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars
- DeVonta Smith, Eagles
- Corey Davis, Jets
- Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
- Kenny Golladay, Giants
Sutton is a risk-reward No. 3 receiver who could be a bargain. Cooks and Brown should all be considered No. 3 wideouts in drafts, though you will see Cooks and Brown going as No. 4s in some drafts. Both would be steals in that scenario. Brown could be the best value among the Buccaneers top three wideouts. Shenault, Smith and Waddle have sleeper appeal and are worth a mid to late round selection. Golladay's stock has fallen after missing most of last season and the start of the 2021 training camp due to multiple injuries. The Giants should pepper him with targets when he's out on the gridiron, but Golladay does come with some risk.
Tier 9 – Mid WRs4
- D.J. Chark, Jaguars
- Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
- Michael Thomas, Saints
- Deebo Samuel, 49ers
- Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
- Darnell Mooney, Bears
- Marquez Callaway, Saints
- Curtis Samuel, Football Team
- Marvin Jones, Jr., Jaguars
This tier includes several veteran receivers who will be competing for prominent roles on their respective teams. Curtis Samuel looks locked into the No. 2 spot in Washington, while Chark, Pittman Jr. and Jones could become the top wideouts for their respective teams. Thomas is on the PUP list and will miss the start of the season (at least) after a procedure on his ankle, but he's worth an add-and-stash move within this tier. Consider him in the eighth to 10th rounds in most drafts, depending on the size of your fantasy league.
Tier 10 – Low WR4s/High WR5s
- Jarvis Landry, Browns
- DeVante Parker, Dolphins
- Russell Gage, Falcons
- Will Fuller, Dolphins
- Mike Williams, Chargers
- Sterling Shepard, Giants
- Michael Gallup, Cowboys
- Elijah Moore, Jets
- Tyrell Williams, Lions
This tier includes many players who are projected to or are competing for secondary roles in their offenses. It also includes prominent sleepers like Gage and Moore, who are both quickly moving up draft boards. Moore, who has drawn positive reviews in Jets camp, has become a nice late-round choice as a fifth wideout on fantasy teams.
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