Earlier in the off-season I dropped my first pass at dynasty rankings by position. Now that we’ve waded through a month of free agency, with the NFL Draft right around the corner, it’s time to see how players on the move have impacted the position. As before, these ranks do not include 2021 rookies, who will be added once the draft has passed.
Friday I started with QBs and looked at RBs yesterday, today I’ll continue with my Top 50 WRs.
1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers. Adams had an incredible 2020 and he’s the top receiver in one of the league’s best offenses. Adams remains my top pick at receiver.
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals. Hopkins had a great first season with Kyler Murray in Arizona and should benefit from having A.J. Green opposite him in 2021. He’s still one of the best at the position.
3. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs. Hill and tight end Travis Kelce are part of the incredibly prolific passing game in Kansas City. Hill is about as reliable a bet as there it.
4. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills. Diggs had an INCREDIBLE first season in Buffalo, and alongside Josh Allen in that system, he’s poised to dominate for years to come.
5. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks. Metcalf and his teammate Tyler Lockett were Top 10 receivers in 2020. Metcalf is an elite talent who is one of the best bets at the position.
6. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans. Brown saw much of his competition for targets leave town this off-season. He’s shown his ability to thrive on low volume, and I’d imagine that volume goes up this year.
7. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson had an incredible rookie year, and I think he builds on it in 2021.
8. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons. There are questions about the rebuild coming to Atlanta in the next couple years, and Ridley is still competing with Julio Jones for targets, but he’s the future, and we got a glimpse of that in 2020.
9. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints. Thomas struggled to stay on the field in 2020, and he’s got a new quarterback coming in 2021, but he’s still the guy that broke records in 2019.
10. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys. Despite the struggles of the Cowboys’ offense in 2020 after Dak Prescott got hurt, Lamb had a strong rookie year. The Cowboys are loaded at receiver, but Lamb is their best pass catcher.
11. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team. McLaurin is a great young receiver who was a big winner this off-season when his team added Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and Curtis Samuel opposite him at receiver.
12. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Godwin is a great young receiver, and Tampa Bay thought enough of him to give him the Franchise Tag in 2021. He figures to play a big part of the Buccaneers’ passing attack.
13. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears. Robinson remains one of the best receivers in the NFL. I wish he was with a better quarterback, but he’s shown an ability to thrive regardless.
14. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers. Allen is a great and consistent receiver who is now paired with a great young quarterback in Justin Herbert.
15. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Evans has been amazingly consistent and is a big Red Zone target. I like Godwin a touch better, but Evans is a rock-solid receiving option.
16. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals. Higgins had a great rookie season, and with A.J. Green and is 100-plus targets gone, Higgins should fare even better from here.
17. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys. Cooper remains a solid and productive option in Dallas. He doesn’t have the ceiling of Lamb, but he’s a great asset.
18. Kenny Golladay, New York Giants. I was hoping for a better landing spot for Golladay, but his talent will help him. Maybe he can help Daniel Jones take a leap forward.
19. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers. Moore was the third best Carolina receiver in fantasy in 2020, but he’s the most talented. I think he’s a good buy low and a bounce back guy.
20. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos. Sutton missed most of 2020 with injury, but make no mistake, he’s the best receiver on the team. Look for a big 2021.
21. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers. Juju is back, which complicates things, but Johnson is the best receiver for the Steelers and he’ll show it in 2021.
22. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers seem poised to get a new quarterback, and he arrives he’ll find a great receiver in Aiyuk.
23. Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers. Juju is still young and a good fit in Pittsburgh. Plus, he’ll have a shot at a new squad next off-season.
24. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars. Chark is also getting a new quarterback, one who can hopefully get him the ball and let him shine.
25. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams. Kupp now has Matthew Stafford throwing him the ball and I expect a big season. He’s still a great receiving option on a good offense.
26. Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers. Claypool and Johnson feel like the future in Pittsburgh, and I expect another big season from the Notre Dame product.
27. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams. Woods is an under-rated receiver and should continue to thrive with Stafford.
28. Odell Beckham, Jr., Cleveland Browns. OBJ missed time in 2020 and the Browns took off. That’s a coincidence, and I expect him to be part of a successful Browns attack again in 2021.
29. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons. Was 2020 a sign of the start of decline, or a hiccup? Either way, Jones is getting older, is expensive and his time in Atlanta seems to be shorter, especially with Ridley picking it up.
30. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks. Yes, Lockett was a Top 10 guy in 2020 and got a big extension. He’s a solid receiver, but I think we see the offense tilt more toward Metcalf in 2021.
31. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals. Boyd is a good receiver, but Higgins is the better option. I suspect the Bengals will add another pass catcher to the mix, too.
32. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos. Jeudy is a fine prospect, but how much volume is there for receivers in Denver? He’s third in the pecking order behind Sutton and tight end Noah Fant, which limits his upside.
33. Corey Davis, New York Jets. Can Davis thrive as a true No. 1 receiver? He got a contract for one in New York, but I don’t see a huge uptick in production coming.
34. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings. Thielen is still a solid receiver but seemed more touchdown dependent in 2020. He’s not getting any younger and Jefferson is coming on. This might be a good sell window for Thielen.
35. Michael Pittman, Jr., Indianapolis Colts. TY Hilton re-signed and Parris Campbell is coming back, but Pittman is the best receiver on the squad to me. I think he takes a step forward in 2021.
36. Curtis Samuel, Washington Football Team. Samuel delivered a WR24 season in 2020. Moving to Washington, opposite Terry McLaurin, he has a chance to shine, and I think he’s due for some solid seasons.
37. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers. Samuel is still a talented receiver, but he’s a third option behind tight end George Kittle and Aiyuk in a run-first offense.
38. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys. Gallup is the man most lost in the shuffle in Dallas. With Lamb and Cooper, he’ll be a third or fourth option. He’ll have his moments, but his week-to-week ceiling feels capped.
39. Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans. Cooks had a great year in 2020, but with an unsettled offense and quarterback situation in Houston, he drops down this list.
40. Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles. Reagor was one of my favorite rookies in 2020 but he didn’t get much of a chance to shine on the field. He’s still the best receiver on the team, and hopefully he can develop chemistry with Jalen Hurts.
41. Will Fuller V, Miami Dolphins. I expect the Dolphins to take a receiver in the draft, and Fuller is on a one-year deal, still with a one-game suspension. He’s a deep threat, but how much does that mean in this offense?
42. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens’ passing offense wasn’t robust in 2020, and questions remain for 2021. I also expect the Ravens to add a receiver as Brown doesn’t look like a true No. 1.
43. Laviska Shenault, Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars will probably add playmakers in the draft, but they should see a passing upgrade with Trevor Lawrence. Chark is the No. 1 receiver, but Shenault showed he’s a versatile weapon.
44. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins. Parker, like Fuller, will have his moments in Miami, but the team also has Mike Gesicki and figures to draft a receiver or two.
45. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns. He’s a great volume receiver, but how much volume will there be for him?
46. Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers. Anderson was a Top 20 producer in 2020 and figures to be a factor in 2021, too. Moore is the better receiver there.
47. Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders. Call this one a hunch. Henry Ruggs III and John Brown are in the mix, but Edwards is the receiver I like best. I believe he has a bright future.
48. Denzel Mims, New York Jets. Mims’ rookie year wasn’t great but with a new quarterback and new offensive scheme, the receiver should step up in year two.
49. Darius Slayton, New York Giants. Adding Golladay hurts Slayton, but he is still a talented receiver who has shown strong chemistry with Daniel Jones in the past.
50. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers. Williams is a big weapon, especially in the Red Zone. He figures to remain a key piece of the Chargers’ offensive attack.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.