Tyreek Hill (WR1) — Jammed 10.7 targets per game across Kansas City’s last 11 contests including 10.3 in three postseason tilts. Hill’s volume from Patrick Mahomes in the Chiefs’ pass-happy offense, aka the league’s second-highest pass play rate in neutral game script over the second half of the season, cements the former as fantasy’s unanimous WR1 even if Aaron Rodgers were to return to Green Bay (and keep Davante Adams afloat).
Stefon Diggs (WR2) — Force-fed a career-high 166 targets under OC Brian Daboll, which resulted in a league-leading 127 catches and 1,535 yards. Diggs’ 12.1 targets per game in seven starts without John Brown quietly paint an even higher ceiling for the former in 2021.
Davante Adams (WR3) — Averaged 11.3 targets from Aaron Rodgers in 25 full games dating back to Week 9 of the 2019 season. This ranking is a hedge towards A-Rod’s surrounding trade rumors just in case Adams is catching passes from Jordan Love in 2021.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR4) — Doubled-up his next closest teammate (Christian Kirk, 79) with 160 targets and the league’s second-highest target share (29.3%) in his first year from Kyler Murray. 150-plus targets in six consecutive seasons keeps Hopkins’ floor as safe as any in his tier.
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Calvin Ridley (WR5) — Qualified as a top-seven receiver whether Julio Jones was available (17.4 fantasy points in eight games) or absent (20.5 in seven games without) in 2020. Note Ridley’s 31% target share and 51% air yards share ahead of any Jones trade post-June 1.
A.J. Brown (WR6) — Sky’s the limit for Brown after Tennessee pieced together an underwhelming group of names — Josh Reynolds, Marcus Johnson, fourth-round WR Dez Fitzpatrick, sixth-rounder Racey McMath — to replace Corey Davis. Note that the Titans have the league’s third-most available targets (224, 47.9%) missing from last year’s production.
Justin Jefferson (WR7) — Jefferson averaged the third-most Yards Per Route Run (2.66) by a rookie wideout with 50-plus targets since 2010 despite playing behind Bisi Johnson in Minnesota’s first two games. The former’s egregious margin in end zone targets to Adam Thielen‘s (20-8) is expected to regress simply by registering similar usage to one another for a full year.
DK Metcalf (WR8) — Metcalf carried the team with 64 targets (8.0 per game) and the league’s third-most air yards (989) through Seattle’s first eight games before its offense went run-heavy and kaput. Registered just one top-12 finish (and two top-20) over the second half of the season.
CeeDee Lamb (WR12) — Team-high in end zone targets (3) with Dak Prescott under center. Expected to be a full-time player in year two after frustratingly logging 58.7% of the team’s snaps from Week 7 on.
D.J. Moore (WR13) — Moore has quiely stacked the league’s sixth-most receiving yards (2,368) from Cam Newton, Kyle Allen, Will Grier, and Teddy Bridgewater the past two years but has failed to finish any higher than 15th in fantasy points per game due to his lack of touchdowns (8). Encouraging that he still led the team with 10 end zone targets in 2020.
Terry McLaurin (WR14) — McLaurin is poised to improve on last year’s 14.9 FPPG by simply catching passes from the best signal-caller he’s played with at any point in his career. 9.8 aDOT doesn’t overlap with OC Scott Turner’s past usage of Curtis Samuel, who was anchored underneath for 4.3 yards per target in the four games the former coordinated in 2019 with the Panthers.
Mike Evans (WR15) — Evans sprayed himself in ‘Old Spice: Touchdown’ prior to taking the field without Chris Godwin last year, averaging two more targets (6.2 to 8.5) and 7.0 more fantasy points (13.8 to 20) in the four games the latter missed while hauling in a score for each of those contests. Tom Brady also looked to Evans inside the red zone even with Antonio Brown available, allowing the former to lead the team in targets (63) and end zone opportunities (8) in the eight games Brown played.
Allen Robinson (WR16) — 150-plus targets in back-to-back seasons despite playing with Mitch Trubisky, Chase Daniel, and Nick Foles in that time. Justin Fields will be the best quarterback Robinson’s ever played with the moment Andy Dalton is benched.
Robert Woods (WR17) — Los Angeles’ team leader in targets for three consecutive seasons, Woods’ untapped ceiling is in range with Matthew Stafford after the former succeeded both from the slot (team-high 2.55 YPRR in 2019) and out wide (23% air yards share last year) of late.
Cooper Kupp (WR18) — Sean McVay’s go-to option in the money zone with 30 total red zone targets the past two years. Upgrade from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford, not to mention added speed on the outside with DeSean Jackson and Tutu Atwell, are all checks in favor of Kupp.
Julio Jones (WR19) — Julio’s highs were still worth chasing in his age-31 season, averaging 19 fantasy points and the fourth-most YPRR among wideouts in seven full games. 2021 outlook and firm Best-Ball ranking are still dependent on his next home.
Adam Thielen (WR20) — Trailed Justin Jefferson in targets (103-90) in 13 games together from Week 3 on. An obvious regression candidate after converting a league-high 13-of-20 end zone opportunities into touchdowns.
Tyler Lockett (WR21) — Lockett is incorrectly being penalized for piling 6.0 fewer fantasy points than D.K. Metcalf (271.3-265.4) during a handful of games rather than offering a high floor weekly. Drafters should ignore his second half (failed to eclipse 100 yards from Week 8 on) and enjoy the smattering of league-winning starts he’ll inevitably post alongside Metcalf yet again.
Chris Godwin (WR22) — Low man on the totem pole with 55 targets in the eight games he played alongside Mike Evans (63) and Antonio Brown (62). Note Godwin’s team-high 29 targets (to Evans’ 12) in the four games the two played sans Brown in the event the latter’s legal/knee issues carry over into the regular season.
Diontae Johnson (WR23) — Team-high 26.3% target share and 10.4 looks per game in the 13 starts he avoided injury/being benched for.
Ja’Marr Chase (WR24) — The unquestioned alpha among Cincinnati’s receivers after producing 84/1,780/20 and 21.2 yards per catch as a 19-year-old sophomore in a receiving corps that featured Vikings first-rounder Justin Jefferson and 2020 classmate Terrace Marshall.
Odell Beckham (WR25) — Led Cleveland’s receivers in every salivating metric — 25% target share, 566 air yards, six red zone targets, five end zone looks — despite averaging just 14.4 fantasy points in six full games from Baker Mayfield last year. Beckham’s lone blowup against Dallas (8/81/2 with 2/73/1 on the ground) is at the very least proof of a ceiling under Kevin Stefanski.
Brandon Aiyuk (WR26) — Averaged 7.5 targets and 15.0 fantasy points in six games without Deebo Samuel and 15.7 plus 8.5 in six games without. Passing volume in a newly constructed offense with Trey Lance remains the only potential gap to inflated opportunity.
Tee Higgins (WR27) — Higgins’ 8.1 targets per game in eight full games with Joe Burrow are bound to diminish alongside Ja’Marr Chase, but the former’s splashy 11.7 aDOT and 27% air yards share keeps him as a premier double-stack option in Cincinnati’s offense.
Robby Anderson (WR28) — Inexplicably used as Carolina’s possession receiver in his first year under OC Joe Brady, Anderson’s career-low 9.7 aDOT resulted in a team-high 25.8% target share and career-high in catches (95). Previous rapport with Sam Darnold is a plus for any change over in 2021.
Tyler Boyd (WR29) — Boyd’s team-high 11 red zone targets and usage underneath (8.3 aDOT) in Joe Burrow‘s 10 starts arguably lend him the highest weekly floor among Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase. Interchangeable as a double-stack option with Burrow any time he’s the last of that trio off the board.
Deebo Samuel (WR30) — 8.2 targets per game in the five starts he played at least 60% of the team’s snaps for last year. Consistent rushing opportunity from his own ‘deadpool’ package sneakily keeps Samuel’s ceiling in earshot of Aiyuk’s.
Will Fuller (WR31) — In his first year without DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller tied A.J. Brown for the seventh-most FPPG (17.2) behind a career-high 21.3% target share until he was popped for PEDs after 11 starts; the fact it occured with a career-low aDOT (12.5) is terrific news for his versatility in meshing with Miami’s offense.
Chase Claypool (WR32) — The first rookie in NFL history to score 10 touchdowns across his first 10 games, Claypool played just 62% of Pittsburgh’s snaps from Week 12 on, averaging a lowly 16.3% target share due to Mike Tomlin’s belief in “the rookie wall.” Anything resembling the six targets and three carries he received inside the 10-yard line to that point could solidify Claypool as the receiver to roster on his own team.
Kenny Golladay (WR33) — Golladay took a step back across the board in agreeing to join Daniel Jones and OC Jason Garrett after never having commanded a 23% target share in any season with Detroit. Fingers crossed his career 14.1 aDOT and red zone prowess stick in New York.
Courtland Sutton (WR34) — Sutton’s 14.9 aDOT the past two years has obviously been Drew Lock‘s kryptonite, finishing inside the top-38 among receivers just once in six games together. A changing of the guard to Teddy Bridgewater would be a welcome sight since Denver is projected to face the league’s easiest schedule of passing defenses this year.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR36) — Career-low 6.5 yards per target on 8.0 targets per game kept JuJu’s floor high, but failure to record 100 yards receivng in any start was proof he lacked the ceiling to ever win a week for fantasy. Rumored move to the boundary would be a knock against him given his lowly (but comfortable) 5.5 aDOT.
Jarvis Landry (WR37) — The team’s leader in targets with the Dolphins and Browns for six consecutive seasons, Landry questionably averaged just 5.5 targets in six full games alongside Odell Beckham in their first year under Kevin Stefanski.
Jerry Jeudy (WR38) — Jeudy’s 12 drops, the second-most in the league, overshadow the fact only 58.2% of his targets were deemed catchable, anyhow. For reference, only A.J. Green finished with a lower catchable target rate among receivers with 50-plus targets.
Marquise Brown (WR39) — Here’s to hoping Brown’s 2021 resembles his performance from Week 13 on (6.7 targets and 15.6 fantasy points per game) and not that through Week 12 (6.1 and 9.6). Additions of Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman as field stretchers sap any perceived uptick in volume for the 24-year-old.
Jaylen Waddle (WR40) — Reportedly clocked with a 4.37 40-time ahead of National Signing Day, Waddle’s four receptions of 75-plus yards and 19.3 yards per punt return (38/733/2) plus 26.8 yards per kick return (8/214/1) at Alabama are field-flipping traits that should transition into the slot with the Dolphins and Tua Tagovailoa from day one.
D.J. Chark (WR42) — The first bust on the left whenever you enter the Prayer Yards Hall of Fame, Chark garnered the league’s third-most targets 20-plus yards downfield (31), a majority of which were deemed empty the moment the ball left Gardner Minshew‘s/Mike Glennon‘s/Jake Luton‘s hand. 25 in September, Chark is still expected to be the team’s intermediate level receiver in OC Darrell Bevell’s attacking scheme.
Brandin Cooks (WR43) — Opportunity isn’t the question. It comes down to whether or not it even matters.
Curtis Samuel (WR44) — Strides into Washington’s slot role by default. Previous usage under OC Scott Turner — nine carries, 4.3 yards per target in the last four games of 2019 — potentially sinks Samuel’s ceiling after he produced a career-high 851 yards and 14.1 FPPG under Joe Brady.
Mike Williams (WR45) — Historically a boom-or-bust weekly option with the type of targets his archetype garners, Williams has notably recorded 7/76/2, 5/109/2, 4/40, and 6/108/1 with a 25% target share in the four career games he’s played without Keenan Allen.
Laviska Shenault (WR46) — Travis Etienne‘s arrival remains a detriment to Shenault’s unique hybrid usage from the slot and backfield after the latter averaged more YPRR than D.J. Chark (1.55 to 1.48) all the while finishing third at his position in carries (18).
Michael Pittman (WR47) — 4.9 targets per game and an egg’s worth of end zone targets in 12 starts sans Parris Campbell. The return of both T.Y. Hilton and the latter renders Pittman’s ceiling to one big question mark.
Mecole Hardman (WR50) — Ran 88 routes to Byron Pringle‘s 74 in four games for Sammy Watkins prior to the team’s Week 10 bye, but took a backseat to Pringle (82-69) in three postseason contests. Coin toss between the two to soak up Watkins’ vacated 234 slot snaps from last year.
Marvin Jones (WR51) — 18 touchdowns the last two years under OC Darrell Bevell.
Nelson Agholor (WR52) — Agholor went from meme to marvel practically overnight, leading Las Vegas in air yards (1,269) and end zone targets (13) as both an intermediate and deep threat from Derek Carr. Expected to be used similarly (with the potential to lead the team in targets) in transition with the Patriots.
Rondale Moore (WR53) — The missing piece underneath DeAndre Hopkins‘ heavy involvement from the intermediate level of the field (8.9 aDOT) and Christian Kirk‘s pop-a-shot targets thrown deep (11.8). Reminder 78% of Moore’s collegiate receptions came within 10 yards of the line scrimmage.
Breshad Perriman (WR54) — 28 in September, Perriman will at the very least be asked to operate as Detroit’s alpha receiver ahead of Tyrell Williams and the team’s machination of names in the slot (Quintez Cephus, Kalif Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown).
Denzel Mims (WR56) — Led the Jets with a 14.6 aDOT in nine games around a lingering hamstring injury. Corey Davis‘ recent shoulder ailment opens the door for further opportunity as New York’s alpha from Zack Wilson.
Devonta Smith (WR57) — Even if lining up from the boundary in year one, Smith’s skillset should transition seamlessly since his 235 collegiate receptions, an Alabama school record, included just seven drops on 268 catchable targets and the nation’s most receiving yards on screens (304) and downfield opportunities (589) last year.
Rashod Bateman (WR59) — Those with Bateman ranked any higher are betting on talent, not the situation. While that’s completely acceptable, it should be noted that Baltimore’s wideouts saw the league’s fewest (164) and second-fewest (199) targets the past two years.
Terrace Marshall Jr (WR60) — Reunites in an all-too-perfect situation with OC Joe Brady and negligent competition for Carolina’s slot receiver from 11 personnel. Marshall fortuitously gained experience both from the boundary (73.7% in 2019) and slot (72.9% in 2020) in his last two years at LSU.
Cole Beasley (WR61) — The overall WR37 (12.3 points) and WR31 (13.8 points) in FPPG in two seasons with the Bills.
Corey Davis (WR62) — Was 2020’s outlier performance a fourth-year breakout or career anomaly across from a true alpha? He’ll have the opportunity to prove which one as New York’s No. 1/2 receiver with Denzel Mims.
Elijah Moore (WR64) — Moore’s elite 4.35 40, flat 4.0-second shuttle, and 91st percentile 3-cone (6.67 seconds) are expected to win him the nod over Jamison Crowder from the slot, where the former led the FBS in catches (10.8) and receiving yards (149.1) as an explosive mismatch just last year.
Jamison Crowder (WR65) — One of the NFL’s most capable slot receivers, Crowder is being discounted in drafts despite his wide range of outcomes which include him being cut to save the team $11.4 million against the cap only to land in a much better offense than New York’s as a starter from 11 personnel.
Amari Rodgers (WR67) — Middling straight-line speed (4.52 40) and subpar agility (7.0-second 3-cone) aside, Rodgers has a direct path to opportunity from the slot and remains the only Packers receiver behind Davante Adams under contract beyond 2021.
Sterling Shepard (WR69) — Back into the slot full-time after dumbfoundedly being kicked out wide for a career-high 67.1% of his routes last year.
Parris Campbell (WR70) — Opened the year with 6/71 on nine targets before tearing both his MCL and PCL in Week 2. Only nine appearances the past two seasons.
T.Y. Hilton (WR71) — The WR50 with 10.9 fantasy points per game across 15 appearances last year. 32 in November.
Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR73) — Stacked 77/1,042/6 from the slot, where he’ll compete to start out of camp, in 2019 with the Trojans.
John Brown (WR74) — Now 31 with a full 16 games under his belt in just one of seven career seasons to date, Brown is still the leading candidate to replace Nelson Agholor as the team’s pop-a-shot artist in 2021.
D’Wayne Eskridge (WR75) — One of only four FBS players to average 130-plus receiving yards per game in 2020, Eskridge’s state championship sprinting background will presumably be leveraged to dust man coverage for splash outings from time to time.