2021 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings
Which wideouts look hot for the 2021 season? Let’s take a look at an early ranking of these top-20 fantasy wide receivers.
Wide Receiver Rankings
1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
The Packers run one of the most reliable offenses in the NFL and Adams is the only WR on the team not dropping Aaron Rodgers’ balls. As such, Adams averaged 10.6 targets per outing and found the end zone 18 times over 14 games. He’ll be a busy again in 2021.
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
I think Hopkins only gets better as a fantasy WR in his second season playing with Kyler Murray. Last year saw Hopkins catch 87.9% of his targets for 1,407 yards. Here’s to hoping Hopkins builds on his six TDs from 2020.
3. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
Diggs was a total stud for those who took a flier on him in 2020. He and Josh Allen connected for an amazing league-high 127 receptions and 1,535 yards at the close of the year. Look for more of this fantasy gold from this duo next fall.
4. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Hill just finished 15 games, when he produced 15 touchdowns and 1,276 yards. Playing on a high-rolling Chiefs offense, manned by Patrick Mahomes, keeps Hill well within the discussion as a top-five fantasy WR for 2021
5. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson was a hot fantasy commodity for those lucky enough to have this rookie on their 2020 roster. On the season, Jefferson racked up 1,400 yards and scored seven times. He should only get better as a sophomore.
6. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Will Thomas be playing with or without Drew Brees in 2021? While that remains to be seen, we must acknowledge that MT is still one of the best at his position. He posted league-highs in receptions (149) and yards (1,725) in 2019 and that was minus Brees for five games.
7. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
Metcalf is a physical beast on the field. He scored 10 times and averaged 81.4 yards per game. Even sharing the field with Tyler Lockett, Metcalf should still continue to be the No. 1 option both for Russell Wilson and in fantasy.
8. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
With or without Julio Jones, Ridley is the guy to own in Atlanta. He’s coming from a fantastic 2020 for which he rewarded his fantasy owners a generous 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. Draft Ridley with confidence this fall and do not look back.
9. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team
During a 2020 year filled with complexity at the QB position, McLaurin still managed to average 74.5 yards and nine targets per game. His numbers should only rise this season when hopefully he catches passes from a one and only quarterback.
10. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
With Dak Prescott presumably returning, Cooper has a shot at hovering around as a top-10 fantasy receiver. Last year catching passes from multiple QBs, Cooper still managed 1,114 yards. We need more than his five touchdowns, though in 2021.
11. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs WRs are a tough crew to rank. Evans doesn’t always get the yards and volume, but he’s beast in the end zone. He and Tom Brady connected for 13 touchdowns in 2020 and I do not see this varying much next season.
12. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Allen is a fantastic player when he’s healthy. Give him and Justin Herbert a full season together in 2021 and Allen stands a great chance of improving upon the 70.9 yards he averaged per clash last year. The touchdowns will keep coming too.
13. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
Robinson was a producer no matter who was quarterbacking in Chicago. He last recorded 1,250 yards and six touchdowns and will be a elite contributor whether that is with Chicago or another franchise in 2021.
14. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans
Brown is on the mend from having a double knee surgery. Provided he heals well, the young receiver will look to build on his 76.8 yards he averaged per contest and perhaps even his 11 scores he managed in his 14 games.
15. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Another Bucs WR makes the top-15. Godwin’s production (yards per game) declined from his stellar 2019 season. However, give Godwin a full and healthy season and Brady slinging the pigskin, and Godwin should make for a reliable WR2 in any given game.
16. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
Like with Cooper, Lamb’s fantasy value sees a boost with Prescott back. He will look to build upon the five touchdowns scored in 2020 and perhaps even increase his yards averaged per game (58.4) as a rookie.
17. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow returning should spark Boyd’s meh 2020 season that took off well, then faded. This will especially be the case if the Bengals continue to rely on Burrow’s arm to keep chucking the ball 40-plus times per game just to keep up.
18. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers WR trio of Johnson, JuJu and Claypool, drove us bonkers on nearly a weekly basis. I’m going to stick with Johnson as the top fantasy option because he drew the highest target share (144 in 15 games) in 2020.
19. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Brown was up and down a lot this past season, recording an overall 769 yards and eight touchdowns. Next, we hope to see more of the ups (as we did in later 2020) as Brown remains Lamar Jackson’s No. 1 passing option at WR.
20. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
Higgins had a promising rookie campaign, posting 908 yards and six touchdowns with rotating Bengals QBs. He’ll be on more stable ground when Burrow is back and will have plenty of opportunity to work his way up from my No. 20 slot.
Speaking of moving up, these rankings will be adjusted as free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft play out. So don’t panic that you don’t see guys like this here just yet.