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Wide Receiver Best-Ball Tiered Rankings and Analysis

The Best-Ball draft process continues to escalate, at a time in which owners are searching for any form of fantasy football that can be embraced. The enticement of being able to build a roster that will not require in-season management also adds incentive to participate in this format.

The team at RotoBaller has just updated our tiered rankings that will help you prepare for your upcoming drafts. That includes our Best Ball rankings, which provide you with a valuable resource toward building league-winning rosters during 2020. We are also delivering a detailed analysis of these rankings, to boost your chances of fulfilling your championship aspirations even further.

This breakdown will focus on wide receivers, which are essential components as you assemble your rosters. These players maintain a consistent presence throughout our rankings, as 22 receivers are included in our top 50, while 45 of these players are contained within our top 100. We will continue to update rankings in every format throughout the offseason and you can find the latest rankings here.

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WR Best-Ball Rankings

Position Rank Position Tier Player Name Overall Rank Overall Tier Pierre Phil Mike
1 1 Michael Thomas 5 1 5 5 5
2 1 Tyreek Hill 9 1 7 10 8
3 1 Davante Adams 10 2 8 8 11
4 1 Chris Godwin 11 2 13 12 10
5 1 Julio Jones 12 2 12 13 14
6 1 DeAndre Hopkins 13 2 15 11 15
7 2 Amari Cooper 18 2 14 24 16
8 2 Mike Evans 20 3 20 18 22
9 2 Kenny Golladay 21 3 19 22 21
10 2 D.J. Moore 24 3 24 21 28
11 2 Odell Beckham Jr. 26 3 26 25 29
12 2 JuJu Smith-Schuster 27 3 23 27 36
13 2 Adam Thielen 28 3 37 33 19
14 2 Cooper Kupp 29 4 30 28 32
15 3 Allen Robinson 32 4 31 31 34
16 3 Courtland Sutton 33 4 32 36 33
17 3 Keenan Allen 35 4 36 34 38
18 3 A.J. Brown 37 4 34 50 37
19 4 Calvin Ridley 42 4 49 23 67
20 4 T.Y. Hilton 43 4 40 61 42
21 4 D.K. Metcalf 45 4 43 54 46
22 4 Robert Woods 47 4 48 44 54
23 4 D.J. Chark 52 5 53 51 52
24 4 Michael Gallup 53 5 51 52 55
25 4 Terry McLaurin 54 5 61 41 57
26 4 Stefon Diggs 55 5 63 42 56
27 4 DeVante Parker 56 5 41 76 45
28 4 A.J. Green 58 6 54 77 43
29 4 Tyler Lockett 59 6 62 48 68
30 5 Deebo Samuel 61 6 78 55 48
31 5 Julian Edelman 64 6 71 47 77
32 5 Tyler Boyd 65 6 77 75 47
33 5 Jarvis Landry 72 6 64 83 70
34 5 Mike Williams 74 7 79 66 81
35 5 Jerry Jeudy 76 7 118 64 58
36 6 John Brown 81 7 83 87 86
37 6 Robby Anderson 84 7 95 74 97
38 6 Emmanuel Sanders 86 7 94 81 96
39 6 Christian Kirk 89 8 68 108 103
40 6 Darius Slayton 91 8 85 115 87
41 7 Sterling Shepard 94 8 103 88 104
42 7 Marvin Jones 96 8 104 92 106
43 7 Marquise Brown 97 8 92 120 92
44 7 Anthony Miller 98 8 107 100 109
45 7 Will Fuller 100 9 105 104 108
46 7 Brandin Cooks 101 9 99 119 102
47 7 Curtis Samuel 102 9 96 109 118
48 8 Diontae Johnson 110 9 119 116 98
49 8 Golden Tate 112 10 123 112 105
50 8 Preston Williams 114 10 116 104 122
51 8 Ceedee Lamb 116 10 129 84 135
52 8 Alshon Jeffery 121 10 80 165 121
53 8 Breshad Perriman 122 10 154 134 82
54 8 Dede Westbrook 124 10 138 93 145
55 8 Tyrell Williams 126 10 143 124 114
56 9 Mecole Hardman 133 10 134 130 141
57 9 Jamison Crowder 134 10 133 169 104
58 9 Sammy Watkins 135 11 149 103 156
59 9 N'Keal Harry 138 11 140 127 147
60 9 James Washington 139 11 148 118 155
61 9 Larry Fitzgerald 145 11 194 103 150
62 9 Cole Beasley 148 12 188 #N/A 119
63 9 Justin Jefferson 158 13 166 153 171
64 10 Hunter Renfrow 159 13 186 111 199
65 10 Andy Isabella 161 13 192 102 205
66 10 Parris Campbell 165 13 177 147 182
67 10 John Ross 170 13 172 173 177
68 10 Corey Davis 174 13 185 157 198
69 10 Albert Wilson 177 13 183 180 188
70 10 Kenny Stills 182 14 174 205 179
71 10 Steven Sims 185 14 213 208 143
72 10 Randall Cobb 186 14 168 224 173
73 10 Tre'Quan Smith 189 14 223 161 195
74 10 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 190 14 225 158 197
75 10 Allen Lazard 199 14 199 #N/A 212
76 11 Tee Higgins 201 14 232 144 241
77 11 Auden Tate 202 15 220 #N/A 192
78 11 DeSean Jackson 203 15 152 308 160
79 11 Phillip Dorsett 210 15 260 #N/A 165
80 11 Michael Pittman Jr. 211 15 235 286 120
81 11 Jalen Reagor 215 15 245 152 252
82 11 Chris Conley 220 15 212 #N/A 227
83 11 Russell Gage 221 16 288 #N/A 154
84 11 Marquez Valdes-Scantling 224 16 246 178 253
85 11 Devin Funchess 231 16 243 192 250
86 11 Demarcus Robinson 233 16 266 151 271
87 11 Denzel Mims 235 16 315 145 #N/A
88 11 Torrey Smith 236 16 #N/A 231 #N/A
89 11 Jalen Hurd 238 16 255 177 262
90 11 Danny Amendola 239 16 231 225 240
91 11 Mohamed Sanu 243 16 236 220 243
92 11 Paul Richardson Jr. 246 16 #N/A 234 #N/A
93 11 Miles Boykin 250 17 256 186 263
94 12 Cody Thompson 252 17 #N/A 236 #N/A
95 11 Josh Reynolds 254 17 278 #N/A 196
96 11 Nelson Agholor 257 17 254 199 262
97 11 DaeSean Hamilton 258 17 250 210 258
98 11 Chris Hogan 261 17 #N/A 242 #N/A
99 11 Jakobi Meyers 265 18 240 #N/A 247
100 11 Ryan Grant 268 18 #N/A 246 #N/A
101 11 Keke Coutee 270 18 239 253 246
102 11 Quincy Enunwa 272 18 #N/A 247 #N/A
103 12 Taylor Gabriel 275 18 280 185 283
104 12 Chester Rogers 278 18 #N/A 252 #N/A
105 12 Dante Pettis 279 18 271 209 276
106 12 Kendrick Bourne 281 18 249 #N/A 257
107 12 Willie Snead 282 18 277 202 281
108 12 Greg Ward 285 18 297 #N/A 215
109 12 Keelan Cole 286 18 285 197 288
110 12 Justin Watson 290 18 306 212 #N/A
111 12 Geronimo Allison 291 18 291 200 293
112 12 Bryan Edwards 292 18 258 #N/A 265
113 12 Trey Quinn 294 18 #N/A 264 #N/A
114 12 Kelvin Harmon 296 18 237 311 244
115 12 KeeSean Johnson 298 18 309 222 #N/A
116 12 Hakeem Butler 301 19 272 251 277
117 12 Zach Pascal 305 19 267 #N/A 272
118 12 David Moore 306 19 233 293 284
119 12 Laviska Shenault Jr. 311 19 263 292 269
120 12 Riley Ridley 313 19 #N/A 276 #N/A
121 12 Demaryius Thomas 315 19 275 #N/A 280
122 12 Josh Doctson 316 19 #N/A 279 #N/A
123 13 Donte Moncrief 317 19 #N/A 280 #N/A
124 13 Adam Humphries 318 19 268 304 273
125 13 Ted Ginn 320 19 298 250 298
126 13 Devin Duvernay 326 19 #N/A 290 #N/A
127 13 Brandon Aiyuk 329 19 322 262 #N/A
128 13 Antonio Brown 330 19 300 278 300
129 13 Marquise Goodwin 334 19 284 312 287
130 13 Josh Gordon 337 19 311 285 #N/A
131 13 Mike Wallace 341 20 #N/A 300 #N/A
132 13 Henry Ruggs III 346 20 304 #N/A #N/A
133 13 Scott Miller 347 20 339 270 #N/A
134 13 Stanley Morgan Jr. 352 20 #N/A 307 #N/A
135 13 Robert Foster 356 20 347 281 #N/A
136 13 Antonio Callaway 358 20 #N/A 317 #N/A
137 13 Zay Jones 361 20 312 323 #N/A
138 13 J.J. Nelson 367 21 #N/A 321 #N/A
139 13 OlaBisi Johnson 369 21 323 #N/A #N/A
140 13 Gary Jennings 372 21 #N/A 326 #N/A
141 13 Allen Hurns 378 21 331 #N/A #N/A
142 13 Tajae Sharpe 381 21 334 #N/A #N/A
143 13 Tyler Johnson 382 21 335 #N/A #N/A
144 13 Tim Patrick 383 21 336 #N/A #N/A
145 13 Cordarrelle Patterson 386 21 340 #N/A #N/A
146 13 Damiere Byrd 387 21 342 #N/A #N/A
147 13 Byron Pringle 388 21 343 #N/A #N/A
148 13 Donovan Peoples-Jones 394 21 350 #N/A #N/A
149 13 Antonio Gandy-Golden 395 21 351 #N/A #N/A
150 13 Jakeem Grant 396 21 352 #N/A #N/A
151 13 Deon Cain 397 21 353 #N/A #N/A
152 13 KJ Hamler 400 21 356 #N/A #N/A
153 13 Chase Claypool 402 21 358 #N/A #N/A
154 13 Taywan Taylor 404 21 360 #N/A #N/A

 

Tier 1

Michael Thomas, Tyreek HillDavante Adams, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins

Thomas ascended to the top of nearly every major receiving category during 2019, while generating more fantasy points than any other wide receiver. He established career highs in targets (185), receptions (149), and receiving yards (1,735), captured double-digit target totals in a league-best 12 different contests and averaged 11.6 per game. Thomas also led the league in 100-yard performances (10), red-zone targets (26), and team target share (33), while also finishing third in percentage share of team’s air yards (41.34). Thomas seized his place at the pinnacle of his position during his exceptional season and is the first wide receiver to target during your drafts.

Hill returned from a debilitating shoulder issue in Week 6 and proceeded to finish sixth among all receivers with 844 receiving yards during his final 11 games. He was also third in touchdowns (7), 15th in targets (87), and 12th in receptions (56) during that span, while also accumulating 1,120 air yards. Hill still managed to lead the high-powered Chiefs in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards despite his four-game absence, while cementing his status as a first-round selection. He is a candidate to collect 126+ targets while exceeding his previous career bests in receptions (87), and receiving yards (1,479) if he operates with Patrick Mahomes for 16 games.

Adams was languishing at WR56 in scoring through Week 9 after a protracted turf toe issue sidelined him from Weeks 5-8. He had also failed to eclipse 56 yards in three of his first five games and had not generated a touchdown through Week 11. But Adams captured 11.5 targets per game from Weeks 10-17 and was second overall in targets from Weeks 12-16 (57). He was also third in receptions (37) and tied for second in touchdowns (4) during that sequence while averaging 73.4 yards per game. Adams firmly re-established his place among the high-end WR1s once his health was restored, and remains a legitimate first-round selection.

Godwin soared to elite status during 2019, with a breakout season that matched even the most optimistic preseason projections. His massive statistical climb placed him at WR2 in scoring despite a two-game absence in Weeks 16-17 (hamstring), while he finished third in receiving yards (1,333), and fourth in touchdowns (9). Godwin was also first in receptions of 20+ yards (25) and led his position in Football Outsiders' DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). His speed and athleticism will help him remain proficient during Tampa Bay’s transition to Tom Brady under center. It will also keep him embedded within high-end WR1 status this season.

Jones has stockpiled nearly 970 targets, 623 receptions, and 9,388 yards since 2014 while averaging 162 targets, 104 receptions and 1,565 yards per year. That has propelled him to top seven finishes in scoring during each of those six seasons. His ability to sustain high-quality numbers continued during 2019, when he led the league in air yards (1,911) and was second in targets (157), and receiving yards (1,394). Jones also led the league in targets, receptions, and yardage from Weeks 15-17, while Calvin Ridley was sidelined (abdomen). He will provide a steady WR1 presence even though Ridley appears primed to deliver a breakout season.

Hopkins was a mainstay in each major category during his seven seasons with Houston. That includes finishing among the top five in PPR scoring during four of the past five seasons while averaging 162 targets, 105 receptions, 1,372 yards from 2017-2019. He has also averaged 166 targets per season since 2015 while performing without any lingering injuries. Last season he also finished among the top five in targets and receptions while finishing second in percentage share of team’s air yards (29.2), and broken tackles (9). Even if he experiences a slight reduction in target share while operating in Arizona’s offense, Hopkins remains a top-five receiver to target during your drafts.

 

Tier 2

Amari Cooper, Mike Evans, Kenny Golladay, D.J. Moore, Odell Beckham Jr., JuJu Smith-Schuster, Adam Thielen, Cooper Kupp

Cooper finished 2019 at WR10 in PPR scoring, along with a collection of other accomplishments - 18th in targets (119/7.4 per game), 15th in receptions (79), seventh in receiving yards (1,189), and seventh in touchdowns (8). He also tied for 10th with 17 receptions of 20+ yards, and sixth with six receptions of 40+ yards. But his season-long achievements conceal his inconsistency, as he produced 80+ yards in nine different contests, but failed to surpass 49 yards in his other seven matchups. The disparity in his home/away splits was also sizable - 52/27 receptions, 869/320 receiving yards, 190/64 yards-after-catch and 16.7/11.9 yards per catch. But his weeks with disappointing production will be less problematic in the best ball format.

Evans has now captured 118+ targets, 67+ receptions, and 1,000+ yards in each of his six seasons while averaging 139 targets/77 receptions and 1,210 yards during that sequence. Evans was third in standard scoring and was leading the league in air yards (1,779) before experiencing a hamstring injury in Week 14. He was also seventh in targets, third in red-zone targets (17), and sixth in targeted air yards (15.3) before that issue occurred. Evans’ average depth of target was 4.7 yards higher than Godwin’s (15.2/10.5) which could be a factor with a 43-year old quarterback spearheading the Buccaneers' aerial assault. But he remains a borderline WR1.

Golladay finished a career-best ninth in PPR scoring, while leading the league in receiving touchdowns (11), and finishing sixth in receiving yards (1,190). Golladay was also second overall in receptions of 20+ yards (22) and tied for fourth with five 100-yard performances. Golladay also finished third overall with 1,745 air yards, was sixth in targeted air yards (15.4), within a Detroit passing attack that finished 28th in completion percentage. In addition to compiling career highs with his yardage and touchdown totals, he also established a career-best average of 18.3 yards per catch. He will operate as Detroit’s primary receiving option. while approaching WR1 territory for his owners.

Moore will turn 23 this month but has already delivered a breakout season. He was WR8 in PPR scoring from Weeks 1-15, before a concussion sidelined him in Weeks 16-17. He led all receivers in targets (75) and receiving yards (711) from Weeks 9-15, and was second in receptions during that span (48). He also finished inside the top 10 for each category despite the shortened season. Any concerns about Moore’s transition to a new quarterback should dissipate with the reminder that he was highly successful despite operating with Kyle Allen during 12 of his matchups. He retains the versatility to accrue significant target and yardage totals again this season.

Smith-Schuster was an early Round 2 selection during 2019 drafts, after finishing fourth in targets (166) fifth in receptions (111) and fifth in receiving yards (1,426) during 2018. But the horrific season that ensued included four missed games, and a devastating statistical plunge (69 targets/42 receptions/552 yards). His current ADP (34) reflects the optimism that he will experience a considerable upturn in his numbers. But the return of Ben Roethlisberger does not automatically guarantee that to occur. Diontae Johnson led all rookies in receptions last season (59) while James Washington and Eric Ebron lurk as additional threats to constrain Smith-Schuster’s usage and output.

A lingering sports hernia and Cleveland’s collection of coaching and player deficiencies contributed to Beckham’s uninspiring first season as a Brown. His 64.7 yards per game average established a new career-low, while his 74 receptions, four touchdowns and 7.8 yards per target average represented the second-lowest numbers of his career. But there are reasons for optimism in 2020, after he performed in 16 games, gathered 133 targets and eclipsed 1,000 yards for the fifth time in six seasons. He also finished fifth in air yards (1,720), and percentage share of team’s air yards (39), and was second in offensive snaps (1,021).

Thielen’s diminished usage (48 targets/4.8 per game) and output (30 receptions/418 yards) during 2019 were a byproduct of his protracted hamstring injury and Minnesota’s unyielding commitment to the run (29.2 attempts per game). He still manufactured 6 touchdowns, and 8 receptions of 20+ despite missing six contests. Thielen has recovered from last season’s health issue and is primed to function as the Vikings’ primary receiving weapon. He should also capture a significant percentage of the 94 targets that were distributed to Stefon Diggs last season.

Kupp evaded significant health problems throughout 2019 while finishing among the top 11 in targets (134), receptions (94) and receiving yards (1,161). He also finished fourth in PPR scoring, and third in receptions of 20+ yards (21). Kupp entered Week 6 as the league leader in targets (63/12.6 per game), while also averaging 8.2 receptions/101 yards per game. But those averages declined from Weeks 6-17 (6.5 targets 4.8 receptions/59.6 yards per game) while he trailed Robert Woods in each category. He was also third behind Woods and Tyler Higbee in targets, receptions and receiving yards from 12-17, and might not match the expectations of his current ADP (28).

 

Tier 3

Allen Robinson, Courtland Sutton, Keenan Allen, A.J. Brown

Robinson returned to the top 7 in scoring for the first time since 2015, while soaring to third overall in targets (154). His usage launched him to third among all receivers in team target share (27.1), which also propelled the 26-year old Robinson to sixth with a career-best 98 receptions. He also placed 13th in receiving yards (1,147), sixth in air yards (1,680), and fifth in percentage share of teams’ air yards (38.5). Robinson remains embedded as the Bears’ primary receiving option regardless of whether he is collecting passes from Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky.

Sutton led the NFL in percentage share of team’s air yards (42.93) during his breakout season, while also finishing 15th in targets (125), 16th in air yards (1,436), and 17th in receiving yards (1,112), After operating with Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen from Weeks (1-11), Sutton finished 12th in targets (38/8 per game) with Drew Lock spearheading Denver’s offense from Weeks 13-17. But he was only 24th in receptions (4.4 per game) and 25th in receiving yards (56 per game) during that sequence. Sutton won’t face the same amount of double coverage if the Broncos draft a top receiving prospect.

After experiencing a sequence of health issues that sidelined him for 25 contests from 2014-2016, Allen has not missed a game during the last three seasons. He has also averaged 148 targets, 101 receptions and 1,263 yards per season during that span. This includes his usage and output from 2019 (149 targets/104 receptions/1,199 yards) which propelled him to WR6 in PPR scoring. However, his ability to sustain those numbers is now in question due to the switch from Philip Rivers to Tyrod Taylor. His ADP (40) indicates that savvy owners are avoiding Allen at his customary location (Rounds 2/3).

Brown was averaging 3.8 targets, 2.3 receptions and 45.5 yards-per-game from Weeks 1-6 when Marcus Mariota was under center for Tennessee. But after Ryan Tannehill became the Titans’ starting signal-caller, Brown averaged 6.1 targets, 3.8 receptions, and 77.8 yards-per-game, while also generating six touchdowns. Brown also led all wide receivers in yardage (605) and touchdowns (5) from Weeks 12-17, and his late-season output vaulted him to the lead in fantasy scoring among all rookies. He also attained the NFL’s highest yards-per-target average (12.5) and has already commandeered Tennessee’ WR1 responsibilities.  Continued development as a receiver will propel his output even higher.

 

Tier 4

Calvin Ridley, T.Y. Hilton, D.K. Metcalf, Robert Woods, Michael Gallup, D.J. Chark, Terry McLaurin, Stefon Diggs, DeVante Parker, A.J. Green, Tyler Lockett

Ridley became a clear beneficiary when Mohamed Sanu was dispatched to New England, as he experienced a rise in targets, receptions, and yardage per game (6.2/8.2 targets, 4.1/5.6 receptions, 53.2/82.1 yards). That pace equated to 131 targets, 91 receptions, and 1,314 yards over 16 games. He was also 20th in targets (93), 19th in receptions (63), 22nd in receiving yards (866), and seventh in touchdowns (7) before an abdominal injury ended his season after Week 14. He also finished fifth in Football Outsiders' DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) and is the preeminent breakout candidate for 2020.

Hilton averaged 131 targets, 76 receptions, and 1,206 yards from 2013-2018. But a troublesome calf sidelined Hilton for six games in 2019, as he registered career lows in each of those categories (68 targets/45 receptions/501 yards). His 6-year average of 15.9 yards per reception also dropped to 11.1, while his 9.2 yards per target average fell to 7.4. It will be difficult for Hilton to match his pre-2019 numbers even though Jacoby Brissett will no longer guide the offense.

Metcalf’s 2019 results surpassed the projections of observers who questioned both his reliability and his collegiate route tree. He became the only rookie to reach 100 targets, led newcomers in red zone targets (18), and finished third in receiving yards (900) and touchdowns (7). His immense talent should fuel further on-field growth while launching his usage and output beyond the numbers that he attained last season. He could also surpass teammate Tyler Lockett in target share and targeted air yards.

Woods led the Rams in team percentage of air yards (23.5) and target share (22.5). He also finished eighth overall in targets, while accumulating five more than Kupp (139/134). Kupp’s league leadership in this category from Weeks 1-5 was mentioned previously. But Woods paced the Rams from Weeks 6-17 and vaulted to third among all receivers from Weeks 12-17 behind only Thomas and Adams. Woods also generated 1,100+ yards for a second consecutive year (1,134), tied for fourth in offensive snaps (1,009) and delivers enticing value at his ADP (60).

Weeks 1-5  Targets/Game Yards/Tar Targets Recepts Yards  TD
Cooper Kupp 12.6 8 63 41 505 4
Robert Woods 9.4 7.6 47 31 355 0
Brandin Cooks 6.8 9.6 34 20 325 1
Weeks 6-17  Targets/Game Yards/Tar Targets Recepts Yards  TD
Robert Woods 9.2 8.5 92 59 779 2
Cooper Kupp 6.5 9.2 71 53 656 6
Brandin Cooks 4.2 6.8 38 22 258 1
Weeks 12-17  Targets/Game Yards/Tar Targets Recepts Yards  TD
Robert Woods 11.3 8.4 68 45 568 2
Cooper Kupp 6.7 7.9 40 33 316 5
Brandin Cooks 4.5 6.7 27 15 181 1

Gallup’s late-season statistical momentum vaulted him to eighth among all receivers in targets (67) and fifth in receiving yards (653) from Weeks 10-17. That helped him place 18th in targets per game (8.1) and 1,107 receiving yards (1,107) for the season. He was also eighth in receptions of 20-plus yards (18) and 19th in air yards (1,405), despite missing two matchups (knee). He should achieve weekly WR2 status, which will supply outstanding value at his current ADP (72).

Chark wasn’t selected until Round 20 in the majority of 2019 best ball drafts but soared to ninth in touchdowns (8), 21st in targets (118), and 19th in receptions (73). He was also 11th in percentage share of team’s air yards (33.1), 17th in air yards (1,413), and tied for 10th with 17 receptions of 20+ yards. Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley currently comprise the depth chart below Chark, who should operate as the Jaguars’ leading receiver once again.

McLaurin was second among rookies in scoring (WR24), receptions (58), and yards-per-game average (65.6) during 2019. He was also sixth overall in percentage share of team’s air yards (37.09), and 10th in yards-per-target average (9.9).  Health issues (hamstring/concussion) sidelined him for two matchups and kept him from the surpassing 1,000 yards (919). But he is entrenched as Washington’s primary receiving weapon.

Diggs accrued 450 targets, 313 receptions, and 3,903 yards during his final four seasons with Minnesota. Diggs also finished second in yards per target (12.0), second in percentage share of team’s air yards (41.5), and fourth in yards per reception (17.9) during 2019. But his disenchantment with the Vikings necessitated his migration to Buffalo. He now becomes the Bills’ WR1 but will have difficulty matching his averages from 2017-2018 (122 targets/83 receptions/1,076 yards).

Parker experienced a career renaissance during his fifth season, after averaging 5.4 targets, 3.1 receptions, and 41.8 yards per game from 2015-2018. But those averages soared to 8 targets, 4.5 receptions and 75.1 yards per game in 2019, as Parker finished among the top 20 in each category – including fourth in yardage. Parker averaged 9.5 targets/5.5 receptions/100 yards per game from Weeks 10-17 after Preston Williams suffered a knee injury. But Parker has emerged as a viable target in Round 6.

From 2011-2017, Green stockpiled 8,213 yards, 947 targets, 556 receptions, and 57 touchdowns. He also collected 100+ targets in all seven seasons, while eclipsing 1,000 yards six times. However, a season-ending hamstring injury that he encountered in Week 11 of 2016 initiated a four-year sequence in which he has missed 29 games – including all of 2019. Now, he is healthy and is expected to resurface in Cincinnati’s renovated passing attack.

Lockett was ninth in targets (72/8 per game). fourth in receptions (59/6.5 per game), and yardage (767/85.2 per game) entering Week 10. But those averages dropped to 5.7 targets/3.3 receptions/44 yards per game from Weeks 11-17. He can function as a weekly WR3, but the emergence of Metcalf will keep him from surpassing his 2019 production.

 

Tier 5

Deebo Samuel, Julian Edelman, Tyler Boyd, Jarvis Landry, Mike Williams, Jerry Jeudy

Samuel is currently San Francisco’s WR1 after finishing 12th in receiving yards from Weeks 10-17 (575). Edelman will be 34 in May. But he remains the Patriots’ top receiving weapons after finishing fourth in targets (153/9.6 per game).

Only six receivers accrued more targets than Boyd (148/9.3 per game) although the expected return of Green will impact his opportunities.

Landry established a new career-high in receiving yards (1,174), registered the second-highest yards-per-target average of career (8.5), and collected more targets (138), and receptions (83) than Beckham.

Williams continued his ascension from a forgettable 2017 season (23 targets/11 receptions/95 yards) to eclipse 1,000 yards and lead the league in targeted air yards (17.4).

Jeudy’s ranking could be altered following the NFL draft. But the explosive 6’1” rookie possesses the route running acumen to launch his road to stardom this season.

 

Tier 6

John Brown, Robby Anderson, Emmanuel Sanders, Christian Kirk, Darius Slayton

Brown achieved career highs in targets (115), receptions (72), and receiving yards (1,060) while finishing eighth in percentage share of team’s air yards (36.1). But he will not match those numbers with Diggs commandeering a sizable percentage of opportunities.

Anderson would be far more enticing had he resurfaced in a more favorable environment, while Kirk’s appeal has also declined following Bill O’Brien’s mind-blowing trade of DeAndre Hopkins. Sanders became one of free agency’s’ biggest winners by relocating in New Orleans - where he instantly becomes the Saints’ WR2.

Slayton led all rookies in targeted air yards (14.5) and tied for first in touchdowns with eight. He also finished fifth among newcomers with 12 receptions of 20+ yards, while averaging 7.3 targets/63 yards per game from Weeks 6-14.

 

Tiers 7 and lower

The receivers that are contained in Tiers 7-8 can be located from WR41-WR55 in our rankings. However, a sizable number of factors can emerge in upcoming weeks which would alter their value.

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