The resident fantasy football analysts – including Dan Portillo & Trevor Steinbacher of ADP and Tyler Lamb of Gillette Gazette – put together their list of the top 25 fantasy football wide receivers to target in re-draft leagues. Stay tuned for wide receivers and tight ends in the weeks leading up to the start of the season! Check out our Quarterback rankings here! Check out our Runningback rankings here!
The Top Five
1. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – Bye: Week 7
2. Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings – Bye: Week 7
3. Ja’Marr Chase – Cincinnati Bengals – Bye: Week 10
4. Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills – Bye: Week 7
5. Davante Adams – Las Vegas Raiders – Bye: Week 6
This group is the cream of the crop. There is not much to say about these five guys, all of them have the capability to be absolute league winners. From Cooper Kupp to Davante Adams, there is not any receiver from the rest of the list that I would prioritize above these five. All of these guys are first-round picks and should be treated as such in your re-drafts.
6. CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys – Bye: Week 9
7. Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – Bye: Week 9
8. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Bye: Week 11
9. Tyreek Hill – Miami Dolphins – Bye: Week 11
10. Michael Pittman Jr. – Indianapolis Colts – Bye: Week 14
This group is essentially all players that could catapult into the top five. CeeDee Lamb is the man now in Dallas, Deebo Samuel just got paid, Mike Evans will do what he does, and Tyreek Hill is still the fastest man in the NFL. The only player from this group that raises any questions is Pittman. With a new QB in town, the Colts are looking to be a bit more dangerous than they were last year. Ryan is certainly an upgrade, but he is entering his age 37 season.
11. A.J. Brown – Philadelphia Eagles – Bye: Week 7
12. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – Bye: Week 8
13. Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals – Bye: Week 10
14. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – Bye: Week 8
15. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – Bye: Week 9
This group features a pair of Los Angeles Chargers receivers and I think that just speaks to the talent that Bolts have at QB. Both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams have some very high ceilings this year. A.J. Brown was traded to Philly and got himself a nice contract in the process, look for him to get plenty of targets. Higgins is the WR2 in Cincy, but he proved that he can be a valuable weapon in their offense and Sutton finally has a QB in Denver. This grouping carries a ton of upside.
16. Jaylen Waddle – Miami Dolphins – Bye: Week 11
17. DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers – Bye: Week 13
18. Terry McLaurin – Washington Commanders – Bye: Week 14
19. DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – Bye: Week 11
20. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – Bye: Week 9
21. Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans – Bye: Week 6
22. Darnell Mooney – Chicago Bears – Bye: Week 14
23. Marquise Brown – Arizona Cardinals – Bye: Week 13
24. Allen Robinson – Los Angeles Rams – Bye: Week 7
25. Amon-Ra St. Brown – Detroit Lions – Bye: Week 6
A couple more WR2s mixed in with some WR1s in this group. But when it comes to fantasy football, all of these guys should be considered high-end WR2/flex-type players. Cooks has been consistently underrated, Mooney had 1,000 yards with a carousel of QBs last season, Hollywood Brown will be the man in the desert until Hopkins returns and St. Brown had a very nice rookie campaign he is looking to build on.
I think the guy to watch from this group is Allen Robinson. He has never had a top QB but has steadily produced at a high level. Now that he is in LA with Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay, look for him to bounce back from his weird year in Chicago and take on the role Robert Woods/OBJ had in their offense last year.
- Gabe Davis – Buffalo Bills
- Amari Cooper – Cleveland Browns
- Adam Thielen – Mnnesota Vikings
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints
Gabriel Davis fell just outside this top-25 ranking. The number two in Buffalo has some great potential and proved he can put up monster stats. With Josh Allen entering the season as the NFL MVP frontrunner, I like Davis’s odds to enter this territory by the time the season wraps up. Adam Thielen is a bit older, but can still ball, especially in the red zone. Michael Thomas and Amari Cooper certainly have the biggest question marks – Thomas’s injury history and Cooper’s QB situation – but both would be excellent grabs in the later rounds of your re-draft leagues.
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