Fantasy Football WR Rankings for 2021 Season (PPR Scoring)

Tier 1

1. Davonte Adams

Aaron Rodgers will play for the Green Bay Packers next year. With that being said, the Packers did draft another WR, but not until the 3rd round of the draft. So, Davonte Adams will get all the catches again this season. Adams should be the number 1 WR drafted in all fantasy league formats.

2. Tyreek Hill

The Chiefs really only have two main receiving targets for Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. But, that’s all they really need. I do think Mecole Hardman will be more involved in the offense this year, but Tyreek Hill will still maintain his fantasy football dominance.

3. Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs was the last player to leave the field when the Bills lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, and he even stayed on the field to watch the Chiefs post game celebrations. The Bills run a pass heavy offense and Diggs will be playing with a vengeance next season.

4. DeAndre Hopkins

I may not think Kyler Murray will be as good next season, but DeAndre Hopkins will be great no matter who is throwing him the ball. Do you remember the Houston pre Deshaun Watson days?

5. Calvin Ridley

Julio Jones is now in Tennessee, so that makes Calvin Ridley THE man in Atlanta. Matt Ryan is still the QB, so expect a bigger year statistically from Ridley. The Falcons will be playing from behind, so plenty of mop up catches for Ridley.

6. Justin Jefferson

Just throw him the damn ball Kirk! Justin Jefferson broke rookie WR records last season and he will only get better. He was my favorite WR in his draft, and wasn’t it funny watching the Vikings laugh at the Eagles when they passed on him for Jalen Reagor?

7. Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen averages a 68.3% catch percentage and it looks like the Chargers have a good one in Justin Herbert. As long as there isn’t a significant drop off in Herbert’s second season, Allen should get a lot of catches.

8. Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin still doesn’t have an elite QB, but he has a gunslinger in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Look for big connections between the two all next year. The former Ohio State WR is starting to become an NFL threat, he’s also a leader on their offense.

9. Mike Evans

In my opinion Mike Evans is the best WR in the NFL, and if he didn’t have Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and OJ Howard in town, he would be number one on the list. Even with those guys, Evans had 13 TDs last season, while playing hurt all season.

10. Amari Cooper

Dak Prescott is back, great news for his favorite target, Amari Cooper. Expect Dak and Cooper to pick right back up where they left off, before Dak got hurt last season.

Tier 2

11. Odell Beckham Jr

I believe Odell Beckham Jr is sick and tired off all the criticism and ready to prove all the haters wrong. I think we’re in for a few one handed touchdown grabs from Beckham this season.

12. Allen Robinson

Even though Allen Robinson seems to hate playing for the Bears, he still goes out there and balls. Andy Dalton will throw a lot of passes Robinson’s way, and when Justin Fields takes over, he will continue the trend.

13. AJ Brown

AJ Brown would be much higher, but the Titans brought in Julio Jones. Brown will still have another great year, but Jones will eat into his targets. Look forward to another 10 TD plus and 1,000 yard plus season from Brown.

14. JuJu Smith-Schuster

As long as JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn’t do any logo dancing, he will have a bounce back season. Big Ben can still throw, no matter what the privileged Steelers fans say, and he will be looking JuJu’s way a lot more next season.

15. Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett is in his prime and he and Russell Wilson have great chemistry. Even when a play appears to be dead, the two always find a way to hook up for a big play.

16. Julio Jones

It is going to be weird seeing Julio Jones in a Titans jersey next season. Even though Jones will be 32 this upcoming season, he still has enough left in the tank for another 1,000 yard plus season. Also, don’t be surprised if he catches over 10 TDs to go with those yards.

17. DK Metcalf

Is DK Metcalf even a human? Serious question. He runs like the T-1000 and is built like the Terminator. I wouldn’t be shocked, if we find out one day that he was sent back in time just to catch footballs.

18. Chris Godwin

Chris Godwin caught an astounding 77.4% of the passes thrown his way from the Goat, Tom Brady. That was without an offseason to build chemistry with his new QB and while playing hurt all season. Godwin will most likely be Tom Brady’s Mr Reliable when the team needs to move the chains. In a PPR league, that is great for your fantasy team.

19. Diontae Johnson

Diontae Johnson is a great PPR WR to have, considering Big Ben loves to throw his way. Johnson had 144 targets last season, that’s insane. Draft him if you can.

20. Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson is starting to make a name for himself and by the end of next season, he should become a household name. His old teammate, Sam Darnold, is in town, so expect a big year from Anderson.

Tier 3

21. Robert Woods

Robert Woods has been a very solid WR in the NFL. With Matthew Stafford in town, as long as Woods can take big hits, he will have a lot of targets. Because, Stafford leaves his WRs out to dry, just ask Calvin Johnson how long it takes him to get out of bed each morning.

22. Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks might be the most underrated WR in the NFL. I don’t know if he’s a hard person to get along with, because he has been on four different teams. But, everywhere he has been he has been very productive. He has five 1,000 yard plus seasons in seven years.

23. Adam Thielen

Adam Thielen has been Kirk Cousin’s favorite target, since the two teamed up in Minneapolis. But with rising star Justin Jefferson now in the picture, Thielen won’t be as dominant in fantasy as he has been in recent years. But, he will still draw a lot of passes.

24. Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton was starting to look like an up and coming WR in the NFL, then he tore his ACL in week one. I think he comes back strong and is the Broncos number one WR next year.

25. DJ Moore

Back to back 1,000 yard plus seasons for DJ Moore. I think he’ll make it three in a row. He has a better QB this season, and in my opinion the Panthers will surprise a lot of people next year. Moore will continue to put up stats and help the Panthers get in the playoffs.

26. CeeDee Lamb

When your parents give you a stupid name, they are banking on you being good at sports. Luckily for CeeDee Lamb, he’s great at sports. Lamb almost broke 1,000 yards as a rookie, and if Dak didn’t go down last year, he not only would have surpassed 1,000 yards, but people would be talking about him the in same way they are talking about Justin Jefferson.

27. Jarvis Landry

Consistent. If I needed a word to describe Jarvis Landry in fantasy football, that’d be it. If you need 10 points a game with the occasional big game, Landry is your guy. You also won’t have use a high draft pick to get him.

28. Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp has caught 70.8% of the passes thrown to him over the course of his career. He has really become Mr Reliable. We’ll see how he does with Matthew Stafford at QB. Either way, you should still get another solid year of fantasy football production from Kupp.

29. DaVante Parker

DaVante Parker is one of my potential breakout candidate players of the year. In 2019, it looked like Parker was finally starting to pan out and show the world why he was worthy of a 1st round pick back in the 2015 NFL draft. Then, he slipped in production. You could blame some of that on the back and forth at the QB position, between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa. But, Tagovailoa should remain the QB for the full season and with the addition of an offseason to gel with Tua, Parker has a chance to get back to those 2019 numbers.

30. Marquise Brown

Good news for Marquise Brown is that he and Lamar Jackson started to click in the red zone towards the tail end of the season. Bad news is the team drafted Rashod Bateman in the 1st round. I expect Bateman to get more of the red zone looks this season, so, unless Brown can start playing better on the team’s way to the end zone, he may be a bust this season.

Tier 4

31. Chase Claypool

Chase Claypool is an old Notre Dame alumni, so obviously I’m a big fan of his. The guy is just a freak athlete. Did you know, LSU recruited him to play linebacker? There’s your fun fact for the day. The Steelers will continue to get the ball in Claypool’s hands, because he is just that good.

32. Kenny Golladay

18 million dollars a year for a WR that has only played one full season. Yep, the Giants are gonna Giant. Honestly, with the Lions, Kenny Golladay wasn’t really anything special. The Giants didn’t want to pay Odell Beckham, so they paid Golladay instead. We will see what happens, but don’t drop the bank like the Giants did to get Golladay.

33. Tee Higgins

I think Tee Higgins was a steal for the Bengals when they drafted him in the 2nd round of last year’s draft. And I thought he was going to be the team’s next star WR. Then, they decided to not draft Penei Sewell to fix the team’s offensive line issues, and instead drafted Ja’Marr Chase. Higgins is still coming off a great rookie season, but Joe Burrow may play favorites and force throws to his old LSU teammate, which is why Higgins is so far down my list.

34. Antonio Brown

I still think it’s crazy that Antonio Brown went from being the best WR in football, to being a complete nut job. As of right now, Brown isn’t suspended or in jail. He signed another contract to play another season with the Antonio Brown whisperer, Tom Brady. If, Brown stays out of trouble he may have another 1,000 yard season left in the tank.

35. Michael Pittman Jr

Michael Pittman Jr is the son of Super Bowl Champion Michael Pittman Sr, and just like his dad he is a solid football player. I think Pittman Jr will be Carson Wentz’s favorite check down WR next year, especially since TY Hilton is expected to miss some time this year with a neck injury. I don’t expect a ton of TDs from Pittman, but I do expect a lot of catches and yards from him.

36. DJ Chark Jr

DJ Chark has the potential to be good next season, if Trevor Lawrence comes in like a ball of lightning and lights it up his rookie season. However, I’m not so sure it’ll go that way for him and the Jaguars. Chark is still the team’s number one WR so that gives him some value.

37. Devonta Smith

They said Randy Moss was too skinny and couldn’t play in the NFL and look what he did. Devonta Smith helped lead Alabama to a National Championship and picked up the Heismen Trophy along the way. The only problem is Jalen Hurts is his QB, who will be running for his life next season.

38. Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel has some pretty good hands, catching a career 72% of the passes thrown to him. He is also another breakout player of the year candidate, if Jimmy Garoppolo plays the full season. But, if I had to bet on it though, I’d put my money on Garoppolo getting hurt again and rookie Trey Lance taking over. The only WR I would want on this team is George Kittle, but he lines up at TE.

39. Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas was banged up all last season and it looks like he is expected to start the season on the Saints’ PUP list, which will keep him out until at least week 7. Thomas underwent an ankle surgery in June and was given a time table of a 4 month recovery. It almost seems like Thomas might have taken the money and ran. Since, signing his big contract extension in 2019, he will now go two years in a row without playing a full season. If you can get him in the 6th or 7th round, he may end up being a steal, depending on if he even plays next year.

40. Ja’Marr Chase

Ja’Marr Chase is great, don’t get me wrong. However, he was the worst possible pick the Bengals could have made with the 5th pick overall in the 2021 NFL draft. The Bengals are a prime example of why some teams will never be good. Chase may have a decent year, but Burrow won’t be the QB, so unless Brandon Allen got better, good luck to anyone that drafts him.

Tier 5

41. Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk is used the same way the Steelers use Chase Claypool. Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice had some nice things to say about Aiyuk. Rice could be right about Aiyuk, but I just don’t trust the QB situation in San Francisco. Jerry Rice had Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing him passes during his time in San Fran. That’s a big difference.

“He’s going to get much better, I think, as he gets older, he’s going to continue to develop, and I’m expecting big things from him, to be honest with you. Because I think he has everything where he’s got the route running, where he’s got the hands, that awareness on the football field, and he’s one of those guys that he knows he’s a playmaker and that he could put points on the board at any time.” Jerry Rice.

42. Mike Williams

Every year Mike Williams shows glimpses of greatness, and every year Williams struggles staying healthy. He’s worth a late pick for depth on your bench, because there is always the chance he plays a full season. If that ever happens, look out.

43. Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd is one of the best slot WRs in football. If you don’t believe me, look it up. He also has great hands and is worthy of a late pick. Boyd is not a bad FLEX play in PPR leagues, he’ll get you a solid 10 points a week.

44. Russell Gage

Sleeper alert, sleeper alert. Russell Gage played great last year in his 1st real opportunity to play significant snaps. The Falcons are now without Julio Jones, so that makes Gage the number two guy in a pass heavy offense. He’s also a great WR from the slot. Did I say sleeper alert?

45. Laviska Shenault Jr

I’ve got a feeling that Urban Meyer is going to really like Laviska Shenault. Shenault is another gadget type WR just like Chase Claypool and Brandon Aiyuk. Shenault will get a lot of different looks next year, whether it be screen passes, running routes in the slot, or running the ball on WR sweeps.

46. Curtis Samuel

Curtis Samuel is a RB that converted to WR in the NFL, because he is pretty good at making plays. Samuel is reunited with his old college teammate and roommate, Terry McLaurin. I think Fitzmagic is going to have some fun zipping it to both of those guys next year.

47. Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley is coming off of his best season of his career, but the team signed Emmanuel Sanders this offseason. So, even though Beasley is a fan favorite, Sanders will cut into his catches.

48. Michael Gallup

Michael Gallup was beginning to look like a real fantasy football playmaker, then the Cowboys drafted CeeDee Lamb. That makes Gallup the number three WR on the Cowboys depth chart. But, since the Cowboys run such a high scoring offense, Gallup still makes the list.

49. Jerry Jeudy

With Courtland Sutton out for the entire season last year, you would have thought Jerry Jeudy would have had better numbers, but he didn’t. Now with Sutton back in, Jeudy is a risky pick unless you can grab him late in the draft as WR depth.

50. TY Hilton

I’m a TY Hilton fan, and it felt like he was due for another big year. But, then he got hurt again. TY will be out for an extended period of time due to a pretty bad neck injury, and there is a good chance he doesn’t play this year or ever again. But, if for some reason the injury isn’t as bad as the Colts say it is, like, cough, cough, Carson Wentz and Quenton Nelson’s foot injuries, there is a chance he does play this season and would be a nice player to stash away on your IR spot.

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