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Wide receiver rankings for 2021 fantasy football

Free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft have shuffled the rankings around before we hit the NFL Draft. See where your favorite players have landed.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


you may have heard this already, but Julio Jones was traded to the Titans. WHAT? Yes, it’s true! This move probably hurts his target numbers, as the Titans will always run the ball if they can. But, the Titans are also more efficient than the Falcons, so we could see Jones finally get back into double-digit touchdowns. This hurts A.J. Brown the most, as he’ll go from a possible No. 1 overall receiver to a Top-10 receiver.

Russell Gage gets a boost, but I believe in the end he will end up sharing targets at WR2, so not much of one. Josh Reynolds is probably hurt the most out of anyone in this trade, as he goes from probable starter to the bench.

The NFL Draft is over and free agency signings aren’t as impactful as they were early in the offseason. We will continue to see trades and signings that will move the rankings around, but for the most part we are set at the fantasy skill positions. That means it’s time to see where we are in the 2021 fantasy football rankings. Closer to the season, we’ll split this up into standard and PPR, but until then, let’s go with .5 point PPR scoring.

Now that we are firmly in the passing game era of the NFL, wide receivers are plentiful and there are many studs. Finding targets like Devante Adams sees are tough, but there are still plenty of targets out there to be had. Thirty-five receivers saw 100 or more targets last season, so there is no shortage of receivers who will get their chances.

But there are those guys who will get their targets and will make the most out of them. The quarterback, red zone work, talent, and plain old luck all factor in, but we have a good idea of who those wide receivers are, as they do it year in and year out. I feel much better about wide receivers living up to expectations than running backs, so unless I have a Top 5 pick, I’ll likely go wide receiver to start my 2021 drafts.

There are plenty of questions that if answered correctly will separate us from the crowd though. Will Michael Thomas still have success without Drew Brees? Will Aaron Rodgers still have Adams as his main target in 2021? Can Justin Jefferson repeat his fantastic rookie season? Does Trevor Lawrence propel D.J. Chark into the upper echelon? Can Odell Beckham Jr. get back on track? Does Matthew Stafford push Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp back into their rightful stud fantasy selves? Do Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb flourish together with Dak Prescott back? My hope is that all of these questions are answered positively throughout the season, but we know that’s likely not going to happen.

2021 Wide Receiver Rankings

Rk Name Tm
Rk Name Tm
1 Tyreek Hill KC
2 Stefon Diggs BUF
3 DeAndre Hopkins ARI
4 Davante Adams GB
5 Calvin Ridley ATL
6 D.K. Metcalf SEA
7 Justin Jefferson MIN
8 Keenan Allen LAC
9 Chris Godwin TB
10 Terry McLaurin WAS
11 A.J. Brown TEN
12 Allen Robinson II CHI
13 Julio Jones TEN
14 Mike Evans TB
15 Michael Thomas NO
16 CeeDee Lamb DAL
17 Robert Woods LAR
18 D.J. Moore CAR
19 Amari Cooper DAL
20 Adam Thielen MIN
21 Cooper Kupp LAR
22 Kenny Golladay NYG
23 D.J. Chark Jr. JAC
24 Diontae Johnson PIT
25 Tee Higgins CIN
26 Brandon Aiyuk SF
27 Tyler Lockett SEA
28 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE
29 Courtland Sutton DEN
30 Chase Claypool PIT
31 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT
32 Ja'Marr Chase CIN
33 Will Fuller V MIA
34 Robby Anderson CAR
35 Brandin Cooks HOU
36 Tyler Boyd CIN
37 Curtis Samuel WAS
38 Deebo Samuel SF
39 Jerry Jeudy DEN
40 Jarvis Landry CLE
41 Marquise Brown BAL
42 DeVante Parker MIA
43 Michael Pittman Jr. IND
44 DeVonta Smith PHI
45 T.Y. Hilton IND
46 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC
47 Michael Gallup DAL
48 Mecole Hardman KC
49 Corey Davis NYJ
50 Mike Williams LAC
51 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC
52 Antonio Brown TB
53 John Brown LV
54 Henry Ruggs III LV
55 Jalen Reagor PHI
56 Jaylen Waddle MIA
57 Cole Beasley BUF
58 Nelson Agholor NE
59 Darnell Mooney CHI
60 Jamison Crowder NYJ
61 Christian Kirk ARI
62 Parris Campbell IND
63 Sterling Shepard NYG
64 Darius Slayton NYG
65 Rashod Bateman BAL
66 Denzel Mims NYJ
67 Josh Reynolds TEN
68 Breshad Perriman DET
69 Emmanuel Sanders BUF
70 Elijah Moore NYJ
71 Tim Patrick DEN
72 Tyrell Williams DET
73 Jalen Guyton LAC
74 Gabriel Davis BUF
75 Bryan Edwards LV
76 Allen Lazard GB
77 KJ Hamler DEN
78 Rondale Moore ARI
79 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB
80 Sammy Watkins BAL
81 James Washington PIT
82 A.J. Green ARI
83 Jakobi Meyers NE
84 Tre'Quan Smith NO
85 Russell Gage ATL
86 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR
87 Preston Williams MIA
88 Dez Fitzpatrick TEN
89 Anthony Miller CHI
90 Randall Cobb HOU
91 Quintez Cephus DET
92 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET
93 Amari Rodgers GB
94 Rashard Higgins CLE
95 Hunter Renfrow LV
96 Kendrick Bourne NE
97 Keke Coutee HOU
98 Zach Pascal IND
99 Cam Sims WAS
100 DeSean Jackson LAR
101 Scotty Miller TB
102 Tyler Johnson TB
103 Tyron Johnson LAC
104 Kadarius Toney NYG
105 Dyami Brown WAS
106 D'Wayne Eskridge SEA
107 Keelan Cole Sr. NYJ
108 N'Keal Harry NE
109 David Moore CAR
110 Tylan Wallace BAL
111 Cornell Powell KC
112 Tutu Atwell LAR
113 Collin Johnson JAC
114 Nico Collins HOU
115 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL
116 Lynn Bowden Jr. MIA
117 Van Jefferson LAR
118 Travis Fulgham PHI
119 Demarcus Robinson KC
120 Byron Pringle KC
121 Andy Isabella ARI
122 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE
123 Devin Duvernay BAL
124 Anthony Schwartz CLE
125 Josh Palmer LAC
126 Ihmir Smith-Marsette MIN
127 John Ross NYG
128 Auden Tate CIN
129 Greg Ward PHI