The fantasy regular season is in the books and I already laid out rankings for the playoffs. So what else is there to do but look ahead into the crystal ball and see what 2021 could have in store. As always, this is not format specific but a general ranking based simply on who I’d rather see on my roster in 2021. I am happy to talk specifics in the comments, as the note section is not meant to be a thesis explaining the position of each ranking. 

I have included some choice rookies for 2021, although in all likelihood there will be more that make their way into the top 80 by season’s end. This year there are currently 5 rookies in the top 50 WR in fantasy points per game. With offenses using more 3 and 4 wide formations, rookies can get on the field early and often. Earning snaps is the biggest hurdle for most rookies but that is not as hard as it used to be when only 2 WRs were featured. Rookie receivers should continue to be assets even in redraft leagues, so I have been generous in my rankings with 2 rookies already in the top 36. 

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And without further ado… 

Rank Name Team Notes
  Tier 1    
1 Davante Adams GB I don’t see why anything changes unless Aaron Rodgers is not in Green Bay
2 Tyreek Hill KC  
  Tier 2    
3 DK Metcalf SEA QB stability and an ascending talent
4 Stefon Diggs BUF Josh Allen could regress but the connection between these two is so bankable
5 DeAndre Hopkins ARI Will be 29 at the start of 2021, not worried about age just yet
6 Keenan Allen LAC Buckle up for year 2 of Justin Herbert and hopefully a new coaching staff
7 A.J. Brown TEN Unreal talent but Henry remains the engine of the offense
8 Justin Jefferson MIN Thielen a year older, Jefferson with a year of seasoning
9 Terry McLaurin WAS QB upgrade coming
10 Calvin Ridley ATL The WR1 torch been passed to Ridley but will be throwing the football in Atlanta?
11 Michael Thomas NO Just needs a total reset on this season, but QB situation could determine his fantasy appeal
  Tier 3    
12 Chris Godwin TB There’s a very good chance he is the top target in a new offense for 2021
13 Mike Evans TB He won’t be going anywhere and will just be 28 at the start of the season
14 Allen Robinson CHI Someone get this man a quarterback
15 CeeDee Lamb DAL Do not forget he was smashing prior to the QB fiasco
16 Kenny Golladay DET A lot may be changing in Detroit, however his talent is top 12 in my eyes
17 Robert Woods LAR  
18 Tyler Lockett SEA Still the perfect ecosystem with Wilson and Metcalf
19 Amari Cooper DAL Two words – Dak Prescott (I hope)
20 Brandon Aiyuk SF Showcasing elite production he has 3 games of 100 total yards in his first 10, Deebo has 4 in 16
21 Adam Thielen MIN  
22 D.J. Moore CAR Still only 23, his arrow is pointing up and Carolina likely to add to their QB room
23 Julio Jones ATL When 100% and starting he’s still a top WR but Father Time is undefeated
24 Tee Higgins CIN Wait and see on Joe Burrow’s rehab but the sky is the limit
  Tier 4    
25 Will Fuller HOU His injuries may creep back in, but still absolutely a star when playing
26 Diontae Johnson PIT He’s good, but I’m be slightly worried about Claypool becoming the alpha and Roethlisberger declining
27 Antonio Brown TB At 33 he could still have one more season left in the tank
28 Denzel Mims NYJ I can’t possibly overestimate the difference Trevor Lawrence will make
29 Chase Claypool PIT Stock way up if Smith-Schuster departs
30 Tyler Boyd CIN Boyd and Higgins are in the same boat
31 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT I still believe he’s an elite slot WR and can see a lot of volume in the right offense
32 Ja’Marr Chase TBD The last 2 years have taught us that WRs no longer have to wait their turn for fantasy success
33 Cooper Kupp LAR  
34 Devonta Smith TBD Could be the first WR to win the Heisman trophy in ages
  Tier 5    
35 Michael Pittman Jr IND Good chance Pittman is the top target in 2021
36 Deebo Samuel SF Unfortunately, “injury prone” may be accurate here
37 Odell Beckham Jr CLE  
38 Corey Davis TEN The unrestricted free agent could be a hot commodity
39 Curtis Samuel CAR Hopefully he finds a role on a new team
40 Jaylen Waddle TBD Possibly my personal favorite talent in this amazing rookie WR class
41 Rondale Moore TBD Could explode as much as any other rookie
42 Courtland Sutton DEN How will he look returning from an ACL tear?
  Tier 6    
43 DeVante Parker MIA I think 2019 was his peak and Miami will absolutely address the position early in the NFL draft
44 DJ Chark JAC I still question whether he’s an alpha, with a new franchise QB I guess we’ll find out
45 TY Hilton IND Showing he still has some left in the tank
46 Jerry Jeudy DEN Yet another young potential star in need of a QB
47 Brandin Cooks HOU A nice, healthy season in 2020
48 Robby Anderson CAR  
49 Laviska Shenault Jr JAC This offense and team will look completely different in 2021, hopefully for the better
50 Cole Beasley BUF  
51 Mike Williams LAC  
  Tier 7    
52 Jalen Reagor PHI Jalen Hurts is fun but might not be a boon to the team’s receiving upside
53 Mecole Hardman KC Volume bump if Watkins moves on?
54 Marvin Jones DET Unlikely to be a Lion in 2021
55 Gabriel Davis BUF Very good chance he is the WR2 in Buffalo next year
56 Christian Kirk ARI  
57 Rashod Bateman TBD Once an elite prospect, faded some but could produce right away 
  Tier 8    
58 Sammy Watkins KC Unlikely he’ll be back in KC 
59 Jarvis Landry CLE  
60 Marquise Brown BAL  
61 K.J. Hamler DEN Shown a knack for volume leading DEN in targets more than once
62 John Brown BUF  
63 Jamison Crowder NYJ  
64 Julian Edelman NE Could be useful if new QB and more pass-centric offense
  Tier 9    
65 Josh Reynolds LAR I can see him filling a WR2 role on a new team
66 Darius Slayton NYG Really regressed after a sensational rookie season
67 Michael Gallup DAL If he’s still in Dallas the fantasy upside is capped
68 Amon-Ra St. Brown TBD Likely Day 2 pick and primed to contribute early
69 Henry Ruggs III LV  
70 A.J. Green CIN  Could be be a role player on a decent offense?
71 Russell Gage ATL  
72 Darnell Mooney CHI See Robinson, Allen
  Tier 10    
73 Hunter Renfrow LV Will hang around relevancy in PPR formats
74 Allen Lazard GB  
75 Sterling Shepard NYG  
76 Jalen Hurd SF I still believe he can be an intriguing weapon in SF
77 Tylan Wallace TBD I think he will be a draft process riser and a hot commodity come draft season
78 Preston Williams MIA Concerned his window to secure a role was 2020
79 Quintez Cephus DET May enter 2021 as the WR2 at worst on the Detroit depth chart
80 Lynn Bowden Jr MIA Intriguing finish to 2020, could man the slot for Miami next year

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  1. JC says:
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    Let’s stay in 2020 for this week please!
    Julio and Galloday out. Boyd useless.

    Pick two in standard scoring league….T.Y. (vs Houston), Beasley (at Denver), Patrick (v Bills). Weather does not seem to be a factor at this point.

    Thanks!

  2. Derek Kirby says:
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    IMO, if TY.Hilton is outplaying Pittman now, when Parris Campbell returns he will be the alpha in that offense, cause Campbell is on a different universe metriclay than T.Y. Pittman will be the Mike Williams to Campbell the Keenan Allen!

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