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Are you a San Francisco fan still lamenting the Super Bowl loss? Are you a Kansas City fan still reveling in your third title in five years? Either way, you are checking in because you miss football, and you are patiently awaiting the free agency period to begin so you can start to build your way too early 2024 ranks. 

Wait…am I the only one who does this? Obviously not. 

We are all fantasy football fanatics, and we build lists whether we use a pencil to write them on college rule paper or use our adept typing skills to create a monstrosity of a spreadsheet to prep for upcoming drafts. As you are aware, the @RazzballNFL team is here with you throughout the offseason to help you get ready to draft your winning lineups for 2024. 

We will update our rankings throughout the offseason as news breaks. Whether it’s coaching changes, free agency, the NFL draft, etc., there will be a lot of movement between now and the summer. Stick with us along the way, and you’ll be ready to go when you’re on the clock for the 2024 draft season.

My assignment is Wide Receivers. This week’s installment will get after the not-so-long list of top-tier free agent Wide Receivers. Below, I build on my initial list of Top 40 Wide Receivers with my third set of 20 for the 2024 season. I can’t wait to see how this list evolves between now and August, and there is no better time than now to start!

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Top Free Agent Wide Receivers

  • Player: Tee Higgins
  • Predicted Landing Spot: Cincinnati Bengals
  • My Rank (2024 ECR): WR15 (WR17)

With the news of the Bengals looking to place the tag on Higgins, the uncertainty of free agency is removed, allowing me to move Higgins up the list from WR20 to WR15. Sure, Higgins will not get the big contract he desires, but he will get to continue to catch passes from an elite QB in Joe Burrow. With all things being equal here and free agency no longer looming over his head, I think Higgins puts up top 15 numbers if he stays healthy in 2024.

  • Player: Marquise Brown
  • Predicted Landing Spot: Arizona Cardinals
  • My Rank (2024 ECR): WR39 (WR42)

There are two WRs on the list so far, and both predictions appear boring. I would love to shock the world here with some outlandish, surprising landing spot for Hollywood, but I truly think the best place for him is in the desert with his old buddy Kyler Murray. Brown is super talented and fits the type of QB style that Murray plays, and I think the two will get back to their 2022 numbers together. In fact, I like all three WRs in Arizona (Rondale Moore, Michael Wilson) this season as later round targets. If you miss out on Brown, where I have him slated to go, then focus on Wilson in the 10th and Moore much later as a dart throw.

 

  • Player: Gabe Davis
  • Predicted Landing Spot: Carolina Panthers
  • My Rank (2024 ECR): WR46 (WR41)

You just never know which Gabe Davis you will get when you draft him. Will you get the guy who starts the season with a 98-yard TD reception or the guy who disappears for three straight games? As you can see by my ranking of Davis, I am consistently lower on him than ECR. Maybe a change of scenery and a separation from Stefon Diggs will allow Davis to blossom? I do not see him as a WR1 anywhere, but he can provide a compliment to a savvy veteran like Adam Thielen in Carolina. I think the Panthers as a landing spot will be more about money than best fit for Davis, and I do think he gets paid by Carolina. I will probably allow other managers to select him again as I pass on him.

 

  • Player: Tyler Lockett
  • Predicted Landing Spot: Kansas City Chiefs
  • My Rank (2024 ECR): WR43 (WR43)

I know. I know. I know. Lockett is not a free agent, and this article is about free agents. Bear with me for just a moment. I think Lockett will be a cap casualty-free agent very soon. With that being my prediction, I think it is fair to add Lockett to this list. Following the release of Lockett, I am also driving JSN up my ranks to WR41 overall. I think Lockett will provide some veteran consistency and leadership to the Chiefs squad while JSN begins a significant ascension up my WR ranks. If I miss on the Lockett to the Chiefs’ prediction, I do feel he is released and signed by another squad, thus opening the window for JSN to put up big numbers in his sophomore campaign.

  • Player: DJ Chark
  • Predicted Landing Spot: Baltimore Ravens
  • My Rank (2024 ECR): WR59 (WR67)

The Ravens need a true veteran WR to help Lamar Jackson get over the hump. Chark is a WR who will not garner a lot of front-page headlines. Still, he is exactly what the young Ravens WR corps requires with the probable departure of Odell Beckham Jr. Chark has always felt like a low-end WR2 that needs more targets to be truly successful in an offense while also appearing never be in an offense that puts him to work with a ton of targets. Truth be told, I much prefer the JAX version of Chark over the CAR version we saw in 2022. I think Chark will be an upgrade over Rashod Bateman, who has not shown the production needed for the Ravens to push further in the playoffs. I like Chark in Baltimore over OBJ, so let’s see how this plays out.

Here is the full list of my Top 40 WRs:

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Note: Filters and sorting in the table below apply to the output

# Name Team
CeeDee Lamb DAL
Amon-Ra St. Brown DET
Justin Jefferson MIN
Tyreek Hill MIA
Ja’Marr Chase CIN
Puka Nacua LAR
DJ Moore CHI
Brandon Aiyuk SF
A.J. Brown PHI
Davante Adams LV
Chris Olave NO
Garrett Wilson NYJ
Deebo Samuel SF
Mike Evans TB
Michael Pittman Jr. IND
Keenan Allen LAC
Cooper Kupp LAR
Nico Collins HOU
Drake London ATL
Rashee Rice KC
DK Metcalf SEA
Stefon Diggs BUF
Tee Higgins CIN
Tank Dell HOU
DeVonta Smith PHI
Calvin Ridley TEN
Jaylen Waddle MIA
Mike Williams NYJ
Zay Flowers BAL
Jordan Addison MIN
Jayden Reed GB
George Pickens PIT
DeAndre Hopkins TEN
Christian Kirk JAX
Amari Cooper CLE
Courtland Sutton DEN
Terry McLaurin WAS
Marquise Brown KC
Christian Watson GB
Diontae Johnson CAR
Jakobi Meyers LV
Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA
Chris Godwin TB
Tyler Lockett SEA
Brandin Cooks DAL
Gabe Davis JAX
Jameson Williams DET
Romeo Doubs GB
Rashid Shaheed NO
Jahan Dotson WAS
Josh Downs IND
Adam Thielen CAR
Jerry Jeudy DEN
Michael Wilson ARI
Darius Slayton NYG
Elijah Moore CLE
Joshua Palmer LAC
Darnell Mooney ATL
DJ Chark FA
Curtis Samuel BUF

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Drop your names in the comments below, and don’t forget to join me and the Razzball NFL boys all offseason as we discuss these and other important fantasy football topics.  

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-Stiles-