2020 Wide Receiver Tiers (PPR)

Tier 1- Elite WR1

  • Davante Adams (GB) (WR1)
  • 2019 Stats: 12 GP 127 Tar. 83 Rec. 997 Yds. 5 TD
  • This might come as a surprise seeing Adams WR1 & Thomas WR2, but the path is clear and actually resembles the path MT took to WR1 stardom in 2019. Adams remains the number one target in Green Bay, and by a long shot, he’s averaged 10+ targets/game over the past two seasons. He didn’t play a full season in 2019, but in 2018 in 15 GP we saw him produce 111 receptions for 1,386 yards and 13 TD. I know Rodgers might not be what he once was, but double digit targets week-to-week from Rodgers are hard to ignore. Adams is a special talent and deserving of high draft pick.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Michael Thomas (NO) (WR2)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 185 Tar. 149 Rec. 1,725 Yds. 9 TD
  • Michael Thomas was the WR1 in 2019 and should compete for that title once again. He’s now had 145+ targets in each of the past 3 seasons and 9 TD in both 2018 & 2019. Thomas and Brees have an incredible connection and he is a lock for a ton of targets in a high-scoring consistent offense. But New Orleans did add Emmanuel Sanders this offseason and that shouldn’t be completely ignored. I don’t expect Sanders to make a huge impact, but he will take some targets away from the 185 Thomas saw last season. I’m expecting the Saints offense to spread the ball out a little more than we saw in 2019. I’m still takin Thomas with a ton of confidence, he has an extremely safe floor with a clearly sky high ceiling based on past production.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) (WR3)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 150 Tar. 104 Rec. 1,165 Yds. 7 TD
  • Hopkins was traded this offseason to Arizona, but over his past 3 seasons in Houston he finished as WR2 (2017), WR1 (2018), and WR5 (2019) in PPR formats. I know he’ll be with a new team, new QB, and a new scheme, but Hopkins is just so consistent that I don’t really think the move will impact his production. I’m expecting slightly less targets in Arizona while also expecting more scoring opportunities in the new scheme. Hopkins is an elite option at WR don’t overthink the change in uniform.
  • Risk Level: Low-Medium
  • Julio Jones (ATL) (WR4)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 157 Tar. 99 Rec. 1,394 Yds. 6 TD
  • Julio is almost becoming the boring WR1, he’s literally here every single year. He is elite by every definition of the word and 2020 shouldn’t be much different. Julio and Matt Ryan have been together since Julio entered the league in 2011 and they are running it back again. Julio has earned all the trust as a WR1 and Matt Ryan feeds him with targets. Calvin Ridley is gaining some traction and is all the buzz heading into 2020, but Julio is still the top option in this high volume offense.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Tyreek Hill (KC) (WR5)
  • 2019 Stats: 12 GP 89 Tar. 58 Rec. 860 Yds. 7 TD
  • Tyreek wasn’t eligible to start the 2019 season, and when he did come back he never really got going to the same level we were used to seeing out of him. But this is a new year and we expect Hill to not only be available, but eager to prove he is still one of the top weapons in the NFL. I don’t ever think his reception numbers will be on par with the other guys in this tier, but his big play ability is unmatched. Kansas City should be a top offense again and Hill will be a vital piece of their success.
  • Risk Level: Low
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Tier 2- WR1 w/Elite Upside

  • Chris Godwin (TB) (WR6)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 120 Tar. 86 Rec. 1,333 Yds. 9 TD
  • Heading into 2019 the debate was whether Chris Godwin in the 4th round was too high. From 2018 to 2019 Godwin went from WR27 to WR2 (PPR), I guess the price was too low. While I’m not predicting another Top-2 finish, I am expecting WR1 and borderline elite production. He has elevated his game each season, so it’s not out of the question to expect another leap in 2020. Tom Brady is now the QB in Tampa and Brady has proven to really target his slot WRs. Godwin could end up being a great value, and once again a steal if he can out perform the WRs taken ahead of him.
  • Risk Level: Low-Medium
  • Cooper Kupp (LAR) (WR7)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 134 Tar. 94 Rec. 1,161 Yds. 10 TD
  • Kupp finished 2019 as the WR4 (PPR), while setting career highs across the board and playing all 16 games. He really took a step forward and I don’t expect him to look back. Kupp is a bigger slot WR, with big play ability and a nose for the end zone. The Rams traded away Brandin Cooks which clears up even more room for Kupp to take another step forward in 2020. I’m expecting his targets and yardage to rise and Kupp to once again finish in the Top-10, while pushing Top-5.
  • Risk Level: Low-Medium
  • Allen Robinson (CHI) (WR8)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 154 Tar. 98 Rec. 1,147 Yds. 7 TD
  • This might come as a surprise to some, because I feel like some people don’t realize just how good Robinson was last year. He was the WR8 (PPR)…with Mitchell Trubisky at QB. Robinson has had an up and down career, plagued with injuries and terrible QB play (Jacksonville & Chicago). But in 2019 he seemed to cement himself in Matt Nagy’s offense as the top WR without question. I wouldn’t typically be chasing Chicago’s offense as a unit, but Robinson is the clear number one option and I do like chasing volume. Foles should be an upgrade at QB and with 150+ targets again I’ll be betting on Robinson’s talent.
  • Risk Level: Medium
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Tier 3- Solid WR1

  • D.J. Moore (CAR) (WR9)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 135 tar. 87 Rec. 1,175 Yds. 4 TD
  • Moore finished as the WR16 in 2019, and of the 15 WRs ahead of him he was one of only two to score 4 or less TDs. With 135+ targets again I would expect an increase in the touchdown department. Carolina is under a new coaching staff and Teddy Bridgewater is the new QB, but D.J. Moore still remains the number one target (aside from CMC). Moore has yet to produce a Top-10 finish at the WR spot, this could be the year he does it.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Kenny Golladay (DET) (WR10)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 116 Tar. 65 Rec. 1,190 Yds. 11 TD
  • Golladay broke out in 2019, jumping from WR20 (2018) to WR9 (2019), and he played most last season without Matthew Stafford. Stafford should be back in 2020 and the Lions offense should look much different. Stafford has the arm to find Golladay downfield and as a whole the Lions should find themselves in the redzone more often which bodes well for Golladay. He finished with a league high 11 TDs a year ago, and although he is a tad riskier than the WRs ranked ahead of him, the sky is the limit for him this upcoming season.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Juju Smith-Schuster (PIT) (WR11)
  • 2019 Stats: 12 GP 71 Tar. 42 Rec. 552 Yds. 3 TD
  • Now let me start by addressing the trust issues many will have with Juju after his WR65 finish in 2019, it was surprising and disappointing. Now look to 2020, where I’m expecting Pittsburgh’s offense to look drastically different with the return of Big Ben. Juju should be moved back into the slot (where he’s had success) due to the emergence of Dionte Johnson and James Washington on the outside. Last year I thought Juju was being drafted too high..this year I think Juju is being drafted too low. He should get a ton of targets and I’m expecting a bounce back season based on the production we’ve seen before.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • Odell Beckham (CLE) (WR12)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 133 Tar. 74 Rec. 1,035 Yds. 4 TD
  • Beckham was a disappointment in 2019, he finished as the WR25 and considering where he was drafted he lost the trust of many fantasy owners along the way. But in his defense he was dealing with a hernia injury for most of the season and preseason and never really got into a rhythm. I’m still unsure if ranking him at WR14 is too high or too low, because he has the talent to finish as a Top-5 guy. But considering the Browns run heavy offense and the many mouths to feed (Beckham, Landry, Hooper, Njoku, Hunt, Chubb), his ceiling could be capped purely based on opportunity. I’m not taking him with a ton of confidence in 2020 but in this range as a lower WR1, I’m happy taking him with optimism he will bounce back.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
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Tier 4- Elite WR2

  • Mike Evans (TB) (WR13)
  • 2019 Stats:13 GP 118 Tar. 67 Rec. 1,157 Yds. 8 TD
  • The fantasy landscape at WR changed in Tampa Bay in 2019, Godwin was WR1 and Evans was the high-end WR2. I’m expecting similar production from this duo in 2020. Of course Tampa Bay will look much different this season with Tom Brady at the helm. Evans supported his fantasy value with some huge games in 2019 but he lacked consistency week-to-week. Brady should make this offense more efficient and stretch out longer possessions for Tampa in 2020. Clearly I have Godwin ranked higher again, but Evans is still in the WR1 conversation based on his value in the redzone.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Keenan Allen (LAC) (WR14)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 149 Tar. 104 Rec. 1,199 Yds. 6 TD
  • I’ll start by saying I don’t love the Chargers offense as unit this season, but I’m a sucker for Keenan Allen’s talent. Over the past 3 seasons Allen has only been a WR1, finishing WR3 (2017), WR12 (2018), and WR6 (2019) in PPR. He has had 1,100+ yards in each of those seasons and 100+ catches in 2 of 3. I know Rivers is gone and that will be a major hit to the offense, but in PPR Keenan’s floor is just too safe to pass up. I’ll be taking him in this range again and regardless of his QB I’ll be expecting borderline WR1/Elite WR2 production this season.
  • Risk Level: Low-Medium
  • Adam Thielen (MIN) (WR15)
  • 2019 Stats: 10 GP 48 Tar. 30 Rec. 418 Yds. 6 TD
  • Last year was a weird year for Thielen, he was never really a full go. But in 2017 (WR8) and 2018 (WR7) we got a clear view of what Thielen is capable of when he’s on the field. Heading into 2020 the Vikings WR room looks different, Stefon Diggs is gone and they drafted Justin Jefferson in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft. Thielen should be the clear number one option in the passing game, and with that comes more attention from opposing defenses. The Vikings were a run heavy offense in 2019 but their OC is now in Cleveland, regardless Thielen is relatively safe in this WR2 range with WR1 potential.
  • Risk Level: Low-Medium
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Tier 5- WR2 w/Upside

  • Robert Woods (LAR) (WR16)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 139 Tar. 90 Rec. 1,134 Yds. 2 TD
  • The Rams have shown that they are capable of supporting two starting fantasy WRs, they did it last year with Kupp (WR4) and Woods (WR15). Heading into 2020 I’m expecting much of the same. As I stated in Kupp’s piece, Brandin Cooks is no longer a Ram which frees up 72 targets from a season ago. I expect Woods and Kupp to benefit most from his departure and have expanded roles going forward. Woods has never had huge TD numbers 2017 (5) and 2018 (6) but I expect positive regression to the mean in that department in 2020. Woods is a safe WR2 with upside for more in this offense.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Calvin Ridley (ATL) (WR17)
  • 2019 Stats: 13 GP 93 Tar. 63 Rec. 866 Yds. 7 TD
  • Ridley is heading into his third NFL season, his first two have been highly productive, he was WR22 (2018) and WR27 (2019) in only 13 GP. Ridley has been overshadowed by Julio Jones, but quietly in his 29 career games he has an impressive 17 TDs. Year three is typically the year when WRs breakout and for Ridley it could be that time. Atlanta is a high octane/pass-happy offense and Jones & Ridley could be giving off Evans & Godwin vibes from 2019, I’d take Ridley as my WR2 with intrigue for a breakout.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • A.J. Brown (TEN) (WR18)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 84 Tar. 52 Rec. 1,051 Yds. 8 TD
  • A.J. Brown’s 2019 rookie season was unpredictable, he had 5 games with 100+ yards and 10 games with 3 or less catches. He was a week-to-week nightmare, bu he was unbelievably efficient. Brown is a special talent and there is a chance WR22 is far too low for him. I would expect his snaps to increase in 2020 based on his production. Tennessee tends to be a run heavy offense when they can be, but in the passing game Brown should be their number one target. There is some uncertainty because I don’t think he will replicate the same sort of efficiency but with an increase in targets and opportunity he could be a very exciting WR2.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • Tyler Boyd (CIN) (WR19)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 147 Tar. 90 Rec. 1,046 Yds. 5 TD
  • Boyd is coming off back-to-back WR2 seasons in 2018 (WR17) and 2019 (WR18), while enduring what I considered sub-par QB play. Enter Joe Burrow, 1st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. I believe Burrow will be a significant upgrade for Boyd and the entire offense. Boyd is a bigger slot WR and feeds off mismatches, in 2019 Burrow found his slot WR (Justin Jefferson) 111 times in 15 games, a massive number for a college WR. I’m expecting Burrow to latch onto Boyd early on and never let go. Boyd has quietly been very productive in his young career. Now that he has a legit QB throwing him the ball, 2020 could be the year to earn him the respect he deserves.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Amari Cooper (DAL) (WR20)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 119 Tar. 79 Rec. 1,189 Yds. 8 TD
  • Cooper was the WR11 in 2019, like most of his career the only issue was consistency. He puts together some huge games countered by games where he disappears. The Cowboys invested in Cooper in the offseason, then went along and drafted CeeDee Lamb in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft. Cooper’s role in the offense should remain the same but the addition of Lamb/emergence of Michael Gallup in 2019 do pose some uncertainty in terms of targets/volume. I’m unsure if the Cowboys will be pass heavy enough to support three WRs, like they did in 2019, but as a WR2 Cooper’s upside is appealing.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • Tyler Lockett (SEA) (WR21)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 110 Tar. 82 Rec. 1,057 Yds. 8 TD
  • Lockett has made a name for himself by being extremely efficient with his touches. In 2018 he scored 10 TD on 57 receptions, then followed it up in 2019 with 8 TD on only 82 receptions. Seattle has been known to be a run first offense in years past, but they haven’t had a WR duo like they do now (Lockett & Metcalf). Lockett and Wilson clearly have a strong connection, a connection that typically ends in the end zone. He isn’t as safe week-to-week as the WRs ahead of him, and theres a chance Metcalf surpasses him in 2020 as the first option. In saying that, I wouldn’t take him as my WR1, but in the WR2 range I’d be happy with Lockett.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
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Tier 6- Solid WR2

  • Stefon Diggs (BUF) (WR22)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 94 Tar. 63 Rec. 1,130 Yds. 6 TD
  • Diggs is another guy where I’m just a believer in his talent. Although the move to Buffalo creates some uncertainty, I’m certain he will be the first option in the passing game. Stefon was only targeted 94 times in 2019 and turned those targets into 1,130 yards, in comparison Odell Beckham was targeted 133 times and only had 1,035 yards (2019). I hear the Josh Allen haters, and I understand the risk associated, but I expect an uptick in targets because he is Buffalo’s most talented WR. Once the ball is in his hands Diggs makes plays. Buffalo gave up a lot to acquire him this offseason so they will make the most of it. Take Diggs in the WR2 spot and be optimistic that Josh Allen has improved now in his third NFL season.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Courtland Sutton (DEN) (WR23)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 125 Tar. 72 Rec. 1,112 Yds. 6 TD
  • Sutton proved last season he is capable of being the number one option for Denver, he has good size (6’4/216) and he’s extremely athletic. 2019 was a transition year for Denver, they started with Joe Flacco and ended the final 5 games with Drew Lock. This offseason they also added WRs Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. Clearly they wanted to add more weapons, but I expect Sutton to maintain his role as their WR1 with Jeudy becoming a nice secondary compliment. Sutton’s ceiling is still unknown but his floor should be at the very least a WR2.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • D.J. Chark (JAX) (WR24)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 118 Tar. 73 Rec. 1,008 Yds. 8 TD
  • Chark was irrelevant for fantasy purposes in his rookie season (2018), then finished 2019 as one of the biggest fantasy steals (WR17). Chark came into the league as more of a speedster and a deep weapon, but he proved this past year he can be a complete WR and a top option for an offense. Jacksonville will be heading into 2020 with Gardner Minshew at QB which could be positive for Chark. Minshew extends plays and finding Chark in space can be lethal. Chark should maintain his role from 2019 which leaves him in the WR2 discussion.
  • Risk Level: Medium
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Tier 7- High-End WR3

  • Terry McLaurin (WSH) (WR25)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 93 Tar. 58 Rec. 919 Yds. 7 TD
  • Scary Terry was a pleasant surprise in his 2019 rookie campaign, the former 3rd Round draft pick exceeded all expectations and became a week-to-week gem. McLaurin was plagued by bad QB play most of the season, and immediately gained the attention of opposing defenses due to lack other weapons in Washington. Heading into 2020 he remains the number one option for the Skins’ and this time he won’t be surprising anyone. His ceiling could be sky high based on the potential volume, but somewhat capped depending on the play of second year QB Dwayne Haskins.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • D.K. Metcalf (SEA) (WR26)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 100 Tar. 58 Rec. 900 Yds. 7 TD
  • Metcalf was inspiring in 2019, he led all rookie WRs in targets and proved to all his haters he is much more than just a workout warrior. I do truly believe Metcalf can push to be the top target in Seattle, his counterpart Tyler Lockett only received 10 more targets last year and Metcalf was still learning the offense. The only reason I’m not ranking him higher is that I expect Seattle to be a run first team once again in 2020 and just based on passing volume his ceiling has a limit. That being said, I’d be overjoyed to get him as my WR3.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • DeVante Parker (MIA) (WR27)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 128 Tar. 72 Rec. 1,202 Yds. 9 TD
  • DeVante! Welcome to the party, in his first 5 NFL seasons the former 1st Round draft pick had career highs of 744 yards, 57 receptions, and 4 TDs, then 2019 hit. Last season Parker finished as the WR10 in PPR scoring, he had 100+ yards in 4 of his last 7 games, based on 2019 he should be ranked higher. But I need him prove his fantasy value once again in 2020 to earn my trust. Parker has all the tools and could once again be the top target for the Dolphins. I expect to see a combination of Fitzpatrick/Tua at QB this season and I’m not sure which benefits Parker’s fantasy value more. Regardless he’s earned himself a spot in the WR3 range.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (BAL) (WR28)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 71 Tar. 41 Rec. 584 Yds. 7 TD
  • With the nickname Hollywood, you have be entertaining, and thats exactly how I would describe Brown’s early production in his 2019 rookie season. Brown was drafted in the 1st Round while he was still dealing with a nagging foot injury, an injury he never really got over all season. In a limited fashion Brown flashed what he can do at the next level, and heading into 2020 he should be healthy and ready to go. Baltimore was the run heaviest team in 2019 but Brown should be the number one receiver and second target in the passing game behind Mark Andrews. I’m a big fan of Hollywood Brown and with a significant increase in snaps and targets he could be in for a big time season.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
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Tier 8- WR3 w/Upside

  • Jarvis Landry (CLE) (WR29)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 138 Tar. 83 Rec. 1,174 Yds. 6 TD
  • Landry quietly finished 2019 as the WR12 (PPR), another successful campaign following his two previous seasons where he ranked as WR18 (2018) and WR5 (2017). Landry has one of the safest floors (in PPR) year in and year out and clearly he has a decently high ceiling as well (WR1 in 2 of the last 3 seasons). Based on his past production he deserves to be ranked higher, but I just don’t see there being enough passing volume in Cleveland under this new coaching staff to support all the mouths in the offense. I would be happy taking Landry as my WR3 and feel safe with him in my lineup.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Brandin Cooks (HOU) (WR30)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 72 Tar. 42 Rec. 583 Yds. 2 TD
  • Cooks is now on his 4th team in the past 5 years (NO, NE, LAR, HOU), yet the former 1st rounder has had 1,000+ yards in 4 of the last 5 seasons. 2019 was a weird year for Cooks, he struggled with injuries and when he was healthy he wasn’t himself. He is still only 26 years old and going to a Houston team in need of a new target after trading DeAndre Hopkins. I have Deshaun Watson as a Top-5 QB this year and I expect them to passing the ball often. Cooks is only one year removed from his (2018) WR13 finish, I’ll be taking a chance on him as a WR3.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • Deebo Samuel (SF) (WR31)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 81 Tar. 57 rec. 802 Yds. 3 TD
  • Considering Deebo’s role in the 49ers run heavy offense, he had a sneaky rookie year in 2019. San Fran used him any way they could which led to an additional 159 yards rushing and 3 rushing TDs. SF is just such a run-heavy offense, it is hard to imagine any WR being a viable must start fantasy option, and they drafted WR Brandon Aiyuk in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft. But I like the fact they used Deebo as runner it shows they just want to find ways to get the ball in his hands. Based on 2019 usage I expect they will find a role for Samuel, WR3 is a good value.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Julian Edelman (NE) (WR32)
  • 2019 Stats:16 GP 153 Tar. 100 Rec. 1,117 Yds. 6 TD
  • Jules was the WR7 in 2019 (PPR), so ranking him was WR32 is a significant drop off. But in my defense we’ve never seen him without Brady and he turned 34 this offseason. Either way, counting out Edelman is a dangerous game. Last year the narrative was he’s 33 and he’s lost a step, and clearly he didn’t, he was one of four WRs with 100+ receptions in 2019. Back to the Brady point, Tom is now in Tampa and I’m not sure what Edelman will look like without #12 throwing him passes. New England didn’t add any real competition at WR so even though I might be low on Edelman WR3 seems fair.
  • Risk Level: Low
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Tier 9- Solid WR3

  • T.Y. Hilton (IND) (WR33)
  • 2019 Stats: 10 GP 68 Tar. 45 Rec. 501 Yds. 5 TD
  • Hilton is an interesting WR in this tier, he finished 2017 as WR26 and 2018 as WR14 (PPR) then only played 10 games in 2019, so evaluating him for this season is tough. I feel like we’ve already seen Hilton’s ceiling, at this point I see him as a streaky WR who will be 31 this upcoming season. His potential doesn’t get me as excited as others in this range, Indy drafted Michael Pittman Jr. in the 2nd Round this year and I do expect him to make an impact right away. In addition to that I think they like Zach Pascal, so personally I’ll be staying away from Hilton in 2020, but as WR3 he’s worth a shot.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • A.J. Green (CIN) (WR34)
  • 2019 Stats: N/A
  • I feel dirty having Green this low considering the amazing career he’s had, but he’s only played 9 games in the past two seasons and I’m not exactly sure what to expect. Green is 31 and entering his 10th NFL season. On a positive note, I think Joe Burrow will be the best QB Green he has ever played with (I’m not a Dalton guy). A.J. is also entering his first year in second-year head coach Zac Taylor’s new system. He clearly has the talent but we will have to wait and see if he still has the juice. I’m hoping for a bounce back year from Green in 2020 but I’m not betting on it, he is a risky WR3.
  • Risk Level: High
  • Christian Kirk (ARI) (WR35)
  • 2019 Stats: 13 GP 107 Tar. 68 Rec. 709 Yds. 3 TD
  • Kirk is entering his 3rd NFL season, and his career has been off to a relatively slow start. But this Cardinals offense heading into 2020 looks much different then years past. I expect Arizona to be a fast paced and pass-happy offense. DeAndre Hopkins should dominate targets, but Kirk is a big play threat every time he touches the ball. He doesn’t necessarily need a ton of touches to make an impact. Kirk has yet to produce at the same level as others in this tier but I’m thinking Arizona will be a high scoring offense and he will benefit from playing opposite a true WR1 in Hopkins.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
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Tier 10- Week-To-Week WR

  • Diontae Johnson (PIT) (WR36)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 92 Tar. 59 Rec. 680 Yds. 5 TD
  • If you want to hear someone gush over Diontae Johnson’s potential, you should read my partners article: 2 WRs Who Will Out Preform Their ADP. Diontae had an inspiring rookie season in 2019, and Pittsburgh’s offense was led by Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges who I’m surprised haven’t been cut. Somehow Diontae still found a way to stay fantasy relevant and make a significant impact. Heading into 2020 Pittsburgh’s offense should look much different with Big Ben back out there. Diontae is a big play threat on the outside and has a nose for the end zone, I like his potential as a WR4.
  • Risk Level: Low-Medium
  • Michael Gallup (DAL) (WR37)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 113 Tar. 66 Rec. 1,107 Yds. 6 TD
  • Gallup is coming of a year-two breakout season in 2019 where he doubled his number of receptions(33) & yards(507) from his rookie season, and tripled his TDs(2). Prior to the NFL Draft I would’ve ranked Gallup much higher, but Dallas drafted WR CeeDee Lamb in the 1st Round. I still think Gallup established himself enough to maintain a role in this offense but spreading out targets between Cooper, Lamb, and Gallup will ultimately hurt each of their individual numbers. As a WR4 I’d be happy to own Gallup but I think he will be a boom or bust start week-to-week.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Sterling Shepard (NYG) (WR38)
  • 2019 Stats: 10 GP 83 Tar. 57 Rec. 576 Yds. 3 TD
  • I’ve always been a fan of Shepard and I’m a believer in his talent, but in his 4 NFL seasons he’s yet to break 1,000 yards and has never surpassed 66 (2018) receptions. The Giants WR situation is tough to predict, if it were up to them I think they’d like to be a run heavy team and feed Saquon Barkley. But their defense is a mess and I expect them to be chasing points often. When they are down they will be forced to pass the ball and out of this WR group I’m betting on Shepard to be the main beneficiary. I like him as a short area target with the ability to break a big play, and I think the opportunity for targets is wide open.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • Mike Williams (LAC) (WR39)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 90 Tar. 49 Rec. 1,001 Yds. 2 TD
  • Mike Williams went from a 10 TD season in 2018, to a 2 TD season in 2019. But on only 49 catches he surpassed 1,000 yards for the first time in his three year career. The Chargers are transitioning into a new era without Phillip Rivers, so there will be growing pains with a new QB. I’m not as down on Tyrod Taylor as the consensus, and Williams is a talented WR and a proven threat in the redzone. Aside from Keenan Allen & Williams the Chargers don’t have much else at WR so Williams will see the target volume. I don’t expect the Chargers to be a high scoring offense by any means, but as a WR4 I think he carries some value.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
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Tier 11- WR4 w/Breakout Upside

  • Michael Pittman Jr. (IND) (WR40)
  • 2019 Stats: (USC) 13 GP 101 Rec. 1,275 Yds. 11 TD
  • Pittman is my first rookie on this list, and that may come as a surprise to some considering he was the 8th WR drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft (2nd Round, Pick 34). Pittman might have wanted to see his name come off the board sooner but I think his landing spot was worth the wait. Pittman landed in Indy in a WR room that I think is relatively wide open. T.Y. Hilton is an aging veteran and has had trouble staying on the field, while Zach Pascal seems to be next best option (not great). Michael Pittman is big physical WR that I think will make an impact right away. He could be a big time steal and smart bench stash early in 2020.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Mecole Hardman (KC) (WR41)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 41 Tar. 26 Rec. 538 Yds. 6 TD
  • First look at those 2019 stats, he turned 26 receptions into 6 TD. That is incredible efficiency on each touch. He also lead the NFL in average yards per catch at 20.7 (CBS). Hardman showed us flashes in his rookie season (2019) of just how electric he can be, and being a part of the Chiefs offense creates its own fantasy value. I think heading into 2020 Andy Reid will be forced to find ways to get Hardman on the field and any targets coming from Patrick Mahomes are already valuable. He is a worthy bench stash just based on the opportunities this KC offense provides.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Jerry Jeudy (DEN) (WR42)
  • 2019 Stats: (ALA) 13 GP 77 Rec. 1,163 Yds. 10 TD
  • Jeudy was my number one ranked WR heading into this years NFL Draft, and landing in Denver could be beneficial right away. Denver is starting a new era with Drew Lock at QB (5 games in 2019) and the offense is hungry for playmakers. Courtland Sutton broke out in 2019 and Jeudy’s skill set is the perfect compliment to what Sutton already does. He is an elite route runner and can move all over the field. I expect Denver to use Jeudy right away and use him often. I would like to have him ranked higher but rookie WRs are always hard to project, so stash him on your bench.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Justin Jefferson (MIN) (WR43)
  • 2019 Stats: (LSU) 15 GP 111 Rec. 1,540 Yds. 18 TD
  • I really like Jefferson’s talent and expect him to have a successful career, I’m just unsure how involved he will be right away, so he is perfect for this tier. Jefferson played most of his snaps at LSU out of the slot position, a spot I expect to be occupied by Adam Theilen for the most part. I’m interested to see how they use both Theilen & Jefferson in this offense considering Minnesota was a very much run-heavy team in 2019. But their OC is now in Cleveland so we will have to wait and see how this offense operates. Jefferson is someone you might have to wait on to produce, but he’s an exciting bench stash with solid upside.
  • Risk Level: Medium
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Tier 12- WR4 w/Stable Upside

  • Jamison Crowder (NYJ) (WR44)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 122 Tar. 78 Rec. 833 Yds. 6 TD
  • At this point in Crowder’s career I think we know what we’re getting, he is a solid PPR WR with a decent floor and low ceiling week-to-week, he’s boring. Crowder will give you some weeks where he is targeted a ton and comes out with about 8-10 catches for 80 yards, other weeks he’ll give you 2 catches for 25 yards and you’ll wonder what the hell happened. He is in a mediocre offense in New York that doesn’t get a ton of scoring opportunities, but regardless of my negativity he is worth a spot on your bench and when you need him he’s worth a start.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • John Brown (BUF) (WR45)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 115 Tar. 72 Rec. 1,060 Yds. 6 TD
  • I bet not many realize Brown was the WR20 last season, that is a mid level WR2. Theres a fact for all the Josh Allen haters saying he can’t support a viable fantasy WR. Not only am I saying Allen can support one WR, I’m saying he’ll support two in the Top-35. I do expect Brown’s targets to decrease with the addition of Stefon Diggs but Diggs will likely garner more the attention from opposing defenses, making room for Brown to make plays over the top. He is an elite deep threat and a big play waiting to happen, as a WR3/WR4 I think the value is fair and the path for more is there.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Marvin Jones (DET) (WR46)
  • 2019 Stats: 13 GP 92 Tar. 62 Rec. 779 Yds. 9 TD
  • Jones is the ultimate boom-or-bust WR. To put that in perspective he caught 4 of those 9 TDs from 2019 in one game. In saying that if you started him that week, it was all worth it. I just wanted to address the fact he had a 4 TD game. All joking aside, Jones finished 2019 as the WR28 in only 13 games so clearly he carries value. I could be entirely too low on Jones but he’s just not the type of player I target. Stafford will be back in 2020 which will be a major upgrade from the QB play in 2019. Jones deserves a bench spot and week-to-week and he is a viable option if you need WR help.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Anthony Miller (CHI) (WR47)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 85 tar. 52 Rec. 656 Yds. 2 TD
  • I think we’re all waiting for Miller to put it all together. 2019 was only his second year, but in 2018 his rookie season he scored 7 TD on limited snaps, which was really inspiring. Chicago’s offense could be much different after adding Nick Foles, head coach Matt Nagy and Foles have history together and I think Foles will be an upgrade for the Bears offense. Chicago is hungry for someone other than Allen Robinson to make an impact in the passing game, so Miller has the path to consistent volume in this offense. I’m hoping Miller makes the most of his opportunity and I’ll be taking a chance on him as a bench stash.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Curtis Samuel (CAR) (WR48)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 106 Tar. 54 Rec. 627 Yds. 6 TD
  • Samuel went from 2019 “sleeper” to 2019 disappointment for anyone that was expecting a breakout season. But with lowered expectations I’m still in on him for 2020. Carolina is under a new coaching staff in 2020. So we don’t know exactly what to expect, but head coach Matt Rhule has expressed that he wants his team to have speed and if Curtis Samuel is one thing he’s fast. I’d be happy to have Samuel as a bench stash, and if I needed to start him I’d always feel like theres a chance for solid production.
  • Risk Level: Medium
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