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Dynasty Rankings: Top 100 Wide Receivers (August 2020)

In the second batch of dynasty rankings for the upcoming NFL season we take a look at the WR position. These rankings are centered around PPR scoring so adjust accordingly to the scoring and size of your league. Due to the changing aerial dynamics in the modern NFL, the amount of receivers who have the ability provide surplus value outside of their ADP is at an all time high. 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR) has become a standard base offense for many teams around the league, thus making the importance of understanding where value can be extracted while you’re building your roster.

NameTeamPositionAge
1. Michael ThomasNOWR27
2. Tyreek HillKCWR26
3. DeAndre HopkinsARIWR28
4. Chris GodwinTBWR24
5. Davante AdamsGBWR27
6. Odell Beckham Jr.CLEWR27
7. Kenny GolladayDETWR26
8. Mike EvansTBWR27
9. Julio JonesATLWR31
10. Allen RobinsonCHIWR27
11. D.J. MooreCARWR23
12. Courtland SuttonDENWR24
13. A.J. BrownTENWR21
14. JuJu Smith-SchusterPITWR23
15. Calvin RidleyATLWR25
16. CeeDee LambDALWR21
17. D.K. MetcalfSEAWR22
18. Amari CooperDALWR26
19. Jerry JeudyDENWR21
20. Keenan AllenLACWR28
21. Stefon DiggsBUFWR26
22. Cooper KuppLARWR27
23. Terry McLaurinWASWR24
24. D.J. CharkJACWR23
25. Marquise BrownBALWR23
26. Robert WoodsLARWR28
27. Tyler LockettSEAWR28
28. Adam ThielenMINWR30
29. Tyler BoydCINWR27
30. Justin JeffersonMINWR21
31. Henry Ruggs IIILVWR21
32. Jarvis LandryCLEWR27
33. Denzel MimsNYJWR22
34. Tee HigginsCINWR21
35. Deebo SamuelSFWR24
36. Mecole HardmanKCWR22
37. Christian KirkARIWR23
38. Michael GallupDALWR24
39. DeVante ParkerMIAWR27
40. Mike WilliamsLACWR25
41. Diontae JohnsonPITWR24
42. Jalen ReagorPHIWR21
43. Brandin CooksHOUWR26
44. Will FullerHOUWR26
45. Darius SlaytonNYGWR23
46. Preston WilliamsINDWR23
47. Laviska Shenault Jr.JACWR21
48. Brandon AiyukCINWR32
49. Sterling ShepardNYGWR27
50. T.Y HiltonINDWR30
51. Curtis SamuelINDWR24
52. Anthony MillerCHIWR24
53. Parris CampbellINDWR23
54. Chase ClaypoolPITWR22
55. Bryan EdwardsCINWR22
56. Michael Pittman Jr.INDWR22
57. N’Keal HarryNEWR22
58. KJ HamlerDENWR21
59. A.J GreenCINWR32
60. Van JeffersonLARWR24
61. John BrownBUFWR30
62. Allen LazardGBWR24
63. Marvin JonesDETWR30
64. Dede WestbrookJACWR26
65. Antonio Gandy-GoldenWASWR22
66. Corey DavisTENWR25
67. Hunter RenfrowLVWR24
68. Devin DuvernayBALWR22
69. Jamison CrowderNYJWR27
70. Breshad PerrimanNYJWR26
71. Robby AndersonCARWR27
72. Andy IsabellaARIWR23
73. Emmanuel SandersNOWR33
74. Sammy WatkinsKCWR27
75. Devin DuvernayBALWR33
76. Julian EdelmanNEWR34
77. Steven SimsWASWR23
78. James WashingtonPITWR24
79. Quintez CephusDETWR22
80. Miles BoykinBALWR23
81. Lynn Bowden Jr.LVRB21
82. J.J. Arcega-WhitesidePHIWR23
83. Randall CobbHOUWR30
84. Josh ReynoldsLARWR25
85. Kendrick BourneSFWR25
86. Auden TateCINWR23
87. Alshon JefferyPHIWR30
88. Golden TateNYGWR32
89. Phillip DorsettSEAWR27
90. Tyrell WilliamsLVWR28
91. John RossCINWR25
92. Dante PettisSFWR24
93. Tyler JohnsonTBWR22
94. Kelvin HarmonWASWR23
95. Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWR21
96. Jalen HurdSFWR24
97. Larry FitzgeraldARIWR36
98. Kenny StillsHOUWR28
99. Tre’Quan SmithNOWR24
100. Mohamed SanuNEWR31
101. Cole BeasleyBUFWR31
102. Jeff ThomasNEWR22
103. Keke CouteeHOUWR23

These are my favorite dynasty receiver investments outside of the top 25. If you have any questions, comments, or beefs regarding my rankings, hit me up in the comment section & let’s argue!

Higher than Consensus ADP:

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Baltimore Ravens My Rank: [25] Fantasy Pros experts [34]

Baltimores 2019’s 1st round pick dealt with a rash of injuries that caused him to miss practice during training camp and the regular season, this makes his Week 1 stat line against the Dolphins of 4 catches for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns even more impressive as it came before he was able to build long term synergy with Lamar Jackson.

The sheer amount of speed the Ravens put on the field makes it a difficult proposition to contain Brown from breaking off a huge chunk plays over time as one of the most dangerous one play touchdown threats in the league.  Hollywood is a nuanced route runner who mixes in disgusting combinations to create separation at the line of scrimmage, and is explosive out of his cuts with the ball in hand. His boom or bust nature during his rookie season should be cured with a full season of health and an increase in target share for Brown as the WR1 in a high powered offense. Currently being ranked as the 34th receiver in the league, Brown in a perfect world is your third drafted receiver who should jump into the next tier of receivers in short order. Invest while you can!

Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins My Rank:[47] Fantasy Pros experts [54]

Prior to Williams tearing his ACL after the first 8 games of his rookie season he had already begun the process of establishing himself as one of the biggest steals after getting scooped up by the Dolphins as a undrafted free agent. Williams uses his massive frame to his advantage, parlaying the 6″5 frame into a large and wide catch radius while also having the fluidity to make acrobatic catches as a possession receiver.

Fluid athlete who can win contested catches, utilizes his leaping ability functionally due to his keen sense of awareness while the ball is in the air. If the Colorado State export finished his rookie season healthy chances are he’s being drafted closer to the likes of other 2019 breakout receivers DJ Chark & Terry Mclaurin than he currently is at the rate he was producing. Williams is one of the best investments heading into draft season as a developmental growth asset who has a direct path towards a hearty helping of volume.

Laviska Shenault Jr, Jacksonville Jaguars My Rank: [46] Fantasy pros experts [53]

Jacksonville used the 42nd pick in the NFL Draft to select the tantalizing talent out of the University of Colorado. The range of outcomes for Shenault’s career is among the most volatile propositions from this exceptional class of rookie receivers. If you told me he exploded on the scene early in his career into fantasy prominence and proved himself to be an electrifying all around weapon… I wouldn’t be surprised! If you told me Injuries have stagnated his development and he was branded with the scarlet letter of being injury prone…. I, also, wouldn’t be surprised!

Excels in tight spaces and is extremely agile for a man of his size at 6″2 220. One of the elite yards after catch weapons in the 2020 class, the type of talent offensive coordinators game plan to find a way to get the ball in their hands on a weekly basis due to the pressure he puts on a defense. Aggressive with the ball in his hands, seeks out contact and loves to lower his pads at the end of the run. Shenault’s versatility as someone who can line up in the slot, on the outside, or in the backfield should give him an early path towards scratching out a role on the Jaguars.

His middling 4.58 40 yard dash may have had a negative influence on his draft stock, however his on field pad speed stood out as impressive may not be a detriment. The tutelage of NFL receiver coaches should help with future improvement to the technical aspect of his route running, nevertheless he flashes solid hands and the ability to climb the latter and win jump balls on deep passes.  Keep an eye out for Shenualt towards the second half of your dynasty drafts, and if you need late round upside this is the type of talent you can feel safe reaching for.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers My Rank:[50] Fantasy Pros experts [58]

A popular late round sleeper last summer, the chance for a breakthrough season for the hometown Brooklyn, New York native was essentially pulverized the moment it became clear Cam Newton would have to miss a large chunk of the season. Samuel was the biggest loser other than Panther fans during Kyle Allen’s tenure in Carolina, as laughably inaccurate targets thrown his way became the everlasting theme of his season. For reference on just how bad Kyle Allen was is, of the 32 WRs with at least 40 targets that have traveled at least 10 yards downfield, Curtis Samuel ranked 29th in catchable target rate. The three with lower rates: Odell Beckham, Robby Anderson and … fellow teammate DJ Moore.

The arrival of Teddy Bridgewater should bring some much needed competence at worst. Samuel is a nightmare matchup in the open field and going into his 4th season he’s shown improvement upon a route tree that needed additional refinement out of Ohio State. According to Pro Football Focus, Samuel carried the ball more times than any other wide receiver in 2019, and his career 8.97 yards per carry is third highest in NFL history among players with at least 30 rushes. A positive sign for new offensive coordinator Joe Brady as a reason to scheme havoc with the array of matchup problems he presents. Curtis Samuel is essentially a free high upside lottery ticket at the end of drafts that’s being forgot about cause the fantasy community has a short memory and attention span. 

Antonio Gandy-Golden, Washington My Rank:[65]  Fantasy Pros experts[80]

The small school sweetheart of the 2020 NFL Draft. One of the best late round developmental picks that could return surplus value. Over his final two seasons at Liberty, he put up extremely impressive numbers– over 2,400 yards and 20 touchdowns as the main skill  position threat. Gandy-Golden has a 6″4 220 pound frame which gives him the potential presence as someone who could develop into a red zone monster.
The most important aspect for success in the NFL for bigger receivers is creating constant separation against the best press defensive backs in the league, Gandy Golden has flashed the acuity to make difficult grabs due to the strength of his hands even when he hasn’t created separation which gives him some room for margin.  As a physical specimen, he impresses with his flexibility as a athlete and a budding route tree that shows some potential to be dangerous in the short to intermediate passing game. The offseason ACL injury to Kelvin Harmon gives Gandy-Golden the opportunity to gain a role as the natural compliment to Terry McLaurin within the offense, making him a name you need to monitor during your dynasty drafts.
Honorable Mention:
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City My Rank: [36] Fantasy Pros Experts [43]

KJ Hamler, Denver My Rank:[52] Fantasy Pros Experts [72]

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis My Rank:[51] Fantasy Pros Experts [58]

Denzel Mims, New York Jets My Rank:[33] Fantasy Pros Experts [50]

Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas My Rank: [31] Fantasy Pros experts [37] 

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati My Rank: [34] Fantasy Pros Experts [46]

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville My Rank: [64] Fantasy Pros Experts [70]

Andy Isabella, Arizona My Rank: [72] Fantasy Pros Experts [79]

Allen Lazard, Green Bay My Rank: [62] Fantasy Pros Experts [71]

Quentez Cephus, Detroit My Rank: [79] Fantasy Pros Experts [102]

 

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Shawn Losier

Shawn Losier

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