Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Cheat Sheet


Fantasy Football Receiver Rankings By Tier


Much like quarterback, wide receiver is very deep this year. Unlike quarterback, I’m not waiting to take a wide receiver. I like to weigh the relative value of running backs and wide receivers available against each other to make my choice. A tier one receiver vs. a tier three running back? You very well may have that decision on draft day, and I’m going tier one receiver every time.


Tier 1: Studs


  1. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota
  2. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
  3. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo
  4. Ceedee Lamb, Dallas
  5. Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati
  6. Davante Adams, Las Vegas
  7. Tyreek Hill, Miami
  8. Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis


My receiver rankings are a little different than most. I have Jefferson as the best receiver in fantasy football this year. Diggs and Lamb are higher on my list than most and I think I’m the highest on Michael Pittman of anyone. I want two of those four receivers on every team I have. Jefferson may go before you pick, but it should be reasonable to get two of the other three. They will all be stars this year and are all values. Especially Pittman, as he has the lowest draft position of any, so he’s on every team I have.


Tier 2: Still Great


     9. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay

     10. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

     11. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco

     12. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

     13. AJ Brown, Philadelphia

     14. DK Metcalf, Seattle

     15. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati

     16. Terry McLaurin, Washington


Another list of great wide receivers. Quarterback situation or multiple talented receivers keep them out of the stud position, but they’re still damn good. Unless something weird happens, these are still every week fantasy starters that you’re happy to have on your team.


Tier 3: Only Good


     17. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh

     18. Michael Thomas, New Orleans

     19. Jaylen Waddle, Miami

     20. Courtland Sutton, Denver

     21. DJ Moore, Carolina

     22. Brandon Cooks, Houston

     23. Devonta Smith, Philadelphia

     24, Marquise Brown, Baltimore


I use “only” as a bit of a joke here. Wide receiver is very deep, we’re at the end of a 12 team league getting two wide receivers and we’re still listing very quality fantasy names. I like Waddle and Smith a lot, because the “other” two second year wide receivers are underrated in my opinion. Someone has to catch the ball in Carolina and Houston. Hollywood Brown has all the talent, except he drops balls. However, he’ll still get tons of targets, especially the first four weeks.


Tier 4: Still good


     25. Darnell Mooney, Chicago

     26. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit

     27. Gabriel Davis, Buffalo

     28. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay

     29. Allen Robinson, Los Angeles Rams

     30. Jerry Jeudy, Denver

     31. Rashod Bateman, Baltimore

     32. Elijah Moore, New York Jets

     33. Amari Cooper, Cleveland

     34. Adam Thielen, Minnesota

     35. Deandre Hopkins, Arizona


Someone also has to catch the ball in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and New York as well. I loved Bateman last year, since he’s healthy now I’m excited to see what he can do. Jeudy has a great situation, I hope he’s figured out his hands. If Thielen is healthy all year he’s good for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs. Hopkins skips the first four games, but then comes back and is one of the top receivers in fantasy.


Tier 5: Very impressive depth


     36. Juju Smith-Schuster, Kansas City

     37. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco

     38. Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas

     39. Tyler Lockett, Seattle

     40. Robert Woods, Tennessee

     41. Christian Kirk, Jacksonville

     42. Allen Lazard, Green Bay

     43. Michael Gallub, Dallas

     44. Treylon Burks, Tennessee

     45. Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh

     46. Chris Olave, New Orleans

     47. Garrett Wilson, New York Jets

     48. Julio Jones, Tampa Bay

     49. Jakobi Myers, New England

     50. Drake London, Atlanta


By now, you’ve got at least three, hopefully four, of the guys in this top 50 list. Therefore, you’re feeling pretty good. It’s hard to say how the ball will be distributed in Kansas City, but Juju could be a huge steal. Is Robert Woods 100 percent? If so, he’s also a steal. His new teammate Treylon Burks is a clone of AJ Brown, therefore I can see immediate success from him. I’m lower on Drake London than most people, but again, someone has to catch the ball in Atlanta.


Tier 6: Lottery Picks


     51. Skyy Moore, Kansas City

     52. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kansas City

     53. Kadarius Toney, New York Giants

     54. Kenny Golladay, New York Giants

     55. DeVante Parker, New England

     56. DJ Chark, Detroit

     57. Joshua Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers

     58. Marvin Jones Jr., Jacksonville

     59. Jahan Dotson, Washington

     60. Alec Pierce, Indianapolis

     61. Christian Watson, Green Bay

     62. Romeo Doubs, Green Bay

     63. Nico Collins, Texans

     64. AJ Green, Arizona

     65. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland

     66. Nick Westbrook-Ikhene, Tennessee

     67. Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina

     68. Keelan Cole, Las Vegas

     69. Parris Cambell, Indianapolis

     70. KJ Osborne, Minnesota


After I get three or four receivers I feel very good about, I want to gamble. Give me high ceiling guys who could end up producing starting fantasy numbers. I like Skyy Moore in Kansas City, but Scantling is the “safer” option. One of them is probably going to put up very fun numbers this year. Toney was unstoppable when he was on the field last year, but he just wasn’t on the field very often. I’d bump Alec Pierce up higher in PPR leagues, because I think he’s got a good shot at leading rookie wide receivers in receptions. Everyone is ignoring Nick Westbrook-Ikhene, but he’s a returning receiver to Tennessee and put up decent numbers last year. If Woods isn’t healthy, then he’ll put up starting numbers. However, at worst, he’s a slot guy who can still put up good numbers.

More Lotto Picks Explanation

I was a huge Terrace Marshall Jr. fan last year. The quarterback situation sucks, but he absolutely has the talent. Quick, which young receiver on this list is coming off a 655 yard seven touchdown season last year? It’s the virtually undrafted KJ Osborne. Kevin O’Connel with throw the ball more than 1920’s offensive minded Mike Zimmer, plus he’s already produced a decent year. Finally, fantasy is a week to week game. AJ Green likely won’t produce starting numbers all year, but if he produces starting numbers the first four weeks that could be worth a lot.