Apparently, it’s now normal for upper-tier wide receivers to change teams in the offseason. Last year, Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown got new jerseys; the year before Brandin Cooks and Jarvis Landry relocated. This offseason, DeAndre Hopkins surprisingly got shipped out of Houston and Stefon Diggs went from one snowy locale to another. These signings and trades, along with several notable quarterback moves, have shaken up our 2020 fantasy football WR rankings.
Hopkins, despite a team change, remains in the No. 2 spot. It’s tough to move anyone ahead of Michael Thomas, though Hopkins’ role in a more uptempo offense could lead to similar numbers as the NFL’s single-season receptions leader. Both are studs and will be drafted in the first round. Diggs moved up slightly now that he figures to see more targets in Buffalo, but a less accurate QB (and playing outdoors) doesn’t figure to help. Diggs has more upside now, but he’s still a WR2. We also have his former teammate, Adam Thielen in that tier, but Thielen obviously has more upside now, too.
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We actually moved Chris Godwin and Mike Evans down after Tom Brady signed with the Bucs. Both are still high in our rankings, but Brady doesn’t have the arm or the gunslinger attitude of Jameis Winston. The Bucs will likely be more efficient on offense, but that won’t necessarily translate into bigger stats for their receivers. The same is true for Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, who won’t have Philip Rivers throwing it up for grabs to them anymore.
T.Y. Hilton now gets to catch passes from Rivers, but given Rivers’s declining skill set, it’s tough to know just how much Hilton’s numbers will improve, if at all. D.J. Moore gets a more efficient QB in Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina, but the addition of Robby Anderson could steal some targets away. Julian Edelman falls way down the list given the Pats uncertain QB situation, while “new No. 1’s” Deebo Samuel and Will Fuller V move up after the departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Hopkins, respectively. We were cautious with both, and it’s entirely possible they continue to rise as they gain momentum during the offseason.
Overall, there was a lot of movement from our original offseason WR rankings, and the draft will only further complicate matters. Roughly a quarter of the league will have a new starting QB next season, and if you factor in some of the young guys who didn’t start all of last season (Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins, etc.), it’s more like a third of the league. That alone will make it tough to rank WRs, never mind all the movement at the position itself. As such, we’ll continue to update this list after the draft and throughout the offseason, so check back for the latest.
2020 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
Rankings based on non-PPR scoring formats
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