Wide Receiver (WR) Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Michael Thomas continues his dominance over the rest of the league, setting a single season reception record, which was held by Marvin Harrison. DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones continue to produce consistent seasons, but we started to see some new names up at the top of scoring systems come year’s end. Chris Godwin was one, as the popular 2019 breakout came through. Kenny Golladay and Allen Robinson were a couple of NFC North studs who finished top ten in scoring. Looking at 2020 we have another strong receiving class coming in, but it will be tough to follow what 2019 brought with DK Metcalf and AJ Brown. You can find all our Fantasy Football Rankings for the 2020 season updated real-time once the season starts. Prior to the season, we will be updating frequently when there are major events such as as the NFL Draft, trade or a free agent signing.

POS RANK OV RANK PLAYER ADP 2019 FPTS 2020 FPTS TEAM DEPTH BYE AUCTION RECEPTIONS REC YDS REC TD
WR1 3 Michael Thomas 3.8 226 206 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 6 $51 129 1505 9
WR2 7 Davante Adams 7.9 130 175 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 5 $38 106 1263 8
WR3 8 Julio Jones 10 175 187 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 10 $38 99 1442 7
WR4 9 Tyreek Hill 10.1 130 187 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 10 $39 91 1288 10
WR5 10 DeAndre Hopkins 6 166 168 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 8 $30 94 1195 8
WR6 11 Chris Godwin 14.1 190 180 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 13 $34 96 1307 8
WR7 16 Mike Evans 22.2 166 174 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 13 $30 80 1289 8
WR8 25 Kenny Golladay 22.6 183 167 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 5 $31 79 1175 8
WR9 26 Keenan Allen 26.8 158 140 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 10 $23 91 1052 6
WR10 27 Cooper Kupp 25.6 177 150 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 9 $24 91 1087 7
WR11 29 Amari Cooper 22.8 168 146 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 10 $17 72 971 8
WR12 30 Odell Beckham Jr. 53.1 127 141 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 9 $22 80 998 7
WR13 32 DJ Moore 42.5 144 145 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 13 $22 78 1071 6
WR14 34 Allen Robinson 33.5 157 134 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 1 11 $20 79 922 7
WR15 38 JuJu Smith-Schuster 76.8 71 133 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 8 $18 84 935 7
WR16 39 AJ Brown 52.2 165 146 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 7 $22 70 1073 7
WR17 40 Calvin Ridley 40.2 134 140 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 2 10 $17 75 935 8
WR18 42 Adam Thielen 31.8 84 132 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 7 $17 73 929 6
WR19 44 Robert Woods 50.2 143 128 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 2 9 $20 82 921 6
WR20 47 Tyler Lockett 34 153 141 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 6 $20 68 1006 7
WR21 49 T.Y. Hilton 41.7 80 121 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 1 7 $17 74 887 5
WR22 52 Courtland Sutton 28.8 150 136 Denver Broncos Broncos Denver Broncos 1 8 $16 67 990 6
WR23 56 Terry McLaurin 72.9 134 128 Washington Redskins Redskins Washington Redskins 1 8 $16 65 901 6
WR24 59 DeVante Parker 81.5 174 128 Miami Dolphins Dolphins Miami Dolphins 1 11 $16 68 888 7
WR25 61 DK Metcalf 45.9 129 133 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 2 6 $13 61 899 7
WR26 67 Jarvis Landry 54.7 154 124 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 2 9 $13 72 916 5
WR27 68 Deebo Samuel 39 132 117 San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 1 11 $18 68 829 6
WR28 69 Stefon Diggs 46.1 149 116 Buffalo Bills Bills Buffalo Bills 1 11 $12 71 840 5
WR29 72 DJ Chark 37.4 153 127 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 7 $7 61 921 6
WR30 78 A.J. Green 65.5 129 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 $13 60 856 7
WR31 79 Julian Edelman 83 156 104 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 1 6 $13 73 799 4
WR32 80 Tyler Boyd 43.6 133 119 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 2 9 $13 70 890 5
WR33 82 Marvin Jones 95.6 132 127 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 2 5 $14 65 892 6
WR34 87 Michael Gallup 49.6 147 117 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 2 10 $10 59 801 6
WR35 93 Marquise Brown 71.8 100 112 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 8 $9 64 787 6
WR36 95 Jamison Crowder 129.8 120 97 New York Jets Jets New York Jets 2 11 $7 68 714 4
WR37 99 John Brown 92.9 148 108 Buffalo Bills Bills Buffalo Bills 2 11 $5 52 767 5
WR38 102 Diontae Johnson 123.8 104 95 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 2 8 $6 60 658 5
WR39 103 Sterling Shepard 93.7 85 97 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 11 $4 59 684 5
WR40 104 Henry Ruggs III 104.3 105 Las Vegas Raiders Raiders Las Vegas Raiders 1 6 $1 55 744 5
WR41 105 Mike Williams 90 112 119 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 2 10 $5 49 826 6
WR42 106 Preston Williams 121.8 59 104 Miami Dolphins Dolphins Miami Dolphins 2 11 $5 55 747 5
WR43 111 Will Fuller 75.4 85 100 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 8 $0 51 786 4
WR44 117 Emmanuel Sanders 113.6 124 96 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 2 6 $2 58 712 4
WR45 120 Darius Slayton 103.9 122 98 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 3 11 $0 47 698 5
WR46 121 Mecole Hardman 98.8 94 96 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 3 10 $6 52 678 5
WR47 123 Golden Tate 116.4 103 91 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 3 11 $2 59 671 4
WR48 127 Anthony Miller 117.9 76 91 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 2 11 $2 57 665 4
WR49 130 Brandin Cooks 81.3 76 91 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 8 $1 51 673 4
WR50 132 Jerry Jeudy 137.8 93 Denver Broncos Broncos Denver Broncos 2 8 $0 55 662 5

Top 200 WR Fantasy Rankings

The number of 200 fantasy point scoring wide receivers has gone up over the past three years, and was at 25 last season. Michael Thomas outscored the WR2 (Chris Godwin) by 100 points in PPR leagues. Looking at 2020, there were quite a few teams in need of upgrading their wide receiver core. Indianapolis, Oakland, Denver, Green Bay, and Philadelphia all come to mind. There are a lot of passing offenses that could make that next jump back into big fantasy numbers.

Some younger names started to gain some momentum, like Courtland Sutton out in Denver. Michael Gallup and D.J. Chark were both two names that finished inside the top 25. We also had DeVante Parker finally show us why he was a first round draft pick, and health was a big reason why he struggled the past few seasons. While a few names were surprising, when you get down to their ability, not so much. None of these names come from notable passing offenses, but the volume was there.

It was a disappointing year for a few names in 2019, like Odell Beckham Jr. The Browns hype had him producing back to top ten wide receiver numbers. He still finished WR25, but his ADP was a top two round pick. T.Y. Hilton battled injuries and at his age this is beginning to be a concern for his outlook this upcoming season. Adam Thielen was in a similar boat with injuries, but is a name to bank on returning to a strong fantasy value. JuJu Smith-Schuster’s overall numbers took a hit, but Ben Roethlisberger’s injury played a part. Brandon Cooks really struggled, and only saw 72 targets in 14 games.

WR Fantasy Draft Strategy

With teams having 2-3 fantasy relevant wide receivers, that gives us a decent selection to choose from. This is certainly more than other positions, but you have to remember there is a chance your roster format is going to force you to use 2-4 of them. League scoring is also something to note here. If you are in a PPR league, which means one point per reception, or even at half point PPR league, the player pool opens a bit more. If you are in a league where receptions do not record any fantasy points, this takes away value from some names.

There are always going to be wide receivers that open up throughout the season and have fantasy value. For instance in 2019, neither Preston Williams or DeVante Parker were drafted targets, yet both had significant value off the waiver wire. The same goes for Darius Slayton, who took advantage of missing targets in New York with Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram battling injuries. There will be this type of production each year. If you don’t have quite the depth you want, don’t panic.

In 2019 there were 23 running backs who scored over 175 fantasy points. There were 35 wide receivers who scored over that mark. Making the decision between a tier one wide receiver or a tier one running back, I would lean slightly towards the running back. There is going to be still excellent wide receivers on your next few picks. I will say, Michael Thomas is in a tier of his own, averaging over 20 fantasy points per game. That is the only name I’d draft over a top tier running back.

You can go a contrarian route and take the stud wide receiver to build your lineups to start, and then go tier two running backs in the next round. Names like DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Davante Adams, and Tyreek Hill are the names selected within the first round and a half. If you are drafting towards the end of the order, then you are looking at that quick turnaround where you can grab a strong wide receiver and running back.

As far as the middle rounds go, you can be on the look out for safe production, and still find guys who will see a ton of volume. D.J. Moore was that last year, who was a middle round pick with 135 targets. Jarvis Landry was as well. Both ended up being top 15 wide receivers. Drafting for upside is something to look for with wide receivers. John Brown ended up being a top 25 scorer, and was a late round pick who had some risk being in Buffalo and not having a huge track record, but he broke out. Marvin Jones, and many of the rookies in this past class were also later round upside picks.

Wide Receiver (WR) Fantasy Football Rankings Frequently Asked Questions

Who Are The Best Fantasy Wide Receivers?

There has been a model of consistency from a few names over the past couple seasons. Michael Thomas is one of them, but we will get to him in a moment. DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, and Davante Adams have been in a tier of their own. For one, these guys dominate in team targets on a weekly basis, and when you get those double-digit targets each week, the production will be there. The yardage floor and ceiling is unlike many others, and it makes them less touchdown dependent.

In PPR formats, Keenan Allen has been a reliable target. He has had over 100 receptions in two of the last three years, and the one he didn’t, he had 97. He isn’t the biggest touchdown producer, but in this format he is a strong fantasy wideout. Tyreek Hill was viewed as a home run threat with a low weekly floor early on in his career. That changed when he produced a WR9 season in 2017, and a WR3 season in 2018. He had over 180 fantasy points in 12 games for 2019, where he was suspended four games.

Who Is The Number One Fantasy Wide Receiver?

This one isn’t all that close at the moment. Michael Thomas ran away with the top wide receiver scoring last season, posting 149 receptions, 1,725 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns. His weekly floor was around 18 fantasy points. He has produced over 1,100 receiving yards in each season, and has also gone up in yards and receptions in each of his four seasons. He has had nine touchdowns in three of the four years as well. Thomas has not gone a season below 250 fantasy points, and finished outside of the top eight in fantasy scoring among wide receivers.

How Many Wide Receivers Should I Have On My Roster?

Generally a fantasy league is going to roster between two and four wide receivers. You have your FLEX spots that can include a wide receiver, but it also depends on if you have to roster two or three true wide receiver spots. Either way, having some depth at the position is not a bad idea. It gives you options on a week-to-week basis, where receivers can be more matchup dependent than other positions. It gives you flexibility to start someone against a weaker defense that was on your bench over a weekly starter who is in a matchup against the top secondary in the league. I would shoot between 5-7 wide receivers on a standard roster. Once the season gets going and bye weeks kick in, it is always nice to have some options.

What Should I Look For In Drafting Fantasy Wide Receivers?

When looking at your WR1, you are going to want a player who brings you stability on a weekly basis. They can get to that 14-15 fantasy point mark generally without having to find the end zone to get there. Julio Jones is great at this, where he averaged 6.6 receptions per game in 2019, and averaged 92 receiving yards per game. This puts you on a weekly floor of 15 fantasy points. Jones is also a great mix of upside, because he has those games where he can produce 100+ receiving yards and find the end zone. Generally the tier one and two receivers are going to give you that perfect balance.

Now looking at the position as a whole, volume is your best friend. It is no surprise to see most of the top scorers also rank high in targets. When receivers see 8+ targets a week, this is good news for their fantasy potential. The lower you go, the more dependent they are on those big home run plays or finding the end zone. Allen Robinson was a great example of that, where he had to deal with poor quarterback play from Mitch Trubisky, and while the efficiency wasn’t great, he finished 4th in targets and 7th in fantasy scoring. If Robinson’s volume wasn’t as high, there is no way he is producing the fantasy production that he did. If there is a lack of volume, you want to find the efficiency and also the opportunity for the home run balls, like a Will Fuller.

Red zone targets are also something to keep an eye on, as you can find most of the big named fantasy scorers were also high in red zone targets. Teams with bad defenses also can produce more fantasy points in the passing game. Miami was a team that was constantly trailing, which pushed them to throw the ball. Carolina was in that same boat, as both teams ranked inside the top ten in pass attempts per game. We saw a lot of fantasy relevant wide receivers from these teams for that reason. Teams that throw a low amount, you have to focus on where the volume is going. Minnesota doesn’t throw a ton, but Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen get the bulk of it.

How Do Different Scoring Formats Effect Wide Receivers?

There are three different fantasy football formats that are considered popular, however PPR has been the more popular of late. PPR is when one reception equals one fantasy point. Some leagues will do half-PPR, and then leagues will also not count receptions towards any stat. Each scoring system has a potentially major effect on fantasy wide receivers. It can create more of a need for touchdown producers, and drop the relevance down on guys who rack up receptions.

Player A’s Scoring

PPR - WR8
Half-PPR - WR11
Standard - WR17

Player B’s Scoring

PPR - WR21
Half-PPR - WR15
Standard - WR8

Julian Edelman is Player A. He has more worth in .5 and PPR leagues, therefor you should not be looking to draft him as a high in standard leagues. This can also have a reverse effect as A.J. Brown is Player B. His touchdown and yardage production caused him to take a leap as others fell who didn’t produce as many yards or touchdowns as them. Knowing your fantasy scoring is important and it will have an effect on how you draft and names you want to watch out for on the waiver wire.