Unlike some of the other positions, wide receivers are pretty limited to just receiving stats, and possibly some small rushing numbers. targets are the big stat to sort, as they will show how much volume a receiver is getting. Sorting through, you are going to see what wide receivers are getting used the most. Everything after this is going to be what they are doing with those targets. Receptions are just another word for catches, and if you are playing in PPR leagues, receptions are something that can really help out a wide receiver in fantasy scoring. On a per-game basis, you can see how often a receiver is used. Receivers that are getting eight or more targets per game are some of the top wide receivers.
Getting into yards and touchdowns, this is where you are going to see what receivers are dominating in production. We count up the receivers who are getting the most 100+ yard games, and the reason for this is because it can be a fantasy bonus for some, but this has been a staple way of measuring a player’s worth for a game. Yards per reception is going to showcase somewhat how a receiver operates. They could be more of a slot guy who generates a lot of catches and not going deep on routes. You have those vertical threat wide receivers who get a ton of yards on minimal catches.
Moving through the dropdowns you will get to rushing, where you can see some of the rushing numbers for wide receivers. You won’t see a ton of rushing production, but there are some players who do get used here. Those speedsters on creative offenses will likely find their way into some rushing yards. We have seen more and more trick plays of late, and while you don’t expect receivers to pass, there will be some passing yards associated with a few names. In the drop-down you will see what wide receivers have made some passes during the course of the season.
Snaps are an important way to measure how often a wide receiver is on the field. Because there are different sets and it is a deep position, you are going to want to see this. After this, you get to fantasy, where we show different sites and how those wide receivers score within their scoring system. Some wide receivers might do better on one site over another because of their scoring format. Sort through and see comparisons while taking a look at total numbers and also on a per-game basis.
Types Of Wide Receivers
There are different types of wide receivers, and you can identify how they operate within the stats page here. For those elite wide receivers they are going to produce big numbers across the board. That means big targets, and then big production stats to follow. Receivers are going to have different roles within the offense. We have seen receivers be more vertical threats, where they are not as efficient. This means you see a high yard per reception, and possibly a large number of yards and touchdowns, but minimal receptions for what you would expect. Names like Mike Williams and Kenny Golladay would be an example of this.
You will see smaller wide receivers who don’t often find the end zone because they are not used within the red zone and struggle to score on longer plays. You can find these guys by sorting through receptions. Names like Julian Edelman and Golden Tate come to mind here, where they don’t post big touchdown numbers, but everything else is there. Red zone threat wide receivers are going to see a smaller amount of targets but could be up top in the touchdown department because they have a high use in the red zone and nowhere else. Each player is going to be used in a specific way, and it is important to understand their role in the offense.
Top Wide Receivers
We have seen some truly elite wideouts in the game of football, and right now, we have quite a few to pick from for being the top option. The NFC South is filled with wide receivers, and you have to say this division, in general, has the best group of wide receivers over any other division. Starting with the oldest, Julio Jones has been one of the best wideouts in NFL history and is going to be a Hall of Famer. Jones does it all and is an excellent route runner, but is also tremendous after the catch. Very few wide receivers have had a start to their career like Michael Thomas. For one, his ability to haul in passes is on another level, and having Drew Brees throwing to you doesn’t hurt either. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who are part of a high octane offense, and both have produced strong starts to their career.
Moving around the league, we have a variety of different wide receivers. Tyreek Hill is more than just a vertical threat, as he has posted monster numbers with his speed and ability to build up yards after the catch. Staying in the AFC West, Keenan Allen is a consistent wideout who excels in pass-catching. When healthy, Allen is the number one wideout for the Chargers, as Mike Williams is used as a deep threat. Houston has had some rough quarterback play before Deshaun Watson, and it hasn’t mattered for the production of DeAndre Hopkins. He put up monster numbers in Houston and is now out in Arizona.
It took a year or two for Davante Adams to get adjusted, but he has been the top wideout in Green Bay over the last few years. Adams has dominated targets being the number one target for Aaron Rodgers. If you are looking for a touchdown producer, Adams has been the guy. There are a lot of guys coming up developing into top wideouts for their teams. Kenny Golladay out in Detroit has been a big-time producer in yards and touchdowns, despite not having excellent efficiency numbers. He is a real deep threat. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs were former teammates and were one of the top duos in the game. Thielen is one of the top undrafted free agents. Diggs is now in Buffalo looking to continue his success.
What targets Say About A Wide Receiver
Targets are not split equally on a team, meaning they will be spread across a team’s core of wide receivers. When sorting through targets, you can begin to see where the targets go on an offense. If you are sorting through targets, the names at the top are going to usually represent the team’s number one wide receiver. You will see names like Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, and DeAndre Hopkins. Now a team’s overall passing volume is going to dictate if the next group of wide receivers can get enough volume. We do see WR2s on teams get a big set of targets. We also should factor in if teams are constantly trailing, where they need to continuously throw. A team like Cincinnati has had a bad defense over the last few years, and the offense has needed to continuously throw to keep up.
When you select a specific team, you can really narrow down targets. For example, selecting the Atlanta Falcons, you are going to see the wide receivers on the team and how those targets are divided among them. Do not forget that running backs and tight ends will also get targets. Once a team is selected, you will sort through targets from top to bottom. If targets are scarce for a player, they are either not a big part of the offense or possibly injured. targets will indicate what the pecking order is for the set of wide receivers. In this case, Jones is the top dog, Calvin Ridley is the WR2, and Russell Gage has carved out a role as the WR3 on the team.
WR Stats FAQ
What Wide Receiver Saw The Most Targets?
Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints saw the most targets of any wide receiver or overall position. He had 185 total targets over 16 games, which equals out to 11.6 targets per game. Thomas has dominated targets over the last few years.
What Wide Receiver Had The Most 100+ Yard Games?
Michael Thomas had ten total 100+ yard receiving games in 2019. This led all positions, and no other wide receiver had more than six games with 100+ receiving yards. This was a jump from the four games Thomas had in 2018.
What Wide Receiver Had The Most Receiving Touchdowns?
Kenny Golladay led all wide receivers in receiving touchdowns in 2019. He had 11 touchdowns, which was one more than Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams. Golladay also did this with Matthew Stafford out for half the season, playing just eight games.
What Wide Receiver Had The Highest Yards Per Reception?
Among qualified wide receivers, Mike Williams led all wide receivers in yards per reception. Williams is a deep threat, and pretty much that only. He finished 2019 with a 20.4 yards per reception. He had 1,001 yards on just 49 receptions.
What Wide Receiver Had The Most Fumbles?
There are two wide receivers tied for the most fumbles lost in 2019. Stefon Diggs fumbled four total times, losing three of them. D.K. Metcalf had three total fumbles and lost all three of them. However, neither have a real history of fumbling issues.
What Wide Receiver Had The Most Receiving Yards?
In 2019, it was not even close to who had the most receiving yards. Michael Thomas had a total of 1,725 receiving yards. Thomas dominated most categories in 2019, alongside taking down a major record as well with total receptions in a season.
What Wide Receiver Had The Longest Touchdown Catch?
Olamide Zaccheaus from the Atlanta Falcons had a 93-yard touchdown catch. He only saw five total targets in 2019, catching three of them for 115 total yards. Meaning 93 of those 115 yards came on that one catch for a touchdown.