2021 Wide Receivers

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The fantasy football community is eager to start molding the shape of the upcoming 2021 season. After looking at the 2021 Running Backs initially, I want to give a look back at the Wide Receivers and some initial thoughts for the position in the 2021 season.

To start, lets recap our position leaders in Targets and Touchdowns for 2020 as it may be helpful as we look forward towards our Wide Receivers of preference in 2021. Especially if we can compare previous years to see any trends. Again, keep in mind a players Ability, Availability, Opportunity, Consistency, Advantage/Upside and Matchup.

2020 Wide Receiver Top 25 Targets

PlayerTargetsReceptionsReceiving YardsRushing YardsTotal Yards
Stefon Diggs1661271,53511,536
DeAndre Hopkins1601151,40711,408
Allen Robinson1511021,250-11,249
Davante Adams1491151,37401,374
Keenan Allen147100992-1991
Diontae Johnson1448892315938
Calvin Ridley143901,37411,375
Robby Anderson136951,096151,111
Tyreek Hill135871,2761231,399
Terry McLaurin134871,118301,148
Tyler Lockett1321001,05401,054
Amari Cooper130921,114141,128
Robert Woods129909361551,091
D.K. Metcalf129831,30301,303
JuJu Smith-Schuster128978310831
Justin Jefferson125881,40021,402
Cooper Kupp12492974331,007
Brandin Cooks119811,15001,150
D.J. Moore118661,193221,215
Marvin Jones115769780978
Jerry Jeudy113528560856
CeeDee Lamb11174935821,017
Tyler Boyd1107984149890
Russell Gage109727869795
Mike Evans109701,00601,006

Above are your Top 25 Wide Receivers in Targets for the 2020 NFL Season. If you can find a Wide Receiver that has some rushing yards along with their receiving yards, it just feels like sneaky additional yardage. At the very least it gives that player a slight edge with opportunity! Referencing some history with this Targets category Targets WR – 2019 Regular Season gives you some look at what we anticipated going into 2020. So using the history, below are some Wide Receivers that I would anticipate are in the mix of most Targets in the 2021 NFL Season:

2021 Wide Receiver Top 25 Targets Projections

  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Stefon Diggs
  • Davante Adams
  • Calvin Ridley
  • Allen Robinson
  • A.J. Brown
  • Keenan Allen
  • Tyreek Hill
  • Terry McLaurin
  • Diontae Johnson
  • Robert Woods
  • Justin Jefferson
  • Chris Godwin
  • Cooper Kupp
  • Tyler Lockett
  • Amari Cooper
  • Robby Anderson
  • Ja’Marr Chase
  • Brandin Cooks
  • D.J. Moore
  • Brandon Aiyuk
  • Sterling Shepard
  • D.K. Metcalf
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • DeVonta Smith

2020 Wide Receiver Top 20 Touchdowns

Using the above yearly Touchdowns rankings I was looking from one year to the next to see how many of the previous years wide receivers made the following year list. As you follow the colors (Grey – 2015, Green – 2016, Red – 2017, Blue – 2018 and Grey – 2019) it helps to pick out who stayed on the list from the previous year. In 2016, 5 wide receivers from 2015 made it. In 2017, 6 wide receivers from 2016 made the Top 20 list. While in 2018, 7 wide receivers from 2017 made it. For 2019, 10 wide receivers from 2018 made the Top 20 list. In 2020, 10 wide receivers from 2019 made the list and they were joined by 5 rookie Wide Receivers (noted with the yellow block beside their name)!

Over the past few years it looks like the average of 8 players would be anticipated to make this list in the 2021 NFL Season. Sticking to averages I believe 3 rookie Wide Receivers would be on the list come end of season 2021. Referencing some history with the Touchdowns category Wide Receiver TDs – 2020 Outlook gives you some look at what we anticipated going into 2020 as well

2021 Wide Receiver Top 20 Touchdowns Projections

Sticking with the averages and picking 8 Wide Receivers to find themselves on the Top 20 Touchdown list at the end of the 2021 season again I would currently lean to the following players: AJ Brown, Tyreek Hill, Calvin Ridley, Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, Justin Jefferson and Robert Woods. I think Tyler Lockett/D.K. Metcalf, Mike Evans, Diontae Johnson and CeeDee Lamb would be the next in line options if any of the first 8 get hurt or have a drop off this year.

Heading into 2021 you feel pretty good that the following Wide Receivers get back on this Top 20 list as well in 2021 (after not being there in 2020): DeAndre Hopkins, Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson and Mike Williams. The rookie Wide Receivers that I would anticipate to be here in 2021 would be both Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Terrace Marshall Jr.

2020 Wide Receiver Top 25 Receiving

PlayerTargetsReceptionsReceiving YardsRushing YardsTotal Yards
Stefon Diggs1661271,53511,536
DeAndre Hopkins1601151,40711,408
Justin Jefferson125881,40021,402
Davante Adams1491151,37401,374
Calvin Ridley143901,37411,375
D.K. Metcalf129831,30301,303
Tyreek Hill135871,2761231,399
Allen Robinson1511021,250-11,249
D.J. Moore118661,193221,215
Brandin Cooks119811,15001,150
Terry McLaurin134871,118301,148
Amari Cooper130921,114141,128
Robby Anderson136951,096151,111
A.J. Brown106701,07501,075
Tyler Lockett1321001,05401,054
Mike Evans109701,00601,006
Keenan Allen147100992-1991
Corey Davis92659840984
Marvin Jones115769780978
Cooper Kupp12492974331,007
Cole Beasley107829670967
Robert Woods129909361551,091
CeeDee Lamb11174935821,017
Adam Thielen1087492515940
Diontae Johnson1448892315938

The chart above is nice because so often we hear about the Receiving Leaders at the Wide Receiver position. Since over the years more often than not, the Wide Receivers just caught the football. That is certainly something to keep in mind but not the only thing. Depending on the type of league you have, carries and rushing yards could be very beneficial. Tyreek Hill and Robert Woods both added over 100 yards rushing to their yearly totals last year. These stats may not always be seen looking at Receiving Leaders each year at the Wide Receiver position.

2021 Wide Receivers

So who are the guys at the Wide Receiver position that I like for in the upcoming 2021 Fantasy Football Season? I still believe in Calvin Ridley, DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill. I believe the rookies Ja’Marr Chase and DeVonta Smith will get theirs this year. I can see myself being lower than most on both Amari Cooper and Kenny Golladay but their values aren’t crashing by any means. Just keeping expectations realistic and in check for them. With recent news I am certainly cautious, but hopeful in regards to Davante Adams and Michael Thomas.

I think Chris Godwin is in a nice spot on a team that loves to throw the ball. It sounds like the Chargers will be getting the ball to Mike Williams plenty this season. To get a full idea of where the Wide Receivers are ranked initially and leading up to the beginning of the 2021 NFL season, click the link below.

2021 Wide Receivers Final Thoughts

We have a way to go until the 2021 Fantasy Football Season begins later this year. Although it is nice to start having the ranks at positions and overall thoughts come a little more into focus. Plenty will happen from now until then, so be flexible and look for the value when drafting your Wide Receivers this year. Don’t forget to consider Ability, Availability, Opportunity, Consistency, Advantage/Upside and Matchup. We are closer to the start of the 2021 Fantasy Football Season! Who has opportunity for Targets? Who will have the chance for Touchdowns? If you believe a player is in line for either, you know I would be interested in them!

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Find players that will have: Ability – Availability – Opportunity – Consistency – Advantage/Upside – Matchup

If your players are on an offensive team that can get many Targets and Touchdowns, you know I would be interested in them! Statistics courtesy of The Football Database , a great resource for your NFL players statistics. If you enjoyed the article please share it with others (via the social media links).

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