Quick Bit: There’s no shortage of upper-tier wide receivers in fantasy football, but finding the right mix of studs and sleepers (while avoiding busts) is always tricky. Our 2022 fantasy WR PPR rankings are a must-add to any draft cheat sheet.
While there isn’t quite the same deviation between PPR and standard scoring when it comes to the wide receiver position, understanding how a player might perform in both leagues is crucial to your draft strategy. The top tier still features guys like Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, and Ja’Marr Chase, who are still likely to be the best players in both formats. However, boom-or-bust receivers and late-round sleeper candidates could definitely see more variance when factoring in full-point or half-point reception scoring. Our 2022 fantasy WR PPR rankings highlight those players, as well as wideouts who might be in line for more consistent fantasy seasons.
Last season, Davante Adams finished as the No. 5 WR in standard league formats (221.3 points). In PPR formats, Adams finished as the No. 2 receiver (344.3 points) due to seeing an average of 10.6 targets per game (third in NFL) and commanding a 31.6-percent target share in the Packers offense. In formats that don’t reward receptions, it’s easy to see why he fell from second overall in scoring to fifth, and it’s possible he falls further this year on a new team with established target hogs Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow.
On the flip side, Tee Higgins was up seven spots in standard compared to PPR. Hauling in just 74 passes (29th in NFL) while running with a deep Bengals WR corps, Higgins’ PPR ceiling was limited. Higgins made up for that with an average of 14.7 yards per catch (18th in NFL), maximizing his touches and leading to a better overall output in standard scoring formats.
In PPR formats specifically, target share and how pass-heavy an offense is can play a big part in a receiver’s overall output. Players who command a high target share are invaluable, regardless of their big-play ability. Route-running technicians who command volume are the most reliable in PPR, especially if they are explosive downfield receivers.
However, there are players who are explosive downfield receivers who aren’t going to see a large number of receptions — Mike Williams, DK Metcalf, etc. Of course, they are still valuable to a roster, but not in the same way reception beasts like Diontae Johnson, Keenan Allen, and DJ Moore are. Even if these players don’t score as many overall points, they tend to be more consistent from week to week. Renfrow joined that group last year, and guys like Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jamison Crowder, and Elijah Moore will look to break through this year in new or enhanced roles.
Heading into 2022, it’s also important to look for players who are set to see a lot more targets and receptions due to vacated targets from last year, such as Rondale Moore with DeAndre Hopkins suspended for six games and Christian Kirk in Jacksonville, Allen Lazard and Christian Watson with Davante Adams out of town, and everyone in Kansas City’s crowded receiving room with Tyreek Hill now in Miami. Guys like Tennessee’s Treylon Burks and Robert Woods, Dallas’ CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, and Chicago’s Darnell Mooney are in similar spots.
There are also offenses that might be taking a step forward in passing volume and efficiency thanks to a variety of factors (new QB, new coaching staff, etc.). Denver, Indianapolis, and even Carolina stand out with improved QBs, and every team with a second-year signal-caller hopes for natural improvement. This should help a lot of wide receivers, including Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Michael Pittman, and Robbie Anderson.
Wide receiver is fantasy’s deepest position, and you can always find players later in drafts who are set to command a lot of targets. Just make sure to understand the format of your league before the draft and evaluate the difference between PPR and standard rankings.
We’ll be adjusting these WR PPR rankings and providing further analysis from now until Week 1, so check back frequently for updates.
2022 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings
Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring
Cooper Kupp, Rams
Kupp led all fantasy WRs with 439.5 PPR points a season ago, and while it will be tough for the 29-year-old pass-catcher to surpass his 1,947-yard, 16-TD output, he’s still worthy of being the top WR selected in your fantasy league. Kupp’s 31.7-percent target share led all WRs, gaining 855 yards after the catch. The addition of Allen Robinson might cut into his target share a bit, but he’s still a major threat in the red zone (38 targets in ’21). Even with defenses game-planning to limit Kupp’s production, he’s a shoo-in to be a first-round pick and season-long WR1 in all formats.
Justin Jefferson, Vikings
While the Vikings’ offense might be hard to project with new offensive coordinator Wes Phillips entering the fold, it’s not hard to project another dominant season for Jefferson. Jefferson’s ability to stretch the field makes him the consensus No. 2 WR across both formats. JJ led the league in air yards (1996) and deep targets (34) in 2021, as Kirk Cousins will consistently look his way for big plays. Bank on another big season from J Jettas.
Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
Chase may be in line for an even better sophomore season catching passes from Joe Burrow. The 2021 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year was the most efficient WR in terms of EPA added (+109.4) and a significant piece in the Bengals’ Super Bowl run. Relative to some of the other top WRs, Chase didn’t command the same target share (23rd in NFL), as he truly made the most of his touches. That’s a minor worry, but Chase’s 18.0 yards per reception ranked second among all WRs, trailing only Deebo Samuel (18.2).
CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
The absence of Amari Cooper will lead to an increased target share for Lamb, making him a bonafide top-five WR in PPR formats. Expect more red-zone targets this season, resulting in a higher touchdown output for the Cowboys’ new No.1 WR. Lamb’s elusiveness in the open field resulted in the fourth-highest juke rate (21.5 percent) last year. His aDOT of 9.4 yards plays a part in his slightly lower ranking in standard leagues, but he’s still the go-to option in an efficient Cowboys offense.
Stefon Diggs, Bills
Diggs is as consistent as it comes at the WR position. Buffalo’s No. 1 wideout saw the second most air yards (1,828) and red-zone targets (34) a season ago in his second season with Josh Allen. Diggs finished as the No. 7 receiver in PPR formats last season (285.5 points), and if Kupp regresses, Diggs has a shot to finish as WR1. Despite seeing just two fewer targets in 2021, Diggs hauled in 24 fewer passes. Diggs might not surpass his 1,535-yard campaign in ’20, but he’ll surely challenge it. Expect another monster season from Diggs, as the do-everything pass-catcher projects to have an efficient season in both standard and PPR formats.
Davante Adams, Raiders
Adams sees a bit of a downtick from last season, as he likely won’t command a 35.3-percent target share now that he’s running routes alongside Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. Adams is also unlikely to amass his career-best 1,553-yard output from a season ago. Regardless, Adams is in line for an effective fantasy season now that he’s back catching passes from former college teammate Derek Carr. Adams’ YAC ability (576 yards) helps make up for his 9.0 aDOT (68th in NFL), as does his ability to dominate in the red zone (11 TDs in ’21).
Mike Evans, Buccaneers
With Chris Godwin (right knee) likely out for the first several weeks of 2022 coupled with Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, Evans is Tom Brady’s unquestioned No. 1 passing option. For someone who gets knocked for being injury prone, Evans has logged 16 games in back-to-back seasons. As long as he’s on the field, he’ll put up solid overall fantasy numbers, though game-to-game consistency has never been his strong suit. That could change this year, as his 19.2-percent target share (69th in NFL) should increase while he’ll likely maintain similar touchdown numbers (14 TDs in ’21). Evans was one of the most efficient wideouts in 2021, ranking seventh in EPA added (+77.9), QB rating per target (130.7), and fantasy points per target (2.32).
Tyreek Hill, Dolphins
Hill’s another WR who’s seen a drop in his preseason ranking from a season ago, and while the Cheetah will continue to hype Tua Tagovailoa’s potential, he’s undoubtedly playing alongside a weaker QB, limiting his fantasy ceiling. On the flip side, Hill’s likely to see an increased target share. To many people’s surprise, Hill saw just the 58th-highest target share last season (16.4 percent). Hill was uber-efficient given his decreased target share, sporting the fourth-highest EPA added (+83.6). Miami will find creative ways to get the ball in the explosive playmakers’ hands, setting Hill up for another top-10 fantasy finish at the WR position.
Deebo Samuel, 49ers
While it’s unlikely Samuel leads the league in yards per reception (18.2 yards) for two straight seasons, he’s still in line for an effective 2022 campaign. With the 49ers expected to start Trey Lance, Samuel’s fantasy production shouldn’t change much. In the two games Lance started a season ago, Deebo posted six catches, 153 total yards, and two TDs – not quite his season averages but still solid. After some offseason drama, Samuel might not maintain the same usage at RB as he did in 2021, but he’s still one of the best playmakers in all of fantasy football.
Keenan Allen, Chargers
Allen ranked No. 11 in PPR leagues (257.8 points) last season. He’s a viable option in both formats given he saw a 25.1-percent target share in the Chargers’ pass-happy offense, but he’s much more attractive in PPR formats with an aDOT of just 8.9 yards (69th in NFL). Allen remained healthy for most of 2021, missing just one game while running the second-most routes at the receiver position (589). Bank on another reliable season from the 10-year vet.
Mike Williams, Chargers
Williams enjoyed a breakout 2021 that saw him put up the 12-most fantasy points in standard leagues (246.6 points), one spot below fellow Charger Keenan Allen. Williams posted his highest receiving yard output (1,146 yards) in Justin Herbert’s second season and could very well surpass that total in 2022. Williams also saw the eighth-most red-zone targets (23) along with an average of 1.6 deep targets per game, proving he’s just as effective in PPR formats as he is in standard ones.
Terry McLaurin, Commanders
McLaurin’s had to deal with a fair amount of QB turnover during his short NFL career, but he’s continued to be a safety blanket for his QBs. Carson Wentz’s arrival in Landover shouldn’t put fantasy owners over the moon about Scary Terry’s 2022 outlook, but if you have the chance to take him as your WR2, go for it. After all, Wentz helped Michael Pittman Jr. finish top 20 in both standard and PPR leagues last year. McLaurin’s big-play capability (fourth in air yards) and respectable aDOT (12.6) give him WR1 upside in all formats.
Diontae Johnson, Steelers
Johnson’s a target monster, and while his ceiling is noticeably higher in PPR formats, someone who commanded a 28.5-percent target share (fourth in NFL) is warranted as a reliable WR2 in standard leagues, as well. With Johnson aiding in the underneath game, he’ll attract a similar target share from Mitchell Trubisky (or Kenny Pickett). In Trubisky’s last season as a starter for Chicago in 2020, he ranked toward the bottom of the league in average completed air yards (5.1). Johnson’s 5.3-percent drop rate is also always a concern, but his volume more than makes up for his drop issues.
A.J. Brown, Eagles
Brown’s skill set warrants him as a bonafide WR2, but there’s still a good deal of uncertainty surrounding his fantasy prospects in 2022. Jalen Hurts and the Eagles are trending back up as a franchise, but Hurts’ inconsistency in the vertical passing game could limit Brown’s fantasy ceiling. Hopefully, that was a matter of personnel, as Brown’s insertion to Philadelphia’s WR room could lead to a more complete season from Hurts. What’s not to like about a guy who ranked seventh in fantasy points per route run (0.57) a season ago?
DK Metcalf, Seahawks
Metcalf’s another pass catcher with a good deal of uncertainty surrounding his fantasy outlook in 2022. The departure of Russell Wilson will lead to a lower fantasy output along with Seattle possessing a run-first mindset (it’s 2022 for Pete’s sake!). Metcalf is still a tough cover, as he was highly targeted in man coverage (33.9-percent target rate) and is out to prove he can still produce without a Super Bowl-winning QB by his side. His unbelievable physical tools make him tough to fade, but the Drew Lock/Geno Smith combo at QB is certainly enough reason to be worried about Metcalf.
DJ Moore, Panthers
Regardless of what QB is taking snaps for the Panthers, Moore will be his No. 1 threat in the passing game. He put up a career-high 1,157 receiving yards on 93 receptions last year, catching passes from several sub-par QBs. Look for a higher touchdown output in 2022 from the sure-handed wideout, as he hauled in just four TDs a season ago. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Moore potentially finish the season in the top 10 in PPR leagues and top 15 in standard leagues.
Darnell Mooney, Bears
Mooney’s about the only Bears WR worth owning in 2022. He’s much more appealing in PPR formats, as he saw a 26.7-percent target share (11th in NFL) a season ago but garnered just 11 red-zone targets (38th) and caught five touchdown passes (33rd). Mooney’s target share figures to increase even more with Allen Robinson gone and Chicago likely to be in a high number of negative game scripts with second-half deficits. Justin Fields should put forth a more complete season, leading to a solid fantasy year for the Bears’ new No.1 wideout.
Tee Higgins, Bengals
Higgins posted the third-best target quality rating a season ago (7.22), as the second-year wideout saw an increase in receptions (74), receiving yards (1091), yards per reception (14.7), and air yards (1300) despite playing two fewer games. The Bengals No. 2 option looks poised for another reliable fantasy season catching passes from Joe Cool. Higgins’ 18.2 expected fantasy points per game number may lead to an even better 2022 output.
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
Pittman is likely in line for his best fantasy season yet, as the addition of former MVP Matt Ryan will likely lead to an 1,100-yard output for the third-year WR. Pittman provides more upside in PPR leagues than standard ones, as he ranked 71st in aDOT (8.8) and caught just six TDs (20th in NFL). His aDOT and TD rate should increase, but even if it doesn’t, he’s likely to contend for a top-10 ranking in receptions. Pittman logged the third-highest route participation a season ago, running a route on 98.1 percent of Indianapolis’ pass plays while also ranking eighth in EPA added (+76).
Michael Thomas, Saints
Thomas is the only real wild card among the top-25 pass catchers, as he returns after missing all of 2021 due to a right ankle injury. Back in ’19, Thomas led all WRs in fantasy points per game (23.4) and target share (33.2 percent). Of course, that was with Drew Brees at QB and Sean Payton calling plays. Now, without both, he’ll try to find his place in New Orleans’ new-look offense. If he’s two-thirds of what he was then, he’ll be a steal at his current ADP. He’s undoubtedly a risk given the toll his ankle injury had taken on him combined with New Orleans adding to its receiver room (Chris Olave, Jarvis Landry), but it’s tough to completely write off Thomas, especially in PPR leagues.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
St. Brown finished last season as the second-ranked WR over the final six weeks, scoring a total of 151.1 points in PPR formats, trailing only WR1 Cooper Kupp during that span. St. Brown hopes to maintain that type of production over a full season, but Detroit’s new additions to their receiving corps (DJ Chark, Jameson Williams) figure to cut into his workload. St. Brown will still be Jared Goff’s top option in the slot and has a chance to be a weekly WR2 with upside, but he’s not exactly a guarantee to improve dramatically in Year 2.
Marquise Brown, Cardinals
Brown’s got a chance to truly show off his full skill set now that he’s back with former OU teammate Kyler Murray in a more pass-friendly offense. DeAndre Hopkins’ six-game suspension coupled with the loss of Christian Kirk could lead to the most complete season yet for the fourth-year wideout. Brown will likely see a higher dosage of targets in the early weeks and could very well finish the season as a high-end WR2. Despite his 5-9 frame, Brown’s a legit red-zone threat, seeing the 16th-most red-zone targets (16) in 2021 while playing for the run-heavy Ravens.
Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
Year 2 of the Waddle experience should lead to the Alabama product putting up consistent WR2 numbers. Waddle’s will likely remain more valuable in PPR formats, as he hauled in the seventh-most passes (104) while sporting the 88th-best aDOT (6.3). Tyreek Hill’s insertion into the offense will likely cut into his target share (24.8 percent), but Waddle’s 48.7-percent route win rate can lead to a complete 2022 season.
Courtland Sutton, Broncos
Sutton’s officially ready to break out now that Russell Wilson is his full-time QB. Sutton’s desperate to have a reliable QB after a 2021 season that saw him post the 93rd-best true catch rate. Sutton is the most impressive pass-catcher in Denver and will be Wilson’s go-to guy in the red zone, at least among the WRs. Despite seeing 11 red-zone targets, the 6-4 Sutton hauled in just two TDs (79th in NFL) last year. Wilson’s red-zone accuracy will be a breath of fresh air for the fifth-year wideout, who will look to get back on track after what feels like two “lost seasons.”
Brandin Cooks, Texans
Cooks ended 2021 as WR20 in PPR formats (231.8 points) and looks for his second-straight top-20 finish in Davis Mills’ second season. At age 28, Cooks isn’t the flashiest of WRs but he’s efficient. Cooks ranked 11th among all WRs in EPA added (+61.7) and 15th in target separation (1.83). With Houston expected to be in numerous negative game scripts, Mills will be looking Cooks’ way a lot. Cooks commanded the 10th-highest target share in 2021 (26.9 percent), and it’s possible he maintains a similar clip this season and Houston’s only proven offensive weapon.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
Renfrow finished last season as WR10, significantly outperforming his ADP. Derek Carr’s safety blanket is in line to have another effective season, but it will be a tall task for him to once again finish in the top 10. The addition of Davante Adams will cut into Renfrow’s 21.7-percent target share, lowering his fantasy ceiling. Still, Renfrow’s elite ability to get separation in the red zone can lead to another solid TD output in 2021. He’s better suited for PPR leagues after a 6.6 aDOT last season, but it’s possible he maintains a similar TD output.
Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
Just like Sutton, Jeudy’s likely to have his best season yet now that he has a competent QB throwing to him. Jeudy’s looking to amass 1,000 yards for the first time and could do so if he’s able to play all 17 games. Jeudy’s elite at creating space, leading the league in target separation a season ago (2.45) despite playing just 10 games. Buy into an efficient season from the third-year Alabama product, but two straight disappointing campaigns make him far from a “sure thing.”
Allen Robinson II, Rams
Robinson’s glad to be out of Chicago, as A-Rob endured an inefficient season for the Bears catching passes from Justin Fields and Andy Dalton. While logging just 12 games, Robinson hauled in two touchdown passes on just six red-zone targets. It’s almost a certainty those numbers will double – maybe even triple – now that he’s running routes alongside Cooper Kupp for Matthew Stafford. Robinson’s ADP has ticked down from last season, but he remains a worthwhile WR3 with a high ceiling in both standard and PPR formats.
Elijah Moore, Jets
When Moore was fully healthy, he was a high upside WR2, especially in PPR formats. Moore’s stretch of six games from Week 8 to Week 13 resulted in the third-highest fantasy output for wide receivers in standard formats (79.4 points). Moore figures to build off an impressive rookie campaign with more familiarity running routes alongside fellow sophomore Zach Wilson. Moore’s 47.8-percent route win rate (ninth in NFL) should also infuse confidence into drafting the second-year wideout during the early-middle and middle rounds. He’ll have to compete with first-round pick Garrett Wilson for targets, but that might actually help Moore see softer coverages.
Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
Godwin’s a buy-low option in 2022 coming off a right ACL tear in Week 15 last season. He’s likely to miss the first few weeks of 2022, and if you’re able to draft him at the right spot, he could help win your fantasy league as a WR3. With a low aDOT (7.0), he’s better suited for PPR leagues, but given Tampa’s efficient offense, he has the opportunity to score six-plus TDs for a second straight season.
DeVonta Smith, Eagles
Smith’s ready to improve on an effective rookie season that saw him rack up 916 yards and five TDs on 64 receptions. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner has a chance to finish the ’22 season as a WR2 in both standard and PPR formats. Smith’s 14.4 aDOT is a welcoming sign for owners in standard scoring leagues. It’s also likely he draws more than eight red-zone targets in his second season as the Eagles’ offense looks to take a step forward. A.J. Brown’s arrival may actually benefit Smith, as Brown’s likely to draw the tougher CB assignments throughout the season.
Rashod Bateman, Ravens
Bateman’s another second-year wideout who figures to see a good chunk of the Ravens’ target share come his way. With Marquise Brown out of the fold, Bateman is pegged as Baltimore’s go-to option out wide. Most of his 2021 production should be taken with a grain of salt given it was his first season and he missed the first five weeks recovering from a groin strain suffered during training camp. Bateman showed off his elite ball skills in his rookie campaign, posting the fifth-best contested catch rate at 63.6 percent. Even in Baltimore’s run-first offense, Bateman’s a must-draft at his current seventh/eighth-round ADP in 12-team leagues.
Robert Woods, Titans
Woods (torn left ACL) could begin the season on the PUP list after injuring his knee in practice last November. The ex-Rams WR has since been dealt to the Titans, and with Tennessee’s wide receiver room wide open, Woods has the opportunity to turn into Ryan Tannehill’s No.1 option. Woods played 93.2 percent of snaps when healthy and remains a threat in the red zone. If you can handle being without Woods for the first few games of the season, he’ll provide good value.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chiefs
Smith-Schuster has a shot to outperform his current ADP now that he’s flexed into Kansas City’s offensive scheme and gets to catch passes from Patrick Mahomes. JuJu joins a Kansas City squad with the most vacated targets following the departures of Tyreek Hill, Byron Pringle, and Demarcus Robinson. He could very well turn into the Chiefs’ No. 2 option in the passing game outside of Travis Kelce and may surpass 1,000-plus receiving yards for the first time since 2018.
Amari Cooper, Browns
Cooper’s seen a complete 180 in his ADP from 2021 now that he’s a member of the Browns. Regardless of what QB will be taking snaps for Cleveland, Cooper will be his go-to option in the passing game. While Coop isn’t as shifty as he once was following several injuries over the past couple of seasons, he still possesses an elite route running ability. Despite an overall down year, Cooper hauled in a career-best eight TDs while seeing the 11th most red zone targets (19). Now that his ADP has taken a dip, he could be worth a draft pick as a WR3 in both standard and PPR formats.
Gabriel Davis, Bills
Despite putting up nearly identical numbers to his rookie campaign in 2020, the third-year pro looks poised for a reliable fantasy season catching passes from MVP frontrunner Josh Allen. Davis had to compete with Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley for targets a season ago, but with both players no longer suiting up for the Bills, 2022 looks like Davis’ time to shine. While Davis’ best game of his career didn’t factor into his 2021 fantasy output (eight catches, 201 yards, four TDs against the Chiefs in the playoffs) what’s not to be excited about for a player who ranked eighth in aDOT (13.4 yards) nestled in Buffalo’s pass-centric offense?
Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
Aiyuk had a disappointing start to what was supposed to be a breakout 2021, amassing just nine catches for 96 yards and one score over his first six games. His last 11 weeks were much better, as he totaled 47 catches for 730 yards and four TDs. That output ranked him as 16th overall wideout in PPR points and 13th in non-PPR formats, per Draftsharks. Deebo Samuel and George Kittle still command the lion’s share of the targets, but Aiyuk’s dynamic playmaking ability should not be overlooked. Aiyuk’s 9.7 yards per target (11th in NFL) and 19.6-percent juke rate (seventh in NFL) point to a bounce-back season from the third-year product out of Arizona State.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
Lockett’s been one of the most efficient WRs over the past few seasons, but it will be interesting to see how he produces without Russell Wilson by his side. If you don’t think Lockett’s production will take a dip, he’s an absolute ADP steal. Seattle’s projected as the NFC-West bottom feeder, and its run-first offense doesn’t create a lot of excitement. Lockett did put up 2.26 fantasy points per route ran a season ago (ninth in NFL), but his volatility in 2022 makes him tough to project.
Christian Kirk, Jaguars
Kirk’s getting paid like a WR1 and has a chance for his first-ever 1,000-yard season in a feature role. Kirk was efficient in 2021, ranking 10th among WRs in EPA added (+63.1) – and his 11.3 aDOT is a welcome sign for his upside in standard and PPR formats – but it would be nice to see an uptick in his red-zone volume (10 targets in ’21). Kirk’s likely to see an increase from his 18.1-percent target share with less competition in Jacksonville, leading him to be a reliable fantasy piece – assuming Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars’ offense takes a step forward this year.
Adam Thielen, Vikings
This will be Thielen’s third season playing second-fiddle to Justin Jefferson, and despite a 21-percent target share (33rd in NFL) and 15 red-zone targets (23rd in NFL), he scored 10 times (seventh in NFL) a season ago. Thielen’s a viable option as a WR3 in shallower formats, as the Vikings’ No. 2 receiving option is a consistent fantasy producer. New OC Wes Phillip’s offensive scheme could allow Thielein to flourish, as he still has the capability to dominate opposing secondaries. Thielen also ranked 11th in fantasy points per target (2.10) and had just one drop on the season.
Michael Gallup, Cowboys
Gallup’s another WR who may land on the PUP list to begin the 2022 season (torn left ACL), and as a result, his ADP is taking a hit. Once he’s back healthy, he’ll assume the No. 2 WR duties in Dallas’ offense. Until then, veteran James Washington or rookie Jalen Tolbert could emerge as sleepers. Gallup has WR3 upside in PPR leagues now that Amari Cooper is in Cleveland, and once healthy, the explosive fifth-year wideout will hope to command the highest target share of his career.
DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
A six-game suspension for PEDs sends Hopkins tumbling down our list, as these rankings are based on projected overall stats. When Hopkins is active, he’ll certainly outperform this slot. That said, ‘Nuk was a bit of a fantasy disappointment last season, mostly due to being injured. He logged just 10 games, but despite a career-low 572 receiving yards, he was still dominant in the red zone, catching eight TDs on 15 targets. Hopkins remained one of the most efficient wideouts, posting the fourth-best QB rating per target (135.1) and sixth-highest fantasy point per target output (2.34) Hopkins is too skilled to not draft relatively early.
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
Meyers’ lackluster touchdown production could be looked at as a cause for concern in standard-scoring formats, but he’s likely to put forth a higher TD output in 2022. Despite hauling in just one TD a season ago, Meyers saw 14 red-zone targets come his way (32nd among WRs). In total, Meyers saw 126 total targets (20th in NFL), commanding a 24.4-percent target share (20th in NFL) in the Patriots’ offense. The addition of DeVante Parker could eat into Meyers’ targets, but on the flip side, it will help decrease his ADP. Meyers’ continuity with Mac Jones could give him the upper hand in the early weeks, setting him up as either a major draft steal or, at the very least, a sell-high trade candidate in the middle weeks of the season.
Jamison Crowder, Bills
Yes, Crowder is a “boring veteran,” but value is value. He’s likely to assume the Cole Beasley role in Buffalo, and that’s a good thing with Beasley averaging 10.0 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues a season ago. Crowder will be competing with Isaiah McKenzie for reps in the slot, but you have to think the eight-year vet has the upper hand. Buffalo’s third-highest offensive success rate, per Warren Sharp, should instill confidence in buying low on Crowder. Given his upside, he’s an ADP bargain and needs to be considered as a late-round addition to your fantasy roster.
Drake London, Falcons
London has WR2 upside in his rookie season despite being in Atlanta and catching passes from Marcus Mariota. The former USC Trojan is a versatile 6-4, 213-pound playmaker who can aid in the underneath game and make contested catches downfield. Outside of Kyle Pitts, London should be Mariota’s top option in the passing game. With the Falcons pegged as the projected NFC South bottom feeders, a high number of negative game scripts could lead to an effective first year for the first wideout taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. London’s a relatively unknown commodity in the fantasy football world, leading him to be an ADP bargain with an undefined ceiling.
Skyy Moore, Chiefs
Moore and the rest of the Chiefs’ wide receiver room are all boom-or-bust candidates in 2022, with a higher boom capacity given Patrick Mahomes is their QB. Moore is the WR we’re going with as his a relatively unknown commodity in the fantasy world. Kansas City leads the league in available targets, as 53 percent of last year’s looks have been vacated following the losses of Tyreek Hill, Byron Pringle, and Demarcus Robinson. Kansas City’s still the team to beat in the AFC West, and their potent offense will lead to fantasy production for a few of their pass-catchers. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Moore are better suited for PPR production, while Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Mecole Hardman have higher ceilings in standard leagues. At least one will vastly outperform his draft position, so pick your poison. The 5-10, 195-pound Moore seems the most likely after Kansas City used a second-round pick on him.
Allen Lazard, Packers
On paper, Lazard’s looking like he’ll become Aaron Rodgers’ go-to WR in his fifth year. Green Bay’s wide receiver room is a tough one to project, as some believe the loss of Davante Adams could lead the Packers to become more reliant on the run game. While Aaron Jones and AJ Dillion are worthy of becoming a heavily featured RB duo, the 2021 AP MVP needs to be able to chuck the football around the field. Lazard sported the sixth-best QB rating per target (132.8) a season ago along with the fifth-most fantasy points per target (2.38). With a good chunk of available targets in Green Bay’s offense, look for Lazard to become a weekly fantasy starter in both standard and PPR formats.
Treylon Burks, Titans
Following the departure of former No. 1 wideout A.J. Brown, Tennessee selected the 6-2 225-pound Burks with the 18th overall pick in this year’s draft. Burks has a legit shot to become Ryan Tannehill’s No. 1 option in his rookie season and could be in line for a big start with fellow WR Robert Woods (torn left ACL) likely to begin the year on the PUP list. In his final year at Arkansas, Burks saw a 29.3-percent target share and racked up 1,104 receiving yards on 66 receptions (16.7 ypr). Like most rookies, his ADP is discounted, allowing for a high-upside draft pick in the middle rounds.
Garrett Wilson, Jets
The Jets’ newest pass-catcher will be a Week 1 starter who can play in the slot and outside. Wilson’s efficient running crossing routes and has the chance to open up the field for Zach Wilson. While the Jets figure to show improvement, they’re still projected as the AFC East bottom feeder and will see a high number of negative game scripts, boosting the 6-0, 192-pound speedster’s fantasy value.
Tyler Boyd, Bengals
The emergence of Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have cut into Boyd’s production, as he’s failed to amass 900 plus yards in two straight seasons after posting back-to-back 1,000-yard outputs in 2018-19. Boyd still has WR3 upside as the Bengals’ primary slot receiver (first in slot snaps in ’21), but he’s much more appealing in PPR leagues than standard ones. Boyd had a low aDOT of 7.3 yards last season (83rd in NFL) and scored just five TDs (33rd in NFL) but if Chase or Higgins were to go down at some point, his target share will increase dramatically.
Originally found on Sporting News Read More