Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Top 10 Wide Receivers

George Seliga
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) picks u- 17 yard on a reception during the first quarter of their game against the Minnesota Vikings Monday, December 23, 2019 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Mjs Packers24 21 Hoffman Jpg Packers24

The wide receiver position can either make or break your fantasy football draft strategy, especially in PPR formats. This week’s article is geared toward PPR leagues and it covers my personal top 10 receivers heading into this NFL season.

Securing one of these guys in your fantasy football draft strategy is a must as the NFL game is geared towards the passing attack and getting an elite receiver that can produce consistent results every week is a must for your fantasy football draft strategy success!

Top 10 wide receivers for your fantasy football draft strategy

Davante AdamsDavante Adams gets a huge bump with Aaron Rodgers coming back for the 2021 season and because of that, Adams claims the top spot on my wide receiver fantasy football draft strategy rankings. Adams is coming off of an amazing 2020 campaign as he hauled in 115 catches for 1,374 yards while also recording a league-leading 18 receiving touchdowns. This could very well be the last year that we see the Rodgers to Adams connection and this combo proved to be very deadly to opposing defenses as they averaged over a touchdown per game which is ideal for your season-long fantasy teams.

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Aug 7, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) with quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the Red and White training camp practice at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins had one of the best seasons of his entire career in 2020 and there is a chance he could surpass these numbers in 2021. In 2020, Hopkins recorded over 1,400 receiving yards while tying his career-best of 115 receptions. Hopkins saw the second-most targets in the entire league with 160 and should see a similar number of targets now that he has had a full season and off-season in this Kliff Kingsbury air raid attack. Hopkins is extremely reliable as he has produced 1,000+ receiving yards in six of his last seven years and has had 100+ receptions in five out of his last seven seasons played. If Hopkins falls to you at the end of the first or beginning of the second round, he is worthy of that selection.

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Aug 9, 2021; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a pass during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek HillTyreek Hill has really worked on his craft over the years and has developed into one of, if not, the most dynamic receiver in the game. He has really worked on his route running and with his game-breaking speed, he is borderline unstoppable. What is pretty incredible is that he was tied with the 11th most targets in 2020 with 134 targets but hauled in the second-most receiving touchdowns with 15. This Kansas City offense is poised yet again to have a big offensive year and by retooling the offensive line, it should give Mahomes more time in the pocket which only positively impacts a deep big-play threat like Hill.

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Jun 15, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) looks on during minicamp at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Stefon Diggs– One receiver that is coming off of a ceiling type of year is Stefon Diggs. Diggs led the league in total targets as he saw 166 targets which came out to be over 10 targets per game. He also led the league with 127 receptions and produced a 76% catch rate all season long. Josh Allen really relied on Diggs and it seems as if Diggs has really taken that step to be a top receiver in the league. If Allen continues to deliver through the air, Diggs should be a primetime target and continue to find himself in the top five receiver conversation year in and year out.

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Jul 30, 2021; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) reaches for a pass during training camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Ridley – With Julio Jones now out of the mix in Atlanta, it seems as if Calvin Ridley’s stock is only going to rise even more. Ridley had a breakout year last year as he eclipsed over 1,300 receiving yards and hauled in nine receiving touchdowns and proved that he was capable of taking over as the top receiving option in this Atlanta passing attack. Ridley finished as the fifth-best PPR wide receiver in 2020 and that is where I have him slotted heading into the 2021 season.

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Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) falls to the ground after a touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

D.K. MetcalfD.K. Metcalf has emerged as the top receiving target for Russell Wilson in this Seahawks passing attack and he had a monster 2020 season as he recorded 83 catches for 1,303 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. What is really shocking is that his teammate, Tyler Lockett, still managed to record 17 more catches and receive three more targets but Metcalf was able to produce close to 300 more receiving yards with fewer overall opportunities. One thing that really stood out for Metcalf is that he had 17 big plays which are plays that result in 20+ receiving yards and this big-play ability is where Metcalf really stands out from a fantasy production standpoint.

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Dec 13, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) catches a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) in the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Allen – One of the better options for PPR leagues is Keenan Allen. Allen was fifth in the league last year with 147 targets but also tied his personal best with eight touchdown receptions. He has been the model of consistency as he has hit 1,100 receiving yards in three out of the last four seasons while hauling in at least six touchdowns and recording at least 97 catches over that four-year span. With Justin Herbert at the helm of this Chargers offense and a new offensive coordinator calling the plays, this Chargers offense could take a big leap forward and Keenan Allen could be one of the bigger beneficiaries because of these changes.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) pulls in a catch during a training camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. Nas Titans Camp 010

A.J. BrownA.J. Brown has had a really nice start to his career as he has had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and has hauled 19 touchdowns in his young career. Brown gets the benefit of forming a terrific receiving tandem as Julio Jones joined the Titans this offseason and not only will he be able to learn from Julio, but he could benefit as defensive coverages will have to account for both receivers which could leave Brown in favorable matchups. With the upside of him hitting another 1,000 yards, 70+ catches and possibly hitting 10 touchdowns, he certainly profiles as a top-10 receiver option for your fantasy teams.

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Jun 16, 2021; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears Allen Robinson II (12) in action during minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Robinson III – A receiver that sometimes gets overlooked but should never be forgotten about is Allen Robinson III. Robinson III had a very strong 2020 season despite being on a Bears team that struggled offensively. He saw the third-most targets (151) and ranked sixth in the league with 102 catches. A-Rob has produced 1,100+ receiving yards in back-to-back seasons and should only benefit with a QB tandem of Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Robinson III is a PPR monster and is a receiver to target in the third and fourth rounds of your league should he fall that far.

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Jul 24, 2021; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ceedee Lamb (88) during training camp at the Marriott Residence Inn. Mandatory Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

CeeDee Lamb – Rounding out the top 10 on my list is a wide receiver that is going into his second year in the NFL. CeeDee Lamb had a very good rookie campaign and despite losing his starting QB early in the season, he still managed to rack up 74 receptions while recording 935 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. The Cowboy’s offense as a whole should take a nice step forward as quarterback Dak Prescott has fully recovered from his leg injury and the offensive line should be back to full strength. With a full NFL season under his belt, Lamb possesses the size, skill, and attributes that could catapult him to a top-five receiver here in the coming years.