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2022 Fantasy Football: Consensus Wide Receiver Rankings (8/18 Update)

The NFL is as pass-happy as it’s ever been, and more and more receivers are putting up huge numbers. Does this mean we have to place more emphasis on receivers in fantasy football? Or maybe it means we can focus on more scarce positions and get great wide receiver values later in our drafts? Six of our top analysts address these questions and more as they help compile our 2022 Consensus Wide Receiver Rankings and break down their strategy for the position.

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Draft Strategy for the Wide Receiver Position

Before we get to the wide receiver rankings, we thought it would be helpful to introduce you to our analysts and share their thoughts on how to approach the position in your upcoming drafts.

Colin McTamany – @Colin_McT

We want our fantasy football players to see as many opportunities to touch the ball as possible to score points. So, for wide receivers, we want those opportunities in the form of targets, especially in the red zone and end zone. I want to draft players that I think will see the majority of their team’s looks, whether they’re a high-scoring offense or even a bottom-tier NFL team that plays from behind and passes a lot. Many teams have two receivers who can serve as starters for your fantasy football teams. That also piques my interest in guys like K.J. Osborn and Tim Patrick, the listed WR3 on their respective offenses, who would see a massive boost in value if something happened to one of the players in front of them on the depth chart.

Top WR Value

A bounce-back candidate with a ton of value at his current PPR WR37 Average Draft Position is Juju Smith-Schuster. The Kansas City Chiefs’ offense has finished in the top-six in scoring every season since Patrick Mahomes took over as the starter in 2018. There have been a lot of changes to the player personnel, but Mahomes is an elite quarterback with the same coaching staff. The departure of Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, and Byron Pringle alone leaves behind roughly 44% of wide receiver targets from last season. I love Juju to command a bulk of that share and finish as a WR2.

Bradlee Kilgore – @TripPlayFantasy

This is the position where you can wait and get incredible value. There are no doubters like Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, or Davante Adams, to name a few, but you can draft guys in the later rounds that you’ll be able to count on for 5 catches and 50 yards each week (with TDs as the bonus). I have guys like Christian Watson (rookie, Green Bay) as my WR11 in the entire league. He’s got a clear shot to be Aaron Rodgers WR1, at 6’2″ with blazing speed and great hands. No Davante Adams, no MVS, no problem. Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to fall off, so expect Christian Watson to be a beneficiary. He’s currently sporting a 132 ADP. The same goes for Skyy Moore (rookie, Kansas City). I think we’ve all fallen for the Mecole Hardman breakout season trap. Perhaps this year is the year. JuJu will certainly get plenty of targets, too. But Skyy Moore has the ability to replace Tyreek Hill’s skillset at a lesser level. Rookie WRs tend to take a while to come on in Andy Reid offenses, but Skyy Moore is going to get every opportunity to learn on the fly. He’s currently stuck with a 143 ADP. Both of these players are WRs you’ll be able to start on a week-to-week basis. They have the ability to get you 20+ fantasy points in a given week, and also have a safe floor that won’t lose you a matchup. You can spend your early picks on more pressing needs.

Top WR Value

See above. The WR position is full of value.

Michael Quintero – @WeekendMike

The league has changed into a pass-first league. This is why the wide receiver position has so much depth. You don’t always have to draft a wide receiver one on a team, usually, the slot position will get more targets and red zone looks. Such as Hunter Renfrow last season. It is important to land one top receiver in your first three picks, but remember you could snag a solid pick in a late-round like Mike Williams and Michael Pittman Jr. last season.

Top WR Value

When it comes to value picks this year. Jerry Jeudy is someone to look out for. Jeudy is one of the best route runners in the league and he will now have Russell Wilson throwing him the ball. I see Jeudy turning into a form of Tyler Lockette. Amon-Ra St. Brown is another receiver who had a breakout season last year and will continue that this year.

Michael Govier – @mjgovier

How am I supposed to choose a WR with all these options at my disposal? There are too many players to choose from that I can rely on for my squads this year. Frankly, a few pre-season injuries (they’re going to happen in the NFL) will help me weed out some players that will be a part of some very difficult drafting choices at WR. Sure Justin Jefferson in the first round can be a game changer, especially in PPR. Yet, Jaylen Waddle, D. J. Moore or Jerry Jeudy with Russell Wilson throwing him deep balls could be my number one WR depending on my build.

Top WR Value

You should know that I approach fantasy football from a PPR perspective. You will not find me playing in non-PPR leagues. So my viewpoint will always be colored by the ability to score points per reception. Half or a full point per catch. That doesn’t matter to me. What does matter to me is value. To me there is more than one WR who is the most valuable in 2022. That’s why I’ve selected Gabriel Davis, Van Jefferson and Sterling Shepard as my best bets from a value perspective based on ADP and my expected output for each in 2022.

Meng Song – @FFA_Meng

As the NFL has transitioned more and more to a passing league, there are few elite WR1s who see 30 plus percent target shares, but the position is deep past those few top-end players. Generally, ADP is fairly predictive of which offenses will be good, so it makes sense to target the top wide receivers catching passes from the top quarterbacks being drafted. However, there’s value to be found in targeting some wide receivers playing with lesser-name quarterbacks who will still see volume. It’s also savvy to pass on overpriced wide receivers who are assumed to be the clear no. 2 for their respective offenses when it’s really the no. 1 receiver and then everyone else.

Top WR Value

Everyone love Mike Evans with Antonio Brown gone and Rob Gronkowski retired (for now), but Russell Gage remains a massive value at ADP with Chris Godwin likely to miss some time early in the year still rehabbing from ACL surgery. In fact, my rankings have Gage over Godwin considering the difference in their projected production over the first four to six weeks. Another wide receiver whose ADP is depressed after a down year in 2021 is Allen Robinson. Robinson battled a hamstring injury last season and had little motivation to play given his contract dispute with the Bears. Now in Sean McVay’s offense with the best quarterback he’s had in his entire career in Matthew Stafford, Robinson is poised to bounce back in a big way.

Ryan Cobbett – @ryancobbsj22

This is the position I stress the least since there is so much depth. Usually, I stick to drafting 3 RB and 1 WR with my first 4 picks and I never take a WR in the first round. There are always late-round flyers that could break out onto the scene and end up as one of your top guys on the roster. Allen Lazard has little competition but to be WR1 for one of the best QBs in the league, Russell Gage down in Tampa could have a big breakout season, and Elijah Moore now has dynamic rookie Garrett Wilson opposite of him.

Top WR Value

Mike Williams coming in as WR16 brings tremendous value for whoever can snag him. Keenan Allen is the true WR1, but Williams had plenty of WR1 performances last season. If you miss the value on Williams, don’t worry, I think Jaylen Waddle brings equal value. Now with Tyreek Hill down there, he will be the defense’s number one priority which should leave them vulnerable to the talents of Waddle. Both of these guys have the chance to be WR1 on your team by the end of the year making them great middle-round targets!

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Top 75 Consensus Wide Receiver Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football

If you enjoy our wide receiver rankings, please also check out our Consensus QB Rankings, our Consensus RB Rankings, and the full 2022 FantraxHQ Fantasy Football Draft Kit

1Cooper KuppLAR7211222
1Justin JeffersonMIN7142111
3Ja'Marr ChaseCIN10433335
4Stefon DiggsBUF7326444
5Davante AdamsLV6554977
6CeeDee LambDAL96137556
6Tyreek HillMIA11778668
8Mike EvansTB1111610789
9Deebo SamuelSF9814511153
10Keenan AllenLAC81299121710
11A.J. BrownPHI710814101420
12Tee HigginsCIN109121120917
13Michael Pittman Jr.IND14131513221216
13DJ MooreCAR1317171881615
15Jaylen WaddleMIA11191021142914
16Mike WilliamsLAC8202616151813
17Terry McLaurinWAS14212217242112
18Diontae JohnsonPIT9163215172018
19Marquise BrownARI13143028181322
20DK MetcalfSEA11182520213111
21Courtland SuttonDEN9152719371019
22Brandin CooksHOU6222823261924
23Jerry JeudyDEN9382912232521
24Allen Robinson IILAR7262122491127
25Gabriel DavisBUF7303126192726
26JuJu Smith-SchusterKC8253536132333
27Michael ThomasNO14242325363030
28Amari CooperCLE9281624443423
29Rashod BatemanBAL10234032252234
30Elijah MooreNYJ10353329302428
31Chris GodwinTB11312030433329
32Darnell MooneyCHI14294131323525
33Amon-Ra St. BrownDET6274227333932
34Adam ThielenMIN7354340352835
35Drake LondonATL14321847542640
36DeAndre HopkinsARI13392433563237
37Hunter RenfrowLV6374635164741
38DeVonta SmithPHI7333439454431
39Treylon BurksTEN6461948314939
40Brandon AiyukSF9433644414238
41Christian KirkJAC11363842483646
42Allen LazardGB14413738474145
43Tyler LockettSEA11494434505136
44Chase ClaypoolPIT9474541465243
45Russell GageTB11645146424049
46Chris OlaveNO14425550524550
47Kadarius ToneyNYG9485358533751
48Tyler BoydCIN10535856394354
49DeVante ParkerNE10504852346955
50Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKC8694743406152
51Michael GallupDAL9705249287044
52Garrett WilsonNYJ10595651515848
53Robert WoodsTEN6405437NR4647
54Skyy MooreKC8453973NR3856
55Rondale MooreARI13NR5062295363
56Jakobi MeyersNE1044NR60635059
57DJ Chark Jr.DET667605938NR57
58Jarvis LandryNO14555953NR5758
59Kenny GolladayNYG96857NR556053
60Mecole HardmanKC8726269607166
61Christian WatsonGB14NR116859NR65
62Cordarrelle PattersonATL14516945NRNR42
63Van JeffersonLAR7NR695527NR62
63Kendrick BourneNE10NR6440627473
65Jahan DotsonWAS14636361NR6367
66Tim PatrickDEN9NR495457NR60
67Marvin Jones Jr.JAC1173666361NR70
68Corey DavisNYJ10NR615758NR61
69Robbie AndersonCAR13NR6767NR5971
69Nico CollinsHOU656NR6444NRNR
71Jamison CrowderBUF7NR6872NR7272
72George PickensPIT95270NRNR64NR
73Wan'Dale RobinsonNYG96073NRNR54NR
73Zay JonesJAC115775NRNR55NR
75Randall CobbGB14657474NR75NR
76Julio JonesFANA62NR70NR62NR
77Curtis SamuelWAS14NR6571NRNR74
77Sterling ShepardNYG9NRNRNR35NR75
79Joshua PalmerLAC86672NRNR73NR
80A.J. GreenARI13747175NRNRNR
81Jalen TolbertDAL954NRNRNR67NR
82Romeo DoubsGB1458NRNRNR65NR
83K.J. OsbornMIN761NRNR64NRNR
84Laviska Shenault Jr.JAC11NRNR6575NRNR
84Noah BrownDAL9NRNRNR7466NR
86Sammy WatkinsGB1475NRNR68NRNR
87Isaiah McKenzieBUF7NRNRNRNR48NR
90Jameson WilliamsDET6NRNRNRNRNR64
91Terrace Marshall Jr.CAR13NRNRNR65NRNR
92Marquez CallawayNO14NRNR66NRNRNR
92Braxton BerriosNYJ10NRNRNR66NRNR
94Cedrick Wilson Jr.MIA11NRNRNR67NRNR
95William Fuller VFANANRNRNRNRNR68
96Odell Beckham Jr.FANANRNRNRNRNR69
96Quez WatkinsPHI7NRNRNR69NRNR
98Tyler JohnsonTB11NRNRNR70NRNR
99Alec PierceIND1471NRNRNRNRNR
99Laquon TreadwellJAC11NRNRNR71NRNR
101Justyn RossKC8NRNRNR72NRNR
102Ihmir Smith-MarsetteMIN7NRNRNR73NRNR
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