While the values in running backs vary a great deal between PPR and Standard scoring formats, the differences at the wide receiver position are more subtle. While there are a few target beasts like Michael Thomas (well, maybe not just like him) and a few deep-ball specialists like A.J. Brown, the roles of most wide receivers aren’t as clear as they once were. You’ll see this as you scan through our Consensus Wide Receiver Rankings for Non-PPR formats. Good receivers are just good receivers and with a few exceptions, you won’t see huge swings in value from PPR to Non-PPR.
Meet the Rankers
Below are the analysts that will be pouring over our Wide Receiver Rankings for the next few months. We’ve included their initials so that you know who is who in the rankings table and also their Twitter handles so you can give them a follow and let them know what you think of their rankings.
- MC – Mick Ciallela – @themick23
- ND – Nathan Dokken – @NathanDokken
- CY – Corbin Young – @corbin_young21
- TL – Taylor Lambert – @TaylorSLambert
- BL – Brent Langlois – @_FootballJesus_
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2020 Wide Receiver Rankings for Non-PPR Leagues
Below you’ll find PPR Wide Receiver Rankings from four of our top analysts. They are ranked by the consensus now, but you can also sort by each analyst.
|15||Odell Beckham Jr.||17||12||12||14||23|
|61||Michael Pittman Jr.||59||54||63||56||66|
|83||Steven Sims Jr.||76||NR||77||76||NR|
|94||Laviska Shenault Jr.||93||NR||NR||80||NR|
|104||Phillip Dorsett II||90||NR||NR||NR||NR|
|107||Equanimeous St. Brown||NR||NR||92||NR||NR|
|107||Willie Snead IV||92||NR||NR||NR||NR|
|117||Ted Ginn Jr.||NR||NR||NR||99||NR|
Breaking Down the Position
In 2019, 55 receivers played at least eight games and averaged double-digit fantasy points per game in PPR leagues. That number dropped to just 16 in standard leagues. However, that does not necessarily mean you have to panic and take a bunch of wide receivers early. When drafting, you must consider marginal cost, specifically as it relates to wide receivers versus running backs. Thomas led the world with 14.1 non-PPR points per game last season. Golden Tate finished 28th at 9.4, a difference of 4.7 points. The only running back within 4.7 points of Christian McCaffrey on a per-game basis was Derrick Henry. Only six running backs were within 4.7 points of Henry. There is a reason running backs are at a premium in non-PPR leagues, and that is because they are worth it.
As productive as the top-tier wide receivers are, I cannot advocate taking them in non-PPR formats. Their stats are much easier to find throughout the draft than those of their counterparts at running back. I have no issue waiting until the middle rounds to select my first wideout in non-PPR leagues. The 2020 season will feature arguably the most talented crop of incoming rookie receivers in NFL history. There was a long-standing theory that stated that receivers did not fully breakout until their third NFL season. However, many a receiver in recent years has hit the ground running into fantasy stardom. A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, Deebo Samuel, and DK Metcalf all produced top-30 seasons in standard leagues last year, while a handful of second-year players reached that mark. Several rookies can immediately become startable in fantasy, and most of them currently have a triple-digit ADP.
For Non-PPR leagues, the wide receiver position gets a little dicier. You don’t have to spend early on the volume-based guys like Jarvis Landry. However, you also don’t get the late-round cushion of the Julian Edelman types who might only net 70 yards per week but will haul in 7-8 passes. Guys like Tyreek Hill and Kenny Golladay become even more elite, and the splash-play high-ceiling guys like Marquise Brown and Will Fuller V become more enticing in the middle rounds.
On another note, while this was an incredibly talented rookie crop, the lack of a typical offseason is going to hurt them substantially. They won’t get anywhere near as many reps with their quarterback as normal to perfect their timing. It’s not looking like things will get markedly better any time soon, so I’ll continue to push the rookie receivers down. You don’t often get big seasons from rookie wideouts anyway.
In PPR leagues, I like to look at wide receivers on teams that might throw a lot. I also try to have a balance of players with high upside like Will Fuller, Mike Williams, and Curtis Samuel. Big play wide receivers like Fuller, Williams, and Samuel are also great non-PPR targets because we’ve seen make explosive plays. There’s usually more wide receivers available on waivers than other positions. Some late round wide receivers I like are Curtis Samuel, N’Keal Harry, Allen Lazard, and Steven Sims Jr.
The beginnings of my drafts each year are uniformly flooded with a mix of running backs and wide receivers. Shining the spotlight on the receiver position specifically, I find that more often than not, the middle rounds of the drafts house my future receiving corps. If the board plays out the right way, my preference is to draft back-to-back members of my backfield in the first two rounds, sneak in another either in the third or the fourth, and then lock-in and assemble a solid group of receivers. When I take this approach, I’m looking at guys like Allen Robinson, D.J. Moore, or with any luck, Kenny Golladay. Outside of my utopian draft scenario, when my plans come crashing down, as they’re liable to do when playing with skilled competitors, I play with a degree of flexibility. If Julio Jones stumbles his way down to the middle of the second round, to hell with a second running back, you’d better believe he’s first in my queue.
My view of receivers shifts depending on the format I’m playing in. When I’m playing PPR, receivers such as Robert Woods and D.J. Moore rise in my rankings due to the volume of receptions I’m projecting them to have. Conversely, the low-catch, high-touchdown guys like Kenny Golladay take a slight dip. While the arrangement of my top-tier guys is reconstructed a bit, it’s the pass-catchers going later in drafts that see the biggest movement. Take Jamison Crowder and Julian Edelman for instance. Crowder is a contender, and arguably the favorite to haul in the most receptions on his team, which in PPR makes him an attractive late-round candidate. In Non-PPR, however, his limited scoring potential hampers him enough for me to consider other options when I see his name nearing the top of the player list in the draft pool.
The one aspect of my gameplay that remains consistent between formats is my predilection for stockpiling receivers and running backs early. This rings even truer in 3WR leagues or leagues that start 2-3 flex spots. Remember kids, draft your multiplayer positions first.
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