A long-lasting dynasty team is often one with stability at the WR position. Running backs suffer injuries at a higher rate per game than WRs do and they experience more year to year competition than their teammates. Because of this, and because of the fact that factors outside of the running back himself contribute most to the success of the run game, the position is devalued in contract negotiations – making stability hard to come by. Although in-prime backs are excellent foundations of championship-caliber teams, young and productive WRs are the currency that allows for flexibility over a number of seasons. My dynasty WR rankings should help you cash in on top receivers available.
Below we’ll take a look at how to view the WR position from a dynasty perspective.
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The Elites (1-7)
The term elite is often thrown around without much respect for the word’s true definition. This isn’t one of those cases. These WRs all offer youth, weekly game-breaking upside, and a relative certainty that they’ll be with their teams for the foreseeable future. All members of this group are signed to long term deals as well with the exception of Tyreek Hill, who was reportedly in contract negotiations with the team as recently as (DATE – LINK). Even in the case of serious injury, these guys are likely to retain their value for 3+ seasons. Rostering any more than one of these players is generally a clear advantage week to week. (Hopkins, Beckham, Juju, etc)
Premier Performers (8-14)
WRs in this group offer weekly upside to rival the group among them. But age, health, or inconsistency have devalued them in dynasty circles to a degree. While they can still be week winners, they should best be seen as low-end WR1s. Stability is also par the course for most of these players. Pick these guys with confidence. (Jones, Cooks, Thielen, etc)
Young, Scrappy, and Hungry (15-28)
With the exception of TY Hilton, Julian Edelman, and Robert Woods the majority of members in this tier are 26 or younger with the potential to break into the tier above with a strong showing this year. Whether you prefer the high-end upside offered by Will Fuller or Tyler Lockett, or the week to week floor of Cooper Kupp or Tyler Boyd, there is something to offer every roster construction. These guys should be seen as very highly valued dynasty assets, most often worth a 1st rounder or more. Any one of these players would serve as an excellent WR2 on most teams. (Cooper Kupp, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson).
Question Marks Emerge (29-43)
Newly injured AJ Green headlines this group as risk is part and parcel of rostering any of these players. High-end production is possible out of players like AJ Green (if he can recover), Dede Westbrook, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling but the path for them isn’t as clear as the group above. Rostering these guys as a WR3 or WR4 is the best course of action as you can benefit from big weeks without relying on steady production. Consider these guys high-end dart throws. (Robby Anderson, Corey Davis, Keke Coutee)
Feast or Famine Squad (44-70)
Receivers in this range carry an inordinate amount of risk. Expecting any of these players to be a weekly starter on a competitive team is a fool’s errand. Unknowns make up the vast majority of the players in this group. Rookies also make up a considerable portion. As bench fliers or injury replacements, these players can provide value to a team. Just don’t rely on them. (Marvin Jones, Parris Campbell, Albert Wilson).
The Rest (71-80)
Lower end bench fliers make up the rest of these tiered rankings. These are the last few players I would consider stashing at the bottom of a WR depth chart because they at least look in line to receive some steady amount of volume or can contribute as real life injury replacements. (Willie Snead, Mecole Hardman, Keith Kirkwood)
Top 75 Dynasty WR Rankings
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Etan Mozia has been involved with sports as a whole for over two decades and has written about athletics in some capacity since 2005. Focused primarily on the NFL and EPL, Etan has seen his work featured on sites like FantasyPros, Advanced Sports Logic, and FFD260 among others. Currently, his work is housed on FantraxHQ and FantasyPros. An avid lover of dynasty leagues specifically, you can also listen to him on his podcast, The Dynasty Diagnostic (@DynoDiagnostic), as he breaks down rosters and provides pertinent and practical advice for dynasty squads looking to give their team an edge. Follow him on twitter @EtanMozia.
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