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Wide Receiver Tiers for 2023 Fantasy Football

With plenty of fantasy drafts still to complete, using tiers to guide us through the draft process is a helpful tool to maximizing the value of your rosters when you’re on the clock. These wide receiver tiers reflect my wide receiver rankings but organize them in such a way that I can keep tabs of when to prioritize drafting a certain position based on supply and demand.

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Wide Receiver Tiers for 2023 Fantasy Football

Tier 1: Most Likely Overall WR1 Candidates

  1. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
  2. Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
  3. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

Since 2019, the overall WR1 has seen an average of 177.25 targets per season. Justin Jefferson (184) drew an above-average number of targets on his way to an overall WR1 finish in 2022. Ahead of the 2023 season, he has the talent and target share as the alpha receiver to do it again.

Joining Jefferson in consideration for overall WR1 are Ja’Marr Chase and Tyreek Hill. From his rookie season in 2021 to last season, Chase’s target per game average increased from 7.5 to 10.3. That’s a 175 target pace over a 17-game season. Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill finished third in targets amongst wide receivers last season with 170.

All three of these players in the top wide receiver tier are worthy of being first-round fantasy football picks. If you want a chance at a 20.0+ point per game player to build your team around, select one of them with your top pick.

Tier 2: Overall WR1 Candidates That Can Be Had in Round Two

4. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

5. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

6. A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

7. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

8. Garrett Wilson, New York Jets

9. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

10. Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders

If you lock up a stud running back in the first round of your fantasy drafts, you should be targeting one of the players in this wide receiver tier in the second round. These six wide receivers all have a path to finishing at the top of the position. At the very least, they’re a solid return on investment finishing the season as a top-10 or so receiver for fantasy football.

Stefon Diggs may be the safest pick in 2023 fantasy football. He’s finished top-five in targets amongst wide receivers in each of the last three seasons. Only Davante Adams shares that same achievement. He’s also in this wide receiver tier. Sandwiched between both players are younger wide receivers with plenty of upside. Choosing between them becomes a preference pick when you’re on the clock.

Cooper Kupp continues to work through a hamstring injury. After missing some time in the middle of training camp, he’s reportedly now dealing with a “setback” and is questionable for Week 1. When he is on the field, he’s a target monster and the clear top target for the Rams. It’s just hard to gauge how many games Kupp will be active for this season. I’m more willing to use my third round pick on him than my second. He’s no longer a first round pick, though.

Tier 3: Wide Receivers To Draft If You Don’t Have One by Round Three

11. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

12. Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints

13. DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles

14. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

15. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

16. Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns

17. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks

18. DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans

19. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

I’m not a huge fan of “drafting for need” early on. However, in a PPR league, if you start your drafts with two running backs, or Travis Kelce and a running back, then targeting a wide receiver in the third round is the way to go. The players in this wide receiver tier can serve as a WR1 for your fantasy football team this season.

Unfortunately, you will notice a lot of these players are battling other top options at receiver on their same team. If at any point the other options were to miss time, applicable players in this tier would be locked inside the top-10 each week at the wide receiver position.

Chris Olave is my favorite target in drafts from this wide receiver tier. He had a nearly identical season to Offensive Rookie of the Year, Garrett Wilson, last season and gets a quarterback upgrade in Derek Carr in 2023. Last year, with Carr, Raiders receiver, Davante Adams, caught 14 touchdown passes, nine of which totaled distances of more than 30 yards. I predict Olave to comfortably finish the season as a WR1 maybe even cracking into the top-eight.

Tier 4: Solid WR2s and Rock Star WR3s

20. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21. Drake London, Atlanta Falcons

22. Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders

23. D.J. Moore, Chicago Bears

24. Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville Jaguars

25. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

26. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

27. Christian Kirk, Jacksonville Jaguars

28. Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts

29. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisc0 49ers

30. Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals

31. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

32. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

33. Christian Watson, Green Bay Packers

34. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos

You’re going to see the players in this wide receiver tier come off of the board at the end of the third round, mostly in the fourth round, and, if you’re lucky, into the fifth round. They are the core group of wide receivers that will make up a competitive 2023 fantasy football team.

For the most part, we know what each of these guys brings to the table. Drake London and Christian Watson are in their second season, but have both shown flashes of excellence as rookies that’s worth investing in ahead of their second season.

As you build your roster, most of these wide receivers will act as a WR2 for your team. If you happen to take a “Zero RB” approach, however, then you may be drafting one of these wide receivers as your WR3. With the risk of waiting to draft a running back in that case, you’re going to want to make sure your WR3 from this tier is a player you can trust to make up for the lack of production at running back. The players I trust the most to do so here are D.J. Moore, Calvin Ridley, Diontae Johnson, and Tyler Lockett.

Tier 5: Season-Long Flex Plays with Room for More

35. Jordan Addison, Minnesota Vikings

36. Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders

37. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seattle Seahawks

38. Zay Flowers, Baltimore Ravens

39. Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans

40. Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns

41. Brandin Cooks, Dallas Cowboys

42. George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers

43. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

44. Juju Smith-Schuster, New England Patriots

45. Quentin Johnston, Los Angeles Chargers

46. Jakobi Meyers, Las Vegas Raiders

47. Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

48. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

49. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

50. Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals

51. Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs

I’m grabbing as many of the players in this wide receiver tier as I can from Round Seven or so onward. The upside amongst these wide receivers far outweighs the cost it takes to get them. Three of the first four players in this tier are rookies I expect to put up start-worthy fantasy numbers by the start of October, if not sooner. With the veterans in mind, they all find themselves on teams where carving out a sizeable role shouldn’t be difficult. I’m hoping one of the handful of these receivers that I draft emerges as a steady every-week starter. Until then, I’m watching with excitement as they’re stashed on my bench.

Tier 6: Bench Depth with Flex Appeal

52. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns

53. Robert Woods, Houston Texans

54. Adam Thielen, Carolina Panthers

55. Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills

56. Nico Collins, Houston Texans

57. Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions

58. Rashee Rice, Kansas City Chiefs

59. Justyn Ross, Kansas City Chiefs

60. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys

61. Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

62. Allen Lazard, New York Jets

63. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kansas City Chiefs

64. D.J. Chark, Carolina Panthers

65. Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars

66. Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts

67. Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers

68. Tank Dell, Houston Texans

69. Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore Ravens

70. Marvin Mims, Denver Broncos

I like all of the players in this wide receiver tier for one reason or another, but wouldn’t feel confident plugging any of them into my Week 1 fantasy football lineups. In fact, if I’m starting any of them at any point this year, it’s likely during a starter’s bye week or to fill in for those with injuries. There’s a lot of talent here that can outperform my tier grouping, but I’m expecting more boom/bust performances from these players.

For more great rankings and analysis, make sure to check out our 2023 Fantasy Football Draft Kit!

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