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Personal opinion; Wide Receivers are the most fun position group to draft. That makes Fantasy Football WR ranking by tier an inexact science.  There are sleepers every single year, and you can draft an elite player outside of your top 5 picks. This time last season Ja’Marr Chase couldn’t catch a football without lines on it, Deebo Samuel ranked around WR40ish, and Cooper Kupp wasn’t Fantasy Football WR Ranking anything more than a solid player. The point is there are gems to be had up and down the rankings. In addition to those names, Mike Williams and Michael Pittman Jr. were being drafted outside the top 45, and they both finished inside the top 15 at year’s end.

Question Marks with Big Name Receivers

There are some question marks with big name receivers. Davante Adams, Tyreek hill, and A.J. Brown are all with new teams. D’Andre Hopkins is out for the first 6 games of the season due to he PED suspension. And can Deebo Samuel be utilized as often in the 9ers game plan now that he is getting top of the market money? There are pleanty of question marks with big name receivers headed into 2022.

Rookies to Target

Rookies pop off in recent memory as well. A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, Chase Claypool, Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, and Amon-Ra St. Brown all finished inside the top 25 for fantasy points in their rookie seasons. This year’s class is really deep with 6 wide receivers taken in the first round of the draft, and another 7 taken in the 2nd round. This years rookie class is as deep any, and expect a few of them to pop off this season. I’ve got a few of them inside by fantasy football WR ranking by tier.

Fantasy Football WR Ranking Draft Strategy

For your draft strategy, it’s not imperative to get one of the elite guys. So what I try to do is look at volume.  I’m looking at Drake London, Chris Olave, and Traylon Burks. Here’s your fantasy Football WR Ranking by tier for the 2022 season.

  • Tier 1

    Justin Jefferson Fantasy Football WR Ranking by Tier

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    1. Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
    2. Ja’Marr Chase (Cincinnati Bengals)
    3. Cooper Kupp (Los Angeles Rams)
    4. Davante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders)

    These are the 1st round guys. They’re all known entities in big time offenses.

  • 2. Tier 2

    Stefon Diggs Fantasy Football WR Ranking by Tier

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    5. Stefon Diggs (Buffalo Bills)
    6. Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers)
    7. Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins)
    8. CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)

    These guys are all explosive playmakers that are the clear cut #1 in their offense. I would feel comfortable taking any one of these names in the second round. If you go RB in the 1st, and manage to get one of these names in the 2nd round, they you’re sitting pretty.

  • Tier 3

    Mike Evans Fantasy Football WR Ranking by Tier

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    9. Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
    10. Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers)
    11. A.J. Brown (Philadelphia Eagles)
    12. Michael Pittman Jr. (Indianapolis Colts)
    13. DJ Moore (Carolina Panthers)

    All of these names are very good receivers, but they’re a bit more touchdown dependent that the names above them. Touchdowns are tricky to predict, so these names carry just a bit more risk than the names above. I would still feel comfortable taking any one of these names in the 3rd/early 4th round.

  • Tier 4

    Coutland sutton Fantasy Football WR Ranking by Tier

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    14. Courtland Sutton (Denver Broncos)
    15. Tee Higgins (Cincinnati Bengals)
    16. Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers)
    17. Jaylen Waddle (Miami Dolphins)
    18. Allan Robinson (Los Angeles Rams)
    19. Dionte Johnson (Pittsburgh Steelers)

    Sutton has had a very good Training Camp with Russell Wilson. He has the highest ceiling of the players in this tier. Higgins, Waddle, and Robinson are very good, but will be the second option in their team’s passing attack. Johnson with a better quarterback would be higher, but when reports out of Steelers camp are Mason Rudolph looks the best, it scares me for how consistent Dionte and be.

  • Tier 5

    DK Metcalf Fantasy Football WR Ranking by Tier

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    20. DK Metcalf (Seattle Seahawks)
    21. Terry McLaurin (Washington Commanders)
    22. Amari Cooper (Cleveland Browns)
    23. Brandin Cooks (Houston Texans)
    24. Darnell Mooney (Chicago Bears)

    This group is really talented, but the quarterbacks throwing them the ball are question marks at best. Metcalf, McLaurin, Cooper and Cooks are all safe picks while Mooney is very much a boom-or-bust player. target these names as your WR3 and Flex options.

  • Tier 6

    gabriel davis Fantasy Football WR Ranking by Tier

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    25. Gabriel Davis (Buffalo Bills)
    26.Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos)
    27. Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings)
    28. Hunter Renfrow (Las Vegas Raiders)
    29. Rashod Bateman (Baltimore Ravens)
    30. Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions)
    31. Elijah Moore (New York Jets)
    32. Marquise Brown (Arizona Cardinals)

    Davis, Jeudy, Renfrow, and Thielen will put up consistent numbers, but they are a notch and a half below the #1. Davis is very intriguing after a very good playoff run last year. If he can replicate those performances then he will be in the teens at worst this time next year. Bateman, St. Brown, and Moore all enter thier second season and are poised to take the next step. Brown will be a huge asset until D’Andre Hopkins returns in week 7.

  • Tier 7

    Barndon Aiyuk Fantasy Football WR Ranking by Tier

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    33. Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers)
    34. Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints)
    35. Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
    36. D’Andre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals)
    37. DeVonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles)
    38. Christian Kirk (Jacksonville Jaguars)
    39. Drake London (Atlanta Falcons)
    40. Allen Lazard (Green Bay Packers)
    41. Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster (Kansas City Chiefs)

    All of these names fall into one of two categories. 1) proven commodities that are returning from injury (or suspension), or are in a new location. Or 2) young players who figure to be featured heavily in their offense.

  • Tier 8

    Tyler Lockett Fantasy Football WR Ranking by Tier

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    42. Tyler Lockett (Seattle Seahawks)
    43. Russell Gage (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
    44. Chase Claypool (Pittsburgh Steelers)
    45. Chris Olave (New Orleans Saints)
    46. Robert Woods (Tennessee Titans)
    47. Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati Beangals)
    48. Kenny Golladay (New York Giants)
    49. Kadarius Toney (New York Giants)
    50. Jakobi Meyers (New England Patriots)

    Please do not rely on any of these guys for an extended period of time. Find your favorite option and keep him benched until you see what you have.

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