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2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

Apparently, it's now normal for upper-tier wide receivers to change teams in the offseason. Last year, Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown got new jerseys; the year before Brandin Cooks and Jarvis Landry relocated. This offseason, DeAndre Hopkins surprisingly got shipped out of Houston and Stefon Diggs went from one snowy locale to another. These signings and trades, along with several notable quarterback moves, have shaken up our 2020 fantasy football WR rankings. 

Hopkins, despite a team change, remains in the No. 2 spot. It's tough to move anyone ahead of Michael Thomas, though Hopkins' role in a more uptempo offense could lead to similar numbers as the NFL's single-season receptions leader. Both are studs and will be drafted in the first round. Diggs moved up slightly now that he figures to see more targets in Buffalo, but a less accurate QB (and playing outdoors) doesn't figure to help. Diggs has more upside now, but he's still a WR2. We also have his former teammate, Adam Thielen in that tier, but Thielen obviously has more upside now, too.

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We actually moved Chris Godwin and Mike Evans down after Tom Brady signed with the Bucs. Both are still high in our rankings, but Brady doesn't have the arm or the gunslinger attitude of Jameis Winston. The Bucs will likely be more efficient on offense, but that won't necessarily translate into bigger stats for their receivers. The same is true for Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, who won't have Philip Rivers throwing it up for grabs to them anymore. 

T.Y. Hilton now gets to catch passes from Rivers, but given Rivers's declining skill set, it's tough to know just how much Hilton's numbers will improve, if at all. D.J. Moore gets a more efficient QB in Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina, but the addition of Robby Anderson could steal some targets away. Julian Edelman falls way down the list given the Pats uncertain QB situation, while "new No. 1's" Deebo Samuel and Will Fuller V move up after the departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Hopkins, respectively. We were cautious with both, and it's entirely possible they continue to rise as they gain momentum during the offseason. 

Overall, there was a lot of movement from our original offseason WR rankings, and the draft will only further complicate matters. Roughly a quarter of the league will have a new starting QB next season, and if you factor in some of the young guys who didn't start all of last season (Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins, etc.), it's more like a third of the league. That alone will make it tough to rank WRs, never mind all the movement at the position itself. As such, we'll continue to update this list after the draft and throughout the offseason, so check back for the latest. 

2020 Fantasy Football WR Rankings

Rankings based on non-PPR scoring formats

1Michael Thomas, Saints
2DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
3Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
4Julio Jones, Falcons
5Davante Adams, Packers
6Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
7Cooper Kupp, Rams
8Amari Cooper, Cowboys
9Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
10JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
11Kenny Golladay, Lions
12Mike Evans, Buccaneers
13Courtland Sutton, Broncos
14Keenan Allen, Chargers
15Adam Thielen, Vikings
16DJ Chark, Jaguars
17DeVante Parker, Dolphins
18Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
19A.J. Green, Bengals
20T.Y. Hilton, Colts
21A.J. Brown, Titans
22D.J. Moore, Panthers
23Stefon Diggs, Bills
24Calvin Ridley, Falcons
25Terry McLaurin, Redskins
26Allen Robinson, Bears
27Robert Woods, Rams
28Deebo Samuel, 49ers
29Will Fuller V, Texans
30Jarvis Landry, Browns
31Michael Gallup, Cowboys
32DK Metcalf, Seahawks
33Marquise Brown, Ravens
34DeSean Jackson, Eagles
35Emmanuel Sanders, Saints
36Kenny Stills, Texans
37John Brown, Bills
38Golden Tate, Giants
39Christian Kirk, Cardinals
40Julian Edelman, Patriots
41Mike Williams, Chargers
42Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
43Marvin Jones, Lions
44Tyler Boyd, Bengals
45Jamison Crowder, Jets
46Brandin Cooks, Rams
47James Washington, Steelers
48Tyrell Williams, Raiders
49Darius Slayton, Giants
50Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
51Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
52Anthony Miller, Bears
53Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
54Sterling Shepard, Giants
55Parris Campbell, Colts
56N'Keal Harry, Patriots
57Robby Anderson, Panthers
58Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
59Preston Williams, Dolphins
60Breshad Perriman, Jets
61Devin Funchess, Packers
62Nelson Agholor, Raiders
63Kendrick Bourne, 49ers
64Corey Davis, Titans
65Diontae Johnson, Steelers
66Randall Cobb, Texans
67Olabisi Johnson, Vikings
68John Ross III, Bengals
69Cole Beasley, Bills
70Tajae Sharpe, Vikings