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2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers

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The third installment of the 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings examines the Wide Receiver position.  Which player is going to have a breakout season?  Which Rookie is going to have the biggest impact in year one?  Does Michael Thomas keep the top spot?  Which player that switched teams is going to make the biggest impact in his new city?  Who is going to be the late-round value picks that help you win the league?  Must have Wide Receiver for 2020?  Here is the answer to these questions and more:

RANKINGS 

  1.  Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints 
  2.  DeAndre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals 
  3.  Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
  4.  Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs 
  5.  Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers
  6.  Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons 
  7.  Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings 
  8.  Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys
  9.  Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
  10.  Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions 
  11.  Allen Robinson II – Chicago Bears 
  12.  Cortland Sutton – Denver Broncos 
  13.  D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers 
  14.  Odell Beckham Jr. – Cleveland Browns 
  15.  A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans 
  16.  JuJu Smith – Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers
  17.  Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers 
  18.  Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams 
  19.  Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons 
  20.  Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks
  21.  Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills 
  22.  Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams 
  23.  D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks
  24.  T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts 
  25.  Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers 
  26.  Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins 
  27.  Michael Gallup- Dallas Cowboys 
  28.  Julian Edelman – New England Patriots 
  29.  DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins 
  30.  Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans 
  31.  Emmanuel Sanders – New Orleans Saints 
  32.  Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns 
  33.  Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys 
  34.  Will Fuller – Houston Texans 
  35.  Marvin Jones Jr. – Detroit Lions 
  36.  Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals
  37.  DJ Chark Jr. – Jacksonville Jaguars
  38.  Sterling Shepard – New York Giants 
  39.  A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals 
  40.  Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens 
  41.  Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers
  42.  Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers 
  43.  Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings
  44.  John Brown – Buffalo Bills 
  45.  Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals 
  46.  Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers 
  47.  Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers
  48.  Darius Slayton – New York Giants 
  49.  Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers 
  50.  Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos 
  51. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets 
  52.  Henry Ruggs III – Las Vegas Raiders 
  53.  Breshad Perriman – New York Jets
  54.  Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears 
  55.  CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys 
  56.  Michael Pittman Jr. – Indianapolis Colts 
  57.  Golden Tate – New York Giants 
  58.  Jalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles 
  59.  Alshon Jeffery – Philadelphia Eagles 
  60.  N’Keal Harry – New England Patriots 
  61.  Hunter Renfrow – Las Vegas Raiders
  62.  Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins 
  63.  DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles 
  64.  Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs 
  65.  Kenny Stills – Houston Texans 
  66.  Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars 
  67.  Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals 
  68.  Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals 
  69.  K.J. Hamler – Denver Broncos 
  70.  Parris Campbell – Indianapolis Colts 
  71.  Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills
  72.  Devin Funchess – Green Bay Packers 
  73.  Randall Cobb – Houston Texans
  74.  Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans 
  75.  Mohamed Sanu Sr. – New England Patriots 
  76.  Allen Lazard – Gren Bay Packers 
  77.  James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers 
  78.  Danny Amendola – Detroit Lions
  79.  Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams 
  80.  Chase Claypool – Pittsburgh Steelers 
  81.  Laviska Shenault Jr. – New York Jets 
  82.  Antonio Gandy – Golden – Washington Redskins 
  83.  Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams 
  84.  Adam Humphries – Tennessee Titans 
  85.  Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons 
  86.  Devin Duvernay – Baltimore Ravens 
  87.  Tyrell Williams – Las Vegas Raiders 
  88.  Tyler Johnson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers  
  89.  John Ross III – Cincinnati Bengals 
  90.  Denzel Mims – New York Jets 

TOP TEN STUDS

2. DeAndre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals ADP ( #10 ) 

It’s not often that you can trade for a number one receiver, but that’s what GM Steve Keim & Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury were able to do with bringing in DeAndre Hopkins.  Hopkins steps into the role of the top target for second-year quarterback Kyler MurrayArizona has plenty of firepower at their disposal on offense alongside Hopkins with the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk & Kenyan Drake.  Kingsbury’s offense is high flying and up-tempo with a lot of offensive snaps. Expect Hopkins to improve on his numbers from the 2019 season which had him finish as WR9.  Hopkins is ranked second which might be a tad high but you should feel comfortable taking him over, Julio Jones, Davante Adams Tyreek Hill.

7. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings ADP ( #21 ) 

The 2019 season wasn’t what the Vikings expected from Adam Thielen, as he missed six games with lingering back issues that gave him problems the entire season.  Minnesota dealt Thielen’s running mate Stefon Diggs to Buffalo for the twenty-first pick in the 2020 draft. The Vikings used this to replace Diggs with LSU star Justin Jefferson.  With all teams forced to stay away from all team-related activities, Kirk Cousins will not have much time to develop chemistry with incoming rookies and other receivers on the roster, which means we should expect a huge target share of Thielen.  Expect him to bounce back from an injury-riddled 2019 with a big 2020 year.

IMPACT ROOKIES 

47.  Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers ADP ( #184 ) Arizona State 

Of all the wide receivers drafted in 2020, this is one of my favorite fits Wide Receiver Brandon Aiyuk to the San Francisco 49ers.  Aiyuk can stretch the field and take the top off the defense to free up underneath routes for George Kittle & Deebo Samuel.  Aiyuk is a stud with the ball in his hands breaking tackles and running past guys with his 4.50 speed.  Aiyuk isn’t a polished route runner at this time, but expect Head Coach Kyle Shanahan to scheme him open.  This might be a little high for Aiyuk, but someone with his skillset in Shanahan’s offense is hard to ignore.

52. Henry Ruggs III – Las Vegas Raiders ADP ( #169 ) Alabama

Coming out of Alabama Henry Ruggs III was seen as the biggest game-changing Wide Receiver in the 2020 draft class.  The Raiders love speed and that’s exactly what Ruggs will bring to coach Jon Gruden and the new look Las Vegas Raiders.  When drafting Ruggs don’t expect a 10+ catch a game type of receiver, but anytime he touches the ball it could be for a touchdown.  Darren Waller is the top target for Derek Carr, but Ruggs should have no trouble becoming a top target for the Raiders.

56. Michael Pittman Jr. – Indianapolis Colts ADP ( #189 ) USC

The case can be made that the best chance for targets early in his career is the 6’4 stud receiver Michael Pittman out of USC.  Pittman is in line to start right away on the other side of T.Y. Hilton in two wide receiver sets.  New Indy quarterback Phillip Rivers is ecstatic that Pittman was brought into town as he will make an impact in the red zone with his big frame and jump-ball ability.  Pittman is in line for 6+ targets early on in the Frank Reich scheme.

58. Jalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles ADP ( #164 ) TCU

The Eagles wide receiver room last season was basically the athletic training room three of the starting receivers went down with injuries’ that lingered throughout the season.  In steps TCU speedster Jalen Reagor, Reagor is a take the top of the defense-wide receiver with the ability to run past anybody on the field.  It’s hard to predict injuries year in and year out but the Eagles have two players who have had injuries’ problems in their career Desean Jackson & Alshon Jeffery.  Reagor makes for a solid late-round pick, especially in dynasty formats.

SLEEPER

41. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers ADP ( # 128 )

Johnson is in line to be the biggest steal in the 2020 fantasy football season.  Last season Johnson found success in his rookie year with Mason Rudolph & Duck Hodges at the helm for the tune of 59 catches and 680 yards for five touchdowns.  Steelers get their star quarterback back after a season-long injury sidelined Ben Roethlisberger.  Expect Johnson to explode with the veteran Roethlisberger at the helm.  Johnson begins the season as a WR3 but depending on the health of Roethlisberger he could find himself in the WR2 spot.

LATE ROUND VALUE 

86. Devin Duvernay – Baltimore Ravens ADP ( #229 ) TEXAS 

One must think the Ravens were excited about drafting Duvernay at 92 overall.  Looking back at the reaction video from Jim Harbaugh, one could see that he was ecstatic that Duvernay fell to them.  Duvernay goes to a perfect spot in Baltimore as his 4.30 40 yard dash time will fit perfectly with last seasons MVP Lamar Jackson.  Duvernay makes his money in the slot with his crisp route running ability and solid hands.  He will have to compete for targets with Mark Andrews Marquise Brown, but in three-wide receiver sets Duvernay should find his way on the field.  Think of Duvernay as a late-round pick that will have upside to grow into a WR3.

MUST HAVE RECEIVER 

3. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers ADP ( # 14 ) 

Nobody jumped on the scene at the wide receiver position like Tampa Bay star Chris Godwin did last season, racking up 1,333 Receiving yards and nine touchdowns.  Tampa Bay has one of the most potent offenses in the NFL  with Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, and Chris Godwin.  Bruce Arian’s offense loves to air the ball out and push it downfield and along with Tom Brady’s willingness to spread the ball around should make for enough targets in this offense.  Godwin finished as WR2 last season with Jameis Winston at quarterback so imagine what’s going to happen when the GOAT is throwing him the ball?  WR1 might be in Godwin’s future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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