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We’ve got you covered as I continue my 2022 fantasy football tier rankings series with wide receivers, which is a close second to running backs as the most important position on draft day.
Rankings are based on PPR scoring settings
Tier 1: Justin Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, Ja’Marr Chase, Davante Adams
Recommended target range: Round 1
These elite wide receivers are worth drafting in the first round since their production is similar to those of the elite running backs in PPR leagues. Former LSU stars Jefferson and Chase have wasted no time in establishing themselves as some of the top receivers in the league, and Kupp and Adams should continue to deliver their usual elite production.
Tier 2: Stefon Diggs, CeeDee Lamb, Deebo Samuel, Tyreek Hill, A.J. Brown
Recommended target range: Rounds 1-3
This tier is made up of receivers who could return first round value, but they have more risk attached to them than top tier options. Diggs and Lamb are safer since they’ve established chemistry with their quarterbacks, but Samuel, Hill and Brown still have high enough ceilings to be in the conversation even though they’ll have someone new throwing to them this year.
Tier 3: Tee Higgins, Michael Pittman, Diontae Johnson, Mike Evans, Keenan Allen, Terry McLaurin, D.J. Moore, Mike Williams
Recommended target range: Rounds 3-5
This group is also very strong and are ideal for those that decide to begin their drafts by selecting back-to-back running backs since they all have WR1 upside and should easily cross the 1,000-yard threshold. Higgins, Pittman, Johnson, McLaurin, Moore and Williams are all similar in that they’re young and have room for growth, with Evans and Allen offering the most stability having proven themselves for over five years now.
Tier 4: DK Metcalf, Jaylen Waddle, Jerry Jeudy, Marquise Brown, Allen Robinson, Gabriel Davis, Rashod Bateman, Darnell Mooney, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas
Recommended target range: Rounds 5-7
There are several interesting options in this group that would be higher if they were in better situations such Metcalf, Waddle, Mooney and Cooks, but there are several others who find themselves in improved situations such as Jeudy, Brown, Robinson, Davis, Bateman and Smith-Schuster. Jeudy, Davis and Bateman have been my top targets here, as they tend to go later in drafts since they’re unproven, but they all have a clear path to breaking out.
Tier 5: Chris Olave, Drake London, Elijah Moore, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Chris Godwin, Courtland Sutton, Hunter Renfrow, DeVonta Smith, Amari Cooper, Treylon Burks, Adam Thielen, Brandon Aiyuk, Allen Lazard, DeAndre Hopkins
Recommended target range: Rounds 7-10
This tier is oozing with upside plays such as Olave, London, St. Brown, Moore and Burks as well as post-hype veterans such as Godwin, Sutton, Cooper and Hopkins. The names I like the most here from a value perspective are Aiyuk and Lazard, as Aiyuk offers serious upside with Trey Lance now at quarterback in San Francisco, and Lazard projects to be in line for a huge uptick in targets as the new No. 1 receiving option in Green Bay.
Tier 6: Garrett Wilson, Robert Woods, Christian Kirk, Russell Gage, Tyler Lockett, Chase Claypool, Kadarius Toney, Tyler Boyd, Rondale Moore, Jalen Tolbert, Romeo Doubs, Jakobi Meyers, Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Julio Jones, Skyy Moore, Christian Watson, Jameson Williams, Alec Pierce
Recommended target range: Round 10 or later
There are some interesting names here as well, but there’s enough risk attached to where it’s best to wait on these guys until the later rounds. Boyd, Meyers and Landry are all worth targeting as solid depth pieces who offer stable floors, and rookies such as Tolbert, Doubs, Moore, Watson and Pierce are worth dart throws as guys who could find themselves working into prominent roles in offenses with strong quarterback play.
Best of the rest: Van Jefferson, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Isaiah McKenzie, Jahan Dotson, Mecole Hardman, Sammy Watkins, Josh Palmer, Michael Gallup, Jameson Williams, K.J. Hamler, Bryan Edwards, Wan’Dale Robinson, Kendrick Bourne, George Pickens, K.J. Osborn, Jamison Crowder, Robbie Anderson, Corey Davis, Marvin Jones, Terrace Marshall, D.J. Chark
Spencer ‘the Guru’ Urquhart (@spencertheguru) has been a fantasy football analyst since 2014, founding a community of over 6,000 followers on Instagram
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