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Dan Harris’s Early Top-20 Wide Receiver Rankings (2021 Fantasy Football)

Jun 17, 2021
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Dan Harris is here with his early top-20 wide receiver rankings.

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Tyreek Hill (KC)
Hill had 23 red-zone targets, third-most in the NFL, but that stat is misleading. Why? Because pretty much every target is a red zone target for someone who is as fast as Hill and in as explosive an offense as Kansas City’s. Want proof? Hill has 28 touchdowns of 40-or-more yards over his last four seasons. 28! So long as Patrick Mahomes is the Chiefs’ quarterback, Hill is going to be a dominant force at the wide receiver position. He and Davante Adams are the 1A and 1B options at the position, and he’s worthy of a first-round selection.

DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)
Hopkins saw 160 targets and a 29% target share in his first year with Arizona and finished as the fifth-best wide receiver in fantasy in half-PPR formats. It wasn’t a perfect season for the veteran, as he was somewhat inconsistent, being held to 55 or fewer yards in seven of his 16 games and scoring just six touchdowns. But at least some of that inconsistency was due to Kyler Murray playing through a shoulder injury, and the simple fact is Hopkins saw fewer than seven targets in just one game last year. The addition of Rondale Moore in the draft shouldn’t have much of an impact on Hopkins, who will again command a dominant target share and be an outstanding WR1 again if healthy.

CeeDee Lamb (DAL)
There’s no telling how good Lamb would have been in his rookie season had Dak Prescott stayed healthy the entire year. With Prescott under center for the first five games, Lamb was the WR12 in half-PPR formats. Without Prescott, he was 32nd, and rarely explosive (topping out at 85 yards receiving, and only twice surpassing 65). With Prescott back and looking fully healthy, Lamb has a chance to excel as the Cowboys’ slot receiver, especially if he can cut down a bit on the drops (eight total last season, tied for third-most in the league). Whether you draft him or Amari Cooper first, he should be an excellent WR2 with upside.

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