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Kyle Yates’s Early Top-20 Wide Receiver Rankings (2021 Fantasy Football)

Jun 14, 2021
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Following up his early running back and tight end rankings, Kyle Yates is back to provide his top-20 wide receiver rankings for 2021 redraft leagues.

These rankings are for half-PPR leagues. You can find our full fantasy football expert consensus rankings here.

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Justin Jefferson (MIN)
How are we feeling about Justin Jefferson heading into 2021, folks?! Wow! Coming off of a truly ridiculous rookie season, the arrow can’t be pointing any higher heading into year two. Jefferson put up an absurd 70% Catch Rate on 125 targets with a 15.9 Yards Per Reception total in his rookie season, which is one of the most unbelievable stats from last season. Despite barely being involved in the offense the first two weeks of the season, Jefferson finished as the WR6 and there’s very little reason to doubt that he can finish in that range again in 2021. Based on his previous performance, you’re absolutely going to have to pay a premium price for Jefferson in fantasy this season if you want him on your roster. However, if you want to build your fantasy roster around the stud wideout, you’re not going to get any complaints from this analyst. He’s that good. My Very Early Projection: 93-1351-8 receiving.

Chris Godwin (TB)
While Godwin’s production certainly wasn’t the same in 2020 as it was with Jameis Winston in 2019, he was still one of the most consistent options for your fantasy lineup last season. He did have some peak games here or there, but otherwise there were only one or two performances where he hurt your lineup. Looking to 2021, it’s certainly still a very loaded offense around him – which puts a cap on his overall ceiling – but he’s still going to be one of the safest bets you can make in fantasy this year. You’ll know exactly what you’re going to get from him week after week and he does come with some upside that can push your team over the top to a victory. The casual fantasy player might be scared off because of how many other mouths there are to feed in this offense, but Godwin should be one of the top options yet again. He can be viewed as a high-end WR2. My Very Early Projection: 90-1210-8 receiving.

Keenan Allen (LAC)
Do you remember when we had concerns about Keenan Allen heading into the 2020 season? The Chargers seemed destined to be a run-heavy team with Tyrod Taylor as their QB, which didn’t leave much optimism for the veteran wideout. Well, the situation changed very quickly with Justin Herbert behind center and Allen turned out to be a steal in fantasy drafts. While the price tag for Allen might be a bit high this pre-season, it’s going to be difficult to find a more consistent option at the WR position week in and week out. Allen might not give you a ton of yardage, but he could easily push for a top-10 finish in a Full PPR format with how much volume he sees in this offense. My Very Early Projection: 104-1086-7 receiving.

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