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6 Wide Receivers Our Experts Like More Than ECR (2021 Fantasy Football)

Aug 22, 2021


 
Rankings are the backbone of your fantasy football draft preparation. Rather than use the rankings from a single person, we provide you with a consensus of over 100 fantasy football experts via our Expert Consensus Rankings.

Today, we’re taking a look at players our experts — Mike Tagliere, Kyle Yates, Dan Harris, and Joe Pisapia — are higher on versus our Expert Consensus Rankings. You can find the consensus of our four analysts here.

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A.J. Brown (TEN)
Our Experts WR6 | Expert Consensus Ranking WR7

Brown is a stud, plain and simple. He’s defied the rule of regression and continues to blow the roof off normal projections. Based on the targets he saw last year and where on the field he saw them, he was supposed to finish as the No. 30 wide receiver. That’s the opportunity he had. Well, he finished as the No. 12 wide receiver. The year before that, he was supposed to finish as the No. 49 wide receiver but finished No. 15 instead. The addition of Julio Jones will certainly limit his target ceiling, but based on what we’ve seen to this point, his efficiency should carry him to new heights in 2021.
– Mike Tagliere

Julio Jones (TEN)
Our Experts WR14 | Expert Consensus Ranking WR17

The public perception on Jones is that he’s towards the end of his career, but that’s simply not true. In fact, he averaged a career-high 11.3 yards per target during the 2020 season and was the WR13 in half-PPR points per game while ceding plenty of work to up-and-coming superstar Calvin Ridley. It’ll be a similar situation in Tennessee, as Jones will now play alongside what might be the next generation’s Julio Jones, and that’s A.J. Brown. Similar to Atlanta, Jones and Brown are going to cap each other’s truly elite ceiling, but as Jones and Ridley proved last year, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibilities that they’re both top-12 wide receivers, especially when you factor in Ryan Tannehill’s efficiency. Oh, and stop calling Jones injury prone – he’s played at least 14 games in seven of the last nine seasons, and has totaled at least 1,394 yards in six of the last seven seasons. You don’t do that if you’re injury-prone.
– Mike Tagliere

Diontae Johnson (PIT)
Our Experts WR17 | Expert Consensus Ranking WR21

Despite missing one full game and a large portion of another, Johnson finished with 144 targets in 2020, which ranked sixth among wide receivers. Unfortunately, he was not particularly efficient with them, averaging just 6.4 yards per target. Part of his issues were drops, but Ben Roethlisberger’s drop-down mentality certainly didn’t help, either. Still, chasing targets at wide receiver is never a bad thing. If Johnson would’ve averaged just 7.4 yards per target (easily attainable), he would’ve finished as the WR14. He should be a safe high-floor WR2 with upside for top-12 numbers.
– Mike Tagliere

Ja’Marr Chase (CIN)
Our Experts WR22 | Expert Consensus Ranking WR26

More and more college football WRs are coming into the NFL and making an immediate impact. Whether that was DK Metcalf a couple of years ago to Justin Jefferson on his path to breaking records last season, rookies are now firmly in the conversation for redraft leagues. Chase is coming into the NFL as a ridiculously talented prospect that landed in a near perfect situation. He’s now reunited with his college QB and this offense figures to pass the ball at a ridiculous rate again in 2021. With his opportunity in this offense, plus his talent, don’t be surprised to see Chase come out of the gates on fire and be a consistent starter for your lineup almost immediately. A top-15 finish is not a crazy thing to predict when it comes to this rookie wideout.
– Kyle Yates

Robby Anderson (CAR)
Our Experts WR29 | Expert Consensus Ranking WR32

Did you know that Anderson had 136 targets last season? While I was pounding the drum for Anderson last off-season, I certainly did not see that type of workload incoming for the veteran wideout. Now, Anderson has some competition for targets again with CMC back and healthy, plus the addition of Marshall to this offense, but he also has the already established chemistry with Darnold from their Jets days. Anderson might not reach the level of production that he had in 2020, but he’s still going to be a reliable fantasy asset week in and week out that does come with some boom potential.
– Kyle Yates

Antonio Brown (TB)
Our Experts WR35 | Expert Consensus Ranking WR39

Brown was expected to be back with the Bucs all along. From the time he joined them in Week 9, Brown finished as the No. 38 wide receiver in fantasy. And to be fair, he got better as the year went on, as he had to get back into football shape. Over the final three games he saw 27 targets and turned them into 19 receptions for 266 yards and four touchdowns. Look, he’s not going to surpass Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but he’ll be closer than some think.
– Mike Tagliere

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