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We're rolling right into the final weekend of drafts, and that means fantasy football action is finally just days away. With the NFL season rapidly approaching, it's the perfect time to assess positional tiers one last time. Today we're highlighting one of fantasy football's most talented and deepest positional groups - wide receivers.
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With our positional tiers, you gain a well-rounded understanding of a given player's value with similar talents in given positional groups. Featuring expert breakdowns and keynotes for the players in each tier, there's no doubt that a sound understanding of positional tiers can help you while drafting. This preview features wide receivers included in updated tiers three and four.
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9. Terry McLaurin - WAS
10. Keenan Allen - LAC
11. Allen Robinson - CHI
12. Amari Cooper - DAL
13. Mike Evans - TB
McLaurin is poised to improve on last year's 14.9 fantasy points per game by simply upgrading from Kyle Allen’s and Alex Smith’s checkdown tendencies to catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick, arguably the best signal-caller McLaurin has played with at any point in his career. Allen remains a magnet in Los Angeles’ offense with a 28.8% target share in the 11 full games he played with Justin Herbert. Robinson has registered 150-plus targets in back-to-back seasons despite playing with Mitch Trubisky, Chase Daniel and Nick Foles in that time. Cooper averaged a team-high 23.4% target share and 17.8 fantasy points in five games with Dak Prescott last year. The only player in NFL history to record seven consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards, Evans still led the team in targets (63) and end-zone opportunities (8) in the eight games Antonio Brown was available for to close the year.
14. DJ Moore - CAR
15. CeeDee Lamb - DAL
16. Julio Jones - TEN
17. Chris Godwin - TB
18. Robert Woods - LAR
19. Tyler Lockett - SEA
21. Cooper Kupp - LAR
22. Adam Thielen - MIN
Moore has quietly stacked the league's sixth-most receiving yards (2,368) the past two years, but he has failed to finish any higher than 15th in fantasy points per game in that time due to his lack of touchdowns (8). He still encouragingly led the team with 10 end-zone targets last year, which will presumably lead to a higher ceiling moving forward. Lamb also led his team in end-zone targets (3) while Prescott was healthy and he is expected to be a full-time player as a sophomore after frustratingly logging 58.7% of the team's snaps from Week 7 on. Julio's highs were still worth chasing in his age-31 season as he averaged 19 fantasy points and the fourth-most YPRR among wide receivers in seven full games. His outlook is still capped to this tier with the other names who play alongside elite teammates. Godwin could potentially fall out of this tier since he was the low man on the totem pole with 55 targets in the eight games he played alongside Evans (63) and Brown (62).
Los Angeles' team leader in targets for three consecutive seasons, Woods' untapped ceiling is in sight with Matthew Stafford after the former succeeded from both the slot (team-high 2.55 YPRR in 2019) and out wide (23% air yards share last year) with Jared Goff the past two seasons. Same goes for Kupp, who has totaled 30 redzone targets as the team’s go-to option on money downs the past two years. Thielen trailed Justin Jefferson in targets (103-90) in 13 games together from Week 3 on but did convert a league-high 13-of-20 end-zone opportunities into touchdowns as a primary target in that area. Lockett has an easy path to finish above all in this tier since he’s incorrectly being penalized in drafts for piling 6.0 fewer fantasy points than DK Metcalf (271.3-265.4) during a handful of games instead of offering a high weekly floor.
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