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Non-PPR Fantasy Football Rankings 2021: Wide Receiver

Football season is just a few weeks away, meaning fantasy football drafts are either completed, or quickly approaching. After addressing the Quarterbacks and running backs already, let's dive into my Non-PPR Wide Receiver rankings for 2021.


1. Tyreek Hill (KC, 12)

2. Davante Adams (GB, 13)

3. Stefon Diggs (BUF, 7)

4. Deandre Hopkins (ARI, 12)

5. D.K. Metcalf (SEA, 9)

6. Calvin Ridley (ATL, 6)

Since the Falcons decided to trade former All-Pro Julio Jones, Ridley has seen his fantasy projections skyrocket, and deservingly so. The Falcons were without Jones for the majority of the 2020 season and in his absence Ridley shined, proving that he can be the number one receiver for the Falcons in the future. Ridley recorded a career-high in fantasy points last year as he finished just over one-hundred and ninety (191.5), but that’s not all, as Ridley also set new career-highs in yards and receptions in 2020. With Jones completely out of the picture and Ridley now the number one option in the passing game, his number could be even better in 2021.

7. A.J. Brown (TEN, 13)

8. Justin Jefferson (MIN, 7)

Jefferson had an outstanding 2020 season that led him to become a finalist for Offensive Rookie of the Year last season. Jefferson led the Vikings in targets, receptions, and yards last season and finished second on the team in receiving touchdowns with seven; all of this as a rookie. It’s no surprise that Jefferson is highly ranked going into 2021, as he could easily end up as the number one option for the Vikings’ passing game going forward.

9. Terry McLaurin (WAS, 9)

10. Michael Thomas (NO, 6)

Two years removed from arguably the best individual season a Wide Receiver has ever had in the NFL, Michael Thomas has been unable to avoid injuries. Thomas had an ankle injury that lingered throughout the entirety of last season and now will affect his 2021 showing. Multiple sources including ESPN have said that Thomas could miss the start of the 2021 season due to an ankle procedure that Thomas had done in June. Thomas is a riskier pick than normal this year not only due to his health but also due to the QB situation in New Orleans. Regardless of if the Saints go with Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill, Thomas’s health is the biggest concern for fantasy managers.

11. Mike Evans (TB, 9)

12. Keenan Allen (LAC, 7)

13. Ceedee Lamb (DAL, 7)

14. Allen Robinson (CHI, 10)

Arguably one of the most underrated and underappreciated Wideouts in the NFL, Robinson has recorded consistent numbers with inconsistent Quarterbacks. The same reigns true this year as Robinson could potentially see Andy Dalton as his Quarterback for at least the beginning of the season. However, fantasy managers, as well as Bears fans, are hoping the team turns to rookie QB Justin Fields sooner rather than later. Having a Quarterback with the potential of Justin Fields could benefit Robinson individually in the long run, and could potentially repair his damaged relationship with the Bears. Regardless of who is throwing Robinson the ball, he’s proved that he can consistently produce. Robinson should have another great season in 2021.

15. Julio Jones (TEN, 13)

16. Chris Godwin (TB, 9)

17. Amari Cooper (DAL, 7)

18. Adam Thielen (MIN, 7)

19. Robert Woods (LAR, 11)

20. Cooper Kupp (LAR, 11)

21. D.J. Moore (CAR, 13)

22. Brandon Aiyuk (SF, 6)

23. Kenny Golladay (NYG, 10)

24. Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE, 13)

25. Tee Higgins (CIN, 10)

Higgins and Quarterback Joe Burrow had developed quite the connection before Burrow went down with a gruesome knee injury, causing him to miss the majority of his rookie season. Higgins totaled over three hundred yards and two touchdowns in seven games with Burrow at Quarterback. With Burrow back in the lineup and healthy again, Higgins could see similar production in 202, except hopefully it will be for the entirety of the season, rather than just seven games. The only factor holding Higgins back from being ranked even higher is the fact that Joe Burrow’s college teammate, Ja’Marr Chase was drafted by the Bengals in April and could be the number one option in the passing game when the season begins.

26. Tyler Lockett (SEA, 9)

27. Diontae Johnson (PIT, 7)

28. Ja’Marr Chase (CIN, 10)

29. Chase Claypool (PIT, 7)

30. D.J. Chark (JAC, 7)

31. Courtland Sutton (DEN, 11)

32. Brandin Cooks (HOU, 10)

33. Deebo Samuel (SF, 6)

34. Robby Anderson (CAR, 13)

35. Curtis Samuel (WAS, 9)

36. DeVonta Smith (PHI, 14)

37. JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT, 7)

38. Jarvis Landry (CLE, 13)

39. Marquise Brown (BAL, 8)

40. Jerry Jeudy (DEN, 11)

41. Mike Williams (LAC, 7)

42. Will Fuller V (MIA, 14)

43. Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC, 7)

44. Tyler Boyd (CIN, 10)

45. DeVante Parker (MIA, 14)

46. Michael Gallup (DAL, 7)

47. Antonio Brown (TB, 9)

48. Michael Pittman Jr, (IND, 14)

49. Corey Davis (NYJ, 6)

50. Mecole Hardman (KC, 12)

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