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Chad Parsons on Jun 23: While touchdown regression is a strong likelihood after 16 scores a year ago, Kupp is the WR1 for an offense paired with Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay. Also, Robert Woods exits and Allen Robinson, off a career-worst season, enters as a potential replacement.
Andy Hicks on Jun 14: Cooper Kupp almost broke the Calvin Johnson receiving yards record and the Michael Thomas reception record. Add in 16 touchdowns and his lead in fantasy points over the second ranked receiver, Davante Adams, was almost embarrassing. It stands to reason that a historical season like Kupps 2021 year will be impossible to match or even get close to. Allen Robinson comes over and maybe even Odell Beckham comes back. Kupp could drop by a huge number of fantasy points and still be the number one fantasy receiver. A safe investment in all formats.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Kupp just delivered the best fantasy season in NFL history. While regression is almost assured, he could fall back a lot and still be this year's No. 1 receiver. He's an easy first-rounder in every league.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 1: Even having Kupp at WR2 after what he did last season feels weird. The fact is that his 2021 was historical and asking to repeat that feels like a stretch. With 60 more targets than he has ever seen in a season, he caught 76% of the balls thrown his way, 4% higher than his career average. Regression seems inevitable. He is locked in as a top-5 wide receiver but a step back keeps him from the top spot.
Jeff Bell on May 31: Allen Robinson should not command much more attention than Robert Woods / Odell Beckham Jr. did in 2021, setting the stage for Kupp as the clear top wide receiver. Kupp's 191 targets were staggering, 22 more than the second-place Davante Adams and Diontae Johnson. He completed the second-highest season in receptions and receiving yards.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: Cooper Kupp was a tremendous offensive weapon for the championship Rams in 2021. He will once again be the top target for Matthew Stafford and should pick up where he left off. He has a sharp mind for the game which gives him an edge to be leaned on by his team, but he also knows how to take advantage of defenders who face him. He's the top wide receiver in the league and that's not changing in 2022.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Jefferson elevated his lofty rookie season game to new heights in 2021, averaging nearly 100 yards per game and logging 10 touchdowns. There is touchdown upside still in play for Jefferson to hit a WR1 overall finish as Adam Thielen devolves into being a quality option, but a clearly secondary one, in the Vikings passing game.
Andy Hicks on Jun 14: After a dynamic rookie season, Justin Jefferson followed up with an even better second season. With a new coaching group, there always has to be a slight hesitation in an established or rising star. Surprisingly Jefferson still has further improvement in bis game and is a safe option at the top of almost all formats.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Jefferson followed up an exceptional rookie season with an All-Pro caliber 2021 with 108 receptions, 1,630 yards, and 10 touchdowns. He's one of a handful of receivers worth a first-round pick.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 1: For a number of reasons, 2022 seems like the year we see Jefferson take the crown as the WR1 in all of fantasy football. He was 4th in the league in targets last season but his situation feels more stable than the three receivers ahead of him. Adam Thielen seems like regression is a moment away and there is nothing resembling a 1B on this roster. Jefferson could approach 180 targets and it brings a smile to my face to think what he could do with that volume.
Jeff Bell on May 31: No player has accumulated more receiving yards in the past two seasons than Jefferson, with 3,016. Kevin O'Connell brings in elements of a Rams' system that aided Cooper Kupp's record-threatening 2021 season. The stage is set for Jefferson to flirt with an overall WR1 finish.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: In two years Justin Jefferson has developed into an alpha receiver with one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the game in Kirk Cousins. Another year of top targets and clutch touchdowns is expected.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Chase's big-play-infused rookie season is regression-worthy with his touchdown rate and yards-per-reception. That said, Chase is attached to Joe Burrow and expect the offense to funnel through Chase and Tee Higgins again. Both with a high floor.
Andy Hicks on Jun 14: After a phenomenal rookie season, how does JaMarr Chase follow that up in 2022? Opposing defenses will have studied him and will have a plan of attack, but Justin Jefferson proved that a high bar can be cleared and excelled upon in year 2. Safe in all formats with a high draft pick.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 9: After a rough preseason in the media, Chase could not have had a better rookie season. Over 1400 yards and 13 TDs is just about as good as it gets, and in fantasy you love seeing a rookie finish in the Top 5. The Bengals did nothing but improve this offseason, especially on the offensive line. If Joe Burrow has more time for Chase to beat defenses, the big plays are likely to continue in 2022. Chase has one of the highest ceilings in fantasy football and should be considered a late first-round pick for fantasy.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Chase had the second-best rookie season in league history (Randy Moss in 1998), and could easily string together a series of No. 1 overall seasons starting in 2022.
Jeff Bell on May 31: Chase finished fourth in receiving yards (1,455) and third in receiving touchdowns (13). He did that on 128 targets, approximately 40 less than anyone who ranked above him in receiving yards. The only question on Chase is volume, the Bengals were bottom half in pass attempts, and he is in a crowded situation with Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: Ja'Marr Chase exploded onto the scene with over 1,400 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. His longtime rapport with Joe Burrow is paying dividends in the NFL and Chase has proven that he can be a threat against the league's top corners and defenses. He is worthy of being one of the top 3 wide receivers selected in drafts this season.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Diggs has 230 receptions over his two seasons with Buffalo. Few receivers have as high of a floor as Diggs, paired with Josh Allen, and no notable additions to the passing game.
Jeff Bell on Jun 16: Much is made of Stefon Diggs "disappointing" 2021 season when he finished WR7. His targets stayed consistent (166 in 2020 to 164 in 2021) but his catch rate plummeted (76.5% to 62.8%). Volume will be there and a rebound in efficiency puts him back to his 2020 finish of WR3.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 10: Diggs is one of the best and most consistent wide receivers in fantasy. With the way Josh Allen runs and spreads the touchdowns around, Diggs probably won't finish as the overall WR1, but he is a guaranteed top-10 option with top-5 upside.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: After leading the league in catches and yards in 2020, Diggs came back to Earth in 2021 but was still masterful (103 receptions, 1,225 yards, 10 touchdowns). As long as Josh Allen is healthy, Diggs will be heavily targeted and productive.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 1: Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, and Stefon Diggs should be among your top 4 fantasy wide receivers drafted in 2022.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Adams' trade to the Raiders affects the upside of Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller more pushing down Adams' range of outcomes in 2022.
Andy Hicks on Jun 14: Now into his ninth year, Davante Adams is a guy you rank high, but worry about how he adapts to Derek Carr and the Raiders. Carr is a good quarterback, but he isnâ€™t Aaron Rodgers. He also will hit 30 this year making his dynasty stock start to drop. He probably makes a better best ball prospect than redraft prospect this year, but his timing with Carr needs to be watched carefully in training camp. His huge paycheck may be difficult to recoup for fantasy managers and expectations should be managed.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Adams leaves the comfortable confines of Green Bay and reunites with his college quarterback, Derek Carr. It would be absurd to expect the same numbers in Las Vegas, but Adams is too talented not to be a No. 1 fantasy option again.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 1: I have two concerns regarding Davante Adams with the Raiders in 2022. His volume won't be the same, and his quarterback is a step down. It all points to a drop-off in production compared to what we've seen in the past.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Lamb will be a popular elite breakout candidate for strong WR1 numbers. However, Michael Gallup was a serious hindrance to Lamb before his injury and projects to return in 2022. Lamb has a high floor, but the elite ceiling is still a bit of a projection based on results to date.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 10: There are questions about Lamb's ability to dominate without Amari Cooper but his numbers speak for themselves. In two seasons, he averages over 1000 yards and five touchdowns, while never crossing the 120-target mark. More volume is going to head his way and if he simply does what he has been doing, he will be a top-10 wide receiver. If he improves, he has an outside chance to be the best receiver in fantasy football.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: With Amari Cooper in Cleveland, CeeDee Lamb is finally ready to ascend into the No. 1 spot on a Cowboys offense that ranked No. 1 last year. Don't be surprised if Lamb becomes a top-3 fantasy option.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 1: If CeeDee Lamb doesn't rise into an elite fantasy receiver this season, he probably never will. I'm expecting big things from Lamb and believe he will take another step forward. His knowledge of the game and preparation is among the best in the league. He's too good to not ascend to greater heights.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Samuel, unhappy with the team during the offseason, is unlikely to be moved with the NFL Draft long in the rear-view mirror to return a current selection for the dynamic playmaker. Samuel was a big-play maven as a receiver, but his work as a rusher is the cherry on top for fantasy with 365 yards and eight scores on the ground alone.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 17: I would be surprised to see Deebo Samuel repeat his lofty dual-threat 2021 numbers this season. While it's definitely possible, there is a big change to the formula that worked so well last season - Trey Lance will be under center. Will Deebo still see the same rushing opportunities in the Lance-led offense? The uncertainty makes me a bit wary of a repeat year. Let's not forget that there are whispers of him potentially holding out. If his ADP drops as a result, he becomes a bargain, but until then, you're paying for him to repeat his numbers from last season.
Andy Hicks on Jun 14: What the true story regarding Deebo Samuels offseason trade request and now contract negotiations really is remains to be seen. Based on his 2021 output, he will be one of the most valuable wide receivers in fantasy leagues. Like the evolution of the running back to become better pass catchers, wide receivers who are consistent threats running the ball just become dual threat fantasy point scoring machines.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 9: It was a tale of two seasons for Samuel. Two very good fantasy seasons, one where he played wide receiver, one where he was a running back. Credit to Jason Wood for pointing out that Samuel had basically the same fantasy production in both roles. He was the WR4 in the first eight games. He was the WR4 over his last eight games. He was the WR3 on the season. Put the drama aside, if Samuel plays, and he will, he is a top-5 fantasy wideout, no matter which way the 49ers decide to use him.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Is Samuel's discontent going to make him a risky bet? Keep in mind he was a fantasy stud in the first half of the season as a pure receiver, and then had identical fantasy value in the second half as a hybrid running back. Any way he's used, he remains a top option.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Death, taxes, and 1,000-yard seasons for Mike Evans have been the guarantees since Evans entered the NFL in 2014. Evans has logged 27 touchdowns over the past two seasons and Chris Godwin likely to miss the start of the season puts even more security in Evans seeing quality targets from Tom Brady.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: With Chris Godwin recovering from a torn ACL, Mike Evans is guaranteed another year of dominance now that Tom Brady un-retired.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 1: Mike Evans is the definition of consistent success as a fantasy wide receiver. He is not a 90-catch weapon but he scores often and does enough on a weekly basis to be relied on. Set him and forget him, especially with Tom Brady under center.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Will Tua Tagovailoa being a position or negative for Tyreek Hill? Hill has strong competition for targets among the wide receiver corps in Miami (Jaylen Waddle) compared to Kansas City, plus loses Patrick Mahomes. WR10-20 production for Hill is more likely than the top-10 this season.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 7: While Tua Tagovailoa is a good quarterback, he is not Patrick Mahomes. Not in playstyle and certainly not in arm strength. Hill will have to work much harder to be a top-10 fantasy wide receiver this season. Even with Mahomes, Hill was as likely to have a week with below ten fantasy points as he was to have a league-winning monster week. If both his floor and ceiling get lower, his current ADP carries far more risk than what we are accustomed to for the speedy wideout.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Hill getting traded to Miami is a shocker, and we need to accept that we've seen Hill's best already. The only question is how close he can come to matching his Kansas City days. Chances are he'll be less productive than his ADP implies.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 1: Tyreek Hill had high fantasy numbers in his career thanks to high touchdown volume and above-average air yards. Can Tua Tagovailoa provide those important details to sustain Hill's elite fantasy success? I'm thinking no.
Jeff Bell on Jun 26: Since 2000, 24 different receivers have topped 1,000 yards and at least 6 touchdowns in their 10th season or later. 13 of those players replicated those numbers twice. Four of those players (Jimmy Smith, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, and Joey Galloway) did it at least three times. Age comes for everyone. The 2021 Chargers showed hints of a changing of the guard toward Mike Williams and gave him a 3 year deal worth $60 million following the season.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Allen projects as the top option for an elite quarterback in Justin Herbert. Historically, this is a strong equation for fantasy upside. WR3 and tight end are still question marks for upside in this passing game, stabilizing the floor and ceiling for Allen.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 17: People may be a bit hesitant to target Keenan Allen in redraft leagues because he's 30 years old now, but he's a reliable player missing only two games in the last five years. Allen has over 100 receptions in four of the last five years. The only thing keeping him from being a perennial elite fantasy receiver is his inability to score touchdowns on a consistent basis. He has never exceeded 8 touchdowns in a season.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Allen should age gracefully thanks to Justin Herbert's elite productivity.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Higgins and JaMarr Chase can both co-exist and be top-12 fantasy options within the same dynamic Cincinnati passing game. Higgins is on a strong career arc path.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 17: Higgins was WR41 from Week 1 to Week 9. He turned it on late and finished WR11 after Week 10. The Bengals offense as a whole improved during that time. If the offense can sustain itself in 2022, Higgins should have a strong year, but his ADP assumes that to be the case, remember that.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Higgins built off his excellent rookie season with another stellar season, but Ja'Marr Chase's emergence puts a ceiling on Higgins.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Pittman has an ideal opportunity to build upon his promising 2021 breakout season. The Colts added Matt Ryan as a stabilizing element at quarterback, plus there were no notable additions to the passing game with pressure on Parris Campbell and Mo Alie-Cox to elevate their play as ancillary weapons.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 7: Pittman will now catch balls from Matt Ryan instead of Carson Wentz. Even at this stage in Ryan's career, that is undoubtedly an upgrade. After a WR17 finish with a below-average Wentz, Pittman's average draft spot is near his floor. He should be able to best his 2021 numbers with Ryan at quarterback, and a top-12 fantasy wide receiver season is very possible.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Matt Ryan's arrival bodes well for Pittman's breakout. He has the talent, and now only needs to stay healthy and build a rapport with Ryan over the summer to be a fantasy star.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: Pittman is coming off an impressive sophomore season that saw him jump into a top 20 finish that included 1,082 yards receiving with 6 touchdowns. He started hot beginning the 2021 season as the 8th ranked PPR wide receiver through the first 10 weeks, but he dropped off to 34th after Week 10 playing every game. Five of his six touchdowns last season came in a five-week stretch. He failed to score in 12 of the 17 games he played. Matt Ryan should help in this department with a resume that includes at least 20 touchdown passes every year since 2009, reaching the 30-touchdown plateau three times. Indianapolis is a run-first offense and aren't expected to be a receiving-dominant squad, but there is still room for fantasy success for Pittman who should command the majority of the team's downfield targets.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Quarterback is the lone question mark situationally for Moore as Robby Anderson took a step back in 2021 and Terrace Marshall did not contribute as a rookie. Moore posting even an average touchdown rate would challenge for top-12, or higher, production this season.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: D.J. Moore is among the most overrated fantasy assets year in, year out. He doesn't score touchdowns and while TD production is volatile, the Panthers' quarterback situation makes betting on positive regression difficult.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: D.J. Moore is the Panthers top down field option and despite less than stellar quarterback play over the last three years, he has amassed 1,200 total yards in each of those seasons. On the downside he has only scored 14 times in four years which is the only reason why he is not considered an elite fantasy wide receiver. An improvement at the quarterback position and overall success of the offense would help elevate Moore into heavily coveted fantasy waters.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Brown's move to Philadelphia is a potential upside limitation considering the Eagles' run-centric offense and Jalen Hurts yet to take a significant step forward as a passer. Devonta Smith and Dallas Goedert offer strong competition for targets. Also, Brown has generally been overrated by the fantasy-dynasty community compared to his production for the last 12-18 months.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: The NFL's new $ 25-million-per-year alpha receiver is going to break a lot of fantasy hearts this year if his ADP doesn't normalize. The Eagles aren't going to have the passing volume to support Brown as a top-8 option. Caveat Emptor.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 1: I can see A.J. Brown's value staying the same or increasing, if Philadelphia increases their passing volume. If not, he will struggle to sustain the level of production he had with Tennessee.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: The debates about Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool seem laughable after last season. Johnson's fantasy value hinges on whether Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett can manage the offense.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Robinson is one of the bounce-back candidates for 2022. Matthew Stafford is easily Robinson's best quarterback of his career, Robert Woods is gone to Tennessee, and Van Jefferson has yet to show more than sporadic flashes in an ancillary receiver role. Robinson, even with an elite Cooper Kupp producing on the same depth chart, has top-12 upside.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 19: Allen Robinson has four 150+ target seasons, three 1,000-yard seasons, and three 80-reception seasons and he's played with Blake Bortles, Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles, Justin Fields, and Andy Dalton. If we're counting college, it includes Matt McGloin and Christian Hackenberg. So yeah - now he will have a fringe-Hall-of-Famer in Matthew Stafford, not to mention the best receiver in the league drawing the defense's attention. Sign me up for some Robinson this season!
Ryan Weisse on Jun 7: After leaving the Chicago Bears, Robinson could not have landed in a much better spot. He leaves one of the most dysfunctional offenses in 2021 to play for one of the best from last season. With a ceiling in the top-12 and floor not much past WR24 in his new role with Matt Stafford, Robinson has league-winning potential at his current ADP.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Brandin Cooks is undervalued every season. Who else can put up top-25 fantasy numbers year in, year out despite different teams, quarterbacks, and offensive playbooks?
Ryan Weisse on May 25: There are a lot of similarities between Brandin Cooks and Mike Evans, Both are just about a lock for 1000 yards every season and both are usually undervalued and underdrafted. Cooks won't score the touchdowns that Evans will, but he is also far cheaper in drafts. He is going to hit 1000 yards and likely to score five TDs. He finished in the Top 20 last year and should improve in year 2 with Davis Mills at quarterback.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: Cooks has six 1000-yard seasons in eight years in the league and he is coming off a career best 90 catches on 133 targets. Those numbers may take a slight dip in 2022 but there is also a scenario where that could increase, especially if second-year quarterback, Davis Mills continues to develop and grow as a capable young quarterback in the league. Cooks is a reliable, consistent fantasy wide receiver who has missed only three games since 2015. He has five top 20 finishes and six top 25 seasons. He is expected to put up similar numbers at worst in 2022.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Waddle is off to a strong career track after a productive Year 1. However, the limitations of Tua Tagovailoa plus the addition of Tyreek Hill siphon unrealized upside from Waddle in 2022. Waddle has more downside than many of the receivers drafted and ranked around him.
Jeff Bell on Jun 26: The idea of Terry McLaurin is better than the reality of Terry McLaurin. Through three seasons he has one WR2 seasonal finish, WR20 in 2020. He is currently in a holdout situation and even if he reports he enters a Carson Wentz-led offense that just spent the 16th pick on Jahan Dotson.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: McLaurin wants a new contract and he has the talent to live up to a monster deal. While Carson Wentz isn't the long-term answer, he's a better quarterback than anyone McLaurin caught passes from in 2021.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Cooper exits a fertile Cowboys offense, but enters a Browns offense where a lid-lifting addition of Deshaun Watson offers upside for Cooper at, or above, his Dallas time. Cooper has a vice grip on the WR1 role with WR2 questions in Dovonan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz, and David Bell the most likely options.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Amari Cooper will be the new alpha receiver in Cleveland, but his redraft value hinges on how much of the season Deshaun Watson plays.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: The potential stink of the Seattle quarterback room without Russell Wilson is pulling down the fantasy stock of Metcalf. Seattle did not add to their passing game outside Noah Fant via trade, making Metcalf a potential value.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Marquise Brown leaves a run-heavy, vanilla passing offense in Baltimore to an Arizona offense that is wide open and pass-happy. With D. Hopkins suspended and C. Kirk in Jacksonville, Brown should immediately become Kyler Murray's top target.
Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Sutton has career-best upside in 2022 with the addition of Russell Wilson by Denver. Sutton has yet to crash the top-20 in aPPG for his career. Overall volume for the passing attach and if Sutton can be the clear WR1 over Jerry Jeudy, are the critical questions for Sutton's ceiling.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Godwin is recovering from a torn ACL, but once healthy will step right back into Tom Brady's good graces.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 19: How quickly the consensus forgets how good Smith-Schuster was just a few years ago. He definitely has had his down moments as well, but if he is healthy he'll be a key piece to one of the best offenses in the AFC. There is some risk involved because he has missed 12 games last year with a shoulder injury. However, the reward outweighs the risk. He can be the top WR on the Chiefs this season for a WR30 price tag.
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Ryan Weisse on May 24: I don't understand the hate St. Brown is receiving this offseason. He is going to play big-slot role with a quarterback that loves the big slot. He's not Cooper Kupp but that is the role he fills for Jared Goff. Yes, there will be more competition for targets, but he averaged 5 targets per game with Swift and Hockenson playing last year. In those same games, he also managed multiple instances of 7-8 targets. It is far from impossible that he hits 110-120 targets again in 2022.
Ryan Weisse on May 24: Kirk somewhat broke out in his final season with the Cardinals and banked a massive payday from Jacksonville. He turned 103 targets last year into a 77/982/5 stat line, good enough to finish as the WR26 in fantasy. While the move to Jacksonville is an upgrade in the pecking order, it is a downgrade at quarterback. He may end up with more targets but less efficiency. That will likely lead to a repeat of his 2021.
Jeff Bell on Jun 26: A wholly lost season to injury is the easy way out on Thomas, but the more significant concern is the window when he did play in 2020. His 13.2 PPR points per game from weeks 9 to 14 ranked him WR30, his current rank. With a new quarterback, a new play-caller, and the 11th overall pick on Chris Olave, it is fair to question if the player who captivated fantasy in 2019 is gone forever. And that is assuming he plays.
Ryan Weisse on May 25: With the loss of Calvin Ridley for 2022, the Falcons were just about the best spot for a rookie wide receiver to land in this draft. London should immediately be the WR1 on a team that should be throwing a lot and he is really only competing with Kyle Pitts for targets. The table is set for well over 100 targets and I will not be surprised if London is the rookie WR1 by season's end.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 19: The Packers' wide receiver room has a lot of questions. They skipped over another first-round wide receiver in the draft and wound up selecting Christian Watson in the early second round. Watson has the tools to make an impact but it may take some time to develop rapport with Aaron Rodgers. Lazard already has established a growing rapport and he maintains the safest option for Rodgers downfield. We've seen Rodgers turn good receivers into great ones. Jordy Nelson and James Jones come to mind. What if Lazard is the next in line of a long list of productive wide receivers under Rodger's tutelage? If anyone is going to fulfill that role this year, Lazard has the resume.
Jeff Bell on Jun 16: Brandon Aiyuk was WR16 after week 8, with a full season pace of 73-1,128-6. Many will point to Deebo Samuel shifting to a run game role opening up this opportunity, but Aiyuk opened the season in coach Kyle Shanahan's doghouse and his targets went to players like Trent Sherfield and Mo Sanu. The only thing holding him back is an ambiguous quarterback and target situation but the talent is evident.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 1: Burks finds himself in a position to be the Titans WR1 in his rookie year. He was extremely productive in college and, with the team trading AJ Brown, there is a huge need in Tennessee. Early training camp reports have been rough for Burks, but as long as he's healthy by the preseason, he has every chance to lead this team in targets in 2022.
Ryan Weisse on May 25: Wilson was my rookie WR1 before the draft and landing with the Jets does not change that for me. While he has tougher competition for targets than Treylon Burks or Drake London, he has the talent to establish himself as the alpha over Elijah Moore.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 1: While I love Olave as a player and think he his dynasty value is high, year one may not show his full potential. In New Orleans, he will be competing for targets with Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and the newly signed Jarvis Landry. On top of target share, there are still major concerns at quarterback, with Jameis Winston not fully healthy and uninspiring backups. I like his touchdown upside, especially if Winston is at quarterback, so he may be a better non-PPR play as a rookie.
Jeff Haseley on Jun 19: With DeAndre Hopkins suspended for six games, someone will be forced to play the role of the possession receiver and it probably won't be Marquise Brown, that's just not his strength. While I don't love this role for Moore, the volume will most certainly come with it and he has the skill set to be a dual-threat option as a rusher/receiver. His role with the team should increase dramatically compared to last season. I am not sure how he will handle it just yet, but again, it's the volume I covet. Moore has the potential to be an every-week fantasy starter and he's being selected long after fantasy starters are drafted. He's the definition of a value pick.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 9: Going into the draft, we all wanted the Chiefs to spend early draft capital on a wide receiver and they selected Moore in the 2nd Round. Moore showed blazing speed at the Combine and is a solid route runner. It may take some time and development, but he could easily be the WR1 in Kansas City, even by the end of 2022.
Ryan Weisse on May 24: Williams certainly has the talent and the speed to make it in the NFL. For his rookie year the questions will be about his health and where do his targets come from? Detroit ran a lot of three wide receiver sets last year, but not many with four. With almost 90 targets to the 4th wide receiver or worse, most of those targets should funnel to the top-3 guys, if they all stay healthy. There is enough for everyone to see a fair share, but efficiency and scoring will be key. Jared Goff needs to improve to help these wide receivers become fantasy relevant.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 10: There are concerns for Patrick heading into 2022. First, the new coaching staff is not known for supporting multiple fantasy-relevant wide receivers. Second, Russell Wilson has done great at keeping two wideots invloved, but we've never seen him make three relevant. With Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton ahead of him on the depth chart, it may take an injury for Patrick to even be a waiver consideration in 2022.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 7: Dotson feels like a forgotten man in rookie drafts. He is not getting the same kind of respect that most 1st-Round wide receivers get in fantasy football. Washington will throw the ball plenty and Dotson should slide right into the WR2 role opposite Terry McLaurin. The team still has Curtis Samuel and Logan Thomas, but both are recovering from 2021 injuries and may not be ready for Week 1. Dotson's role is immediate and can be effective for fantasy managers.
Ryan Weisse on May 24: I've always been lower on Chark than most, but the Lions need a deep outside threat and that is his best possible role. He is big guy that handles contested catches well. More importantly, he is a very different player from their other receivers. It will be harder to take him off the field, which hopefully leads to plenty of scoring opportunities.
Ryan Weisse on May 24: Jones did lead this team in all receiving categories last season but still finished outside of the Top 30 for fantasy wide receivers. He's a year older and unlikely to operate as the team's WR1 this season. While he is the best outside receiver on the team, the targets may be spread too thin in 2022 and he is unlikely to score enough touchdowns to even repeat his ranking from last season.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 9: After they traded away Davante Adams, wide receiver was at the top of every Green Bay fan's wishlist. It took until the 2nd Round, but the team drafted Christian Watson. Watson is tall and fast, he will remind most of Marquez Valdes-Scantling. No one was going to step right in and replace Adams, but Watson is an immediate fit with Valdes-Scantling now in Kansas City. He will have ups and downs, as will any rookie wide receiver, but he could still lead this team in targets as a rookie.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: Robby Anderson is currently the #2 option in the Panthers wide receiver corps heading into the 2022 season. A career year in 2020 that included 95 catches for 1,097 yards and 3 touchdowns is sandwiched in between two much less productive 52 and 53-catch seasons. Interestingly enough, Anderson has 13 touchdowns in three years, eight of which came with Carolina. If the quarterback position improves and the offense becomes more consistent, Anderson has the potential to produce fantasy appeal as a flex option.
Ryan Weisse on May 25: Pre-John Metchie, Collins was a big sleeper for me. That said, there could still be value in the 2nd-year wideout. I expect plenty of bad game scripts for Houston and that should lead to enough passing attempts to go around. He averaged 40 yards per game over the last five of 2021, so 700 yards and five touchdowns is not impossible.
Ryan Weisse on Jun 10: Indianapolis was considered a favorable landing spot for any rookie wide receiver and Pierce is a good fit for the role opposite Michael Pittman. With Matt Ryan at quarterback, we should see overall improvement in the Colts' passing game and if Pierce can win the job quickly, he could approach 100 targets in his rookie season.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: Alec Pierce has a chance to earn significant playing time as a rookie in the Colts offense. He has an excellent size/speed combination and has drawn similar comparisons to Jordy Nelson. The Colts aren't a high-volume pass offense, but Pierce can carve out a role as early as this year.
Ryan Weisse on May 25: This is a case of perfect fit to a team need. If he's healthy, Metchie will start in the slot immediately. With two decent targets on the outside taking attention away, Metchie could have a solid season living in the middle of the field. Danny Amendola was at almost five targets per game in eight games last year. So, 80-85 is a fair floor for Metchie if he plays the full season.
Ryan Weisse on May 24: While the 99 targets in 2021 were nice, what Shenault did with them was not. Managing just 619 yards and ZERO touchdowns, Shenault disappointed fantasy managers. With more competition for touches and likely fewer passing attempts heading his way, don't expect much better in 2022.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: At the tender age of 24 Campbell has plenty to offer, he just needs to catch a break and shed the injury prone label. He has a good chance to be the Colts primary slot receiver in 2022 with the only competition coming from veterans Keke Coutee and Ashton Dulin. He is also entering a contract year where if he proves he can put up decent, consistent numbers, he'll potentially cash-in on a new deal in 2023.
Jeff Haseley on May 23: Carolina's #3 option at wide receiver is currently Terrace Marshall, the upstart, but young receiver from LSU will be entering his second year in the league. Marshall has adequate, if not above-average talent at the position but he is also young (will turn 22 in June). Despite having a few promising games early in 2021, Marshall disappeared in the home stretch and was not involved in the offense, especially after Carolina moved on from offensive coordinator, Joe Brady last December. Marshall is younger than many draft prospects entering the league and in many ways is like an additional draft pick for the Panthers in 2022. He will have a chance to grown and develop in Ben McAdoo's offense.
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Chad Parsons on Jun 23: Atlanta added Damien Williams and Tyler Allgeier to the running back depth chart this offseason but subtracted Mike Davis. Patterson is their most dynamic running back option and plays all over the offense, scoring multiple ways.
Jason Wood on Jun 7: Patterson is more of a receiver, but the Falcons did next to nothing to bolster the running back roster, leaving the veteran with another viable fantasy season ahead.