Updated: Sep 19, 2022
With the 2022 season one week through, here are the top receivers to target if you haven't drafted a team yet.
Last season, Chase ranked 5th in ESPN leagues. He scored a total of 304.6 points in the18 games he played in. Chase has the benefit of having the young combinations of topflight quarterback Joe Burrow and reliable power-back Joe Mixon to take some of the workload. Even with the wide receiver trio of Chase/Higgins/Boyd, Chase is THE top pass catcher as his college connection with Burrow is still valid in the NFL.
Kupp dominated in his 2021 campaign scoring 439.5 points in the 18 games. Topping off his incredible season with a Super Bowl MVP, Kupp also finished as the leading point scorer among wide receivers. The dominant wideout out of Eastern Washington University had a ridiculous 13.4 target share, which lead all wide receivers. With the addition of Allen Robinson, his end zone looks are going to take a dip in Sean McVay’s system. However, he has a proven connection with Matt Stafford, making Kupp a top asset this fantasy season.
Last season, Jefferson placed 4th in fantasy points by scoring 330.4 in 18 games. Jefferson
has completely rebranded the Vikings offense since entering the league. He is an elite talent and is considered a top-tier WR. However, his counterpart Adam Thielen tends to steal some of those those touches a fair amount. This is similar to what is happening in Cleveland and their backfield situation. Nick Chubb alone would have a hard time being a top 3 RB with Kareem Hunt behind him stealing carries. Even though Jefferson plays alongside Thielen, he is still an elite playmaker for the Vikings and would fit ANY fantasy squad.
Last year, Adams ranked 2nd scoring 344.3 in 18 games. He had the luxury of having an MVP quarterback in Aaron Rodgers throwing to him. Adams, now entering age 29, has learned to adapt around a Josh McDaniels led-offense. He has the advantage of having a college connection with Derek Carr from their time together at Fresno State. Though switching teams, Adams is still WR1 worthy. Their other weapons in Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow could steal some of his touches, but then again.. It's Davante Adams.
In 2021, Diggs was ranked 7th in points scored (285.5) among wide receivers in the 18 games he played in. Diggs has developed a connection with young gunslinger Josh Allen,
that has taken the league by storm as the Bills are considered the favorite to win the Super Bowl. Diggs is the clear number 1 option in a Buffalo offense that looks to put up a lot of points throughout the year. Gabriel Davis has the potential to have a break-out year which could result in him stealing the ball from Diggs. Even if Davis does have a breakout year, Diggs is still a solid option as a WR1 in any format.
Last season, Hill was slated as the 6th receiver in fantasy points scored with 296.5 in 18 games.
While he doesn’t have the benefit of having Patrick Mahomes throwing anymore, he does have
the advantage of being the main target in a young Dolphins offense. First-year head coach Mike McDaniel seems promising as he is very optimistic he can bring the phins to the playoffs this year. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has showed signs of improvement in his accuracy and mobility in the offseason. The presence of Jaylen Waddle lowers his value a little, but consistently put up numbers alongside the best TE in the league. Take Hill with confidence.
Samuel placed 3rd amongst all receivers scoring 338.96 in 17
games in 2021. He is a gadget player that can be used in any play or situation, the 49ers
feed him an enormous number of snaps as he was also used in the run game. If you’re wondering why I’m ranking him so low down on this list, it’s because of the injury concerns and the depth chart. Deebo has a history of being bit by the injury bug and missing weeks at a time. However, if he can remain healthy, he is easily atop 3 option. As of now, he is still a solidified WR1.
Lamb finished as the 19th receiver, scoring 232.8 in 17 games this past year. Lamb was splitting targets with Amari Cooper, which lowered his overall fantasy value to owners (obviously). With Cooper being shipped off to Cleveland and Michael Gallup playing second fiddle, Lamb is now the clear No.1 options in the Cowboys’ offense. If Dak could stay healthy, picking up Lamb wouldn't be a bad idea.
Last season, Allen was ranked as the 11th receiver, scoring 257.8 points in
17 games. Allen has consistently posted solid numbers throughout his 9 year career and is considered a safe option. With a more efficient run-n-gun offense, quarterback Justin Herbert has put up impressive numbers, but the second option Mike Williams is emerging on his coattail. Be wary in taking Allen because of Williams but be confident because of his history.
Last year, Johnson was ranked the 8th receiver, scoring 274.4 in 17
games. Last season, Johnson bursted onto the scene with the Steelers, going over 1000
yards and 8 touchdowns. He is a great young target, however, there are many
drawbacks. Mitch Trubisky isn’t the greatest quarterback, there is competition at the
receiver spot. With solidified WR1 Chase Claypool, and rookie George Pickens, Johnson
will have trouble repeating the same production. Johnson is still a middle of the pack WR1 for fantasy owners.
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