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Fantasy football rankings 2020: Top 25 wide receivers in your draft

Fantasy football rankings 2020: Top 25 wide receivers in your draft

The talent pool at the wide receiver position during this year's NFL Draft was historically deep, and the same can be said for 2020 fantasy football drafts.

There's no doubt wideouts like Michael Thomas and Julio Jones will be the first ones off the board, but don't be alarmed if you are unable to select one of the elite WR options. It's more than likely you'll be able to strike gold later on in the draft given how much talent is available.

For example, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark didn't find himself on any draft boards in 2019 and went on to be the WR16 in 0.5 points-per-reception leagues. It's all about finding the needle in the haystack as far as running backs and receivers are concerned. That's what will separate you from the pack.

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If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to draft a top wideout for your fantasy team, you're going to want to make sure you're spending that high pick the right one. Otherwise, it could be a long season. That's why we're here to help you by ranking the top 25 WRs in fantasy football for 2020.

Tier 1

1. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (Bye Week: 6)

Thomas was the WR1 in 2019 by a significant margin, and there's no reason to expect that to change in 2020. There simply is no safer option in fantasy football as long as Drew Brees is his quarterback. The Saints wideout tallied a ridiculous 149 receptions on 185 targets last season to go along with 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. Even if there's some regression to be expected, he should be the first wide receiver off the board in all leagues.

2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (Week 5)

We didn't get to see Adams at his best last year due to a nagging toe injury, but there's no disputing he remains one of the best wideouts in the NFL. As long as he's healthy in 2020, we can expect Adams to be targeted a ton in a Packers offense that lacks receiving depth. That target share alone is enough to make him a top pick in drafts, but let's not forget he's one of the most talented receivers out there as well. In 2019, he caught 83 passes for 997 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games.

3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (Week 10)

Jones is "Mr. Reliable" for fantasy football owners. Sure, he doesn't score a ton of touchdowns, but he doesn't need to. The last time Jones finished outside the top 8 in fantasy points for receivers was 2013 when he was injured. Last year, he ended up with 99 catches for 1,397 yards for six touchdowns. He's as safe of a pick as it gets.

4. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (Week 10)

If you're looking for consistency, you'll want to take one of the guys above Hill on this list or perhaps one of the players below him. But if you're looking for a home run hitter who will single-handedly win you some matchups, Hill is your man. That is, as long as he stays on the field. Last season he only played in 12 games, tallying 58 catches for 860 yards and seven touchdowns.

5. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals (Week 8)

The Kyler Murray-DeAndre Hopkins connection is going to be a blast to watch. That being said, it's fair to expect some growing pains at the beginning of the season as the Cardinals stars build a rapport. Hopkins undoubtedly should continue to be one of the first wideouts picked in fantasy drafts this season and could easily finish in the top 3, but owners should be cautiously optimistic.

Tier 2

6. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 13)

Tom Brady's new toy is an interesting case for 2020. He burst on the scene last year as one of the best wideouts in all of football, racking up 86 catches for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns with Jameis Winston as his quarterback. Now, he'll have the greatest QB of all time throwing him the ball. It remains to be seen whether Brady can adjust quickly to Bruce Arians' offense, but we're betting on it working in Godwin's favor.

7. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Week 5)

Golladay isn't the sexiest name on the wide receiver draft board this year, but he shouldn't be slept on. Matthew Stafford's No. 1 target finished as the WR6 last season (65 receptions, 1,190 yards, 11 touchdowns) despite the Lions QB going down with an injury in Week 9. Assuming Stafford stays healthy in 2020, Golladay has the potential to be a top-5 wideout and a league winner.

8. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (Week 10)

Cooper revitalized his career in Dallas and was great in 2019 with 79 catches for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns. Now that the Cowboys have added CeeDee Lamb to the mix, Cooper's targets likely will decrease. On the other hand, Lamb and Michael Gallup could take some attention away from Cooper and allow Dak Prescott's No. 1 wideout to make more plays. We'll just have to wait and see how Dallas' offense looks as a whole, but we like Cooper as a reliable WR1 for fantasy purposes in 2020.

9. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 13)

Hey look, another big-time weapon for Tom Brady. Evans is more of a boom-of-bust wideout than Godwin, so it's all about whether you're willing to risk there being some dud weeks. There's also some concern about his target share decreasing now than Rob Gronkowski is in the mix. Overall, though, Evans should be treated as a low-end WR1 with plenty of upside.

Tier 3

10. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (Week 9)

Kupp was the No. 2 wide receiver in fantasy football up until Week 8, and then the Rams offense started to forget how to play football. He finished with 94 catches for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns, so those are hard numbers to ignore. But If you're drafting Kupp this year, you're betting on him being the guy we saw for the first half of last season. Kupp should see more targets with Brandin Cooks out of town, which obviously bodes well for his fantasy value. Just know that there's definitely some risk involved given the unpredictability of the Rams offense.

11. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 8)

Smith-Schuster was a huge letdown last season by no fault of his own. After Ben Roethlisberger's injury, he was forced to play with Mason Rudolph and Devlin "Duck" Hodges as his quarterbacks. With Big Ben back, and rookie Chase Claypool in the fold to allow him to return to the slot, Smith-Schuster should return to being the reliable wideout we all know and love.

12. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (Week 7)

If you're down on Thielen this season, we understand. After all, he played in only 10 games last year due to back issues and finished with 418 yards and seven touchdowns. But now that Stefon Diggs is gone, Thielen is going to be targeted a ton by Kirk Cousins. Don't let his down 2019 fool you. Thielen is poised for a bounceback year. We can't forget that he posted back-to-back 1,200-plus yard seasons prior to last season.

13. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (Week 9)

Jared Goff's inability to find Woods in the end zone last year was comical, yet Woods still finished as the WR17 with only three touchdowns on the campaign. Think about that for a second. If Woods notches just a few more TDs, he's a top-10 wideout. Consider him a high-end WR2 and potentially a WR1 for this season.

14. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (Week 11)

It's frightening to imagine how the Bears offense would look without Robinson in it. If he had a competent quarterback throwing him the ball in 2019, he could have very easily put up consistent WR1 numbers. With Nick Foles potentially taking over at QB in 2020 and a ton of targets expected to go in Robinson's direction, you can safely draft him as a low-end WR1.

Tier 4

15. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (Week 10)

Ridley has already proven to be a solid fantasy wideout, so we're not sure if "breakout" technically is the correct term for the Alabama product this season. All we know is that when healthy, Ridley puts up big numbers in the Falcons offense alongside Julio Jones. And with Mohamed Sanu no longer in the mix, we can expect an even bigger role for Ridley in 2020. Look for him to continue his ascension and show he's one of the game's best wideouts.

16. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns (Week 9)

If you owned Beckham last year, you're wondering why he's this high on the list. If you didn't pay attention to the Browns last season, you're wondering how in the world Beckham could be this low on the list. OBJ's talent is unquestionable, and him being the No. 16 wideout in these rankings has nothing to do with him as a player. It has everything to do with the Browns' dysfunction. If they can figure things out under new head coach Kevin Stefanski, Beckham could thrust himself into the top 10. We're just not ready to believe that will be the case.

17. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (Week 7)

The problem with Brown is that he's clearly in a run-first offense. This is Derrick Henry's offense, and everyone else is playing a secondary role. But when Brown is given an opportunity to shine, he doesn't disappoint. He was simply phenomenal for the second half of last season with Ryan Tannehill under center. Draft Brown knowing there are going to be some down weeks, but there's potential for elite production when he gets his targets.

18. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (Week 13)

Moore is receiving a lot of hype heading into 2020, and some of it is warranted. Keep in mind, though, that it'll be Teddy Bridgewater throwing him the ball. That's a step up from Kyle Allen, but still not a quarterback who's going to be airing it out on a regular basis. There's also the fact the Panthers added Robby Anderson to the mix, thus limiting Moore's targets. He's an intriguing option, but I wouldn't draft him as anything more than a solid WR2.

19. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (Week 6)

This is a tricky one. Lockett was one of the most productive wideouts in fantasy football through the first half of 2019, then he disappeared once D.K. Metcalf began to make an impact. I expect the two Seahawks stars to be able to co-exist in 2020, so you should feel comfortable selecting Lockett as a decent WR2.

Tier 5

20. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (Week 11)

Admittedly, we may actually be ranking Parker too low. He quietly ended up as the No. 7 wideout last season with 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns. A lot will ride on how Tua Tagovailoa fares in his rookie season. The upside is definitely there, and Parker should be drafted as a rock-solid WR2 with WR1 potential in all formats.

21. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (Week 10)

Allen's days as a clear-cut WR1 very well may be behind him. While he remains an elite talent, Allen should not be drafted as such when he'll have either Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert throwing him the ball. This is an offense that will rely heavily on its running backs, so Allen's upside will be squandered. If you're drafting him, do so expecting WR2 production.

22. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (Week 11)

Despite clearly being one of the most talented receivers in football, Diggs was only targeted 94 times in 2019. And that's with Adam Thielen being sidelined for several games. Perhaps a change of scenery will be the answer for the former Vikings star. There's also a chance his production suffers a bit with John Brown and Cole Beasley sure to eat up a good amount of targets. With some uncertainty, Diggs should be selected as a WR2 with upside.

23. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (Week 8)

The good news for Sutton: He'll see a huge boost to the Broncos offense after they selected Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler in the 2020 NFL Draft. The bad news for Sutton: He's going to see far less targets with Jeudy and Hamler in the fold. Sutton could still put up WR2 numbers, but his upside definitely is limited as Drew Lock now has several weapons, including a star running back in Melvin Gordon.

24. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (Week 7)

I, for one, am intrigued by the Philip Rivers-T.Y. Hilton connection. The former Chargers QB fits Hilton's style more than Jacoby Brissett, and definitely will do a better job of getting him the ball than Brian Hoyer. Don't expect the same kind of numbers Hilton put up during the Andrew Luck days, but expect a bounceback year as long as he's healthy.

25. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 7)

No disrespect to Gardner Minshew, but Chark would be much higher on this list if he had a consistently effective quarterback. It's going to be difficult for Chark to put up numbers week in and week out, just as it was in 2019 when he finished with 73 catches for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. Draft Chark knowing he has WR2 upside, but also could end up on your bench for much of the season.

Fantasy football rankings 2020: Top 10 defenses in your draft

Fantasy football rankings 2020: Top 10 defenses in your draft

Defense wins championships.

That's the case in real football, and it also can be the case in fantasy football if you carefully select your D/ST unit during your fantasy draft. Sure, you could play the waivers game all season long and try to ride whatever defense is hot for those few weeks, but wouldn't you rather a D/ST you can rely on all year and not have to think twice about it?

Of course you would. That's why we're here to help by listing the defenses you should have your eyes on in your 2020 fantasy football draft. Here's a look at the top 10.

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers (Bye: Week 8)

Minkah Fitzpatrick completely revitalized the Steelers defense when he arrived in Pittsburgh last season. The Steelers D/ST unit finished with the second-most fantasy points at the position last year and with Fitzpatrick in the fold for a full year, it should have a solid chance at claiming the top spot in 2020.

2. San Francisco 49ers (Week 11)

The 49ers lost DeForest Buckner on the defensive line, but that loss shouldn't hurt too much as they gained Javon Kinlaw with the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft. Throw in Nick Bosa, who had nine sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble his rookie year, and San Francisco again should be a top D/ST unit in 2020 after finishing with the third-most points last year.

3. Baltimore Ravens (Week 8)

The fourth-best D/ST unit last year should thrive again this time around, especially with rookie linebacker Patrick Queen added to the mix. Most of Baltimore's starters will return in 2020, which makes the Ravens a reliable option in fantasy once again.

4.  Buffalo Bills (Week 11)

Buffalo's D/ST unit is bound to improve in 2020 after a mediocre 12th-place finish in fantasy points last season. Adding Mario Addison via free agency and drafting Iowa's A.J. Epenesa should give the Bills a boost, and the secondary once again looks promising with veteran Josh Norman joining Tre'Davious White. Don't forget about Ed Oliver, who looked great in his rookie year.

5. New England Patriots (Week 6)

The Patriots had the best D/ST in fantasy last year and it wasn't all that close. This time around, they'll have to get the job done without key contributors like Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins. The offense is bound to take a giant step back without Tom Brady as well, which means production as a whole may dip. Expect the Patriots to be one of the better defenses in fantasy football again, but definitely be wary of regression.

6. New Orleans Saints (Week 6)

New Orleans' defense often gets slept on, but it really shouldn't. The Saints D/ST finished with the ninth-most fantasy points at the position last year thanks to guys like Marshon Lattimore, Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis. Former Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins will be in the fold this season now too. Expect this to be a top fantasy D/ST once again.

7. Los Angeles Rams (Week 9)

The Rams D/ST is a solid pick for your fantasy team, as you'll have two of the best defensive players in the game in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey helping you out each week. L.A. finished with the fifth-most defensive fantasy points last year and is positioned for success again in 2020.

8. Chicago Bears (Week 11)

Simply put, Chicago's defense was a major disappointment last season. It finished 20th among fantasy defenses in points and just wasn't the dominant Bears D/ST we've been accustomed to seeing. I don't expect a repeat of that this year. There are too many talented players -- Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, and now Robert Quinn to name a few -- for this unit to be a letdown again in 2020.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (Week 10)

When you think of the Chiefs, you probably think of Patrick Mahomes and that high-powered offense, not what they do on defense. But don't overlook Kansas City's D, either. The Chiefs D/ST finished eighth in fantasy scoring at the position last year and should be even better this season. This is a solid under-the-radar pick in fantasy drafts this year if you can't get one of the top defenses on the board.

10. Los Angeles Chargers (Week 10)

Well, we originally had the Jets on here as the No. 10 defense, then they traded Jamal Adams and CJ Mosley opted out of the season. So the Chargers slot in as the new No. 10 D/ST with several intriguing contributors on the defensive side of the ball heading into 2020. They drafted Oklahoma standout linebacker Kenneth Murray in the first round and added veteran cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to an already-solid secondary. Having safety Derwin James and defensive end Joey Bosa in the mix doesn't hurt either. L.A. might not be the one of the first few D/ST options off your fantasy board, but that just means more chances for you to steal them in one of the last couple of rounds.

Fantasy football draft kit 2020: Rankings, cheat sheets to help win your league

Fantasy football draft kit 2020: Rankings, cheat sheets to help win your league

What makes fantasy football so great? It's actually fun to do your homework.

If you're reading this, you're looking to get a jump-start on preparing for your 2020 fantasy draft ahead of the NFL season. That means poring over the latest player rankings at each position, identifying potential sleepers and busts and developing the perfect draft strategy to lift you to fantasy glory.

Good news: You've come to the right place. Our 2020 fantasy football draft kit comes complete with all of the draft essentials -- the top 100 overall players, player rankings by position, etc. -- as well as other valuable insights about which players to target and avoid.

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So, what are you waiting for? Below is all of our 2020 draft content; dig in!

PLAYER RANKINGS BY POSITION

SLEEPERS, BUSTS AND PLAYER ANALYSIS

PRINTABLE CHEAT SHEETS

 

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