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Updating each wide receiver depth chart around the NFL

We track wide receiver depth charts across the NFL for the 2020 season.

Chris Godwin #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates his run in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

We now have a pretty good idea of what 90-man rosters are going to look like heading into training camp. Plenty of end-of-roster transactions are going to happen, but for most teams, we know what the roster looks like.

With that in mind, we’re going to track team depth charts by positions critical to fantasy football success. Below is a look at the wide receiver position for each team. There have been some big changes for quite a few teams. The Cardinals got DeAndre Hopkins, the Bills landed Stefon Diggs

Fantasy football is all about opportunity. Keeping on top of playing time, targets and touches is one of the most important aspects of our game. We’ll keep you updated on any changes in the pecking order as they come in this season.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

WR1: Stefon Diggs
WR2: John Brown
WR3: Cole Beasley
Depth: Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie, Isaiah Hodgins, Robert Foster, Duke Williams, Andre Roberts

This group is fairly straightforward, as the addition of Diggs solidifies the Bills Top-3 receivers and Beasley has the slot job wrapped up.

Miami Dolphins

WR1: DeVante Parker
WR2: Preston Williams
WR3: Albert Wilson
Depth: Allen Hurns, Jakeem Grant, Isaiah Ford, Gary Jennings, Mack Hollins, Ricardo Louis

Injuries hurt this core group last season, but if healthy, the Top-3 appear to be in place.

New England Patriots

WR1: Julian Edelman
WR2: N′Keal Harry
WR3: Mohamed Sanu
Depth: Jakobi Meyers, Marqise Lee, Damiere Byrd, Matt Slater, Gunner Olszweski, Jeff Thomas

Harry’s injury plagued season kept him out much of last year, but if healthy he should be a staple in the starting lineup this season. His presence should solidify the Top-3 going into Week 1.

New York Jets

WR1: Jamison Crowder
WR2: Breshad Perriman
WR3: Denzel Mims
Depth: Vyncint Smith, Josh Doctson, Braxton Berrios, Quincy Enunwa, Joshua Bellamy

Perriman or Mims are more suited for the true No. 1 spot, but both are new to the team while Crowder is the veteran starter of the group. Mims will need to earn his spot, but he should start due to his ability and draft capital.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

WR1: Marquise Brown
WR2: Miles Boykin
WR3: Willie Snead
Depth: Devin Duvernay, Chris Moore, Jaleel Scott, James Proche

This group isn’t cemented in, but Brown, Boykin and Snead should go into camp as the projected starters. Rookie Duvernay could push into the starting rotation, but he’ll likely need to win work as the season moves forward.

Cincinnati Bengals

WR1: A.J. Green
WR2: Tyler Boyd
WR3: John Ross
Depth: Tee Higgins, Auden Tate, Alex Erickson, Stanley Morgan, Mike Thomas, Damion Willis

Green and Boyd have the Top-2 slots locked down, while Ross is the incumbent WR3 going into camp. Rookie Higgins could turn enough heads to win playing time, but as long as Ross is healthy, he should start the season as the starter.

Cleveland Browns

WR1: Odell Beckham Jr.
WR2: Jarvis Landry
WR3: Rashard Higgins
Depth: Donovan People-Jones, Damion Ratley, KhaDarel Hodge, Taywan Taylor, JoJo Natson

This group should go into the season as the presumptive starting three. Beckham and Landry are givens, but Higgins‘ job is more open for competition. Thankfully for him, his competition is manageable.

Pittsburgh Steelers

WR1: JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR2: Diontae Johnson
WR3: James Washington
Depth: Chase Claypool, Ryan Switzer, Deon Cain, Amara Darboh, Quadree Henderson, Saeed Blacknall

Rookie Chase Claypool is probably still too raw to make a run at the starting three unless an injury hits the group. As it is, Smith-Schuster, Johnson and Washington are set to lead the way in 2020.

AFC South

Houston Texans

WR1: Brandin Cooks
WR2: Will Fuller
WR3: Randall Cobb
Depth: Kenny Stills, Keke Coutee, Isaiah Coulter, DeAndre Carter, Steven Mitchell Jr.

After shipping their best receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, to Arizona, the Texans brought in Cooks and Cobb. Cobb is suited best for the slot while Cooks and Fuller should man the outside, which leaves Stills in limbo. Fuller’s injury history could end up opening up snaps for Stills, but right now he looks like the odd man out.

Indianapolis Colts

WR1: T.Y. Hilton,
WR2: Zach Pascal
WR3: Parris Campbell
Depth: Michael Pittman Jr., Dezmon Patmon, Daurice Fountain, Marcus Johnson, Ashton Dulin

Injuries kept this receiving group in flux last season, but Hilton and Pascal were the no-doubt Top-2. Campbell is poised to take a step forward as long as he’s healthy, but rookie Pittman is polished for a rookie and could beat him out for the job. It’s a situation to watch closely this training camp.

Jacksonville Jaguars

WR1: D.J. Chark
WR2: Dede Westbrook
WR3: Chris Conley
Depth: Laviska Shenault Jr., Keelan Cole, Collin Johnson, Michael Walker, C.J. Board

Rookie Shenault is a playmaker and will be hard to keep off the field, but he could start his career playing limited snaps where they manufacture touches for him.

Tennessee Titans

WR1: A.J. Brown,
WR2: Corey Davis
WR3: Adam Humphries
Depth: Cameron Batson, Kalif Raymond, Cody Hollister

This group is set, but they will likely look to add more depth before the season starts.

AFC West

Denver Broncos

WR1: Courtland Sutton
WR2: Jerry Jeudy
WR3: K.J. Hamler
Depth: Tim Patrick, DaeSean Hamilton, Diontae Spencer, Fred Brown, Juwann Winfree, Tyrie Cleveland, Trinity Benson, Zimari Manning

The draft boosted this group up and there is a real chance the Broncos have two starting rookie receivers this year. Sutton is locked in and as long as Jeudy is up to speed, he will get playing time out of the gate. Hamler is more of a question mark, especially with a shortened offseason, but he has the skill-set to win the competition.

Kansas City Chiefs

WR1: Tyreek Hill
WR2: Sammy Watkins
WR3: Mecole Hardman
Depth: Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle, Felton Davis III, Kalija Lipscomb

The Super Bowl champs kept their receiving group together, which makes projecting their third wide receiver difficult. We saw that Hardman was a beast when given a chance, but his chances mainly came due to injury. Robinson was the third wide receiver last season and could have that job again, but I expect Hardman to get more snaps in a battle with Robinson.

Las Vegas Raiders

WR1: Tyrell Williams
WR2: Henry Ruggs III
WR3: Hunter Renfrow
Depth: Bryan Edwards, Nelson Agholor, Zay Jones, Keelan Doss, Marcel Ateman, Martavis Bryant

Two rookies will vy for playing time for Las Vegas, as Ruggs and Edwards enter the scene. Ruggs’ draft spot gives him the best shot to start, but Edwards is a player that likely will turn some heads this summer. For now, Edward looks like he’s the odd man out though.

Los Angeles Chargers

WR1: Keenan Allen
WR2: Mike Williams
WR3: K.J. Hill
Depth: Andre Patton, Darius Jennings, Joe Reed, Jason Moore, Dalton Schoen, Jeff Cotton

The Top-2 receivers are set, but the No. 3 receiver is up for grabs. Last season Patton won the job with Travis Benjamin hurt, and now Benjamin is gone, but seventh-round pick Hill could easily win that slot. I’m giving Hill the edge here, but we will likely see a committee of sorts at the position to start.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

WR1: Amari Cooper,
WR2: Michael Gallup,
WR3: CeeDee Lamb,
Depth: Ventell Bryant, Devin Smith, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, Jon′Vea Johnson, Aaron Parker, Kendrick Rogers, Stephen Guidry

On paper, the Cowboys receiving group is incredibly stacked. Lamb could be the No. 1 in other groups, but is No. 3 in Dallas. If healthy, we shouldn’t need to worry about who is starting here.

New York Giants

WR1: Sterling Shepard
WR2: Darius Slayton
WR3: Golden Tate
Depth: Corey Coleman, Cody Core, Binjimen Victor, Alonzo Russell, Brittan Golden

If they can stay healthy, the Giants’ Top-3 receivers are locked in.

Philadelphia Eagles

WR1: Alshon Jeffery
WR2: DeSean Jackson
WR3: Jalen Reagor
Depth: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Marquise Goodwin, Greg Ward, John Hightower, Quez Watkins, Deontay Burnett, Robert Davis, River Cracraft, Shelton Gibson

On paper, the Top-3 look strong, but Jeffery and Jackson are returning from injury and Reagor is a rookie. There is also good depth here, which could keep pressure on the starting group and cut into playing time.


WR1: Terry McLaurin
WR2: Kelvin Harmon
WR3: Steven Sims Jr.
Depth: Antonio Gandy-Golden, Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, Cody Latimer, Darvin Kidsy

If playing time reflects the 2019 season, McLaurin, Harmon and Sims are your guys. Rookie Gandy-Golden could make some noise, but will likely have trouble cracking the Top-3.

NFC North

Chicago Bears

WR1: Allen Robinson
WR2: Anthony Miller
WR3: Ted Ginn Jr.
Depth: Cordarrelle Patterson, Javon Wims, Riley Ridley, Darnell Mooney, Trevor Davis

After Robinson and Miller, the No. 3 job is wide open. I’ve given the nod to veteran Ginn, but Wims and Patterson manned the position for a chunk of last year as well.

Detroit Lions

WR1: Kenny Golladay
WR2: Marvin Jones
WR3: Danny Amendola
Depth: Geronimo Allison, Quintez Cephus, Marvin Hall, Geremy Davis, Chris Lacy, Travis Fulgham

This group is set as long as Marvin Jones returns to form following his injury. Geronimo Allison adds depth but won’t crack the Top-3 without an injury.

Green Bay Packers

WR1: Davante Adams
WR2: Devin Funchess
WR3: Allen Lazard
Depth: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St.Brown, Jake Kumerow, Darrius Shepherd, Reggie Begelton

Adams is the only player assured a starting spot here, but newly acquired Funchess should have a lot of leeway coming in. The No. 3 receiver was Lazard’s to end last season, so he gets the nod over Valdes-Scantling going into the season.

Minnesota Vikings

WR1: Adam Thielen,
WR2: Justin Jefferson,
WR3: Olabisi Johnson,
Depth: Tajae Sharpe, KJ Osborn, Chad Beebe, Quartney Davis

With Stefon Diggs gone, the Vikings grabbed Jefferson early in the draft. He should quickly grab the No. 2 job. The No. 3 job is up for grabs, as Sharpe was added in the offseason, Beebe will return from injury, and Johnson had the job last year. Any of the three could take the job, but with more two-tight end sets likely coming, the job won’t come with many targets.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

WR1: Julio Jones
WR2: Calvin Ridley
WR3: Russell Gage
Depth: Justin Hardy, Laquon Treadwell, Christian Blake, Olamide Zaccheaus, Brandon Powell

Jones and Ridley have their spots locked in, but the No. 3 job is always in flux. Gage led the way last year with Christian Blake right behind him. The Falcons didn’t add much competition at receiver, so we could see the same scenario play out this year.

Carolina Panthers

WR1: D.J. Moore
WR2: Robby Anderson
WR3: Curtis Samuel
Depth: Seth Roberts, Pharoh Cooper, Brandon Zylstra, Keith Kirkwood, DeAndrew White, Greg Dortch, Omar Bayless

The Panthers receiver group is actually stacked, as Moore broke out last season, Anderson has shown he can produce and Samuel is full of potential. After those three, there really isn’t much competition, so I don’t see any changes without injuries.

New Orleans Saints

WR1: Michael Thomas
WR2: Emmanuel Sanders
WR3: Tre′Quan Smith
Depth: Deonte Harris, Lil′Jordan Humphrey, Krishawn Hogan, Austin Carr, Emmanuel Butler, Marquez Callaway, Juwan Johnson, Maurice Harris, Tim White

The Saints brought in Sanders to solidify their Top-2 receivers. Sanders will take Ted Ginn’s usage while Smith should remain the No. 3 receiver.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WR1: Mike Evans
WR2: Chris Godwin
WR3: Tyler Johnson
Depth: Scott Miller, Justin Watson, Bryant Mitchell

There’s no doubt that Evans and Godwin are elite receivers and will man the 1 and 2 spots. After them, the Buccaneers will need to find a replacement for Breshad Perriman. Justin Watson and Scott Miller have a shot at the job, but rookie Tyler Johnson could leapfrog both.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

WR1: DeAndre Hopkins
WR2: Larry Fitzgerald
WR3: Christian Kirk
Depth: Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, Keesean Johnson, Trent Sherfield, Dylan Cantrell

The addition of Hopkins helps solidify the Top-3 receivers for Arizona, but they use a lot of four receiver sets, so there is room for playing time left between a strong depth chart.

Los Angeles Rams

WR1: Robert Woods
WR2: Cooper Kupp
WR3: Josh Reynolds
Depth: Van Jefferson, Nsimba Webster, Trishton Jackson

With Brandin Cooks gone, the Rams will need to find a No. 3 after Woods and Kupp.

San Francisco 49ers

WR1: Deebo Samuel
WR2: Brandon Aiyuk
WR3: Jalen Hurd
Depth: Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Jauan Jennings, Dante Pettis, Travis Benjamin, Richie James, Chris Finke

The 49ers depth chart on offense is always tough to figure out. The trio of Samuel, Aiyuk and Hurd looks like the best group, but Aiyuk is a rookie and Hurd is coming off a lost rookie season due to injury. Samuel is the only receiver we should rely on for fantasy at this point.

Seattle Seahawks

WR1: Tyler Lockett
WR2: DK Metcalf
WR3: Phillip Dorsett
Depth: David Moore, Malik Turner, John Ursua, Freddie Swain, Aaron Fuller

Lockett and Metcalf are secure as the No. 1 and 2, so the No. 3 job is the only job open for competition. The Seahawks added Dorsett this offseason but he isn’t promised a job. He is likely the frontrunner though.