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PPR wide receiver rankings for 2020 fantasy football (9/4 update)

Can anyone knock Michael Thomas off his best fantasy football receiver hill in 2020? We rank PPR wide receivers in fantasy football.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

September 3 update: As we close in on our drafts, I’m not as confident in “my guys” as I usually am, but I do have them and gave them a little nudge in this update. Here are a few of the wide receivers I’ve been grabbing in drafts:

Chris Godwin — There hasn’t been much noise out of him in camp, but he doesn’t need to make any. He showed his ability last season and Tom Brady isn’t going to be as accurate on the deep ball to Mike Evans at age 43.

Adam Thielen/Davante Adams — These two receivers have extremely similar circumstances as the de facto top target without much competition around them. 150 to 175 targets is a given if they stay healthy.

T.Y. Hilton — Hilton’s injury history is concerning, but I’m buying this Colts team with Rivers at the helm and Hilton’s ADP is out of whack with his ability.

Marquise Brown — It appears that the Ravens No. 1 wide receiver took his health and conditioning quite seriously in the off season. Injuries hurt his rookie year, but he’s in a great spot to shine this season and at an ADP I can get behind.

Sterling Shepard — A healthy Shepard is easily the Giants No. 1 receiver but his ADP isn’t even in the realm of a good No. 1 receiver right now.

Jamison Crowder — The Jets aren’t going to be that good, but Crowder is healthy and should lead the team in targets while being cheap in drafts.

DeSean Jackson — Without Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffery the first couple games, Jackson should get off to a good start and if he somehow stays healthy, he’s going to have some blow up games on the cheap.

August 28th update: With just two weeks until the season opener between the Chiefs and Texans, your fantasy football drafts are closing in fast. So far, knocking on wood while crossing my fingers, no prominent wide receivers have gone down with season-ending injuries in training camp. That will likely change, as it always seems to happen, but we haven’t had to make any drastic changes in the rankings.

There are injuries though and they will impact rankings, especially as we get closer to Week 1. Some of the more prominent players have been Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, A.J. Green, Brandon Aiyuk, and Deebo Samuel. Thankfully, the majority of these injuries shouldn’t linger too far into the season, if at all.

Jalen Reagor, Jerry Jeudy, Chase Claypool, Joe Reed, Keelan Cole, Parris Campbell, Van Jefferson, and Auden Tate have been too good in training camp not to give them a slight bump.

Check out our printable drafting tiers!


The NFL season is just about set to get underway. This year, we have no preseason games and media coverage will be limited due to Covid-19. It’s going to be tougher to evaluate camp battles, but it’s never been that easy either. That makes fantasy football draft preparations a little different than in recent seasons.

Below you will find our fantasy football wide receiver PPR rankings. Training camp is meaningful and what we learn over the next 20-plus days will help us rank these players more accurately. But, the bulk of evaluation has been done already. At this point rankings will move based on injuries, camp battles, and even hype.

Tier 1

Michael Thomas probably should get his own tier, as he’s unstoppable, but Davante Adams is set up for a ton of work as the only consistent target in the Packers offense. Thomas should see fewer targets with Emmanuel Sanders added in New Orleans, but he will still be one of the top targeted receivers in the league on a strong offense. I could see grabbing Adams as the first wide receiver off the board, but I lean toward Thomas being safer.

Tier 2

Your usual suspects are in Tier 2 with Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Adam Thielen, and Chris Godwin, all bunched up behind Thomas and Adams. All of these receivers can make a run at the No. 1 spot as long as they and their quarterbacks can stay healthy.

Tier 3

Tier 3 is extremely stout this season, giving us a good chance to grab running backs early and still grab good receivers like Kenny Golladay, Allen Robinson, Mike Evans, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Amari Cooper, Odell Beckham Jr., D.J. Moore, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and T.Y. Hilton. Sure, I’d love to have Adams, Thomas, Hill and their ilk, but I also don’t want to miss out on a high-upside three down running back. It all depends on how a draft is playing out, but grabbing a running back early doesn’t preclude you from getting stout wide receivers on your team.

Tier 4

DeVante Parker, Tyler Lockett, Marquise Brown, D.K. Metcalf, and Keenan Allen start up Tier 4, but there isn’t a big jump down from Tier 3. We could probably push these two tiers into one huge tier, as they all have similar upside.

Wide receiver rankings for 2020 half PPR fantasy football

Rk Name Tm
Rk Name Tm
1 Davante Adams GB
2 Tyreek Hill KC
3 DeAndre Hopkins ARI
4 Stefon Diggs BUF
5 D.K. Metcalf SEA
6 Calvin Ridley ATL
7 Michael Thomas NO
8 A.J. Brown TEN
9 Allen Robinson II CHI
10 Keenan Allen LAC
11 Chris Godwin TB
12 Julio Jones ATL
13 Justin Jefferson MIN
14 Kenny Golladay DET
15 Mike Evans TB
16 Terry McLaurin WAS
17 Robert Woods LAR
18 Adam Thielen MIN
19 Amari Cooper DAL
20 CeeDee Lamb DAL
21 D.J. Moore CAR
22 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE
23 Tee Higgins CIN
24 Diontae Johnson PIT
25 Cooper Kupp LAR
26 Will Fuller V HOU
27 Tyler Lockett SEA
28 D.J. Chark Jr. JAC
29 Brandon Aiyuk SF
30 Tyler Boyd CIN
31 Courtland Sutton DEN
32 Brandin Cooks HOU
33 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT
34 Jarvis Landry CLE
35 Jerry Jeudy DEN
36 Deebo Samuel SF
37 Chase Claypool PIT
38 DeVante Parker MIA
39 Robby Anderson CAR
40 Marquise Brown BAL
41 Corey Davis TEN
42 Michael Gallup DAL
43 Michael Pittman Jr. IND
44 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC
45 Darius Slayton NYG
46 Jamison Crowder NYJ
47 Curtis Samuel CAR
48 T.Y. Hilton IND
49 Sterling Shepard NYG
50 Marvin Jones Jr. DET
51 Christian Kirk ARI
52 John Brown BUF
53 Mike Williams LAC
54 Henry Ruggs III LV
55 Antonio Brown TB
56 Jalen Reagor PHI
57 Parris Campbell IND
58 Mecole Hardman KC
59 Cole Beasley BUF
60 Denzel Mims NYJ
61 Allen Lazard GB
62 Emmanuel Sanders NO
63 Preston Williams MIA
64 Ja'Marr Chase FA
65 Anthony Miller CHI
66 Darnell Mooney CHI
67 A.J. Green CIN
68 Julian Edelman NE
69 Nelson Agholor LV
70 KJ Hamler DEN
71 Devonta Smith FA
72 Russell Gage ATL
73 Sammy Watkins KC
74 Randall Cobb HOU
75 Breshad Perriman NYJ
76 Jakobi Meyers NE
77 James Washington PIT
78 Golden Tate NYG
79 Bryan Edwards LV
80 N'Keal Harry NE
81 Hunter Renfrow LV
82 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB
83 DeSean Jackson PHI
84 Van Jefferson LAR
85 Tim Patrick DEN
86 Josh Reynolds LAR
87 Jaylen Waddle FA
88 Tre'Quan Smith NO
89 Miles Boykin BAL
90 Keke Coutee HOU
91 Zach Pascal IND
92 Rashard Higgins CLE
93 Andy Isabella ARI
94 Gabriel Davis BUF
95 Tyron Johnson LAC
96 Steven Sims WAS
97 Scotty Miller TB
98 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE
99 Keelan Cole Sr. JAC
100 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
101 Dede Westbrook JAC
102 Rondale Moore FA
103 John Ross CIN
104 Danny Amendola DET
105 Travis Fulgham PHI
106 Alshon Jeffery PHI
107 Antonio Gandy-Golden WAS
108 Greg Ward PHI
109 Kendrick Bourne SF
110 Quintez Cephus DET
111 Jalen Hurd SF
112 Tyrell Williams LV