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Wide receiver rankings for 2021 fantasy football before March free agency

The NFL is packed with talented receivers and there should be plenty to choose from in your fantasy drafts.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) runs the ball against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (24) during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field.  Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The top fantasy receivers of 2020 weren’t too surprising, as Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill led the way as many predicted. But, the biggest letdown was Michael Thomas, who dealt with injuries and an old Drew Brees, who also missed time with injuries. And now with Brees likely retiring, Thomas loses some of his sheen heading into 2021.

Here are my pre-draft and -free agency wide receiver half-ppr rankings:

Tier 1

Adams and Hill remain at the top of the rankings going into 2021, but DeAndre Hopkins is my No. 3 and Stefon Diggs is No. 4. Both had strong seasons in their first year with a new team, which isn’t an easy accomplishment, even for such fantastic players. Their second seasons with their respective teams could be even better than their first.

Tier 2

It looked liked D.K. Metcaf was squarely on his way to a Top 3 fantasy finish last season, but the Seahawks offense bogged down in the second half. Metcalf is right on the edge of tiers one and two, while Calvin Ridley, Thomas, A.J. Brown, Allen Robinson, Keenan Allen, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones and Justin Jefferson round out the second tier.

Robinson could move down to Tier 3 if he lands in the wrong spot in free agency, but for now he’ll sit in Tier 2. This tier has a lot of great receivers, who will likely move around the rankings quite a bit until we draft.

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