The Wide Receiver (WR) position is arguably THE most boom or bust position in Fantasy Football. Finding WRs that consistently deliver is almost impossible. Everyone knows there’s a select few elite WRs that provide incredible upside, and a small amount that provide consistent fantasy points. Knowing which WRs to take can win your Fantasy Football league. These are my Top 12 Half PPR Rankings for Wide Receivers.
Tier 1 – The Elite
1. Cooper Kupp
Not much needs to be said about Kupp. He was historically good last year. The number one WR in fantasy football. Nothing has changed. He should be the number one overall.
2. Justin Jefferson
Jefferson is an unbelievable talent. He is one of the best WRs in the NFL. He has two years of great production already and this year, with a new head coach, he could be the number one WR in fantasy!
3. Ja’Marr Chase
After an incredible rookie season, Chase has shown his elite talent and upside. Of my top 3 WRs he is the most likely to win a weekly matchup for you by himself. However, last year he was prone to as many bust weeks as boom ones. He is an amazing upside swing, with some risk.
Tier 2 – The Great
4. Stefon Diggs
Diggs is a phenomenal Wide Receiver. He’s on an amazing Buffalo Bills team with a great scoring offense. Stefon Diggs finished as the WR7 in 2021. He could see a bump in his efficiency and a potential increase in target volume with the departure of other Bills WRs.
5. Davante Adams
After being traded from the Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams is now a Las Vegas Raider. He pairs up with his college QB Derek Carr and a new head coaching system under Josh McDaniels. He has exceptional ability and should be the target leader for this team. However, he joins a much more crowded offense with a worse QB in a much harder division.
6. CeeDee Lamb
Lamb feels like the “last man standing”. The Dallas Cowboys have lost two WRs to injury and Amari Cooper in a trade. The risk with CeeDee is the draft price. He should have plenty of opportunity, and he seems like he has the talent to be a great WR. The issue is that he is currently being drafted as if he was guaranteed to be great.
7. Mike Evans
Evans always feels like one of the safest WRs to take. He is always solid regardless of his QB play. With QB Tom Brady he has large touchdown (TD) upside, as he showed in 2021 when he finished as the WR8 with fourteen receiving TDs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady just lost one of the most trusted end zone targets when Tight End Rob Gronkowski retired. Evans will be great, but he isn’t a crazy upside swing,
8. Deebo Samuel
Last years number two fantasy WR Deebo Samuel is electric. He is dynamic as a pass-catcher and a runner. He was used as both in 2021, combining for six receiving TDs and eight rushing TDs. The fear is that those won’t occur again this year. Some of the risk is gone, as he now has a large contract with the San Francisco 49ers. However, he still has to transition his new QB Trey Lance. There is risk with Deebo, but still great upside!
Tier 3 – The Potential
9. Tyreek Hill
The epitome of the boom or bust Wide Receiver. For example, in week one last year Hill finished as the WR2 and then in week two was the WR67. Tyreek has been traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins. Miami has another great WR in Jaylen Waddle who broke the rookie receptions record. This however is not my biggest worry, as Hill was able to put up amazing games in KC with TE Travis Kelce having many targets. The main worry is the transition from QB Patrick Mahomes to QB Tua Tagovailoa. I don’t think Hill will have the same upside he once had, but with a new head coach he could see many plays designed to get him the ball.
10. Mike Williams
Mike Williams is an enormous threat on the football field for the LA Chargers. At 6’4″ and 220 lbs he is an amazing deep threat with on the the best QBs in the league in Justin Herbert. In week 18 when the Chargers were trying to make the playoffs, Williams was targeted seventeen times. He has the trust of his QB in a great scoring offense that is aggressive with it’s passing game. He is another high upside WR that can have some really bad games. However, the best part about Williams is his price. For the talent and upside, you can draft him at WR19.
11. Michael Pittman Jr.
Pittman is another young WR that has crazy talent and ability. Last year he was the WR15 with QB Carson Wentz in a run-first offense. This year QB Matt Ryan will be leading the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have talked about being less run-dependent and throwing the ball more. Michael Pittman will be the main recipient of that increase. He should see more targets and more touchdowns in this offense.
12. AJ Brown
Brown is unbelievably good. He had a bad year in 2021 with the Tennessee Titans. However, he has now been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles brought in AJ Brown to be an absolute star for the offense. They will pass more in 2022, as I believe Jalen Hurts will be even better. AJ Brown should return to getting double-digit touchdowns and see an increase in target volume. Having another good WR on the field on DeVonta Smith will help him to get open, as it forces defenses to cover more than one WR.
Those are my Top 12 Half PPR Rankings for Wide Receivers in 2022. I believe those WRs have the ability and situation to be great for fantasy football. Wide Receivers are almost always inconsistent, but some can be real difference makers on your fantasy football teams.
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