Fantasy Football WR PPR Rankings 2021: Best wide receivers to draft, sleepers to know

Jul 22, 2021
Fantasy Football WR PPR Rankings 2021: Best wide receivers to draft, sleepers to know

Running back, wide receiver, and tight end all see shakeups in their rankings in PPR leagues compared to standard, but just how pronounced are the differences? For wideouts, it’s not as dramatic as it is for backs, but it’s still important to note which players are more appealing in PPR formats. While the players at the top, such as Stefon Diggs and Davante Adams, are equally as valuable across both formats last season, more mid-tier and late-round sleepers emerge when you factor in even a half-point uptick per reception. Our 2021 fantasy WR PPR rankings highlight those players, as well as pass-catchers who go from “good” to “great.”

Take Keenan Allen for example. In standard formats last season, Allen finished as the No. 18 WR. However, he finished at No. 13 in PPR formats. The difference lies in the obvious points per reception and average yards per reception. Allen charted 100 catches (tied for fifth) but produced just 9.9 yards per reception (96th among WRs). In formats that don’t reward receptions, it’s easy to see why he fell to a slightly more pedestrian ranking.

On the flip side, Chase Claypool was up nine spots (14th) in standard compared to PPR. Registering just 62 receptions last year, Claypool had a limited PPR ceiling. But with 14.1 yards per reception and 11 total touchdowns (including two rushing), he was able to maximize his touches to the fullest extent, a recipe for standard success from a lower-volume player.

In PPR formats specifically, target share and an offenses’ passing volume is extra significant. Players who are force-fed passes are highly valuable, regardless of whether they have big-play ability. Route-running technicians who command volume are the most reliable in PPR, especially if they are also explosive downfield receivers. However, there are players who are explosive downfield receivers that aren’t going to see a large number of receptions — Claypool, Mike Williams, etc. Of course they are still valuable to a roster, but not in the same way reception hogs are.

Look for players who are set to see a lot more targets and receptions due to vacated targets from last year, such as Calvin Ridley with the loss of Julio Jones or D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson with Curtis Samuel out of town, or guys like Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, Brandon Aiyuk or Deebo Samuel, or DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr., whose offenses are set to take a step forward in passing volume and efficiency. These players range from elite options to mid-tier breakout candidates. Meanwhile, guys like Tyler Boyd, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Cole Beasley, Antonio Brown, Darnell Mooney, Jalen Reagor, and DeVonta Smith also play in high-volume offenses that should give them plenty of opportunities to be every-week WR2/3s in PPR.

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Wide receiver is always a deep position in fantasy, and you can find players later in the draft who are set to command a lot of targets. Just make sure to understand the format of your league before the draft and evaluate the difference between PPR and standard rankings.

 We’ll be adjusting these WR PPR rankings and providing further analysis from now until Week 1, so check back for updates. For individual player analysis, check out our standard-league WR rankings.

2021 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring formats

RankPlayer
1Davante Adams, Packers
2DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
3Stefon Diggs, Bills
4Calvin Ridley, Falcons
5Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
6Michael Thomas, Saints
7Allen Robinson, Bears
8DK Metcalf, Seahawks
9Justin Jefferson, Vikings
10Keenan Allen, Chargers
11CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
12A.J. Brown, Titans
13Terry McLaurin, Washington
14Cooper Kupp, Rams
15Amari Cooper, Cowboys
16Mike Evans, Buccaneers
17D.J. Moore, Panthers
18Robert Woods, Rams
19Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
20Julio Jones, Titans
21Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
22Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
23Robby Anderson, Panthers
24Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
25Adam Thielen, Vikings
26Diontae Johnson, Steelers
27JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
28Courtland Sutton, Broncos
29Kenny Golladay, Giants
30DeVante Parker, Dolphins
31DJ Chark, Jaguars
32Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
33Deebo Samuel, 49ers
34Tee Higgins, Bengals
35Antonio Brown, Buccaneers
36DeVonta Smith, Eagles
37Chase Claypool, Steelers
38Mike Williams, Chargers
39Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
40Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
41Tyler Boyd, Bengals
42Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
43Will Fuller, Dolphins
44Brandin Cooks, Texans
45T.Y. Hilton, Colts
46Jarvis Landry, Browns
47Jalen Reagor, Eagles
48Christian Kirk, Cardinals
49Marquise Brown, Ravens
50Curtis Samuel, Washington
51Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars
52Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
53Darnell Mooney, Bears
54Jamison Crowder, Jets
55Cole Beasley, Bills
56Michael Gallup, Cowboys
57Corey Davis, Jets
58Gabriel Davis, Bills
59Tre’Quan Smith, Saints
60Marvin Jones, Jaguars
61Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
62Russell Gage, Falcons
63Nelson Agholor, Patriots
64Emmanuel Sanders, Bills
65Breshad Perriman, Lions
66Tyrell Williams, Lions
67John Brown, Raiders
68Darius Slayton, Giants
69Allen Lazard, Packers
70Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
71Kadarius Toney, Giants
72Elijah Moore, Jets
73Rondale Moore, Cardinals
74Sammy Watkins, Ravens
75A.J. Green, Cardinals
76Van Jefferson, Rams
77Tim Patrick, Broncos
78Denzel Mims, Jets
79Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
80Rashod Bateman, Ravens
81Randall Cobb, Texans
82Marquez Callaway, Saints
83Josh Reynolds, Titans
84Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
85DeSean Jackson, Rams
86Preston Williams, Dolphins
87KJ Hamler, Broncos
88Travis Fulgham, Eagles
89Rashard Higgins, Browns
90Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
91Amari Rodgers, Packers
92Bryan Edwards, Raiders
93Josh Palmer, Chargers
94Kendrick Bourne, Patriots
95Sterling Shepard, Giants
96Olamide Zaccheaus, Falcons
97Parris Campbell, Colts
98Adam Humphries, Washington
99Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
100Terrace Marshall Jr., Panthers
101D’Wayne Eskridge, Seahawks
102Miles Boykin, Ravens
103Damiere Byrd, Bears
104Anthony Miller, Bears
105Devin Funchess, Packers
106Nico Collins, Texans
107Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns
108Andy Isabella, Cardinals
109Mohamed Sanu, 49ers
110Dyami Brown, Washington

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