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Fantasy Football wide receivers: Wearing down depth charts for several 32 teams, where in fact the targets go

The initial two days of the week have observed usanswer a few of the biggest questions concerning the wide receiver positionand givesleeper and breakout demands the positioning, but perhaps you feel like you nevertheless still need to obtain a sense of the larger picture. That’s what today’s newsletter is about.

I am going through every team’s depth chart at the positioning, giving my expectations for how each group will undoubtedly be used, colored by my very own projections and also the latest from training camps round the league. In tomorrow’s newsletter, I’ll proceed through how each one of the top 12 wide receivers in ADP could bust, and Friday I’ll proceed through the best and least favorite ADP values at the positioning and answer a few of your wide receiver questions send them my way atChris.Towers@ViacomCBS.comwith the topic line “#AskFFT” to be included.

And, needless to say, you will have to be sure you have a look atHeath Cummings’ wide receiver preview piece, where he undergoes his projections, rankings, and tiers, plus sleepers, breakouts, busts and much more.

And today, here’s the most recent you should know about every wide receiver room in the league.

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Wearing down every WR depth chart




That one is really a bit in flux with Hopkins suspended for the initial six games andBrownrecently arrested for criminal speeding. It generally does not appear to be a suspension because of that’s imminent as well as necessarily likely, but it’s hanging over him heading in to the final couple of weeks of the preseason. At this stage, it’s hard to assume Green improving on last year’s 92-54-848-3 line much, so we will see if Moore may take benefit of an early-season opportunity. The Cardinals have already been playing Moore everywhere andtalking him up as a do-it-all weapon, so he remains a fascinating late-round sleeper.


The Falcons had three or even more WR on the field for a league-low 338 snaps last season, though that could be a bit misleading —Cordarrelle Pattersoncould fall into line as either an RB or WR but was listed being an RB. Still, this can oftimes be an offense that runs relatively few three-WR sets, making sense, given the standard of the depth chart. London will probably get all the opportunities he is able to manage, and he’s the only real WR with this roster worth rostering generally in most 12-team leagues. Edwards still has some potential, but it’s hard to obtain excited on a negative offense, given his insufficient a background.


When you will get praise for famous brands Proche or Duvernay in training camp reports, we mostly expect this to be an offense it doesn’t run a huge amount of three-WR sets or spreads the ball around. The running game will dominate andMark Andrewswill dsicover a target share in the 25% range, and we’re expecting something between 20 and 25% from Bateman. That wouldn’t leave much room for anybody else to matter, though Bateman will do of a question mark that it is not impossible we’re able to see another person emerge.


Cole Beasleyhad 112 targets here last season despite being hobbled for a lot of the growing season andEmmanuel Sandershad 72 in 14 games, so there’s definitely opportunity here. Davis carries the weight of tremendous expectations coming off his four-touchdown performance in the Bills last playoff game, but McKenzie carries some pretty intriguing appeal himself — he’s averaged 19.9 PPR points per game in three without Beasley in the last three seasons.He’s in a struggle with Crowder for the starting slot position, and I love his potential to become a PPR sleeper in the later rounds.


Moore is likely to function as primary beneficiary of the expected improvement in the Panthers’ passing game, but Anderson remains a name I am considering in the later rounds in plenty of my drafts. He still had 110 targets last season despite his struggles, so when long as he doesn’t, you understand,abruptly retire, I still think there is a chance both he and Moore could possibly be viable starting-caliber Fantasy options — though we haven’t seen that duo play alongsideChristian McCaffreyfor long stretches before.


The worst wide receiver group in the NFL has gotten a whole lot worse in recent days with Byron Pringle and N’Keal Harry heading down with injuries that appear to be they’re a lot more than only a one-or two-day thing. There’s a chance forsomeonehere to accomplishsomethingbehind Mooney, butJustin Fieldsstill must prove he’s with the capacity of supporting multiple viable Fantasy WRs, so Jones may be the only 1 I’d be even slightly thinking about as a late-round flier. For what it’s worth,PeterKing saysthe Bears have “big intentions” for Jones.


You can find questions about whether Higgins or Chase may be the No. 1 here, but there is no question both of these are likely to dominate targets, with Boyd dealing with a considerable but much smaller share. Expect quite similar as what we saw last season.


With Deshaun Watson’s suspension appeal still lingering, it’s hard to care an excessive amount of concerning this offense at this time in any event. If Watson serves his six-game suspension, Cooper is really a solid WR2 for the entire season while Peoples-Jones becomes an extremely interesting sleeper, but with an authentic potential forJacoby Brissettstarting 17 games, even Cooper is hard to be too worked up about. Bell is really a deep, deep sleeper to consider in your Dynasty leagues — he’s got beenearning solid reviews since returning from the stress fracture in the offseason.


We realize the Cowboys are likely to throw the ball quite a bit. They’ve ranked sixth, second, and 10th in the last three seasons in pass attempts. Lamb will probably get a large amount of them, though it’s worth noting that no player has already established a target share over 21% duringKellen Moore‘s time as offensive coordinator. There’s a chance for someone like Tolbert, the team’s third-round choose ofSouth Alabama, to intensify, especially with Gallup looking extremely unlikely for Week 1. Tolbert can be an interesting late-round sleeper.


Chark is returning from the torn ACL but has beencoming on strong lately in accordance with camp reports. I love St. Brown a lot predicated on how he finished last season, nevertheless, you need to acknowledge that a lot of his production came when he was effectively the only real viable option in the passing game. With Chark (and finally Williams) added plusD’Andre SwiftandT.J. Hockensonhealthy to start out the growing season (at the very least), it will likely be a tougher test for St. Brown.


There’s lots of debate in Fantasy Football circles about which of the Packers wide receivers we have to target, and my answer may be … do not require. Look, they’re linked with at the very top quarterback and there is no clear hierarchy that people can easily see, so there’s certainly a chance. But I’m not sure these guys are that good. Watkins is a perpetual disappointment, Cobb is old and mediocre, and Lazard has been efficient, but not as anything more when compared to a low target volume guy despite playing 75% of the snaps in nearly all his games last season. Doubs isgarnering lots of training camp hype, but it isn’t clear if he’s actually worked his way in to the starting lineup — or if he’d be getting as much reps if Christian Watson wasn’t dealing with knee surgery.


Collins has some sleeper appeal, but he’s coming off a fairly discouraging rookie season where he previously just 60 targets in 14 games despite playing 60% or even more of the snaps most weeks. He could still become something, obviously, but he is not a high-priority add anywhere.


Pierce has good size and speed to go with second-round draft capital, but he was also not absolutely all that productive in college, maxing out at 884 yards as a senior. He’s got a real possibility to emerge because the No. 2 target in this offense, though that has been only worth 69 targets in this offense last season, so he is not a must-draft in the later rounds. But, if we think Pittman is really a borderline WR1 withMatt RyanreplacingCarson Wentz, then there may be room for Pierce. I’m less worked up about Parris Campbell, who has were able to average 24 yards per game across 15 appearances in three seasons since being truly a second-round pick back 2019.


The Jaguars spent lots of money to upgrade their wide receiver group, but don’t hold that against them once you actually understand this group. After all … it’s fine. Most likely not in the very best 1 / 2 of the league when it comes to talent, and it’s really not entirely clear how targets will tend to be divvied up — tight endEvan Engramand the running backs figure to play prominent roles in the passing game, too. That makes it possible none of the wide receivers tops 110 targets here. Incidentally, that might be a career-high for the soon-to-be 26-year-old Kirk, entering his fifth NFL season.


That is just like theGreen Baysituation except I love the talent herea whole lotmore. Hardman and MVS are speedy but haven’t given much reason to believe they may be Fantasy contributors of note — Hardman has played five games withoutTyreek Hillactive and his 17-game pace for all those isn’t even 1,000 yards. Smith-Schuster continues to be young and contains high-level production in his past, so that it becomes a question of just how much you need to blame his lackluster performance recent seasons onBen Roethlisberger. Moore may be the best of the bunch to draft coming off a college career where he earned targets at an extremely higher rate and was productive. He and Smith-Schuster will be the two I’m probably to draft.


Tim Patrickgetting hurt helps it be a little better to buy into Jeudy and Sutton, because this appeared as if a potentially very crowded receiving group before that. It’s still not yet determined whether Jeudy or Sutton is more prone to function as No. 1 target here, but I’m betting on Jeudy because of this: Sutton averaged just 4.6 targets per game in the 10 he used Jeudy last season.


Renfrow was nearly the same as St. Brown with the Lions last season, and he arguably has a lot more meaningful competition with the help of Adams. Between those two andDarren Waller, nobody else here really matters, therefore the biggest question is whether Renfrow can still get, say, 110-plus targets and become a viable PPR WR2 or 3. I believe he’s a fringe starter.


Allen, Williams, andAustin Ekelersplit 380 targets between your three of these last season despite each missing a casino game, so there isn’t any ton of room for anybody else to accomplish much in this offense. Palmer has some sleeper appeal, but it isn’t clear if he’s before tight endGerald Everettfor No. 4 in the pecking order, so he’d probably need a personal injury to essentially get a lot of the opportunity coming off a rookie season with one game greater than 50 yards.


It still seems possible, maybe even likely, that the Rams will sign Odell Beckham at some time. However, he’s not likely to prepare yourself to go until November, probably, so reinforcements probably aren’t coming for some time. Robinson is garnering strong reviews in Rams camp and appears like he’ll employ a strong role because the No. 2 in this offense, sufficient reason for Van Jefferson having knee surgery that puts his Week 1 status in doubt, it may be largely a two-manshowhere — particularly ifMatthew Stafford‘s elbow injury causes them to dial back on the passing game. Atwell has some deep, deep sleeper appeal, and thecoaches are talking him up in camp, but he also didn’t touch the ball on offense as a rookie, therefore i probably have to see him doing his thing before I even consider buying.


The addition of Hill simplifies this receiving corps, but it addittionally raises the question of what the Hill/Waddle combination will probably look like. This may be a fairly run-heavy offense if Mike McDaniel carries over an identical philosophy from what he caused inSAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, that could mean we’ll require a highly concentrated target share and an extremely efficient offense for both to call home around top-15 WR prices. I believe both are possible, maybe even likely, but both also carry some risk that they can disappoint. Nobody else here’s more likely to matter aside fromMike Gesicki.


It has been a fairly easy offense to determine for some time because Mike Zimmer ran so much that there really wasn’t much room for several or two wide receivers to matter. However, we’re expectingKevin O’Connellto perform more three wide-receiver sets —perhaps as their base offense— and they are likely to throw the ball more, so there could actually be room for him to become a useful Fantasy option. Jefferson is really a top-three option and Thielen remains a viable starter when healthy, but Osborn includes a possiblity to thrive here aswell — especially withIrv Smithdealing with thumb surgery.


I cannot help but feel just like this offense may be an outright disaster.BillBelichick opted never to name an offensive coordinator this offseason, and it’s really become clear in camp that Matt Patricia — primarily a defensive coach in his career — and Joe Judge — a particular teams coordinator — are running the offense together. That duo doesn’t exactly inspire confidence — ask Lions or Giants fans, respectively — andapparently it has been a remarkably difficult begin to camp. Parker has some bounce back potential, but this figures to become a pretty conservative offense even though it can click, while Meyer has mild PPR appeal, however, not a lot more than that. I’m mostly fine passing with this passing game.


Michael Thomas is healthy, even though he isn’t doing everything in camp yet, he’s progressed to positional drills and seems wellin line to be equipped for Week 1. Assuming he does not have any more setbacks in his recovery from a personal injury that is defined by setback after setback. I don’t wish to be pessimistic or fatalistic, but I believe a wholesome skepticism may be the only solution to view Thomas’ value at this stage. He could possibly be right and rediscover the proper execution that made him the very best WR in Fantasy 3 years ago, but I’ll be putting Olave and Landry on my teams in the later rounds in the event. As the question with Thomas is not only, “Is he healthy at this time?” It’s, “Can he remain healthy in September, and October, and …” HopefullyJameis Winston‘s foot injury is really asminor because the team believes.


Toney represents the high-upside little bit of this passing game, and when he’s healthy it’s hard never to see him being the very best option forDaniel Jones. I’m not saying Toney is as well as could be anywhere near as effective as Stefon Diggs, but his more varied profile and expertise makes him an improved match for that analogy than Golladay, who wins contested targets on vertical routes when he wins. Robinson is needs to garner some buzz in camp, though it isn’t enough to place him on draft boards in 12-team leagues. However, some more weeks of buzz plus some first-team reps would help.


Things seem pretty set here, because the Jets have made a spot of givingZach Wilsonweapons. All accounts indicate Moore remains probably the most productive pass-catcher here, and he showed significant upside in adding 459 yards and five touchdowns over his final six games last season. Wilson has a lot of upside of their own, though I’m uncertain he’s an improved prospect than Moore, either appearing out of college or especially after seeing Moore thrive at the NFL level. Within an ideal world, those two will be the clear top options, but I’m guessing Davis still plays enough of a job to create it tough for both to use. I’m taking Wilson in the later rounds, but I’m targeting Moore in the mid rounds.


Reagor has actuallyearned some praisefor his performance in camp lately, but he’s fighting for an area on the Eagles roster, not our Fantasy rosters. Brown and Smith represent the clear top two here, even though I expect the Eagles to throw more, that will most likely not be enough to produce a third WR relevant unless something happens toDallas Goedert. And, even then …


Pickens is needs to garner somefrankly unfair comparisons for his play in camp, andPittsburgh‘s history of finding and developing wide receivers can not be ignored. It appears like three-wide sets will feature Johnson, Claypool, and Pickens, with Claypool potentially spending a lot more amount of time in the slot than he’s got years back. That’s a fascinating wrinkle — it offers Claypool more chances to have the ball in his hands in space instead of attempting to win private, something the more agile, technical route runner in Johnson often will do more ably. However, if this means some of these short, easy throws that Johnson has relied on head to Claypool, it might shift the total amount of the offense. Alongside the change in QB from Roethlisberger toMitchell Trubisky, that is just one single more unknown wrinkle thrown into an offense … that may not be sufficient to be worth the trouble.


The 49ers are likely to run plenty of plays with just Samuel and Aiyuk on the field since they like having multiple tight ends and running backs on the field. That’s just fine because concerns about how exactly much they will throw withTrey Lancealready get this to passing game crowded enough. Samuel has indicated he’s more OK with used as a running back than offseason reports indicated, and Aiyuk has been the unanimous star of camp, so there may be room for both of these to thrive. But there exists a very narrow way to both being must-start Fantasy WRs, and it’s really not yet determined there’s room on that path for someone likeGeorge Kittle, too.


The questions inSeattledon’t revolve round the wide receivers. It’s about the quarterback battle betweenDrew LockandGeno Smith, though it’s probably fair to state that the outcomes of this battle will most likely not necessarily matter all that much neither may very well be very good. I’ll say, considering that Lockett had an increased catch rate, yards per game, and yards per target than Metcalf last season, I’m uncertain thefour-round gap within their ADPs makes much sense at this time.


When healthy, Godwin and Evans will undoubtedly be on the field for pretty much all pass plays, with everybody else revolving around them. Which should still result in a lot of opportunities in the pass-friendly Bucs offense for Gage and Jones, but if they are likely to make animpactfor Fantasy, it will come before Godwin is fully up to date. He’s still involved for Week 1, but he was recently cleared to come back to apply — though in a still-limited fashion. Evans is coping with a hamstring injury that’s not likely to linger, though hamstring injuries have a means of doing that. Gage and Jones remain interesting targets in PPR formats, with Gage more prone to emerge as a starter, in my own eyes, at the very least.


Woods is working his in the past from the torn ACL, and he’sstill hoping to be equipped for Week 1. That isn’t a guarantee at this stage, though Woods was listed because the starting wide receiver on the team’s first depth chart. That wasn’t true of rookie first-rounder Treylon Burks, though it’s worth remembering that’s an unofficial depth chart and a whole lot can transform between now and Week 1. Burks is comparable in build and skillset to the departed A.J. Brown, but Woods figures to function as much more likely replacement because the top option in the passing game. Both are question marks, but both also go outside the top-100 generally in most drafts, to allow them to afford to be question marks.


McLaurin may be the sure thing, but Dotson has been garnering plenty of strong reviews in training camp up to now, to the stage where former NFL tight endLogan Paulsensaid he’sbeen the Commanders best wide receiver in camp. I don’t expect Dotson to usurp McLaurin because the team’s No. 1 option, but it is possible he could play a large enough role to impact McLaurin’s upside. The larger question is actually the amount of play from Carson Wentz, which includes been concerning enough in camp to garner comment from head coach Ron Rivera he isn’t “overly concerned” about Wentz’s inaccuracy in camp. Two different teams are determined to go on from Wentz during the last two seasons, so I’m skeptical he’ll represent a large upgrade forWashington. Given the amount of play here recent years, that is clearly a bad sign.

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