NFL: Way too early WR rankings

Michael Thomas flexing for the Saints fans. Photo//Sean Gardner /Getty Images

2019 was a down year for wide receivers. After Michael Thomas had one of the best statistical seasons ever by a wide receiver, there was a massive drop off to the second wideout. There is a high likelihood that there will be positive regression for the position. Giving up one of those top running backs for a top five wide receiver may be a tough call, but could lead to a happier season for owners.

Tier 1: Elite WR1s

  1. Michael Thomas
  2. Davante Adams
  3. Julio Jones
  4. Tyreek Hill
  5. DeAndre Hopkins

Tier 2: Middle or Back End WR1s

  1. DJ Moore
  2. Chris Godwin
  3. Mike Evans
  4. Kenny Golladay
  5. Allen Robinson

Tier 3: Borderline WR1s

  1. Odell Beckham Jr.
  2. Courtland Sutton
  3. Amari Cooper
  4. JuJu Smith-Schuster

Tier 4: WR2s

  1. Robert Woods
  2. Tyler Lockett
  3. AJ Brown
  4. DK Metcalf
  5. Keenan Allen

Tier 5: Back end WR2s

  1. Devante Parker
  2. Stephon Diggs
  3. Adam Thielen
  4. Julian Edelman

Tier 6: Potential fun breakout flex’s:

  1. DJ Chark
  2. Deebo Samuel
  3. John Brown
  4. Michael Gallup
  5. Terry McLaurin
  6. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown
  7. Anthony Miller


Davante Adams- There’s no need for us to discuss how good Thomas is, so let’s move down the list to number two. This may come as a surprise to many that I have him this high, but he really is this good at football. Even through an injury riddled season, he still managed to put up five 100 yard games. If the Packers do not add any significant pass catchers going into next year, Adams can be the top receiver in the league. Even if they make an addition, he should safely be a top 5 option. 


DJ Moore- He took a big jump in his sophomore campaign. With 87 receptions and 1,175 yards, Moore has proven to be a bona fide number one wide receiver. As one of the younger star wide receivers in the league, he has plenty of time to further improve his game. A new head coach, and a healthy Cam Newton should help the crafty wideout improve on his surprisingly low four touchdowns in 2019. We will see true fantasy WR1 value from Moore in redraft leagues and he’s one of the top dynasty receivers to own.


Courtland Sutton- A superstar in the making. Similar to Moore, Sutton took a massive leap in year two of his NFL career. Playing with 3 different quarterbacks throughout the year, Sutton made a big impact on defenses. Having 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and 6 touchdowns, you have to expect that his numbers can only get better as he and Drew Lock gain more experience together. He’s at worst a WR2 next year and has the upside to be a top five guy.


Devante Parker- He was an unsung hero for fantasy owners, going for over 1,200 yards and tacking on 9 touchdowns. He will be an interesting name brought up in drafts this year as he has some uncertainty entering 2020. His role on the team is not in question as he is almost a lock to be the number one on a team with not a lot of offensive firepower. If Ryan Fitzpatrick is back as the starter, he will be a lock as a WR2. With a rookie QB, he becomes a lot riskier. His ranking should change considerably by the next rankings list.


Michael Gallup- Another player with a considerable amount of uncertainty, Gallup has the chance to be a top 15 wideout, but that would require star Amari Cooper to sign with another team. Being Dak’s number one would make Gallup a safe, back end WR1/top end WR2 role, but as the second fiddle to Cooper, he will be too streaky to be a weekly starter. Cowboys fans should be excited for Gallup’s future with the team, but it may take a surprising move by the Cowboys for him to take the next step.