Ranking players gets harder in dynasty leagues, with more variables to consider. In general, you’re looking not just at the current season, but considering how productive the player will be in upcoming seasons – and how long each player can be expected to remain a difference maker at his position.
At wide receiver, Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams would be my first choices if looking at just the 2021 season, but there are a host of other receivers who are also good and a lot younger. Justin Jefferson, DK Metcalf, DJ Moore (pictured) and CeeDee Lamb get in the conversation, I think.
At 28, Adams is the oldest of these receivers, and there’s the added dynamic of trying to cobble together a stab at what he might be in the future. Aaron Rodgers probably won’t be back in Green Bay, so very unlikely that tandem stays together. And Adams is in the final year of his contract – he might not be back with the Packers either.
Hill is 27, which is hardly ancient, but his game is built around insane speed. Is he going to remain a transcendent player into this 30s? Maybe (I think Hill is the conversation to be the first wide receiver chosen in a dynasty draft) but I’m ranking him below a couple of receives who are 4-5 years younger.
In this exercise, I might be overrating the younger players. With the way teams and offenses change, guys who seem like top-5 receivers today can turn into top-30 receivers in a hurry. With Jefferson, for example, it might not be long before Minnesota has a new offense and a new quarterback. With Metcalf, perhaps he’s catching passes from a new quarterback next year (considering the rumors that Russell Wilson wants out of Seattle). And DJ Moore might not look nearly as good next year in Carolina after offensive coordinator Joe Brady leaves to take a head coaching job.
But this is my stab at it. It’s not scientifically put together. I’ve got a list of all the receivers, and I just spent about an hour going over it, moving guys up or down based on what feels right.
Rankings assume a 12-team dynasty league using PPR scoring. When we get 60-70 receivers in, I think it’s in play to start thinking about players who aren’t really factors right now (DJ Chark, Josh Palmer) but who might be good in future seasons. Rookies are tagged by black dots.
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|DYNASTY LEAGUE WIDE RECEIVERS|
|19.||CIN||• JaMarr Chase||21|
|25.||PHI||• DeVonta Smith||22|
|36.||MIA||• Jaylen Waddle||22|
|37.||CAR||• Terrace Marshall||21|
|40.||ARI||• Rondale Moore||21|
|52.||NYJ||• Elijah Moore||21|
|57.||NYG||• Kadarius Toney||22|
|59.||BAL||• Rashod Bateman||21|
|71.||LAC||• Josh Palmer||22|
|72.||HOU||• Nico Collins||22|
|73.||GB||• Amari Rodgers||22|
|76.||WAS||• Dyami Brown||21|
|77.||SEA||• Dee Eskridge||24|
|83.||CLE||• Anthony Schwartz||21|