Dynasty Fantasy Football: 2023 NFL Wide Receiver Tier Rankings

Building your dynasty squad around wide receivers is a double-edged sword. The pro side is receivers have longer shelf lives and are more predictable on a year-to-year basis. 

In other words, they provide stability and flexibility to build your dynasty squad because you don’t have to be as worried about high-value risk. On the flip side, wide receiver is the deepest position in dynasty. 

That may not seem like a con, but when you look across your league, the plethora of wide receiver talent is apparent. That means it’s harder to get an advantage at that position.

These tiered rankings can help decipher where these advantages should be found. 

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Dynasty WR Rankings

Tier 1 

Value Estimation: 3 Premium First-Round Picks 

Justin Jefferson  Minnesota Vikings 
Ja’Marr Chase  Cincinnati Bengals 

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Coming off a season where his 21.5 PPG was the most ever by a third-year receiver, we are only expecting greatness from Justin Jefferson. It comes after a season where he put up the fourth-highest PPG for a second-year receiver ever. With the Minnesota Vikings likely continuing to deploy a high passing volume offense, we should only expect more in 2023. 

Tier 2 

Value Estimation: 2 Premium First-Round Picks 

A.J. Brown  Philadelphia Eagles 
CeeDee Lamb  Dallas Cowboys 
Garrett Wilson  New York Jets 
Chris Olave  New Orleans Saints 
Drake London  Atlanta Falcons 

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

After back-to-back seasons with below a 20 percent target share — despite his yards per route run saying he’s one of the league’s top wideouts — CeeDee Lamb finally had the breakthrough we looked for. His 28.1 percent target share in a Dak Prescott-led offense helped him put up 17.7 PPG and finish as the WR7 in just his third season.  

Drake London, Atlanta Falcons

Drake London’s rookie season is being underrated. As an elite prospect, he put up the second-highest target share for a rookie, only trailing Odell Beckham Jr. Superstar is written all over London’s profile. 

Tier 3 

Value Estimation: Premium First-Round Pick 

Jaylen Waddle  Miami Dolphins 
Amon-Ra St Brown  Detroit Lions 
10  DeVonta Smith  Philadelphia Eagles 
11  DK Metcalf  Seattle Seahawks 
12  Tee Higgins  Cincinnati Bengals 

Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins 

Jaylen Waddle’s value rose despite putting up the same PPG in each of his first two seasons. Waddle was extremely efficient with his targets, with the eighth-highest yards per team pass attempt in the league last season. His average target depth increased from 7.0 to 12.2, but his target share dropped by more than 4.0 percent as a result. There is a lot to like about Waddle, but it’s hard to rank him in Tier 2. There is still concern about him reaching upper-echelon production. 

Amon-Ra St Brown, Detroit Lions

After all the talk about the lack of target competition Amon-Ra St. Brown faced as a rookie, he put up a WR9 PPG season. His peripherals were fantastic, having a more than 30 percent target rate. Brandon Marshall was the only other receiver to do that in their second season. Marshall had six seasons with more than 16.0 PPG and more than 18.0 PPG. 

DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles were the only team with a pair of teammates to have a more than 25 percent target share. We knew A.J. Brown would earn a high volume of targets, but DeVonta Smith’s target share confirms how good he is. Also, the Eagles also had Dallas Goedert funneling targets. 

Tier 4 

Value Estimation: Early First-Round Pick 

13  Stefon Diggs  Buffalo Bills 
14  Tyreek Hill  Miami Dolphins 
15  Davante Adams  Las Vegas Raiders 
16  Cooper Kupp  Los Angeles Rams 

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

Davante Adams and Cooper Kupp are the only receivers to put up a more than 30 percent target share in the last two seasons. Despite Kupp turning 30 before the season, he still possesses league-winning upside. The only question with Kupp is who exactly his quarterback in Los Angeles will be. 

Tier 5 

Value Estimation: Mid-First-Round Pick 

17  Jaxon Smith-Njigba  Seattle Seahawks 
18  Quentin Johnston  Los Angeles Chargers 
19  Jordan Addison  Minnesota Vikings 
20  Brandon Aiyuk  San Francisco 49ers 
21  Treylon Burks  Tennessee Titans 
22  DJ Moore  Chicago Bears 
23  Deebo Samuel  San Francisco 49ers 

Quentin Johnston, Los Angeles Chargers

There were only 10 elite alpha wide receiver prospects from 2006 to 2021. Of those 10, only one didn’t post a season with more than 14 PPG, let alone multiple. Half of them have put up a season with more than 16.0 PPG. There is a high hit rate with Quentin Johnston, despite what someone on Twitter might tell you. He also landed with one of the most receiver-friendly offenses in the whole league. 

Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans

Treylon Burks had a great prospect profile, and he followed up with a 21.3 percent target rate in Tennessee. There have been 16 elite wide receiver prospects to post a more than 20 percent rookie target rate before 2022. Just less than 94 percent have put up a season with more than 14.0 PPG, while 75 percent have put up a season with more than 16.0 PPG. 

DJ Moore, Chicago Bears

DJ Moore put up strong peripherals every season despite the Carolina Panthers‘ inconsistent quarterback play. This offseason, Moore was traded to the Chicago Bears, bringing hope to some dynasty players. Unfortunately, Moore is playing with Justin Fields, who has been one of the worst passers in the league for the past two years. Plus, the offense’s passing volume was the lowest the NFL has seen in the past five years. When will this strong peripheral performer finally catch a break? 

Tier 6 

Value Estimation: Late First-Round Pick 

24  Michael Pittman Jr.  Indianapolis Colts 
25  Terry McLaurin  Washington Commanders 
26  Jerry Jeudy  Denver Broncos 
27  Diontae Johnson  Pittsburgh Steelers 
28  Christian Kirk  Jacksonville Jaguars 
29  Marquise Brown  Arizona Cardinals 
30  Christian Watson  Green Bay Packers 
31  Calvin Ridley  Jacksonville Jaguars 
32  Rashod Bateman  Baltimore Ravens 
33  Zay Flowers  Baltimore Ravens 
34  Chris Godwin  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
35  Jameson Williams  Detroit Lions 
36  Amari Cooper  Cleveland Browns 
37  Jahan Dotson  Washington Commanders 
38  George Pickens  Pittsburgh Steelers 

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

The -4.3 difference in expected PPG versus actual PPG in 2022 was the league’s worst for a wide receiver. For a guy that has continued to put up a more than 25 percent target share, the regression in fantasy production should be coming in 2023. The overall peripherals may not light the world on fire, but it’s hard to find guys who earn targets like Diontae Johnson does. 

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders

A range of outcomes for a second-year player comprises both their rookie peripherals and prospect profile. Looking at Jahan Dotson’s range of outcomes, we get a list of 19 receivers with only 21.1 percent putting up at least a more than 16.0 PPG season. When the upside of his range of outcomes features names like Emmanuel Sanders, Lockett and Jeremy Maclin, it’s hard to take on the downside risk if those are the best-case scenarios. 

Zay Flowers, Baltimore Ravens 

There have been 23 low-floor prospect receivers to go in the first round of the NFL Draft. Only two of them had a season with more than 16 PPG: Maclin and Dwayne Bowe. It’s not like Zay Flowers is some awful prospect, but even when accounting for his draft capital, the hit rate is less than ideal. 

Tier 7 

Value Estimation: Early Second-Round Pick 

39  Keenan Allen  Los Angeles Chargers 
40  DeAndre Hopkins  Free agent 
41  Mike Evans  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
42  Mike Williams  Los Angeles Chargers 
43  Tyler Lockett  Seattle Seahawks 
44  Brandin Cooks  Dallas Cowboys 

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

As surprising as it sounds for a receiver that continues to put up more than 15.0 PPG, Mike Evans hasn’t had a 20 percent target share for over three years. It’s much easier to hide declining peripherals when your quarterback is throwing for league-leading volume and a strong touchdown rate. We’re now faced with the reality of soon-to-be 30-year-old Evans and his declining peripherals transitioning from Tom Brady to Baker Mayfield

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

For a receiver that hasn’t posted below less than a 13.0 PPG season since his third year in the NFL, you’d think Tyler Lockett wouldn’t be underrated. It’s not as if he’s a game wrecker with his peripherals, but his more than 20 percent target share and more than 1.90 receiving yards per team pass attempt will continue to get it done.

Tier 8 

Value Estimation: Mid-Second Round Pick 

45  Kadarius Toney  Kansas City Chiefs 
46  Marvin Mims  Denver Broncos 

Kadarius Toney, Kansas City Chiefs  

There is no question what Kadarius Toney has done on a per-route basis since entering the NFL. He’s put up a 29.1 and 24.1 percent target rate and has more than a 2.00 yards per route run rate in his first two seasons. With him attached to a Patrick Mahomes offense, if we can get an uptick in route percentage, a high-end finish is possible. 

Tier 9 

Value Estimation: Late Second-Round Pick 

47  Darnell Mooney  Chicago Bears 
48  Michael Thomas  New Orleans Saints 
49  Jakobi Meyers  Las Vegas Raiders 
50  Courtland Sutton  Denver Broncos 
51  Rashee Rice  Kansas City Chiefs 
52  Wan’Dale Robinson  New York Giants 

Rashee Rice, Kansas City Chiefs

There have been 45 low-floor receiving prospects drafted in the second round. Just less than 27 percent put up at least a 14.0 PPG season while 17.8 percent put up at least a 16.0 PPG. Not the strongest hit rate by any means, but there is upside. If the price is right, it might be worth taking that upside shot with Rashee Rice

Tier 10 

Value Estimation: Third-Round Pick 

53  Skyy Moore  Kansas City Chiefs 
54  Elijah Moore  Cleveland Browns 
55  Jonathan Mingo  Carolina Panthers 
56  Nico Collins  Houston Texans 
57  Jayden Reed  Green Bay Packers 
58  Allen Lazard  New York Jets 
59  Gabriel Davis  Buffalo Bills 
60  Josh Downs  Indianapolis Colts 
61  Jalin Hyatt  New York Giants 
62  Alec Pierce  Indianapolis Colts 
63  John Metchie  Houston Texans 
64  JuJu Smith-Schuster  Pittsburgh Steelers 
65  Donovan Peoples-Jones  Cleveland Browns 
66  Chase Claypool  Chicago Bears 
67  Romeo Doubs  Green Bay Packers 
68  Tyler Boyd  Cincinnati Bengals 
69  Rondale Moore  Arizona Cardinals 
70  Odell Beckham Jr  Baltimore Ravens 
71  Curtis Samuel  Washington Commanders 
72  Zay Jones  Jacksonville Jaguars 
73  Darius Slayton  New York Giants 
74  Tyquan Thornton  New England Patriots 

Jonathan Mingo, Carolina Panthers

It may seem outlandish to have a second-round selection in Tier 10 of dynasty wide receiver ranks, but we don’t typically see profiles like Jonathan Mingo’s go that high. In fact, Donnie Avery is the only bust-level prospect to get drafted higher. If we look at all 11 bust-level receiver prospects to get drafted in the second round, not even one had a season with more than 12 PPG. Yikes. 

Nico Collins, Houston Texans

There are some intriguing aspects regarding Nico Collins’ profile, such as his 19.4 percent target share. But nothing stands out as impressive when compared to other second-year receivers. He’s now in an offense led by a rookie quarterback. 

Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns 

We don’t see such a difference in rookie versus second-year production, especially in a negative manner. Elijah Moore’s only the third receiver to put up a more than 15 percent target share and a more than 70.0 receiving grade as a rookie but fall short of those marks in Year 2. He joins Sidney Rice and Denzel Mims. Take that for what you will, but the projection going forward does not appear strong. 

If you’re looking for an even deeper look at rookie wide receivers specifically, we have write-ups, player comparisons, and more in the Rookie Guide which is FREE on the site. 

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