What’s your favorite position in football? We think the WR might be the coolest position. Extreme talent to run, jump, and time catches from your QB is an art form of the NFL. Now presenting, Top 10 Wide Receiver Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football!
- Rankings considered between PPR and STD scoring
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- Consider that these WR ranked in our Top 10 are probably worthy enough of nothing short of drafting in the second round, no later.
Top 10 Wide Receiver Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football
ADP 1 – Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams
If the reason you are here for some “where do I take him in the draft” advice, I’d assume you know he’s the undisputed number one WR this season. Kupp remains in a prestigious position to be the number one target for Matthew Stafford. If you understood that Stafford doesn’t run much any way he’s doing nothing but sitting in the pocket tossing to Kupp.
Allen Robinson II joins the Rams this season as the only other WR to threaten Kupp’s target sharing. Gone is Robert Woods now in Tennessee. At the time of these rankings, Odell Beckham is still a free agent so all odds are Kupp remains the favorite guy yet again. Where do we take Kupp? I wouldn’t mind Kupp if Austin Ekeler, Jonathan Taylor, or Derrick Henry is off the board in a Standard scoring league. If you’re in a PPR league obviously Kupp now favors anywhere in the Top 5 overall.
ADP 2 – Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings
Listen in on the trend here. A couple of things are now in place that tie into the ranking mentioned above. First, the not-so-obvious is that Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford are not very mobile. They also pace some pretty solid yardage. What does that mean? Are you sniffing what we’re sniffing? HAMMERING targets to Jefferson.
The real obvious is that Wes Phillips is now the Offensive Coordinator in Minnesota. Doesn’t ring a bell to the masses right? Well, he coached the Rams through last season’s monstrous season from Cooper Kupp. Don’t shy away from picking Jefferson in any league as the second-best WR behind Kupp. Cousins threw only 7 interceptions last season which is the second lowest next to Rodgers who threw 4 in 2021. The efficiency is there for Cousins to improve and hopefully direct more yardage/better routes for Jefferson.
ADP 3 – Ja’Marr Chase – Cincinnati Bengals
With a better offensive line in Cincinnati, the hope is Burrow has more time to throw all day to Mr. Chase. Sophomore slump? No way! His 2021 Rookie season brought in 81 receptions, 1,455 yards, and 13 Touchdowns. He’s already the QBs go-to and a big body that can create space always to catch at his young age. He’s just blowing by Eli Apple in training camp.
It wouldn’t be unrealistic to put the type of season together for the Chase again. His ceiling now is being able to hit the Cooper Kupp-like numbers. Chase finished 18th overall in PPR scoring last season so it’s fair to say his expectation to push your team over the rest of WR week-to-week will be in good hands with him as a must-start WR.
ADP 4 – Davante Adams – Las Vegas Raiders
There is too much going on with this one but one thing remains the same. Adams is coveted as one of the best, if not the best WR in the game right now. Why are we placing him this low on a fantasy ranking then? Who knows but the above choices are great and Adams can be just as great or even better. Things to consider though, are Josh McDaniels and Derek Carr are two new factors in Adams’ 2022 season.
We do know that Adams was a target hog in Green Bay but will Carr be able to elevate his game with talent like Adams? The feeling is that it will happen and McDaniels is someone who can coach football obviously. We’re leaning with the general opinion that it’s a no-brainer that Adams shouldn’t be ignored as a first-round pick this season. He’s one of the only WR that can finish in the top 5 of fantasy scoring overall in the WR position year after year.
ADP 5 – Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills
If there is one WR this season that arguably you can’t leave out of the top 5 it’s Diggs. A lot of us rank Josh Allen as the number one QB this season. Well, if you’re following the trail here throughout our rankings, the tea. Allen threw at least 38 passes last season. 9 of them at least went to Diggs who converted that to 16.4 PPR points per game.
What’s almost guaranteed here with Diggs is that he is easily a 1200-yard, 10-Touchdown WR this season which should rank him pretty damn high regardless of Standard or PPR scoring leagues. Diggs finished 8th overall among WR yards last season (1225 yards). Hence, his mid-range ranking is in the Top 10 chart here. The possibility to rise above the WRs ranked above is very positive. The Bills will have to figure out if Jamison Crowder, Isaiah McKenzie, or Gabriel Davis will be the next best target for Allen. This favors Diggs even more in 2022.
ADP 6 – Deebo Samuel – San Fransisco 49ers
The contact has been signed and the fantasy ranking for Deebo stands. It’s clear as the day his talent is there and when used correctly it’s efficient for fantasy purposes. The BEST case scenario for Samuel was to stay with the 49ers if you ask us. Kyle Shanahan is proven of leading some offense places (but not finishing the job in the playoffs). But please don’t let foolish things like that distract you from what’s important. Deebo will thrive with Shanahan’s lead and supposedly the contract dispute might have earned Samuel more touches.
What’s even more exciting is that the 49ers have put their full trust in second-year QB Trey Lance. A more mobile athletic QB that also will have a learning curve this season as well. Let’s get one thing straight unless Lance has the timing, arm, habits, and playbook down at a high level, we might get more of Deebo from the ground vs the air again. That isn’t a bad thing since normally Deebo can give you both a stout running back one game or some big games from the air in PPR-friendly leagues.
ADP 7 – Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers
We know, we get it, usually, he’s trending for the 10th spot in the 2022 rankings. Keenan Allen is no WR just to pass up to risk for let’s say a DK Metcalf, Jaylen Waddle, Tee Higgins, or DJ Moore. What’s PROMISED is that he’s the number one guy in an offense that has arguably the 1.2 QB in fantasy, Justin Herbert.
Since 2017 it is promised that Allen can give you between 16-17 points per game in Fantasy Football. Mr. Consistency is his name to us. PPR fans get ready to draft him as the best WR in the second round. 2022 shouldn’t any different. Sure, you might favor Mike Williams a bit more this season and that’s fine. We’ll be here at the end of the season to tell you you’re wrong. If we’re wrong fine (and injuries can exclude us from being wrong). Here is another promising note, since 2015 Allen AT LEAST averages 10 yards a catch. PPR fans, that’s 2 points for every catch every week! Missing 3 games in the last 5 seasons also is key.
ADP 8 – CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys
This one cannot go any lower. We’ve done enough research to find out that in 2021 Dak Prescott really stuck to the pocket and passed. His 596 passing attempts in 2021 were a career-high that tied his 2019 season. We’re seeing less of Prescott running out of the pocket these days as his 2021 rushing attempts were below average for a QB with only 48 rushing attempts. You know what this means right?
The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Browns and in return, look to give Lamb the green light as their young next best WR of the future. He was the most targeted WR in 2021 for Dallas but that came with the injury to Cooper who missed two games in 2021. Michael Gallup also was injured and played in 9 games for Dallas last season. This opens eyes for Dallas how talented Lamb can be for them. The second most targeted receiver last year was Dalton Schultz who is a TE for Dallas. That’s enough to consider Lamb as a solid WR second-round pick.
ADP 9 – Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of Tom Brady‘s WR has to be Top 10 RIGHT? Yep, let’s not ignore that team that threw the MOST passes in 2021. Tom Brady returns, and Mike Evans stands as the best option in Tampa. Chris Godwin did return to the field but his status to play the entire season depends. Do the Buccaneers ease in Godwin early in the season? Brady also has to connect with Russell Gage and Julio Jones who are new to the team this season. His old reliable will be Evans.
Evans has one of the most decorated careers on paper. He’s played 8 seasons and was able to bring in 1,000 receiving yards in each of them. With Brady as his QB, his Touchdown average over the last two years is 13.5 Touchdowns (13 in 2020 and 14 in 2021). Nothing should slow down in 2022 when a 45-year-old Tom Brady really wants to go out with a bang.
ADP 10 –Tyreek Hill – Miami Dolphins
We strive to be a little different here at Baseline Times but not too much different. Are we saying Hill isn’t worthy of AT LEAST a second-round pick in 2022? No, we are not but he’s ranked down here to curve some expectations. Yes, we’re on the train that Tua’s play early on in the season could be figuring out his new weapons. Do you sacrifice that for more sure guys ranked above?
Again, to our earlier point above in the bullet points, this list is compiled to ensure you understand this list is your best option to draft a WR in the second round of redrafts NO LATER! Hill gets the last spot because of the QB situation. However, he’s a machine when it comes to yards after the catch and pure NFL talent that should not be ignored just because his QB is Tua. Sure, Jaylen Waddle is a concern but the next best WR is Cedric Wilson Jr. The Dolphins will be targeting Hill as much as Mahomes did. Waddle is a nice distraction of talent for opposing defenses to pick their poison when defending against Miami’s WR core.