2022 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Updated wide receivers rankings and tiers for the start of NFL Preseason


If you want to sum up the state of the wide receiver position heading into 2022 drafts — something I did in-depth right here — I think this following stat does it about as well as anything else: Wide receivers make up just nine of my top 24 and 19 of the top 48 overall players, but then 48 of the next 102 players are WR. The position is lighter on obvious impact players than we’ve gotten used to in recent years, but it remains as deep as ever with contributors. 

In recent weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion that I think there’s probably a more definitive gap between Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase than I initially thought, but I also moved Jefferson ahead of DaVante Adams in recent days. I’m not quite ready to put Jefferson in the same tier as Cooper Kupp, but I think he might have fewer question marks than any other elite WR right now. Chase could, of course, take a step forward in his second season the same way Jefferson did, though I think it’s worth noting that while Jefferson did maintain elite efficiency, he still averaged 1.5 yards per target less in his second season than his first; he made up for that with 42 more targets, and it’s harder to project that kind of increase for Chase with Tee Higgins also demanding targets. 

Of course, I’m happy to have any of those guys as my No. 1 wide receiver, and it might be more important to get one of those elite guys because I’m just not sure how many of them there are this season. I feel very confident in the top five in my rankings being elite and pretty good about the next two tiers, but there are enough questions about them all to be at least a little skeptical. Deebo Samuel in particular fell a few spots (and two tiers) for me since the start of the offseason, as I’m just not at all convinced that he’s going to get the volume or quality of touches he needs to come close to repeating last season.  

Here are my latest WR rankings: 

  1. Cooper Kupp *
  2. Justin Jefferson 
  3. Davante Adams *
  4. Ja’Marr Chase
  5. Stefon Diggs *
  6. Mike Evans
  7. CeeDee Lamb *
  8. Tyreek Hill
  9. A.J. Brown *
  10. Deebo Samuel
  11. D.J. Moore
  12. Tee Higgins
  13. Diontae Johnson
  14. Keenan Allen
  15. Brandin Cooks *
  16. Michael Pittman Jr.
  17. Mike Williams
  18. Marquise Brown
  19. Jaylen Waddle
  20. Chris Godwin
  21. Terry McLaurin
  22. Allen Robinson
  23. Amari Cooper
  24. DK Metcalf *
  25. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  26. Robert Woods
  27. Darnell Mooney *
  28. Jerry Jeudy
  29. Michael Thomas
  30. Rashod Bateman
  31. Adam Thielen
  32. Amon-Ra St. Brown
  33. DeAndre Hopkins
  34. Gabriel Davis
  35. Courtland Sutton *
  36. Elijah Moore
  37. Kadarius Toney
  38. Drake London
  39. Tyler Lockett
  40. DeVonta Smith
  41. Hunter Renfrow
  42. Russell Gage
  43. Jarvis Landry
  44. Chase Claypool
  45. Chris Olave
  46. Garrett Wilson *
  47. Brandon Aiyuk
  48. Julio Jones
  49. DeVante Parker
  50. Tyler Boyd
  51. Skyy Moore
  52. Allen Lazard
  53. Corey Davis
  54. Christian Kirk
  55. Rondale Moore
  56. Treylon Burks
  57. Jahan Dotson
  58. Kenny Golladay
  59. Romeo Doubs
  60. Isaiah McKenzie
  61. K.J. Osborn
  62. DJ Chark
  63. Donovan Peoples-Jones *

*End of a tier