Fantasy Football Rankings 2022: Top 25 WRs

By Team on July 31, 2022

Because the NFL is a passing league, wide receivers are a crucial component of a powerful fantasy football squad.

There are a startling number of extremely excellent young wide receivers playing professional football right now. And after five wide receivers were chosen in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, it will only rise.

Despite the position's plethora of talent, it can be challenging to choose the best candidate. Before selecting which wideouts to draft, it is important to take into account factors like quarterback performance, offensive fit, injury history, schedule, and others.

What wide receivers could you use to win the fantasy football league in 2022? Check out our list of the top 25 wide receivers in fantasy football for the upcoming season.

1. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

This one is simple.

Kupp is unquestionably the best wide receiver in fantasy football, regardless of whether you play full PPR, half PPR, or no PPR. His 2021 season, which included 145 receptions for 1,945 yards and 16 touchdowns, was one of the best in the NFL ever. That campaign reminds me of Jerry Rice. Allen Robinson joining the Rams' wide receiver group doesn't change the fact that Kupp will likely have another outstanding year in 2022.

2. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Following up on his outstanding rookie season, Jefferson had an even stronger second year, finishing with 108 receptions, 1,616 yards (second-most in the league), and 10 touchdowns. He recently admitted that he is not content, saying in an interview with Complex that "I'll claim after this year I'll be the top receiver in the NFL."

3. Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals

There is no denying that Chase is one of the best wide receivers in sports, despite having an absurdly low player rating in "Madden NFL 23." With 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns as a rookie, he impressed. Along with Kupp, he was one of just two wide receivers to surpass 1,400 yards and 13 or more touchdowns. The top receiver for Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow might produce even more in Year 2.

4. Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders

Adams is perhaps the best wide receiver in the NFL, but when the Packers dealt him to the Raiders earlier this summer, he also parted ways with two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers. Having said that, it shouldn't take long for Adams and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to reestablish the rapport they built while playing together at Fresno State several years ago.

Adams is one of the most reliable wide receivers in fantasy football, scoring 10 or more touchdowns in five of the previous six seasons.

5. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

Diggs has four seasons in a row with 1,000 or more receiving yards, making him one of the most reliable fantasy players. In three of those years, he has also scored eight or more touchdowns. The top target for Bills quarterback Josh Allen is a difficult one to pick against. As safe as they come, Diggs.

6. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Last year, the 49ers utilized Samuel in a variety of ways. He ran for an additional 365 yards and eight more touchdowns in addition to his 77 grabs for 1,405 yards and six scores as a wide receiver. As long as he stays healthy, his dual-threat capability makes him such a desirable fantasy player. Samuel's first full NFL season was in the previous year.

7. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

It will be interesting to watch how Miami affects Hill's output. Over the past six years, he has received passes from Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes, who is considered to be the league's best quarterback. Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins' third-year quarterback, is now in charge of the offense. Although Tagovailoa is still developing, the former Alabama quarterback is fortunate to have a strong offensive lineup that includes Hill, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, and tight end Mike Gesicki.

Hill is a danger to score on every play thanks to his game-breaking speed. He has a good chance of ranking among the top 10 wide receivers once more.

8. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

In his second professional season, Lamb saw gains in almost every category, including a career-high 1,102 receiving yards. His lack of touchdowns is the one thing preventing him from being an exceptional wide receiver in fantasy football. He scored six last season after scoring five as a rookie. In the end zone, the Cowboys must involve Lamb more.

9. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans consistently has a ton of fantasy value as Tom Brady's top wide receiver. Although Evans doesn't accumulate many yards—just over 1,000 in each of the last two seasons—he frequently finds the end zone. In 2022, his 14 touchdowns were second in the league. The previous year, he had 13.

10. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

Although Higgins had a fantastic 2022 with career highs of 74 receptions, 1,091 yards, and six touchdowns despite missing three games, Chase was the Bengals wide receiver group's star last season. Be prepared for Higgins to break out in 2022. His combination of speed and size (6-foot-4, 219 pounds) is difficult to match.

11. A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

After a forgettable 2021 season in which he hauled in 63 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns, Brown is a great candidate to rebound. After three years in Tennessee, Brown's career could be revitalized by a new beginning with the Eagles and excellent quarterback Jalen Hurts.

12. Keenan Allen, L.A. Chargers

At 30 years old, Allen is one of the older players on this list, but fantasy owners can benefit greatly from his dependability. In each of the last five seasons, he has recorded at least 92 receptions and 990 yards. The top quarterback Justin Herbert runs a potent offense with him as the No. 1 passing option. Allen's output will eventually slow down, although it probably won't be observed until after 2022.

13. DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers

One of the most underappreciated wide receivers in football is Moore. Last season, he hauled in 93 catches for a career-high 1,157 yards and four touchdowns. He doesn't often get into the end zone, but it is mainly due to the quarterback situation for the Panthers. But Moore's performance this season might benefit from a determined and healthy Baker Mayfield.

14. Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts

88 receptions, 1,082 yards, and six touchdowns in his second season were all career highs for Pittman. By trading for Matt Ryan from the Falcons and obtaining the previous MVP from Carson Wentz, the Colts improved their quarterback situation. Ryan's primary aim will be Pittman, who should be even more effective in 2022.

15. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

Waddle had a productive first season, hauling in 104 passes for 1,015 yards and six scores. Tyreek Hill joining the passing attack of the Dolphins should make defenses pay close attention to the passing game and improve Waddle's matchups.

16. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

In each of the previous two seasons, Johnson's reception, receiving yardage, and touchdown totals have increased. He is a wonderful talent who is at the height of his abilities. His fantasy value is only in doubt because of the quarterback issue with the Steelers. With Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett as the starter in the post-Ben Roethlisberger era, it's difficult to get very thrilled.

17. Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders

Although McLaurin is a superb wide receiver, it is difficult to rank him among the top two wide receivers in fantasy football when the Commander's offense is being led by a quarterback of Carson Wentz's level. McLaurin should easily surpass the 75 reception and 1,000 yard milestones for the third straight season, but don't be shocked if he falls short of double-digit touchdowns. In his three professional seasons, he has only scored 16 touchdowns.

18. Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

Mooney had an outstanding sophomore campaign, hauling in 81 passes for 1,055 yards and four scores. Now that Allen Robinson is in Los Angeles, Mooney is without a doubt the Bears' top option in the passing game. Young quarterback Justin Fields should frequently target Mooney each week, as expected.

19. Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans

Last season was the first time Cooks reached the 90 reception threshold. He connected well with rookie quarterback Davis Mills right away, and their relationship should only get stronger in 2022. Cooks won't likely post mind-blowing numbers, but he's one of the most reliable wide receivers in fantasy football, having accumulated 1,000+ receiving yards in six of the previous seven seasons.

20. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks

While Metcalf's yardage reduced last season, his 12 receiving touchdowns set a new career record. The quarterback situation facing the Seahawks is a problem for fantasy owners who are targeting Metcalf in their drafts. After losing future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle must now choose between Drew Lock and Geno Smith to serve as its starting quarterback.

21. Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals

While star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins faces a six-game ban to start the season, Brown, who was traded to the Cardinals at the 2022 NFL Draft, will serve as Kyler Murray's top target in the passing attack. For the Ravens in 2021, Brown recorded a career-high 91 receptions, 1,008 yards, and six touchdowns. Both before and after Hopkins is back in the lineup, he will have little trouble finding targets.

22. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

St. Brown quietly produced a standout first season for the 3-13-1 Lions with 90 receptions (the highest among rookies), 912 yards, and five touchdowns. St. Brown's first season in Detroit was impressive primarily because of how he finished.

  • Week 13: 10 rec, 86 yards, TD

  • Week 14: 8 rec, 73 yards

  • Week 15: 8 rec, 90 yards, TD

  • Week 16: 9 rec, 91 yards, TD

  • Week 17: 8 rec, 111 yards, TD

  • Week 18: 8 rec, 109 yards, TD

23. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin suffered an ACL tear in late December, and while a comeback in Week 1 is theoretical, it may not actually happen. In either case, Godwin is absolutely worth drafting if the news from training camp regarding his fitness is positive. Before getting hurt, Godwin was a fantastic fantasy wide receiver. Despite missing three games last year, he posted a career-high with 98 receptions. Brady will frequently look his way.

24. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos

Last season, Jeudy missed seven games due to injury, and in the 10 games he did play, he didn't play all that well, to be honest. However, Jeudy will be a breakout candidate in 2022 in Denver thanks to the addition of Russell Wilson at quarterback. He has never played with a quarterback of Wilson's caliber of talent.

25. Allen Robinson, L.A. Rams

Prior to missing five games in 2021 due to injury, Robinson was a top wide receiver in 2019 and 2020. After spending many years in Chicago receiving passes from average quarterbacks, Robinson joined the defending champion Rams in free agency. He joins a potent attack that features Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as wide receivers. Although Robinson won't be Los Angeles' top wide receiver target, he is still definitely worth drafting. He can again surpass 1,000 yards in Matthew Stafford's passing offense if he stays healthy.