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Fantasy Football WR PPR Rankings 2021: Best wide receivers to draft, sleepers to know

Running back, wide receiver, and tight end all see shakeups in their rankings in PPR leagues compared to standard, but just how pronounced are the differences? For wideouts, it’s not as dramatic as it is for backs, but it’s still important to note which players are more appealing in PPR formats. While the players at the top, such as Stefon Diggs and Davante Adams, are equally as valuable across both formats last season, more mid-tier and late-round sleepers emerge when you factor in even a half-point uptick per reception. Our 2021 fantasy WR PPR rankings highlight those players, as well as pass-catchers who go from “good” to “great.” 

Take Keenan Allen for example. In standard formats last season, Allen finished as the No. 18 WR. However, he finished at No. 13 in PPR formats. The difference lies in the obvious points per reception and average yards per reception. Allen charted 100 catches (tied for fifth) but produced just 9.9 yards per reception (96th among WRs). In formats that don’t reward receptions, it’s easy to see why he fell to a slightly more pedestrian ranking. 

On the flip side, Chase Claypool was up nine spots (14th) in standard compared to PPR. Registering just 62 receptions last year, Claypool had a limited PPR ceiling. But with 14.1 yards per reception and 11 total touchdowns (including two rushing), he was able to maximize his touches to the fullest extent, a recipe for standard success from a lower-volume player.

In PPR formats specifically, target share and an offenses’ passing volume is extra significant. Players who are force-fed passes are highly valuable, regardless of whether they have big-play ability. Route-running technicians who command volume are the most reliable in PPR, especially if they are also explosive downfield receivers. However, there are players who are explosive downfield receivers that aren’t going to see a large number of receptions — Claypool, Mike Williams, etc. Of course they are still valuable to a roster, but not in the same way reception hogs are. 

Look for players who are set to see a lot more targets and receptions due to vacated targets from last year, such as Calvin Ridley with the loss of Julio Jones or D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson with Curtis Samuel out of town, or guys like Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, Brandon Aiyuk or Deebo Samuel, or DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr., whose offenses are set to take a step forward in passing volume and efficiency. These players range from elite options to mid-tier breakout candidates. Meanwhile, guys like Tyler Boyd, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Cole Beasley, Antonio Brown, Darnell Mooney, Jalen Reagor, and DeVonta Smith also play in high-volume offenses that should give them plenty of opportunities to be every-week WR2/3s in PPR.

Wide receiver is always a deep position in fantasy, and you can find players later in the draft who are set to command a lot of targets. Just make sure to understand the format of your league before the draft and evaluate the difference between PPR and standard rankings.

 We’ll be adjusting these WR PPR rankings and providing further analysis from now until Week 1, so check back for updates. For individual player analysis, check out our standard-league WR rankings.

2021 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring formats

Rank
Player
1
Davante Adams, Packers
2
DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
3
Stefon Diggs, Bills
4
Calvin Ridley, Falcons
5
Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
6
Michael Thomas, Saints
7
Allen Robinson, Bears
8
DK Metcalf, Seahawks
9
Justin Jefferson, Vikings
10
Keenan Allen, Chargers
11
CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
12
A.J. Brown, Titans
13
Terry McLaurin, Washington
14
Cooper Kupp, Rams
15
Amari Cooper, Cowboys
16
Mike Evans, Buccaneers
17
D.J. Moore, Panthers
18
Robert Woods, Rams
19
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
20
Julio Jones, Titans
21
Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
22
Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
23
Robby Anderson, Panthers
24
Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
25
Adam Thielen, Vikings
26
Diontae Johnson, Steelers
27
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
28
Courtland Sutton, Broncos
29
Kenny Golladay, Giants
30
DeVante Parker, Dolphins
31
DJ Chark, Jaguars
32
Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
33
Deebo Samuel, 49ers
34
Tee Higgins, Bengals
35
Antonio Brown, Buccaneers
36
DeVonta Smith, Eagles
37
Chase Claypool, Steelers
38
Mike Williams, Chargers
39
Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
40
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
41
Tyler Boyd, Bengals
42
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
43
Will Fuller, Dolphins
44
Brandin Cooks, Texans
45
T.Y. Hilton, Colts
46
Jarvis Landry, Browns
47
Jalen Reagor, Eagles
48
Christian Kirk, Cardinals
49
Marquise Brown, Ravens
50
Curtis Samuel, Washington
51
Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars
52
Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
53
Darnell Mooney, Bears
54
Jamison Crowder, Jets
55
Cole Beasley, Bills
56
Michael Gallup, Cowboys
57
Corey Davis, Jets
58
Gabriel Davis, Bills
59
Tre’Quan Smith, Saints
60
Marvin Jones, Jaguars
61
Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
62
Russell Gage, Falcons
63
Nelson Agholor, Patriots
64
Emmanuel Sanders, Bills
65
Breshad Perriman, Lions
66
Tyrell Williams, Lions
67
John Brown, Raiders
68
Darius Slayton, Giants
69
Allen Lazard, Packers
70
Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
71
Kadarius Toney, Giants
72
Elijah Moore, Jets
73
Rondale Moore, Cardinals
74
Sammy Watkins, Ravens
75
A.J. Green, Cardinals
76
Van Jefferson, Rams
77
Tim Patrick, Broncos
78
Denzel Mims, Jets
79
Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
80
Rashod Bateman, Ravens
81
Randall Cobb, Texans
82
Marquez Callaway, Saints
83
Josh Reynolds, Titans
84
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
85
DeSean Jackson, Rams
86
Preston Williams, Dolphins
87
KJ Hamler, Broncos
88
Travis Fulgham, Eagles
89
Rashard Higgins, Browns
90
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
91
Amari Rodgers, Packers
92
Bryan Edwards, Raiders
93
Josh Palmer, Chargers
94
Kendrick Bourne, Patriots
95
Sterling Shepard, Giants
96
Olamide Zaccheaus, Falcons
97
Parris Campbell, Colts
98
Adam Humphries, Washington
99
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
100
Terrace Marshall Jr., Panthers
101
D’Wayne Eskridge, Seahawks
102
Miles Boykin, Ravens
103
Damiere Byrd, Bears
104
Anthony Miller, Bears
105
Devin Funchess, Packers
106
Nico Collins, Texans
107
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns
108
Andy Isabella, Cardinals
109
Mohamed Sanu, 49ers
110
Dyami Brown, Washington

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