Wide Receiver Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid

A look at wide receiver tiers for early drafts with strategy on who to target and avoid.

Welcome to the 2020 redraft wide receiver landscape where there are viable options as far as the eye can see. Even as you progress down the road of your draft, names you would like to have on your team continue to stretch to the horizon line. Let this inform you to break ties against wide receivers early, because you won't want to pass on the position too often in the middle and late rounds. Let's take a tour.

ELITE WR1

Michael Thomas, NO

  • Consider at ADP: Thomas

Strategy: The biggest question is whether to take a running back or Thomas with your top-five pick. It seems unlikely that he’ll match his 2019 peaks, so break ties in favor of the back unless you have a few aces up your sleeve at the position later in the draft. You’ll like the wide receivers in the mid-round a lot better than the running backs.

Thomas broke the record for receptions in a season in 2019 and did it without Drew Brees for five and most of a sixth game. He also benefited from a lack of a quality #2 receiver, which won’t be the case this year with the arrival of Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas is clearly the top fantasy wide receiver, but perhaps not worth a pick over a top-five running back.

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