Who Is the Top Wide Receiver on a New Team?

The Footballguys staff discuss veteran wide receivers who changed teams over the offseason

Who is your top wide receiver on a different team in 2020? Are you targeting this player in a normal redraft league? Do you think they might be underrated by most of the fantasy community?

Chad Parsons

I have always been a defender of Brandin Cooks. Despite changing teams during his career has top-24 PPR PPG seasons in 5-of-6 years with only a lost 2019 season his outlier. Concussions are piling up for Cooks but overall durability and missing games have not been an issue for the receiver still in his prime window for peak production. Cooks will have every opportunity to be the WR1 for Deshaun Watson in 2020 and crush his ancillary-level ADP this season.

Jason Wood

This is very much a discussion of draft value. If we were just positing which receiver has the best year, it would be DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins, who produced high-end WR1 numbers in Houston every season, joins a team even more pass-happy with a good supporting cast but no one talented enough to take his lofty target volume away.

As we pivot to value, I like Chad's choice of Cooks. I'll admit, seeing Cooks change teams again gives me pause, even though I firmly bought into him after the trades to New England and Los Angeles. How do we explain why a player, who has been a borderline top-10 receiver in most of his seasons, can be deemed expendable by Sean Payton, Bill Belichick, and Sean McVay? If we believe in the greater fool theory, is Bill O'Brien the one left holding the bag?

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