This offseason was one for the record books. The movement of high profile players, particularly wide receivers was done on a scale not previously seen before. With the movement comes a shakeup in rankings. Some familiar names remain at the top, some have fallen. The changing of the guard is in full effect and this year’s rankings reflect that. Lets take a closer look at the 2022 wide receiver rankings.
Tier 1 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings
In 2021 Jefferson continued his ascension to superstar status and now will operate as the focal point in a pass first offense.
Ja’Marr Chase – Cincinnati Bengals
A dominant force as a rookie, Burrow will now have time to operate and get him the ball with the massive upgrade at offensive line in the off-season.
Tier 2 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams
Kupp and Stafford became fast friends and Kupp exploded. The duo will look to build on 2021 and that bodes well for Kupp.
Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers
Regardless of where he operates, Deebo is a threat. The problems will continue for opposing defenses against Samuel in 2022.
Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills
Diggs will continue being amongst the top wide receivers as Allen trusts him and will feed him the ball.
Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers
Johnson has become a target hog who is the quarterbacks best friend. Whichever quarterback ends up winning the job in Pittsburgh will feed Diontae to ensure their mutual success.
Tyreek Hill – Miami Dolphins
Despite the change of scenery Hill remains the most electrifying wide receiver in the NFL. Hill will put his stamp on the Dolphins offense.
Tier 3 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks
The loss of Wilson hurts his short term prospects, but the talent is undeniable.
Ceedee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys
Given a chance to operate as the alpha wide receiver in a high powered offense, Lamb has a chance to ascend into the elite echelon of wide receivers.
DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers
In spite of horrible quarterback play throughout his career, Moore always produces. 2022 will be no different.
AJ Brown – Tennessee Titans
His talent is incredible but a little of the luster has worn off. A healthy AJB has a new partner in crime and will look to rebound from an underwhelming injury plagued season in 2021
Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs bet on Godwin with a long term deal this offseason. I’d bet on him too.
Davante Adams – Las Vegas Raiders
Adams is a year older, on a new team, and surrounded by the most talented group of receiving options he’s ever played with. A dip is coming.
Jaylen Waddle – Miami Dolphins
The addition of Hill to the mix seems to dull some of Waddle’s shine. Don’t be fooled, there will be plenty of opportunities for Waddle and he will see single coverage all day.
Tier 4 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mr. Consistent keeps putting up 1,000 yards receiving and a high volume of touchdowns. With the return of Brady go ahead and ink him in for another one of those seasons.
Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers
Allen operates as the first receiving option in one of the best offenses in the league. Allen will keep producing with his high volume of targets.
Amari Cooper – Cleveland Browns
Cooper gets traded for peanuts and finds himself with downgrade at quarterback. Or so we thought. With the addition of Watson, Cooper again finds himself as the number one receiver with a strong armed athletic quarterback. Expect a big year.
Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals
An incredibly talented wide receiver, Higgins would be the top option on a majority of teams in the league. He will still produce strong numbers despite playing second fiddle to Chase.
Tier 5 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
Michael Pittman – Indianapolis Colts
Pittman emerged as the top threat in the receiving game in 2021. With defenses focusing on Taylor, look for Pittman to continue his climb as one of the up and coming young wide receiver in the league.
DeVonta Smith – Philadelphia Eagles
Smith had a strong rookie campaign. He has shown he is capable at winning against cornerbacks in the NFL. As Hurts and the Eagles offense develops, Smith will reap the rewards.
Elijah Moore – New York Jets
When healthy, Moore was a force to be reckoned with. The Jets have improved talent through free agency this offseason, but have not added any wide receivers. This shows their confidence in Moore and it is his chance to shine.
Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans
Put simply, Cooks is the most underrated player in all of fantasy football. People will doubt him again and Cooks will succeed…again.
Darnell Mooney – Chicago Bears
With Robinson walking in free agency and no big name being added, the Bears have signaled they are confident in Mooney’s ability to be the alpha wide receiver. Mooney has a golden opportunity in 2022.
Terry McLaurin – Washington Commanders
We all have to admit that McLaurin is not an elite wide receiver. He is a consistent wide receiver two that you can set and forget.
Tier 6 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos
Hunter Renfrow – Las Vegas Raiders
Rashad Bateman – Baltimore Ravens
Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos
Allen Robinson – Los Angeles Rams
Tier 7 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
Deandre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals
Chase Claypool – Pittsburgh Steelers
JuJu Smith-Schuster – Kansas City Chiefs
Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens
Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks
Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers
Amon-Ra St. Brown – Detroit Lions
Tier 8 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints
DJ Chark – Detroit Lions
Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers
Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys
Christian Kirk – Jacksonville Jaguars
Robert Woods – Tennessee Titans
Odell Beckham Jr. – Free Agent
Tier 9 – 2022 Wide Receiver Rankings
Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons
Jakobi Meyers – New England Patriots
Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings
Kenny Golladay – New York Giants
Kadarius Toney – New York Giants
The 2022 wide receiver rankings have really been shaken up. Age and injuries are catching up to many players. The new coaching staffs and front office personnel have also made big changes on many teams across the league. The draft will only further shift these rankings as teams continue to make roster moves.
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A fantasy football degenerate with an extreme love for the game. The only position Sam has ever played in any form of competitive football is armchair quarterback.
An affinity for football and watching games together was a part of growing up for him and his three brothers. 30 plus years as a Vikings fan has made him a glutton for punishment and a believer that he can do something his hometown team can’t, put together a championship roster.
Now 22 years into his fantasy football general manager career he is here to offer insight, advice, and the same hope for championships that he desperately clutches to for his Purple People Eaters.