Top 10 Dynasty Wide Receivers in the 2021 Offseason
We’re going to take a look at the Top 10 Dynasty Wide Receivers in the 2021 offseason and see who you need to be looking to trade for this offseason. These are predictions based on the next 5 to 10 years. Engage with 1,900+ passionate dynasty players and let the RotoHeat content team know what topics YOU want to hear about by visiting our RotoHeat Facebook page.
10. Tee Higgins
Putting Tee Higgins in my top 10 dynasty wide receivers is going to turn many heads, but I don’t think it’s that crazy. I was tempted to put CeeDee Lamb here because he’s more talented, but I think Higgins has a better situation to produce long term. Both lost their QBs, Dak after Week 5 and Burrow after Week 11, while they both showed they can be QB proof WRs. Lamb finished with a stat line of 74/935/5 in 16 games as Higgins finished with 67/908/6 in 14 games (he technically played in Week 1 and Week 17, but didn’t start Week 1 and barely saw the field and got hurt immediately in Week 17).
Higgins showed he’s a very consistent fantasy asset to have. He only scored single digits in 4 of the 14 games played while scoring double digits in 7 straight games. He’s got a higher floor but slightly lower ceiling than Lamb. So why else did I put Higgins over Lamb at the 10 spot in my top 10 dynasty wide receivers? I believe he’ll have a longer career as he builds a fantasy legacy with Joe Burrow as they produce numbers for years to come. Lamb has some question marks with Jerry Jones not wanting to pay Dak which could limit Lamb’s ceiling in the future.
Tee Higgins is extremely underrated, and it’s time to put some respect on him name. He is one of the top 10 dynasty wide receivers, though many have him closer to their WR20 in dynasty. I can understand why people have him there, but I think he’s going to have a long, consistent career like we’ve seen in Larry Fitzgerald. It’s time to buy in on him because his value won’t get any lower than it is right now.
9. Calvin Ridley
Calvin Ridley was highly coveted heading into the 2020 NFL season. Due to Julio’s nagging hamstring injury, Ridley proved he could be ‘the guy’ in Atlanta and why he’s one of the one of the top 10 dynasty wide receivers. He showed his value this past season finishing as the WR5 in 15 games.
He’s only 26 years old which means he hasn’t technically hit his prime yet and was a prototypical 3rd year breakout WR. With the Falcons committing to Matt Ryan, they will continue to be a high powered pass offense. Ridley’s route running is a thing of beauty and makes Ridley a beloved target for Ryan. For those who may be scared of Julio remaining in Atlanta, don’t. If anything, when Julio plays he takes the top corner with him making it even easier for Ridley to put up excellent fantasy production. I like Ridley at number 9 in the top 10 dynasty wide receivers list.
8. Stefon Diggs
If I would’ve told you last offseason that Stefon Diggs would be one of the top 10 dynasty wide receivers heading into the 2021 offseason, you would’ve thought I was insane. Thankfully for him, Buffalo took his already solid career and took it to the next level, finishing as the WR3 in 2020. Diggs filled a much needed WR1 role in the Buffalo passing offense and is a reliable target for Josh Allen. Josh Allen had a rough 2019 campaign, and Diggs helped him take the next step as they both became fantasy studs.
Stefon Diggs is in his prime at 27 years old and will have at least 3 years of being a mid-to-high WR1. He’s going to enjoy the high target share as John Brown will most likely not be on the team next season. This will open up targets for Gabriel Davis, but also for Diggs to see more as well. This past season he saw 166 targets and caught 127 of them, and I expect his numbers to remain in that area for the next few years, and that’s why he’s one of the top 10 dynasty wide receivers.
7. Michael Thomas
After blowing up in 2019, MT fell off the face of the fantasy planet. He was seen as one of the most reliable fantasy WRs after being a top 7 fantasy WR in all 4 years in the league. This year he finished as the WR93 in 7 games while scoring 0 TDs as he wrestled an ankle injury. He also saw a midseason benching after getting suspended for fighting a teammate in practice. Jeff Duncan of The Athletic writes Saints officials were “happy” with Michael Thomas’ response to his midseason benching. This is great news heading into 2021.
This is also great news for his value because many will be very low on him with the frustration he caused them. Let me reassure you that he’s still one of the top 10 dynasty wide receivers heading into next year. He’s got some of the surest hands and is proven to be QB proof. The only thing that may hurt his value would be Taysom Hill taking over, but I still love the talent in MT. He’s only 27 years old and is a reception hog which is huge for PPR. Make sure you don’t undervalue him just because of one rough season.
6. Tyreek Hill
Tyreek Hill was the most consistent WR in 2020 according to Aaron Larson from Fantasy Footballers. The Hill and Kelce combo in KC is a force to be reckoned with in real life and fantasy. They work very well off each other because they can both work short and long, so they’re mismatches waiting to happen. Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy found ways to get the ball into Tyreek’s hands throughout the season. The more touches he sees, the greater opportunity to put up huge fantasy numbers and cement his spot as one of the top 10 dynasty wide receivers.
You can make a case for Hill to be higher on the top 10 dynasty wide receivers list, but Tyreek will be 27 year old next season and a large part of his game is all about his speed. There’s uncertainty to how long he’ll sustain that speed and how he’ll produce after it’s gone. The good news is that we can expect him to keep his speed for the next 2-3 years before we see a decline, so hold onto Tyreek and enjoy a top dynasty asset.
5. Justin Jefferson
There was a lot of hype about Justin Jefferson, but I don’t think anyone would’ve expected him to be top 5 on the top 10 dynasty wide receivers list. He finished his rookie campaign with 88 receptions for 1,400 yards and 7 TDs. His 1,400 yards were the 2nd most for a rookie all-time behind Bill Groman who finished with 1,473 yards way back in 1960. This also broke the Viking’s rookie record set by Randy Moss, who finished with 1,313 yards on 69 receptions. Jefferson broke that too record too as he finished with 88 receptions on the year.
He had more targets than Adam Thielen with 125 compared to Adam’s 108 (and he’s been a WR1 3 of the past 4 seasons). Justin Jefferson is only 21 years old and isn’t even close to his prime. Kirk Cousin’s looks to be staying put in Minnesota and has built a connection with Jefferson that they can build on with more of an offseason than they had last year. Justin Jefferson has the upside of being THE WR1 in fantasy, but also will be a WR1 for the next decade barring injury. His WR6 finish in 2020 made him one of the most coveted players in all of fantasy football. He’ll be on the top 10 dynasty wide receivers list for years and years.
4. DeAndre Hopkins
Many worried about Hopkins this past offseason since he was turning 28 on a new team with no real offseason due to COVID-19. He silenced any doubters, putting up a WR4 finish and the catch of year aka the “Hail Murray.” Kyler Murray is 23 years old and is heading into his 3rd year as a pro, so there is going to be growth in both him and Hopkins. This connection and growth will continue to dominate fantasy on all formats. The fact of the matter is Nuk is so consistent and good that people often forget just how good this guy is, so let’s not put any disrespect on 4th ranked on the top 10 dynasty wide receivers list.
His age is often the biggest determinant for him being undervalued in dynasty formats, but this guy is built different. Nuk’s game is one that is adaptable as he’ll get older. Yes, his vertical jump plays a big role in his production at times, but his sure hands and smooth route running aren’t going anywhere. He learned from the great 37 year old Larry Fitzgerald this past year, so he may have learned a thing or two about longevity.
Another big factor to his value was dependent on his target share. Heading to Arizona, many believed there wasn’t going to be enough for him to sustain fantasy greatness, but he saw 160 targets this season. That was his 4th most in his 8 years in the NFL, so that’s nothing to worry about heading forward. He’s one of the best WRs in the league and is easily one of the top 10 dynasty wide receivers in the 2021 offseason.
3. A.J. Brown
The 23 year old stud had a WR12 fantasy finish in 14 games this season. He’s one of the best in the league at obtaining yards after the catch. After his rookie year, many expected him to fall off and not retain the efficiency he had before, but he commanded more targets and made the most of them again. He’s only going to improve, and we could see him finish as the WR1 in the coming years.
You can’t match this kids toughness as he’s battled through injuries his first 2 years in the league, but he has only missed 2 games. He’s someone who is reliable, and that’s a big part of dynasty fantasy football. He’s got many years ahead of him as one of the the top 10 dynasty wide receivers. He’s an asset that you may be able to get cheaper this offseason since he’s having surgery on both knees. Corey Davis will most likely chase the money in free agency opening up even more targets for A.J. Brown. I expect 2021 to be his best season yet.
2. D.K. Metcalf
I wasn’t sure where to put Metcalf and Brown, but Metcalf, though he is a little less talented, has the better QB play in Russell Wilson. Either way, he was going to be in the top 3 on the top 10 dynasty wide receivers list. He’s a physical specimen that the NFL hasn’t seen since Calvin Johnson. Julio is his closest player comp in the current NFL, but Metcalf has a long way to go until he can be mentioned in the same breath as the first ballet HOFer and future HOFer. Fortunately, he’s got the tools and the work ethic to make it happen.
He doesn’t have sure hands, but his ability to get open can trump that at times. Even though his hands can be inconsistent, he does a great job of high pointing balls, and he’s becoming Russ’s go to guy in the red zone, making his fantasy production that much more valuable. He is also more heavily targeted than A.J. Brown which helps his value. He saw 129 targets last season and should expect that to remain, if not go up, in the coming years. A 23 year old with unreal amounts of upside is someone you need when you’re in a dynasty format. You’ll never go wrong with Metcalf.
1. Davante Adams
Putting Davante Adams as my top WR in my top 10 dynasty wide receivers was the easiest selection I made in this article. His footwork is the best in the league, and he constantly gets open and gets points for your fantasy team. The 28 year old showed that it didn’t matter if he got matched up with the bet CB every game, he was still going get the best of them. As the only real fantasy WR on that team, he doesn’t need someone to take help away coverage to be the best WR in fantasy.
The Packers have refused to help Aaron Rodgers and Adams, but they continue to ball out. If they do bring help in through free agency or through the draft, it will only help Adams more. He was the WR1 in 2020 while only playing in 14 games. That’s good for the 9th greatest fantasy season for a WR. He may not match the season he had, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if he did. He may be number 1 on the top 10 dynasty wide receivers list next year, too.
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