Top 5 Rookie Wide Receivers for 2020 Fantasy Football
By Max Staley
The 2020 NFL Draft class boasted an insanely talented group of rookie wide receivers. In fact, there were 13 wideouts picked in the first two rounds, including six that came off the board in the top 25.
In all likelihood, that means there will be way more fantasy-relevant rookie WRs than we see in a typical year. With that in mind, let's break down the five best rookie wide receivers to own for the 2020 fantasy football season.
Note: All average draft position (ADP) info is courtesy of FantasyPros' ADP rankings.
Best Rookie Receivers for 2020 Fantasy Season
5. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (ADP: WR61)
Brandon Aiyuk and the San Francisco 49ers are a perfect marriage of player and scheme. Aiyuk's most dangerous trait is his ability to run after the catch, and the 49ers clearly target players with YAC ability. In fact, George Kittle's 602 YAC was the best among tight ends and third-best mark overall, while Deebo Samuel was second among WRs with 8.3 YAC per reception. With Samuel likely out for a good chunk of the year, Aiyuk could step into a big role on a high-scoring offense that's suited to his strengths. He has real upside, despite what his ADP might lead you to believe.
4. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (ADP: WR40)
On talent alone, CeeDee Lamb might be No. 1 on this list. Yet he inexplicably fell to No. 17 overall in the NFL Draft, landing with the Dallas Cowboys. On the surface, putting a high-end talent in one of the NFL's best offenses seems like a recipe for success, but that might not be the case here. He'll be overshadowed by Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper (232 combined targets in 2019), and Lamb will also be competing with Ezekiel Elliott and Blake Jarwin for targets. His ceiling is as high as it gets, but that's mirrored by an incredibly low floor.
3. Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: WR51)
Last season, no Philadelphia Eagles' WR reached even 500 receiving yards. To rectify that, Howie Roseman took the speedster Jalen Reagor with the No. 21 overall pick. He's got a real shot at carving out a big role given how ineffective this group was in 2019, and his skillset suits what Carson Wentz does best. In Wentz's near-MVP campaign he had a 9.9 average depth of target (aDOT). That number fell to 7.7 and 8.0 over the two subsequent seasons. Perhaps not-so coincidentally, so did Wentz's stats. Expect Wentz to be looking Reagor's way downfield quite a bit in 2020.
2. Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders (ADP: WR46)
The second Henry Ruggs steps on the field, he'll be in contention for the title of NFL's fastest man. Even Madden 21 agrees, as Tyreek Hill is the only player with a higher speed rating than Ruggs. Derek Carr doesn't go deep as often as you'd like Ruggs' QB to, but Las Vegas plans to use the Alabama product in a variety of ways. He's certainly got the requisite talent to be a star, though he'll likely be a bit of a boom-or-bust option in 2020.
1. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos (ADP: WR41)
Jerry Jeudy is the most well-known player on this list, and he's taking the top spot in our rankings as well. He was generally considered the best WR in the class, and he's stepping into a WR-needy team in the Denver Broncos. Aside from No. 1 option Courtland Sutton, no Broncos' WR that's still with the team reached even 300 receiving yards in 2019. He'll likely be a top-two option from day one, and with his prodigious talent, Jeudy has upside as a rookie. If Drew Lock makes a second-year leap, the sky's the limit for Jeudy.
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