Top Sleeper Wide Receivers for 2021 Fantasy Football Season
By Max Staley
Wide receiver is probably the deepest position in fantasy football right now. If you miss out on the top-tier studs like Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams, you'll need to fill out your roster with some low-cost, high-reward options.
That's where these sleeper wide receivers come into play.
Sleeper WR 2021
Note: All Average Draft Position (ADP) info comes from FantasyPros.
3. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins (ADP: WR43)
Jaylen Waddle was the most explosive player in college football when healthy. And now that he's with the Miami Dolphins, not much has changed. Waddle is reportedly lighting up training camp, and while he went down in his first taste of preseason action, it looks like he'll be fine for the season. That's good news for fantasy managers. He played just four games for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2020, turning 25 touches into a whopping 569 yards and 4 touchdowns. The rookie can flat-out fly, and he's currently set to start for Miami out of the slot. He's got big-time upside and is one of the best mid-round stashes to target in fantasy this year.
2. Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (ADP: WR47)
Michael Pittman Jr. has a real opportunity to step up for the Indianapolis Colts in 2021. He was a rock-solid contributor down the stretch last season, averaging 51.4 receiving yards per outing over his final 10 games (including the playoffs). The second-year wideout could easily establish himself as the No. 1 option for Carson Wentz and the Colts. From Week 9 on (after Pittman got healthy), his 5.8 targets per game would've ranked second on the team. It's not hard to envision him passing the team's top dog, T.Y. Hilton, who saw 6.2 looks per game last year. Pittman is a talented, 23-year-old receiver who has a real chance to emerge as the No. 1 option for a solid offense. That's a fantastic gamble at his current ADP of WR47.
1. Elijah Moore, New York Jets (ADP: WR56)
Elijah Moore is our top sleeper wide receiver this season, and he might be the most underrated player in fantasy right now. The rookie comes into the league with a rare blend of athletic ability, collegiate production and NFL opportunity. Moore's 1,193 receiving yards were second only to Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, and PlayerProfiler gave him a 98th percentile agility score. Oh, and he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash during his Pro Day. He's going to be primarily competing with Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder for targets, but it'll be hard to keep the rookie off the field. He's reportedly dominated New York Jets training camp, earning plenty of looks with the first-team offense. And with the way Zach Wilson has looked during the preseason, this passing offense could be a lot better than people think. Don't be afraid to reach for Moore in the mid-to-late rounds. If anyone has a chance to be this year's Justin Jefferson, it's Elijah Moore.
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