Running back, wide receiver, and tight end all see shakeups in their rankings in PPR leagues compared to standard, but just how pronounced are the differences? For wideouts, it’s not as dramatic as it is for backs, but it’s still important to note which players are more appealing in PPR formats. While the players at the top, such as Stefon Diggs and Davante Adams, are equally as valuable across both formats last season, more mid-tier and late-round sleepers emerge when you factor in even a half-point uptick per reception. Our 2021 fantasy WR PPR rankings highlight those players, as well as pass-catchers who go from “good” to “great.” 

Take Keenan Allen for example. In standard formats last season, Allen finished as the No. 18 WR. However, he finished at No. 13 in PPR formats. The difference lies in the obvious points per reception and average yards per reception. Allen charted 100 catches (tied for fifth) but produced just 9.9 yards per reception (96th among WRs). In formats that don’t reward receptions, it’s easy to see why he fell to a slightly more pedestrian ranking. 

On the flip side, Chase Claypool was up nine spots (14th) in standard compared to PPR. Registering just 62 receptions last year, Claypool had a limited PPR ceiling. But with 14.1 yards per reception and 11 total touchdowns (including two rushing), he was able to maximize his touches to the fullest extent, a recipe for standard success from a lower-volume player.

In PPR formats specifically, target share and an offenses’ passing volume is extra significant. Players who are force-fed passes are highly valuable, regardless of whether they have big-play ability. Route-running technicians who command volume are the most reliable in PPR, especially if they are also explosive downfield receivers. However, there are players who are explosive downfield receivers that aren’t going to see a large number of receptions — Claypool, Mike Williams, etc. Of course they are still valuable to a roster, but not in the same way reception hogs are. 

Look for players who are set to see a lot more targets and receptions due to vacated targets from last year, such as Calvin Ridley with the loss of Julio Jones or D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson with Curtis Samuel out of town, or guys like Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, Brandon Aiyuk or Deebo Samuel, or DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault Jr., whose offenses are set to take a step forward in passing volume and efficiency. These players range from elite options to mid-tier breakout candidates. Meanwhile, guys like Tyler Boyd, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Cole Beasley, Antonio Brown, Darnell Mooney, Jalen Reagor, and DeVonta Smith also play in high-volume offenses that should give them plenty of opportunities to be every-week WR2/3s in PPR.

Wide receiver is always a deep position in fantasy, and you can find players later in the draft who are set to command a lot of targets. Just make sure to understand the format of your league before the draft and evaluate the difference between PPR and standard rankings.

 We’ll be adjusting these WR PPR rankings and providing further analysis from now until Week 1, so check back for updates. For individual player analysis, check out our standard-league WR rankings.

2021 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring formats

Rank Player
1 Davante Adams, Packers
2 DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
3 Stefon Diggs, Bills
4 Calvin Ridley, Falcons
5 Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
6 Michael Thomas, Saints
7 Allen Robinson, Bears
8 DK Metcalf, Seahawks
9 Justin Jefferson, Vikings
10 Keenan Allen, Chargers
11 CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
12 A.J. Brown, Titans
13 Terry McLaurin, Washington
14 Cooper Kupp, Rams
15 Amari Cooper, Cowboys
16 Mike Evans, Buccaneers
17 D.J. Moore, Panthers
18 Robert Woods, Rams
19 Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
20 Julio Jones, Titans
21 Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
22 Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
23 Robby Anderson, Panthers
24 Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
25 Adam Thielen, Vikings
26 Diontae Johnson, Steelers
27 JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
28 Courtland Sutton, Broncos
29 Kenny Golladay, Giants
30 DeVante Parker, Dolphins
31 DJ Chark, Jaguars
32 Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
33 Deebo Samuel, 49ers
34 Tee Higgins, Bengals
35 Antonio Brown, Buccaneers
36 DeVonta Smith, Eagles
37 Chase Claypool, Steelers
38 Mike Williams, Chargers
39 Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
40 Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
41 Tyler Boyd, Bengals
42 Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
43 Will Fuller, Dolphins
44 Brandin Cooks, Texans
45 T.Y. Hilton, Colts
46 Jarvis Landry, Browns
47 Jalen Reagor, Eagles
48 Christian Kirk, Cardinals
49 Marquise Brown, Ravens
50 Curtis Samuel, Washington
51 Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars
52 Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
53 Darnell Mooney, Bears
54 Jamison Crowder, Jets
55 Cole Beasley, Bills
56 Michael Gallup, Cowboys
57 Corey Davis, Jets
58 Gabriel Davis, Bills
59 Tre’Quan Smith, Saints
60 Marvin Jones, Jaguars
61 Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
62 Russell Gage, Falcons
63 Nelson Agholor, Patriots
64 Emmanuel Sanders, Bills
65 Breshad Perriman, Lions
66 Tyrell Williams, Lions
67 John Brown, Raiders
68 Darius Slayton, Giants
69 Allen Lazard, Packers
70 Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
71 Kadarius Toney, Giants
72 Elijah Moore, Jets
73 Rondale Moore, Cardinals
74 Sammy Watkins, Ravens
75 A.J. Green, Cardinals
76 Van Jefferson, Rams
77 Tim Patrick, Broncos
78 Denzel Mims, Jets
79 Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
80 Rashod Bateman, Ravens
81 Randall Cobb, Texans
82 Marquez Callaway, Saints
83 Josh Reynolds, Titans
84 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
85 DeSean Jackson, Rams
86 Preston Williams, Dolphins
87 KJ Hamler, Broncos
88 Travis Fulgham, Eagles
89 Rashard Higgins, Browns
90 Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
91 Amari Rodgers, Packers
92 Bryan Edwards, Raiders
93 Josh Palmer, Chargers
94 Kendrick Bourne, Patriots
95 Sterling Shepard, Giants
96 Olamide Zaccheaus, Falcons
97 Parris Campbell, Colts
98 Adam Humphries, Washington
99 Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
100 Terrace Marshall Jr., Panthers
101 D’Wayne Eskridge, Seahawks
102 Miles Boykin, Ravens
103 Damiere Byrd, Bears
104 Anthony Miller, Bears
105 Devin Funchess, Packers
106 Nico Collins, Texans
107 Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns
108 Andy Isabella, Cardinals
109 Mohamed Sanu, 49ers
110 Dyami Brown, Washington

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