Utilizing a tier-based approach to drafting in fantasy football leagues is an option that many managers utilize. Using this system allows managers to see where the talent drops off at each position and make draft-day decisions based on which positions are dropping off the quickest. Here is a breakdown of the PFN consensus 2022 fantasy football WR tiers as you prepare for your fantasy drafts.
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2022 fantasy football WR tiers
The tiers below are formed from a consensus ranking between PFN’s Fantasy Football Director Ben Rolfe, Senior Fantasy Analyst Tommy Garrett, and Fantasy Analyst Jason Katz. The scoring format for the tiers below is PPR and is correct as of Aug. 16, 2022.
Kupp averaged over 25 points per game (ppg) last year as he led the league in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. There should still be plenty of opportunities for him, but the injury concern over Matthew Stafford could have a major knock-on effect on Kupp. In PPR formats, Kupp just takes the top of this first tier.
Jefferson is pushing for the top of this tier and is coming off a year in which he had a 30% target share. There is also a chance the passing volume increases this year as Kevin O’Connell takes over as head coach from Mike Zimmer.
Chase had a fantastic rookie season, despite the relatively low-volume, slow-paced nature of the Bengals’ offense. He averaged 17.9 ppg, and if the offense plays to a quicker tempo, his ceiling is significantly higher.
Diggs is arguably the best value in this tier when you consider ADP. He should see another high-volume season as Josh Allen’s No. 1 receiver. The Bills passed the ball for fun in 2021, and with their QB coach taking over as offensive coordinator, they should continue to attack through the air this season.
Samuel has an intriguing floor because of the way the 49ers use him in the run game. Their usage of him in the red zone last year also presents the potential for a nice ceiling if he can see a similar role. He finished the year with 14 red-zone carries and nine inside the 10-yard line.
The arrival of Hill in Miami has made that offense intriguing. There were concerns over the impact of the change on his deep-ball work. However, Hill is a player you simply get the ball in the hands of and watch him work. He is too talented to fall outside of the top two tiers.
Lamb’s value is intriguing because the Cowboys’ receiver room is looking very thin. With Amari Cooper gone, Michael Gallup hurt, and no clear No. 2, could Lamb be in for a huge target share? The downside of that is that he will be the main target for opposing defenses to shut down in the passing game.
Adams has the opposite problem to Lamb. He’s gone from being the only reliable receiver in Green Bay to one of three reliable pass catchers in Las Vegas. There are concerns over whether he can still be as productive if he doesn’t see the same target share he got with the Packers. Adams has the talent to overcome it, but it’s a split opinion among our analysts.
Michael Pittman Jr.
Pittman is the exciting new kid on the block as he looks to build on a 1,000-receiving-yard season in 2021. There may be growing pains with a new QB, but he overcame that in 2021, and Matt Ryan is certainly talented enough to get him the ball.
In contrast, Mike Evans is Mr. Reliable. You can almost lock 1,000 receiving yards in, and if he gets double-digit touchdowns, he should be a top-10 receiver again.
Allen is virtually a lock for a 25% target share. His efficiency with those targets has declined slightly as he hits 30 years old. However, he should still be in that WR2 range come the end of the season.
DJ Moore just produces for fantasy managers regardless of who is under center. If he could just find the end zone more, he would be a clear WR1.
Sutton struggled at times as he returned from an ACL injury. However, he has a huge upgrade at QB in Russell Wilson and another 1,000-yard season appears to be on the cards.
Johnson is a tough one to call because he should be heavily featured, but who knows what the QB play in Pittsburgh will look like. He should at least see enough volume his way into a WR2 finish.
Tee Higgins is the only wide receiver in the first three tiers that isn’t his team’s WR1. He saw a 24% target share last season, and the Bengals have room to grow in terms of pace of play and overall pass volume.
For all the criticism of Carson Wentz, he’s an upgrade at QB for McLaurin this year. McLaurin has been a back-to-back 1,000-yard receiver with lesser QB play. He should slot in nicely as a WR2 this year.
Cooks consistently averages around 14 ppg. No one ever seems excited to draft him, but he always produces solid stats when the season ends. He’s the clear No. 1 in that offense, and Davis Mills is an intriguing QB.
Metcalf has seen a huge QB downgrade, and it has just raised an element of uncertainty. He has the talent where he should be fine over the course of the year, but there might be some frustrating weeks this year.
Brown’s switch to Philadelphia was exciting on draft day, but fantasy-wise, it was a fairly lateral move. With Jalen Hurts running the ball, getting significantly over 100 targets could be a concern.
Williams is a wonderful big play threat. However, he sometimes lacks consistency as a pass catcher. He averaged over 23 ppg in the first month last year and then sat closer to 12 ppg after that.
Waddle should still see a solid target share, even with Hill’s arrival. The question is whether he can do any better than last year if his average depth of target remains at just seven yards.
Robinson just got a huge upgrade at QB this offseason. We have seen he can sit around 16 ppg when things click. In the Rams’ offense, there is the potential that could go even higher.
Mooney will take over as the WR1 in Chicago. He had a solid connection with Justin Fields and will be looking to back up his 1,000-yard season with another strong performance in 2022.
Thomas is back, but will it be the Thomas we saw in 2018 and 2019? That is the major uncertainty here. We know he’s talented, but does Thomas still have the same fluidness, and can he work within an offense that is without Drew Brees and Sean Payton?
Amon-Ra St. Brown
This is a fascinating tier. Brown could have a strong first six weeks but could slide back into the pack when DeAndre Hopkins returns from suspension.
London could be a target monster as the clear No. 1 wide receiver for the Falcons. He’ll compete with Kyle Pitts for targets, but 100 targets should be more than possible.
St. Brown developed wonderfully down the stretch as a rookie. There is more competition this year, but he proved he deserves a significant role in the offense.
Thielen is not as efficient as he once was and is very TD dependent if he wants to get close to WR2 value. Cooper’s value is in flux with every twist and turn of the Deshaun Watson saga. It’s hard to be bullish on him if Jacoby Brissett is running the offense all season.
Godwin is on track to return for Week 1. The question is how healthy he will be and how much the Buccaneers will ease him back in.
Davis was the summer darling after his playoff performance. He will still play second-fiddle to Diggs, and there were concerns around consistency last year.
Smith-Schuster will hope to reinvigorate his career in Kansas City. He could be the leader among wide receiver targets, but Kelce is the main man in that offense.
Jeudy improved last year in terms of catch rate but failed to find the end zone on 56 targets. Bateman will have a tough time improving on the WR25 finish we saw from Marquise Brown last year. That feels very much like his ceiling.
Fantasy football WR tiers 2022 | 6-10
Tier 6: DeAndre Hopkins, Brandon Aiyuk, Hunter Renfrow, Tyler Lockett, Elijah Moore, DeVonta Smith, Robert Woods, Allen Lazard, Treylon Burks, Christian Kirk
Tier 7: Tyler Boyd, Kadarius Toney, Jalen Tolbert, Chase Claypool, Jakobi Meyers, Garrett Wilson, Jarvis Landry
Tier 8: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Michael Gallup, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, Russell Gage, Robbie Anderson, Julio Jones, George Pickens
Tier 9: DJ Chark, Isaiah McKenzie, Mecole Hardman, Nico Collins, K.J. Osborn, Skyy Moore, Corey Davis, Chris Olave
Tier 10: Wan’Dale Robinson, KJ Hamler, Van Jefferson, Rondale Moore, Curtis Samuel, DeVante Parker, Jahan Dotson, Sterling Shepard, Kendrick Bourne, Byron Pringle, David Bell