2020 Post-NFL Draft WR Depth Chart (Fantasy Football)
2020’s WR rookie class is historic, and there is some seriously intriguing talent entering the league at the wide receiver position this season. The NFL Draft never disappoints, providing excitement and intrigue about your NFL’s team’s new additions to the roster. Now that the dust has settled, I’ve provided an updated depth chart for each team’s wide receiver group. I’ll highlight a few of the biggest changes for fantasy purposes in more detail below, but for a more detailed view of the depth chart before the NFL Draft, check out my article here. You can also view my Post-NFL Draft running back depth chart here.
For your reference, I have highlighted the 2020 rookie WRs in green. *Disclaimer: This depth chart is likely to change over the next few months. There is also a reasonable expectation that there could be some disagreement between the team’s WR1 vs. WR2 or the WR2 vs. WR3. This is how I see it as of late April.
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
The Packers had a…questionable draft strategy. After making it to the NFC Championship game last year, they chose to invest in the future with Jordan Love in Round 1 and A.J. Dillon in Round 2 rather than investing in more weapons for Aaron Rodgers. In passing on wide receivers, Allen Lazard becomes a huge winner after the NFL Draft. He’s now entrenched as the WR2 for the Packers after receiving no competition from a rookie. Look for him to be the second most targeted WR in Green Bay in 2020.
DeVante Parker and Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins
Parker and Williams figured to get some company on the WR depth chart, but the Dolphins chose to draft just one wide receiver, and it wasn’t until the 7th round of the NFL Draft. They took Malcolm Perry out of Navy, who is actually a QB from Navy who will be transitioning to WR at the NFL level. More on him here. These two receivers also get a potential franchise quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa. Look for Parker and Williams to dominate targets in Miami in 2020, and potentially beyond.
Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
On the surface, it may seem like McLaurin got more competition for targets, as the Redskins drafted Antonio Gibson out of Memphis and Antonio Gandy-Golden (AGG) out of Liberty. However, Gibson is more of a gadget type of player and an all-around weapon rather than a true outside receiver. He’s explosive, but his role won’t threaten McLaurin. AGG is talented, but he is more likely to threaten the role of Kelvin Harmon, Steven Sims, and Trey Quinn rather than McLaurin. Look for Scary Terry, the F1, or whatever your favorite nickname for this guy is to lead the Redskins in targets in 2020 and take a step forward in 2020. Last year with Dwayne Haskins at QB, McLaurin saw a 22.1% target share vs. a 17.1% target share without Haskins.
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts
Pittman is a talented, big-bodied WR out of USC who lands in a great spot in Indianapolis. TY Hilton remains the WR1 on this offense for now, but look for Pittman to step in as the team’s WR2 right out of the gate. There are long term question marks at QB for this team with Philip Rivers on just a one-year deal, but the WR depth chart isn’t intimidating. Zach Pascal profiles as a WR3 or 4 for an NFL roster while Parris Campbell is a complete question mark after missing most of 2019 because of injury. Worth noting the Colts took Pittman at Pick 33 overall before they took Jonathan Taylor. Addressing WR was this team’s top priority, and they fill their void with Pittman out of USC.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Reagor goes to a fantastic landing spot where the WR depth chart is wide open in Philly. Alshon Jeffery has struggled with injury throughout his career and is coming off major foot surgery. DeSean Jackson (33) hasn’t played 16 games since 2013, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside didn’t show much in his rookie season in 2019. Reagor has a legitimate shot to step right into the team’s WR1 role as early as this season and could be second or third in line for targets from Carson Wentz. The Eagles took Reagor with their first pick in the draft at #21 overall.
Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers
I was going to select Justin Jefferson for my last rookie winner, but that seemed too obvious. Brandon Aiyuk out of Arizona State was a guy who didn’t start picking up 1st Round buzz until the few weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, so the fact that he went in the first round is a win in and of itself. But, beyond just going in Round 1, Aiyuk landed with one of the best offensive minds in football in Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers, who by the way, traded up to get him. Last season, the Niners’ WRs were run after the catch machines, and that’s all thanks to the way Shanahan schemes his WRs open with the ball in their hands. Aiyuk was a yards-after-the-catch monster in college, and his skill set fits perfectly with the way the 49ers use their wideouts. Look for Aiyuk to step right into this team’s WR2 role and be productive right away.