2024 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Tiers: Lamb, Hill Lead the Way

Fab's WR tiers to help with your draft.
Dec 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) reacts toward Miami Dolphins fans during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) reacts toward Miami Dolphins fans during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Tiers: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Tight Ends

The 2024 NFL season is fast approaching, so it’s time to look at fantasy positional “tiers.” Unlike my PPR player rankings, tiers group players of similar value. So, if you miss out on a particular player on a tier in your draft, you can see others on that same tier who are good alternatives to pick.

I’ve covered quarterbacks and running backs, so now let’s look at wide receivers. This is now the most important position in fantasy football, especially in leagues that award points for receptions. It’s also the deepest position, as more teams have leaned on the pass attack in recent seasons. We’ve also seen a lot of wide receivers come out of the collegiate ranks and make an immediate impact (many of whom you’ll see in the first several tiers).

Tier 1 – The Elite

CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
Tyreek Hill, Dolphins
Justin Jefferson, Vikings
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
Ja'Marr Chase, Bengals

Lamb moved past Hill and Jefferson as the top wideout in fantasy football after a career 2023 season that saw him post 403.2 points. Hill, the WR2 last season, remains a close second. Jefferson remains in my top three, but the loss of Kirk Cousins brings at least some questions due to the state of the Vikings quarterback situation. He’ll be catching passes from either rookie J.J. McCarthy or journeyman Sam Darnold. St. Brown is locked in as a top-five wideout, and Chase remains among the elite with a healthy Joe Burrow in Cincinnati. 

Tier 2 – Mid WR1s

A.J. Brown, Eagles
Puka Nacua, Rams
Garrett Wilson, Jets
Marvin Harrison Jr., Cardinals

Brown finished fifth in fantasy points among wideouts last season, but he faded down the stretch. Still, he’ll be a first-round selection in most drafts. Nacua, who came out of nowhere to rank fourth in points among wideouts, will be a top-24 overall pick. You must wonder if he can duplicate such a magical season, however, especially if Cooper Kupp can avoid injuries. Wilson is a popular breakout candidate, as he’ll have Aaron Rodgers under center. I am very high on Harrison Jr. coming into his rookie season, which is obvious as I have him listed as a potential low-WR1. He'll be a top-36 pick.

Tier 3 – Low WR1s

Davante Adams, Raiders
Chris Olave, Saints
Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
Drake London, Falcons
Mike Evans, Buccaneers
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts

Adams was inconsistent in the stat sheets last year but still finished in the top 10. Olave should post a career season with Michael Thomas off the roster, and Aiyuk should build on his impressive 2023 season. He’s also entering a contract year. This tier includes four players who could push for WR1 value. London is a popular breakout candidate with Kirk Cousins now under center in Atlanta. Evans was the WR7 a season ago, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. Pittman Jr. should remain the Colts' No. 1 wideout, and his numbers were solid in games started by Anthony Richardson last season.

Tier 4 – High WR2s

DK Metcalf, Seahawks
Nico Collins, Texans
Deebo Samuel Sr., 49ers
DJ Moore, Bears

The Seahawks passing game should benefit from hiring Ryan Grubb as their new offensive coordinator, which is good news for Metcalf. This tier also includes Collins ahead of Stefon Diggs, as he has a rapport with C.J. Stroud. Samuel Sr., coming off a WR15 finish, should be a fine No. 2 wideout. As for Moore, he will struggle to duplicate his high-end numbers from last season after the Bears traded for Keenan Allen and drafted Rome Odunze. He’ll drop from a mid-level No. 1 wideout to a No. 2 option.

Tier 5 – Mid WR2s

Stefon Diggs, Texans
Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
Devonta Smith, Eagles
Malik Nabers, Giants

Diggs can no longer be considered an elite fantasy option, as he'll compete with Collins and Tank Dell for targets. Still, he should finish in the WR2 range in what should be an explosive pass attack. Waddle and Smith are both in high-octane offenses and will be attractive WR2s in fantasy leagues. Nabers should be a target hero as a rookie in New York if his quarterbacks can get him the football. There's high-end WR2 potential in him.

Tier 6 – Low WR2s

Cooper Kupp, Rams
Amari Cooper, Browns
Terry McLaurin, Commanders
Christian Kirk, Jaguars

Kupp has missed parts of the last two seasons due to injuries and is now entering his age-31 season, so he’s fallen to the WR2/WR3 range as a result. Cooper averaged a solid 15.3 PPR points in his 15 games last season, and he should remain the top option in the Browns pass attack even with the addition of Jerry Jeudy during the offseason. McLaurin should emerge as the first option in the passing game for rookie Jayden Daniels. Kirk will be the first receiving option with Calvin Ridley no longer in the Jaguars offense.  

Tier 7 – High WR3s/Flex

Zay Flowers, Ravens
Ladd McConkey, Chargers
Tee Higgins, Bengals
Geroge Pickens, Steelers
Jayden Reed, Packers
Keenan Allen, Bears
Tank Dell, Texans

There is real upside in this tier as Flowers, McConkey and Higgins could push for WR2 value. Flowers should build on a good rookie season, and McConkey has a shot to lead all Chargers wideouts in targets. He’ll be a popular sleeper option in drafts. Higgins had a subpar 2023 but will be motivated to rebound in a contract year. Pickens and Reed could both break out as the projected top receivers for their respective teams. Allen, whose stock fell after being traded to the Bears, is now a flex option. The same holds true for Dell, who looked terrific as a rookie but will lose opportunities to Diggs.

Tier 8 – Mid WR3s/Flex

Calvin Ridley, Titans
Diontae Johnson, Panthers
Marquise Brown, Chiefs
Courtland Sutton, Broncos
Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
Rashee Rice, Chiefs

Ridley, who finished 18th among wideouts last season, is now in an offense with an unproven quarterback in Will Levis and will have to compete with DeAndre Hopkins. Johnson will be the top target for Bryce Young in Carolina, so I can see him averaging 12-13 points per game. Brown could be a bargain for managers if he opens the season as the top wideout in Kansas City. I have his new teammate, Rice in his tier, but I have no idea what sort of suspension he’ll face for his off-field problems. Sutton, who remains the clear top wideout in Denver, and the veteran Godwin should both be on the low WR3 radar.

Tier 9 – Low WR3s/Flex

Jordan Addison, Vikings
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seahawks
DeAndre Hopkins, Titans
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
Jameson Williams, Lions

There’s plenty of upside in Tier 10, but some questions too. Addison would be ranked higher if it weren’t for the quarterback questions in Minnesota, and Hopkins will contend with Ridley for targets in Tennessee. I like Smith-Njigba as a potential sleeper/breakout in his second season, but Lockett remains a big part of Seattle's offense. Williams, who will see a bigger role in Detroit this season, should post career numbers. He has sleeper/breakout appeal.

Tier 10 – High WR4s

Brian Thomas Jr., Jaguars
Keon Coleman, Bills
Xavier Worthy, Chiefs
Rome Odunze, Bears
Christian Watson, Packers

We can call this the rookie tier, as it includes Thomas Jr., Coleman, Worthy and Odunze. All four have a chance to play prominent roles for their respective teams. Odunze, who will have to compete with Moore and Allen for targets in Chicago, might have the lowest ceiling of the quartet. Watson is hard to trust because of last season's injury woes, but he could also be a bargain.

Tier 11 – Mid WR4s

Adam Thielen, Panthers
Mike Williams, Jets
Jakobi Meyers, Raiders
Curtis Samuel, Bills
Brandin Cooks, Cowboys

Thielen and Williams will be no better than the second-best options in the passing games of their respective teams. Meyers might have hit his ceiling last season when he finished as the WR24, but he's still worth a late look. Samuel has some sleeper appeal in Buffalo, and Cooks will be a matchup-based option in what figures to be a highly productive Cowboys passing game.

Tier 12 – Low WR4s

Gabe Davis, Jaguars
Jerry Jeudy, Browns
Josh Downs, Colts
DeMario Douglas, Patriots
Josh Palmer, Chargers

There are a lot of recognizable names, but none of them come with target guarantees. Davis will have to compete with Thomas Jr. for a starting job in Jacksonville, and Jeudy will be the second or third option in the Browns passing game. Downs and Douglas have some deep sleeper appeal.


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