The 2020 wide receiver class was forecasted to be the best we have ever seen. They have proven that statement right this season, from record breaking performances to amazing play after play. The future is very bright at the wide receiver position in the NFL. I have ranked the 2020 class below in order of how I feel they will impact fantasy football in 2021 and beyond. Let’s get right into!
1. Justin Jefferson / Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson had an amazing rookie season, showing that his record breaking college season was no fluke. He landed in one of the most favorable spots during the NFL draft. Jefferson took this opportunity and ran with it, he has set a franchise and NFL record with his 1,400 yards this season. Most impressively he did this on only 88 receptions. Jefferson is a big play waiting to happen. His dynasty outlook is great as the Vikings WR group is not very deep. Adam Thielen is Jefferson only real competition for targets currently, they can both coexist as fantasy assets. As we saw this with Diggs and Thielen in years prior. With an offense based off a dominant run game and play-action, Jefferson’s big plays should continue in 2021 and beyond!
2. Cee Dee Lamb / Dallas Cowboys
Lamb, falling to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 NFL Draft was one of the most interesting events of the draft. Amari Cooper who had just signed a large contract and Micheal Gallup were still rostered, they are still two very good NFL receivers. The need to improve at the position was not the top priority for the Cowboys. No one could blame them for selecting possibly the best wide receiver prospect in the draft. This season Lamb proved that the Cowboys had made the right choice, as he Finished as the WR22 on the season. When the Cowboys lost Dak Prescott the offense took a step back, limiting Lambs production. He was still able to produce seven double digit fantasy point weeks. Once Prescott returns or the Cowboys address the qauterback position this offseason I expect big things out of Lamb.
3. Tee Higgins / Cincinnati Bengals
Higgins was one of the most polarizing players coming out of this class. When Cincinnati selected the 6-4” wide receiver out of Clemson, my emitted though was he is the direct replacement to Aj Green. Higgins came onto the scene and stole the show, he averaged atleast 8 targets in nine of his 15 games played. He was able to produce 10 double digit fantasy point weeks this season. His production feel off slightly when the Bengals lost Joe Burrow to a season ending ACL injury. However, throughout this he was able to finish as the WR28 on the season. In 2021 if Burrow returns for the Beginning of the season, I see Higgins finishing as a top 15 wide receiver.
4. Brandon Aiyuk / San Francisco 49ers
Aiyuk was a fascinating prospect for me. He did not breakout till his senior year at Arizona State, which was concerning. However, there was nothing to worry about as Aiyuk stormed onto the scene! Aiyuk saw an ample amount of playing time this season, due to injuries in San Francisco. Shannan was able to utilize all of Aiyuk’s skills from receiving to rushing. Aiyuk was able to finish WR35 on the season, he did however have 3 WR1 finishes. Once the 49ers get back Garoppolo or replace him, Aiyuk will be in store for big things.
5. Denzel Mims / New York Jets
Denzel Mims was one of my favorite prospects coming out of this class. When the Jets took him in the second round of the NFL draft it made for a perfect opportunity to burst onto the scene. This was not the case due to injuries and poor coaching, caused Mims play to suffer. Most people will not have him in their top 5. However, I believe in Mims still, through the injuries and poor play around him, he was still able to shine. He never lite up the fantasy score board this season, but he put some great plays on tape. The Jets have fired Adam Gase and a new coaching staff should rejuvenate Mims young career.
6. Laviska Shenault / Jacksonville Jaguars
7. Chase Claypool / Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Jerry Juedy / Denver Broncos
9. Micheal Pittman jr / Indianapolis Colts
10. Gabriel Davis / Buffalo Bills
11. Jalen Reagor / Philadelphia Eagles
12. Henry Ruggs / Las Vegas Raiders
13. Darnell Mooney / Chicago Bears
14. Quintez Cephus / Detroit Lions
15. Van Jefferson / Los Angeles Rams
- KJ Hamler
- Colin Johnson
- Brian Edwards
- Donavon Peoples-Jones
- Devin Duvernay
- Antonio Gandy-Golden
- John Hightower
- Tyler Johnson