After previously highlighting the darkhorse running backs who could finish as the overall RB1 in fantasy football in 2021, we now turn our attention to the wide receivers.
This time, we are examining what makes a receiver end the season as the fantasy WR1. The position isn’t as top-heavy as running back, but there is still juice to squeeze when targeting second- or third-tier wideouts.
Here are the WR1 finishers from the past five years using 0.5-PPR scoring:
|Season||WR1||Total Points||PPG||PPG Rank|
As mentioned, the fantasy points per game are considerably lower for top-end receivers compared to running backs.
One interesting thing to note is that the benchmark for points per game has slowly risen over the past five years:
|Season||WR1||Tgt||Tgt Share||Rec||RecYDS||Total TD|
Taking a look at the stats breakdown tells us one fairly obvious thing: targets, targets, targets. If you adjust for Adams’ two missing games in 2020, his market share would have clocked in at 32.3%. The largest reason that Tyreek Hill finished as the WR1 in 2018 was due to a massive 17 yards per reception and some added rushing work.