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Fantasy Football: Worst-case scenario for every top-12 wide receiver

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) completes a touchdown reception on a pass from quarterback Matt Ryan (not pictured) against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2021 season. Click here to read the series of questions answered so far.

Every single professional football player is in fact a terrific athlete. It’s possible to make just about anybody look good by selecting picking highlights.

Don’t believe me? Look.

Having spent the better part of the last decade churning out one piece of fantasy football content after another: I feel confident in my ability to talk up virtually every skill-position player in the league.

Today’s goal isn’t to confirm our priors and talk up the game’s best players. Rather, what follows is a breakdown on how the top-12 fantasy football wide receivers could go wrong in 2020. I’ll use our PFF consensus fantasy ranks to list the top-12 receivers before explaining how things could go south with an emphasis on brevity.

Great day to be great. Or in this case, to determine why some of the league’s best talents could feasibly be less great than usual in the year 2021.

More of PFF's 2021 Fantasy Football tools here: 
Fantasy Football Draft Kit | Rankings & Tiers | Draft Guide | Cheat Sheets
Projections | Strength of Schedule | Expected Points Weekly Finishes

WR1: Tyreek Hill

How it could go wrong: The knee issue that held Hill out of a few practices early in August becomes enough of a problem to impact the NFL’s fastest player. A lesser version of Hill could struggle to post top-five production without the same sort of elite volume afforded to the rest of fantasy’s top-five receivers in terms of ADP. Patrick Mahomes has always treated Hill and Travis Kelce as co-No. 1 receivers; even a small shift in that could leave Hill with a target total closer to 100 than 150.

WR2: Davante Adams

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