The 2021 free agent wide receiver class is a strong one, containing 10 of 2020’s top 42 receivers on a fantasy points per game basis (0.5 PPR). On top of that, there are several other notables who could reemerge with the right change in scenery.
The 2021 Free Agent Wide Receivers table includes: Player, Age, Team, Snaps, Receptions and Receiving Yards.
The most fantasy notable of these receivers are:
2020 Stats: 13.8 FP/G, 151 Targets, 102 Receptions, 1250 Yards, 6 Touchdowns
Robinson’s frustration with the Bears is well-documented and it would not be the least bit surprising to see him depart in free agency. For Robinson owners, this can almost certainly be looked upon as “good news.” Thus far in his career, Robinson has caught passes from Bortles, Henne, Trubisky and Foles. It’s hard to imagine it getting worse.
Will Fuller V
2020 Stats: 14.8 FP/G, 75 Targets, 53 Receptions, 879 Yards, 8 Touchdowns
Initially expected to test free agency, Fuller is now widely expected to re-sign with the Texans. If he does, and Deshaun Watson remains in town, Fuller will instantly return to high-end WR 2 status for as long as he can stay on the field. If Watson is dealt, it’s a massive downgrade for Fuller.
2020 Stats:11.9 FP/G, 84 Targets, 65 Receptions, 840 Yards, 7 Touchdowns
Godwin has been nothing short of exceptional since entering the NFL. As a result, any team looking to acquire (or retain) Godwin is going to need the requisite cap space to do so. The Buccaneers have expressed interest in retaining Godwin, and Tom Brady’s presence increases the likelihood they prioritize that. The franchise tag will definitely be on the table, even if it means damaging a longer term marriage between the two. Given the Bucs desire to compete now, my base case is Godwin plays 2021 on the tag but teams like the Dolphins and Jets would benefit immensely from his services.
2020 Stats: 11.3 FP/G, 128 Targets, 97 Receptions, 831 Yards, 9 Touchdowns
Since the departure of Antonio Brown, JuJu has failed to live up to the high expectations he set for himself in 2018. While not fully to blame, it would be tough to make the argument that he couldn’t have played better. Given cap constraints, a return to the Steelers seems unlikely at this point. Schuster is still a very good receiver who just turned 24. A move to a franchise like the Dolphins, Colts, Jets or Patriots seems very possible.
2020 Stats: 11.2 FP/G, 32 Targets, 20 Receptions, 338 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Golladay suffered through injuries for a large portion of his contract season but it shouldn’t diminish his value much on the open market. Sadly for him, there is a consensus feeling that the Lions will slap him with the franchise tag in 2021. If he does hit the market, look for him to command close to $20 million per year and fit well just about anywhere.
2020 Stats: 11.7 FP/G, 92 Targets, 65 Receptions, 984 Yards, 5 Touchdowns
You might recall that the Titans declined Davis’ fifth-year option prior to the start of the 2020 season. Perhaps that decision kickstarted the infamous dynasty heartbreaker into gear this season. A reunion with the Titans isn’t off the table, but Davis would also fit well on the Football Team, Bears, Packers or Patriots.
2020 Stats: 11.3 FP/G, 97 Targets, 77 Receptions, 851 Yards, 3 Touchdowns
Incredibly, Samuel was one of four Panthers to surpass 1,000 total yards in 2020. While his tenure has been tumultuous, he’s been forced to deal with numerous offensive coordinators and quarterbacks. Samuel’s destined to hit the open market this offseason and command something in the $10 million range. With dynamic athleticism and youth on his side, Samuel has been pegged as an ideal fit for the Patriots. Wherever he winds up, look for coordinators to utilize his skill set similarly to Joe Brady.
2020 Stats: 9.0 FP/G, 62 Targets, 45 Receptions, 483 Yards, 4 Touchdowns
A man who needs no introduction, AB will be the most polarizing free agent WR in 2021 should he decide to return. As an observer, it feels like a near certainty Brown will be back and he’s been linked to a reunion with the Patriots. However, oddsmakers have priced the Buccaneers as a heavy favorite to retain Brown’s services and if you believe Godwin is on his way out it looks even more plausible.
Marvin Jones Jr
2020 Stats: 10.4 FP/G, 115 Targets, 76 Receptions, 978 Yards, 9 Touchdowns
Marvin Jones Jr quietly put together another very strong season and is all but certain to find a new home in free agency. Speaking in December, Jones did not rule out a return to the Lions but emphasized his decision would be made based on the situation. Given the Lions somewhat inevitable rebuild, a return to Detroit seems unlikely.
2020 Stats: 9.3 FP/G, 79 Targets, 51 Receptions, 742 Yards, 6 Touchdowns
Shockingly, Tim Patrick was the Broncos wide receiver to breakout in 2020. With competition from the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant and KJ Hamler, Patrick proved he belongs in the NFL for the foreseeable future. At first glance, his departure seems inevitable, however the Broncos have plenty of leverage due to his RFA status. The Broncos can give Patrick a second round RFA tender at roughly $3 million and have it act like a pseudo franchise tag. The most likely outcome for Patrick is one more year in Denver.
2020 Stats: 10.4 FP/G, 82 Targets, 48 Receptions, 896 Yards, 8 Touchdowns
One of the biggest fantasy surprises in 2020, Agholor exploded onto the scene as the Raiders primary deep threat. Agholor displayed good chemistry with Derek Carr, and his work ethic was praised by teammates and coaches. The Raiders are reportedly attempting to bring back Agholor, and the move makes a lot of sense if you think they’ll part ways with Tyrell Williams (I do). If he hits the open market, Agholor would fit well on many of the WR needy teams.
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