2022 Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings
With the 2022 NFL Draft wrapped up and the season has already begun! But before it gets into full swing it’s time to talk about the rookie wide receiver class. This year’s draft didn’t have a generational prospect like Ja’Marr Chase last year but had good all-around talent making rankings even harder. Today I’ll be ranking each rookie wide receiver based on their talent and landing spot. Keep in mind this is a redraft ranking so dynasty rankings would look somewhat different.
1. Drake London, ATL
Although he’s not the most talented of the group, London landed in one of the best spots. Atlanta lost Calvin Ridley to a suspension, and the only other major target is Kyle Pitts. Cordarelle Patterson’s great season isn’t sustainable so London should get great volume. Although Marcus Mariota has been the starter for a team the last few years, the volume should help in a PPR league.
2. Treylon Burks, TEN
Burks had the most capital invested in him and therefore should see a heavy workload his first season. Drafted as the AJ Brown replacement, he should see the field early and often. Although there have been reports from training camp and the preseason about him underperforming, take those with a grain of salt. He could easily become Tennessee’s WR1 as an aging Robert Woods coming off an injury will have a limited role. I would expect him to be a good flex value next year.
3. Garrett Wilson, NYJ
Added as another weapon for Zach Wilson, Wilson should have a solid rookie year, even with Zach Wilson missing time with his knee injury. He’s an explosive route runner and his draft capital spent seems as if the Jets want him to be their main guy. His biggest competition will be Elijah Moore, but two fantasy relevant wide receivers aren’t out of the question. For now, he’ll be catching passes from backup Joe Flacco until Zach Wilson returns.
4. Chris Olave, NO
One of the more polished receivers in this class, Olave landed in a great spot in New Orleans. Not only does he have a quarterback that loves to sling it downfield, he also is joining an offense that has needed a great downfield presence to pair with returning wide receiver Michael Thomas for a while. He’s more of a boom or bust player his first year, but should be valued more in dynasty.
5. Skyy Moore, KC
One of the more risky players, Moore could possibly have the best season out of everyone if things go his way. In an offense that lost their main wide receiver in Tyreek Hill after a blockbuster trade to Miami, there’s a lot of opportunity for the rookie. At worst, in his rookie year he’ll be the WR2 behind Juju. I could see him finishing in the top 10 a few weeks and have a role similar to Sammy Watkins a couple of years ago.
6. George Pickens, PIT
The Steelers have a knack for finding receiver gems in the later rounds and George Pickens in no different. The self proclaimed NFL Youngboy should have a solid rookie year as he’s expected to be the WR3 in the Steelers offense. I wouldn’t expect more than a flex player from him this year, but he should be a better dynasty value.
7. Christian Watson, GB
In another offense that lost its main receiver, Watson has some big shoes to fill. Along with him, the Packers drafted Romeo Doubs to replace some of the production they lost from Adams and MVS. He will likely begin the year somewhat limited due to injury he picked up during training camp but volume should keep him in fantasy relevancy once he connects with Aaron Rodgers. He’s a YAC machine and with Rodgers putting the ball in his hands, should be a good weapon in Green Bay.
8. Jahan Dotson, WAS
Dotson should immediately fill in as the WR2 in Washington alongside Scary Terry. The only thing that should hold him back is Carson Wentz’s performance during the regular season. For McLaurin, Wentz is the best quarterback he’s had, so he might take away a big chunk of production. Dotson should see a fair amount of work and should be valuable if Wentz can hit him deep.
9. Alec Pierce, IND
Pierce had some good draft capital invested in him as the Colts first pick this year. He’s got a great landing spot in Indy with Matt Ryan and no real competition for targets aside from Michael Pittman Jr. It seems as if they drafted him to replace TY Hilton, so it’ll be interesting to watch his role in the offense. I’d take a late round flier in the final rounds of your draft, and value him more in dynasty.
10. Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG
Robinson joins an interesting situation in New York to say the least. After paying Golladay a lot of money to never score last year, they invested in Robinson to get some more youth in their offense. If he impresses he could easily take over as the WR2 behind either Toney or Golladay.