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Dynasty Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Ja’Marr Chase, Marquise Brown, Kadarius Toney all big risers

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Dynasty is supposed to be a patient man’s game. And that’s why in-season I try to avoid wild swings in the rankings. But it’s been a pretty wild start to the year at wide receiver.

Allen Robinson, Odell Beckham, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Brandon Aiyuk have all crashed and burned out of the gate. Ja’Marr Chase, Marquise Brown, and Kadarius Toney have all soared. So when you look at the rankings below, you will see some wild swings in the past month. For now, let’s focus on the positive. 

Chase may just be the No. 1 Dynasty wide receiver already in many people’s minds, and I can’t say I have a good argument against him. His 456 receiving yards are the fifth-most ever in a player’s first five games and only Randy Moss added at least five touchdowns as well. I have Adams ahead of him only because Adams is on such a different level in terms of near-term target share and Fantasy production. But for a rebuilder, it’s clearly Chase or Jefferson and I can’t quite put the rookie ahead of Jefferson…yet. That could change as soon as the next update to these rankings.

Brown has just completely wowed in just about every way possible, continuing his hot finish to the 2020 season. In his last 13 games, including the playoffs, Brown has 65 catches for 985 yards and 11 touchdowns. The difference this year is the volume. He already has two games with 10 targets, which is as many as he had in his first two seasons in the league combined. The Ravens are leaning more pass-heavy than they have since Lamar Jackson took over and Brown is benefitting. If that remains the case after Rashod Bateman makes his debut then Brown may get a boost into the top-12.

By far the most difficult boom to analyze is Kadarius Toney, because the sample size is so small and circumstances are so unique. It took injuries to both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton for Toney to get a shot, but he turned that first shot into six catches for 78 yards in Week 4. In Week 5, Daniel Jones, Kenny Golladay, and Saquon Barkley went down and Toney became just to sixth receiver ever to catch at least 10 passes for at least 180 yards in one game. 

As you can by his previous ranking, I was not a huge fan of Toney coming into the year, but I did draft a lot of him in the second round of rookie drafts, so I think I liked him at least as much as the consensus. I’m mostly trying to trade him where I have him, but only if I can get someone ranked above him in the rankings below. Tee Higgins, Jaylen Waddle, and Jerry Jeudy would be my initial targets but I would be very interested to see what I could get on top of Michael Pittman, Elijah Moore, or Laviska Shenault. 

Here are my updated Dynasty wide receiver rankings:

Heath Cummings
2021-10-13 15:14:48

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