2021 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Offseason Moves

by Davis Peng
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Welcome, everybody, to my 2021 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Offseason Moves article. As the off-season is currently ongoing and we are beginning the month of July, we at Fantasy Six Pack believe this would be an excellent time to catch up on critical changes to NFL teams to get you ready for your draft season. This is the third article of a four-part series. 

I want to remind Fantasy managers that NFL teams run off more than four positions. So feel free to dig deep into the nitty-gritty. Many other changes do matter, such as o-linemen, teams fire selling for rebuild, and drafted rookies that could impact franchises. Don't miss out on the Quarterback and Running Back articles.

Let's get this going with the 2021 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Offseason Moves

2021 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Offseason Moves

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Wide Receivers

Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans

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Long-time Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio has been traded to the Tennessee Titans. This was one of the most notable moves in the off-season as it makes the Titans one of the biggest threats at the wide receiver position, along with the addition of Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds. Julio Jones had one of his worst seasons in 2020 but still finished the season with 771 yards while only participating in nine games.

The addition of Jones is much more impactful than people believe. Jones will increase the production for Tannehill and basically put him in the QB1 range if Jones hasn't lost a step. With Jones on the field, this could create space for Derrick Henry to possibly faceless stacked boxes.

Jones is also one of the best running blocking wide receivers in the league with his 6"3 and 220-pound physique. AJ Brown's consistency may drop a bit due to Jones's possible production, but Jones has always demanded a double team. Combined with Brown's home-run ability, do not be surprised if Brown sets a personal record for game-high yardage.

Kenny Golladay, New York Giants

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The New York Giants were by far one of the worst teams offensively in the 2020 NFL season. Ranking in the bottom six of the NFL, they decided to add star receiver Kenny Golladay from free agency on a four-year deal. Golladay was plagued by injuries in his 2020, but he had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons before it.

Golladay will give the Giants the spark they need at the wide receiver position. The Giants needed a big body deep threat, and Golladay fulfills this perfectly. He was the leading receiver in contested catches in 2019 and was on a repeat in 2020 before injuries occurred.

Golladay is currently being drafted as a WR2/3; although not the best PPR option, he is a touchdown machine and makes every catch count. Hailed as WR1 in the 2020 season, this could be a great buy low based on recency bias.

Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins are usually the champions of the free agency off-season, but this time that's not the case. The only significant acquisition this season was Will Fuller on a 1-year contract for $10 million. Fuller has proven to be one of the best burners in the league when healthy. Fuller hasn't finished an entire season since entering the league in 2016.

That being said, he has always been productive when he can stay on the field. The Dolphins are heading toward winning with yard after the catch as this fits their quarterback Tua Tagovailoa playstyle. Instead of their 2020 season, where they finished as the second-lowest team in yards after the catch.

Dolphins used their 6th overall draft pick to acquire Tagovailoa's former teammate Jaylen Waddle. Waddle is a speedster receiver that can create yard after the catch in open space. This is just another indicator to show the difference in schemes from the 2020 season to 2021. I am unsure what the outlook for Waddle is, as he faces competition in Devante Parker, Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin, and Fuller. If Tagovailoa takes a step forward in his sophomore season, the range of outcomes is a possible borderline QB1.

Both players are going as flex/WR4 and are worth a draft pick as both of these players are home-run hitters when the ball gets in their hands.

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Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

The Miami Dolphins are usually the champions of the free agency off-season, but this time that's not the case. The only significant acquisition this season was Will Fuller on a 1-year

The Baltimore Ravens insist that they throw the ball more this season and have added veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins and first-round pick Rashod Bateman to bolster the team. On paper, this is the best wide receiver corps the Ravens had had since their 2016 season when they had Steve Smith and Mike Wallace. I bring these two specific players up for a reason, as both players left their teams later in age and on low notes.

Head Coach John Harbaugh has had past success with veteran receivers, and bringing in Watkins tells me he believes he can repeat this success. Watkins hasn't been the best player since leaving the Buffalo Bills, and many reasons are linked to Watkins himself.

I would also add that Watkin's role was generally a field stretcher, and either the team he was on didn't do that, or they had someone better filling that role. With Watkins currently gaining the majority of the hype in mini-camp, there is a possibility he could be relevant. Currently being drafted as WR79, this isn't the worst dart throw you could make.

Bateman's addition to the team is significant for Marquise Brown and Lamar Jackson. As I expect Bateman and Watkins to play the perimeter and Brown to play the slot. This, in turn, will open up the offense and have each player play to their strengths. Bateman is profiled as an all-around receiver that has top-end speed, route running, and sturdy hands.

He is expected to be the WR1 for the team, but there could be some build-up time. Bateman is a must-add in dynasty and a good bench stash in redraft. Currently going at a WR5 range, don't be surprised if he outperforms it.

Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots have done a complete overhaul when it comes to their entire receiver corps. With the departure of Julian Edelman, the Patriots added veteran wide receiver Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. Their current starting line-up looks to be Bourne in the slot and Agholor/Meyer on the perimeter.

As of right now, the wide receivers to own are Agholor and Meyer, as both have had recent success. This doesn't mean Bourne will be non-fantasy-relevant, but his role might be smaller than the past Patriots slot receivers. This is partly due to the tight-end acquisitions, and I will touch on that in the tight-end section.

Nelson Agholor is worth rostering in all formats, as he will be a deep threat for the team. Meyer is to be the second wideout, but there is a possibility he won't continue what he did in 2020. Both are going relatively late and are bench stash-worthy.

Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams, Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions wide receiver corps has done a complete overhaul after losing Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones to free agency. They have acquired Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman to replace their two former stars. As a result, this offense will look and perform differently, along with the quarterback change from Matthew Stafford to Jared Goff.

The expectation is Williams will be the lead receiver and Perriman to be the number two. Both are expected to be secondary options behind TJ Hockenson and D'Andre Swift.

As of right now, Williams and Perriman are late-round flyers in all formats. However, I expect them to outperform ADP due to opportunity. I would be concerned with their injury history, but they are worth stashing if one of them ends up being the lead guy. Other Lions players to keep an eye on are returning player Quintez Cephus and rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Corey Davis and Elijah Moore, New York Jets

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With the changing of the guard from Sam Darnold to Zach Wilson. The New York Jets are trying to set up their new rookie quarterback with success. They did this by adding former Titan's wide receiver Corey Davis off the free agency and 2nd round rookie Elijah Moore.

Davis has had a slow start to his career but could get it together in his final year as a Tennessee Titan. The Jets must have liked what they saw and are paying Davis to be their wide receiver one. Currently being drafted at a WR5 range, Davis is another bench stash until further notice. However, if he can repeat his near 1,000-yard season from 2020, he will outperform his ADP and pay dividends. 

Moore's situation isn't as great as Davis. Moore has shown he can be a reliable offensive weapon during mini-camp but still has stiff competition in Keelan Cole, Denzel Mims, and Jamison Crowder. Moore is currently being taken as a WR5/6. He is a must-add in Dynasty formats and is a stash in all other forms. He will most likely have a slow start this season but should take advantage of injuries or soft defenses. 

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