2023 Fantasy Football WR Must Draft List

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football WR Must Draft List

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football WR Must Draft List.

We're back with another edition of the "Must Draft List" series. Today, we will be talking about the kings of fantasy football (WRs).

Led by the three musketeers (Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, and Cooper Kupp), this WR class is stacked (to say the least). Obviously, we want one of those three, but chances are you won't be able to take them all the time. Fear not, because this is where I come in. I will be providing three players that should smash their ADP and hopefully bring you a fantasy trophy.

One of the players I will be highlighting should not have this low of an ADP, while the other two have the potential of breaking out (significantly). Either way, you put it, two of the three have a real shot at breaking through the top-12 of WRs, while the other should (easily) be a mid-WR2 or better.

Keep reading the 2023 Fantasy Football WR Must Draft List to see who you shouldn't be leaving drafts without.

2023 Fantasy Football WR Must Draft List

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Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (WR17)

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Does the injury in 2022 really scare the majority of the fantasy world? Prior to 2022, Keenan Allen played every game in four of the past five seasons (14 games in 2020).

I'm here to say, don't let that injury dissuade you from drafting him in 2023.

Keenan Allen, arguably, is tied to the most pass-happy offense in the NFL. Sure, you can say he has some target competition (Ekeler, Williams, QJ, and Everett). Don't get it twisted though, Keenan is the alpha in this offense.

In 2022 (returning from injury, Weeks 11-18), Allen was the WR3 (18.8 FPPG, 3rd in NFL) in that span. He was second in targets (83, one lower than Justin Jefferson) and targets per/game (10.4, 0.1 behind Jefferson). With Herbert as his QB, Keenan Allen is averaging 9.7 targets/game and 16.6 FPPG.

What makes you think this won't continue?

Currently going as WR17 (behind Waddle, D. Smith, Higgins, Metcalf, and Cooper), Keenan Allen is a steal at the WR position (wild). He averaged more FPPG (16.4, 12th in NFL) and Targets/game (8.9, 11th in NFL) than the WRs mentioned above.

Don't leave your drafts without Keenan Allen in 2023.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos (WR24)

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This one, solely dependent on Russell Wilson, is a risk/reward draft pick that could pay off hugely if all goes according to plan. If Wilson can get his stuff together, Jeudy is a (legit) top-12 potential WR.

In 2022 (15 games), Jeudy set career-highs in catches (67), yards (972), TDs (6), and fantasy finish (WR22).

There are some injury concerns, but let's move past that. This is the year for Jeudy.

After his return from injury (Weeks 13-18), Jeudy was impressive. He was WR6 in FPPG (18.5 according to fantasypros.com), garnered an elite target share (25%), and was 20th in targets/game (7.5). It's no surprise that when Russell Wilson started taking off (QB9 in Weeks 13-18) that Jerry Jeudy was the main beneficiary of this.

It's baffling that Jeudy is going after Drake London, Deebo Samuel, Terry McLaurin, etc. I would take Jerry Jeudy over any of them, on any day of the week. He should smash his WR24 ADP.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders (WR38)

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WR38 is too low for Jahan Dotson, but I will take him there as much as I can if they let me. In every category we look at, Dotson is top-36, so what's the deal?

First off, in 2022, Dotson finished better than the ADP he has (WR38) 58% of the time.

He had his struggles (WR33 before his injury, still better than that ADP), but he showed his potential in his return. From Weeks 13-18 (when given full workload): Dotson was 18th in FPPG (14.7), 24th in targets/game (7.0), garnered a 24% target share (1% more than McLaurin), and was a WR2 (top-24) or better in three of those five games (bye week in Week 14).

For what it's worth, Dotson sported a 22% target share with Sam Howell (one game).

Jahan Dotson is just screaming value at WR38, plus you can get him two-plus rounds later than Terry McLaurin. You are going to want to draft Dotson over McLaurin.

I'm going going to drop this on you now, I believe Dotson will outscore McLaurin in 2023. Yep! You heard it here first.

Bottom Line

Keenan Allen, given his workload, should smash his WR17 ADP and has a legitimate shot at cracking the top-12. As for Jeudy, expect a breakout, as long as he can continue his dominance that was at the end of 2022. Jahan Dotson can, and will, supplant Terry McLaurin as the No. 1 WR in Washington. You heard it here first folks.

Take a chance on any one, or all three of them.

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Well, fantasy fiends, that should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football WR Must Draft List. Stay tuned for the TEs.

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