1.  
WR  MIN
Rec
116
Rec Yds
1674
Rec TD
10
Rec Avg
14.4
Rush Att
6
Rush Yds
33
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
5.5
On a per-target basis, Jefferson's second NFL season (9.7 YPT) wasn't quite as dominant as his first (11.2). But that's nitpicking; the bigger picture shows he added 42 targets from the previous year and was still one of the most efficient wideouts in the league. Only 11 produced more yards per target, and that includes four who saw 70 or fewer passes. Jefferson finished fourth among WRs in targets and catches, second in receiving yards and tied for sixth in touchdowns. The 23-year-old often makes it look easy, seemingly playing both bigger and faster than his on-paper metrics suggest (6-1, 195, 4.43 40, 37.5-inch vertical). From a fantasy standpoint, there's just as much to like, with Jefferson playing in an above-average offense that has enough weapons to keep defenses honest but nobody to challenge him as the go-to guy. Jefferson surpassed Adam Thielen for that honor mid-2020, and while the 31-year-old Thielen scored 10 touchdowns last year, he saw 2.5 fewer targets per game than his young running mate (9.8 to 7.3). If anything, the split could go even more in Jefferson's direction this year, though there is another variable with new head coach Kevin O'Connell arriving from the Rams. Other than that, stability is the story, with QB Kirk Cousins and RB Dalvin Cook joining Jefferson, Thielen and TE Irv Smith to form one of the league's more well-rounded groups of skill-position players.
2.  
Rush Att
248
Rush Yds
1121
Rush TD
9
Rush Avg
4.5
Rec
78
Rec Yds
700
Rec TD
4
Rec Avg
9.0
For the second straight year, injuries derailed what might have been a tremendous season for McCaffrey. The 25-year-old played seven games in 2021 and only saw more than 40 snaps in four of them, but in those four contests he averaged 4.8 yards per carry and over 150 scrimmage yards per game. McCaffrey remains the premier pass-catching back in the league while still being dangerous on the ground, and those skills were still in evidence last year. His 2.3 yards per carry after contact was comparable to the likes of Javonte Williams and Aaron Jones, and McCaffrey broke a tackle every 8.3 carries on average, a better rate than Nick Chubb or Najee Harris, albeit with much less volume. None of the injuries McCaffrey has sustained appear to be chronic, so it's possible his luck will turn for the better in 2022. The Panthers added D'Onta Foreman in the offseason to give them another depth option aside from Chuba Hubbard, who didn't impress as a rookie, but if McCaffrey is on the field he'll still dominate the backfield touches and snaps. Apart from health, his biggest concern at this point is the overall quality of the Carolina offense with either Baker Mayfield at quarterback.
3.  
TE  KC
Rec
91
Rec Yds
1097
Rec TD
9
Rec Avg
12.1
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
Kelce has been the epitome of consistency, topping 1,000 receiving yards each of the last six seasons. He’s also found the end zone at least nine times in three of the four years since Patrick Mahomes became the starting quarterback in Kansas City while averaging 1,277 receiving yards in those four seasons. Every passing year brings increased fears Kelce will experience some age-related decline — he turns 33 in October — but those fears have been unfounded to this point. Kelce could see more attention than ever from Mahomes this season. The Chiefs traded No. 1 wide receiver Tyreek Hill to Miami this offseason, leaving Kelce as the likely top weapon over wide receiver free-agent acquisitions JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and second-round draft pick Skyy Moore. The only tight end to reach 1,400 receiving yards in a season (1,416 in 2020) in NFL history could challenge his own record if things break right, but Kelce’s advanced age and extra wear and tear from Kansas City’s numerous forays deep into the postseason pose some concerns that aren’t shared by the other couple tight ends who operate in his stratosphere.
4.  
WR  CIN
Rec
105
Rec Yds
1488
Rec TD
11
Rec Avg
14.2
Rush Att
8
Rush Yds
44
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
5.5
Chase enjoyed one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history last year, instantly proving worthy of the No. 5 pick. Reports from training camp about repeated drops became a distant memory before long ... even though he ultimately committed a league-high 11. The Bengals aren't complaining, in light of the damage Chase did on his 81 catches, finishing second in YPT and YPR and third in YAC (651). He used 4.34 speed to beat defenders over the top — catching 15 of 34 deep targets for 576 yards and eight TDs — but he wasn't overly reliant on go routes, also posting efficient stats on shorter throws (he caught 48 of 62 targets within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and 18 of 27 in the 10-to-19-yard range). If you're looking for negatives, Chase has serious competition for targets, namely from fellow wideout Tee Higgins, who technically got more looks per game than the rookie last year (7.8 to 7.5). But that also means defenses have two perimeter threats to worry about, making it all the harder to defend a monster like Chase. If anything, the offense might even take another step forward after Joe Burrow's 2021 breakout, with the team adding three O-line starters in free agency (C/G Ted Karras, G Alex Cappa, RT La'el Collins). That doesn't mean Chase will avoid regression on some of his loftier averages (e.g. 11.4 YPT, 8.0 YAC), but it does put him in great position to remain among the league's most efficient wideouts per target, with potential to add volume as well.
5.  
WR  MIA
Rec
102
Rec Yds
1424
Rec TD
9
Rec Avg
14.0
Rush Att
16
Rush Yds
88
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
5.5
Unwilling to meet Hill's price in extension talks, the Chiefs pivoted to a blockbuster deal that netted five draft picks. At age 28, entering his seventh season, Hill will get his first NFL experience outside Andy Reid's system, working with new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, who previously helped San Francisco's Deebo Samuel become a dual-threat superstar. Hill doesn't figure to have that kind of impact in the running game, but he'll surely get some carries in addition to running a diverse route tree. He's best known for big plays, and still has a claim on being the league’s fastest man, but Hill actually did a lot of his damage on short throws last season with opponents playing more conservative coverages. He finished with career highs for catches and targets, easily, while his yards per catch and yards per target were his fewest since his rookie year (also by a wide margin). Hill's average target depth, 10.4 yards, was still reasonable by the standards of most wideouts, but it was a noteworthy drop after back-to-back seasons at 12.9. Perhaps that's a sign of how he'll be used in Miami, but it's also possible Hill focuses more on deep routes, as the Dolphins have solid alternatives in Jaylen Waddle (another one of the NFL's fastest players), Cedrick Wilson and TE Mike Gesicki. They also signed LT Terron Armstead to anchor a previously suspect O-line in front of third-year QB Tua Tagovailoa, whose development will be crucial to Hill's value.
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