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Top 2023 NFL Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleeper Picks

By Jeff Stinger

The passing game is all the craze in the NFL and wide receivers are a dime a dozen in fantasy football. While there are plenty of names to choose from at the position, you’re still better off knowing a handful of mid-tier wideouts who could make or break your draft by picking them up at the right moment on draft day.

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Top 5 Fantasy Football WR Sleeper Picks this 2023 NFL Season

Calvin Ridley (Jacksonville Jaguars)

After sitting out the entire 2022 season due to a suspension, former All-Pro wideout Calvin Ridley is back in the league and ready to pick up where he left off. Ridley has recently been reinstated by the league and is now a member of the promising Jags (-154 favorites to win the AFC South). In his first three seasons as a pro, the two-time national champion with Alabama amassed 26 receiving TDs and finished with career-highs of 143 targets, 90 catches, and 1,374 receiving yards in 2020. Ridley’s lack of on-field activity of late will shy away more fantasy managers than not, which means he’ll be a high-upside pickup as a WR2 who could fall as far back as far as the seventh or eighth round in most drafts.

Christian Watson (Green Bay Packers)

In line for a huge sophomore campaign is Christian Watson, who won four FCS titles with North Dakota State and appeared to be a Pro Bowl selection in the making in his rookie effort in Lambeau. Watson averaged nearly 15 yards per catch on 41 receptions to go with seven trips to the end zone as he ended up being one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets. Although Rodgers is no longer around, A-Rod also took his former Packers teammates Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb along for the ride in New York. That makes Watson the clear-cut No. 1 wideout in Green Bay’s offense who could be picked up in the mid-to-late rounds, with his high TD upside being a bigger selling point in standard-scoring leagues.

Brandin Cooks (Dallas Cowboys)

29-year-old veteran Brandin Cooks is now officially the epitome of what a top-tier journeyman in the NFL is. Cooks was traded by Houston to neighboring Dallas, marking the sixth time that the former first-round pick has been shipped to a new team (tied for the NFL record). While the constant change of environment might look bad for Cooks’ reputation, his output has been relatively consistent with six 1,000-yard seasons over the last eight years. As the No. 2 option behind CeeDee Lamb in a potent Cowboys offense, Cooks is a high-floor, low-ceiling pickup who could be a steal in the double-digit rounds.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (kansas City Chiefs)

With so many mouths to feed in the Kansas City receiving corps, (+586) MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes can easily turn any wideout into a star. Between Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, it’s the latter who has the most potential to emerge as the second option in the passing game behind stud tight end Travis Kelce. Valdes-Scantling is a sure-handed receiver who’s played with the best QBs in the sport in Mahomes and Rodgers, and MVS will be a sought-after WR2/WR3 option amidst the wealth of Chiefs receivers all ranked close to one another in the lower rungs of the top-50 wide receiver rankings.

Zay Flowers (Baltimore Ravens)

One rookie wide receiver who’s in a fortuitous position for an NFL debut is Zay Flowers out of Boston College, who was selected by the Ravens with the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft. The 22-year-old capped off his senior year in Chestnut Hill with 78 receptions, 1,077 yards, and 12 TD catches as arguably the lone bright spot for the 2022 BC Eagles. With Baltimore in dire need of weapons for Lamar Jackson outside of prolific tight end Mark Andrews, Flowers packs a ton of upside as a WR3 start or, at the very least, a worthy stash for the massive upside potential regardless of one’s league format.

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