Fantasy Football: 5 best PPR sleepers at WR in 2021

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In recent years, PPR and half-PPR scoring has become more and more popular in Fantasy Football. It captures the importance of each reception that every player makes in a game. When taking part in a Fantasy Football league, it’s vital to understand the scoring rules and how they should alter your way of thinking when the draft begins.

Some wide receivers are better selections in PPR leagues than they would be in standard leagues. There are wide receivers that may be force-fed targets or they just have a large role in an offense that leads to plenty of receptions.

While it’s easy to say who the top names are in PPR leagues, here are five wide receivers that are being slept on in PPR formats in 2021.

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

What is Joe Burrow going to look like after suffering a serious knee injury in 2020? Even though the Cincinnati Bengals took Ja’Marr Chase in the 2021 NFL Draft, they’ll likely implement a quick passing game to help Burrow avoid any unnecessary hits. Both Tee Higgins and Chase are the two most popular wideouts on the Bengals in Fantasy Football, leading Tyler Boyd to be forgotten.

Boyd continues to be a reliable target in Cincinnati’s offense and he’ll get the majority of the snaps out of the slot. Even though Higgins and Chase are flashier options, Boyd could very well still finish as the top wideout on the Bengals in 2021.

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns

Jarvis Landry is never an exciting pick in Fantasy Football, but he is always a consistent source of production, especially in PPR leagues. Despite having just three 1,000-yard seasons in his seven seasons in the NFL, Landry has yet to have a season where he saw fewer than 100 targets. He’s also caught 72+ passes in every season thus far, showing that he has a relatively safe floor in Fantasy Football.

The Cleveland Browns aren’t known for throwing the ball often, but that doesn’t mean Landry can’t be a viable option in 2021. While Odell Beckham Jr. is returning from a season-ending injury from 2020, I’d much rather have Landry for a discount compared to Beckham.

Corey Davis, New York Jets

It has been a popular discussion for the Fantasy Football community to determine who the No. 1 wide receiver on the New York Jets will be. Elijah Moore definitely provides some excitement as a rookie, Jamison Crowder is a solid slot receiver, and Keelan Cole could earn a role in the offense. But it’s Corey Davis who should end up emerging as the go-to target for rookie Zach Wilson.

Wilson has taken a liking to Davis in the preseason, targeting Davis on 10 of his 20 attempts so far. New York didn’t sign the former first-round pick to be a complementary option in their offense like he was with the Tennessee Titans.

Marvin Jones Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars

Another team that doesn’t have a definitive No. 1 wide receiver right now is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville has three talented wideouts in D.J. Chark, Laviska Shenault, and Marvin Jones Jr. Chark should be a nice vertical threat for Trevor Lawrence and Shenault could be used in a variety of ways, especially with the season-ending injury to rookie Travis Etienne.

As for Jones, the veteran wideout should operate as another deep threat for Lawrence in an offense that should be playing from behind quite often. Jones is the cheapest of the wideouts on the Jaguars, which is why he’s my sleeper in PPR Fantasy Football leagues.

Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints are going to need multiple members of their offense to step up amid the absence of Michael Thomas. It remains to be seen when Thomas will suit up in 2021, but that opens the door for someone like Marquez Callaway to showcase his talents.

Callaway has been a popular name in the preseason, especially after hauling in five passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans’ previous preseason contest versus Jacksonville. Regardless of who the quarterback of the Saints is this season, Callaway is shaping up to be an absolute steal in the later rounds in Fantasy Football. You might want to go grab Callaway before he sees his ADP rise even further.