The 2023 NFL Draft did not offer the same level of high-end talent at the top as in recent years, but it does have a lot of high-ceiling potential, starting at the top with Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Jordan Addison.
We ranked the top 2023 dynasty fantasy football wide receivers ahead of the 2023 season. When ranking the receivers, we considered the future potential value as you always do in dynasty formats.
1. Jaxon Smith-Njigba - Seahawks
Smith Njigba will primarily work from the slot, an area where an Offensive Coordinator (OC) can utilize creative strategies to enable him to get a free release more frequently. He is a talented wide receiver with excellent route-running skills, superb hands, and a knack for making plays after the catch. He may face some challenges against physical defenders at the NFL level, but Smith Njigba's characteristics mirror many of the top young NFL receivers currently in the league. His ceiling grade? An Elite Level Starter.
2. Jordan Addison - Vikings
Addison is a fantastic fit for an offense that emphasizes the passing game, with numerous quick passes and screens. His speed and quickness make him a threat in the open field, capable of turning short passes into massive gains. He can line up both in the slot and on the outside, making him a versatile player. His ceiling grade is a Near Elite Starter.
3. Zay Flowers - Ravens
Flowers brings speed, quickness, and the ability to create separation, making him a versatile receiver who could fit into a variety of NFL offensive schemes. While his size might be a concern, his skill set and potential make him an intriguing prospect. He's graded as a High-End ceiling player.
4. Quentin Johnston - Chargers
With his excellent size and athleticism, Johnston could be a top-tier vertical threat at the next level. He needs to work on his route running at the NFL level, but his physicality and ability to win contested catches make him an intriguing prospect. Johnston is graded as having an Elite Level Starter ceiling.
5. Jayden Reed - Packers
As a dynasty fantasy football prospect, Reed has potential. His above-average speed, great hands, and route-running capabilities could translate to significant fantasy points, especially in PPR leagues. His role as a returner could also add value in leagues that reward return yardage. However, his limitations in terms of play strength and YAC might limit his ceiling. His likely role as a slot receiver could offer consistent, if not spectacular, fantasy production. As always, much will depend on how his skills are utilized by the Packers and the team's overall offensive scheme.
6. Josh Downs - Colts
Downs brings versatility with experience lining up both inside and outside. His quickness and route-running ability can create mismatches against slower defenders. He has the potential to be a High-Level Contributor.
7. Jonathan Mingo - Panthers
Mingo's scouting report will be updated soon. His current ceiling grade is High-End Starter.
8. Jalin Hyatt - Giants
Hyatt is a talented receiver with excellent speed, route-running ability, and big-play potential. Despite concerns about his size, his speed and elusiveness make him a dangerous weapon in the passing and return game. His ceiling grade is High-End Starter.
9. Marvin Mims Jr. - Broncos
Mims Jr., the latest addition to the Denver Broncos receiving core, certainly carries intriguing upside in a unit that has struggled with injuries over the past few seasons. The Broncos' offensive skill position group, despite being loaded with talent, has been plagued by unfortunate injuries in recent times. Notable wide receivers like Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy have missed significant time over the last few seasons. This volatility could present Mims Jr. with a golden opportunity to carve out a significant role in the team's passing game.
10. Cedric Tillman - Browns
Tillman's style and physical attributes make him a good fit for NFL offenses that utilize big, physical receivers who can win in contested catch situations. He is a reliable target for quarterbacks, marked as a Mid-Level Contributor.
11. Rashee Rice - Chiefs
Rice, drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, brings size, speed, and versatility to their offense alongside quarterback Patrick Mahomes. A deep threat and possession receiver, his agility and route-running potential earmark him with the potential to become a high-end starter in the NFL.
12. Tank Dell - Texans
Rookie Tank Dell, now a part of the Houston Texans, is a promising prospect to watch in fantasy leagues. His raw talent and his knack for making big plays could position him as a potential breakout star.
13. Charlie Jones - Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals have added a promising new receiver to their ranks: rookie Charlie Jones. Fantasy managers should pay close attention to this newcomer, as he has the potential to impact the Bengals' passing game significantly. He projects as no better than the number 4 receiver as a rookie. He is worth the stash in dynasty formats. Jones is a solid route runner with good speed that could burst onto the scene if any Bengals receiver is to miss time.
14. Michael Wilson - Cardinals
Wilson is a versatile and tenacious wide receiver with a unique blend of speed, athleticism, and tenacity on the field. He is marked as having a Solid-Starter Level ceiling. He battled injuries in college, but he showed he has high-level potential when he was healthy.
15. Kayshon Boutte - Patriots
Boutte is a versatile receiver who possesses excellent speed and agility. He is a quick-twitch athlete capable of making defenders miss in the open field and can take the top off a defense with his speed. Boutte was once considered a potential top-10 prospect before the start of the 2022 college football season but has since dropped off dramatically. If he can harness the high-level play he is capable of, he will be a steal in dynasty rookie formats. Stash him away.