Dynasty WR1 – Is there a new number one?

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Is this man still the Dynasty WR1?

The Current Debate – Who is the current Dynasty WR1?

For some time, the conversation about who is the dynasty WR1 has centered on Michael Thomas. In recent seasons DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill have flirted with the number 1 spot.

The start to the 2020 season has seen 3 new names enter the debate and are being tossed around as the new dynasty WR1, Ceedee Lamb, D.K. Metcalf and Calvin Ridley.

Between Michael Thomas’ injury and Drew Brees’ impending retirement, many fantasy players have shifted Thomas back in their dynasty rankings. Similarly With DeAndre Hopkins and Davante Adams approaching 30 (both born in 1992), combined with Tyreek Hill possibly being one more indiscretion from never playing again, there is a genuine debate within the fantasy community as to who is the current top choice.

If you are unwilling to put someone 27 or older as your dynasty WR1, then who is sitting atop the throne? There are 3 young standouts on many people’s lips – Ceedee Lamb, D.K. Metcalf and Calvin Ridley.

Performances on the field has led to polls like above, sparking conversation.

Ceedee Lamb

The former Oklahoma Sooner has burst out of the gates after surprisingly falling all the way to the Dallas Cowboys at pick 18 in the 2020 NFL draft.

His immediate impact is evident – through Weeks 1-5 he sits as the WR12 in .5 PPR leagues.

He already boasts an impressive highlight reel (see below); the scary part is he is only 21 years of age and 5 games into his blossoming career.

The naysayers will point to the crowded wide receiver room in Dallas, though that has not slowed Lamb so far. Those people will also mention Dak’s injury, however, he is expected to come back with minimal lingering effects and team owner Jerry Jones was confident in saying that Dak is the future in Dallas.

Additionally, Amari Cooper has an out in his contract after the 2021 season and Michael Gallup is a UFA after next season.

With Andy Dalton under center he will take a dip in his numbers for the rest of the season, but the future is all looking rosie for the stud out of Oklahoma.

Many had CEH and Jonathan Taylor as the 1.01 in the 2020 rookie drafts. Lamb was commonly falling to the 1.05-1.07 range. If given the chance for a do over, many would use it to get Lamb with the 1.01.

D.K. Metcalf

The genetic freak out of Mississippi has put fear into opposing DBs this season. His stat line this year in only 5 games is incredible, 496 yards, 22 receptions on 39 targets and 5 touchdowns.

Metcalf flashed last year and finished as the very respectable WR32, this season he has mesmerized and is currently the 2nd highest scoring WR.

Did I mention he is only 22 years of age and tied with the MVP favourite Russell Wilson for the foreseeable future? It may be clear now as to why he is many people’s number dynasty WR1.

Many doubted the big man following his mediocre 3-cone time of 7.38 (2nd percentile). This was slower than the mark Tom Brady set in 1999 of 7.2 seconds and changed people’s perception of Metcalf. The slow time has clearly not hurt his output on the football field. Other than his 3-cone drill time, it is hard to argue against the case for the 6’4”, 229-pound stud out of Mississippi in the number 1 dynasty WR conversation.

Calvin Ridley

The news of Dan Quinn’s firing has led some to drop Ridley in dynasty rankings due to the cloud it places on Matt Ryan’s future. This could in fact have the opposite effect. The Falcons are currently winless at 0-5, remarkable given the talent they have on offence. They currently tied atop the sweepstakes for college stars Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Two of the best and most hyped quarterback prospects in sometime. So even if Matt Ryan were to part ways with the Falcons, it could benefit Calvin Ridley in the long run.

Calvin Ridley was many peoples hot tip in the offseason for a breakout season. They should be extremely satisfied with themselves given his season to date. His breakout start to the season reads: 4 games with over 100 receiving yards out of 5. 10 or more targets in 4 out of 5 games. 4 touchdowns for the year. This currently places him as the 3rd highest scoring WR in fantasy. Injuries and age appear to be catching up with star Julio Jones and Ridley has thrived in his absence and decline in form.

While Ridley is a bit older than Lamb at 25 years of age (26 in December), he is in the prime of his career and is some peoples new dynasty WR1.

Final Words

While it is hard to argue against Michael Thomas being the current dynasty WR1 following his exploits in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, however given Brees’ impending retirement and the age of some of these young studs, I do believe it is a genuine debate. If you have any of Michael Thomas, Ceedee Lamb, D.K. Metcalf or Calvin Ridley on your rosters,  you are most likely incredibly pleased. I am looking forward to see how this article ages.

Thank you for reading guys, I hope you enjoyed it and found it insightful. Part 2 of the Expert Consensus Rankings series, ranks 21-40 will be released next week. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @dynastyboyd and on Instagram @boydkillingworth. You can also find my other articles here.