Plenty of top-tier receivers will hit the open market this offseason, commanding solid contracts as teams look to bolster their respective depth charts. Let’s take a look at the top five pass-catchers that will hit free agency and determine their best landing spots from a fantasy perspective.
Chris Godwin — Indianapolis Colts
Godwin is one of the two truly elite talents available at the receiver position this offseason, and as such, he’ll be the apple of many contenders’ eyes. Tampa Bay would surely love to bring their young star back, but considering their deep receiving core, it may be best for them to spend that money elsewhere.
The 25-year-old Godwin is coming off a somewhat-disappointing 2020 campaign where he only played in 12 games due to injury, racking up 65 catches for 840 yards and 7 TDs. The Colts are a dark horse to land Godwin, but on paper it makes a lot of sense. After going all-in on Carson Wentz, replacing the aging T.Y. Hilton with a far superior player in Godwin as the new No. 1 WR could do wonders for Frank Reich’s passing game. If Wentz can return to elite form, Godwin could be due for a huge bounce-back season with the Colts.
Allen Robinson — Miami Dolphins
As the second elite receiver on the open market, Robinson will also command the attention of multiple appealing suitors. If Chicago can land an actual upgrade at quarterback, there’s a chance A-Rob will return to the Bears. However, I’m assuming that won’t be the case. Looking to the list of teams in need of help at receiver, Miami immediately jumps out. Tua Tagovailoa — assuming he’s still the Dolphins’ quarterback — needs help, as Brian Flores and company look to jump into playoff contention. Who better to provide that help than a proven veteran in Robinson? Not only does Miami have the cap space to make this happen, but Robinson would be walking into a situation where he’d be the focal point of the offense. This pairing makes too much sense to ignore; make it happen, Miami.
Kenny Golladay — Jacksonville Jaguars
Golladay is currently flying under the radar after an underwhelming 2020 campaign where he missed most of the season with injuries. However, at 27-years- old, he still has plenty of prime years ahead of him, and he fits Jacksonville’s timeline. The Jaguars will likely be drafting college superstar Trevor Lawrence this April, and they’ll need to bolster their receiving corps to help the rookie out. Golladay won’t be as expensive as Godwin or Robinson, but he could be just as productive as Lawrence’s new No. 1 option.
JuJu Smith-Schuster — Washington Football Team
Smith-Schuster has been extremely vocal about his desire to remain in Pittsburgh this offseason, but I’m not sure it makes sense for the Steelers to bring him back with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool showing immense potential. As a result, I believe JuJu will find a new home, and Washington makes a lot of sense. They’ll likely be bringing in a new quarterback, and adding a young, solid slot receiver to play alongside Terry McLaurin could prove to be very effective. The biggest question mark surrounding Smith-Schuster’s game is his ability to succeed as the best receiver on his team. If he lands in Washington, that won’t be a problem. He’d still see plenty of targets, while not having to worry about lining up against the opposing defense’s best cornerback.
Will Fuller V — Green Bay Packers
Fuller to Green Bay has been a rumor for the past few years, so why not make it a reality this offseason? Sure, the Packers would have to do some maneuvering around the cap, but it could be done, and Aaron Rodgers needs a legitimate No. 2 receiver if the team is ever going to take the next step. Davante Adams doesn’t need any help, but Fuller could certainly alleviate some of the pressure that he faces on a weekly basis. Considering Rodgers’ incredible deep-ball ability, Fuller could become one of the most dangerous big-play threats in the league with the Packers.