This article is part of our College Football Fantasy Five series.
Even though there are no official college football games being played, it doesn't mean that we can't start preparing for the 2021 fantasy college football season. We're getting closer to the summer portion in the off-season, so I'm going to reveal my top five sleepers at the wide receiver position for 2021.
Over the last couple of months, I've already touched on the QB and RB positions:
5.) Joshua Moore, Texas
Moore couldn't have started the season any hotter last season with 11 catches for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the Longhorns' first two games. He then went on to have a shoulder injury which caused his production to become extremely inconsistent for the rest of the season. He did appear to be fully healthy in the Alamo Bowl where he grabbed five catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. With Casey Thompson and Hudson Card battling it out at quarterback, I'm sticking to RB Bijan Robinson and Moore for sure things in the Texas offense. The best part about Moore is that you get him in much later in drafts.
4.) Danny Gray, SMU
Early mock drafts have fantasy owners jumping all over Reggie Roberson in the first couple of rounds despite his return from a season-ending knee injury in 2020. When healthy, I have no doubt that Roberson is worth the high valued pick, but I'm not sure we can count on him returning that value early in the season at the very least. And that's exactly the reason why I'm a huge fan of Gray who can be nabbed at the back-end of drafts. I also like Rashee Rice as there's plenty of volume to be had in that potent SMU offense.
3.) Tahj Washington, USC
I would have liked Washington even more with the defined role at Memphis, however, I'll take him in a Trojan uniform as well as Pac-12 defenses haven't been close to good lately. I've mentioned in previous articles that I love Drake London, but there's still plenty of room for Washington, K.D. Nixon and Bru McCoy to make an impact. Kedon Slovis is one of the better college football quarterbacks and there's no reason to think he won't be throwing it 50+ times a game. The crazy part is that Washington could have a season that looks very similar to his season behind Calvin Austin in 2020 which would be a fantastic return on a later fantasy draft pick.
2.) Andrew Parchment, Florida State
I'm so excited to see Parchment in a different offense as he moves on from Kansas where he was realistically one of the only fantasy options they had in the last four years. In 2019, he had 65 catches for 831 yards and seven touchdowns on 109 targets, so we do know he can handle a high volume workload over an entire season. He joins a Seminoles team that is in a transition but has a ton of offensive talent including Jordan Travis and McKenzie Milton at quarterback. I fully expect Florida State to be in high-scoring games and Parchment could be a true number one receiver for his new team.
1.) Skyy Moore, Western Michigan
Started the list with a Moore and I'm ending with a different one. Moore is my favorite sleeper at the wide receiver position because he's the number one receiver for a Western Michigan team who has Kaleb Eleby returning at quarterback on a team that ranked 23rd in the nation at 286.5 receiving yards per game in 2020. Most of that production came from D'Wayne Eskridge (34 catches for 784 yards and eight touchdowns) who is now playing for the Seattle Seahawks. Even though he was second on the depth chart, Moore has been very productive in his first 18 collegiate games at 4.2 catches per game and because of the volume, he has high upside in my opinion. He's not currently being discussed in the upper echelon of receivers for the upcoming fantasy drafts. I also like Jaylen Hall, but think Moore has the potential to be a star performer.