Who Leads the NFL in Receiving Yards This Year?

After Cooper Kupp put together a dominant 2021 to lead the NFL in receiving yards, does he have an encore in store, or will he be dethroned? Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings and Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals will have something to say about it. Regardless, there’s no shortage of talented wideouts playing in the NFL. 

Who Leads the NFL in Receiving Yards This Year?

Rank Name Team Receiving Yards
1 Tyreek Hill Kansas City Chiefs 1148
2 Justin Jefferson Minnesota Vikings 1060
3 Stefon Diggs Buffalo Bills 985
4 Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins 878
5 Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams 812
6 Davante Adams Las Vegas Raiders 784
7 Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs 740
8 Terry McLaurin Washington Commanders 737
9 A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles 725
10 CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys 706
11 Christian Kirk Jacksonville Jaguars 679
12 Mike Evans Tampa Bay Buccaneers 671
13 Chris Olave New Orleans Saints 658
14 Tyler Lockett Seattle Seahawks 640
15 JuJu Smith-Schuster Kansas City Chiefs 615
16 Ja’Marr Chase Cincinnati Bengals 605
17 Michael Pittman Indianapolis Colts 603
18 Amari Cooper Cleveland Browns 585
19 DK Metcalf Seattle Seahawks 581
20 Brandon Aiyuk San Francisco 49ers 567
21 Tee Higgins Cincinnati Bengals 564
22. (Tie) Gabe Davis Buffalo Bills 544
22. (Tie) Dallas Goedert Philadelphia Eagles 544
24 Tyler Boyd Cincinnati Bengals 537
25 Courtland Sutton Denver Broncos 533

This version of the Miami Dolphins offense can pile up points and put together victories on any given Sunday, featuring a heavy dose of their top two wide receivers. That wasn’t the case this week, which saw their supporting cast and ground game make statements. Still, Tyreek Hill leads the NFL in receiving yards after catching five balls for 44 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t a very Hill-like performance, but the separation he created early on allowed him to have an off week. 

The one player that has tried to close the gap week after week is Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. With Hill’s Week 10 struggles and an elite performance from Jefferson in the Vikings’ victory over the Buffalo Bills, he did just that. The former LSU product hauled in ten catches for 193 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, which has put him in the conversation to potentially overtake Hill for the lead. 

Rounding out the top three is Stefon Diggs, who registered 12 catches for 128 yards. After another 100-yard game for Diggs, he’s closing in on the 1000-yard mark this season, with him sitting at 985 on the campaign.