Week 14 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Week 14… It’s either playoff time or your last chance to make the playoffs. Either way there are a lot of teams out there with a lot to play for. Lineup decisions are more crucial than ever and we’ll try and help you out with our week 14 rankings. Here is my take on the Top 50 Wide Receivers for the week:

  1. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans
  2. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo
  3. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Dallas
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles
  5. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
  6. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay
  7. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Baltimore
  8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston
  9. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ Miami
  10. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle
  11. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City
  12. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Chicago
  13. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay
  14. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City
  15. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay
  16. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. San Diego
  17. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston
  18. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers @ Carolina
  19. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ Indianapolis
  20. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Jacksonville
  21. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati
  22. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
  23. Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh
  24. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia
  25. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets @ San Francisco
  26. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Tennessee
  27. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota
  28. Kenny Britt – Los Angeles Rams vs. Atlanta
  29. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle
  30. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. Arizona
  31. Malcolm Mitchell – New England Patriots vs. Baltimore
  32. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ New England
  33. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos @ Tennessee
  34. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle
  35. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans vs. Denver
  36. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland
  37. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia
  38. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. Arizona
  39. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay
  40. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
  41. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Dallas
  42. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay
  43. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ New England
  44. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland
  45. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Chicago
  46. Dontrelle Inman – San Diego Chargers @ Carolina
  47. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland
  48. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Indianapolis
  49. Anquan Boldin – Detroit Lions vs. Chicago
  50. Ted Ginn Jr – Carolina Panthers vs. San Diego

Thoughts: 

  • Even coming off what was statistically his worst game of the season, Mike Evans still checks in this week at the top of my rankings. The Saints secondary is just so terrible and Evans should have no problem just dicing them up. The Bucs are primed for a playoff run and taking out the Saints this week will go a long way to making that happen. Forget last week ever happened.
  • Any concern that fantasy owners had about T.Y. Hilton losing value when Donte Moncrief returned from injury should be gone by now. In the last three games in which Andrew Luck was under center for the Colts Hilton has 20 catches for 325 yards. He isn’t racking up the TD, but he’s the clear go to guy for Luck still and he’s getting plenty of production even when he isn’t finding the end zone.
  • It was a really slow start to the season for Golden Tate, to the point where he was being dropped in some leagues. He has found his stride though, proving that patience is a virtue in fantasy football, and he’s at a point where on a good week he’s a borderline WR1. This is one of those good weeks where I like his chances at putting up big numbers. In six of the last seven weeks he has at least five catches and in five of those games he has 75 yards or more. I can see the Lions rolling up the points against Chicago and Tate will be a big part of that.
  • The decline of DeAndre Hopkins has been a frustrating experience for fantasy owners, but it might be a little exaggerated. Hopkins is coming off a week in which he caught a TD, and he’s pulling in five catches almost every week. He is being dismissed as a Top 20 WR in most places this week, but I am not buying that the Colts secondary is suddenly good and I am still convinced that Hopkins can and will pull in around 5 catches for 70 yards with the potential for a score. In a week where outside of the top tier things get a little murky, Hopkins has value with those numbers.
  • With so many bad QB’s in the NFL right now doesn’t it kind of diminish the way in which these QB’s effect their WR’s rankings. I think that’s the case with Kenny Britt, who isn’t’ having any favors done for him by Jared Goff at QB, but he still keeps producing solid fantasy days. Britt has five TD in the last seven games and for the first time last week he had fewer than three catches. Now he has a really nice matchup with the Falcons on tap, and another game with the potential for the Rams to fall behind early and throw often.
  • I think we’re at a point where we can’t write Malcolm Mitchell off as a fluke any longer with three straight strong games (17 receptions for 222 yards and 3 TD). The Patriots are without Rob Gronkowski, and now Danny Amendola is out too. Mitchell has set himself up as the number two option for the Patriots and he seems to be getting in the good graces of Tom Brady very quickly. Mitchell is worthy of start consideration in all formats.
  • Before the season started Tyler Lockett was being touted as a potential Top 25 wide receiver. That hype train flamed out in a hurry with poor performances and injuries that were clearly hurting his production. Lockett finally looked healthy and strong this last week with five catches for 63 yards and a long TD run on a reverse. He has the talent and if the Seahawks are going to look to make him a bigger part of the offense his fantasy value is going to be on the rise.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 rankings:

Week 14 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses
Week 14 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

22 comments

  1. Manu says:

    Hi Prof,

    Would you be sure that D. Thomas won’t be better than Hopkins and Watkins if Sieman is under center ?
    (I have to choose 2 between Moncrief, Hopkins, Watkins and Thomas)

    Thanks.

  2. Patriots says:

    Good Morning Professor,
    12 team standard, I have Julio jones, Michael thomas, moncrief & aj green. Would you drop aj? With a bye this week I am looking at week 15 and 16 only. Thank You

  3. darrick says:

    hey professor which 2 wr’s would you start this week. d.thomas, b. cooks, malcolm mitchell, beasly, R.matthews

  4. matt dawson says:

    PPR flex position, pick one from B Lafell, P Garcon, D Booker or C Meridith? Thanks

  5. Haggy says:

    Got Diggs, T.Williams, T.Boyd, B.Lafell, S.Watkins,and T.Hill. Thinking Hill and Williams for matchup. Don’t trust Diggs or Watkins yet or the Weather in Buffalo or Cleveland. What you think.

  6. Gman says:

    My weekly quandary…

    Pick one for flex in PPR league.

    Cooks, Ingram, Graham.

    Thanks!

  7. Andrew says:

    Hey roto I need two out of maclin, Michael Thomas , marshal and tevon Coleman. I’m worried about sitting maclin and having Michael Thomas not active. N e help would be appreciated. Thx

  8. tony says:

    Hi,

    I’m fortunate to have Evans, but then have ARobinson, T Hill and R Matthews against top defenses.

    I picked up LaFell with AJ Green hurt, and the Bengals playing the Browns, but I see that LaFell is absent from your rankings, so what are your concerns?

    Thanks very much.

  9. Manu – Would I be sure? Nope, and I actually like Hopkins for this week. I’d lean Hopkins/Moncrief of those

    Patriots – Nope, not if there’s any chance he returns

    darrick – Cooks/Thomas, though Mitchell is appealing

    matt dawson – Booker, but I don’t like it

    Haggy – I’d probably go Diggs over Hill, but it could go either way. I’d go with your gut

    Gman – I’d lean Cooks, only because Ingram may still not be 100%

    Andrew – I wouldn’t trust Maclin, but would be alright with Marshall/Coleman if it came to it (Thomas/Coleman my choices)

    tony – It could be run heavy and Boyd/Eifert being featured in the passing game

    • haggy says:

      Gut says Hill…

    • Manu says:

      Thanks Prof.

    • tony says:

      Thank you very much for answering my question about LaFell and very good points for explaining his absence in your top 50! I’m even more concerned with snow in the forecast for the game, so probably even more Hill and Eifert. Boyd crossed my mind afterwards as an intriguing possibility, so I’ll watch the weather as he is still available on waivers in our league.

      Thanks again and good luck if you have teams in playoffs!

  10. Beth says:

    Hello. I’m contemplating starting Taylor Gabriel and sitting Julio Jones because of his turf toe. Is this crazy? I am planning on starting Mike Evans and Doug Baldwin, but also have Malcolm Mitchell and Sammy Watkins. Thanks!

  11. Matthew says:

    Hey Prof
    I need to win to make playoffs. I have Cooper (killed me Thurs night),Evans, and Julio. It looks like Sanu won’t play Sunday. Should I go with Julio (could be decoy), Crowder (plays early game),or I’ve got Gabriel. .Can get Mitchell off waivers also if needed. Thanks

  12. Beth – If Jones is out, I’d probably go Mitchell but it’s not crazy to go Gabriel there

    Matthew – Same as I said to Beth. I’d probably lean Mitchell, but going Gabriel if Jones is out makes sense

  13. Barney says:

    HI prof.. I have on my bench who I don’t use dion lewis Watkins and Kenneth Dixon . Should I drop any and pick up buffalo defense who plays Cleveland next week.My other defense is K.C.

  14. Donnie says:

    Cooks or Blount? I cannot decide!

  15. Bms914 says:

    Pryor or Sanders?

  16. Gregor says:

    Gabriel or Tyrell Williams??

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