Week 15 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

If you’re still playing right now, congratulations. Week 14 was a struggle to survive with big names bringing big letdowns all across the league, so let’s hope we see more a return to the norm in Week 15. For all of those tough lineup decisions we are here to help and here is my Top 50 Wide Receivers for the week:

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


  • One of the scariest teams in all of the NFL right now is the Green Bay Packers, and Jordy Nelson may be the most consistent receiver in the whole league. In his last seven games he has 7 TD while averaging 6.9 catches per game and 84.6 yards. Nelson is an almost automatic touchdown every week and with the Packers throwing the ball all over the place he’s going to be a threat for 6 and 100 as well. This safety in numbers makes him a Top 5 option going forward.
  • It is not without some concern that I am including Amari Cooper as a Top 10 wide receiver this week. Cooper has been struggling, failing to reach 60 yards or more in five straight games, after a run leading up to that which made him look like a top five wideout. This is a much nicer matchup for him after a string of tough ones, and he torched San Diego earlier this season for 6 catches and 138 yards with a TD. I don’t have an overwhelming amount of faith in him, but the upside is too big to ignore.
  • Speaking of people coming off bad games, Larry Fitzgerald laid an absolute egg last week against Miami. I’m willing to chalk this one up to a random series of unfortunate events, with poor weather chief among them. There was also the fact that J.J. Nelson caught 2 TD,, the only two catches he had. Fitzgerald has a marquee matchup this week and at this point he’s the only receiver in Arizona who is remotely safe. These factors all contribute to Fitzgerald being a Top 10 receiver again this week.
  • Every week Sammy Watkins has started to look a little bit better and a little bit healthier (including a TD last week). Now he gets that ever so enticing matchup with Cleveland that all fantasy owners covet. Watkins isn’t 100% and I don’t think he will be the rest of the year, but he’s still supremely talented and in these kinds of matchups he’s a must start.
  • It is time we start recognizing Tyreek Hill as what he is, and that’s a legitimate must start fantasy WR who is certainly far more than just a flash in the pan. He has 34 receptions in his last five games with a couple of TD in his last three. Hill is one of those guys who is a risk to break a big play every single time he touches the ball and the Chiefs are making sure he gets the ball in anyway possible.
  • Obviously my ranking of A.J. Green is an assumption that he plays, but it does factor in that I am not certain he’ll be at his best even if he does. Green was arguably the best receiver in the league before his injury, but there are a lot of questions about him right now. This is also not the most ideal matchup to return to as the Steelers are the one team this season to completely shut him down and they have been doing well to limit other big name receivers. Green isn’t a must start if he plays, but he’s still a decent WR2 with his talent.
  • It’s official!  If there is one New York Jets wide receiver you want to play it’s not Brandon Marshall, it’s now Robby Anderson. That’s not about Anderson having more talent, Marshall is still the supreme talent, but it is about the guy under center. Bryce Petty has taken a strong liking to Anderson, who he is more accustomed to working with at practice throughout the season. Anderson has 10 catches for 160 yards and a TD the last two games and I expect he’ll be the primary target of Petty again this week.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 15 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 15 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses
Week 15 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs


  1. James says:

    Mitchell or Robby ?

  2. Haggy says:

    Tyrell Williams or Robert Kelley for Flex.

  3. Carmen says:

    Options for FLEX: crowell, kelley, diggs, britt, wallace…I always want to say Diggs, but it seems as though when I choose to flex him he has awful games, he’s so boom or bust…opinion?

  4. James – I’m going Anderson at this point

    Haggy – I’m rolling Kelley there, but very close

    Carmen – Yea, I’m not sure I’d trust Diggs over Kelley at this point

  5. LK says:

    I have a hard time putting my playoff hopes into Rishard Mathews at KC and Mitchell at Denver. If Starks were out this week would you move Ty Montgomery up over them? I have Cooper, Tate, Rishard, MalMitch, Pryor, and DJax but guys like Montgomery, Inman, and Gabriel are on the wire right now. .5 PPR

  6. reggie says:

    I’m faced with the Julio dilemma

    standard scoring – need 2 RB’s 2 WR’s and a flex – who do you like for those 5 spots from

    McCoy (of course), Ware, Powell, Kelley

    Julio, Baldwin, Watkins, Montgomery, Garcon

    thanks RP – have really enjoyed your insight again this season – much appreciated!

  7. LK – I’m a big Mitchell fan, but yea I’d use Montgomery

    RB – McCoy & Ware
    WR – Baldwin & Watkins
    FLEX – Powell

  8. reggie says:

    thank you sir!

  9. James says:

    I’m thinking ballsy what is your thoughts on starting Tyler Lockett tonight over Mitchell or Snead

  10. Jaden says:

    Hey Professor,

    For the flex spot in a standard league this week would you start, Desean Jackson, Kenneth Farrow, Kenneth Dixon or Taylor Gabriel? Just need 1.

    And at Qb i need 1 out of Cam Newton, Palmer or Flacco?

    Thanks for your help this season

  11. johnson says:

    Need help at WR Pick 3
    WR: T.Y Hilton, Amari Cooper, Sammy Watkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Terrelle Pryor, Marvin Jones.
    .5 ppr scoring.

  12. Jeff says:

    I need an RB2, WR2, and flex out of this group…help.
    J.Hill, Gurley, Tate, AJ, Rishard,and Tyreek.

  13. John says:

    Tyreek, Alshon or Djax? I’m projected to win so i guess I’m looking for a safe floor with upside. Half ppr

    Different league, Standard scoring pick 3: Watkins, Cooks, Adams, Tyrell, AJ (if he plays obviously) Ken Farrow. Thanks

  14. Krysta says:

    Flex question. Currently WR’s are Jordy and Mike Evans. RB’s Stewart and Ingram (please freaking be healthy!). Flex options: Shepard, Mitchell, Landry, Forsett or Green?

  15. Minesh says:

    Standard league

    2 wrs, 1 flex and 1 rb

    Dez, watkins, sanders, ty. Williams, Ajayi, Coleman, Farrow
    Thank You

  16. FreeSlave says:

    Full PPR League.

    Thinking of benching Amari and starting Robby Anderson instead!

    Bad move?

    Pick 3 out of the following 4: TY Hilton, Diggs, Amari, and Robby Anderson.

    I’m thinking Diggs gets a lot of targets against the Colts. Amari has cooled off. While Robby has heated up like crazy.

    Which 3 should I pick?

  17. Haggy says:

    Last one..Kelley or Watkins at Flex.WR or RB???? Also still not sure which RB to start. Got David Johnson, Ware,Kelley.and Gillislee… Starting Hill and T.Williams at WR.

  18. Mark says:

    RBs: doug martin, ingram, farrow, ty montgomery
    WRs: antonio brown, tyreek hill, robby anderson, pierre garcon, rishard matthews

    Have to start 2 RBs, 3 WRs, and a Flex

  19. Haggy says:

    Wide Receiver…According to your chart I should Start Watkins and Tyreek Hill over T.Williams, Thielen or Tyler Boyd this week as my two wide receivers. Going Kelley Flex as you recommend. UES ????

  20. Minesh
    RB – Ajayi
    WR – Bryant & Watkins
    FLEX – Coleman for the highest upside, Williams is safest

    FreeSlave – Yea, I wouldn’t do that. If I was going to sit someone for Anderson it would be Diggs

    Haggy – For the WR, it’s close. Hill has the highest upside, but the floor is low. I’d probably start Watkins/Williams myself, but that would put Hill in the battle with Kelley for FLEX. Hill has the higher upside, but Kelley is close and safer. I’d probably gamble on Hill, but it’s close

    Mark –
    RB – Martin & Farrow
    WR – Brown & Hill
    FLEX – Montgomery has the highest upside, but if Marshall is out Anderson

  21. reggie says:

    with Julio sitting what’s your stance on Sanu & Gabriel ranking or preference and both relative to Watkins?

    without Julio again I’ll be having the cold sweats this weekend!

    thanks RP – you’re the best! love this site!

  22. Chu says:

    Ok, so you seem down on Diggs, would you start A Robinson, T Ginn, Will Fuller, or Maclin over Diggs?

  23. reggie – First, thanks for the support! I wouldn’t trust either over Watkins, because fo the uncertainty of who gets the targets (and the potential to go with a heavier run approach). That said, I’d use Gabriel over Sanu

    Chu – Nah, I’d still roll Diggs with those alternatives

  24. Mir says:

    I am playing Brady, McCoy, demarco Murray, and Ladarius Green. I already played Rawls in flex.

    For WRs in need to pick 2 between Demarius Thomas / crowder/ tyrell Williams

    Defense Atlanta or NE?

    Thank you!

  25. Derrin says:

    Hey again professor! Another playoff game and another week where I need your helpful advice!
    I have to choose two WR since Julio is sitting I could be in trouble, which two would you pick?
    Stephon Diggs
    Jordan Matthews
    Alshon Jeffery
    DeSean Jackson
    I need to play 2 of them! As always thank you for your help!

  26. Ed says:

    Quick Q:
    Had to dig deep because of injuries – going to be a close matchup: Alshon Jeffery or Dwayne Washington at the W/R position (could also do T. Pryor or W. Snead but they likely have low ceilings this week)?

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