Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Championship week, the most anticipated and nerve wracking time of the year for fantasy football players. If you are still playing for something this week that means you’re either in the semi-finals or finals, so congratulations. To take that last step you need to have the best team possible and hopefully we can help you out with that as we look at the top receiving options of the week:

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

Thoughts:

  • Antonio Brown hasn’t gone more than two weeks this season without a TD. He hasn’t scored in his last two games now so one can clearly argue he’s due this week against Baltimore. This is a huge game against their rival, so I assume the Steelers are going to be working extra hard to get the ball in their star’s hands. The Ravens always play tough, but Brown had seven catches for 85 yards and a TD earlier this season. He is still the safest and the highest upside play of this group.
  • Early indications this week are that Donte Moncrief is likely going to be able to play against the Oakland Raiders, but it’s no guarantee and we don’t know how healthy he’ll be i. This means T.Y. Hilton is a top tier wide receiver in my rankings this week against a very shaky secondary. Hilton is a borderline WR1 with Moncrief in, but with him out he takes another jump.
  • The Houston Texans have already come out and announced that Tom Savage is going to be under center against the Cincinnati Bengals. This is good news for DeAndre Hopkins, because while Savage wasn’t exactly amazing last week when he came in he was very determined to get the ball into Hopkins hands (targeting him 14 times). We saw Hopkins be one of the best receivers in the league last year working with bad QB’s who were willing to give him the ball, and Savage seems to fit that bill.
  • The return of Alshon Jeffery went pretty well last week when he caught six passes for 89 yards and a TD. It took a while for Matt Barkley to start looking his way and he finished third in targets on the team, but later in the game when the Bears were coming back it was Jeffery doing a lot of the damage. This is another really nice matchup for the Bears too and Barkley should throw the ball plenty, meaning Jeffery could show up big again.
  • The very inconsistent Dontrelle Inman seems to be getting more consistent now. He has scored a TD in three of his last four games and is averaging 77 yards in those games as well. I still have Tyrell Williams ranked higher, based on feeling as though he is safer, but Inman is a really strong play too. The Cleveland matchup is incredibly enticing and there could very well be plenty of fantasy goodness to go around.
  • The Tyler Lockett breakout game has gone down as he is coming off a seven catch for 130 yards game against the Los Angeles Rams and even caught his first TD of the season. This game wasn’t a total anomaly, as he was showing signs of life with nine catches in the two games prior. Now the question is if he can build on that game, and I think there’s a chance. We saw the Cardinals get lit up by a small slot receiver in Brandin Cooks last week and the Seahawks may try and make the same thing happen. There’s a risk to playing him, but there’s a ton of upside.
  • For the fourth time in five games Ted Ginn Jr caught a TD in week 15. Meanwhile Kelvin Benjamin has only caught seven passes in the last four games and is still dealing with a bad back. I don’t believe that Ginn is a better receiver, but I do believe Ginn is a better play this week and a solid play overall in an enticing matchup with Atlanta.

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29 comments

  1. Jaden says:

    Hey Professor,

    Can you please tell me who youd start in a standard league need 1 for wr and 1 for flex out of: Desean Jackson, TY Montgomery, Michael Thomas, Allen Robinson, Cameron Brate and Dontrell Inman?

    Thanks for all your advice 1 more to go for my first title!

  2. Krysta says:

    Flex question, 1/2 pt PPR. Jarvis Landry, Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Forsett or Sterling Shepard?

  3. James says:

    For a WR 3- Mitchell, sterling Sheppard or Lockett?

  4. Jaden = Montgomery & Thomas

    Krysta – Landry

    James – Mitchell I guess, though Lockett has a higher upside

  5. Too Tall says:

    Hi Professor,

    Standard. WR: Nelson, Crowder, T. Williams, D. Inman, T. Gabriel, Cameron Meredith.
    RB. Ware, Howard, T. Coleman, K. Farrow

    Need 2 RB, 2 WR, and Flex.

    Not sure on T. Williams health. He had a set back last game. Inman a better play? Meredith in a good match up? And looks like Julio Jones is back limiting T. Gabriel?

    Also, the following WR are on waivers: M. Mitchel, P. Garcon, R. Anderson, Ted Ginn, Tyler Lockett are available on waivers if they are of interest.

    What do you think?

    • RB – Ware & Howard
      WR – Nelson & Williams (I’d still go him over Inman, barring the news)
      FLEX – I’d grab Mitchell against the pitiful Jets’ secondary (Meredith isn’t far behind)

  6. westly ahlschlager says:

    Hi Professor,

    Would you start Jeffrey or Malcolm Mitchell? Also 2 of 3 between Tyrel Williams, Larry Fitzgerald, and Lockette? Thanks!

  7. promillo says:

    Hi Professor,

    Moncrief or Meredith? Thx!

  8. Donnie says:

    Hello Prof
    Need one in Flex spot. Cannot decide between K. Britt or Dion Lewis? Thanks for your help this season. Happy Holidays
    Donnie

  9. Donnie says:

    ^ Standard

  10. Romo says:

    Hey roto! I need 3. Sanders, Hilton, Landry, Inman, Pryor. I’m leaning on sanders, Hilton, and Inman. What do u think? Thanks for all ur help!

  11. Anon says:

    Who should I put at WR2? Mitchell, Crowder, Lockette, or Ginn?

    WR1 is Hopkins. Flex is Rawls.

  12. Andy says:

    Hi RP,
    Can you pick top 3 for me in Flex (Standard)
    Doug Martin, Jonathan Stewart, DElanie Walker, Javis Landry, Tyreek Hill, Ted Ginn Jr
    Thanks,
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  13. cheeseburger says:

    Hi Professor,

    Standard league, Start 2 WR, Have M. Thomas penciled in, who to start next? T. Williams, D. Inman, D. Jackson, T. Hill?

    If L. Miller plays, but not at a 100%, would you recommend going with T. Rawls or F. Gore instead?

    Thanks for your help!

  14. Donnie – I have a tough time trusting Britt, and against the Jets I’d roll with Lewis

    Romo – Yea, I’d lean the way you have it (though Landry is close to Inman)

    Anon – Tough to trust him, but Mitchell against the Jets

    Andy – Hill/Stewart/Martin

    cheeseburger – I’d go Williams/Hill; I guess I’d go Gore but it’s tough to trust any of them

  15. BWAY says:

    Pick 3 WR’s: Standard
    AJ, Moncreif, Britt, Mitchell, or Rishard Matthews?

  16. haggy says:

    Watkins, Lockett, T.Williams, T.Hill, or J.J. Nelson. Pick 2. Going R. kelley and D.Johnson at RB and Ware at Flex.

  17. Billy says:

    who Should I start in the flex position of a PPR league. Donte Moncrief vs the Raiders, Delanie Walker vs the Jaguars or Kenneth Farrow vs the Browns?

  18. Billy says:

    In another league, a Standard League who should istart at RB? Kenneth Farrow vs the Browns or Tevin Coleman vs the Panthers?

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