Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

It’s interesting to look back at the rankings from Week 1 and look at where we are now in the wide receiver position. There’s been a lot of turnover at the top and if you are still stuck with the way you thought it was going to be at the beginning of the year you may be in trouble. How do things currently look?  Let’s take a look at how they shake out for Week 11:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee
  2. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Miami
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle
  5. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs @ NY Giants
  6. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Washington
  7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver
  8. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Arizona
  9. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots vs. Oakland
  10. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Chicago
  11. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Kansas City
  12. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. New England
  13. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. LA Rams
  14. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia
  16. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati
  17. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. New England
  18. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay
  19. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams @ Minnesota
  20. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee
  21. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ Houston
  22. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. LA Rams
  23. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas
  24. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Buffalo
  25. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas
  26. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore
  27. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Chicago
  28. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati
  29. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh
  30. Jeremy Maclin – Baltimore Ravens @ Green Bay
  31. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore
  32. Kelvin Benjamin – Buffalo Bills @ LA  Chargers
  33. Marquise Lee – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland
  34. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Miami
  35. Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints vs. Washington
  36. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ New Orleans
  37. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh
  38. Danny Amendola – New England Patriots vs. Oakland
  39. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle
  40. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ Minnesota
  41. Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta
  42. Dontrelle Inman – Chicago Bears vs. Detroit
  43. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta
  44. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ Green Bay
  45. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore
  46. Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams @ Minnesota
  47. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay
  48. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee
  49. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia
  50. Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins @ New Orleans

Thoughts:

  • There is that natural inclination to worry about your wide receivers when they are set to face off with Seattle. I don’t think you need to worry about Julio Jones though. Seattle’s defense looks good but it’s not the force it once was and they just lost Richard Sherman last week, one of the biggest detractors to playing WR’s against them. We saw Seattle get schooled by Larry Fitzgerald catching passes from Drew Stanton, so Jones should be able to put up his typical big numbers.
  • It’s probably time that Golden Tate started to get recognition for how great he has been the last month. In his last four games he is averaging 7 catches and 98 yards per game, and has two TD scores as well. The matchup this week with the Bears isn’t plus or anything, but he has played the Saints and Steelers lately and done just fine. Tate’s floor is about as high as anyone in football right now.
  • You try not to overreact to one game, especially when it’s against the 49ers, but Sterling Shepard looked like a star last week as he hauled in 11 catches for 142 yards. The week before he went against a very tough Rams defense and still had five grabs for 70 yards too. Shepard is in another nice matchup this week against a weak Chiefs secondary and a game where the Giants will likely be down and throwing a ton. Even if you don’t buy the talent you can’t deny the fact that he’s one of only two legitimate pass catching threats on this team and that goes a long way.
  • It’s hard to know exactly what to do with Robert Woods, who has looked brilliant the last two weeks with four TD. Woods didn’t have a TD in the first seven games of the season, but he was still solid with consistent production. The last two games Woods has faced the Giants and Texans, and so the Vikings is a bit of a different story for Woods and his quarterback Jared Goff.
  • Trusting a Green Bay Packers wide receiver is not easy right now with Brett Hundley under center. That said, if you are going to use anyone in it should be Davante Adams. Hundley hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t been as bad as people are making him out to be. Adams has caught 12 passes the last two weeks and he found the end zone this last week against the Bears. Adams isn’t a Top 10 at the position anymore, but he’s hardly the unusable receiver some are making him out to be.
  • On the other side of the field from Green Bay on Sunday will be Baltimore and Jeremy Maclin, who I am still holding out hope for as a fantasy asset this season. Injuries have made it hard to get on the same page with Joe Flacco, but things have started to click the last two weeks. Maclin caught a TD ball two weeks ago and last week he caught eight passes for 98 yards. He is the clear number one option in Baltimore and the more games he can string together without an injury he should keep rising up this list.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 11 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses
Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

14 comments

  1. James says:

    i Have Alshon, Crabby, Thielen and Tate

    Have to start 3

    Everyone has Tate projected the lowest but you cause of the matchup and Alshon the highest but you have him the lowest how come?

    • I can’t speak for Ray and how he slotted them here. Jeffrey is always a risk not to get targets though, especially with Ajayi and the potential for a run oriented attack. I think it could go either way between the two

  2. Joe says:

    PPR – Flex- Darkwa vs KC or C . Davis @ Pitt? My concern in Darkwa is game flow bc Giants will probably be playing from behind.
    But Davis has not shown anything yet.

    Your thoughts on who to play?

  3. darrick says:

    hey, which 3 wrs would you start this week…hill, m.thomas, k. allen, m.lee

  4. Romo says:

    Hey professor

    I need 3. Hill, cooper, Tate, Adams, Landry, and diggs.

    I’m leaning towards hill, cooper, Tate but torn between Adams and diggs.
    Thanks!

  5. Matt says:

    Marqise Lee, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jeremy Maclin, which 2 to start in flex?

  6. Jason says:

    Hey Professor, I need 2 WR & a flex. Standard league.
    Diggs
    Tyreek Hill
    DeVante Parker
    Marqise Lee
    Mckinnon
    (My 2 RBS are Fournette/Kamara)
    I appreciate your help, thanks professor.

  7. Andy says:

    PPR, Who should I bench this week ?
    Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Adam Thielen and Robert Wood
    Thanks

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