Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Nothing like the fantasy football season coming to a close on Christmas Day. If you want a nice Christmas present for yourself, then these rankings may help get you there. With a few injuries at the top we have some shake up, but this is how I see it all breaking down:

  1. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ NY Jets
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh
  3. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans
  5. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay
  6. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Miami
  7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Detroit
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. NY Giants
  9. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  10. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina
  11. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Oakland
  12. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas
  13. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston
  14. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Cincinnati
  15. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns @ Chicago
  16. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle
  17. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City
  18. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay
  19. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Philadelphia
  20. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams @ Tennessee
  21. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Cincinnati
  22. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay
  23. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston
  24. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles vs, Oakland
  25. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Washington
  26. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans vs. LA Rams
  27. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans
  28. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Francisco
  29. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ Arizona
  30. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis
  31. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore
  32. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville
  33. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ Tennessee
  34. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota
  35. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins vs. Denver
  36. Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Francisco
  37. Corey Coleman – Cleveland Browns @ Chicago
  38. Robby Anderson – New York Jets vs. LA Chargers
  39. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina
  40. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh
  41. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota
  42. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs, Buffalo
  43. Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta
  44. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos @ Washington
  45. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City
  46. Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas
  47. Kendall Wright – Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland
  48. Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams @ Tennessee
  49. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers @ NY Jets
  50. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City

Thoughts:

  • It’s so automatic to just pencil in Antonio Brown at number one every week that it took me by surprise to actually have to think about who the top option is. Despite being held in check this last week by Kansas City I still had to go with Keenan Allen, who has been red hot four of the last five weeks. Allen has another prime matchup against the New York Jets, and while the Chargers should win the Jets have a way of hanging around in these games which should keep the ball in the air and keep Allen racking up the numbers.
  • When you think about consistent threats at wide receiver the name Tyreek Hill probably doesn’t come up much. This is likely due to his penchant for the big play, but I think he is evolving beyond just a big play, boom or bust type and into a solid and safe week to week starter. Despite not getting an overwhelming amount of targets he is almost a lock for at least four catches in a game and in his last three games he hasn’t had fewer than 75 yards. Hill can still break one at any time, but his game isn’t limited to just that any longer.
  • With no Antonio Brown it’s hard not to get excited about the prospects for JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant against a woeful Texans secondary. This is a Texans secondary that was just torched by the combination of Blake Bortles and Jordyn Mickens. Smith-Schuster is obviously the higher ranked guy because he’s the one who has consistently been getting it done across from Brown and it’s hard to imagine that he does any worse than 5 catches for 75 yards with a nice ceiling. That said, I can 100% see Bryant completely blowing up to the point of being the top fantasy scorer at WR, because he does have that kind of upside.
  • While the defense struggled last week for the Eagles, the offense didn’t miss much of a beat in the transition from Carson Wentz to Nick Foles. The aerial attack was on point, and once again a big part of it was the criminally underrated Nelson Agholor. Somehow I keep seeing him ranked outside of the Top 30 and that makes no sense to me. He found the end zone again last week for his third TD in four games and 8th of the season. Agholor also has at least seven catches in the last three weeks. The good times should keep on coming with a really nice matchup against Oakland.
  • My expectations weren’t high for the return of Robert Woods last week, but he picked up where he left off with six catches including a TD. Before the injury he was a consistent high end WR2 or low end WR1, and he clearly still has the attention of Jared Goff even after a few weeks off. There is some concern as the Titans’ secondary isn’t great, but has been slowing down WR1s to some extent, but I was saying not to play him last week and I won’t make that mistake again.
  • The Packers run with Aaron Rodgers lasted one game and now Brett Hundley is back to lead the charge for the final two weeks. All signs point to him doing it without DaVante Adams, who was clearly the favored target of Hundley. While I am not too anxious to use any Packers against the Vikings,  the one receiver I would consider gambling on is Randall Cobb. I assume Jordy Nelson gets the Xavier Rhodes treatment, and while Cobb never got much of a rapport going with Hundley he did catch eight passes in Hundley’s last game. With Adams out someone has to get the targets.

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34 comments

  1. Eric says:

    Need help for the championship—PPR – for flex I have Shepeard (Arizona giving up fourth most points to slot wr), Sanu, Davis (Seattle RB), Mike Wallace (colts D) or Jack Doyle (Baltimore D not good against TE)- prof what’s your opinion?

  2. SA says:

    Hey Professor,

    Few more tough decisions this week.

    Standard League, M. Thomas as WR1, keep Jeffery as WR2 or roll with M. Jones or M. Bryant?
    Keep Brees in over Bortles? 4pt pass TD.
    Keep Graham in over Ebron? Jimmy’s last two games have me worried.

    PPR, Flex spot, start Funchess, Westbrook, Cole or Ebron? Have Olsen as TE and hesitant to put two Panthers in the starting lineup.
    Have Wilson as QB but grabbed Foles to block my opponent who lost Rodgers, do I consider starting him? 6pt pass TD.

    PPR, Lewis as RB1, Gallman, J. Williams or D. Murray for RB2? Flex, Shepard, Westbrook, Cole or Goodwin?

    Thanks as always!

  3. Patriots says:

    Hello Professor,
    12 team standard. Who would you play in the flex. Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine or Crabtree. Also Ravens or Bears defense .
    Thank You

  4. Dan says:

    Torn between Martavis and Dede. Dede feels safer re targets and I’m heavily favored to win. Do you agree? Thx.

  5. Carmen says:

    S. Shepherd or m. Bryant for wr2? Limited options unfortunately

  6. Too Tall says:

    Hi Professor,

    Standard league.

    I have Marquise Goodwin, DeDe Westbrook, Robbie Anderson, Golden Tate, Keelan Cole for wr. Jamaal Williams, Jerik McKinnon, LeSean McCoy, Eziekel Elliot for rb. Rivers and Bortles for QB.

    Need 1 QB, 2WR, 2 RB, and a Flex. Thanks for all your help this year. Happy Holidays.

  7. Jay says:

    Standard Need 2 Allen, Hill and JuJu?

  8. Jay says:

    Standard scoring. Have Funchess, JuJu, Bryant, Agholor, Crabtree & Cole. (I’m one of many unhappy Brown owners) Need Two. At flex Would you play a WR, who, or is Gillislee a potential flex. at Bufflalo?

  9. Jon says:

    Half ppr..pick one

    Tyreek Hill vs Miami

    Larry Fitz vs giants

  10. Adam schiller says:

    Mr professor , I’m torn on who to start at WR3 position. 1 PT ppr Larry Fitz at home against st Giants. Stanton back under center or Martavius Bryant at Texans. My week 16 lineup is as following qb Rivers rb 1&2 is Elliott and Freeman WR1&2nd are Thomas and Allen Flex is Ingram. Kicker Boswell and D is Ravens. So I’m looking for advice between Fitz and Martavius for WR3. ty

  11. Down One says:

    standerd. Looking for a flex….. Woods, crabtree, alshon, Jay Ajayi, Joe Mixon?? Thank you Prof.

  12. Demetrius Irving says:

    I need 2 WR both Standard leagues….Baldwin,Tate, Sheperd,or Wallace

    2nd league….Woods,Jeffery,Crabtree,Tate,Gordon, or Bryant

    Thanks!!!

  13. League 1 – Baldwin/Shepard

    League 2 – Jeffrey/Crabtree (I really like all of them and they are all relatively close. Bryant probably has the highest ceiling, but the lowest floor so given the alternatives tough to trust)

  14. Biff Malibu says:

    Three WR positions to fill, TE’s included. Who do u start??

    K. Allen, A. Thielen, T. Kelce, M. Evans or R. Woods—also have R. Anderson n A. Cooper but let’s change out name to frank here n admit it’s playoffs so why would u gamble?!

  15. K says:

    Gordon over Dez right, but it looks close? (Standard)

    Also, chargers, jags, or Philly?

    Thanks for advice during another great season!!

  16. OtisP says:

    WR decision I need to make: two of these three: Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, and Ju-Ju. I think Ju-Ju is the no-brainer and it seems like a coin flip between the other two. Both have risk but I am actually leaning to Demaryius given Sanders is out and hoping Brock starts at QB.

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