Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

If you are reading this then I am guessing you have something big to play for this week, whether it’s a playoff spot or the first round of your playoffs. This is the time of the year where every little decision matters and every decision can win or lose you a fantasy football championship. I’m going to do my best to help you as I break down my Top 50 at the wide receiver position for this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland
  2. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay
  4. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta
  5. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings at Seattle
  6. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis
  7. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati
  8. Odell Beckham – New York Giants at Washington
  9. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland
  10. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore
  11. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings at Seattle
  12. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams at Chicago
  13. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts at Houston
  14. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams at Chicago
  15. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans
  16. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia
  17. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions at Arizona
  18. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals at LA Chargers
  19. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots at Miami
  20. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots at Miami
  21. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears vs. LA Rams
  22. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina
  23. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos at San Francisco
  24. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota
  25. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville
  26. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans
  27. Alshon Jeffery – Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas
  28. Golden Tate – Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas
  29. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit
  30. DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers at Cleveland
  31. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay
  32. Dante Pettis – San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver
  33. Adam Humphries – Tampa  Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans
  34. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota
  35. Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams at Chicago
  36. Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears vs. LA Rams
  37. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers at Cleveland
  38. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants at Washington
  39. Demaryius Thomas – Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis
  40. Taylor Gabriel – Chicago Bears vs. LA Rams
  41. Jordy Nelson – Oakland Raiders vs. Pittsburgh
  42. Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay
  43. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. CIncinnati
  44. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans
  45. Zay Jones – Buffalo Bills vs. NY Jets
  46. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins vs. New England
  47. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee
  48. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay
  49. Antonio Callaway – Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina
  50. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. New England

Thoughts:

 

  • Fantasy owners may be a little bit jaded at the fact that Julio Jones got them three points last week in a crucial matchup, but put that out of your mind because he is about to go off on Green Bay. Jones has arguably been the most consistent wide receiver in the league with six straight 100 yard games before the stinker last week. In your season long leagues you obviously aren’t benching him but just a note for the daily fantasy players reading this, go all in this week as the sour grapes crowd may be off him after last week.
  • The reason for Julio Jones down game last week was the Baltimore Ravens stout defense, a defense that has really become the elite in the league. This week they get the Chiefs and that’s why I have Tyreek Hill lower than I’ve had him in a long time. Now clearly you are still going to start him, it’s the playoffs and he’s an elite wide receiver, but you may be holding your breath a bit.
  • With A.J. Green lost for the season I anticipate a lot of Top 20 weeks from Tyler Boyd, who is a borderline must start in fantasy at this point. Boyd turned in yet another solid performance last week grabbing six passes for 97 yards. The Bengals seem to be deteriorating before our eyes after what looked like a promising start to the season. From a fantasy standpoint that isn’t terrible and Boyd may be racking up the stats as the Bengals play a lot of games from behind down the stretch.
  • Yesterday was a pretty massive blow to Emmanuel Sanders fantasy owners, but for those who own Courtland Sutton or who had him available in their league it’s a good day. Sutton is coming off his best week of the season hauling in four catches for 85 yards and a TD. The Broncos are geared for what should be a nice fantasy playoff run with matchups against the 49ers, Browns and Raiders the next three weeks. I think we’re going to get a preview of big things to come from Sutton.
  • I’m not sure how many Dante Pettis believers there are out there, but I am one to at least some degree. I believe that Kyle Shanahan knows what he’s doing with an offense and despite the lack of talent he gets production. I also believe that they play in a lot of high scoring games, which means a lot of throwing the football. Pettis has emerged as the lead receiver the last two weeks and I don’t think he is going anywhere as the rookie showcase on a bad team.
  • There isn’t a whole lot of eagerness on my part to play any Miami Dolphins receivers against the New England Patriots this week, but if I’m in a spot where I need one Kenny Stills is my guy. Stills was productive early on in the season when Ryan Tannehill was healthy and the offense was somewhat efficient. Tannehill is back under center now and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Stills finally had a fantasy relevant game last week after a lot of weeks of nothing. Again, I’m not overjoyed if I have to use Stills, but there are worse options.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses
Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

9 comments

  1. Jim says:

    Thanks for all you do! And all the help over the years! PPR need one Boyd, Golladay or Ware from KC. I am leaning Boyd..

  2. Tony says:

    Hello Professor,

    I read that Xavien Howard will not play this week against the Patriots, so would you move Josh Gordon higher up in the rankings? I had thought about starting JuJu and Evans, but now wonder about replacing Evans with JG? Granted, there are so many throwing options for Brady that JG might see only a few throws his way as last weekend? Granted, Godwin and Humphries seem to be taking more targets, so a bit worried about Evans. I have C Sutton as well against 49ers, who should see more targets with Sanders out though not sure if R Sherman will be covering him?

    Anyway, if you have time, I would welcome your opinion, especially with regards to JG’s ranking. Not sure if you did this ranking after it was announced that Howard is likely out this weekend?

    Thank you very much.

    Best wishes,
    Tony

    • I’d stick with what you have and I’d trust Sutton before I trusted Gordon. As you said, the Patriots have too many other options and it’s always hard to predict what diretion they will go

      • Tony says:

        Hello Professor,

        Thank you very much and I will go with Sutton.

        Best wishes and good luck to all of you in your play-offs!

        Best,
        tony

  3. Cara Stewart says:

    Hi, I asked about RB’s as well. For WR’s I have Hopkins and then I need to pick my number 2.
    Golladay, Gordon or Sutton?? I just dropped Jeffery.
    Thanks!!

  4. Kurt says:

    Should I go with the Denver Defense or New Orleans this week.
    Also which two receivers should I play out of these four ?
    Sutton, Edelman, Woods, Diggs

    Thanks for your input

    kurt

  5. Def – Denver

    WR – Woods/Diggs

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