Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

The playoffs move forward to what should be the semi-finals unless for some reason your league is playing in week 17, which it arguably shouldn’t be. The stakes are high and we are here to try and help you make it to the finals, so let’s breakdown the Top 50 wide receivers of the week:

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

Thoughts:

  • After a couple of down weeks Michael Thomas finally bounced back with an 11 catch performance against the Buccaneers. While Thomas still hasn’t found the end zone in a few weeks it was good to see him racking up the targets once again. Drew Brees has been spreading the ball around a lot more lately, which might be better for the Saints but not for Thomas’ fantasy fortunes so seeing him show up as that number one guy again was nice.
  • All the sudden the guy who just “moves the chains” in New England is starting to become a bit more of a red zone threat. Julian Edelman has found the end zone in two of the Patriots last three games and is coming off a very solid nine catch week against the Dolphins. The Patriots and Steelers game is expected to be very high scoring and so all four of the big receivers in the game should be great fantasy plays.
  • Now that Mitch Trubisky is back Allen Robinson’s fantasy stock should start to trend upwards again. Trubisky struggled last week, so hopefully this week he’ll have his legs under him a little more and the results will be a bit better. Trubisky does spread the ball around a fair bit, but at the end of the day Robinson is still the most talented guy in the group and the one with the most upside.
  • We have a lot of history that shows us that it can pay off to play the whatever receiver Patrick Peterson isn’t covering in a Cardinals game. This week that guy should be Calvin Ridley. The rookie has really had his struggles these last couple of weeks, but the whole Falcons offense has really struggled. This seems like a prime spot for him to bounce back and hopefully help some teams make the finals.
  • It’s not clear as of yet whether Odell Beckham Jr will be playing or not, but it is a good sign that he was at least practicing in a limited fashion. My rankings reflect him playing, but if he does end up missing this game you can bump Sterling Shepherd up about five spots. He didn’t blow the doors off last week, but Richard Sherman has been locking people down recently so don’t read too much into that.
  • I wouldn’t blame you if you have had your reservations about using Robby Anderson this week with so much on the line. That said, if you are considering it he might be better than your other options. Last week Sam Darnold returned under center and Anderson returned to the fantasy radar with four catches for 76 yards and a TD. This has been a terrible season for Anderson, there’s no way around that, but I still believe he’s a talented receiver and he and Darnold were just starting to click before the Darnold injury. Hopefully they can build on last week’s game and Anderson can end the season on a high note.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses
Week 15 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

5 comments

  1. Chris says:

    need a WR2 with sanders going down for the season! Alshon Jeffrey, Zay jones or Deshaun Hamilton. Leaning toward Jeffrey as it will be a catch up game for the eagles but no wentz. NEED HELP. Also Stills and robby Anderson available for pickup.

  2. Kurt says:

    Should I consider TY Hilton over Julio Jones this week as
    Indy has more to play for since they are still in the hunt ?

  3. Budrow says:

    Professor, I have Thomas, but I also need another WR for my std ESPN team. Choices are: Humphries, Godwin, Josh Reynolds, or Sutton.

    Also, which two would you start Breida, D. Lewis, Josh Adams, Mack, or Wilson?

    My choices aren’t the best for this team, but I do appreciate your columns and sage like advice.

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