Week 14 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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It’s not necessarily an easy week for some of the top receiving options in the league, and with the fantasy playoffs upon us that’s not ideal. Of course we also know what they can do, so it’s not like we are going to shy away from them at the most important time of the season (downgrade them slightly, maybe, but not ignore). Who are the trustworthy options? Who is too risky to trust? Let’s take a look:

  1. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – vs. Washington
  2. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  3. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at New England
  4. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – vs. Denver
  5. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  6. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  9. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at Chicago
  10. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  11. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  12. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
  13. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  14. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
  15. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Jacksonville
  16. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Dallas
  17. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  18. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
  19. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Houston
  20. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  21. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
  22. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Baltimore
  23. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. Kansas City
  24. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  25. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh
  26. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  27. James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
  28. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  29. Darius Slayton – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  30. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  31. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – at Buffalo
  32. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
  33. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at Chicago
  34. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  35. Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
  36. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  37. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  38. Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tennessee
  39. Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – vs. Baltimore
  40. Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  41. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Jacksonville
  42. Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – at Green Bay
  43. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – at Oakland
  44. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh
  45. Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
  46. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  47. D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
  48. Will Fuller – Houston Texans – vs. Denver
  49. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
  50. Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts – at Tampa Bay

Thoughts:

  • The yardage hasn’t always been there for Davante Adams, but when healthy the opportunities have been.  He has at least 10 targets in five straight games (58 targets in five games) and overall has averaged just under 10 targets per game (79 targets over eight games).  With one of the most favorable matchups among the top wide receivers (Washington has allowed 15 TD to opposing wide receivers) and 3 TD over his past two games, he’s slotted into the top spot.
  • Surprised to see D.J. Moore right at the top of these rankings?  Over his past four games he’s been targeted 47 times, turning them into 29 catches, 416 yards and 3 TD.  He’s been targeted at least 9 times in seven straight games, including a previous matchup with Atlanta (8 catches for 95 yards).  While he lacked TD early in the season, he now has 3 TD over his past two games and is one of the best options in the league.
  • Overall Denver has done well defending opposing wide receivers (fifth fewest points per week allowed), but they’ve allowed 3 TD over the past two weeks (at least 1 TD in four straight games).  That means that DeAndre Hopkins remains pinned towards the top of the rankings, even with his own struggles recently (18 catches for 238 yards and 2 TD over the past four weeks).
  • Will Julio Jones ever find the end zone again?  He’s now gone eight straight games without a TD, with four games under 80 yards over this span.  His upside is too great to consider him anything but a WR1, but it’s fair to downgrade him slightly due to this extended cold stretch.
  • Is Tyler Lockett actually healthy?  He turned in a goose egg in Week 13, failing to connect on his 3 targets, and since returning he has 1 catch for 38 yards (4 catches for 63 yards over his past three games).  The upside remains, but at this point he’s nothing more than a WR2.
  • Stefon Diggs was under 50 yards in three of his past four games so he’s getting harder and harder to trust.  Of course the last time he faced the Lions he torched them for 7 catches and 143 yards and they have been one of the worst defenses against opposing wide receivers in 2019 (seventh most points per week).  If Adam Thielen does return Diggs may be dragged down to WR2 status, but for now he’s still a low-end WR1.
  • DeVante Parker is a viable WR1 this week against the Jets…  Just let that statement set in for a minute, as he’s ripped off 25 catches, 454 yards and 2 TD over the past four weeks.  He has at least 10 targets in each of these four games and has 91+ yards in his past three.  He had 57 yards and 1 TD the last time he faced the Jets, but he’s a different player than he was just a few weeks ago and has a matchup he should take advantage of.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals have been more prone to running backs than wide receivers this season, so that points towards Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt as opposed to the wide receiving duo.  As it is Odell Beckham has seemingly become an average option, and after back-to-back double digit target days he’s averaged just 7 over the past two games (9 catches for 113 yards and 1 TD).  At this point it’s fair to consider both Beckham and Landry WR2 options, with Landry being the preferred choice for now.
  • In Drew Lock’s first start Courtland Sutton delivered 75 yards and 2 TD.  That’s a great sign moving forward, and while the Texans aren’t a tremendous matchup he remains a viable WR2 in all formats as the performance and rapport should continue to improve.
  • Over the past four weeks the Cowboys have allowed 614 receiving yards and 4 TD, while Allen Robinson has found his footing (24 receptions, 318 yards and 2 TD over the past four weeks).  While there are still questions, leaving him outside of WR1 status, it’s impossible not to have him as a locked in option.
  • Suddenly the Jacksonville Jaguars are no longer leaning on D.J. Chark, with just 11 targets over the past two games.  Of course the return of Gardner Minshew II under center could allow him to rediscover his footing, so don’t go discarding him so quickly.
  • James Washington was only targeted 4 times in Week 13, but he turned them into 4 catches, 111 yards and 1 TD.  He now has 209 yards and 2 TD over his past two games, and is walking into as favorable matchup as you’ll get against the Arizona Cardinals.  It’s possible that they go run heavy, limiting his opportunities, but he proved he doesn’t need much to produce.  Consider him a potential WR2.
  • Darius Slayton and Daniel Jones have proven that they have a strong rapport, and the Eagles pose a favorable matchup for them to expose.  That’s something to take advantage of, especially as a WR3.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



12 COMMENTS

  1. Hi RotoProfessor, this is my set up for this playoff week .
    QB: Russ Wilson
    WR: Michael Thomas, Keen Allen
    RB: CMC, Chris Carson
    TE: Jared Cook
    Flex: Tyler Lockett
    Def: Green Bay
    BU: Evan Engram, Derrius Guice, Ryan Tannehill, San Francisco

    Should I pick up J Washington, S Shepard, M William or G Tate ? who should I drop ?
    This is 1st playoff PPR . Thanks,

  2. Hi Prof, Need to fill in 2 Wr’s and one flex: Lockett, Pascal, D. Samuel, J Washington, Gallup, Jamaal Williams, and Coleman. I have pencilled in Pascal and Lockett at WR and Jamaal Williams at flex. Have been going with Gallup but as per your article maybe too risky. I love Washington but I feel he has the lowest floor here. I don’t understand why your so low on Pascal. Whats your thoughts here. Thanks as always (TKC Knight twitter).

  3. Non – PPR. Need 2 WR choices are Diggs, Jones, Jr., Chark, Debo Samuel, ODB and M. Brown. Currently going with Diggs and Jones, Jr. Thoughts?

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