Week 15 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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It feels like the season just started, though here we are. It’s Week 15 and for most it’s the semifinals of your fantasy football playoffs, yet how much clarity and certainty do we have? Whether it’s injury, difficult matchups, usage concerns or something else, it seems difficult to come to a decision on your starting lineup. Obviously we don’t want to overthink it, and with that in mind let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:

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

Thoughts:

  • With Mike Evans sidelined there’s no question who the top receiver for Tampa Bay is, as Chris Godwin will be the primary beneficiary of a favorable matchup (Detroit’s 847 yards allowed to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks is second most, behind only Indianapolis).  He’s been the favored option regardless, but in this setting he’s a Top 3 option.
  • It has been an impressive stretch for D.J. Moore, with 24 receptions, 377 yards and 3 TD over the past four weeks.  While it’s easy to say to continue riding him, the matchup against the Seahawks is hardly ideal (337 yards allowed to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks).  He’s not unusable, but he’s not as highly rated as you would’ve expected.
  • Kenny Golladay has scored a TD in back-to-back games and draws a Tampa Bay defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers (including 21 TD).  His ranking is suppressed due to a lack of targets, but he’s still a borderline WR1.
  • Allen Robinson has been on a roll of late, with 4 TD in his past three games, and also put up numbers in his first matchup with Green Bay (102 yards in Week 1).  With the Bears offense finding it’s footing he’s an easy player to roll with as a WR1.
  • If DeVante Parker clears the concussion protocol he will be a borderline WR1 against the Giants this week.  Monitor the news closely, though time will tell.
  • At least Julio Jones keeps getting targets, right?  He’s now gone 9 straight games without a TD, but with Calvin Ridley sidelined you would think there’s a good chance he finds the end zone this week…  Of course the 49ers are generally a difficult matchup and Russell Gage could rise into the vacated role (he has scored more recently, with a TD in Week 13).  Value Gage as a WR3, while Jones continues to lose appeal.
  • While A.J. Brown draws a difficult matchup (Houston has allowed the fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks), he’s erupted for two games of at least 135 yards in his past three (with 3 TD, including 2 TD against the Raiders in Week 14).  He’s a bit of boom or bust, which makes him tougher to trust in the matchup, and pushes him down to the WR3 range.
  • After erupting in Week 14 (7 catches, 159 yards, 1 TD) there’s renewed hope for Emmanuel Sanders.  There’s been enough bad, especially in a run first offense, not to push him too far up the rankings.  The matchup is favorable enough to keep him as a WR2, but know the risk.
  • Zach Pascal has been targeted 19 times over the past two weeks, delivering 12 catches for 183 yards and 1 TD.  Considering how the Saints defense was just torched by the 49ers, are you willing to bet against him?  He’s a solid WR2 and worth starting in all formats.
  • Eli Manning certainly enjoyed having Darius Slayton at his disposal, didn’t he?  Slayton has been targeted at least 7 times in four straight games and against Miami (9 TD allowed to opposing WR in the past four weeks) he’s the best bet among Giants’ wide receivers.  While there’s a bit of boom or bust to his game, he’s a viable WR2.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

6 COMMENTS

  1. Good afternoon roto!
    Almost there!!
    I have rodgers as my qb. goff and fitzmagic are available. should i stick with rodgers?
    If engram is healthy, should i plug him in over hollister?
    I am hopeful d. mont’s injury isn’t serious cuz if hes hurt, my only rb to plug in is dj. I can pick up breida if needed…

    last league.
    rodgers, brady, or tannehill?!
    i need 2 wr and 1 flex. landry, slayton, cooks, boyd, and shepard.
    scarbrough, laird, fuller, mclaurin are on the wire. any of them worth picking up?
    Thank you again roto!!

    • I’d stick with Rodgers, though there’s risk
      I couldn’t trust Engram first game back

      Rodgers (Tannehill is real close
      Slayton/Landry are the lucks. I’d gab Scarbrough

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