Week 16 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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Whether it’s been injuries or lack of opportunities, there are some significant questions hanging over some of the top receiving options in the league. Who do we trust? Are there any surprising names rising up the rankings (there definitely are!)? Let’s take a look at how the rankings look as we had into championship week:

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

Thoughts:

  • A.J. Brown has exploded for three games of at least 114 yards in the past four weeks, totaling 447 yards and 4 TD over this stretch.  Over the same stretch the Saints have allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing wide receivers, creating an intriguing opportunity for fantasy owners.  Would anyone have predicted that Brown would be a potential WR1 for your fantasy finals?
  • It had been a rough stretch for Julio Jones, who hadn’t scored since Week 3, but he erupted against the 49ers as he turned 20 targets into 13 catches, 134 yards and 2 TD.  With Calvin Ridley lost for the season the opportunities will continue to be there and that makes him dangerous.
  • Amari Cooper has had a few duds, but a matchup against the Eagles could be a “get right” spot.  The last time he faced them he posted 5 receptions for 106 yards and the Eagles secondary has continued to struggle (761 yards and 7 TD over the past four weeks).
  • Over the past three weeks Breshad Perriman has at least 70 yards a game and he’s scored 4 TD in his past two (3 TD against Detroit last week).  With both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined Perriman should remain the focus of the offense, this time against a Houston defense that’s not extremely imposing.  Fire him up in all formats.
  • While Cooper Kupp has a TD in three straight games, Robert Woods has been the more targeted receiver (9+ targets in five straight games).  Of course he’s only scored 1 TD over that stretch so it’s hard to get too excited, but you could argue that he’s got the higher upside.  Regardless both receivers are nothing more than WR2.
  • We all know how bad the Giants secondary has been this season so it’s easy to imagine Terry McLaurin breaking a few big plays.  As it is he showed it last week against the Eagles, with 5 catches, 130 yards and 1 TD.  There’s a bit of boom or bust to his game, which is going to suppress his ranking closer to WR3 territory, but he’s a usable option.
  • T.Y. Hilton returned on Monday night and while the results were mediocre (4 catches for 25 yards), the matchup with the Panthers is a favorable one (they’ve allowed the eighth most points per week to opposing WR over the past four weeks).  If he had been healthy he likely would’ve been a Top 15 option, but there’s risk as he’s still working his way back and Jacoby Brissett has struggled.  He’s a WR3, but a good high risk, high reward option.
  • It’s amazing how far Odell Beckham has fallen, isn’t it?  Over the past four weeks he’s managed just 19 catches for 218 yards and 1 TD as he’s fallen from one of the elite to a complete non-factor.  There’s far too much risk in trusting the name, as opposed to the actual results.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 16 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



10 COMMENTS

  1. Hey prof- I’m in championship and need your help yet again (thanks to y’all)!

    Standard – 2 rb, 2 wr, 1 flex

    Perriman, Adams, Lockett, Eckler, Freeman, Carson, Shepard, Hunt and Montgomery

    I’m leaning Adams, Perriman, Carson, Freeman and Eckler
    Thanks again

  2. In the championship, thanks for your help, Godwin is out, what would be your WR1 WR2 and Flex?
    Kupp, Shepard, A Miller, Crowder or Slayton.

    I also have Mattison and Boone.

  3. What up roto! Last week! Hope you are in the championship!!!

    I need 2 WR, 2 RB and a FLEX. I have it set but just wanted to get your input please!! Barkley, Lindsay, boyd, Slayton, AP, Shepard, Landry, McLaurin, d Washington.
    Thanks roto!!

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