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:
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
- D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – at Indianapolis
- Devante Adams – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
- A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – vs. New Orleans
- Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
- Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Breshad Perriman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Houston
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Detroit
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Miami
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Denver
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – at Washington
- Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Carolina
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at Seattle
- Will Fuller – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
- Darius Slayton – New York Giants – at Washington
- Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at Indianapolis
- Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
- Chris Conley – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Atlanta
- Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Carolina
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
- Golden Tate – New York Giants – at Washington
- Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Kenny Stills – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Atlanta
- Steven Sims – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
- Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
- Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
- Danny Amendola – Detroit Lions – at Denver
- 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: