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Week 16 Rankings

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Week 16 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 DeAndre Hopkins vs. PIT -
2 Michael Thomas vs. ATL -
3 Keenan Allen at NYJ -
4 Julio Jones at NO -
5 Tyreek Hill vs. MIA -
6 Adam Thielen at GB -
7 Brandin Cooks vs. BUF -
8 A.J. Green vs. DET -
9 JuJu Smith-Schuster at HOU Questionable (hamstring)
10 Marvin Jones at CIN -
11 Mike Evans at CAR -
12 Larry Fitzgerald vs. NYG -
13 Alshon Jeffery vs. OAK -
14 Michael Crabtree at PHI -
15 Devin Funchess vs. TB -
16 Doug Baldwin at DAL -
17 Jarvis Landry at KC -
18 Golden Tate at CIN -
19 Dez Bryant vs. SEA -
20 Robert Woods at TEN -
21 Josh Gordon at CHI -
22 Mike Wallace vs. IND -
23 Demaryius Thomas at WAS -
24 Sterling Shepard at ARZ -
25 Stefon Diggs at GB -
26 Marquise Goodwin vs. JAC -
27 Martavis Bryant at HOU -
28 Mohamed Sanu at NO Questionable (knee)
29 Dede Westbrook at SF -
30 Nelson Agholor vs. OAK -
31 Jamison Crowder vs. DEN -
32 Rishard Matthews vs. LAR -
33 Cooper Kupp at TEN -
34 Robby Anderson vs. LAC -
35 Keelan Cole at SF -
36 T.Y. Hilton at BAL -
37 Sammy Watkins at TEN -
38 Randall Cobb vs. MIN -
39 DeVante Parker at KC -
40 Paul Richardson at DAL -
41 Kendall Wright vs. CLE -
42 Tyrell Williams at NYJ -
43 Jordy Nelson vs. MIN Sidelined (shoulder)
44 Kenny Stills at KC -
45 Ted Ginn vs. ATL -
46 Chris Godwin at CAR -
47 Amari Cooper at PHI Questionable (ankle)
48 Will Fuller vs. PIT -
49 Danny Amendola vs. BUF -
50 Jermaine Kearse vs. LAC -
51 Josh Doctson vs. DEN -
52 Roger Lewis at ARZ -
53 Kenny Golladay at CIN -
54 Travis Benjamin at NYJ -
55 Brandon LaFell vs. DET -
56 Kelvin Benjamin at NE -
57 Damiere Byrd vs. TB -
58 Corey Coleman at CHI -
59 Cody Latimer at WAS Sidelined (thigh)
60 Corey Davis vs. LAR -
61 Geronimo Allison vs. MIN -
62 Tyler Lockett at DAL -
63 Albert Wilson vs. MIA -
64 Terrance Williams vs. SEA -
65 Eli Rogers at HOU -
66 Trent Taylor vs. JAC -
67 Ryan Grant vs. DEN -
68 Eric Decker vs. LAR -
69 Dontrelle Inman vs. CLE -
70 Seth Roberts at PHI -

WR Notes: He caught only four passes on 13 targets, but DeAndre Hopkins came away from Jalen Ramsey Island with his pound of flesh. No matter the quarterback or opponent, Hopkins gets his numbers. He’s a remarkable player. … Averaging 8/93/1 over the past three weeks, Michael Thomas is playing his best football when it matters most for fantasy owners. He’s two games removed from setting season highs for both catches (10) and yards (117) against the Falcons. … Keenan Allen’s first sub-100 yard game in over a month ended with a #carting against the Chiefs, but he’s apparently ready to rock for Week 16. The Jets, who have been getting ripped by opposing No. 1s, are a wreckable matchup. … Julio Jones is rematching with a Saints defense he stung for 5/98 two weeks ago. … In a bit of a late-season lull, Adam Thielen has a nap-ending matchup in the Packers. Dom Capers’ defense has given up the fifth most receiver fantasy points. Thielen got them for 9/96 in October.  

The WR3 by average points, Tyreek Hill met his 2017 destiny and then some. A skill-set that seemed like it might not translate to every-week WR1 status — read, lots of 60-yard touchdowns — has ended up working like a charm. Xavien Howard has been playing well for the Dolphins of late, but as Casey Hayward learned in Week 15, there’s no one who can stop Hill when he gets a head of steam on a route. … Closing the season with a whimper instead of a bang, A.J. Green should see plenty of Darius Slay against the Lions. … Brandin Cooks averaged just 38 yards during the Patriots’ three-game road trip. Hopefully some home cookin’ can get him going against Tre'Davious White and the Bills. … JuJu Smith-Schuster is the “to be or not to be?” of the fantasy finals. His big-play bonafides have been proven. He’s also been far more efficient than Martavis Bryant. It’s just, can he really be trusted as a WR1 for the most important week of the season? Facing a Texans defense allowing the second most yards per attempt (8.2), I believe he can.

Marvin Jones is the WR7 by average points. After teasing an upper echelon leap last season, he’s gone ahead and made it. The Bengals’ defense has appeared as checked out as its coach over the past few weeks. … Around and around the Larry Fitzgerald quarterback carousel goes. Thankfully, each new face has had the same old idea: Get the ball to Larry. … Alshon Jeffery’s usage remained more or less the same with Nick Foles. He found the end zone for the seventh time in seven games. The Raiders are almost as soft of a matchup as last week’s Giants date. … Michael Crabtree has just 14 catches on 30 targets over the past two weeks, but … he has 14 catches on 30 targets over the past two weeks. That’s not to mention two touchdowns. With Amari Cooper (ankle) still sidelined, the volume will remain extreme. … It was a calamitous fantasy semifinals for Devin Funchess. If you’re a season-long player who managed to survive, Funchess will try to make it right against a Bucs defense allowing the most wideout fantasy points. … Mike Evans got back on track last week (5/78/1). With DeSean Jackson battling an ankle injury, he could stay there.  

Doug Baldwin is averaging just five targets over his past six games, though he’s managed to reach 75 yards three times in that time span. … The WR5 in PPR leagues, Jarvis Landry is the WR13 in standard. He’s been about as steady as it gets as a floor play. … Golden Tate averaged 70 yards the first half of the season. That number has dropped to 54 for games 9-14. … Returning from a three-week absence in Week 15, Robert Woods’ 45 yards were his fewest in seven games. They also came with six catches and a touchdown. He can be trusted as a WR2. … The Bears have continued to get burned by opposing WR1s. One of these weeks, Josh Gordon’s floor is going to come with a ceiling. Can we get this man some improved quarterback play for 2018? … Averaging 92 yards over his past three games, Mike Wallace will offer blow-up potential against the Colts’ nonexistent defense with Jeremy Maclin (knee) sidelined. … Demaryius Thomas could be knocked down a tick if it’s indeed Paxton Lynch under center. For as bad as Brock Osweiler is, he’s still a notch above the Broncos’ 2016 first-rounder.

Marquise Goodwin has been playing as well as any receiver in football, but he will be a high-risk WR3 against Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars. The Olympian always offers high reward, of course. … Even if Martavis Bryant bleeds more targets than expected to Eli Rogers, the Texans are a ‘Tavis-type of matchup. … Keelan Cole got the Week 15 glory. Dede Westbrook still played more snaps and ran more routes. He’s the favorite to take the lead in Marqise Lee’s (ankle) absence. … Coming off a monster game, Sterling Shepard should mostly avoid Patrick Peterson in the slot. … Tyreek Hill got the better of Casey Hayward. No one has Hill’s speed, but Robby Anderson comes close. Nevertheless, it is going to be difficult for Anderson to get loose against one of the league's top corners with Bryce Petty at quarterback. … Even with Davante Adams (concussion) out, Jordy Nelson hasn’t shown enough to be trusted as more than a middling WR4 with Brett Hundley at quarterback. Randall Cobb will be the preferred Packers play. … With 17/188 on 24 targets over his past two games, Kendall Wright offers reasonable hope as a WR4.     

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