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Week 15 Rankings

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Week 15 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Michael Thomas at CAR -
2 Tyreek Hill vs. LAC -
3 Keenan Allen at KC Sidelined (hip)
4 Antonio Brown vs. NE -
5 DeAndre Hopkins at NYJ -
6 Davante Adams at CHI -
7 Julio Jones vs. ARZ -
8 Adam Thielen vs. MIA -
9 JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. NE -
10 Amari Cooper at IND -
11 Brandin Cooks vs. PHI -
12 Stefon Diggs vs. MIA -
13 Robert Woods vs. PHI -
14 Julian Edelman at PIT -
15 T.Y. Hilton vs. DAL -
16 Mike Evans at BAL -
17 Jarvis Landry at DEN -
18 Josh Gordon at PIT -
19 Tyler Boyd vs. OAK -
20 Tyler Lockett at SF -
21 D.J. Moore vs. NO -
22 Allen Robinson vs. GB Questionable (hip)
23 Corey Davis at NYG -
24 Sterling Shepard vs. TEN -
25 Kenny Golladay at BUF -
26 Larry Fitzgerald at ATL -
27 Alshon Jeffery at LAR -
28 Curtis Samuel vs. NO -
29 Courtland Sutton vs. CLE -
30 Dante Pettis vs. SEA -
31 Chris Godwin at BAL -
32 Josh Reynolds vs. PHI -
33 Calvin Ridley vs. ARZ -
34 Kenny Stills at MIN -
35 Adam Humphries at BAL -
36 Dede Westbrook vs. WAS -
37 Mike Williams at KC -
38 Robby Anderson vs. HOU -
39 Demaryius Thomas at NYJ -
40 Golden Tate at LAR -
41 Tyrell Williams at KC -
42 Jordy Nelson at CIN -
43 Chris Conley vs. LAC -
44 Robert Foster vs. DET -
45 Michael Gallup at IND -
46 Doug Baldwin at SF Questionable (hip)
47 Randall Cobb at CHI -
48 Taylor Gabriel vs. GB -
49 DaeSean Hamilton vs. CLE -
50 Mohamed Sanu vs. ARZ -
51 Antonio Callaway at DEN -
52 Tim Patrick vs. CLE -
53 Anthony Miller vs. GB -
54 Zay Jones vs. DET -
55 Donte Moncrief vs. WAS -
56 Tre'Quan Smith at CAR -
57 Jamison Crowder at JAC -
58 David Moore at SF -
59 John Brown vs. TB -
60 Michael Crabtree vs. TB -
61 Marquise Goodwin vs. SEA -
62 John Ross vs. OAK -
63 DeVante Parker at MIN -
64 Josh Doctson at JAC -
65 Taywan Taylor at NYG -
66 Devin Funchess vs. NO -
67 Quincy Enunwa vs. HOU Sidelined (ankle)
68 Nelson Agholor at LAR -
69 Marcell Ateman at CIN -
70 Seth Roberts at CIN -
71 Cole Beasley at IND -
72 Willie Snead vs. TB -

WR Notes: Coming off his best game in five weeks, Michael Thomas has an enviable setup against a Panthers defense that got its coordinator fired. Only five teams are surrendering more wideout fantasy points. … Tyreek Hill (heel, wrist) can’t be that hobbled, otherwise he would not be playing on the short week. The WR1 by average points in both standard and .5 PPR, there is no justification for keeping Hill out of the top five on a weekly basis. … Piping hot, Keenan Allen is the WR4 by average points (.5 PPR) over the past five weeks. Volume, scoring opportunity, it’s all going to be there against the Chiefs. … We haven’t seen quite the heights we are used to from Antonio Brown this season, but it is very, very difficult to envision him coming away from this game with anything other than elite WR1 numbers. … Coming off back-to-back 10-target performances for the first time since Weeks 4 and 5, DeAndre Hopkins’ only real concern is that the Texans won’t need the passing attempts in a game where they should be able to sleepwalk to victory.

Matchups truly have not mattered for Davante Adams. He also runs 20 percent of his routes in the slot, where the Bears just lost ace nickel man Bryce Callahan (foot) for the season. … Julio Jones is going to see plenty of Patrick Peterson. Patrick Peterson is going to see plenty of Julio Jones. May the best man win. … With a 52-point over/under, this sets up as a JuJu Smith-Schuster game. Especially with James Conner (ankle) still sidelined, Ben Roethlisberger may be forced to throw 40-45 times against the Patriots. … In the midst of a quiet — by his standards — stretch, Adam Thielen will be coping with a coach who wants to establish the run against a defense that is more vulnerable on the ground than through the air. The Dolphins are expected to still be missing No. 1 CB Xavien Howard. … I believe the phrase for what Amari Cooper is doing is “going bonkers.” The Colts focus on limiting big plays, but even if Cooper doesn’t hit any home runs, the Cowboys have made it clear he will get every opportunity to lace singles. Cooper has caught at least five passes in 5-of-6 games in Dallas.

T.Y. Hilton has 50 more yards than any other receiver over the past five weeks. He’s made mincemeat of matchups both good and bad. The Cowboys are another tough one. … Held to 84 yards over his past two (road) games, Brandin Cooks returns home to face an Eagles secondary that bleeds big plays. It’s a get-right spot for both him and Robert Woods. Woods continues to hit his (high) floor but has not had a ceiling game in some time. … The Steelers have been getting worked out of the slot of late. It’s a good spot for Julian Edelman. … Mike Evans has been having big games on relatively modest target totals. That’s not a great WR1 recipe against the Ravens’ unforgiving secondary. … Big plays and unique usage fueled Jarvis Landry’s huge Week 14. Nice, but it is still hard to go all the way back in on a player averaging just six targets over his past four contests. Landry will not survive in the WR2 world without Edelman-type volume. … Josh Gordon has made pedestrian usage work over his past five games, averaging 87 yards.

Tyler Boyd has not been having monster games in A.J. Green’s absence. He has been having usable ones, checking in as a textbook WR2 for the fantasy season’s stretch run. The Raiders are a plus matchup. … Tyler Lockett had 42 of the Seahawks’ 72 passing yards on Monday. He keeps breaking the WR2 mold. He’s rematching with a 49ers squad he scored a 52-yard touchdown on two weeks ago. … It’s a tough matchup for D.J. Moore, but the Panthers have been proactive about getting him the ball. Moore has at least eight looks in four-straight games, as well as four total rushing attempts. With Cam Newton’s (shoulder) health deteriorating, OC Norv Turner is scheming Moore and Curtis Samuel the ball. Moore has WR2 appeal, Samuel WR3. … Corey Davis has posted 42 yards or fewer in 3-of-4 games. Davis’ floor is not zero points, but he’s missing his ceiling too much to be anything other than a low-end WR2. … Allen Robinson is coming off back-to-back five-catch outings. Unfortunately, they featured just 121 total yards, while he has not found the end zone in five games. Although allowing the eighth-fewest weekly passing yards (225), the Packers are coughing up the third-most receiver fantasy points. … Whatever the Lions are doing on offense, it isn’t working for Kenny Golladay. Wait ‘til next year.

Courtland Sutton face planted in his debut at No. 1 receiver. His Week 15 prospects will depend on Denzel Ward’s (concussion) health. … Dante Pettis has received seven targets in three-straight games, scoring four times in the process. His best game, 5/129/2, came against the Seahawks two weeks ago. … Josh Reynolds has been more usable at home than on the road. Good opponents have helped. The Eagles are a good opponent. … Chris Godwin was a Week 14 nightmare. The good news is, heavy usage should remain. The bad news is, it will be against the Ravens’ receiver-erasing secondary. … Kenny Stills won’t repeat last week (8/135/1), and the Vikings are a formidable foe. He has put himself back on the WR3/4 map, however. … Robby Anderson and Michael Gallup are both seeing their usage trend in the right direction. … At least for now, Kelvin Benjamin is not a threat to Chris Conley’s volatile WR4 setup. … Back to life as the Raiders’ No. 1 receiver, Jordy Nelson is not a bad point chase versus the Bengals’ No. 32 defense. … It’s been on limited work, but Robert Foster has cleared 90 yards in 3-of-4 games. That’s hope that’s not a prayer. … DaeSean Hamilton could be the free money PPR4 of the fantasy playoffs.

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