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Week 16 Rankings

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Week 16 Receivers

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

WR Notes: Back on a heater, DeAndre Hopkins has a dream matchup in an inexperienced and overwhelmed Eagles cornerback group. … If Julio Jones (hip) plays, it will be against a Ron Rivera-led defense he has dismantled more than once in his career. … Tyreek Hill had an insanely frustrating Week 15 but has now had 10 days to rest and rehabilitate his wrist and foot issues. He’s a nightmare opponent for the Seahawks’ unimpressive secondary. … With Aaron Rodgers set to play, Davante Adams should stay scorching versus a Jets D silver plattering the third-most receiver fantasy points. Adams has been maybe the most consistent player in fantasy this season. … Even if the Bucs play zone, it is hard to see Amari Cooper having another off day at JerryWorld, a stadium he has dominated in since becoming a Cowboy. The Bucs are one of only three teams to surrender at least 30 aerial scores. … Although he has been slumping along with Drew Brees, Michael Thomas returns home after the Saints’ three-game road trip to a barn where he is averaging 114 yards.

T.Y. Hilton is averaging 120 yards since the Colts’ Week 9 bye. He’s playing through an ankle injury, but he will be ready to rock against the Giants. … Eli Apple has had some great games and awful ones as a Saint. Trust in JuJu Smith-Schuster to win enough battles for a WR1 day. … Slumping, Adam Thielen is now part of an offense that wants to go full ground-and-pound. As The Lord points out, at least the Lions are a team that has been vulnerable from the slot. … Even with Jared Goff’s recent downturn, Robert Woods simply cannot stop posting 5/70. He’s rematching with a Cardinals squad he got for 6/81 in Week 2, beginning what is now a 13-game streak of 60-plus yards. … Stefon Diggs maintains the big-play ability to overcome Mike Zimmer’s demands for more runs. … Brandin Cooks’ speed is going to make for a fascinating showdown with Patrick Peterson. Hopefully a slumping Jared Goff is not afraid of looking Cooks’ way in a tough setup.    

As Mike Evans has reminded all season, he is capable of going off when least expected. Averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch, Evans could have a big day on just 3-4 grabs in Dallas. … Julian Edelman has drawn at least 10 targets in five of his past seven games, including his past two. He went 9/104 in the Patriots’ first meeting with the Bills. … Hopefully Odell Beckham (quad) can suit up against the Colts. If he plays, it stands to reason it will be for his normal role. Otherwise, what exactly would be the point of running him out there in an otherwise meaningless game for the G-Men? … I’ve been fading Tyler Lockett for weeks. I can’t do it against the Chiefs. Even if the Seahawks successfully slow things down, it is almost impossible to envision Russell Wilson attempting fewer than 30 passes. Lockett has proven time and again he can have big fantasy days on only 5-6 targets. … Alshon Jeffery’s Nick Foles/Carson Wentz splits are eye opening. Foles is pulling the trigger in tighter windows. The Texans’ secondary has really been struggling of late.    

Sam Darnold apparently learned to throw to Robby Anderson during his absence. Anderson has caught 11-of-18 targets for 11/172/2 in two games since Darnold’s return. The Packers are a secondary to attack. … Kenny Golladay rocked a tough matchup last week. He has an even tougher one for the fantasy finals. Quietly over 1,000 yards for the year, Golladay’s upside keeps him in the top 24. … The Patriots’ crowded offense finally caught up with Josh Gordon against the Steelers. Like Golladay, he simply has too much upside to fade beyond the WR2 ranks. Chris Hogan WR3 SZN … He’s done it on just 23 total looks, but Robert Foster is averaging 88 yards over his past five games. He is coming off his most-targeted (13) two-week stretch of the year. … Settling into the 49ers’ No. 1 receiver role, Dante Pettis is averaging 85 yards over his past four appearances. The Bears are tough but just lost FS Eddie Jackson in Week 15 after losing slot CB Bryce Callahan in Week 14. … Mike Williams had one of the games of the year in Week 15. He will still be difficult to trust as a top-30 option against the Ravens’ stout secondary if Keenan Allen (hip) suits up.

Corey Davis has cleared 50 yards once in his past five games. … Josh Reynolds’ Week 16 will be all about how much of the Rams’ non-Patrick Peterson targets he can clean up. … It’s back to the drawing board for D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel following Taylor Heinicke’s insertion under center. Moore has been a typically-inconsistent and mistake-prone rookie while Samuel needs this targets manufactured. That’s a lot to ask of Heinicke. … There’s a chance Courtland Sutton is the Broncos’ No. 3 fantasy receiver and we just can’t admit it. DaeSean Hamilton certainly has the higher floor. Tim Patrick has displayed more ceiling since Emmanuel Sanders went down. … Now the Raiders’ clear-cut No. 1 receiver, Jordy Nelson is averaging 7/78 over his past three contests. … Chris Godwin has flunked too many tests to maintain WR3 benefit of the doubt. … Even if Odell Beckham remains sidelined, Sterling Shepard has proven he cannot be trusted as a WR3. … John Ross will be the Bengals’ No. 1 receiver in Cleveland. Just in time for Denzel Ward’s (concussion) return. … Isaiah McKenzie offers the cheapest of WR5 thrills for the fantasy finals.     

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