Fantasy WR Rankings Week 16: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

While rankings at positions like QB and TE might not be as important with a limited percentage of fantasy owners still standing in the playoffs, wide receiver is arguably the most important set of weekly rankings given the depth of options at our disposal. Last week, we saw Tyler Lockett, Allen Robinson, Jaylen Waddle, and Jarvis Landry fall victim to the reserve/COVID-19 list, so those who weren’t ready with a backup plan were likely out of luck. That’s a thing we’re going to have to deal with in these final few weeks, so it’s important to be familiar with our Week 16 fantasy WR rankings.

Mike Evans and Chris Godwin (@ Panthers) and Stefon Diggs (@ Patriots) look to be among the studs with the toughest matchups, but each possesses too high of upside to bench. Obviously, their upsides vary in degree, but even a WR2 upside guy is never really going to see the bench. It’s also worth noting A.J. Brown (vs. 49ers), who’s been on IR because of a chest injury, and Antonio Brown (@ Panthers), who’s been suspended, could be back this week, so stay tuned.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Among players on the start-or-sit bubble, we like Van Jefferson and Odell Beckham Jr. (@ Vikings), DeVante Parker (@ Saints), Russell Gage (vs. Lions), Amon-Ra. St. Brown (@ Falcons), Michael Gallup (vs. Washington), and A.J. Green and Christian Kirk (vs. Colts). They all have juicy matchups, increased roles, or a combination of both in Week 16. With T.J. Hockenson (hand) and DeAndre Hopkins (knee) out for the year, St. Brown and Green/Kirk can stake a claim as the No. 1 option in their teams’ passing attacks. The others face truly awful defenses against fantasy WRs.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Some less “safe,” but still attractive plays are Jamison Crowder (vs. Jaguars), Josh Reynolds (@ Falcons), Robby Anderson (vs. Buccaneers), Curtis Samuel (@ Cowboys), Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway (vs. Dolphins), and Laquon Treadwell and Marvin Jones (@ Jets). These guys have much lower presumed floors, but the upside is there in strong matchups. Reynolds will also benefit from the Hockenson absence, and Treadwell and Jones will be in their second week with a new head coach. Perhaps that will unlock their fantasy upsides. It’s scary to risk those sorts of things in the playoffs, but go big or go home.

Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney (@ Eagles), Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis (@ Patriots), Rashod Bateman (@ Bengals), Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton (@ Raiders), and K.J. Osborn (vs. Rams) are all in tough spots, as they haven’t proven to be consistent producers in any regard and have tough matchups. Obviously, some of their upsides make them fine boom-or-bust plays ;in deeper leagues where the options are far more limited. Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers (vs. Bills), Michael Pittman (@ Cardinals), Marquise Brown (@ Bengals), and even Brandin Cooks (vs. Chargers) are potential sits in 10- or 12-team standard leagues depending on your other options, but Cooks is likely playing too well to sit right now.ย 

Again, we urge you to stack some favorable streamers or fringe starters on your bench if you can because it looks like fantasy owners are going to deal with the current COVID-19 craze going through the NFL right now. The last thing you want is think you’re set at WR with Cooper Kupp and Deebo Samuel only to see them wind up on the reserve/COVID-19 list a day before the game. It’s better to be safe than sorry because you know your fellow semifinalists won’t take it easy on you.

Note: We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

โ€‹Fantasy WR Rankings Week 16: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ MIN
2 Davante Adams, GB vs. CLE
3 Deebo Samuel, SF @ TEN
4 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. PIT
5 Keenan Allen, LAC @ HOU
6 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. WAS
7 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. LAR
8 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ NO
9 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. CHI
10 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ DAL
11 Mike Evans, TB @ CAR
12 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. WAS
13 Chris Godwin, TB @ CAR
14 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ KC
15 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. NYG
16 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. BAL
17 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ NE
18 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. BAL
19 Mike Williams, LAC @ HOU
20 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. CHI
21 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ TEN
22 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR @ MIN
23 A.J. Green, ARI vs. IND
24 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. TB
25 Van Jefferson, LAR @ MIN
26 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. LAC
27 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. SF
28 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ SEA
29 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NO
30 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. LAR
31 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. DEN
32 Russell Gage, ATL vs. DET
33 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET @ ATL
34 Chase Claypool, PIT @ KC
35 Marquise Brown, BAL @ CIN
36 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. IND
37 Antonio Brown, TB @ CAR
38 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. JAX
39 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. MIA
40 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. WAS
41 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ ARI
42 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. BUF
43 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ GB
44 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ LV
45 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NE
46 Josh Reynolds, DET @ ATL
47 Allen Robinson, CHI @ SEA
48 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. TB
49 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CLE
50 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ GB
51 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ PHI
52 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ PHI
53 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. BUF
54 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. MIA
55 Marvin Jones, JAX @ NYJ
56 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. LAR
57 Braxton Berrios, NYJ vs. JAX
58 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ HOU
59 Cole Beasley, BUF @ NE
60 Laquon Treadwell, JAX @ NYJ
61 Allen Lazard, GB vs. CLE
62 Rashod Bateman, BAL @ CIN
63 Curtis Samuel, WAS @ DAL
64 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. BAL
65 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ LV
66 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. PIT
67 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN vs. SF
68 Lil’Jordan Humphrey, NO vs. MIA
69 Kalif Raymond, DET @ ATL
70 Keelan Cole, NYJ vs. JAX
71 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ NYJ
72 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ ARI
73 DeSean Jackson, LV vs. DEN
74 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. IND
75 Josh Palmer, LAC @ HOU
76 James Washington, PIT @ KC
77 Antoine Wesley, ARI vs. IND
78 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ CIN
79 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. BUF
80 Nico Collins, HOU vs. LAC
81 Tim Patrick, DEN @ LV
82 Chester Rogers, TEN vs. SF
83 Zach Pascal, IND @ ARI
84 Dee Eskridge, SEA vs. CHI
85 DeAndre Carter, WAS @ DAL
86 Jauan Jennings, SF @ TEN
87 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. DEN
88 Zay Jones, LV vs. DEN
89 Darius Slayton, NYG @ PHI

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