Fantasy Football PPR Rankings Week 16: Wide Receiver

December 21, 2020 0 By boss

Michael Thomas has been one of fantasy football’s biggest disappointments this year, so it’s only fitting he’s on the IR and unavailable to his owners in the fantasy championship game. Of course, he won’t be the only star wide receiver who isn’t in our Week 16 fantasy WR PPR rankings, and those absences will just create more potential sleepers (and busts).

Because fantasy owners always obsess over matchups this time of year, they might be more worried than usual about Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf (vs. Rams), Calvin Ridley (@ Chiefs), Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and Curtis Samuel (@ Washington), Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs (@ Patriots), Corey Davis and A.J. Brown (@ Packers), and Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. Colts). Very few of those players should be sat, especially in PPR formats, as almost all receive consistently high targets (and Stephon Gilmore likely being out due to a knee injury helps Buffalo’s WRs). Claypool presents the biggest risk, but we know how high his ceiling is, too.

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

Marquise Brown (vs. Giants), Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate (@ Ravens), Jakobi Meyers (vs. Bills), John Brown (@ Patriots), and DJ Chark (vs. Bears) are typically borderline WR3s/flexes who have tougher than usual matchups this week. Shepard and Meyers are usually high-floor/low-ceiling WR3 plays in PPR, but you probably want slightly higher ceilings for your fantasy title games.

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

If you’re looking for high-upside sleepers, Rashard Higgins (@ Jets), Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward Jr. (@ Cowboys), Lynn Bowden (@ Raiders), Sammy Watkins (vs. Falcons), and Darnell Mooney (@ Jaguars) all look good, with Higgins, Bowden, and Mooney especially standing out in PPR leagues. 

Going deeper, Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ Jets), Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman (vs. Falcons), Denzel Mims and Breshad Perriman (vs. Browns), Josh Reynolds (@ Seahawks), Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard (vs. Titans), and Chad Hansen (vs Bengals) are all decent boom-or-bust options if you’re willing to take a risk. Most are too risky — especially in PPR leagues — but Hansen has a slightly higher floor thanks to consistent targets. 

Fantasy owners will have no shortage of viable options regardless how they plan to put together a lineup, but make sure to watch the practice injury reports closely. With more teams officially out of playoff contention, we might see more receivers sitting out this week. We saw how that opened doors for guys like Tyron Johnson (vs. Broncos) and Russell Gage (@ Chiefs) last week, and there will be similar situations this week.

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR PPR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.


  • 37 Russell Gage, ATL @ KC
    38 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. IND
    39 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ DAL
    40 Sammy Watkins, KC vs. ATL
    41 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ WAS
    42 Cole Beasley, BUF @ NE
    43 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. IND
    44 Tim Patrick, DEN @ LAC
    45 Lynn Bowden, MIA @ LV
    46 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ JAX
    47 DJ Chark, JAX vs. CHI
    48 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. NYG
    49 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ BAL
    50 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. BUF
    51 Nelson Agholor, LV vs. MIA
    52 Allen Lazard, GB vs. TEN
    53 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ ARI
    54 Greg Ward Jr., PHI @ DAL
    55 John Brown, BUF @ NE
    56 Mike Williams, LAC vs. DEN
    57 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ LAC
    58 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. MIN
    59 Chad Hansen, HOU vs. CIN
    60 Josh Reynolds, LAR @ SEA
    61 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ NYJ
    62 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. PHI
    63 Danny Amendola, DET vs. TB
    64 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. CLE
    65 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. TEN
    66 Denzel Mims, NYJ vs. CLE
    67 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. ATL
    68 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. MIA
    69 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ PIT
    70 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. SF
    71 Willie Snead, BAL vs. NYG
    72 Darius Slayton, NYG @ BAL
    73 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. MIA
    74 A.J. Green, CIN @ HOU
    75 KJ Hamler, DEN @ LAC
    76 Anthony Miller, CHI @ JAX
    77 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. CHI
    78 Van Jefferson, LAR @ SEA
    79 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. ATL
    80 Tyron Johnson, LAC vs. DEN
    81 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. CHI
    82 Jakeem Grant, MIA @ LV
    83 Mack Hollins, MIA @ LV
    84 Cam Sims, WAS vs. CAR
    85 Mohamed Sanu, DET vs. TB
    86 Golden Tate, NYG @ BAL
    87 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. DEN
    88 David Moore, SEA vs. LAR
    89 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NE
    90 James Washington, PIT vs. IND
    91 Zach Pascal, IND @ PIT
    92 Damiere Byrd, NE vs. BUF
    93 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs. SF
    94 Brandon Powell, ATL @ KC
    95 Scotty Miller, TB @ DET
    96 N’Keal Harry, NE vs. BUF
    97 Collin Johnson, JAX vs. CHI

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