Fantasy Football Rankings Week 16: Wide Receiver

December 21, 2020 0 By boss

Fantasy football owners are used to surprise inactives toward the end of the season as teams fall out of playoff contention, so no one will be caught off guard if Julio Jones (hamstring) or Kenny Golladay (hip) remain out this week. However, Michael Thomas (ankle) landing on the IR late last week seemingly came out of nowhere, and he obviously won’t be included in our Week 16 fantasy WR rankings. Chances are, he’ll be joined by at least a few more notable wide receivers as we get closer to the weekend. 

As always, there are plenty of viable WR options this week, but some big names are facing tough matchups. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are facing the Rams, and after both were limited last time these teams faced each other (especially Metcalf), fantasy owners might be at least a little worried about both lineup staples. Calvin Ridley (@ Chiefs), D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel (@ Washington), Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and John Brown (@ Patriots), and A.J. Brown and Corey Davis (@ Packers) also have tough matchups on paper, but with the possible exception of some of the Panthers receivers and John Brown, all have been so consistent that they’re still must-starts. It’s also worth noting that with Stephon Gilmore (knee) likely out, the matchups for all Bills receivers become much more favorable.

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

Going a little deeper, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Diontae Johnson (vs. Colts), Marquise Brown (vs. Giants), Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton (@ Ravens), Jakobi Meyers (vs. Bills), and DJ Chark (vs. Bears) also have tough matchups. It will be tough to sit the Steelers’ trio given the amount of targets they usually get, but they’ve all had consistency issues, so explore your options. 

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

If you’re looking for sleepers, Rashard Higgins (@ Jets), Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Vikings), Jalen Reagor (@ Cowboys), Sammy Watkins (vs. Falcons), and Darnell Mooney (@ Jaguars), stand out. Going a bit deeper, Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ Jets), Denzel Mims and Breshad Perriman, (vs. Browns), Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson (vs. Falcons), Josh Reynolds (@ Seahawks), Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Titans), and Chad Hansen (vs. Bengals) have boom-or-bust upside, but you probably don’t want to take a chance with any of the latter group with your season on the line. 

Ultimately, more potential sleepers will emerge based on who’s active and who isn’t. If Julio Jones (hamstring) is out again, Russell Gage (@ Chiefs) will have value despite a tough matchup. If DeVante Parker (hamstring) is out again, Lynn Bowden (@ Raiders) will be a solid starter, especially in PPR leagues. If Keenan Allen (knee) or Mike Williams (back) miss time for the Chargers, Tyron Johnson (vs. Broncos) would be in play. There will be more situations like this as inactives are announced, so pay attention and be ready to pounce on the waiver wire. 

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

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

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

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