Fantasy WR Rankings Week 14: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football



Rank Player 1 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ ARI 2 Davante Adams, GB vs. CHI 3 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. LV 4 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ TB 5 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. PIT 6 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ WAS 7 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ MIN 8 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. ATL 9 Marquise Brown, BAL @ CLE 10 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. DAL 11 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. NYG 12 Amari Cooper, DAL @ WAS 13 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. SEA 14 DK Metcalf, SEA @ HOU. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett showed signs of life against the 49ers, as did the Seattle offense as a whole. Russell Wilson probably should’ve ended the day with four passing touchdowns, so perhaps he’s finally turned the corner from his finger injury, which would obviously be great news for Seahawks’ pass-catchers. Houston gives up the 11th-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to wide receivers, and since Seattle’s rushing attack is weak, Wilson could attempt a ton of passes, even in a blowout. That said, Metcalf and Lockett are back to “must-start” options. 15 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ HOU. See DK Metcalf. 16 Mike Evans, TB vs. BUF. This matchup with Buffalo is an interesting one for Evans and Chris Godwin. Statistically, the Bills are the best defense in the league against fantasy WRs, but if Buffalo’s offense scores with relative ease, this has major shootout potential. Also, the loss of Tre’Davious White (knee) could have a big effect on Buffalo’s secondary. With Tom Brady and all his weapons, matchups are sometimes irrelevant, and the game conditions matter more. If Brady is forced to pass 50 times, several Buccaneers’ weapons will inevitably have great fantasy days. Ultimately, this is a long-winded way of saying Evans’ and Godwin’s floors are probably lowered, but their ceilings remain sky high and you can’t reasonably bench them. 17 Chris Godwin, TB vs. BUF. See Mike Evans. 18 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. SF. Before Seattle’s WRs had solid success against the Niners, they ranked as the 11th-best defense against fantasy WRs, so we still view this as a tough matchup for Bengals’ WRs. Additionally, Chase has been quiet over the past five games, as he hasn’t exceeded 52 yards any of those weeks. We still think Chase’s upside is higher than Tee Higgins’, and as long as Joe Burrow (finger) is healthy for this game, it’s tough to ever contemplate benching either of them. 19 Julio Jones, TEN vs. JAX. If Jones (hamstring) returns from IR this week, it will be tough to resist the urge to start him. We already know A.J. Brown (chest) is out for another few weeks since he’s on IR, and the top Titans’ WRs are Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers, and Dez Fitzpatrick right now. Golden Tate might also be activated for this game, but surely Jones will command the most targets against the lackluster Jags’ defense. Tennessee won’t play him if he’s not healthy, so this is a gamble we’re willing to take if he’s on the field come Sunday. 20 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. LAR. Hopkins caught both of his targets for 32 yards and a touchdown against the Bears, and while the target numbers might cause concern, it’s important to note Kyler Murray attempted just 15 passes at the Cardinals’ dominated the game on the ground and on defense. Murray and Hopkins were eased back into action after a month’s absence, so we’re not worried about Hopkin’s injury as of now. However, it’s time to start viewing him as more of a fantasy WR2, even though the Rams are in the top half of the league against fantasy WRs. Arizona has plenty of playmakers, so Hopkins isn’t drawing the insane target figures as we’ve seen in years past. Christian Kirk and A.J. Green should be viewed as risky standard-league starts, but the big-play potential of this offense keeps them on the start-or-sit bubble. 21 Elijah Moore, NYJ vs. NO. Moore is the overall WR2 in fantasy since his Week 9 breakout (only behind Justin Jefferson), and the Saints are a top-five defense in FPPG allowed. He’s the clear No. 1 WR in New York, so it’s a pretty simple decision to start him this week. Corey Davis (groin) is out for the year, so Jamison Crowder is a decent flex option in PPR leagues. 22 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ KC. As surprising as it might be, Renfrow is the Raiders’ No. 1 WR, and he’s totaled 17 catches for 236 yards over the past two weeks in favorable matchups. Kansas City actually came into Week 13 as a top-12 defense against fantasy WRs, and they shut down Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick and limited Jerry Jeudy. However, Renfrow’s stellar number of late makes him a must-start. In the last meeting with KC, Renfrow totaled seven catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. 23 Chase Claypool, PIT @ MIN. Put simply, Minnesota can’t stop wideouts, and they were the second-worst defense against fantasy WRs before giving up a monster game to Amon-Ra St. Brown. This season, Rondale Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jauan Jennings, and Cedrick Wilson all had solid-to-stellar fantasy success against that struggling secondary, so Claypool has every opportunity to have his best game of the season here. Big Ben’s lack of arm strength has obviously limited Claypool’s ceiling, but he could feast in the red zone on Thursday night, and the matchup is too favorable to bench him unless you’re loaded at WR. 24 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. DET. Detroit is statistically OK against wideouts, but that has mostly been due to blowouts. That said, we could see Denver simply run Detroit into submission, so Jeudy and Courtland Sutton have ultra-low floors. However, the upside should also be high given the lack of talent on the Detroit defense, and hopefully, Jeudy and/or Sutton are able to cash in a TD in the red zone. Given that this probably won’t be a pass-heavy game script for Denver, they are more attractive in standard leagues vs. PPR leagues. 25 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ CIN. Aiyuk was disappointing in his first game without Deebo Samuel (groin) in the lineup, but George Kittle drew a 40-percent target share and there was little left on the bone as he had his monster game. Still, we like Aiyuk as a low-end WR2, even in a tough matchup with the Bengals’ solid secondary. After Jauan Jennings did next to nothing against Seattle, he’s tough to trust here. 26 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ TB. As mentioned with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, this game sets up to be a shootout and will likely be the key game for DFS lineups with the highest over/under total this week. Tampa Bay was beginning to turn the corner on defense, but the Colts and Falcons had relative success against them at wideout. That said, Sanders has a high upside in this one as a boom-or-bust standard league play. Cole Beasley is an OK standard option but should have a higher floor in PPR leagues given the potential pass-heavy game script. 27 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. SF. See Ja’Marr Chase. 28 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ GB. Mooney had a quiet day in a tough matchup with the Cardinals, but still drew seven targets and is averaging 10-plus targets over the past three weeks. Even if Allen Robinson (hamstring) is back, Mooney should continue to get a decent number of looks, and he’s always due for a big play touchdown. Consider him a boom-or-bust option against a Green Bay defense that was torched by the Rams’ and Vikings’ WRs in their past two games. 29 Michael Gallup, DAL @ WAS. Gallup caught five-of-nine targets for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Saints, but we should note Amari Cooper was on a limited snap count. Even if Cooper is back to full strength, though, Gallup is a solid flex option moving forward in favorable matchups. Washington has given up the fourth-most FPPG to WRs this season, so this counts as one of those good matchups. Of course, Gallup could have a quiet day if CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper dominate targets and have nuclear performances, but that’s a risk worth taking if you’re in need of a solid flex piece. 30 Mike Williams, LAC vs. NYG. Williams is fully back to his boom-or-bust ways, and the Giants are a neutral matchup for WRs, so he could end up on either side of the equation here. By now, you know the risk of playing Williams, but you also know the potential for a nuclear week is too good to pass up in most cases. 31 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ NYJ. Smith could certainly bust with Taysom Hill at QB, but the Jets have surrendered plenty of fantasy points in competitive games? Either way, Smith received seven targets in his first game with Hill this season and looks to be the most attractive New Orleans wideout. We don’t blame you if you chase the upside of guys ranked lower than Smith, but he warrants WR3 consideration here. If you’re looking for a major touchdown-or-bust option, Lil’Jordan Humphrey might be your guy. Marquez Callaway could have another day for two-to-three catches and a touchdown. 32 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. DET. See Jerry Jeudy. 33 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ LAC. Toney (quad) and Sterling Shepard (quad) are in similar spots if they return from injury this week, as the Chargers’ defense has been solid against fantasy WRs, as they allowed the second-least FPPG to WRs before Week 13. Daniel Jones (neck) will likely be out and there’s a chance Mike Glennon (concussion) is out, too, so if Jake Fromm is at QB, both WRs will be very risky plays. No matter who the QB is, we think Toney has the higher upside while Shepard has the safer floor. We understand if you refuse to put them in your lineup, though. Kenny Golladay (ribs) suffered yet another injury, and should probably remain on your bench even if he can play — especially if Toney and/or Shepard is active. 34 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ LAC. See Kadarius Toney. 35 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. ATL 36 Van Jefferson, LAR @ ARI. You can begin to view Jefferson as a boom-or-bust standard option, but it’s worth noting Arizona is one of the better defenses against WRs. This could be a shootout, though, so he and Odell Beckham Jr. are enticing but risky options in Week 14. 37 Cole Beasley, BUF @ TB. See Emmanuel Sanders. 38 Russell Gage, ATL @ CAR 39 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR @ ARI. See Van Jefferson. 40 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. LAR. See DeAndre Hopkins. 41 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. NO. 42 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. BAL 43 Marvin Jones, JAX @ TEN 44 Josh Reynolds, DET @ DEN 45 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. PIT 46 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CHI 47 Rashod Bateman, BAL @ CLE 48 Lil’Jordan Humphrey, NO @ NYJ. See Tre’Quan Smith. 49 A.J. Green, ARI vs. LAR. See DeAndre Hopkins. 50 Laquon Treadwell, JAX @ TEN 51 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET @ DEN 52 Curtis Samuel, WAS vs. DAL 53 Marquez Callaway, NO @ NYJ. See Tre’Quan Smith. 54 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ TEN 55 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. DET 56 DeSean Jackson, LV @ KC 57 Allen Robinson, CHI @ GB 58 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ TB 59 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LV 60 Braxton Berrios, NYJ vs. NO 61 Nico Collins, HOU vs. SEA 62 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ LAC. See Kadarius Toney. 63 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. DAL 64 Jauan Jennings, SF @ CIN. See Brandon AIyuk. 65 Randall Cobb, GB vs. CHI 66 Bryan Edwards, LV @ KC 67 Keelan Cole, NYJ vs. NO 68 Tyler Johnson, TB vs. BUF 69 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. LAR 70 Allen Lazard, GB vs. CHI 71 Kalif Raymond, DET @ DEN 72 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. SF 73 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. BAL 74 Dee Eskridge, SEA @ HOU 75 Zay Jones, LV @ KC 76 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ CLE 77 Darius Slayton, NYG @ LAC 78 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ CAR 79 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LV 80 Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. BAL 81 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. NYG 82 Byron Pringle, KC vs. LV 83 Adam Humphries, WAS vs. DAL 84 Freddie Swain, SEA @ HOU


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