Since our last WR ranking, Keenan Allen has been lost for the season, the Packers’ and Broncos’ passing games have flatlined and Roethlisberger has returned from injury twice, igniting the Steelers’ offense in the process. Much has happened over the last three weeks and many players have seen value shifts as a result. The top of the list remains the same, however.
How to Use This Column
Players will be ranked along with a quick comment regarding their most recent news. Rankings will reflect rest of season value, not just the current week. The players’ track record, most recent production and overall health will all be factored in to the ranking. In theory, players ranked side by side should be relatively equal in value. Owners can use this list when trying to figure out whether to drop an underperforming player for a hot waiver add or use it as a tool to evaluate a potential trade.
Rankings are based upon standard scoring (4 point pass TDs, 1 point for 25 passing yards, 1 point for 10 pass/receiving yards, no PPR). If your league uses another scoring type, you may need to adjust for differences.
Super Elite Tier: These players are the centerpieces of their teams’ respective offenses. They are likely to see double-digit targets every week and they are a good bet to find the endzone.
1. Antonio Brown – Remember when Brown was really struggling a few weeks ago? Me neither. After piling up 423 yards over the past two weeks Brown is over 1,000 yards for the season. Had Big Ben not gotten hurt, Brown could easily be on pace for a 2,000 yard season.
2. Julio Jones – Jones battled nagging injuries over the past few weeks. Coming off the bye, he should be fully healthy and ready to carry both the Falcons and your fantasy team.
3. DeAndre Hopkins – Hopkins is a physical freak. His touchdown catch from Monday night illustrates just how good he is.
High End WR1 Tier: These players have a lower floor than those listed above, but have every bit as much upside.
4. Odell Beckham – Beckham snared an 87 yard catch and run touchdown on the Giants’ second play from scrimmage. After that, he managed just 17 more yards on 3 catches. Beckham now has 3 straight games over 100 yards with 4 touchdowns over that span.
5.Alshon Jeffery – Jeffery posted a massive dud on Sunday with three catches for 23 yards, all while his team put up 37 points. Despite the dud, Jeffery is averaging 13.5 fantasy points in four games since his return.
6. Dez Bryant – Outside of a hail mary touchdown reception and a long catch and run in week 9, Dez has been extremely quiet. With Tony Romo due back in week 11, expect that to change.
Low End WR1 Tier: Players listed here are every bit as good as those in the high-end WR1 tier. The difference is that they either lack the name brand or they are tied to a struggling quarterback.
7. Larry Fitzgerald – Fitz continues to excel as a highly targeted option in an elite offense. I keep waiting for him to slow down, yet Fitz keeps rolling. He does not get quite as many targets as the other WR1 options, but he got 15 targets in week 10.
8. Brandon Marshall – Marshall has been pretty inefficient the last two weeks, perhaps due to ankle and toe injuries. Still, he has managed touchdowns in each of his last two games and has had just two fantasy totals below 10 points all season (6 and 8).
9. Allen Robinson – Robinson is a touchdown machine and a target hog. The issue is that the Jaguars passing offense is very inefficient. Still, ARob is locked in as a top 10 WR.
10. Calvin Johnson – Johnson is as safe as they come given the healthy target volume. He played through an ankle injury in week 10 and managed 6 catches for 81 yards. He is no longer the super elite option he once was, but he can still get it done.
11. Demaryius Thomas – The yards have been there for Demaryius, but he still has just 1 touchdown on the season. With all the quarterback drama in Denver, it is time to downgrade Thomas a little.
12. A.J. Green – Green’s production has been extremely disappointing this season. He still carries a lot of name value, however, and would likely return a lot in trade. The Bengals offense has really been spreading the ball around.
High End WR2 Tier: These players are a notch below the WR1s. The gap between the high-end WR2s and the WR1 options is much smaller than the value gap between these guys and the next tier below.
13. Mike Evans – Evans has been over 125 yards in three of the last four games and has averaged 12.75 fantasy points over that span. He is the main weapon in the Bucs passing game and has been targeted relentlessly (32 targets over the last two games).
14. Brandin Cooks – Outside of Pittsburgh, there is no hotter receiver in the NFL. Cooks has 5 touchdowns in his last three games and has gone over 70 yards in each of his last four.
15. Eric Decker – TD machine Eric Decker has scored at least 9 fantasy points in every game he has played this season. I can’t think of another healthy non-QB who can say that.
16. Amari Cooper – Cooper is an outstanding young player whose best football is ahead of him. He will be a WR1 at some point in the near future, probably not until next season though.
17. Martavis Bryant – Bryant has scored 5 touchdowns in five games this year. If Roethlisberger is able to stay healthy, he has a chance to produce WR1 numbers down the stretch. He flashed his immense upside with 178 yards and a TD in week 10.
Low End WR2 Tier: These players are all solid fantasy options who lack the upside of those listed above.
18. Jarvis Landry – Landry is one of those guys who finds a way to produce every week. Whether through high volume short passes, punt returns, or rush attempts, Landry has proven himself to be a treat to break a big play every time he touches the ball.
19. Randall Cobb – The Packers offense is really struggling. Cobb continues to see plenty of targets, but until Rodgers is able to start playing more efficiently, Cobb’s value is tied primarily to his name brand. Outside of one 53 yard touchdown catch, his production has been awful since week three.
20. T.Y. Hilton – Hilton’s recent struggles have less to do with his fall down this list that the injury status of Andrew Luck. Hilton’s weekly upside is not nearly as high with Hasselbeck under center.
21. Michael Crabtree – Crabtree is option #1B in what is becoming a pretty good passing offense. He has totaled 265 yards and 3 touchdowns in three games since the last wide receiver rank list was published.
22. Allen Hurns – Now that he has scored in 7 straight games, Hurns is the 8th ranked fantasy wide receiver. His target totals have gradually been trending upwards, so perhaps Allen Hurns is here to stay. I still think selling high is the prudent play, however.
23. Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders played hurt in week 10 and was shut out. Of course, part of Sanders’ struggles have to be attributed to Manning’s woeful play. He remains a WR2.
24. Michael Floyd – Floyd appears to have supplanted John Brown as the #2 receiver in Arizona. He has scored in four straight games and surpassed 100 yards in two straight.
WR3 Tier: There is not a substantial difference in value between any of the players listed here. Matchups will determine whether or not they make a good fantasy play.
25. Sammy Watkins – Watkins epitomizes the boom or bust player. He followed up a 168 yard, 1 TD outing with a 14 yard dud against Revis and the Jets.
26. Jeremy Maclin – Maclin has averaged just 5 targets per week over the Chiefs last three games. The Chiefs are playing pretty well right now and that should concern all Maclin owners. When the Chiefs play with a lead, their play calling is extremely conservative.
27. Travis Benjamin – Benjamin struggled in 3 consecutive brutal matchups before breaking out with 117 yards against the Steelers. Don’t forget, Benjamin’s best career game came in week two with Manziel under center.
28. Stefon Diggs – Diggs is a highly impressive young player, but the Vikings’ pass offense does not offer too many opportunities for wideouts. Diggs has only been targeted 7 times in their last two games.
29. Davante Adams – Adams totaled a whopping 21 targets in the week 10 loss. Unfortunately, he was only able to turn them into 79 scoreless yards. Still, one has to think that the target leader in an Aaron Rodgers led offense makes for a good fantasy wide receiver.
30. Kamar Aiken – Aiken was targeted 14 times last week and has emerged as the Ravens’ top receiver sans Steve Smith. He could be primed for a big second half.
31. Stevie Johnson – Johnson should be the top option in the Chargers’ receiver core. He saw 10 targets in week 9 and should continue to get plenty of chances to make plays.
32. Brandon LaFell – LaFell has not played all that well this season. His value is trending up anyway after the injury to Edelman.
33. John Brown – Brown was remarkably consistent prior to sustaining a hamstring injury against the Ravens. Floyd appears to have passed him on the depth chart. This situation will be difficult to assess until Brown is totally healthy.
34. Danny Amendola – Amendola’s role will be much more consistent with Edelman out. He will make a good FLEX option for as long as he can stay healthy.
35. DeSean Jackson – Jackson looked better against the Saints. He is sure to have a couple big games down the stretch. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere in week 11, however.
36. Willie Snead – Snead was held without a catch in week 10, disappointing many fantasy owners in the process. He has been extremely productive all season, so owners need to hold tight.
Matchup Play Tier: These players make good plays when the matchups are in their favor.
37. Rishard Matthews – Matthews is the best deep threat on the Dolphins roster. He is a decent fantasy option despite low target totals due to his remarkable efficiency.
38. Jordan Matthews – Matthews appeared to break out in week 9 before posting another dud in week 10. The most troubling aspect of his week 10 performance was a season low target total.
39. Marvin Jones – Jones is a boom or bust option with high weekly upside.
40. Vincent Jackson – Jackson has been sidelined since week 7 with a knee injury. He could be back as soon as week 11 and will be a WR3/4 upon his return.
41. James Jones – Jones has struggled mightily since the Packers’ bye. He has posted 0 fantasy points in two of three games and appears to have been surpassed by Davante Adams.
42. Nate Washington – Washington has been heavily targeted all season up until week 10. Game flow and the return of Cecil Shorts will limit his opportunities going forward.
43. Tavon Austin – Austin has totaled 20 receiving yards over his last 2 games. The Rams use him in a multitude of ways, but it is awfully tough to start a wide receiver with a floor that low.
44. Donte Moncrief – Moncrief’s value is trending down. He has only totaled more than 35 yards once in his last 5 games.
Roster Depth Tier: Players in this tier are difficult to trust as starters, but they need to be owned in most formats because they have the upside to be WR3 options down the stretch.
45. Anquan Boldin – Boldin is pretty difficult to trust with Gabbert under center. He is a tremendous football player though.
46. Doug Baldwin – Baldwin always has a couple big games a season. Don’t chase the points.
47. Rueben Randle – Randle is a low upside wide receiver with a fairly steady floor. He has totaled at least 40 yards in 6 straight.
48. Golden Tate – Tate’s target totals appear to be trending the wrong way. He has been a massive bust this season.
49. Kendall Wright – Wright might be back from his knee injury in week 11. When he does return, he is worth considering as a FLEX play when the matchups are right.
50. Dorial Green-Beckham – DGB followed up his 77 yard week 9 breakout with a 0 catch game in week 10. He will be difficult to trust moving forward, but he needs to be owned in all formats.
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