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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 10

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This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. This week fantasy starters like Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones, and Amari Cooper have byes. It could be difficult to decide who is the best streamer to replace one of them in your lineup. Your roster could also have two wide receivers with similar value. Deciding between the two could be the difference between winning and losing this week.

With so little time left during the fantasy football regular season every game that’s left is more important than the last to guarantee yourself a spot in your league’s fantasy football playoffs. Here are my wide receiver rankings for Week 10 of the 2020 NFL Season

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting WR1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High WR2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between WR1 and WR2 category.
Starting WR2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low WR2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and cause a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who has starting value in deeper leagues. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Upside Player- a player who is boom or bust. This player can exceed expectations in a given week or could flop and be the reason why someone lost their fantasy matchup.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Must StartDavante Adamsvs Jacksonville JaguarsWR1
Must StartD.K. Metcalfvs Los Angeles RamsWR2
Must StartAllen Robinsonvs Minnesota VikingsWR3
Must StartStefon Diggsvs Arizona CardinalsWR4
Must StartTerry McLaurinvs Detroit LionsWR5
Must StartDeAndre Hopkinsvs Buffalo BillsWR6
Starting WR1Michael Thomasvs San Fransisco 49ersWR7
Starting WR1Keenan Allenvs Miami DolphinsWR8
Starting WR1Robert Woodsvs Seattle SeahawksWR9
Starting WR1A.J. Brownvs Indianapolis ColtsWR10
High WR2Brandin Cooksvs Cleveland BrownsWR11
High WR2Travis Fulghamvs New York GiantsWR12
Starting WR2Tyler Lockettvs Los Angeles RamsWR13
Starting WR2Tyler Boydvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR14
Starting WR2Adam Thielenvs Chicago BearsWR15
Starting WR2Cooper Kuppvs Seattle SeahawksWR16
Starting WR2Chris Godwinvs Carolina PanthersWR17
Starting WR2Jarvis Landryvs Houston TexansWR18
Starting WR2Robby Andersonvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR19
Starting WR2DeVante Parkervs Los Angeles ChargersWR20
Starting WR2*Kenny Golladayvs Washington Football TeamWR21
Low WR2*JuJu Smith-Schustervs Cincinnati BengalsWR22
Low WR2Tee Higginsvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR23
Low WR2D.J. Moorevs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR24
Low WR2Justin Jeffersonvs Chicago BearsWR25
Low WR2Jerry Jeudyvs Las Vegas RaidersWR26
Low WR2D.J. Charkvs Green Bay PackersWR27
Flex*Diontae Johnsonvs Cincinatti BengalsWR28
FlexSterling Shepardvs Philadelphia EaglesWR29
FlexMike Evansvs Carolina PanthersWR30
Flex*Chase Claypoolvs Cincinatti BengalsWR31
FlexJohn Brownvs Arizona CardinalsWR32
FlexAntonio Brownvs Carolina PanthersWR33
FlexNelson Agholorvs Denver BroncosWR34
Flex*Deebo Samuelvs New Orleans SaintsWR35
FlexChristian Kirkvs Buffalo BillsWR36
FlexCorey Davisvs Indianapolis ColtsWR37
FlexCole Beasleyvs Arizona CardinalsWR38
FlexJakobi Meyersvs Baltimore RavensWR39
FlexBrandon Aiyukvs New Orleans SaintsWR40
FlexEmmanuel Sandersvs San Fransisco 49ersWR41
Deep League FlexRandall Cobbvs Cleveland BrownsWR42
Deep League FlexCurtis Samuelvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR43
Deep League FlexJalen Reagorvs New York GiantsWR44
Deep League FlexT.Y. Hiltonvs Tennessee TitansWR45
Deep League Flex*Allen Lazardvs Jacksonville JaguarsWR46
Deep League FlexA.J. Greenvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR47
Deep League FlexMarquise “Hollywood” Brownvs New England PatriotsWR48
Deep League FlexRashard Higginsvs Houston TexansWR49
Deep League FlexDarnell Mooneyvs Minnesota VikingsWR50
Deep League FlexMike Williamsvs Miami DolphinsWR51
Deep League FlexMarvin Jones Jr.vs Washington Football TeamWR52
Upside PlayerK.J. Hamlervs Las Vegas RaidersWR52
Upside PlayerMarquez Valdes Scantlingvs Jackonville JaguarsWR53
Upside PlayerDarius Slaytonvs Philadelphia EaglesWR54
Upside PlayerJakeem Grantvs Los Angles ChargersWR55
Upside PlayerMichael Pittman Jr.vs Tennessee TitansWR56
Leave on the BenchHunter Renfrowvs Denver BroncosWR57
Leave on the BenchTim Patrickvs Las Vegas RaidersWR58
Leave on the BenchGreg Wardvs New York GiantsWR59
Leave on the BenchZach Pascalvs Tennessee TitansWR60
Leave on the BenchLarry Fitzgeraldvs Buffalo BillsWR61
Leave on the BenchKeelan Colevs Green Bay PackersWR62
Leave on the BenchHenry Ruggs IIIvs Denver BroncosWR63
Leave on the BenchTre’Quan Smithvs San Fransisco 49ersWR64
Leave on the BenchDavid Moorevs Los Angeles RamsWR65
Leave on the BenchLaviska Shenault Jr.vs Green Bay PackersWR66
Leave on the BenchRichie James Jr.vs New Orleans SaintsWR67
Leave on the BenchGolden Tatevs Philadelphia EaglesWR68

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

WR21 Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

This year has been rough on Kenny Golladay. He has missed four of his first eight games due to injury and may miss his fifth this week. Despite missing time, he has scored between 14.5 and 17.7 PPR points every week he is active. But if he were to miss this week Marvin Jones Jr. would bump up to WR39 between Cole Beasley and Jakobi Meyers. Jones has scored 13+ points in the last three weeks but has a rough matchup against Washington in Week 10. Also, Marvin Hall is a name to pay attention to in deeper leagues. Hall would bump to WR57 if Golladay missed this week.

Pittsburgh Steeler Wide Receivers: WR22 JuJu Smth-Schuster, WR28 Diontae Johnson, WR31 Chase Claypool

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a plethora of great wide receivers. However, if starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were to miss Week 10 because he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list their value would take a huge hit. JuJu Smith-Schuster would drop to WR33 between John Brown and Antonio Brown. Diontae Johnson would drop to WR30 between Sterling Shepard and Mike Evans. Finally, Chase Claypool would drop to WR44 between Curtis Samuel and Jalen Reagor. Last season Mason Rudolph developed a relationship with Johnson keeping him relevant in fantasy while Smith-Schuster became borderline droppable during that time. At this point, it is unclear how Claypool would play with another quarterback under center but it seems unlikely that this offense can support three fantasy-relevant wide receivers with Roethlisberger out and Claypool is the odd man out. Owners of these receivers should check in on Roethlisberger’s status.

WR35 Deebo Samuel, San Fransisco 49ers

Deebo Samuel has finally returned to his form from last season after breaking his foot in the preseason. However, he has missed the last two games due to a hamstring issue and being put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He is likely to return which makes him startable despite Nick Mullens being under center. But if Samuel were to miss this week’s game against the Saints as well Brandon Aiyuk would take his role in the offense and the rankings becoming the new WR35 between Nelson Agholor and Christian Kirk. Richie James who scored 33.4 points against Green Bay last week would fill in for Aiyuk at WR40 between Jakobi Meyers and Emmanuel Sanders. Kyle Shanahan has always had a next-man-up mentality when it comes to injuries and so do these rankings when it comes to San Fransisco 49ers wide receivers.

WR46 Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers

After scoring 26.4 points in Week 3 Allen Lazard was placed on injured reserve because of a core surgery he had shortly afterward. But with Lazards return looming he may be a late-season spark in fantasy lineups. Before he got hurt he looked like the Packers’ true number two receiver and maybe the reason the team didn’t feel comfortable trading for Will Fuller. If he were to return on IR this week against Jacksonville he would be an interesting boom or bust player. However, if he were to miss this week as well Marquez Valdes Scantling would take a slight boost to WR49 between Rashard Higgins and Darnell Mooney. Valdes Scantling would only be an option in deep leagues.

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