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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 14

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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’s playoffs may start in fantasy leagues. Owners may have a few wide receivers on their roster that they have been flipping between all season. Deciding between them could be the difference between winning and losing this week. For owners who have to stream a wide receiver this week, it may be difficult to choose who to put into your lineup.

For those who are not in playoffs yet, there is little time left during the fantasy football regular season. Every game that’s left is more important than the last to guarantee a spot in the fantasy football playoffs. Here are wide receiver rankings for Week 13 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)

Key:
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.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Davante Adams vs Detroit Lions WR1
Must Start D.K. Metcalf vs New York Jets WR2
Must Start Keenan Allen vs Atlanta Falcons WR3
Must Start Tyreek Hill vs Miami Dolphins WR4
Must Start Allen Robinson vs Houston Texans WR5
Starting WR1 Michael Thomas vs Philadelphia Eagles WR6
Starting WR1 Diontae Johnson vs Buffalo Bills WR7
Starting WR1 Terry McLaurin vs San Fransisco 49ers WR8
Starting WR1 Julio Jones vs Los Angeles Chargers WR9
High WR2 A.J. Brown vs Jacksonville Jaguars WR10
High End WR2 DeAndre Hopkins vs New York Giants WR11
High End WR2 Stefon Diggs vs Pittsburgh Steelers WR12
Starting WR2 Chris Godwin vs Minnesota Vikings WR13
Starting WR2 JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Buffalo Bills WR14
Starting WR2 Corey Davis vs Jacksonville Jaguars WR15
Starting WR2 Calvin Ridley vs Los Angeles Chargers WR16
Starting WR2 *Mike Evans vs Minnesota Vikings WR17
Starting WR2 Robby Anderson vs Denver Broncos WR18
Starting WR2 Brandon Aiyuk vs Washington Football Team WR19
Starting WR2 Justin Jefferson vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR20
Low WR2 *D.J. Moore vs Denver Broncos WR21
Low WR2 *Kenny Golladay vs Green Bay Packers WR22
Low WR2 Antonio Brown vs Minnesota Vikings WR23
Low WR2 *Brandin Cooks vs Chicago Bears WR25
Low WR2 Adam Thielen vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR26
Low WR2 Cooper Kupp vs New England Patriots WR27
Low WR2 Tyler Lockett vs New York Jets WR28
Low WR2 Devante Parker vs Kansas City Chiefs WR29
Low WR2 Chase Claypool vs Buffalo Bills WR30
Low WR2 Amari Cooper vs Cincinatti Bengals WR31
Flex Deebo Samuel vs Washington Football Team WR32
Flex Robert Woods vs New England Patriots WR33
Flex *Curtis Samuel vs Denver Broncos WR34
Flex Tee Higgins vs Dallas Cowboys WR35
Flex D.J. Chark vs Tennessee Titans WR37
Deep League Flex Mike Williams vs Atlanta Falcons WR37
Deep League Flex T.Y. Hilton vs Las Vegas Raiders WR38
Deep League Flex Tyler Boyd vs Dallas Cowboys WR39
Deep League Flex Jerry Jeudy vs Carolina Panthers WR40
Deep League Flex Jamison Crowder vs Seattle Seahawks WR41
Deep League Flex CeeDee Lamb vs Cincinatti Bengals WR42
Deep League Flex Jarvis Landry vs Baltimore Ravens WR43
Deep League Flex Sterling Shepard vs Cincinnati Bengals WR44
Deep League Flex Collin Johnson vs Tennessee Titans WR45
Deep League Flex Michael Pittman Jr. vs Las Vegas Raiders WR46
Deep League Flex Marquise “Hollywood” Brown vs Cleveland Browns WR47
Deep League Flex Nelson Agholor vs Indianapolis Colts WR48
Upside Players Darnell Mooney vs Houston Texans WR49
Upside Player Breshad Perriman vs Seattle Seahawks WR50
Upside Player Christian Kirk vs New York Giants WR51
Upside Player Allen Lazard vs Detroit Lions WR52
Upside Player Keke Coutee vs Chicago Bears WR53
Upside Player Michael Gallup vs Cincinatti Bengals WR54
Upside Player Jalen Reagor vs New Orleans Saints WR55
INACTIVE Denzel Mims vs Seattle Seahawks OUT
Upside Player Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs Detroit Lions WR56
Leave on the Bench Cole Beasley vs Pittsburgh Steelers WR57
Leave on the Bench Hunter Renfrow vs Indianapolis Colts WR58
Leave on the Bench Jakobi Meyers vs Los Angeles Rams WR59
Leave on the Bench A.J. Green vs Dallas Cowboys WR60
Leave on the Bench Marvin Jones Jr. vs Green Bay Packers WR61
Leave on the Bench Henry Ruggs vs Indianapolis Colts WR62
Leave on the Bench Tim Patrick vs Carolina Panthers WR63
Leave on the Bench Darius Slayton vs Arizona Cardinals WR64
Leave on the Bench Sammy Watkins vs Miami Dolphins WR65
Leave on the Bench Laviska Shenault Jr. vs Tennessee Titans WR66
Leave on the Bench Greg Ward vs New Orleans Saints WR67
Leave on the Bench Josh Reynolds vs New England Patriots WR68
Leave on the Bench Zach Pascal vs Las Vegas Raiders WR69
Leave in the Bench K.J. Hamler vs Carolina Panthers WR70
Leave on the Bench Demarcus Robinson vs Miami Dolphins WR71
Leave on the Bench Larry Fitzgerald vs Miami Dolphins WR72
Leave on the Bench Travis Fulgham vs New Orleans Saints WR73
Leave on the Bench Damiere Byrd vs Los Angeles Rams WR74
Leave on the Bench Emmanuel Sanders vs Philadelphia Eagles WR75
Leave on the Bench Rashard Higgins vs Baltimore Ravens WR76
Leave on the Bench Golden Tate vs Arizona Cardinals WR77
Leave on the Bench Gabriel Davis vs Pittsburgh Steelers WR78

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

WR17 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans was limited during practice on Wednesday and missed on Thursday this week. It could be precautionary for his hamstring, but this is something to pay attention to before Sunday. If Evans does not suit up Chris Godwin becomes WR11 on the week between DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs. While Antonio Brown moves up to WR18 between Robby Anderson and Brandon Aiyuk.

WR21 D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers

Last weekend news broke that eight Carolina Panthers were added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list. One of those players happened to be D.J. Moore. If he is not activated Roddy Anderson will stay in the same place while Curtis Samuel will move up to WR29 between Tyler Lockett and Chase Claypool.

WR22 Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

Kenny Golladay hasn’t played since Week 8 due to a hip issue. If he misses Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers, Marvin Jones Jr. will become WR50 between Darnell Mooney and Breshad Perriman. He is not a great option this week if Golladay is out because of the likely Jaire Alexander shadow.

WR24 Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans

Last week against the Indianapolis Colts Brandin Cooks suffers a concussion. This was a scary moment during the game because Cooks has an extensive history of concussions during his career. If Cooks were to miss this week’s game against the Chicago Bears, Keke Coutee would become the Texan’s number one receiver and WR49 between Darnell Mooney and Breshad Perriman.

WR34 Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers

Along with D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel was also added to the COVID-19 reserve list last weekend. If Samuel cannot suit up Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore should retain their rankings. But the Panthers running backs may see more work and Mike Davis may get the touches if McCaffrey and Samuel are both out.

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