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.
Every game that’s left is vital for a team to advance have success in the fantasy playoffs Here are my wide receiver rankings for Week 15 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 Start||Davante Adams||vs Carolina Panthers||WR1|
|Must Start||Stefon Diggs||vs Denver Broncos||WR2|
|Must Start||Tyreek Hill||vs New Orleans Saints||WR3|
|Must Start||D.K. Metcalf||vs Washington Football Team||WR4|
|Starting WR1||Allen Robinson||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR5|
|Starting WR1||A.J. Brown||vs Detroit Lions||WR6|
|Starting WR1||DeAndre Hopkins||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR7|
|Starting WR1||Julio Jones*||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR8|
|Starting WR1||Keenan Allen*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||2.6 points|
|Starting WR1||Terry McLaurin||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR10|
|Starting WR1||Robert Woods*||vs New York Jets||WR11|
|High WR2||Diontae Johnson||vs Cincinatti Bengals||WR12|
|High WR2||Michael Thomas*||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR13|
|High WR2||Cooper Kupp||vs New York Jets||WR14|
|High WR2||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR15|
|High WR2||Calvin Ridley||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR16|
|Starting WR2||JuJu Smith-Schuster||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR17|
|Starting WR2||Chris Godwin||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR18|
|Starting WR2||Corey Davis||vs Detroit Lions||WR19|
|Starting WR2||T.Y. Hilton||vs Houston Texans||WR20|
|Low WR2||Jarvis Landry||vs New York Giants||WR21|
|Low WR2||D.J. Moore||vs Green Bay Packers||WR22|
|Low WR2||Brandin Cooks*||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR23|
|Low WR2||Adam Thielen||vs Chicago Bears||WR24|
|Low WR2||Amari Cooper||vs San Fransisco 49ers||WR25|
|Low WR2||Justin Jefferson||vs Chicago Bears||WR26|
|Low WR2||Robby Anderson||vs Green Bay Packers||WR27|
|Low WR2||Tyler Lockett||vs Washington Football Team||WR28|
|Low WR2||Kenny Golladay*||vs Tennessee Titans||WR29|
|Flex||Antonio Brown||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR30|
|Flex||Curtis Samuel||vs Green Bay Packers||WR31|
|Flex||Nelson Agholor||vs Las Angeles Chargers||8.9 points|
|Flex||Tim Patrick||vs Buffalo Bills||WR33|
|Flex||Sterling Shepard*||vs Cleveland Browns||WR34|
|Flex||Chase Claypool||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR35|
|Flex||Mike Evans||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR36|
|Flex||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR37|
|Flex||Cole Beasley||vs Denver Broncos||WR38|
|Flex||Tee Higgins||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR39|
|Flex||Devante Parker*||vs New England Patriots||WR40|
|Flex||Rashard Higgins||vs New York Giants||WR41|
|Deep League Flex||Marvin Jones Jr.*||vs Tennessee Titans||WR42|
|Deep League Flex||CeeDee Lamb||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR43|
|Deep League Flex||Kendrick Bourne||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR44|
|Deep League Flex||Tyler Boyd||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR45|
|Deep League Flex||Keke Coutee||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR46|
|Deep League Flex||Darnell Mooney||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR47|
|Deep League Flex||Jerry Jeudy||vs Buffalo Bills||WR48|
|Upside Player||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Houston Texans||WR49|
|Upside Player||Keelan Cole Sr.||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR50|
|Inactive||John Brown*||vs Denver Broncos||OUT|
|Upside Player||Chad Hansen||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR51|
|Upside Player||Josh Reynolds||vs New York Jets||WR52|
|Upside Player||D.J. Chark||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR53|
|Upside Player||Michael Gallup||vs San Fransisco 49ers||WR54|
|Upside Player||Gabriel Davis||vs Denver Broncos||WR55|
|Upside Player||Lynn Bowden Jr.||vs New England Patriots||WR56|
|Upside Player||Mike Williams*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||4.2 points|
|Upside Player||Allen Lazard||vs Carolina Panthers||WR58|
|Upside Player||Cam Sims||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR59|
|Upside Player||K.J. Hamler||vs Buffalo Bills||WR60|
|Upside Player||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||vs Carolina Panthers||WR61|
|Upside Player||Jakobi Meyers||vs Miami Dolphins||WR62|
|Upside Player||Breshad Perriman||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR63|
|Leave on the Bench||Darius Slayton*||vs Cleveland Browns||WR64|
|Leave on the Bench||Greg Ward||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR65|
|Leave on the Bench||Hunter Renfrow||vs Los Angles Chargers||1.4 points|
|Leave on the Bench||Jalen Reagor||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR67|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyron Johnson||vs Las Vegas Raiders||15.1 points|
|Leave on the Bench||Denzel Mims||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR69|
|Leave on the Bench||Christian Kirk||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR70|
|Leave on the Bench||Sammy Watkins||vs New Orleans Saints||WR71|
|Leave on the Bench||Jamison Crowder||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR72|
|Leave on the Bench||Willie Snead IV||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||Emmanuel Sanders||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Golden Tate*||vs Cleveland Browns||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||Alshon Jeffery||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||Laviska Shenault Jr.||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Damiere Byrd||vs Miami Dolphins||WR78|
|Leave on the Bench||Jakeem Grant*||vs New England Patriots||WR79|
|Leave on the Bench||Demarcus Robinson||vs New Orleans Saints||WR80|
|Leave on the Bench||A.J. Green||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR81|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
WR8 Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
For seemingly the entire season Julio Jones has been dealing with a hamstring issue that has caused him to miss time on three separate occasions. After missing last week’s game Jones could miss this week as well. If Jones was to miss the Falcons game against the Buccaneers, Calvin Ridley would become WR12 on the week between Diontae Johnson and Michael Thomas.
WR9 Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Keenan Allen finished Thursday with one catch on three targets for 17 yards. Allen was questionable coming into the game after sustaining a hamstring injury earlier this week. Allen was on a snap count which was very obvious during the game. Allens 2.6 fantasy points hurt owners who kept him in their lineups is a great matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.
WR11 Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
Robert Woods has not had a full practice this week due to a thigh issue. The Rams are holding Woods out for precautionary measures and expect him to play this week. However, if Woods was to miss this week Cooper Kupp would move up to WR10 in between Keenan Allen and Terry McLaurin. Josh Reynolds would become a solid flex this week moving up to WR36 between Mike Evans and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.
WR13 Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
It is concerning to see Michael Thomas miss practice the past two days because of an ankle issue. Thomas missed six games at the beginning of the season because of an ankle issue. If Thomas is unable to play on Sunday, Emmanuel Sanders would move up to WR55 between Gabriel Davis and Lynn Bowden Jr.
WR23 Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans
After being evaluated for a concussion after the Texans game Week 13, it was discovered that Brandin Cooks had a neck injury. The injury cost Cooks last week’s game and may hold him out of this week as well. He has been limited in practice the past two days. If Cooks were to miss the game, Keke Coutee would more up to WR40 between Tee Higgins and Devante Parker. Chad Hansen would move all the way up to WR44 between CeeDee Lamb and Kendrick Bourne.
Detroit Lions Wide Receivers: WR29 Kenny Golladay and WR42 Marvin Jones Jr.
Kenny Golladay has missed six straight games due to a hip injury and is doubtful to play this week. If Golladay misses Jones moves up to WR34 between Tim Patrick and Sterling Shepard. However, Matthew Stafford is also could miss this week with a rib issue. If Stafford and Golladay miss time, Jones will be WR40 between Devante Parker and Rashard Higgins.
New York Giants Wide Receivers: WR34 Sterling Shepard, WR64 Darius Slayton, and WR74 Golden Tate
The New York Giants have shown the past two weeks that their offense cannot function at a high level without a healthy Daniel Jones. Even last week when Jones played hurt, the offense did not look good. If he was to miss Week 15 with a hamstring injury, Sterling Shepard would become WR41 between Rashad Higgins and Marvin Jones Jr. Darius Slayton would become WR70 between Christian Kirk and Sammy Watkins. Golden Tate becomes WR80 between Demarcus Robinson and A.J. Green.
WR37 Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Earlier this week three Baltimore Ravens wide receivers were added to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is the biggest name to be on that list. If Brown was to miss Sunday’s game against Jacksonville, Willie Snead would move up to WR51 between Chad Hansen and Josh Reynolds. Devin Duvernay and Dez Bryant are also two sleepers who could see increased targets in a great matchup against Jacksonville if those receivers cannot play. Duvernay and Bryant can be flex options in deep leagues if that was the case.
WR40 Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Devante Parker is questionable this week against the New England Patriots because of a hamstring injury suffered last week. If Parker were to miss this week’s game, Lynn Bowden Jr. would become WR47 between Darnell Mooney and Jerry Jeudy. Jakeem Grant would become WR75 between Emmanuel Sanders and Golden Tate.
WR57 Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Before his injury, Mike Williams was a boom or bust player. He has eight games with under 8.5 points and four games with over 13 points. This week in a great matchup against the Raiders Williams was boom or bust especially after sustaining a back injury last week that had him on a snap count. Players who started Williams took a risk starting him and got 4.2 points from two catches for 22 yards this week.
WR78 Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins’ number two receiver Jakeem Grant also sustained a hamstring injury and will likely not play this week. If that is the case it will solidify Lynn Bowden Jr.’s WR56 status.