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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 15

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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 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 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. 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 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.
CategoryNameOpponentRanking
Must StartDavante Adamsvs Carolina PanthersWR1
Must StartStefon Diggsvs Denver BroncosWR2
Must StartTyreek Hillvs New Orleans SaintsWR3
Must StartD.K. Metcalfvs Washington Football TeamWR4
Starting WR1Allen Robinsonvs Minnesota VikingsWR5
Starting WR1A.J. Brownvs Detroit LionsWR6
Starting WR1DeAndre Hopkinsvs Philadelphia EaglesWR7
Starting WR1Julio Jones*vs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR8
Starting WR1Keenan Allen*vs Las Vegas Raiders2.6 points
Starting WR1Terry McLaurinvs Seattle SeahawksWR10
Starting WR1Robert Woods*vs New York JetsWR11
High WR2Diontae Johnsonvs Cincinatti BengalsWR12
High WR2Michael Thomas*vs Kansas City ChiefsWR13
High WR2Cooper Kupp vs New York JetsWR14
High WR2Brandon Aiyukvs Dallas CowboysWR15
High WR2Calvin Ridleyvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR16
Starting WR2JuJu Smith-Schustervs Cincinnati BengalsWR17
Starting WR2Chris Godwinvs Atlanta FalconsWR18
Starting WR2Corey Davisvs Detroit LionsWR19
Starting WR2T.Y. Hiltonvs Houston TexansWR20
Low WR2Jarvis Landryvs New York GiantsWR21
Low WR2D.J. Moorevs Green Bay PackersWR22
Low WR2Brandin Cooks*vs Indianapolis ColtsWR23
Low WR2Adam Thielenvs Chicago BearsWR24
Low WR2Amari Coopervs San Fransisco 49ersWR25
Low WR2Justin Jeffersonvs Chicago BearsWR26
Low WR2Robby Andersonvs Green Bay PackersWR27
Low WR2Tyler Lockettvs Washington Football TeamWR28
Low WR2Kenny Golladay*vs Tennessee TitansWR29
FlexAntonio Brownvs Atlanta FalconsWR30
FlexCurtis Samuelvs Green Bay PackersWR31
FlexNelson Agholorvs Las Angeles Chargers8.9 points
FlexTim Patrickvs Buffalo BillsWR33
FlexSterling Shepard*vs Cleveland BrownsWR34
FlexChase Claypoolvs Cincinnati BengalsWR35
FlexMike Evansvs Atlanta FalconsWR36
FlexMarquise “Hollywood” Brown*vs Jacksonville JaguarsWR37
FlexCole Beasleyvs Denver BroncosWR38
FlexTee Higginsvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR39
FlexDevante Parker*vs New England PatriotsWR40
FlexRashard Higginsvs New York GiantsWR41
Deep League FlexMarvin Jones Jr.*vs Tennessee TitansWR42
Deep League FlexCeeDee Lambvs San Francisco 49ersWR43
Deep League FlexKendrick Bournevs Dallas CowboysWR44
Deep League FlexTyler Boydvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR45
Deep League FlexKeke Couteevs Indianapolis ColtsWR46
Deep League FlexDarnell Mooneyvs Minnesota VikingsWR47
Deep League FlexJerry Jeudyvs Buffalo BillsWR48
Upside PlayerMichael Pittman Jr.vs Houston TexansWR49
Upside PlayerKeelan Cole Sr.vs Baltimore RavensWR50
InactiveJohn Brown*vs Denver BroncosOUT
Upside PlayerChad Hansenvs Indianapolis ColtsWR51
Upside PlayerJosh Reynoldsvs New York JetsWR52
Upside PlayerD.J. Charkvs Baltimore RavensWR53
Upside PlayerMichael Gallupvs San Fransisco 49ersWR54
Upside PlayerGabriel Davisvs Denver BroncosWR55
Upside PlayerLynn Bowden Jr.vs New England PatriotsWR56
Upside PlayerMike Williams*vs Las Vegas Raiders4.2 points
Upside PlayerAllen Lazardvs Carolina PanthersWR58
Upside PlayerCam Simsvs Seattle SeahawksWR59
Upside Player K.J. Hamlervs Buffalo BillsWR60
Upside PlayerMarquez Valdes-Scantlingvs Carolina PanthersWR61
Upside PlayerJakobi Meyersvs Miami DolphinsWR62
Upside PlayerBreshad Perrimanvs Los Angeles RamsWR63
Leave on the BenchDarius Slayton*vs Cleveland BrownsWR64
Leave on the BenchGreg Wardvs Arizona CardinalsWR65
Leave on the BenchHunter Renfrow vs Los Angles Chargers1.4 points
Leave on the BenchJalen Reagorvs Arizona CardinalsWR67
Leave on the BenchTyron Johnsonvs Las Vegas Raiders15.1 points
Leave on the BenchDenzel Mimsvs Los Angeles RamsWR69
Leave on the BenchChristian Kirkvs Philadelphia EaglesWR70
Leave on the BenchSammy Watkinsvs New Orleans SaintsWR71
Leave on the BenchJamison Crowdervs Los Angeles RamsWR72
Leave on the BenchWillie Snead IVvs Jacksonville JaguarsWR73
Leave on the BenchEmmanuel Sandersvs Kansas City ChiefsWR74
Leave on the BenchGolden Tate*vs Cleveland BrownsWR75
Leave on the BenchAlshon Jefferyvs Arizona CardinalsWR76
Leave on the BenchLaviska Shenault Jr.vs Baltimore RavensWR77
Leave on the BenchDamiere Byrdvs Miami DolphinsWR78
Leave on the BenchJakeem Grant*vs New England PatriotsWR79
Leave on the BenchDemarcus Robinsonvs New Orleans SaintsWR80
Leave on the BenchA.J. Greenvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR81

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 weeks 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 in 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 weeks game and may hold him out of this weeks as well. He has been limited in practice the past two days. If Cooks was 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 misses 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 Sundays 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 weeks 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.

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