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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 16

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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 is fantasy week. 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. For owners who have to stream a wide receiver this week, it may be difficult to choose who to put into your lineup.

Here are my wide receiver rankings for Week 16 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 Tennessee TitansWR1
Must StartTyreek Hillvs Atlanta FalconsWR2
Must StartStefon Diggsvs New England PatriotsWR3
Must StartDeAndre Hopkinsvs San Fransisco 49ersWR4
Starting WR1D.K. Metcalfvs Los Angeles ChargersWR5
Starting WR1Allen Robinsonvs Jacksonville JaguarsWR6
Starting WR1Keenan Allen*vs Denver BroncosWR7
Starting WR1Calvin Ridleyvs Kansas City ChiefsWR8
Starting WR1Brandon Aiyukvs Arizona CardinalsWR9
Starting WR1Justin Jeffersonvs New Orleans Saints14.5 points
High WR2A.J. Brownvs Green Bay PackersWR11
High WR2Robert Woodsvs Seattle SeahawksWR12
High WR2Jarvis Landryvs New York JetsWR13
High WR2Chris Godwin vs Detroit LionsWR14
High WR2Diontae Johnsonvs Indianapolis ColtsWR15
High WR2Cooper Kuppvs Seattle SeahawksWR16
High WR2Terry McLaurin*vs Carolina PanthersWR17
Starting WR2Adam Thielenvs New Orleans Saints23.7 points
Starting WR2Antonio Brownvs Detroit LionsWR19
Starting WR2D.J. Moorevs Washington Football TeamWR20
Starting WR2Mike Evansvs Detroit LionsWR21
Low WR2Brandin Cooksvs Cincinatti BengalsWR22
Low WR2Amari Coopervs Philadelphia EaglesWR23
Low WR2JuJu Smith-Schustervs Indianapolis ColtsWR24
Low WR2Marquise “Hollywood” Brownvs New York GiantsWR25
Low WR2Corey Davisvs Green Bay PackersWR26
InactiveKenny Golladayvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersOUT
FlexDevante Parker*vs Las Vegas RaidersWR27
FlexRashard Higginsvs New York JetsWR28
FlexEmmanuel Sandersvs Minnesota Vikings13.5 points
FlexCeeDee Lambvs Philadelphia EaglesWR30
FlexMarvin Jones Jr.vs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR31
FlexRobby Andersonvs Washington Football TeamWR32
FlexT.Y. Hiltonvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR33
Deep League FlexNelson Agholorvs Miami DolphinsWR34
Deep League FlexCurtis Samuelvs Washington Football TeamWR35
Deep League FlexTim Patrickvs Los Angeles ChargersWR36
Deep League FlexChase Claypoolvs Indianapolis ColtsWR37
Deep League FlexJamison Crowdervs Cleveland BrownsWR38
Deep League FlexGreg Wardvs Dallas CowboysWR39
Deep League FlexCole Beasleyvs New England PatriotsWR40
Deep League FlexTee Higginsvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR41
Deep League FlexRussell Gagevs Kansas City ChiefsWR42
Deep League FlexTyler Lockettvs Los Angeles RamsWR43
Deep League FlexSterling Shepardvs Baltimore RavensWR44
Upside PlayerSammy Watkinsvs Atlanta FalconsWR45
Upside PlayerDarnell Mooneyvs Jacksonville JaguarsWR46
Upside PlayerMike Williams*vs Denver BroncosWR47
Upside PlayerJalen Reagorvs Dallas CowboysWR48
Upside PlayerDenzel Mimsvs Cleveland BrownsWR49
Upside PlayerJakobi Meyersvs Buffalo BillsWR50
Upside PlayerTyler Boyd*vs Houston TexansWR51
Upside PlayerMichael Gallupvs Philadelphia EaglesWR52
Upside PlayerKendrick Bournevs Arizona CardinalsWR53
Upside PlayerAllen Lazardvs Tennessee TitansWR54
Upside PlayerKeke Couteevs Cincinatti BengalsWR55
Upside PlayerLynn Bowden Jr.vs Las Vegas RaidersWR56
Upside PlayerMarquez Valdes-Scantlingvs Tennessee TitansWR57
Upside PlayerChad Hansenvs Cincinatti BengalsWR58
Upside PlayerJohn Brownvs New England PatriotsWR59
Upside PlayerA.J. Greenvs Houston TexansWR60
Leave on the BenchHunter Renfrowvs Miami DolphinsWR61
Leave on the BenchJerry Jeudyvs Los Angeles ChargersWR62
Leave on the BenchD.J. Charkvs Chicago BearsWR63
Leave on the BenchBreshad Perrimanvs Cleveland BrownsWR64
Leave on the BenchMarquez Callawayvs Minnesota Vikings5.6 points
Leave on the BenchDemarcus Robinsonvs Atlanta FalconsWR66
Leave on the BenchKeelan Cole Sr.vs Chicago BearsWR67
Leave on the BenchJakeem Grant*vs Las Vegas RaidersWR68
Leave on the BenchMichael Pittman Jr.vs Pittsburgh SteelersWR69
Leave on the BenchDarius Slaytonvs Baltimore RavensWR70
Leave on the BenchAlshon Jefferyvs Dallas CowboysWR71
Leave on the BenchChristian Kirkvs Philadelphia EaglesWR72
Leave on the BenchZach Pascalvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR73
Leave on the BenchK.J. Hamlervs Carolina PanthersWR74
Leave on the BenchLaviska Shenault Jr.vs Chicago BearsWR75
Leave on the BenchJames Washingtonvs Indianapolis ColtsWR76
Leave on the BenchHenry Ruggsvs Miami DolphinsWR77
Leave on the BenchJalen Guytonvs Denver BroncosWR78

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

WR7 Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Despite playing last week Keenan Allen did not look 100% healthy after sustaining a hamstring injury. Allen is a game-time decision. If he was to miss the game Mike Williams would move up to WR31 between CeeDee Lamb and T.Y. Hilton. Jalen Guyton would move up to WR50 between Denzel Mims and Tyler Boyd. Also, Tyron Johnson would be an intriguing name to keep an eye on.

WR17 Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team

After missing practice, both Wednesday and Thursday Terry McLaurin is doubtful for this weekend’s game against the Carolina Panthers. If he cannot go Cam Sims is a sleeper play in deeper leagues as a flex.

WR28 Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins

Devante Parker missed last week’s game against the New England Patriots with a hamstring injury. If Parker misses this week as well Lynn Bowden Jr. would move up to WR36 between Curtis Samuel and Tim Patrick. Jakeem Grant would become WR54 between Kendrick Bourne and Allen Lazard.

WR48 Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

Last Thursday Mike Williams also played despite having a back injury. It is uncertain whether Williams will play or not and if he does if he will be limited like the week before. If Williams doesn’t play Jalen Guyton will become WR53 between Michael Gallup and Kendrick Bourne. Tyron Johnson would jump on fantasy radars as well if Williams misses.

WR51 Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Boyd left last week’s game early with a concussion. So far he has not practiced this week. If Boyd misses A.J. Green will jump to WR48 between Mike Willams and Jalen Reagor.

WR69 Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins

Despite being listed as questionable Jakeem Grant is expected to play this week against the Raiders. If he doesn’t expect Devante Parker and Lynn Bowden Jr. to get more targets in the passing game.

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