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 Start||Davante Adams||vs Tennessee Titans||WR1|
|Must Start||Tyreek Hill||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR2|
|Must Start||Stefon Diggs||vs New England Patriots||WR3|
|Must Start||DeAndre Hopkins||vs San Fransisco 49ers||WR4|
|Starting WR1||D.K. Metcalf||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR5|
|Starting WR1||Allen Robinson||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR6|
|Starting WR1||Keenan Allen*||vs Denver Broncos||WR7|
|Starting WR1||Calvin Ridley||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR8|
|Starting WR1||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR9|
|Starting WR1||Justin Jefferson||vs New Orleans Saints||14.5 points|
|High WR2||A.J. Brown||vs Green Bay Packers||WR11|
|High WR2||Robert Woods||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR12|
|High WR2||Jarvis Landry||vs New York Jets||WR13|
|High WR2||Chris Godwin||vs Detroit Lions||WR14|
|High WR2||Diontae Johnson||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR15|
|High WR2||Cooper Kupp||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR16|
|High WR2||Terry McLaurin*||vs Carolina Panthers||WR17|
|Starting WR2||Adam Thielen||vs New Orleans Saints||23.7 points|
|Starting WR2||Antonio Brown||vs Detroit Lions||WR19|
|Starting WR2||D.J. Moore||vs Washington Football Team||WR20|
|Starting WR2||Mike Evans||vs Detroit Lions||WR21|
|Low WR2||Brandin Cooks||vs Cincinatti Bengals||WR22|
|Low WR2||Amari Cooper||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR23|
|Low WR2||JuJu Smith-Schuster||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR24|
|Low WR2||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown||vs New York Giants||WR25|
|Low WR2||Corey Davis||vs Green Bay Packers||WR26|
|Inactive||Kenny Golladay||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||OUT|
|Flex||Devante Parker*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR27|
|Flex||Rashard Higgins||vs New York Jets||WR28|
|Flex||Emmanuel Sanders||vs Minnesota Vikings||13.5 points|
|Flex||CeeDee Lamb||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR30|
|Flex||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR31|
|Flex||Robby Anderson||vs Washington Football Team||WR32|
|Flex||T.Y. Hilton||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR33|
|Deep League Flex||Nelson Agholor||vs Miami Dolphins||WR34|
|Deep League Flex||Curtis Samuel||vs Washington Football Team||WR35|
|Deep League Flex||Tim Patrick||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR36|
|Deep League Flex||Chase Claypool||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR37|
|Deep League Flex||Jamison Crowder||vs Cleveland Browns||WR38|
|Deep League Flex||Greg Ward||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR39|
|Deep League Flex||Cole Beasley||vs New England Patriots||WR40|
|Deep League Flex||Tee Higgins||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR41|
|Deep League Flex||Russell Gage||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR42|
|Deep League Flex||Tyler Lockett||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR43|
|Deep League Flex||Sterling Shepard||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR44|
|Upside Player||Sammy Watkins||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR45|
|Upside Player||Darnell Mooney||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR46|
|Upside Player||Mike Williams*||vs Denver Broncos||WR47|
|Upside Player||Jalen Reagor||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR48|
|Upside Player||Denzel Mims||vs Cleveland Browns||WR49|
|Upside Player||Jakobi Meyers||vs Buffalo Bills||WR50|
|Upside Player||Tyler Boyd*||vs Houston Texans||WR51|
|Upside Player||Michael Gallup||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR52|
|Upside Player||Kendrick Bourne||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR53|
|Upside Player||Allen Lazard||vs Tennessee Titans||WR54|
|Upside Player||Keke Coutee||vs Cincinatti Bengals||WR55|
|Upside Player||Lynn Bowden Jr.||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR56|
|Upside Player||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||vs Tennessee Titans||WR57|
|Upside Player||Chad Hansen||vs Cincinatti Bengals||WR58|
|Upside Player||John Brown||vs New England Patriots||WR59|
|Upside Player||A.J. Green||vs Houston Texans||WR60|
|Leave on the Bench||Hunter Renfrow||vs Miami Dolphins||WR61|
|Leave on the Bench||Jerry Jeudy||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR62|
|Leave on the Bench||D.J. Chark||vs Chicago Bears||WR63|
|Leave on the Bench||Breshad Perriman||vs Cleveland Browns||WR64|
|Leave on the Bench||Marquez Callaway||vs Minnesota Vikings||5.6 points|
|Leave on the Bench||Demarcus Robinson||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR66|
|Leave on the Bench||Keelan Cole Sr.||vs Chicago Bears||WR67|
|Leave on the Bench||Jakeem Grant*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR68|
|Leave on the Bench||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR69|
|Leave on the Bench||Darius Slayton||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR70|
|Leave on the Bench||Alshon Jeffery||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR71|
|Leave on the Bench||Christian Kirk||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR72|
|Leave on the Bench||Zach Pascal||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||K.J. Hamler||vs Carolina Panthers||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Laviska Shenault Jr.||vs Chicago Bears||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||James Washington||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||Henry Ruggs||vs Miami Dolphins||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Jalen Guyton||vs Denver Broncos||WR78|
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.