This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. With players like Keenan Allen and Julio Jones out this week, fantasy teams could be largely affected and could force teams to start emergency options.
This week is the second week of championship week in a majority of leagues so 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 17 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 causes 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 Chicago Bears||WR1|
|Must Start||Stefon Diggs||vs Miami Dolphins||WR2|
|Starting WR1||Justin Jefferson||vs Detroit Lions||WR3|
|Starting WR1||Calvin Ridley||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR4|
|Starting WR1||A.J. Brown||vs Houston Texans||WR5|
|Starting WR1||Allen Robinson||vs Green Bay Packers||WR6|
|Starting WR1||DeAndre Hopkins||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR7|
|Starting WR1||D.K. Metcalf||vs San Fransisco 49ers||WR8|
|Starting WR1||Adam Thielen||vs Detroit Lions||WR9|
|High WR2||Brandin Cooks||vs Tennessee Titans||WR10|
|High WR2||Mike Evans||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR11|
|Starting WR2||Jarvis Landry||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR12|
|Starting WR2||Jamison Crowder||vs New England Patriots||WR13|
|Starting WR2||Antonio Brown||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR14|
|Starting WR2||T.Y. Hilton||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR15|
|Starting WR2||Corey Davis||vs Houston Texans||WR16|
|Starting WR2||CeeDee Lamb||vs New York Giants||WR17|
|Starting WR2||Terry McLaurin*||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR18|
|Low WR2||D.J. Moore||vs New Orleans Saints||WR19|
|Low WR2||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown||vs Cincinatti Bengals||WR20|
|Low WR2||Amari Cooper||vs New York Giants||WR21|
|Flex||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR22|
|Flex||Diontae Johnson||vs Cleveland Browns||WR23|
|Flex||Chris Godwin||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR24|
|Flex||Michael Gallup||vs New York Giants||WR25|
|Flex||Curtis Samuel||vs New Orleans Saints||WR26|
|Flex||Sterling Shepard||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR27|
|Flex||Russell Gage||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR28|
|Flex||Robert Woods||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR29|
|Flex||Nelson Agholor||vs Denver Broncos||WR30|
|Flex||Robby Anderson||vs New Orleans Saints||WR31|
|Flex||Devante Parker*||vs Buffalo Bills||WR32|
|Deep League Flex||Rashard Higgins||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR33|
|Deep League Flex||Tim Patrick||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR34|
|Deep League Flex||Emmanuel Sanders||vs Carolina Panthers||WR35|
|Deep League Flex||Tee Higgins||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR36|
|Deep League Flex||JuJu Smith-Schuster||vs Cleveland Browns||WR37|
|Deep League Flex||Mecole Hardman||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR38|
|Deep League Flex||Jerry Jeudy||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR39|
|Deep League Flex||Keke Coutee||vs Tennessee Titans||WR40|
|Deep League Flex||Tyler Boyd*||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR41|
|Deep League Flex||Hunter Renfrow||vs Denver Broncos||WR42|
|Deep League Flex||Zach Pascal||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR43|
|Deep League Flex||Mike Williams||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR44|
|Deep League Flex||Laviska Shenault Jr.||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR45|
|Deep League Flex||John Brown||vs Miami Dolphins||WR46|
|Deep League Flex||Chase Claypool||vs Cleveland Browns||WR47|
|Deep League Flex||Jakobi Meyers||vs New York Jets||WR48|
|Upside Player||Van Jefferson||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR49|
|Upside Player||Henry Ruggs||vs Denver Broncos||WR50|
|Upside Player||Tyler Lockett||vs San Fransisco 49ers||WR51|
|Upside Player||Cam Sims||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR52|
|Upside Player||Dez Bryant||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR53|
|Upside Player||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR54|
|Upside Player||Josh Reynolds||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR55|
|Upside Player||Richie James Jr.||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR56|
|Upside Player||Denzel Mims||vs New England Patriots||WR57|
|Upside Player||Demarcus Robinson||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR58|
|Upside Player||Jalen Reagor||vs Washington Football Team||WR59|
|Upside Player||Darnell Mooney||vs Green Bay Packers||WR60|
|Upside Player||Breshad Perriman||vs New England Patriots||WR61|
|Upside Player||Damiere Byrd||vs New York Jets||WR62|
|Leave on the Bench||Jalen Guyton||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR63|
|Leave on the Bench||Marquez Callaway||vs Carolina Panthers||WR64|
|Leave on the Bench||Greg Ward||vs Washington Football Team||WR65|
|Leave on the Bench||Chad Hansen||vs Tennessee Titans||WR66|
|Leave on the Bench||Keelan Cole Sr.||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR67|
|Leave on the Bench||Allen Lazard||vs Chicago Bears||WR68|
|Leave on the Bench||Kendrick Bourne||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR69|
|Leave on the Bench||Andy Isabella||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR70|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyron Johnson||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR71|
|Leave on the Bench||A.J. Green||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR72|
|Leave on the Bench||Darius Slayton||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||Lynn Bowden Jr.||vs Buffalo Bills||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Gabriel Davis||vs Miami Dolphins||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||vs Chicago Bears||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||James Washington||vs Cleveland Browns||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Alshon Jeffery||vs Washington Football Team||WR78|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
WR18 Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team was without Terry McLaurin last week because of a high ankle sprain. In a division-clinching game, Washington would like to have their number one receiver play in some capacity. If McLaurin misses this week as well, Cam Sims bumps up to WR48 between Jakobi Meyers and Van Jefferson.
WR32 Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Devante Parker has missed the past two weeks with a hamstring injury. The Dolphins need to win this week in order to get into the playoffs and Parker would play a huge role in that. If Parker cannot play Lynn Bowden Jr. will move up to WR54 between Michael Pittman Jr. and Josh Reynolds.
WR41 Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Last week the Cincinnati Bengals were without Tyler Boyd because of a concussion. It is very likely that Boyd returns this week because the Bengals have taken away his injury designation. However, if Boyd was to miss this week, A.J. Green would bump up to WR45 between Laviska Shenault Jr. and John Brown.