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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 17

Jamison Crowder

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 StartDavante Adamsvs Chicago BearsWR1
Must StartStefon Diggsvs Miami DolphinsWR2
Starting WR1Justin Jeffersonvs Detroit LionsWR3
Starting WR1Calvin Ridleyvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR4
Starting WR1A.J. Brownvs Houston TexansWR5
Starting WR1Allen Robinsonvs Green Bay PackersWR6
Starting WR1DeAndre Hopkinsvs Los Angeles RamsWR7
Starting WR1D.K. Metcalfvs San Fransisco 49ersWR8
Starting WR1Adam Thielenvs Detroit LionsWR9
High WR2Brandin Cooksvs Tennessee TitansWR10
High WR2Mike Evansvs Atlanta FalconsWR11
Starting WR2Jarvis Landryvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR12
Starting WR2Jamison Crowdervs New England PatriotsWR13
Starting WR2Antonio Brown vs Atlanta FalconsWR14
Starting WR2T.Y. Hiltonvs Jacksonville JaguarsWR15
Starting WR2Corey Davisvs Houston TexansWR16
Starting WR2CeeDee Lambvs New York GiantsWR17
Starting WR2Terry McLaurin*vs Philadelphia EaglesWR18
Low WR2D.J. Moorevs New Orleans SaintsWR19
Low WR2Marquise “Hollywood” Brownvs Cincinatti BengalsWR20
Low WR2Amari Coopervs New York GiantsWR21
FlexMarvin Jones Jr.vs Minnesota VikingsWR22
FlexDiontae Johnsonvs Cleveland BrownsWR23
FlexChris Godwinvs Atlanta FalconsWR24
FlexMichael Gallupvs New York GiantsWR25
FlexCurtis Samuelvs New Orleans SaintsWR26
FlexSterling Shepardvs Dallas CowboysWR27
FlexRussell Gagevs Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR28
FlexRobert Woodsvs Arizona CardinalsWR29
FlexNelson Agholorvs Denver BroncosWR30
FlexRobby Andersonvs New Orleans SaintsWR31
FlexDevante Parker*vs Buffalo BillsWR32
Deep League FlexRashard Higginsvs Pittsburgh SteelersWR33
Deep League FlexTim Patrickvs Las Vegas RaidersWR34
Deep League FlexEmmanuel Sandersvs Carolina PanthersWR35
Deep League FlexTee Higginsvs Baltimore RavensWR36
Deep League FlexJuJu Smith-Schustervs Cleveland BrownsWR37
Deep League FlexMecole Hardmanvs Los Angeles ChargersWR38
Deep League FlexJerry Jeudyvs Las Vegas RaidersWR39
Deep League FlexKeke Couteevs Tennessee TitansWR40
Deep League FlexTyler Boyd*vs Baltimore RavensWR41
Deep League FlexHunter Renfrowvs Denver BroncosWR42
Deep League FlexZach Pascalvs Jacksonville JaguarsWR43
Deep League FlexMike Williamsvs Kansas City ChiefsWR44
Deep League FlexLaviska Shenault Jr.vs Indianapolis ColtsWR45
Deep League FlexJohn Brownvs Miami DolphinsWR46
Deep League FlexChase Claypoolvs Cleveland BrownsWR47
Deep League FlexJakobi Meyersvs New York JetsWR48
Upside PlayerVan Jeffersonvs Arizona CardinalsWR49
Upside PlayerHenry Ruggsvs Denver BroncosWR50
Upside PlayerTyler Lockettvs San Fransisco 49ersWR51
Upside PlayerCam Simsvs Philadelphia EaglesWR52
Upside PlayerDez Bryantvs Cincinnati BengalsWR53
Upside PlayerMichael Pittman Jr.vs Jacksonville JaguarsWR54
Upside PlayerJosh Reynoldsvs Arizona CardinalsWR55
Upside PlayerRichie James Jr.vs Seattle SeahawksWR56
Upside PlayerDenzel Mimsvs New England PatriotsWR57
Upside PlayerDemarcus Robinsonvs Los Angeles ChargersWR58
Upside PlayerJalen Reagorvs Washington Football TeamWR59
Upside PlayerDarnell Mooneyvs Green Bay PackersWR60
Upside PlayerBreshad Perrimanvs New England PatriotsWR61
Upside PlayerDamiere Byrdvs New York JetsWR62
Leave on the BenchJalen Guytonvs Kansas City ChiefsWR63
Leave on the BenchMarquez Callawayvs Carolina PanthersWR64
Leave on the BenchGreg Wardvs Washington Football TeamWR65
Leave on the BenchChad Hansenvs Tennessee TitansWR66
Leave on the BenchKeelan Cole Sr.vs Indianapolis ColtsWR67
Leave on the BenchAllen Lazardvs Chicago BearsWR68
Leave on the BenchKendrick Bournevs Seattle SeahawksWR69
Leave on the BenchAndy Isabellavs Los Angeles RamsWR70
Leave on the BenchTyron Johnsonvs Kansas City ChiefsWR71
Leave on the BenchA.J. Greenvs Baltimore RavensWR72
Leave on the BenchDarius Slaytonvs Dallas CowboysWR73
Leave on the BenchLynn Bowden Jr.vs Buffalo BillsWR74
Leave on the BenchGabriel Davisvs Miami DolphinsWR75
Leave on the BenchMarquez Valdes-Scantlingvs Chicago BearsWR76
Leave on the BenchJames Washingtonvs Cleveland BrownsWR77
Leave on the BenchAlshon Jefferyvs Washington Football TeamWR78

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.

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