The 2021-22 NFL season has only four weeks left. Bye weeks are over which means the fantasy playoffs have begun in most standard leagues. Now that playoffs are here it is important to have backup options on your fantasy roster because injuries are continuing to mount up. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the fantasy football Week 15 wide receiver rankings.
*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 territory.
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||Tyreek Hill||vs Buffalo Bills||WR1|
|Must Start||Ja’Marr Chase||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR2|
|Must Start||Stefon Diggs||vs Miami Dolphins||WR3|
|Must Start||Justin Jefferson||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR4|
|Must Start||Davante Adams||vs New England Patriots||WR5|
|Starting WR1||A.J. Brown||vs Chicago Bears||WR6|
|Starting WR1||D.K. Metcalf||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR7|
|Starting WR1||Amon-Ra St. Brown||vs New York Jets||WR8|
|Starting WR1||CeeDee Lamb||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR9|
|High WR2||Chris Godwin||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR10|
|High WR2||Keenan Allen||vs Tennessee Titans||WR11|
|High WR2||Garrett Wilson||vs Detroit Lions||WR12|
|High WR2||Jaylen Waddle||vs Buffalo Bills||WR13|
|High WR2||Tee Higgins*||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR14|
|Starting WR2||Terry McLaurin||vs New York Giants||WR15|
|Starting WR2||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR16|
|Starting WR2||Tyler Lockett||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR17|
|Starting WR2||Christian Kirk||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR18|
|Starting WR2||DeAndre Hopkins||vs Denver Broncos||WR19|
|Starting WR2||Chris Olave||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR20|
|Starting WR2||Mike Williams||vs Tennessee Titans||WR21|
|Low WR2||Amari Cooper*||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR22|
|Low WR2||DeVonta Smith||vs Chicago Bears||WR23|
|Low WR2||Christian Watson||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR24|
|Low WR2||JuJu Smith-Schuster||vs Houston Texans||WR25|
|Flex||Diontae Johnson||vs Carolina Panthers||WR26|
|Flex||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR27|
|Flex||Mike Evans||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR28|
|Flex||Donovan Peoples-Jones||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR29|
|Flex||Zay Jones||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR30|
|Flex||Jerry Jeudy||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR31|
|Flex||Treylon Burks*||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR32|
|Flex||Darius Slayton||vs Washington Commanders||WR33|
|Flex||Nico Collins*||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR34|
|Flex||Jakobi Meyers*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR35|
|Deep League Flex||Allen Lazard||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR36|
|Deep League Flex||Elijah Moore||vs Detroit Lions||WR37|
|Deep League Flex||Adam Thielen||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR38|
|Deep League Flex||Gabriel Davis||vs Miami Dolphins||WR39|
|Deep League Flex||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown||vs Denver Broncos||WR40|
|Deep League Flex||D.J. Moore||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR41|
|Deep League Flex||Drake London||vs New Orleans Saints||WR42|
|Deep League Flex||Michael Gallup||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR43|
|Deep League Flex||Courtland Sutton*||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR44|
|Deep League Flex||Parris Campbell||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR45|
|Deep League Flex||Joshua Palmer||vs Tennessee Titans||WR46|
|Deep League Flex||Curtis Samuel||vs New York Giants||WR47|
|Upside Play||Brandin Cooks*||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR48|
|Upside Play||Tutu Atwell||vs Green Bay Packers||WR49|
|Upside Play||Isaiah McKenzie||vs Miami Dolphins||WR50|
|Upside Play||George Pickens||vs Carolina Panthers||WR51|
|Upside Play||Van Jefferson||vs Green Bay Packers||WR52|
|Upside Play||DJ Chark||vs New York Jets||WR53|
|Upside Play||Chase Claypool*||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR54|
|Upside Play||Greg Dortch||vs Denver Broncos||WR55|
|Upside Play||Demarcus Robinson*||vs Cleveland Browns||WR56|
|Upside Play||Julio Jones*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR57|
|Upside Play||Jarvis Landry||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR58|
|Upside Play||Alec Pierce||vs Minnesota VIkings||WR59|
|Upside Play||Ben Skowronek||vs Green Bay Packers||WR60|
|Upside Play||Mack Hollins||vs New England Patriots||WR61|
|Upside Play||Rashid Shaheed||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR62|
|Upside Play||Isaiah Hodgins||vs Washinton Commanders||WR63|
|Upside Play||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||vs Houston Texans||WR64|
|Upside Play||Jahan Dotson||vs New York Giants||WR65|
|Upside Play||Nelson Agholor||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR66|
|Upside Play||Jameson Williams||vs New York Jets||WR67|
|Upside Play||Trent Sherfield||vs Buffalo Bills||WR68|
|Upside Play||Richie James*||vs Washinton Commanders||WR69|
|Upside Play||Nick Westbrook-Ihkine||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR70|
|Upside Play||Randall Cobb||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR71|
|Upside Play||Chris Moore||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR72|
|Upside Play||Devin Duvernay||vs Cleveland Browns||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||Robert Woods||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Jauan Jennings||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||Denzel Mims||vs Detroit Lions||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||K.J. Osborn||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR78|
|Leave on the Bench||Marquise Goodwin||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR79|
|Leave on the Bench||Hunter Renfrow*||vs New England Patriots||WR80|
|Leave on the Bench||Quez Watkins*||vs Chicago Bears||WR81|
|Leave on the Bench||Josh Reynolds||vs New York Jets||WR82|
|Leave on the Bench||Terrace Marshall Jr.||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR83|
|Leave on the Bench||Kadarius Toney*||vs Houston Texans||WR84|
|Leave on the Bench||Laviska Shenault Jr.||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR85|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
WR14 Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
Tee Higgins missed a majority of last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice on Wednesday because of that injury. If Higgins doesn’t play this weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trenton Irwin will become the WR70 between Nick Westbrook-Ihkine and Randall Cobb.
WR22 Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns
Amari Cooper was limited in Wednesday’s practice because of a hip injury and for rest. He played with this injury last week and was expected to be on a pitch count. If Cooper misses this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens Donovan Peoples-Jones will become the WR22 between Mike Williams and DeVonta Smith. David Bell then will become the WR52 between Van Jefferson and DJ Chark.
WR32 Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans
Treylon Burks last week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a concussion. If he doesn’t play this week against the Los Angeles Chargers Nick Westbrook-Ihkine moves up to WR47 between Curtis Samuel and Brandin Cooks. Robert Woods becomes the WR68 between Jameson Williams and Trent Sherfield.
Houston Texans Wide Receivers: WR34 Nico Collins & WR48 Brandin Cooks
Nico Collins missed last week’s game with a foot injury. Brandin Cooks missed the past two games with a calf injury. Collins missed practice Wednesday due to his injury. Cooks also missed practice on Wednesday because of his calf injury. If they both are inactive for this week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys Chris Moore becomes the WR35 between Jakobi Meyers and Allen Lazard.
If Collins is inactive but Cooks is active Cooks moves up to WR35 between Jakobi Meyers and Allen Lazard. Moore becomes the WR52 between Van Jefferson and DJ Chark.
If Cooks is inactive but Collins is active Moore becomes the WR52 between Van Jefferson and DJ Chark.
WR35 Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
Jakobi Meyers missed last week’s game with a concussion. Meyers was limited in practice on Wednesday. If Meyers cannot play this week against the Las Vegas Raiders Nelson Agholor will move up to WR36 between Allen Lazard and Elijah Moore.
WR44 Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton missed last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a hamstring injury. He was limited on Wendesday because of that injury. If Sutton doesn’t play this week against the Arizona Cardinals Brandon Johnson would be expected to be the #2 receiver for the Broncos and would be a player only considered in DFS leagues.
WR54 Chase Claypool, Chicago Bears
Chase Claypool missed Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury. If Claypool can’t play in this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles Equanimeous St. Brown would become the WR73 between Devin Duvernay and Robert Woods.
WR57 Julio Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Julio Jones missed practice on Wednesday due to a knee injury. If he can’t play this week against the Cincinnati Bengals Russell Gage will become the WR68 between Trent Sherfield and Richie James.
WR60 Richie James, New York Giants
Richie James missed practice on Wednesday with a concussion. If he misses this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles Isaiah Hodgins moves up to WR55 between Chase Claypool and Greg Dortch.
WR80 Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders
Hunter Renfrow could get activated from Injured Reserve before this week’s game against the New England Patriots. If Renfrow doesn’t play this week Mack Hollins retains his ranking.
WR81 Quez Watkins, Philadelphia Eagles
Quez Watkins was limited Wednesday in practice because of a shoulder injury. If Watkins misses this week’s game against the Chicago Bears Zach Pascal will become the WR84 between Kadarius Toney and Laviska Shenault Jr.
WR84 Kadarius Toney, Kansas City Chiefs
Kadarius Toney has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice on Wednesday because of that injury. If Toney misses this week’s game against the Denver Broncos Skyy Moore becomes the WR84 between Terrace Marshall Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr.
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