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. This time of year COVID-19 is running rampant which makes it important to have backup options on your fantasy roster. On top of that 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 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||Cooper Kupp||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR1|
|Must Start||Davante Adams||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR2|
|Must Start||Justin Jefferson||vs Chicago Bears||WR3|
|Must Start||Deebo Samuel||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR4|
|Starting WR1||Chris Godwin||vs New Orleans Saints||WR5|
|Starting WR1||Keenan Allen||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR6|
|Starting WR1||Diontae Johnson||vs Tennessee Titans||WR7|
|Starting WR1||Stefon Diggs||vs Carolina Panthers||WR8|
|Starting WR1||Tyreek Hill||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR9|
|High WR2||CeeDee Lamb||vs New York Giants||WR10|
|High WR2||Tyler Lockett*||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR11|
|High WR2||Jaylen Waddle*||vs New York Jets||WR12|
|High WR2||Ja’Marr Chase||vs Denver Broncos||WR13|
|Starting WR2||Hunter Renfrow||vs Cleveland Browns||WR14|
|Starting WR2||Brandin Cooks||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR15|
|Starting WR2||D.K. Metcalf*||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR16|
|Starting WR2||Tee Higgins||vs Denver Broncos||WR17|
|Starting WR2||Mike Evans||vs New Orleans Saints||WR18|
|Low WR2||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR19|
|Low WR2||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown||vs Green Bay Packers||WR20|
|Low WR2||Odell Beckham Jr.*||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR21|
|Low WR2||Devante Parker||vs New York Jets||WR22|
|Low WR2||Christian Kirk||vs Detriot Lions||WR23|
|Flex||Chase Claypool||vs Tennessee Titans||WR24|
|Flex||Amari Cooper||vs New York Giants||WR25|
|Flex||D.J. Moore*||vs Buffalo Bills||WR26|
|Flex||Adam Theilen*||vs Chicago Bears||WR27|
|Flex||Darnell Mooney||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR28|
|Flex||Michael Gallup||vs New York Giants||WR29|
|Flex||Jarvis Landry*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR30|
|Flex||Russell Gage||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR31|
|Flex||A.J. Green||vs Detroit Lions||WR32|
|Flex||Van Jefferson||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR33|
|Flex||Mike Williams||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR34|
|Flex||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs New England Patriots||WR35|
|Flex||Terry McLaurin*||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR36|
|Flex||Amon-Ra St. Brown||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR37|
|Flex||Jamison Crowder||vs Miami Dolphins||WR38|
|Flex||Kendrick Bourne||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR39|
|Flex||Sterling Shepard||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR40|
|Deep League Flex||Cole Beasley||vs Buffalo Bills||WR41|
|Deep League Flex||Julio Jones||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR42|
|Deep League Flex||Allen Robinson||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR43|
|Deep League Flex||DeVonta Smith||vs Washington Football Team||WR44|
|Deep League Flex||Jerry Jeudy||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR45|
|Upside Play||K.J. Osborn||vs Chicago Bears||WR46|
|Upside Play||Jakobi Meyers||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR47|
|Upside Play||Donovan Peoples-Jones||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR48|
|Upside Play||Gabriel Davis||vs Carolina Panthers||WR49|
|Upside Play||Marquez Valdes-Scantling*||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR50|
|Upside Play||Laquon Treadwell||vs Houston Texans||WR51|
|Upside Play||Josh Reynolds||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR52|
|Upside Play||Allen Lazard||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR53|
|Upside Play||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Houston Texans||WR54|
|Upside Play||Rondale Moore||vs Detriot Lions||WR55|
|Upside Play||Tre’Quan Smith||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR56|
|Upside Play||Tyler Boyd||vs Denver Broncos||WR57|
|Upside Play||Laviska Shenault Jr.||vs Houston Texans||WR58|
|Upside Play||Keelan Cole||vs Miami Dolphins||WR59|
|Upside Play||Rashod Bateman||vs Green Bay Packers||WR60|
|Upside Play||Tim Patrick||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR61|
|Upside Play||Braxton Berrios||vs Miami Dolphins||WR62|
|Upside Play||Albert Wilson||vs New York Jets||WR63|
|Upside Play||Nico Collins||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR64|
|Upside Play||Courtland Sutton||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR65|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenny Golladay||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR66|
|Leave on the Bench||Robby Anderson||vs Buffalo Bills||WR67|
|Leave on the Bench||Nelson Agholor||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR68|
|Leave on the Bench||Zay Jones||vs Cleveland Browns||WR69|
|Leave on the Bench||Nick Westbrook-Ihkine||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR70|
|Leave on the Bench||Marquez Callaway||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR71|
|Leave on the Bench||Ray-Ray McCloud||vs Tennessee Titans||WR72|
|Leave on the Bench||Jalen Guyton||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||Kalif Raymond||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||T.Y. Hilton||vs New England Patriots||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||DeAndre Carter||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||Bryan Edwards||vs Cleveland Browns||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Quez Watkins||vs Washington Football Team||WR78|
|Leave on the Bench||Curtis Samuel||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR79|
|Leave on the Bench||Joshua Palmer||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR80|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
Seattle Seahawks Wide Receivers: WR11 Tyler Lockett & WR16 D.K. Metcalf
D.K. Metcalf misses practice Wednesday with both a foot and back injury. The foot injury has been a lingering injury while this back injury is new. Tyler Lockett was added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday. If both were to miss this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams then Dee Eskridge would become the WR37 between Jamison Crowder and Kendrick Bourne. Freddie Swaim would join the list at WR64 between Nico Collins and Courtland Sutton.
If Lockett was to miss this game and Metcalf was to be active then Metcalf would retain his WR16 slot. Dwayne Eskridge would then move up to WR54 between Marvin Jones Jr. and Rondale Moore. Freddie Swaim would them become the WR76 between T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Carter.
If Metcalf was to miss this week’s game and Lockett was to be active against the Los Angles Rams then Tyler Lockett would stay at his WR11 slot, Dee Eskridge would join the list at WR65 between Nico Collins and Courtland Sutton, and Freddie Swain would become the WR76 between T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Carter.
WR12 Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
On Thursday the Miami Dolphins placed Jaylen Waddle on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If he was to miss this week’s game against the New York Jets then DeVante Parker would move up to WR15 between Brandin Cooks and D.K. Metcalf. Albert Wilson would move up to WR52 between Laquon Treadwell and Josh Reynolds. Mack Hollins would take over Wilson’s spot at WR63.
WR21 Odell Beckham Jr., Los Angeles Rams
Odell Beckham Jr. has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks then Van Jefferson would move up to WR24 between Chase Claypool and Amari Cooper. Ben Skowronek would become Los Angeles’ third wide receiver and a bold DFS play this week.
WR26 D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
D.J. Moore was limited in practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Buffalo Bills then Robby Anderson would move up to WR56 between Rondale Moore and Tre’Quan Smith. Terrace Marshall Jr. would become a bold DFS play this week if Moore was to miss this game.
WR30 Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
Jarvis Landry is one of the eleven starters for the Cleveland Browns to land on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If Landry is to miss this weekend’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders then Donovan Peoples-Jones would move up to WR46 between Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Osborn. After Peoples-Jones Rashad Higgins would be Cleveland’s next receiver on the depth chart because Anthony Schwartz is dealing with a concussion.
WR27 Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Adam Thielen missed last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a high-ankle sprain. He could come back this week against the Chicago Bears. However, it would be risky to bank on a Thielen return because he is playing on Monday night. The only way to be confident about potentially playing Thielen tonight in your playoff matchup is if you have another wide receiver on your roster that will play in this game. If Thielen was to miss Monday’s game then K.J. Osborn would move up to WR36 between Terry McLaurin and Jamison Crowder.
WR36 Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team
Terry McLaurin left last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys early because of a concussion. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles DeAndre Carter would move up to WR67 between Robby Anderson and Nelson Agholor. Curtis Samuel also moves up to WR72 between Marquez Callaway and Ray-Ray McCloud. Cam Sims would be an interesting name to watch if he is activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
WR50 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
Marquez Valdes-Scantling was limited in practice Wednesday with a back injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens then Allen Lazard would move up Valdes-Scantling’s WR50 slot.