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Week 16 Wide Receiver Rankings

Whether you are in the championship or semi-finals this week, starting the right players is a must to win. Robert helps make your decision easier with his WR rankings below.

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If you are still looking at these rankings, that means you are either still alive in the fantasy playoffs, whether that be the championship or semi-finals match.  Last week was no different than the weeks preceding it with a couple of the stud receivers putting up mediocre numbers, potentially harming your chances at a championship.  Jordy Nelson, and A.J. Green put up pedestrian numbers, the former because of drops, and the latter because of gameflow.  I wouldn't worry about either of these two guys this week as I expect a full rebound.  The Thursday night game doesn't have any receiver who is highly ranked, but the Monday night game is completely different story with Denver playing against the Bengals.  Even if you are down by 20, there is still a chance if you own one of the top three receivers in the Monday night game.  As my rankings have gone all year, you start the guy who is ranked the highest.

With that, lets get into my top 50 WR rankings, with some commentary on guys that I feel standout by where I have them ranked.

Jeremy Maclin - The Eagles play the Redskins this week, and guess what, you start your receivers that are playing against Washington.  Beckham Jr. torched them last week, and this is something that has been happening to Washington every week.  Start Maclin with confidence, and watch as he goes for at least 100 yards and a score.

DeAndre Hopkins - Even with his top two QB's on the IR, and Tom Savage already ruled out for this Sunday's game, I believe that Case Keenum can get the job done.  Keenum showed last year that he is able to get the ball out to his receivers down the field.  In what is a terrific matchup against the Ravens, I am not shying away from Hopkins, and would start him as my WR2 or FLEX.

Baltimore Ravens Receivers - One of the two Smith's will have a great game against Houston, but which one will it be?  The way Joe Flacco has been throwing the ball has given me no indication as to which one has the better game.  I have Steve ranked one spot ahead of Torrey, and that is only because Torrey is still coming back from that knee injury two weeks ago.

Josh Gordon - Johnny Manziel was exposed last Sunday against the Bengals.  Marvin Lewis did a great job of showing how he can be stopped, and that is terrible news for Josh Gordon owners.  Manziel is a good enough QB that he will learn how to play the position in a way that doesn't result in games like last Sunday's, but I think that won't be until next year.  Gordon still has upside potential in his game by breaking one 80 yard catch, but the downside is also one catch for 5 yards.  Use him if you feel you need a complete upside play, and stay away if you are trying to minimize risk.

Nate Washington - Over the last five weeks, he has been averaging just over 9 fantasy points a game.  With Justin Hunter on the IR, and Kendall Wright possibly still siting out another week, Washington is the number one receiver in Tennessee.  The Jaguars defense has been playing much better as of late, and because of that, Washington slots in at #33, instead of the mid 20's like he would have with a better matchup.

Malcom Floyd - Keenan Allen has a broken collarbone, which means he is most likely done for the season.  Because of that injury, it would be presumed that Floyd would have the most to gain from this, but I don't believe that is true.  Antonio Gates is going to get more targets I think, with Floyd maybe getting one or two more passes his way.  You can pencil Floyd in for 4 catches this week, with about 60 yards, and an okay chance at a TD.

Dwayne Bowe - I ranked Bowe number 50 this week, but for some odd reason I feel as though he is going to score a TD this week against the Steelers.  The likelihood of this happening is about slim-to-none, and that is why he is this far down in the rankings.  I think the Steelers secondary is bad, and that is where this feeling of a TD for Bowe occurs.  Even with a TD, Bowe would still struggle to get to double digit fantasy points, and that is just kind of sad from the top receiver of a potential playoff team.

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers Chiefs
2 Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos Bengals
3 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Bears
4 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers Buccaneers
5 Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons Saints
6 Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears Lions
7 Jeremy Maclin Philadelphia Eagles Redskins
8 Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants Rams
9 Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers Buccaneers
10 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals Broncos
11 Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys Colts
12 T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis Colts Cowboys
13 Mike Evans Tampa Bay Buccaneers Packers
14 Emmanuel Sanders Denver Broncos Bengals
15 Julian Edelman New England Patriots Jets
16 Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers Browns
17 Roddy White Atlanta Falcons Saints
18 Golden Tate Detroit Lions Bears
19 DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Ravens
20 DeSean Jackson Washington Redskins Eagles
21 Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles Redskins
22 Brandon LaFell New England Patriots Jets
23 Jarvis Landry Miami Dolphins Vikings
24 Mike Wallace Miami Dolphins Vikings
25 Kenny Stills New Orleans Saints Falcons
26 Charles Johnson Minnesota Vikings Dolphins
27 Steve Smith Baltimore Ravens Texans
28 Torrey Smith Baltimore Ravens Texans
29 Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Packers
30 Sammy Watkins Buffalo Bills Raiders
31 Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns Panthers
32 Eric Decker New York Jets Patriots
33 Nate Washington Tennessee Titans Jaguars
34 Marques Colston New Orleans Saints Falcons
35 Allen Hurns Jacksonville Jaguars Titans
36 Martavis Bryant Pittsburgh Steelers Chiefs
37 Stedman Bailey St. Louis Rams Giants
38 Malcom Floyd San Diego Chargers 49ers
39 Andre Johnson Houston Texans Ravens
40 Anquan Boldin San Francisco 49ers Chargers
41 Doug Baldwin Seattle Seahawks Cardinals
42 Pierre Garcon Washington Redskins Eagles
43 Kenny Britt St. Louis Rams Giants
44 James Jones Oakland Raiders Bills
45 Robert Woods Buffalo Bills Raiders
46 Percy Harvin New York Jets Patriots
47 Greg Jennings Minnesota Vikings Dolphins
48 Michael Floyd Arizona Cardinals Seahawks
49 Donte Moncrief Indianapolis Colts Cowboys
50 Dwayne Bowe Kansas City Chiefs Steelers