Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. WRs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.
|* - notable players with increased PPR value|
- There is a special bump for top-10 TEs who have had their byes with eight games remaining to everyone else's seven. For everyone else who has had bye, you should definitely be streaming from week-to-week anyway.
- Denoting PPR value is mainly for deciding your flex spots where a TE is a legitimate option in your deeper PPR leagues. Otherwise, it is very difficult to justify a TE as a flex. Martellus Bennett or Travis Kelce may be the cut-off spot in 12-team leagues.
- Be careful with these ranks. The position is a total mess after the #9 spot. Because Jimmy Graham is TE11, making him a legit #1 TE, but near the spot in the rankings where we are likely better off plugging in whomever is playing the Raiders. After Bennett, we may be better off streaming whomever is playing the Giants, Lions, 49ers, Seahawks, or Chargers.
- Before Gates shows he is healthy, I fear re-injury too much. Once he shows he is healthy with a strong game, he returns to the top-3. TE6 through TE10 is a real jumble, so the gap between him and Benjamin Watson right now, despite this fear, is almost immeasurable.
- If Graham and Travis Kelce out of the top-10 seems blasphemous, I thought I was being charitable, considering their lack of upside. The volume goes up and then it disappears. The nine ahead of them are more dependable. Kelce has great bounce-back potential, but Jeremy Maclin is taking volume away and Alex Smith is so blah. Graham is just a victim of a passing attack that never devotes itself to getting the ball to anyone but Marshawn Lynch.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins was not ranked because his status is too unclear. He is probably worth rostering in 12-team leagues again to speculate. If he returns for Week 10, his upside alone puts him in the top-12, but he is very risky from week-to-week. With no Vincent Jackson, I like him in the top-10 over Graham and Kelce, honestly. Big play potential for a competent #2 target from a team that has to throw.
- As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom.
- Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.