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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers for Week 14

Justin Jefferson is poised for an even larger role with Adam Thielen sidelined for the Minnesota Vikings.

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It almost feels like the world is coming back to some normalcy with Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp, and Tyreek Hill all available this week at the wide receiver position. Adams is returning from a bye week with the Green Bay Packers and should continue being the focal point of the passing game as he’s always had it toe good with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback.

Jefferson has been unstoppable for the Minnesota Vikings in recent weeks and now could have an even bigger red target on his chest with Adam Thielen sidelined with a sprained ankle. What other wide receivers am I liking in the upcoming week of action across the NFL? Keep reading below to see who my top 50 wideouts are in Week 14 and small tidbits of why each of them could succeed this week.

WR Rankings Week 14

1 Cooper Kupp LAR @ ARI It's hard to remove Kupp from WR1 status as he could be in a shootout against an ARI defense that's allowed the 5th most TDs (14) to WRs this season.
2 Davante Adams GB vs. CHI Adams comes out of the bye week to face a CHI defense that he's familiar with and that has also given up 14 TDs to WRs. Not a single WR has a higher target share (32.1%) than Adams.
3 Justin Jefferson MIN vs. PIT Thielen is out for MIN, giving Jefferson even more targets to soak in. Jefferson has 44 targets in past 4 weeks, resulting in 32 receptions, 577 yards, and 3 TDs.
4 Tyreek Hill KC vs. LV Hill always thrives against LV as he had 7 catches, 83 yards, and 2 TDs vs. LV in Week 10. Perfect get-right week for KC's offense.
5 Diontae Johnson PIT @ MIN As long as he stays healthy in games, Johnson is almost guaranteed to get 10+ targets. MIN's defense has allowed the 2nd most points per game to WRs this season.
6 Stefon Diggs BUF @ TB Way to beat TB is through the air, which bodes well for BUF. Diggs had 5 TDs from Weeks 8-12 before playing in the ugly game against NE in Week 13.
7 CeeDee Lamb DAL @ WAS WAS's defense has been better to WRs in recent weeks, but they still give up the 3rd most points to the position. Lamb led DAL with 13 targets in his return in Week 13 and should be busy against WAS.
8 Chris Godwin TB vs. BUF Godwin corraled 15 passes for 143 yards on 17 targets in Week 13. Should be target often again out of the slot against BUF in what is expected to be the highest-scoring game of the slate.
9 D.K. Metcalf SEA @ HOU If SEA's passing offense is going to get right, it will be this week against HOU. Metcalf has been quiet in recent weeks as Wilson has looked out of sorts since returning.
10 Keenan Allen LAC vs. NYG Allen is always going to have a safe floor and we saw last week that once he finds the end zone more, he'll be even more productive. Has a chance to have another notable outing against a NYG defense that's surrendered the 4th most points to WRs in past 4 weeks.
11 Mike Evans TB vs. BUF Always a threat to score a TD and plays in game with highest projected total. Has the second-highest target share (16.7%) in the red zone behind only Godwin.
12 Ja'Marr Chase CIN vs. SF SF is dealing with multiple injuries in the secondary and this feels like a week where Chase bounces back. Chase has scored 1 TD in past 5 games, but SF is tied for the 2nd most TDs (4) to WRs in past 4 weeks.
13 Marquise Brown BAL @ CLE BAL and CLE seem to be higher scoring than expected in recent years, giving Lamar and BAL's offense a chance to their recent woes behind them. Brown has seen 56 targets in his past 5 games so the volume is definitely there.
14 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL @ CAR sF is dealing with multiple injuries in the secondary and this feels like a week where Chase bounces back. Chase has scored 1 TD in past 5 games, but SF is tied for the 2nd most TDs (4) to WRs in past 4 weeks.
15 Terry McLaurin WAS vs. DAL McLaurin has been quiet in the past 2 weeks, hauling in a combined seven receptions for 73 yards and zero TDs on 12 targets. DAL's defense surrenders the 5th most yards to WRs so McLaurin could be more involved, especially with Logan Thomas sidelined again.
16 D.J. Moore CAR vs. ATL Moore is primed to bounce back coming out of the bye week against ATL's putrid pass defense. ATL allows the 6th most points per game to WRs and Moore has the 5th highest target share 28.4% among WRs.
17 DeAndre Hopkins ARI vs. LAR Hopkins was limited in his return in Week 12 but still managed to catch a TD from Kyler. Is involved in the 2nd highest projected total game of the week against the LAR and Jalen Ramsey likely won't shadow him.
18 Tyler Lockett SEA @ HOU Similar to Metcalf, Lockett is in a perfect spot to explode against HOU's below average defense. Lockett has been more productive than Metcalf in the past monthn despite seeing 2 fewer targets but this feels like an explosive week for Metcalf.
19 Tee Higgins CIN vs. SF Higgins has come on as of late with 15 receptions, 252 yards, and 2 TDs in the past 2 games. SF's secondary is ailing with injuries and they may be focused on slowing down Chase.
20 Mike Williams LAC vs. NYG The LAC are beginning to push the ball down the field more again, which opens up more opportunites for Williams. The NYG's defense has allowed the 4th most points to WRs in the past 4 weeks.
21 Amari Cooper DAL @ WAS Cooper is still working his way back following a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Could see his snaps increase against a WAS defense that has given up the 6th most yards to the position this season.
22 Hunter Renfrow LV @ KC Renfrow continues to be Carr's security blanket and could see an uptick in usage if Waller is out again. Has caught 17 of his 19 targets for 236 yards in past 2 weeks and will be needed to keep up with KC's offense.
23 Elijah Moore NYJ vs. NO Moore has been one of the best producers in fantasy football recently and that should remain the same with Davis headed to injured reserve. Wilson limits his ceiling a bit but NO's defense permits the 5th most points per game to WRs.
24 Brandon Aiyuk SF @ CIN Aiyuk could be busy again if Samuel is out for SF. If Samuel is in, then Aiyuk moves back a bit in my rankings. But if Samuel is out, then Aiyuk becomes the No. 2 option through the air for SF behind Kittle.
25 Brandin Cooks HOU vs. SEA Mills appears to be the starter again for HOU, but Cooks has a favorable matchup in Week 14 against SEA. Cooks owns the 6th highest target share (27.4%) at WR and is the only player on HOU worth using right now.
26 Darnell Mooney CHI @ GB Mooney should continue operating as the No. 1 WR for CHI if Robinson remains out this week. GB has been strong against WRs but CHI could be playing from behind, giving us garbage time points.
27 Chase Claypool PIT @ MIN Claypool is extremely volatile, especially with Johnson commanding the lion's share of the targets in PIT. Hasn't caught a TD since Week 5 and hasn't caught more than 5 passes since Week 3.
28 Odell Beckham Jr. LAR @ ARI The LAR clearly want to get OBJ involved more with Woods sidelined. While Kupp demands a ton of targets, Beckham could be used more if ARI centers their attention on containing Kupp.
29 Jerry Jeudy DEN vs. DET Jeudy doesn't have a TD this season yet, but the opportunity is there in Week 14 against DET. Hard to trust Bridgewater at QB, which limits Jeudy's ceiling, but if there's a week to trust him, it's this week.
30 Jarvis Landry CLE vs. BAL Landry always seem to have success against BAL and Humphrey is now out for BAL. BAL is thin at QB and could sell out to stop the run against CLE's run-heavy offensive attack.
31 Michael Gallup DAL @ WAS DAL could attack WAS's defense through the air, giving Lamb, Cooper, and Gallup plenty of chances to thrive. Gallup caught a TD in Week 13 and could see more usage if Cooper remains limited by DAL upon his return from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
32 Van Jefferson LAR @ ARI Jefferson continues to see his role grow with the LAR as he's seen 6+ targets in 6 straight games. He's also scored a TD in back-to-back weeks and is in the 2nd highest projected total game on Monday Night Football.
33 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC @ TEN Jones has been quiet over the past month or so, but TEN's defense gives up the most points per game to WRs. JAC usually plays from behind so the opportunites should be there for Jones this week.
34 Christian Kirk ARI vs. LAR Kirk has been one of the pleasant surprises to some this season as he leads ARI in receptions (50) and receiving yards (632). Takes a step back with the return of Hopkins but is always capable of scoring a long TD.
35 Russell Gage ATL @ CAR Gage had his best outing in Week 13 with 11 receptions for 130 yards against TB and faces a CAR defense that has gotten worse in recent weeks. Gage should be the No. 2 or No. 3 option in an ATL offense that leans on their passing game.
36 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB vs. CHI MVS is one of the biggest hit-or-miss WRs in fantasy football but has seen 19 targets in past 2 games. Could very well haul in a long TD from Rodgers against CHI's defense.
37 Emmanuel Sanders BUF @ TB Perfect get-right spot for BUF WRs as TB's defense is a pass-funneling group. Sanders has seen his usage decline in recent weeks but could be used often to keep up with TB's offense.
38 Courtland Sutton DEN vs. DET Sutton has been massively disappointing this season and he's seen his target share dip with Jeudy back on the field. If there's a week where Sutton is going to catch one of his notorious 50/50 TDs, it's this week against DET.
39 K.J. Osborn MIN vs. PIT Osborn should be the No. 2 WR for MIN with Thielen sidelined with an ankle ailment. If you told me that Osborn was locked into 7-10 targets and RZ usage, then I'd have him higher. But I expect MIN to use a variety of other guys to fill Thielen's absence.
40 Cole Beasley BUF @ TB Beasley does his damage out of the slot and can have high usage games, but his ceiling isn't exactly high. Hasn't seen more than 5 targets in 4 straight weeks and with Knox back, it's hard to expect Beasley to have a ceiling game.
41 Laquon Treadwell JAC @ TEN Treadwell has emerged as a viable fill-in at WR for JAC as he's caught 8 of his 13 targets for 115 yards in the past 2 games. As previously mentioned, TEN's defense is pretty, pretty bad.
42 Josh Reynolds DET @ DEN DET is always playing from behind and Reynolds has familiarity with Goff. While Brown is going to see more attention, Reynolds has the higher ceiling due to his downfield usage.
43 Tre'Quan Smith NO @ NYJ Harris is suspended for NO, making Smith the de facto No. 1 WR moving forward. Smith has received 5+ targets in 4 straight weeks and could be used more regardless of who plays QB in Week 14.
44 Tyler Boyd CIN vs. SF Boyd doesn't have a massive ceiling as long as Chase and Higgins are healthy for CIN. Has corraled 5+ passes in just 3 of his last 8 games. which doesn't make him a safe option in PPR leagues.
45 Jamison Crowder NYJ vs. NO Davis is out for the NYJ and NO's defense is surprisingly bad against WRs this season. Crowder should be used often out of the slot moving forward as Wilson will want to finish his rookie season strong.
46 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET @ DEN St. Brown helped DET secure their 1st win with 10 receptions for 86 yards and the game-winning TD in Week 13. Should be targeted often again with DET likely playing from behind.
47 Tim Patrick DEN vs. DET Patrick has been a reliable option for DEN but it's tough to trust him with Bridgewater under center. Does have a nice matchup against DET but gets used less than Jeudy and Sutton.
48 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN vs. JAC It remains to be seen if Julio is officially active for TEN. If he's out, then Nick Westbrook-Ikhine is the de facto No. 1 WR for TEN against the No. 32 pass DVOA defense of JAC.
49 Marquez Callaway NO @ NYJ Callaway should also see an increase in his role with Harris suspended for NO. Minshew and PHI's offense just aired it out on the NYJ so there's no reason why NO can't.
50 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE vs. BAL BAL's defense is extremely thin in the secondary with Humphrey now out for the season. Peoples-Jones is the vertical threat in CLE's offense and could find himself open deep against BAL's man-heavy defense.