Week 16 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Michael Thomas has been one of fantasy football’s biggest disappointments this year, so it’s only fitting he’s on the IR and unavailable to his owners in the fantasy championship game. Of course, he won’t be the only star wide receiver who isn’t in our Week 16 fantasy WR PPR rankings, and those absences will just create more potential sleepers (and busts).

Because fantasy owners always obsess over matchups this time of year, they might be more worried than usual about Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf (vs. Rams), Calvin Ridley (@ Chiefs), Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and Curtis Samuel (@ Washington), Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs (@ Patriots), Corey Davis and A.J. Brown (@ Packers), and Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. Colts). Very few of those players should be sat, especially in PPR formats, as almost all receive consistently high targets (and Stephon Gilmore likely being out due to a knee injury helps Buffalo’s WRs). Claypool presents the biggest risk, but we know how high his ceiling is, too.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Marquise Brown (vs. Giants), Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate (@ Ravens), Jakobi Meyers (vs. Bills), John Brown (@ Patriots), and DJ Chark (vs. Bears) are typically borderline WR3s/flexes who have tougher than usual matchups this week. Shepard and Meyers are usually high-floor/low-ceiling WR3 plays in PPR, but you probably want slightly higher ceilings for your fantasy title games.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

If you’re looking for high-upside sleepers, Rashard Higgins (@ Jets), Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward Jr. (@ Cowboys), Lynn Bowden (@ Raiders), Sammy Watkins (vs. Falcons), and Darnell Mooney (@ Jaguars) all look good, with Higgins, Bowden, and Mooney especially standing out in PPR leagues. 

Going deeper, Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ Jets), Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman (vs. Falcons), Denzel Mims and Breshad Perriman (vs. Browns), Josh Reynolds (@ Seahawks), Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard (vs. Titans), and Chad Hansen (vs Bengals) are all decent boom-or-bust options if you’re willing to take a risk. Most are too risky — especially in PPR leagues — but Hansen has a slightly higher floor thanks to consistent targets. 

Fantasy owners will have no shortage of viable options regardless how they plan to put together a lineup, but make sure to watch the practice injury reports closely. With more teams officially out of playoff contention, we might see more receivers sitting out this week. We saw how that opened doors for guys like Tyron Johnson (vs. Broncos) and Russell Gage (@ Chiefs) last week, and there will be similar situations this week.

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR PPR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

Week 16 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues

Rank Player
1 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. ATL
2 Davante Adams, GB vs. TEN
3 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ NE
4 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. SF
5 Allen Robinson, CHI @ JAX
6 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. DEN
7 Mike Evans, TB @ DET
8 Chris Godwin, TB @ DET
9 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ ARI
10 Calvin Ridley, ATL @ KC
13 A.J. Brown, TEN @ GB
11 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ SEA
12 Robert Woods, LAR @ SEA
14 Tee Higgins, CIN @ HOU
15 DeVante Parker, MIA @ LV
16 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. CAR
17 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. PHI
18 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ NYJ
19 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ HOU
20 Adam Thielen, MIN @ NO
21 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ NO
22 Marvin Jones, DET vs. TB
23 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. LAR
24 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. CIN
25 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. LAR
26 Keke Coutee HOU vs. CIN
27 Emmanuel Sanders, NO vs. MIN
28 Antonio Brown, TB @ DET
29 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. CLE
30 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ NYJ
31 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. IND
32 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. PHI
33 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ PIT
34 D.J. Moore, CAR @ WAS
35 Corey Davis, TEN @ GB
36 Robby Anderson, CAR @ WAS
37 Russell Gage, ATL @ KC
38 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. IND
39 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ DAL
40 Sammy Watkins, KC vs. ATL
41 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ WAS
42 Cole Beasley, BUF @ NE
43 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. IND
44 Tim Patrick, DEN @ LAC
45 Lynn Bowden, MIA @ LV
46 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ JAX
47 DJ Chark, JAX vs. CHI
48 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. NYG
49 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ BAL
50 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. BUF
51 Nelson Agholor, LV vs. MIA
52 Allen Lazard, GB vs. TEN
53 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ ARI
54 Greg Ward Jr., PHI @ DAL
55 John Brown, BUF @ NE
56 Mike Williams, LAC vs. DEN
57 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ LAC
58 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. MIN
59 Chad Hansen, HOU vs. CIN
60 Josh Reynolds, LAR @ SEA
61 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ NYJ
62 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. PHI
63 Danny Amendola, DET vs. TB
64 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. CLE
65 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. TEN
66 Denzel Mims, NYJ vs. CLE
67 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. ATL
68 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. MIA
69 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ PIT
70 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. SF
71 Willie Snead, BAL vs. NYG
72 Darius Slayton, NYG @ BAL
73 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. MIA
74 A.J. Green, CIN @ HOU
75 KJ Hamler, DEN @ LAC
76 Anthony Miller, CHI @ JAX
77 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. CHI
78 Van Jefferson, LAR @ SEA
79 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. ATL
80 Tyron Johnson, LAC vs. DEN
81 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. CHI
82 Jakeem Grant, MIA @ LV
83 Mack Hollins, MIA @ LV
84 Cam Sims, WAS vs. CAR
85 Mohamed Sanu, DET vs. TB
86 Golden Tate, NYG @ BAL
87 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. DEN
88 David Moore, SEA vs. LAR
89 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NE
90 James Washington, PIT vs. IND
91 Zach Pascal, IND @ PIT
92 Damiere Byrd, NE vs. BUF
93 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs. SF
94 Brandon Powell, ATL @ KC
95 Scotty Miller, TB @ DET
96 N’Keal Harry, NE vs. BUF
97 Collin Johnson, JAX vs. CHI

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