Week 16 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

Fantasy football owners are used to surprise inactives toward the end of the season as teams fall out of playoff contention, so no one will be caught off guard if Julio Jones (hamstring) or Kenny Golladay (hip) remain out this week. However, Michael Thomas (ankle) landing on the IR late last week seemingly came out of nowhere, and he obviously won’t be included in our Week 16 fantasy WR rankings. Chances are, he’ll be joined by at least a few more notable wide receivers as we get closer to the weekend. 

As always, there are plenty of viable WR options this week, but some big names are facing tough matchups. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are facing the Rams, and after both were limited last time these teams faced each other (especially Metcalf), fantasy owners might be at least a little worried about both lineup staples. Calvin Ridley (@ Chiefs), D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel (@ Washington), Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and John Brown (@ Patriots), and A.J. Brown and Corey Davis (@ Packers) also have tough matchups on paper, but with the possible exception of some of the Panthers receivers and John Brown, all have been so consistent that they’re still must-starts. It’s also worth noting that with Stephon Gilmore (knee) likely out, the matchups for all Bills receivers become much more favorable.

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

Going a little deeper, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Diontae Johnson (vs. Colts), Marquise Brown (vs. Giants), Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton (@ Ravens), Jakobi Meyers (vs. Bills), and DJ Chark (vs. Bears) also have tough matchups. It will be tough to sit the Steelers’ trio given the amount of targets they usually get, but they’ve all had consistency issues, so explore your options. 

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

If you’re looking for sleepers, Rashard Higgins (@ Jets), Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Vikings), Jalen Reagor (@ Cowboys), Sammy Watkins (vs. Falcons), and Darnell Mooney (@ Jaguars), stand out. Going a bit deeper, Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ Jets), Denzel Mims and Breshad Perriman, (vs. Browns), Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson (vs. Falcons), Josh Reynolds (@ Seahawks), Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Titans), and Chad Hansen (vs. Bengals) have boom-or-bust upside, but you probably don’t want to take a chance with any of the latter group with your season on the line. 

Ultimately, more potential sleepers will emerge based on who’s active and who isn’t. If Julio Jones (hamstring) is out again, Russell Gage (@ Chiefs) will have value despite a tough matchup. If DeVante Parker (hamstring) is out again, Lynn Bowden (@ Raiders) will be a solid starter, especially in PPR leagues. If Keenan Allen (knee) or Mike Williams (back) miss time for the Chargers, Tyron Johnson (vs. Broncos) would be in play. There will be more situations like this as inactives are announced, so pay attention and be ready to pounce on the waiver wire. 

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

Week 16 Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

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