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Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

Thursday, December 7, 2017 7:17
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It’s Week 14 and you’re either starting your playoffs or this is your last chance to earn your spot before they start next week. Either way, this is a potentially huge week and you need the best lineup possible. To help with that let’s get to breaking down the Top 50 Wide Receivers of the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  2. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago
  3. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. San Francisco
  4. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Washington
  5. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
  6. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots @ Miami
  7. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Tennessee
  9. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland
  10. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit
  11. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina
  12. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
  13. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles @ LA Rams
  14. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland
  15. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay
  16. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City
  17. Robby Anderson – New York Jets @ Denver
  18. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay
  19. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay
  20. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Dallas
  21. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Jacksonville
  22. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota
  23. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ LA Chargers
  24. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. New England
  25. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. NY Jets
  26. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina
  27. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia
  28. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit
  29. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Buffalo
  30. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles @ LA Rams
  31. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. NY Jets
  32. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers @ Houston
  33. Marquise Lee – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Seattle
  34. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. New England
  35. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
  36. Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
  37. Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia
  38. Danny Amendola – New England Patriots @ Miami
  39. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans @ Arizona
  40. Corey Coleman – Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay
  41. Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets @ Denver
  42. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  43. Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins @ LA Chargers
  44. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh
  45. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Seattle
  46. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins vs. New England
  47. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans @ Arizona
  48. Jeremy Maclin – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh
  49. Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks @ Jacksonville
  50. Zay Jones – Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis

Thoughts:

  • The injury to Deshaun Watson put a significant dent in the Texans season, but it hasn’t killed DeAndre Hopkins fantasy value the way many expected. Hopkins is up to six straight games with 75 yards or more receiving. In half-point PPR scoring leagues he has failed to reach double digits in scoring one time. Tom Savage is a really bad quarterback, but he’s very reliant on Hopkins and so the fantasy goodness has kept on coming and it shouldn’t stop this week against the 49ers.
  • Speaking of bad QB’s relying on good, consistent WR, let’s talk about Larry Fitzgerald. The 34 year old wideout is still churning out big time performances regularly. Two weeks ago Fitzgerald got Jalen Ramsey’d and was held to three catches and 12 yards. Take that game away and he has 29 catches in his three games with 90 yards or more in each and 2 TD total. Good news this week, Tennessee doesn’t have a Ramsey and so I think we can expect another big game from Fitzgerald who will continue to get a lot of targets from Blaine Gabbert.
  • After essentially missing the last two games after his fight with Aqib Talib, the Raiders get their number one wideout back in Michael Crabtree and for fantasy owners this is pretty good timing.  The Raiders could very well be without Amari Cooper again and the Chiefs have been getting sliced and diced like crazy lately. The Jets lit up the Chiefs secondary last weekend and this is a prime opportunity for Crabtree to remind us that he’s still a Top 20 WR.
  • The long awaited return of Josh Gordon happened last Sunday and the payoff was pretty nice for those who had been stashing him, and I think things may only get better. He was targeted 11 times in the game, finishing up with four catches and 85 yards. The catch rate wasn’t great, but it is Deshone Kizer throwing the ball. Still, if he’s getting double digit targets good things are going to happen because anytime he touches the ball he’s got a shot to break a big one. Gordon is already back in my Top 20 and might be there to stay.
  • Things started to drop off for Nelson Agholor, but he is now coming off two straight weeks with a TD. He really blew up last week against the Seahawks with seven grabs for 141 yards and a TD. Agholor has been a consistent red zone option all year for Carson Wentz. The potential absence of Zach Ertz would only go to enhance the number of looks for Agholor inside the 20 and increase the likelihood of his scoring and keeping the TD streak going.
  • I can’t blame anyone for giving up on DeVante Parker after two weeks where he has just one catch in each game for 5 yards each time. The thought was that the return of Jay Cutler last week would get him back on track, but it didn’t happen against the Broncos despite the Dolphins 35 points. I do believe in the talent and that Cutler’s style fits Parker’s skills as well. The Patriots aren’t allowing many points these days, but they do still give up yards and Parker likely won’t be their main focus on defense.
  • Opportunity knocks this week for Martavis Bryant against the Baltimore Ravens with JuJu Smith-Schuster on the sidelines with a suspension. Ben Roethlisberger seems to be hitting his stride and Bryant should be on the field for most of this game. Bryant has had four catches each of the last two weeks, which is a good sign, and he should be able to get it done again. He isn’t someone you are excited to play, but he is a nice high upside play based on his ability to break one at any time.

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