Three of the top nine players in our Week 14 fantasy WR rankings didn’t play last week — and aren’t sure things to play this week — so you know it’s going to be a fun start to the fantasy football playoffs. Maybe “fun” isn’t the right word. Obnoxious? Stupid? Annoying? You know what? Let’s save those for this time next week when you lose because some waiver wire wide receiver sleeper posted a 6-100-1 line against you.

Wide receiver is one always one of the toughest positions to handicap in a given week. Matchups tend to matter, but it’s never easy guessing which one or two guys on a team will truly take advantage of favorable spots. Moreover, tough matchups only mean so much for ultra-talented WRs. DeAndre Hopkins (5-64) did fine last week against Stephon Gilmore even before throwing a TD; Amari Cooper (8-85) put up solid numbers against Tre’Davious White; Darius Slay didn’t do much to slow down Allen Robinson (8-86-1); and both of the top Falcons receivers, Calvin Ridley (8-91) and Russell Gage (5-52-1) had good days, regardless of who Marshon Lattimore was covering. Obviously, garbage time factored into some of those numbers, but it all counts the same in fantasy. 

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Of course, we know some matchups are tougher than others, and many of the CBs mentioned above still qualify as tough matchups. We don’t expect Gilmore and the Pats to slow down Tyreek Hill too much this week, but the rest of Kansas City’s WRs are a worry. White faces Marquise Brown, who cooked the Rams in a tough matchup two weeks ago but was shut down by the 49ers last week, so there are major worries with him. Michael Thomas gets the 49ers this week, but we just can’t bet against fantasy’s top receiver. DJ Chark gets a stingy Chargers secondary, but L.A. was just roasted by rookie QB Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton, so we’re not going overboard on downgrading Chark this week. The same goes for Cooper against the Bears, who were just torched by Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones with third-string rookie David Blough throwing to them. 

Of course, fantasy owners aren’t looking to bench any of those WRs (with the possible exception of Brown). It’s the mid-tier guys like Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk (vs. Steelers), Will Fuller (vs. Broncos), DK Metcalf (@ Rams), Michael Gallup (@ Bears), and Terry McLaurin (@ Packers) who are bigger worries. Even mediocre bubble guys with decent matchups, such as Mike Williams (vs. Jaguars), Brandin Cooks (vs. Seahawks), and Tyrell Williams (vs. Titans), are worries.

Fortunately, there are a bunch of matchup-based sleepers. A.J. Brown/Corey Davis (@ Raiders), Sterling Shepard/Darius Slayton (@ Eagles), Robby Anderson (vs. Dolphins), Russell Gage (vs. Panthers), and James Washington (@ Cardinals) all make the list. There are several more deep sleepers, including Zach Pascal/Marcus Johnson (@ Bucs), Tim Patrick (@ Texans), Allen Lazard (vs. Redskins), and Nelson Agholor (vs. Giants). 

There’s never a shortage of viable options when it comes to receiver, and Week 14 is no different. It won’t be easy picking your starters — especially if everyone is healthy — but hopefully we’re all still alive in Week 15 so we can keep complaining about things. 

Note: We’ll continue to update these rankings all week, so check back for the latest and individual player analysis. 

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Week 14 Fantasy WR Rankings

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Julio Jones, ATL vs. CAR
2 Davante Adams, GB vs. WAS
3 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ TB
4 Michael Thomas, NO vs. SF
5 D.J. Moore, CAR @ ATL
6 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ HOU
7 Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. DET
8 Tyreek Hill, KC @ NE
9 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. DET
10 Alshon Jeffery, PHI vs. NYG
11 Julian Edelman, NE vs. KC
12 Chris Godwin, TB vs. IND
13 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. DEN
14 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NYJ
15 Mike Evans, TB vs. IND
16 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. CIN
17 Emmanuel Sanders, SF @ NO
18 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SEA
19 Kenny Golladay, DET @ MIN
20 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. CIN
21 DJ Chark, JAX vs. LAC
22 Keenan Allen, LAC @ JAX
23 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. CAR
24 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ LAR
25 Amari Cooper, DAL @ CHI
26 Golden Tate, NYG @ PHI
27 John Brown, BUF vs. BAL
28 Deebo Samuel, SF @ NO
29 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ ARZ
30 Robert Woods, LAR vs. SEA
31 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. DAL
32 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ CLE
33 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. MIA
34 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ ATL
35 Marvin Jones, DET @ MIN
36 James Washington, PIT @ ARZ
37 A.J. Brown, TEN @ OAK
38 Robby Anderson, NYJ vs. MIA
39 Will Fuller V, HOU vs. DEN
40 DK Metcalf, SEA @ LAR
41 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ PHI
42 Mike Williams, LAC @ JAX
43 Corey Davis, TEN @ OAK
44 Brandin Cooks, LAR vs. SEA
45 Tyrell Williams, OAK vs. TEN
46 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ GB
47 Marquise Brown, BAL @ BUF
48 Marcus Johnson, IND @ TB
49 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. BAL
50 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. PIT
51 Michael Gallup, DAL @ CHI
52 Darius Slayton, NYG @ PHI
53 Russell Gage, ATL vs. CAR
54 Tim Patrick, DEN @ HOU
55 Zach Pascal, IND @ TB
56 Mohamed Sanu, NE vs. KC
57 Nelson Agholor, PHI vs. NYG
58 Anthony Miller, CHI vs. DAL
59 Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. LAC
60 Christian Kirk, ARZ vs. PIT
61 Sammy Watkins, KC @ NE
62 Allen Hurns, MIA @ NYJ
63 Allen Lazard, GB vs. WAS
64 Phillip Dorsett, NE vs. KC
65 Demaryius Thomas, NYJ vs. MIA
66 Danny Amendola, DET @ MIN
67 Zay Jones, OAK vs. TEN
68 Geronimo Allison, GB vs. WAS
69 Randall Cobb, DAL @ CHI
70 Taylor Gabriel, CHI vs. DAL
71 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ NO
72 Kelvin Harmon, WAS @ GB
73 Alex Erickson, CIN @ CLE
74 Olabisi Johnson, MIN vs. DET
75 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. WAS
76 Josh Gordon, SEA @ LAR
77 Adam Humphries, TEN @ OAK
78 Ted Ginn Jr., NO vs. SF
79 Willie Snead, BAL @ BUF
80 Mecole Hardman, KC @ NE
81 Chris Conley, JAX vs. LAC
82 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. SF
83 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ ARZ
84 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ NE
85 Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. SEA

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