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Updated 12/19 at 11:00 AM ET. Added Odell Beckham. In a holding pattern with Tyler Lockett to see if he can "test out" of the COVID-19 protocol ahead of Seattle's re-scheduled game. Freddie Swain is the next man up for Seattle.
Week 15 Receivers
WR Notes: With Antonio Brown suspended at least one more game, there is nothing keeping Chris Godwin and his 25 receptions over the past two weeks out of the top five. He will be a beneficiary of the latest skirmish in the ongoing war between Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore. … Tyreek Hill has six catches on nine targets over his past two games. As is the case with Travis Kelce, it is finally time to give Hill a rankings ding facing a Bolts defense keeping a lid on big receiver plays. Only the Bills have handed out fewer WR fantasy points. … CeeDee Lamb has been a cut above his receiver teammates Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup since Gallup’s Week 11 return. Gallup has been a steadier presence than Cooper in that timeframe, catching at least five passes every time out as Cooper deals with COVID weirdness. Cooper’s blow-up potential earns him the narrowest of advantages over Gallup. … Back from his coronavirus scare, Keenan Allen’s layup usage should pick up where it left off against the Chiefs in a short-week contest with a 52 over/under. No one’s volume has been more reliable in 2021.
At least for one week, DeVante Parker’s return did not cramp Jaylen Waddle’s target hog style. Operating as an extension of the running game, Waddle is almost playing a different position than boundary man Parker. Both have the same excellent matchup in the quit-on-2021 Jets … is what I wrote before Waddle landed on the COVID list. Parker is worth a WR2 shot, while Albert Wilson is out there for PPR desperados. … The WR6 by average half PPR points over the past three weeks and WR3 in PPR, Hunter Renfrow remains inevitable with Darren Waller (knee, back) sidelined. … Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have completed their merger, with Higgins providing more yardage at the moment, but Chase maintaining the better touchdown odds. We will let that be the rankings coin flip in Chase’s favor. … Brandin Cooks has 14 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown across Davis Mills’ past two starts. The gate is open for Sunday’s matchup with the free-falling Jags. … Battling a hamstring injury, D.J. Moore seems likely to suit up. Despite the Panthers’ poor quarterback play, both Moore’s volume and overall production have increased since Sam Darnold was sent to the bench. The Bills are a bad matchup, albeit one that got softer following Tre’Davious White’s season-ending knee injury. Chris Godwin had few issues in Week 14.
Behind Moore, Robby Anderson revived for new season highs in catches (seven), targets (12) and yards (84), though 4/55/1 one of it came with P.J. Walker under center. The Panthers have claimed Cam Newton remains the starter, with Walker having a leg up in the two-minute offense. Those are potential high-value targets for Anderson, who nevertheless remains more of a WR5 than WR4 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. … Marquise Brown seems likely to be missing Lamar Jackson (ankle). Tyler Huntley is a capable enough emergency fill-in, but the Packers are the wrong place to expect something to happen under these circumstances. … It’s going to be a tough row to hoe for Michael Pittman against the Patriots’ elite pass D. He remains on the WR2/3 borderline because of his consistency and lack of targets competition. … With Deebo Samuel being used as more of a running back than receiver, Brandon Aiyuk’s floor and ceiling remain on the increase. The Falcons are amongst the league’s worst receiver defenses. … Playing at less than 100 percent, Mike Williams (heel) is not an overly-appealing big-play threat against the Chiefs’ stout defense.
Chase Claypool has cleared 80 yards in three of his past four games, but some sort of benching/punishment feels inevitable following his notorious Week 14. My guess is a 1-2 drive ban. Once Claypool is out there, it will be against a Titans defense serving up the second most wide receiver fantasy points. … Allen Robinson embarrassed himself in his Week 14 return, but Darnell Mooney didn’t benefit, with YAC monster Jakeem Grant and down-field specialist Damiere Byrd hitting the big plays. Mooney can’t seem to get on the same page with Justin Fields, but he is worth a WR3 bet vs. a Vikings D permitting the most wide receiver fantasy points. … With Odell Beckham on the COVID-19 list, his tie with Van Jefferson has momentarily been broken. No team is allowing more receiving yards than the Seahawks, while the Rams have more than righted the ship following Matthew Stafford’s mini slump. … With DeAndre Hopkins (knee) suddenly done for the regular season, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk both vault into the top 30. Green has out-targeted Kirk 12-6 in the red zone while maintaining a higher average depth of target, though Kirk has been the more efficient player with better overall production. 5/60 is a reasonable expectation for their Nuk-less weekly statlines.
As for Rondale Moore, he barely produced during Hopkins’ recent marathon absence. There is little reason to expect that to change. … Hopefully the Titans were just easing Julio Jones back in vs. a horrible opponent as he ran only 23 routes in his Week 14 return. We can never quite give up on Julio’s spiked week potential, but he’s a major WR3 gamble for the most important week of the season so far. … Amon-Ra St. Brown has 18 catches over his past two appearances. With T.J. Hockenson (hand) questionable and D’Andre Swift (shoulder) doubtful, the Cardinals should gladly concede ARSB’s dink-and-dunk production. He’s a cheap PPR WR4. … Coming off his best overall effort of the season, Donovan Peoples-Jones is the only game in town for the Browns’ COVID-ravaged receiver corps. Sporting a higher floor than usual with Jarvis Landry sidelined, DPJ always comes with big-play ceiling. … With Emmanuel Sanders (knee) on the shelf, Cole Beasley’s floor jacks up and Gabriel Davis’ big-play opportunities increase. Davis has some low-end WR4 juice for this most important of weeks. … K.J. Osborn has scored in both games since Adam Thielen’s injury, drawing 16 targets. … Jamison Crowder was an awful Week 14 bust with an even worse Week 15 matchup in the Dolphins.