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Week 16 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: December 22, 2019, 11:44 am ET

Week 16 Receivers

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Michael Thomas

NO

@TEN

2

Julio Jones

ATL

JAC

3

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

@TB

4

Tyreek Hill

KC

@CHI

5

Davante Adams

GB

@MIN

6

Allen Robinson

CHI

KC

7

D.J. Moore

CAR

@IND

8

DeVante Parker

MIA

CIN

9

Amari Cooper

DAL

@PHI

10

A.J. Brown

TEN

NO

11

Julian Edelman

NE

BUF

12

Courtland Sutton

DEN

DET

13

Keenan Allen

LAC

OAK

14

Stefon Diggs

MIN

GB

15

Tyler Lockett

SEA

ARI

16

Will Fuller

HOU

@TB

17

Terry McLaurin

WAS

NYG

18

Breshad Perriman

TB

HOU

19

Robert Woods

LA

@SF

20

Michael Gallup

DAL

@PHI

21

D.K. Metcalf

SEA

ARI

22

Odell Beckham

CLE

BAL

23

Anthony Miller

CHI

KC

24

Jarvis Landry

CLE

BAL

25

Adam Thielen

MIN

GB

26

Tyler Boyd

CIN

@MIA

27

D.J. Chark

JAC

@ATL

28

T.Y. Hilton

IND

CAR

29

Christian Kirk

ARI

@SEA

30

Kenny Golladay

DET

@DEN

31

Darius Slayton

NYG

@WAS

32

John Brown

BUF

@NE

33

Cooper Kupp

LA

@SF

34

Emmanuel Sanders

SF

LA

35

Mike Williams

LAC

OAK

36

Robby Anderson

NYJ

PIT

37

Sterling Shepard

NYG

@WAS

38

Jamison Crowder

NYJ

PIT

39

Marquise Brown

BAL

@CLE

40

JuJu Smith-Schuster

PIT

@NYJ

41

Deebo Samuel

SF

LA

42

Cole Beasley

BUF

@NE

43

Dede Westbrook

JAC

@ATL

44

Greg Ward

PHI

DAL

45

Danny Amendola

DET

@DEN

46

James Washington

PIT

@NYJ

47

Sammy Watkins

KC

@CHI

48

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

@SEA

49

Justin Watson

TB

HOU

50

Golden Tate

NYG

@WAS

51

Diontae Johnson

PIT

@NYJ

52

Zach Pascal

IND

CAR

53

Chris Conley

JAC

@ATL

54

Russell Gage

ATL

JAC

55

Randall Cobb

DAL

@PHI

56

Brandin Cooks

LA

@SF

57

Curtis Samuel

CAR

@IND

58

Tyrell Williams

OAK

@LAC

59

Kenny Stills

HOU

@TB

60

Mohamed Sanu

NE

BUF

61

Corey Davis

TEN

NO

62

N'Keal Harry

NE

BUF

63

John Ross

CIN

@MIA

64

Mecole Hardman

KC

@CHI

65

Ted Ginn

NO

@TEN

66

Hunter Renfrow

OAK

@LAC

67

Allen Lazard

GB

@MIN

68

Jake Kumerow

GB

@MIN

69

Steven Sims

WAS

NYG

70

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

PHI

DAL

71

Jarius Wright

CAR

@IND

 

WR Notes: Michael Thomas needs 11 receptions over the next two weeks to break Marvin Harrison’s single-season record. That’s a number he’s reached five times, including each of his past two games. … The Falcons finally forced the issue with Julio Jones in Week 15, and he responded with one of the biggest PPR efforts by any wideout all season. The collapsed Jaguars will offer a golden opportunity for Jones to stay scorching at home. … DeAndre Hopkins managed 6/119 in Will Fuller’s Week 15 return, but his targets declined from 13 to eight. That’s the state of play for the Texans’ No. 1 wideout. Even eight targets would be enough for a top-five day vs. the Bucs’ swinging-gate defense. … Tyreek Hill hasn’t reached 70 yards since his (minor) hamstring injury, though he has gone at least 5/55 each week out. His fuse can’t have much farther to burn. … Davante Adams came correct in Week 15. The Vikings have devolved from an overrated pass defense into a straight up attackable one. A critical divisional tilt with a decent 46.5 over/under could be what finally wakes Aaron Rodgers from his slumber.

While you weren’t looking, the Chiefs became a tough pass defense. Allen Robinson has simply been too good to fade, producing like an alpha WR1 for longer stretches than anyone realizes. He’s now the WR12 by average points in PPR and WR14 in standard. … DeVante Parker tallied up 41 targets in four games before his concussion, reaching at least 10 each week. He was held to seven looks in his Week 15 return but turned them into 4/72/2. The Bengals provide the perfect opportunity to get back on his pre-injury upper echelon WR1 track. … Amari Cooper should shake off his one-catch Week 15 vs. an Eagles secondary he has dominated since arriving in Dallas. … Julian Edelman is coming off his first quiet effort in two-plus months. His last quiet game? Against the Bills in Week 4. With both Edelman and Tom Brady banged up, the slot machine is more of a low-end than mid-range WR1 for the fantasy finals. … D.J. Moore leads the NFL in receiving (711) since the calendar flipped to November. The problem for the fantasy finals is the Panthers’ latest quarterback change. Kyle Allen could be counted on to funnel looks Moore’s way. We aren’t sure with Will Grier

A.J. Brown finally saw WR1 volume in Week 15 and he did not let it go to waste, ringing up 8/114/1 on the Texans. Part of that was because Ryan Tannehill was forced to dial up 36 passes, but do you think Tannehill is going to able to curtail his volume against the Saints? A 1-on-1 with Marshon Lattimore looms. … Whether you would prefer Keenan Allen’s floor or Courtland Sutton’s ceiling for the fantasy finals is a matter of personal preference. With everything on the line, I want to aim as high as possible. The Lions allow the sixth most receiver fantasy points. The Raiders, the seventh. … Adam Thielen wasn’t close to his typical role in Week 15, playing just 33-of-65 snaps. It’s been easy to be frustrated by Stefon Diggs, but he has cleared 75 yards in 3-of-4 contests. … Fantasy players have no choice but to chase Tyler Lockett’s Week 15 points vs. the Cardinals’ impressively bad defense. … When he’s healthy, Will Fuller’s floor is higher than you think. He’s healthy right now. His ceiling is amongst the stars against the Bucs’ league-worst WR defense. 

The Giants were already allowing the fourth most WR fantasy points. Then they waived Janoris Jenkins. With scores in each of his past two games, Terry McLaurin will have an excellent shot at repeating last week’s spike. … Breshad Perriman gets a week of No. 1 receiver duties for fantasy’s No. 2 quarterback. The Texans can’t stop anybody. With Scotty Miller (hamstring) on I.R., Justin Watson is the only other Bucs wideout worth considering. He’s a plug-and-play WR4 vs. ex-Bucs doormat Vernon Hargreaves in the slot. … Even in his first down game in over a month, Robert Woods managed to draw nine targets. Of course, we can’t escape without mentioning that the 49ers held Woods catch-less in Week 6. Splitting the difference as a low-end WR2 is a realistic expectation. … Michael Gallup has drawn 10-or-more targets in 3-of-6 games. Don’t let last week’s dud discourage you from starting him vs. the Eagles’ burnable secondary. … DK Metcalf had drawn six-plus targets in five straight games before last week. It’s hard to say whether a date with Patrick Peterson is a negative or a positive. … Playing hurt and playing angry, Odell Beckham will probably mostly be playing sad vs. a Ravens Defense that could send Baker Mayfield back to the Big 12. … Anthony Miller is the PPR WR13 by average points over the past five weeks. He’s set a new career high for targets three times in the process. 

Jarvis Landry’s ceiling has been scarce in December. It will probably be out of reach vs. the Ravens. … Tyler Boyd should move on from last week’s Stephon Gilmore erasure against a Dolphins Defense that has been super soft in the slot. … T.Y. Hilton’s Week 15 return was a snap-counted calamity, though coach Frank Reich has pledged that his playing time will increase against the Panthers. … I frankly have no idea where to put Kenny Golladay. He’s done close to nothing, relatively speaking, since David Blough’s first half of play. Golladay does have a massive size advantage on Week 16 shadow date Chris Harris. Danny Amendola is looking like a life hack WR4 against the Broncos. … Everything, especially the uncertain quarterback situation, makes me confused about Darius Slayton vs. Sterling Shepard for the fantasy finals. Shepard had the better Week 15. Slayton has had the better month. I will stick with the hotter overall player in Slayton. … John Brown vs. the Patriots feels destined to end poorly. … It’s been all or nothing for Emmanuel Sanders as a 49er. The Rams have been more of a nothing than all since adding Jalen Ramsey. … Robby Anderson can take Steven Nelson, but Sam Darnold probably can’t take the Steelers. … With 18 targets over his past two games, Greg Ward is worth a desperation look if you’re short-handed.   

Patrick Daugherty

Patrick Daugherty is the Senior Fantasy Football content creator for NBC Sports EDGE. You can find him on Twitter @RotoPat.