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Week 16 Rankings

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Week 16 Receivers  

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Josh Gordon at NYJ -
2 A.J. Green vs. MIN -
3 Brandon Marshall at PHI Probable (quadriceps)
4 Demaryius Thomas at HOU Probable (shoulder)
5 Dez Bryant at WAS -
6 Alshon Jeffery at PHI -
7 Pierre Garcon vs. DAL -
8 Antonio Brown at GB -
9 Andre Johnson vs. DEN Probable (wrist)
10 Calvin Johnson vs. NYG Questionable (knee)
11 Keenan Allen vs. OAK Probable (shoulder)
12 Eric Decker at HOU Probable (ribs)
13 DeSean Jackson vs. CHI -
14 Julian Edelman at BAL -
15 Marques Colston at CAR -
16 Jordy Nelson vs. PIT -
17 Vincent Jackson at STL Probable (hamstring)
18 Torrey Smith vs. NE -
19 Mike Wallace at BUF -
20 T.Y. Hilton at KC -
21 Kendall Wright at JAC Probable (ankle)
22 Michael Crabtree vs. ATL Probable (ankle)
23 Larry Fitzgerald at SEA -
24 Brian Hartline at BUF -
25 Danny Amendola at BAL Probable (groin)
26 Greg Jennings at CIN -
27 Roddy White at SF -
28 Anquan Boldin vs. ATL -
29 Harry Douglas at SF -
30 Dwayne Bowe vs. IND -
31 Riley Cooper vs. CHI -
32 Steve Smith vs. NO Sidelined (knee)
33 Rueben Randle at DET -
34 James Jones vs. PIT -
35 Cordarrelle Patterson at CIN -
36 Michael Floyd at SEA Questionable (ankle)
37 Emmanuel Sanders at GB Probable (foot)
38 Doug Baldwin vs. ARZ -
39 Rod Streater at SD -
40 Hakeem Nicks at DET -
41 Golden Tate vs. ARZ Probable (hip)
42 Robert Woods vs. MIA -
43 Jarrett Boykin vs. PIT -
44 Da'Rick Rogers at KC -
45 Andre Holmes at SD -
46 Aaron Dobson at BAL Questionable (foot)
47 DeAndre Hopkins vs. DEN Probable (ankle)
48 Nate Burleson vs. NYG -
49 Marvin Jones vs. MIN -
50 Denarius Moore at SD -
51 Jerricho Cotchery at GB Probable (shoulder)
52 Eddie Royal vs. OAK -
53 Marlon Brown vs. NE -
54 Brandon LaFell vs. NO -
55 Jacoby Jones vs. NE -
56 Aldrick Robinson vs. DAL -
57 Santana Moss vs. DAL -
58 Justin Hunter at JAC -
59 Rishard Matthews at BUF -
60 Jeremy Kerley vs. CLE Probable (elbow)
61 Dexter McCluster vs. IND Probable (ankle)
62 Kris Durham vs. NYG -
63 Tiquan Underwood at STL -
64 Jermaine Kearse vs. ARZ -
65 Jerrel Jernigan at DET Questionable (knee)
66 Jerome Simpson at CIN -
67 Mike Brown vs. TEN -
68 Nate Washington at JAC -
69 Andre Caldwell at HOU -
70 Lance Moore at CAR -
71 LaVon Brazill at KC Probable (foot)
72 Ace Sanders vs. TEN -
73 Greg Little at NYJ -
74 Cole Beasley at WAS -
75 Mohamed Sanu vs. MIN -
76 Tavon Austin vs. TB Sidelined (ankle)
77 Santonio Holmes vs. CLE Probable (hamstring)
78 Vincent Brown vs. OAK -
79 Kenny Stills at CAR -
80 David Nelson vs. CLE -
81 Ted Ginn vs. NO -
82 Terrance Williams at WAS -
83 Donnie Avery vs. IND Probable (shoulder)
84 Miles Austin at WAS -
85 Jason Avant vs. CHI -
86 Stedman Bailey vs. TB -
87 Chris Givens vs. TB -
88 Marquise Goodwin vs. MIA Sidelined (knee)
89 Andre Roberts at SEA -
90 Griff Whalen at KC Questionable (calf)
91 Drew Davis at SF -
92 Chris Hogan vs. MIA -

WR Notes: Calvin Johnson has just one touchdown over his past four games. Expect him to get you one for the fantasy finals. … Josh Gordon has cleared 100 yards in six of his past nine games. According to Pro Football Focus’ ratings, no team has been worse than the Jets in pass coverage. The matchup couldn’t be better for fantasy’s most ascendant player. … Only the Eagles are allowing more fantasy points to receivers than Minnesota. Quiet for the better part of the past month, expect A.J. Green to erupt when it matters most. … Dez Bryant has had some good battles with DeAngelo Hall, but it’s not as if he’s gotten erased. Only six teams have allowed more aerial scores than the ‘Skins. Expect an angry Dez to flash some “positive exuberance” as he builds on last week’s 11/153/1 line. … Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are going to do bad things to an Eagles defense that’s surrendered the most fantasy points to enemy receivers. Cary Williams better have his fireman’s suit on.

Refreshed and restored with Kirk Cousins under center, Pierre Garcon stung a bad Falcons secondary for 7/129/1. Now he gets Dallas’ even worse unit. Only Demaryius Thomas and Josh Gordon have more yards after the catch than Garcon. Good luck to the second level of Monte Kiffin’s defense … The only two players with more receiving yards than Antonio Brown? Josh Gordon and Calvin Johnson. Don’t expect the fantasy finals to be the first week Brown is held below five catches. … Although he’s done his best work with Case Keenum under center, Andre Johnson’s Week 16 lot should be improved by Matt Schaub. … As is the case with all of Green Bay’s pass catchers, Jordy Nelson’s status is wholly dependent on Aaron Rodgers’ health. If Rodgers returns, Nelson is a WR1. If he doesn’t, low-end WR2. For James Jones it’s high-upside WR2 or high-risk WR3. Jarrett Boykin, high-upside WR3 or high-risk WR4. … Shake off Eric Decker’s slow Week 15. Decker isn’t going to have back-to-back down weeks with Wes Welker (concussion) on the shelf.

This isn’t the same Julian Edelman who set the fantasy football world aflutter in September. This Edelman is more than just a PPR-league dynamo. Fantasy’s No. 6 receiver over both the past three weeks and five, Edelman has eclipsed 100 yards in three of four games, posting four scores in the process. Tom Brady’s clear No. 1 option in the absence of Rob Gronkowski, Edelman is an eminently safe WR2. … DeSean Jackson seems to rotate weeks as a locked-in WR1 and low-end WR2. For Week 16, the matchup isn’t great in a Bears defense that’s far more stout against the pass than run. D-Jax belongs in all lineups, but can’t be counted on as the linchpin of your championship drive just seven days after dropping 10/195/1 on Minnesota. … Marques Colston has been a different player since sitting out in Week 9 with a knee injury, averaging 6.2 catches for 79 yards in six games. … Fantasy’s No. 14 receiver over the past five weeks, Mike Wallace is going to find the holes in a Buffalo defense that picks off passes and sacks the quarterback, but also gives up a lot of big plays to receivers. Only four teams have allowed more passing scores.  

T.Y. Hilton hinted at a breakout in Week 15, catching six passes in the game’s first 17 minutes. He finished with just eight for 78 yards, however, after the Colts put the Texans out of their misery early. Hilton benefitted from both a renewed emphasis on getting him the ball, and Da’Rick Rogers occupying defensive attention. Hilton is a high-reward option for the fantasy finals. … Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) is tentatively expected to suit up for Week 16, but it will be in a brutal matchup with the league’s best secondary. Fitz caught just two passes for 17 yards when the sides squared off in Week 7, and that game was in Arizona. Fitz has been playing too well to be outright benched, but he’s a low-end WR2. … Seventh in the league in catches and 17th in receiving yards, shake off Kendall Wright’s lack of touchdowns and plug him in as a guy you know is going to get you points. … That was the Danny Amendola New England paid $28.5 million. Making tough catch after tough catch, Amendola finished last week’s loss with 10 grabs for a season-high 131 yards. He should continue to run as Tom Brady’s No. 2 receiver even if “X” man Aaron Dobson (foot) returns for Week 16. Dobson is practicing.

With the Falcons starting two rookie corners, Week 16 is the time to bust out Michael Crabtree if you’ve been stashing him since mid-season. … It’s been a quiet four weeks for Riley Cooper, but his big-play ability still makes him a high-reward WR3. … Steve Smith is basically just a body at this point in his career. He won’t really hurt you, but he’s not helping you, either. … Rueben Randle is a high-risk, high-reward gamble for the fantasy finals. Starting in place of an injured Victor Cruz (concussion, knee), Randle is getting an opportunity to flash his game-breaking skills against a secondary that can be broken. The problem is Eli Manning, but 3-4 catches could be all Randle needs to make himself a fantasy hero. … Michael Floyd has been a legitimate breakout player, but at less than 100 percent against Seattle’s Legion of Boom, he can’t be trusted for Week 16. … You’d be hard pressed to find a more exciting WR4 than Cordarrelle Patterson. … Da’Rick Rogers is a close second, especially if he gets a few targets against burnable Chiefs No. 2 CB Marcus Cooper. … Justin Hunter is too risky following his Week 15 deactivation. … Ace Sanders has tumbled down the depth chart.  

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