Friday, June 9, 2023

Fantasy Football Week 14 wide receiver rankings: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams in doubt, further hurting depth

Fantasy Football Week 14 wide receiver rankings: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams in doubt, further hurting depth

These fringe FLEX plays from earlier in the year are now emerging as every-week starters

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Wide receiver has been a bit of a mess for Fantasy of late, and things aren’t going to get any better in Week 14, especially with the Chargers looking potentially shorthanded. Keenan Allen tested positive for COVID Monday and Mike Williams was ruled a close contact, so both are in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Both could still be cleared to play at this point, in which case Allen would be a top-six WR, ahead of CeeDee Lamb; Williams would be more like a WR3 if Allen plays. If Allen is out and Williams plays — which seems more likely at this point — Williams would be in the 15-20 range at WR. If both are out, Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer become interesting WR3/4 types, with Palmer my preference. That’s how I have it ranked as of now.

It feels like a shockingly shallow position at this point, and you’d really love to see the likes of Terry McLaurinDK Metcalf, Odell Beckham, Jerry Jeudy and Brandin Cooks start to turn things around and live up to their potential. I’ve still got each of those players in my top-30 at the position — and there’s a pretty steep drop at the position right around there — so hopefully we start to see better from them. 

Here are my top 48 wide receivers for Week 14. To see the rankings from Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Heath Cummings, make sure you head here

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Week 14 WR Rankings

  1. Davante Adams vs. CHI
  2. Justin Jefferson vs. PIT — Jefferson had a historic rookie season and has followed that up with a 16-game pace of 104 catches, 1,613 yards, and nine touchdowns. Are we sure he shouldn’t be the first wide receiver drafted next season?  
  3. Cooper Kupp @ARI
  4. Tyreek Hill vs. LV — Hill is averaging just 8.9 yards per catch since Week 5, which is something I’m really struggling to wrap my head around.  
  5. Stefon Diggs @TB
  6. CeeDee Lamb @WAS
  7. Diontae Johnson @MIN — It might be a bit surprising to see Johnson ranked this high, but it’s where belongs at this point. He’s averaging nearly 13 targets per game over the past four. 
  8. Chris Godwin vs. BUF
  9. D.J. Moore vs. ATL — Once again, I am asking for Moore to get more support. The good news is, he has 17 targets on 58 total pass attempts in Cam Newton’s two starts, good for a 30% target share, right in line with his season total. He remains a must-start Fantasy WR, and here’s hoping he can live up to his potential to close out the season.  
  10. Mike Evans vs. BUF
  11. Tee Higgins vs. SF — Things were a little frustrating for Higgins for a while there, but I’ve pretty much viewed him as a must-start Fantasy WR all season, and it’s paid off in a big way of late. Will he have 100-plus yards every week? No, but the hoped-for breakout is happening, he’s the No. 1 option in this passing game, and he sure looks like he’s going to finish the season off strong. It doesn’t appear as if the ankle injury that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice is much of a concern, but keep an eye on it.
  12. Ja’Marr Chase vs. SF — How different would the discussion around Chase be right now if he hadn’t bobbled a would-be long touchdown and turned it into an interception last week. Drops have been a bit of an issue for Chase of late, but the bigger issue is that he’s the clear No. 2 option behind Tee Higgins, with 77 targets to 89 for Higgins in the 10 games they’ve played together. That, plus Chase’s downfield-oriented role has led to his inconsistency of late, but we saw plainly last week there is still considerable upside here. He just has to make the plays. Bet that he will. 
  13. Elijah Moore vs. NO — Moore has a target share north of 30% in three straight games and at least 12.7 PPR points in five of his last six games. Zach Wilson is still very much a work in progress, but Moore is overcoming that right now, and I don’t see why that wouldn’t continue.  
  14. Marquise Brown @CLE — Brown had his fewest targets since Week 6 last week, but it’s not like Sammy Watkins or Rashod Bateman really stepped up in a meaningful way to limit him. He had eight catches on 10 targets the last time he faced Cleveland and if he gets that kind of role again, I’m going to bet on him putting up better than 51 yards. 
  15. Amari Cooper @WAS — Coming back from his bout with COVID, Cooper played just 34% of the snaps in Week 13. He’ll do better than that this week, and I’m hoping for a return to the 85-plus% snap share he hasn’t seen since Week 8. I’m a little worried about Cooper’s role, but probably not enough to sit him. 
  16. Tyler Lockett @HOU — Lockett has been the more productive of the Seahawks two top wide receivers since Russell Wilson’s return from injury, but I really don’t think there is much difference between the two. Consistency is an issue for both, but I’m keeping both in my lineup moving forward. 
  17. D.K. Metcalf @HOU
  18. Hunter Renfrow @KC — I’ve been skeptical of Renfrow, but I have to give him credit for the way he has stepped up over the past two weeks. He isn’t just getting little dump off passes now, he has actually had his highest and fourth-highest average depths of target over the past two games. With Darren Waller dealing with a knee injury, Renfrow is probably a must-start Fantasy WR at this point. 
  19. Terry McLaurin vs. DAL — Look, I understand that McLaurin has been frustrating — just two games with double-digit PPR points in his past five and only three games with more than 62 yards all season. That’s the nature of his status as a downfield-oriented receiver playing with a mediocre, inconsistent quarterback. But I’d have to be pretty stacked at WR to sit someone with McLaurin’s locked-in role and upside. 
  20. Brandon Aiyuk @CIN — Week 13 was a disappointment for Aiyuk with Deebo Samuel out, but it’s not like he played poorly — 55 yards on six targets isn’t bad at all. But he was clearly the No. 2 behind George Kittle in that matchup and the 49ers only threw 30 times. I would expect less of an imbalance between his and Kittle’s targets moving forward, so I’m still viewing Aiyuk as a WR2.  
  21. DeAndre Hopkins vs. LAR — Hopkins has now scored a touchdown on just under 16% of his targets this season; even in his 13-touchdown 2017, that rate was 7.5%. There’s regression coming, but it’s worth noting that 11 of his 51 targets have come in the red zone; in 2017, it was 19 out of 174. The Cardinals aren’t using Hopkins much between the 20s, which makes him a lower-end Fantasy starter, but he’s still a starter. 
  22. Odell Beckham @ARI — So much for those reports about Beckham playing a larger role in Week 13. He actually played just 53% of the snaps in the win over the Jaguars and needed a second half touchdown to bail him out. And to bail me out, because I had him as a top-16 WR last week. If you told me he was going to play 90% of the snaps this week, he’d probably be there again this week, but I just don’t know what his role will be due to this ankle injury. I think Beckham will be very good in this offense if he’s healthy, I just don’t know if he is. 
  23. Darnell Mooney @GB — Week 13 was a disappointing outcome for Mooney, but he still had seven targets and five catches, so I’m not panicking. As long as Allen Robinson is out, I think you have to view Mooney as a starting-caliber Fantasy wide receiver. 
  24. Jerry Jeudy vs. DET — We’re still waiting for the breakout from Jeudy. He’s playing pretty well, but six targets per game just isn’t going to cut it. The Broncos have a lot of mouths to feed and aren’t a great passing game, which makes it hard for anyone to stand out. 
  25. Brandin Cooks vs. SEA — Cooks averaged 14.8 PPR points on 9.9 targets per game with Davis Mills as a starter, compared to 11.7 on 7.5 with Tyrod Taylor. Mills returning as the starter may not be a bad thing for Cooks. 
  26. Jarvis Landry vs. BAL — Week 12 looked more like what I’ve hoped for from Landry since Odell Beckham’s release, as he had six catches for 111 yards against the Ravens. He gets those same Ravens again this week, and while my expectations aren’t that high, I’m fine starting him if needed. 
  27. Jamison Crowder vs. NO — With Corey Davis‘ season likely over, Crowder belongs in that fringe WR3 range in PPR leagues. He’s not a sure thing, by any means, but he gets a decent amount of short, easy throws and can be a useful player, albeit one with a low probability of really making an impact. 
  28. Chase Claypool @MIN — Claypool is going to remain hard to trust, in all likelihood, but he’s also the kind of player you should probably just roll with through the good times and the bad, because his downfield-oriented role gives him big weekly upside. 
  29. Van Jefferson @ARI — That’s four games in a row with at least seven targets for Jefferson, including all three since Beckham joined the team. Obviously Beckham’s limited role last week raises some questions about whether that is sustainable, but Jefferson clearly has a role in this offense, and given his big-play abilities, that’s enough to make him a viable starter moving forward. 
  30. Russell Gage @CAR — Gage has a 24% target share over the past five games and he has a career-high catch rate of 71.7% so far this season. He’s playing better than in the past and getting more opportunities as a result, and while he isn’t a superstar like he looked in Week 13, he’s probably a worthy WR3 at this point. 
  31. Michael Gallup @WAS — With Cooper either limited or out in the past three games, Gallup topped 50 yards just once. He’s a good receiver, but he’s probably not going to see eight-plus targets with Cooper expected to return to his usual role, which makes Gallup more of a boom-or-bust WR3, especially against an improved Washington defense.
  32. Josh Palmer vs. NYG
  33. Kenny Golladay @LAC
  34. Tyler Boyd vs. SF
  35. Laviska Shenault @TEN
  36. Marvin Jones @TEN
  37. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. CHI — Valdes-Scantling has 19 targets over the past two games, which is a pretty eye-opening number for a player with as much big-play potential as he has. If he can emerge as a legitimate No. 2 to Davante Adams, Valdes-Scantling could have a really nice finish to the season, but he’s been too inconsistent throughout his career to buy in just yet. But as a boom-or-bust WR3, he’s an intriguing option. 
  38. Jalen Guyton vs. NYG
  39. Amon-Ra St. Brown @DEN
  40. Mecole Hardman vs. LV
  41. Rashod Bateman @CLE
  42. Cole Beasley @TB — Beasley had 33 targets over a three-game stretch from Weeks 6 through 9, but a rib injury has limited his opportunities of late, and he has just 15 over the past five. Until that role returns, he’s no longer anything more than a WR4 even in PPR. 
  43. Tim Patrick vs. DET
  44. K.J. Osborn vs. PIT — With Adam Thielen forced out early with an ankle injury, Osborn found the end zone and had four catches for 47 yards on seven targets in Week 13. He’s not a must-start with Thielen out, but Osborn belongs in the WR3 discussion, at least. 
  45. Courtland Sutton vs. DET — Sutton has an 11% target share in the games he has played with Jerry Jeudy. I don’t think that’s a particularly wise usage of the Broncos offensive resources, but unless it changes, Sutton is droppable. 
  46. Christian Kirk vs. LAR
  47. Bryan Edwards @KC
  48. Emmanuel Sanders @TB

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