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Fantasy Football Rankings Week 15: Wide Receiver



It’s been a tough year for fantasy football owners, as injuries and COVID-19 have wreaked havoc on start ’em, sit ’em decisions. This could be another difficult week for wide receiver start-sit calls, but assuming reasonable health, it will be because there are so many good options. Our Week 15 fantasy WR rankings can help you differentiate the real sleepers from the potential busts. 

First, let’s look at the receivers with bad matchups that you’re likely to start regardless. Michael Thomas (vs. Chiefs), DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett (@ Washington), Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson (vs. Bears), and Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley (@ Broncos) all remain solid options despite tough opponents. Many will probably be worried about Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins (vs. Pittsburgh), too, but the Steelers have actually been slightly below average against WRs most of the year. Boyd and Higgins still present risks given their unreliable QB against such a strong defense, but they’re both in our starter’s tier. 

WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: 
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

There are several other borderline WRs in tough spots and could be benched, depending on your other options. Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee (vs. Colts), Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman (@ Rams), DJ Chark (@ Ravens), Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick (vs. Bills), and Jakobi Meyers (@ Dolphins) are all extra risky plays in standard leagues, though most still have WR3 upside in PPR formats. 

WEEK 15 STANDARD RANKINGS: 
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

If you need a sleeper, there are plenty of candidates. Sterling Shepard (vs. Browns), T.Y. Hilton (vs. Texans), Marquise Brown (vs. Jaguars), and Mike Williams (vs. Raiders) are on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble most weeks, and they look like better-than-average options in Week 15 thanks to their matchups. Going deeper, you can try your boom-or-bust luck with Kendrick Bourne (@ Cowboys), Darnell Mooney (@ Vikings), Cam Sims (vs. Seahawks), Darius Slayton and Golden Tate (@ Browns), Willie Snead (vs. Jaguars), Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. Texans), or Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson Jr. (vs. Jets). 

It’s unlikely you’ll want to start most of the guys on that list with your season on the line, but you know there will be some surprise performances, so if you’re a big underdog, don’t be afraid to take some chances. If you’re a heavy favorite, you can play it safer with the high-target receivers, but make sure you consider all of your available options. It’s easy to get complacent this time of year and not check the waiver wire, but you might be surprised at who’s available in your league.  

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

  • 37 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ CIN
    38 D.J. Moore, CAR @ GB
    39 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. BUF
    40 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ NYG
    41 Nelson Agholor, LV vs. LAC
    42 Mike Williams, LAC @ LV
    43 Keke Coutee HOU @ IND
    44 Russell Gage, ATL vs. TB
    45 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ DAL
    46 Emmanuel Sanders, NO vs. KC
    47 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. BUF
    48 Lynn Bowden, MIA vs. NE
    49 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ LAR
    50 Willie Snead, BAL vs. JAX
    51 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ ARI
    52 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ MIA
    53 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. SF
    54 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ MIN
    55 DJ Chark, JAX @ BAL
    56 Mack Hollins, MIA vs. NE
    57 Cam Sims WAS vs. SEA
    58 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. CLE
    59 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CAR
    60 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. PHI
    61 Danny Amendola, DET @ TEN
    62 Golden Tate, NYG vs. CLE
    63 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ HOU
    64 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ NYG
    65 Breshad Perriman, NYJ @ LAR
    66 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ DEN
    67 James Washington, PIT @ CIN
    68 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ BAL
    69 Jakeem Grant, MIA vs. NE
    70 Sammy Watkins, KC @ NO
    71 Allen Lazard, GB vs. CAR
    72 Anthony Miller, CHI @ MIN
    73 Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. NYJ
    74 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. BUF
    75 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. LAC
    76 Keelan Cole, JAX @ BAL
    77 Denzel Mims, NYJ @ LAR
    78 David Moore, SEA @ WAS
    79 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. LAC
    80 Tyron Johnson, LAC @ LV
    81 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ LV
    82 A.J. Green, CIN vs. PIT
    83 Mohamed Sanu, DET @ TEN
    84 Zach Pascal, IND vs. HOU
    85 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. NYJ
    86 Collin Johnson, JAX @ BAL
    87 Damiere Byrd, NE @ MIA
    88 Mecole Hardman, KC @ NO
    89 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. KC
    90 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ NO
    91 Greg Ward Jr., PHI @ ARI
    92 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs. PHI
    93 Brandon Powell, ATL vs. TB
    94 Scotty Miller, TB @ ATL
    95 Travis Fulgham, PHI @ ARI
    96 N’Keal Harry, NE @ MIA





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