Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 16: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

Most fantasy football owners — at least the ones still alive in their playoffs — are aware of the ridiculous amount of players that have been on and off of the reserve/COVID-19 list in the past week, and it’s likely we’ll have to continue dealing with that going forward. As such, it’s important to become very familiar with our Week 16 fantasy WR PPR rankings, as you never know who will wind up inactive when game day rolls around. Hopefully, the worst is past us, but either way, you’ll still have to make some tough start ’em, sit ’em decisions in this must-win week.

A.J. Brown (vs. 49ers) and Antonio Brown (@ Panthers) are eligible to return this week, and there’s little doubt many fantasy owners are patiently waiting to insert one of the Browns back into their lineups. Neither have particularly favorable matchups, but as long as they’re active, they should both be starting for fantasy owners.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Mike Evans and Chris Godwin (vs. 49ers) are too good to sit despite the same tough matchup Antonio is facing. The same goes for Stefon Diggs (@ Patriots). Brandin Cooks (vs. Chargers) is a boom-or-bust option, but he’s actually played better with Davis Mills, so you can still take your chances with him if you’re looking for a high ceiling.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Jamison Crowder (vs. Jaguars), Amon-Ra St. Brown (@ Falcons), and Russell Gage (vs. Lions) look to be the best PPR plays among players less than 51-percent owned in Yahoo leagues. In deeper leagues, Braxton Berrios (vs. Jaguars) and Josh Reynolds (@ Falcons) can be considered, too. The loss of T.J. Hockenson, Elijah Moore, and Corey Davis has opened the door for more opportunities among Lions’ and Jets’ pass-catchers, and in matchups as glorious as these, we’re fairly confident they will deliver.

Boom-or-bust players are more attractive in standard leagues, but at some point in the rankings, you have to consider them in PPR, too. Players in that group include Marquez Callaway and Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Dolphins), Marvin Jones and Laquon Treadwell (@ Jets), Robby Anderson (vs. Buccaneers), and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard (vs. Browns). All but the Packers have solid matchups, but at this point, those WRs can boom or bust in any matchup when tied to Aaron Rodgers.

Jerry Jeudy (@ Raiders), Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley (@ Patriots), Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney (@ Eagles), Rashod Bateman (@ Bengals), T.Y. Hilton (@ Cardinals), and K.J. Osborn (@ Rams) are in rocky matchups, and since we haven’t been able to count on them with any sort of consistency, it’s possible — even likely — you have better options. You can actually extend that to Michael Pittman (@ Cardinals), Marquise Brown (@ Bengals), and possibly Adam Thielen (@ Rams) if he returns, as all have either struggled or been dinged up lately. Brown has a high PPR floor, though, so he’s the safest of that group.

At this point in the season, you have to be aware of non-contending teams taking it easy with dinged-up players, as well as the obvious COVID worries. Have backups ready — then have backups for your backups — and when in doubt, trust the matchups. 

Note: We’ll be updating these WR PPR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

​Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 16: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ MIN
2 Davante Adams, GB vs. CLE
3 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. PIT
4 Keenan Allen, LAC @ HOU
5 Deebo Samuel, SF @ TEN
6 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. LAR
7 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ NO
8 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. WAS
9 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. CHI
10 Chris Godwin, TB @ CAR
11 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ KC
12 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ DAL
13 Mike Evans, TB @ CAR
14 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. WAS
15 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ NE
16 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. NYG
17 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. BAL
18 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. BAL
19 Mike Williams, LAC @ HOU
20 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. CHI
21 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ TEN
22 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. TB
23 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR @ MIN
24 A.J. Green, ARI vs. IND
25 Van Jefferson, LAR @ MIN
26 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. LAC
27 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. SF
28 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ SEA
29 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. DEN
30 Russell Gage, ATL vs. DET
31 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET @ ATL
32 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NO
33 Marquise Brown, BAL @ CIN
34 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. LAR
35 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. JAX
36 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. IND
37 Antonio Brown, TB @ CAR
38 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. MIA
39 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ GB
40 Chase Claypool, PIT @ KC
41 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. WAS
42 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ ARI
43 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. BUF
44 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ LV
45 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NE
46 Josh Reynolds, DET @ ATL
47 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. BUF
48 Allen Robinson, CHI @ SEA
49 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. TB
50 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ GB
51 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ PHI
52 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CLE
53 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ PHI
54 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. MIA
55 Laquon Treadwell, JAX @ NYJ
56 Marvin Jones, JAX @ NYJ
57 Braxton Berrios, NYJ vs. JAX
58 Cole Beasley, BUF @ NE
59 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. LAR
60 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ HOU
61 Allen Lazard, GB vs. CLE
62 Rashod Bateman, BAL @ CIN
63 Curtis Samuel, WAS @ DAL
64 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. BAL
65 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ LV
66 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. PIT
67 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN vs. SF
68 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ NYJ
69 Lil’Jordan Humphrey, NO vs. MIA
70 Kalif Raymond, DET @ ATL
71 Keelan Cole, NYJ vs. JAX
72 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ ARI
73 DeSean Jackson, LV vs. DEN
74 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. IND
75 Antoine Wesley, ARI vs. IND
76 Josh Palmer, LAC @ HOU
77 James Washington, PIT @ KC
78 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ CIN
79 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. BUF
80 Nico Collins, HOU vs. LAC
81 DeAndre Carter, WAS @ DAL
82 Tim Patrick, DEN @ LV
83 Chester Rogers, TEN vs. SF
84 Zach Pascal, IND @ ARI
85 Dee Eskridge, SEA vs. CHI
86 Jauan Jennings, SF @ TEN
87 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. DEN
88 Zay Jones, LV vs. DEN
89 Darius Slayton, NYG @ PHI

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