Fantasy WR Rankings Week 14: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football



At last, we’re at the final week of byes. Soon, we’ll have the healthy options from all 32 teams at our disposal. However, we’re still looking to pick up the pieces from wide receivers out of action this week, and our Week 14 fantasy WR rankings can help you make the right start ’em, sit ’em decisions.

The most notable wideouts on bye are Michael Pittman Jr., Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, and Kendrick Bourne. Luckily, none have teammates that dramatically affect rosters, so we’re in the clear. Welcome back Davante Adams (vs. Bears) and D.J. Moore (vs. Falcons), who immediately draw juicy matchups. It’s worth noting Julio Jones (vs. Jaguars) can return from IR this week after dealing with a hamstring issue, and he’ll be a very risky start, but with A.J. Brown (chest) on IR, it would be tough to resist starting him against Jacksonville.

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

Chris Godwin (vs. Bills), Mike Evans (vs. Bills), and Cooper Kupp (@ Cardinals) have daunting matchups ahead of them, but you’re not taking those guys out of your lineups. One of Evans or Godwin could bust, but the upside is way too great.

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

If you’re deciding between players on the start-or-sit bubble, we’re high on Elijah Moore (vs. Saints), Chase Claypool (@ Vikings), Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Buccaneers), and the aforementioned Julio Jones (vs. Jaguars). New Orleans and Minnesota are among the bottom-three defenses against fantasy WRs. Jacksonville is the 11th-worst. Those three WRs all rank as top-24 players for us this week.

Lower down the list, Corey Davis (vs. Saints), Robby Anderson (vs. Falcons), Tre’Quan Smith (@ Jets), Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton (vs. Lions), Michael Gallup (@ Washington), and Cole Beasley (vs. Buccaneers) all have favorable matchups, too. They all carry risk and bust potential, which is why they aren’t ranked higher, but each WR is in a position to have a productive week. The next tier of players with solid matchups is Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ Bears), Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris (@ Jets), Curtis Samuel (vs. Cowboys), Nico Collins (vs. Seahawks), Marvin Jones, Laquon Treadwell, and Laviska Shenault (@ Titans), and Jamison Crowder (vs. Saints). Those are all boom-or-bust players, but if you’re in deep leagues, you might need to consider one.

On the other side of the start-sit line, Rashod Bateman (@ Browns), A.J. Green (vs. Rams), Allen Robinson (@ Packers), and Josh Reynolds and Amon-Ra St. Brown (@ Broncos) are in real danger this week. Some may never consider starting these guys to begin with, but all have been productive in spurts this year, so beware in deeper leagues. Also, beware of constant injury worries Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard (@ Chargers). They have plenty of upside if they play — even in a tough matchup with a backup QB throwing to them — but they shouldn’t be counted on until we see them on the final active list. 

The matchup numbers can tell us a lot at this point in the year, but we know wide receivers only need one big play to pay off. There are plenty of potential sleepers available this week based on the stats, but you shouldn’t ignore target trends either. Balance the two out and you’ll find your starters. 

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

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 14: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ ARI
2 Davante Adams, GB vs. CHI
3 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. LV
4 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ TB
5 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. PIT
6 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ WAS
7 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ MIN
8 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. ATL
9 Marquise Brown, BAL @ CLE
10 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. DAL
11 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. NYG
12 Amari Cooper, DAL @ WAS
13 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. SEA
14 DK Metcalf, SEA @ HOU. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett showed signs of life against the 49ers, as did the Seattle offense as a whole. Russell Wilson probably should’ve ended the day with four passing touchdowns, so perhaps he’s finally turned the corner from his finger injury, which would obviously be great news for Seahawks’ pass-catchers. Houston gives up the 11th-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to wide receivers, and since Seattle’s rushing attack is weak, Wilson could attempt a ton of passes, even if a blowout. That said, Metcalf and Lockett are back to “must-start” options.
15 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ HOU. See DK Metcalf.
16 Mike Evans, TB vs. BUF. This matchup with Buffalo is an interesting one for Evans and Chris Godwin. Statistically, the Bills are the best defense in the league against fantasy WRs, but if Buffalo’s offense scores with relative ease, this has major shootout potential. With Tom Brady and all his weapons, matchups are sometimes irrelevant, and the game conditions matter more. If Brady is forced to pass 50 times, a number of Buccaneers’ weapons will inevitably have great fantasy days. Ultimately, this is a long-winded way of saying Evans’ and Godwin’s floors are probably lowered, but their ceilings remain sky-high and you can’t reasonably bench them.
17 Chris Godwin, TB vs. BUF. See Mike Evans.
18 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. SF
19 Julio Jones, TEN vs. JAX
20 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. LAR
21 Elijah Moore, NYJ vs. NO
22 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ KC
23 Chase Claypool, PIT @ MIN
24 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. DET
25 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ CIN
26 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ TB
27 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. SF
28 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ GB
29 Michael Gallup, DAL @ WAS
30 Mike Williams, LAC vs. NYG
31 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ NYJ
32 Corey Davis, NYJ vs. NO
33 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. DET
34 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ LAC
35 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ LAC
36 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. ATL
37 Van Jefferson, LAR @ ARI
38 Cole Beasley, BUF @ TB
39 Russell Gage, ATL @ CAR
40 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR @ ARI
41 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. LAR
42 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. BAL
43 Marvin Jones, JAX @ TEN
44 Josh Reynolds, DET @ DEN
45 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. PIT
46 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CHI
47 Rashod Bateman, BAL @ CLE
48 Deonte Harris, NO @ NYJ
49 A.J. Green, ARI vs. LAR
50 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. NO
51 Laquon Treadwell, JAX @ TEN
52 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET @ DEN
53 Curtis Samuel, WAS vs. DAL
54 Marquez Callaway, NO @ NYJ
55 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ TEN
56 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. DET
57 DeSean Jackson, LV @ KC
58 Allen Robinson, CHI @ GB
59 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ TB
60 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LV
61 Nico Collins, HOU vs. SEA
62 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ LAC
63 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. DAL
64 Jauan Jennings, SF @ CIN
65 Randall Cobb, GB vs. CHI
66 Bryan Edwards, LV @ KC
67 Tyler Johnson, TB vs. BUF
68 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. LAR
69 Allen Lazard, GB vs. CHI
70 Kalif Raymond, DET @ DEN
71 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. SF
72 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. BAL
73 Dee Eskridge, SEA @ HOU
74 Zay Jones, LV @ KC
75 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ CLE
76 Darius Slayton, NYG @ LAC
77 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ CAR
78 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LV
79 Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. BAL
80 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. NYG
81 Byron Pringle, KC vs. LV
82 Adam Humphries, WAS vs. DAL
83 Freddie Swain, SEA @ HOU


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