Week 14 Fantasy WR Rankings: Injuries to Julio Jones, T.Y. Hilton, Adam Thielen among biggest worries

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Three of the top nine players in our Week 14 fantasy WR rankings didn't play last week -- and aren't sure things to play this week -- so you know it's going to be a fun start to the fantasy football playoffs. Maybe "fun" isn't the right word. Obnoxious? Stupid? Annoying? You know what? Let's save those for this time next week when you lose because some waiver wire wide receiver sleeper posted a 6-100-1 line against you.

Wide receiver is one always one of the toughest positions to handicap in a given week. Matchups tend to matter, but it's never easy guessing which one or two guys on a team will truly take advantage of favorable spots. Moreover, tough matchups only mean so much for ultra-talented WRs. DeAndre Hopkins (5-64) did fine last week against Stephon Gilmore even before throwing a TD; Amari Cooper (8-85) put up solid numbers against Tre'Davious White; Darius Slay didn't do much to slow down Allen Robinson (8-86-1); and both of the top Falcons receivers, Calvin Ridley (8-91) and Russell Gage (5-52-1) had good days, regardless of who Marshon Lattimore was covering. Obviously, garbage time factored into some of those numbers, but it all counts the same in fantasy.

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Of course, we know some matchups are tougher than others, and many of the CBs mentioned above still qualify as tough matchups. We don't expect Gilmore and the Pats to slow down Tyreek Hill too much this week, but the rest of Kansas City's WRs are a worry. White faces Marquise Brown, who cooked the Rams in a tough matchup two weeks ago but was shut down by the 49ers last week, so there are major worries with him. Michael Thomas gets the 49ers this week, but we just can't bet against fantasy's top receiver. DJ Chark gets a stingy Chargers secondary, but L.A. was just roasted by rookie QB Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton, so we're not going overboard on downgrading Chark this week. The same goes for Cooper against the Bears, who were just torched by Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones with third-string rookie David Blough throwing to them.

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Of course, fantasy owners aren't looking to bench any of those WRs (with the possible exception of Brown). It's the mid-tier guys like Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk (vs. Steelers), Will Fuller (vs. Broncos), DK Metcalf (@ Rams), Michael Gallup (@ Bears), and Terry McLaurin (@ Packers) who are bigger worries. Even mediocre bubble guys with decent matchups, such as Mike Williams (vs. Jaguars), Brandin Cooks (vs. Seahawks), and Tyrell Williams (vs. Titans), are worries.

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Fortunately, there are a bunch of matchup-based sleepers. A.J. Brown/Corey Davis (@ Raiders), Sterling Shepard/Darius Slayton (@ Eagles), Robby Anderson (vs. Dolphins), Russell Gage (vs. Panthers), and James Washington (@ Cardinals) all make the list. There are several more deep sleepers, including Zach Pascal/Marcus Johnson (@ Bucs), Tim Patrick (@ Texans), Allen Lazard (vs. Redskins), and Nelson Agholor (vs. Giants).

There's never a shortage of viable options when it comes to receiver, and Week 14 is no different. It won't be easy picking your starters -- especially if everyone is healthy -- but hopefully we're all still alive in Week 15 so we can keep complaining about things.

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Note: We'll continue to update these rankings all week, so check back for the latest and individual player analysis.

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Week 14 Fantasy WR Rankings

12 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NYJ

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Rank

Player

1

Julio Jones, ATL vs. CAR

2

Davante Adams, GB vs. WAS

3

Michael Thomas, NO vs. SF

4

D.J. Moore, CAR @ ATL

5

Courtland Sutton, DEN @ HOU

6

Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. DET

7

Tyreek Hill, KC @ NE

8

Alshon Jeffery, PHI vs. NYG

9

Julian Edelman, NE vs. KC

10

Chris Godwin, TB vs. IND

11

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. DEN

12

DeVante Parker, MIA @ NYJ

13

Mike Evans, TB vs. IND

14

Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. CIN

15

Emmanuel Sanders, SF @ NO

16

Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SEA

17

Kenny Golladay, DET @ MIN

18

Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. CIN

19

DJ Chark, JAX vs. LAC

20

Keenan Allen, LAC @ JAX

21

Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. CAR

22

Tyler Lockett, SEA @ LAR

23

Amari Cooper, DAL @ CHI

24

Golden Tate, NYG @ PHI

25

John Brown, BUF vs. BAL

26

Deebo Samuel, SF @ NO

27

James Washington, PIT @ ARZ

28

Robert Woods, LAR vs. SEA

29

Allen Robinson, CHI vs. DAL

30

Tyler Boyd, CIN @ CLE

31

Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. MIA

32

Curtis Samuel, CAR @ ATL

33

Marvin Jones, DET @ MIN

34

A.J. Brown, TEN @ OAK

35

Robby Anderson, NYJ vs. MIA

36

Will Fuller V, HOU vs. DEN

37

DK Metcalf, SEA @ LAR

38

Zach Pascal, IND @ TB

39

Sterling Shepard, NYG @ PHI

40

Mike Williams, LAC @ JAX

41

Corey Davis, TEN @ OAK

42

Brandin Cooks, LAR vs. SEA

43

Tyrell Williams, OAK vs. TEN

44

Terry McLaurin, WAS @ GB

45

Marquise Brown, BAL @ BUF

46

Marcus Johnson, IND @ TB

47

Cole Beasley, BUF vs. BAL

48

Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. PIT

49

Michael Gallup, DAL @ CHI

50

Darius Slayton, NYG @ PHI

51

Russell Gage, ATL vs. CAR

52

John Ross III, CIN @ CLE

53

Tim Patrick, DEN @ HOU

54

Parris Campbell, IND @ TB

55

Mohamed Sanu, NE vs. KC

56

Nelson Agholor, PHI vs. NYG

57

Anthony Miller, CHI vs. DAL

58

Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. LAC

59

Christian Kirk, ARZ vs. PIT

60

Sammy Watkins, KC @ NE

61

Allen Hurns, MIA @ NYJ

62

Allen Lazard, GB vs. WAS

63

Phillip Dorsett, NE vs. KC

64

Demaryius Thomas, NYJ vs. MIA

65

Danny Amendola, DET @ MIN

66

Zay Jones, OAK vs. TEN

67

Geronimo Allison, GB vs. WAS

68

Randall Cobb, DAL @ CHI

69

Auden Tate, CIN @ CLE

70

Javon Wims, CHI vs. DAL

71

Kendrick Bourne, SF @ NO

72

Kelvin Harmon, WAS @ GB

73

Diontae Johnson, PIT @ ARZ

74

Olabisi Johnson, MIN vs. DET

75

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. WAS

76

Josh Gordon, SEA @ LAR

77

Ted Ginn Jr., NO vs. SF

79

Willie Snead, BAL @ BUF

80

Mecole Hardman, KC @ NE

81

Chris Conley, JAX vs. LAC

82

Tre'Quan Smith, NO vs. SF

83

Demarcus Robinson, KC @ NE

84

Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. SEA

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