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

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

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

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

1Julio Jones, ATL vs. CAR
2Davante Adams, GB vs. WAS
3Michael Thomas, NO vs. SF
4D.J. Moore, CAR @ ATL
5Courtland Sutton, DEN @ HOU
6Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. DET
7Tyreek Hill, KC @ NE
8Adam Thielen, MIN vs. DET
9Alshon Jeffery, PHI vs. NYG
10Julian Edelman, NE vs. KC
11Chris Godwin, TB vs. IND
12DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. DEN
13DeVante Parker, MIA @ NYJ
14Mike Evans, TB vs. IND
15Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. CIN
16Emmanuel Sanders, SF @ NO
17Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SEA
18Kenny Golladay, DET @ MIN
19Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. CIN
20DJ Chark, JAX vs. LAC
21Keenan Allen, LAC @ JAX
22Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. CAR
23Tyler Lockett, SEA @ LAR
24Amari Cooper, DAL @ CHI
25Golden Tate, NYG @ PHI
26John Brown, BUF vs. BAL
27Deebo Samuel, SF @ NO
28James Washington, PIT @ ARZ
29Robert Woods, LAR vs. SEA
30Allen Robinson, CHI vs. DAL
31Tyler Boyd, CIN @ CLE
32Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. MIA
33Curtis Samuel, CAR @ ATL
34Marvin Jones, DET @ MIN
35A.J. Brown, TEN @ OAK
36Robby Anderson, NYJ vs. MIA
37Will Fuller V, HOU vs. DEN
38DK Metcalf, SEA @ LAR
39Zach Pascal, IND @ TB
40Sterling Shepard, NYG @ PHI
41Mike Williams, LAC @ JAX
42Corey Davis, TEN @ OAK
43Brandin Cooks, LAR vs. SEA
44Tyrell Williams, OAK vs. TEN
45Terry McLaurin, WAS @ GB
46Marquise Brown, BAL @ BUF
47Marcus Johnson, IND @ TB
48Cole Beasley, BUF vs. BAL
49Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. PIT
50Michael Gallup, DAL @ CHI
51Darius Slayton, NYG @ PHI
52Russell Gage, ATL vs. CAR
53John Ross III, CIN @ CLE
54Tim Patrick, DEN @ HOU
55Parris Campbell, IND @ TB
56Mohamed Sanu, NE vs. KC
57Nelson Agholor, PHI vs. NYG
58Anthony Miller, CHI vs. DAL
59Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. LAC
60Christian Kirk, ARZ vs. PIT
61Sammy Watkins, KC @ NE
62Allen Hurns, MIA @ NYJ
63Allen Lazard, GB vs. WAS
64Phillip Dorsett, NE vs. KC
65Demaryius Thomas, NYJ vs. MIA
66Danny Amendola, DET @ MIN
67Zay Jones, OAK vs. TEN
68Geronimo Allison, GB vs. WAS
69Randall Cobb, DAL @ CHI
70Auden Tate, CIN @ CLE
71Javon Wims, CHI vs. DAL
72Kendrick Bourne, SF @ NO
73Kelvin Harmon, WAS @ GB
74Diontae Johnson, PIT @ ARZ
75Olabisi Johnson, MIN vs. DET
76Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. WAS
77Josh Gordon, SEA @ LAR
78Adam Humphries, TEN @ OAK
79Ted Ginn Jr., NO vs. SF
80Willie Snead, BAL @ BUF
81Mecole Hardman, KC @ NE
82Chris Conley, JAX vs. LAC
83Tre'Quan Smith, NO vs. SF
84Demarcus Robinson, KC @ NE
85Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. SEA