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