Fantasy Football WR Rankings Week 13: Who to start, best sleepers at wide receiver

Over 85 percent of the fantasy football regular season is in the books, and we’ve officially reached crunch time. With little to no margin for error in the final two weeks of the regular season, our Week 13 fantasy WR rankings for standard leagues are your go-to source for sleepers at the all-important wide receiver spot.

Whether you’re trying to settle your start-sit debates, looking for this week’s top streamers, or trying to steer clear of potential busts, we’ve got you covered in a tricky week with six teams on bye and several more key WR injuries. 

With all that in mind, let’s break down our Week 13 rankings and find the best receivers ahead of your crucial matchups.

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Which WRs are on bye in Week 13?

A brutal six-team bye sees the Ravens, Bills, Vikings, Raiders, Giants, and Bears idle in Week 13. As a result, Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, Justin Jefferson, DJ Moore, Zay Flowers, Jakobi Meyers, and Jordan Addison are among the most notable wideouts omitted from our rankings.

WEEK 13 STANDARD RANKINGS:
QBs | RBs | TEs | D/STs | Kickers

In deeper leagues, fantasy owners will be without the services of Odell Beckham Jr., K.J. Osborn, Gabe Davis, Jalin Hyatt, and Khalil Shakir.

WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS:
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | D/STs | Kickers

Who are the best fantasy WRs in Week 13?

Tyreek Hill (@ Commanders in Week 1) showed out despite a tough matchup in Week 12, prompting a return to the top spot against a reeling Washington stop unit. Close behind is CeeDee Lamb (vs. Seahawks), who will look to continue his strong play with another sweat-free win over Seattle.

All Amon-Ra St. Brown (@ Saints) does is put up numbers on reliable volume, seeing at least nine targets in each of his past six games. Expect another steady fantasy day for the Lions following a disappointing loss on Thanksgiving. Keenan Allen (@ Patriots) will undoubtedly be one of the focal points of the Patriots’ defensive game plan, but that won’t stop Justin Herbert from potentially targeting him 10-plus times.

A.J. Brown (vs. 49ers) isn’t in the best spot in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game, but Philadelphia’s WR1 is always a threat to reach paydirt while racking up several receptions. Mike Evans (vs. Panthers) has totaled four TDs over the past three weeks, and Baker Mayfield’s go-to target is routinely a threat to finish as a top-five wideout.

Brandon Aiyuk (@ Eagles) faces an exploitable Eagles pass defense, putting San Francisco’s WR1 in a prime position to ball out. Philadelphia’s defense entered Week 12 allowing the second most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to WRs, so both Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel could pop off. We also still have faith in Ja’Marr Chase (@ Jaguars), as Cincinnati’s WR1 averaged over 20 yards per reception in Week 12. His steady target share with Jake Browning under center still makes him a set-it-and-forget-it WR1.

Jaylen Waddle (@ Commanders) sees a sizeable rankings boost after his 114-yard effort in Week 12, and with Miami facing a struggling Washington pass defense, Waddle could one-up his performance. Tank Dell (vs. Broncos) rounds out our top 10, as the rookie continues to produce as a key cog in the surging Texans’ offense.

Who are the best fantasy WR sleepers, waiver pickups in Week 13?

DeVante Parker (vs. Chargers), Jayden Reed (vs. Chiefs), Curtis Samuel (vs. Dolphins), Jonathan Mingo (@ Buccaneers), Lynn Bowden Jr. (vs. Lions), Cedric Tillman (@ Rams), and Justin Watson (@ Packers) make up some of the most notable WR waiver wire adds for Week 13.

Parker should see the bulk of the targets for the Patriots with Demario Douglas (concussion) placed in the league’s concussion protocol, and against the Chargers’ league-worst pass defense, that could result in a solid day. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Tyquan Thornton also have some boom-or-bust upside in that matchup. Bowden Jr., A.T. Perry, and Keith Kirkwood are in similar situations in New Orleans with Chris Olave (concussion) and Rashid Shaheed (thigh) hurting. A favorable matchup against Detroit means at least one of them will come through, and we like Bowden Jr. the best.

Reed continues to be an undervalued commodity, scoring in three straight games while logging high snap share numbers. He’s involved in the running game most games, so he doesn’t have quite as much PPR value, but he’s still a potential flex against the Chiefs.

Samuel saw 12 targets in a negative game script last week, and with Washington passing at an extremely high clip, Samuel profiles as a volume-based flex against Miami this Sunday. Similarly, Mingo draws a plus matchup against a reeling Buccaneers secondary, and a potential negative game script figures to boost his Week 13 fantasy prospects.

Tillman is another talented rookie who’s starting to emerge as a trusted option for Cleveland, and although P.J. Walker doesn’t give us much hope for a strong offensive day for the Browns, with Amari Cooper (ribs) banged-up, Tillman’s set up for a high-usage day against the Rams.

Watson (three targets in Week 12) didn’t see nearly the same type of usage as he did in Week 11 (11 targets), but the Chiefs’ WR still reached paydirt, hauling in a TD reception on his only catch in Week 12. If you want to invest in one of the league’s most consistent offenses, take a flier on Watson against the Packers.

Who are the biggest potential WR busts in Week 13?

It’s hard for us to trust Terry McLaurin (vs. Dolphins), Puka Nacua/Tutu Atwell (vs. Browns), and Drake London (@ Jets) this week, as these wideouts could end up underperforming relative to their projections in tough matchups.

Although Sam Howell is averaging 40.5 pass attempts per game, McLaurin is averaging just 42 receiving yards over his past three games. It won’t get any easier when matched up against lockdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Nacua and Atwell face a Cleveland defense that entered Week 12 allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to WRs, making them risky starts in standard scoring leagues. Even Cooper Kupp, who’s struggled lately, could disappoint again, but we consider him a “must-start.”

London is in just as tough of a spot against a steady Jets coverage unit. He’ll likely see a lot of Sauce Gardner, too, lowering his fantasy ceiling.

What are the biggest WR injuries in Week 13?

In Week 12, the most notable WRs to exit their respective games with injuries include Chris Olave (concussion), Amari Cooper (ribs), Demario Douglas (concussion), and Rashid Shaheed (thigh). We’ve left all four WRs out of our initial Week 13 list but will closely monitor their teams’ injury reports to gauge their playing prospects.

Leading into Week 12, Tee Higgins (hamstring), Noah Brown (knee), Treylon Burks (concussion), and Kadarius Toney (ankle, hip) all failed to suit up due to nagging injuries. For now, we’ve placed Higgins and Brown in our Week 13 list and omitted Burks and Toney. We’ll also be watching the Chargers’ Josh Palmer (knee), who’s eligible to come off the IR this week but is unlikely to suit up against New England.

As usual, we’ll update these standard WR rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.

Fantasy WR Rankings Week 13: Who to start, sit at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank    Player
1    Tyreek Hill, Dolphins @ Commanders
2    CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys vs. Seahawks
3    Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions @ Saints
4    Keenan Allen, Chargers @ Patriots
5    A.J. Brown, Eagles vs. 49ers
6    Mike Evans, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
7    Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers @ Eagles
8    Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals @ Jaguars
9    Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins @ Commanders
10    Tank Dell, Texans vs. Broncos
11    Calvin Ridley, Jaguars vs. Bengals
12    Michael Pittman Jr., Colts @ Titans
13    DeVonta Smith, Eagles vs. 49ers
14    Garrett Wilson, Jets vs. Falcons
15    Cooper Kupp, Rams vs. Browns
16    DK Metcalf, Seahawks @ Cowboys
17    Deebo Samuel, 49ers @ Eagles
18    DeAndre Hopkins, Titans vs. Colts
19    Courtland Sutton, Broncos @ Texans
20    Christian Watson, Packers vs. Chiefs
21    Christian Kirk, Jaguars vs. Bengals
22    Terry McLaurin, Commanders vs. Dolphins
23    Nico Collins, Texans vs. Broncos
24    Rashee Rice, Chiefs @ Packers
25    Tee Higgins, Bengals @ Jaguars
26    Chris Godwin, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
27    Marquise Brown, Cardinals @ Steelers
28    Puka Nacua, Rams vs. Browns
29    George Pickens, Steelers vs. Cardinals
30    Romeo Doubs, Packers vs. Chiefs
31    Noah Brown, Texans vs. Broncos
32    Jerry Jeudy, Broncos @ Texans
33    Diontae Johnson, Steelers vs. Cardinals
34    Brandin Cooks, Cowboys vs. Seahawks
35    Adam Thielen, Panthers @ Buccaneers
36    Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. Cowboys
37    Josh Downs, Colts @ Titans
38    Drake London, Falcons @ Jets
39    DeVante Parker, Patriots vs. Chargers
40    Jahan Dotson, Commanders vs. Dolphins
41    Elijah Moore, Browns @ Rams
42    Jayden Reed, Packers vs. Chiefs
43    Jameson Williams, Lions @ Saints
44    Rondale Moore, Cardinals @ Steelers
45    Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seahawks @ Cowboys
46    Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Jaguars
47    Robert Woods, Texans vs. Broncos
48    Zay Jones, Jaguars vs. Bengals
49    Curtis Samuel, Commanders vs. Dolphins
50    Jonathan Mingo, Panthers @ Buccaneers
51    Lynn Bowden Jr., Saints vs. Lions
52    Tutu Atwell, Rams vs. Browns
53    Quentin Johnston, Chargers @ Patriots
54    Justin Watson, Chiefs @ Packers
55    Dontayvion Wicks, Packers vs. Chiefs
56    A.T. Perry, Saints vs. Lions
57    Greg Dortch, Cardinals @ Steelers
58    Michael Gallup, Cowboys vs. Seahawks
59    Trey Palmer, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
60    Josh Reynolds, Lions @ Saints
61    Keith Kirkwood, Saints vs. Lions
62    Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Chiefs @ Packers
63    Cedric Tillman, Browns @ Rams
64    DJ Chark, Panthers @ Buccaneers
65    Alec Pierce, Colts @ Titans
66    JuJu Smith-Schuster, Patriots vs. Chargers
67    Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Titans vs. Colts
68    Cedrick Wilson, Dolphins @ Commanders
69    Skyy Moore, Chiefs @ Packers
70    Chris Moore, Titans vs. Colts
71    Kalif Raymond, Lions @ Saints
72    Trenton Irwin, Bengals @ Jaguars

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