Fantasy Football WR PPR Rankings Week 17: Who to start, best sleepers at wide receiver

Wide receiver is often called fantasy football’s “deepest position,” but owners aren’t looking for depth when it comes to their championship lineup — they just want maximum points. Of course, with injuries and bad matchups rearing their ugly head for several key wideouts, you might have to dig deep for your WR3 or flex, creating start ’em, sit ’em headaches you had no intention of dealing with. Our Week 17 fantasy WR PPR rankings are here to help, providing a little relief during this hectic time.

As we said, injuries are going to be the biggest obstacle toward teams filling out their WR spots with nothing but stars. Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder), Michael Pittman Jr. (shoulder), Keenan Allen (heel), Jaylen Waddle (ankle), and Courtland Sutton (concussion), aren’t sure things to suit up, and a few other high-ceiling options (Christian Watson, Jordan Addison, Marquise Brown) could also be out, forcing you to your bench or the waiver wire. 

Whatever your situation, we’re here for you, so let’s get to it and break down our Week 17 WR rankings.

Who are the best fantasy WRs in Week 17?

Even in a tough matchup, Tyreek Hill (vs. Ravens in Week 17) is atop our rankings this week. Considering he posted over 100 yards and a TD against the Jets, who allow the fewest fantasy points to WRs, we think he can do damage against a Ravens’ defense that had trouble with Brandon Aiyuk last week. CeeDee Lamb (vs. Lions), Justin Jefferson (vs. Packers), Chris Olave (@ Buccaneers), and Brandon Aiyuk (@ Commanders) round out our top five thanks to their frequent targets and top-eight matchups.

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Puka Nacua (@ Rams), Mike Evans (vs. Saints), Deebo Samuel (@ Commanders), Cooper Kupp (@ Giants), and Amon-Ra St. Brown (@ Cowboys) make up the bottom-half of the top 10, but the must-starts extend down to about No. 26 or 27. 

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Who are the best fantasy WR sleepers, waiver pickups in Week 17?

While these guys don’t qualify as “pickups” in most leagues, Noah Brown (vs. Titans), George Pickens (@ Seahawks), Jerry Jeudy (vs. Chargers), and any of Green Bay’s top-three receivers (if they play), Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Jayden Reed (@ Vikings), are worth using in 12-team leagues. All face defenses that entered last week in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to WRs, so their floors and ceilings are higher this week. That’s especially true for Jeudy, who might see more targets with Courtland Sutton (concussion) dinged up.

Likewise, Rashid Shaheed and Michael Thomas if he plays (@ Buccaneers), Demarcus Robinson (@ Giants), DJ Chark (@ Jaguars), Dontayvion Wicks or Bo Melton (@ Vikings), Darius Slayton and Wan’Dale Robinson (vs. Rams), Brandon Johnson and Marvin Mims Jr. (vs. Chargers) and Greg Dortch (@ Eagles) all make for solid plug-and-plays in favorable matchups. Wicks, who’s dealing with a chest injury, or Melton would only be in play if one of Reed (toe) or Watson (hamstring) is out for Green Bay, while Dortch likely needs Hollywood Brown (heel) to be out again for Arizona.

K.J. Osborn (vs. Packers) and Cedrick Wilson Jr. (@ Ravens) are also in play with Jordan Addison (ankle) and Jaylen Waddle (ankle) hurting. They don’t have the best matchups, but they should see more targets and have plenty of big-play potential.

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Who are the biggest potential WR busts in Week 17?

You can’t really sit Calvin Ridley (vs. Panthers), Garrett Wilson (@ Browns), and Amari Cooper (vs. Jets) because of their roles as WR1s on their respective teams, but all have brutal matchups this week against top-three WR defenses. Terry McLaurin’s matchup against the 49ers isn’t quite as bad on paper, but it’s still tough given Washington’s offensive issues.

Guys like Elijah Moore (vs. Jets), Zay Jones (vs. Panthers) if he plays, Demario Douglas (Bills), Tyler Boyd (@ Chiefs), Josh Palmer (@ Broncos), and Jameson Williams and Josh Reynolds (@ Cowboys) are typically on the start-sit bubble most weeks, but they’re mostly off-limits this week because of tough matchups. Palmer and Boyd have a little more PPR upside if Keenan Allen (heel) and Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder) remain out, but neither has a particularly high ceiling.

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What are the biggest WR injuries in Week 17?

Keenan Allen (heel), Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder), Michael Pittman Jr. (shoulder), Christian Watson (hamstring), Jayden Reed (toe), Zay Jones (hamstring), Marquise Brown (heel), and JuJu Smith-Schuster (ankle) sat out last week’s games. None are sure things to suit up, but Pittman Jr., Reed, and Jones were at least “questionable” before being ruled out, so they likely have better chances of playing than the others.

As we mentioned earlier, Michael Thomas (knee) was eligible to return last week but failed to practice, so we’re not overly optimistic that he’ll be back this week either. If he is, he’s a worthwhile flex in a highly favorable matchup against Tampa, but don’t bank on him being out there.

Jaylen Waddle (ankle), Courtland Sutton (concussion), Jordan Addison (ankle), and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) all exited last week’s games early, and are questionable, at best, to suit up this weekend. Waddle is the most likely to miss time, but all will have to be monitored in practice.

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

Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 17: Who to start, sit at wide receiver

Rankings based on full-point PPR scoring formats

Rank    Player
1    Tyreek Hill, Dolphins @ Ravens
2    CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys vs. Lions
3    Justin Jefferson, Vikings vs. Packers
4    Chris Olave, Saints @ Buccaneers
5    Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers @ Commanders
6    Puka Nacua, Rams @ Giants
7    Mike Evans, Buccaneers vs. Saints
8    Deebo Samuel, 49ers @ Commanders
9    Cooper Kupp, Rams @ Giants
10    Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions @ Cowboys
11    Michael Pittman Jr., Colts vs. Raiders
12    A.J. Brown, Eagles vs. Cardinals
13    DJ Moore, Bears vs. Falcons
14    Nico Collins, Texans vs. Titans
15    DK Metcalf, Seahawks vs. Steelers
16    DeVonta Smith, Eagles vs. Cardinals
17    DeAndre Hopkins, Titans @ Texans
18    Stefon Diggs, Bills vs. Patriots
19    Davante Adams, Raiders @ Colts
20    Tee Higgins, Bengals @ Chiefs
21    Rashee Rice, Chiefs vs. Bengals
22    George Pickens, Steelers @ Seahawks
23    Calvin Ridley, Jaguars vs. Panthers
24    Diontae Johnson, Steelers @ Seahawks
25    Adam Thielen, Panthers @ Jaguars
26    Zay Flowers, Ravens vs. Dolphins
27    Jerry Jeudy, Broncos vs. Chargers
28    Chris Godwin, Buccaneers vs. Saints
29    Noah Brown, Texans vs. Titans
30    Garrett Wilson, Jets @ Browns
31    Drake London, Falcons @ Bears
32    Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. Steelers
33    DJ Chark, Panthers @ Jaguars
34    Brandin Cooks, Cowboys vs. Lions
35    Terry McLaurin, Commanders vs. 49ers
36    Jakobi Meyers, Raiders @ Colts
37    Tyler Boyd, Bengals @ Chiefs
38    Romeo Doubs, Packers @ Vikings
39    K.J. Osborn, Vikings vs. Packers
40    Demarcus Robinson, Rams @ Giants
41    Rashid Shaheed, Saints @ Buccaneers
42    Demario Douglas, Patriots @ Bills
43    Darius Slayton, Giants vs. Rams
44    Jayden Reed, Packers @ Panthers
45    Elijah Moore, Browns vs. Jets
46    Odell Beckham Jr., Ravens vs. Dolphins
47    Josh Downs, Colts vs. Raiders
48    Greg Dortch, Cardinals @ Eagles
49    Quentin Johnston, Chargers @ Broncos
50    Cedrick Wilson, Dolphins @ Ravens
51    Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seahawks vs. Steelers
52    Curtis Samuel, Commanders vs. 49ers
53    Gabe Davis, Bills vs. Patriots
54    Wan’Dale Robinson, Giants vs. Rams
55    Robert Woods, Texans vs. Titans
56    Brandon Johnson, Broncos vs. Chargers
57    Bo Melton, Packers @ Vikings
58    Rondale Moore, Cardinals @ Eagles
59    DeVante Parker, Patriots @ Bills
60    Jonathan Mingo, Panthers @ Jaguars
61    Treylon Burks, Titans @ Texans
62    Jahan Dotson, Commanders vs. 49ers
63    Jalen Guyton, Chargers @ Broncos
64    Jameson Williams, Lions @ Cowboys
65    Justin Watson, Chiefs vs. Bengals
66    Trey Palmer, Buccaneers vs. Saints
67    Braxton Berrios, Dolphins @ Ravens
68    Alec Pierce, Colts vs. Raiders
69    Marvin Mims Jr., Broncos vs. Chargers
70    Michael Wilson, Cardinals @ Eagles
71    Michael Gallup, Cowboys vs. Lions
72    Josh Reynolds, Lions @ Cowboys
73    Isaiah Hodgins, Giants vs. Rams
74    Derius Davis, Chargers @ Broncos
75    Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Chiefs vs. Bengals
76    Parker Washington, Jaguars vs. Panthers
77    Elijah Cooks, Jaguars vs. Panthers
78    Cedric Tillman, Browns vs. Jets
79    Khalil Shakir, Bills vs. Patriots
80    Chris Moore, Titans @ Texans
81    Tyler Scott, Bears vs. Falcons
82    Tutu Atwell, Rams @ Giants
83    Keith Kirkwood, Saints @ Buccaneers
84    Rashod Bateman, Ravens vs. Dolphins
85    Hunter Renfrow, Raiders @ Colts
86    Xavier Gipson, Jets @ Browns
87    Tre Tucker, Raiders @ Colts
88    Jalin Hyatt, Giants vs. Rams


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