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

With fantasy football championships on the line, you want high-ceiling players in your lineup. Perhaps no position features more players who fit the “boom-or-bust” label than wide receiver, meaning the wideouts you start could make or break your hopes of taking home a title. Our Week 17 fantasy WR rankings for standard leagues are here to help you make the right start ’em, sit ’em decisions. 

Of course, injuries remain an issue at this position, as several top players, including Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder), Keenan Allen (heel), Christian Watson (hamstring), Michael Pittman Jr. ( shoulder), Jaylen Waddle (ankle), and Courtland Sutton (concussion), are up in the air for Week 17 (more on them later). The good news is there are always decent replacement options, even if they fit that all-or-nothing mold we talked about earlier.

With all that in mind, let’s get to it and break down our Week 17 WR rankings.

Who are the best fantasy WRs in Week 17?

Tyreek Hill (vs. Ravens in Week 17) remains atop our list despite a tough matchup. He’s simply proven to be matchup-proof time and time again, and he should only see more targets with Jaylen Waddle (ankle) dinged up. He’s followed by CeeDee Lamb (vs. Lions), Justin Jefferson (vs. Packers), Chris Olave (@ Buccaneers), and Brandon Aiyuk (@ Commanders). All four have above-average matchups, with Lamb, Olave, and Aiyuk checking in with top-eight WR matchups.

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Deebo Samuel (@ Commanders), Puka Nacua (@ Giants), Mike Evans (vs. Saints), A.J. Brown (vs. Cardinals), and Cooper Kupp (@ Giants) round out our top 10, but there are plenty of must-starts extend all the way to No. 25 or so.

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

Noah Brown (vs. Titans), Brandin Cooks (vs. Lions), George Pickens (@ Seahawks), Jerry Jeudy (vs. Chargers), and whoever plays of Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, and Christian Watson (@ Vikings) aren’t available on most 12-team waiver wires, but they’re also far from must-starts. However, this week, all have matchups against defenses that entered last week in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to WRs, giving all higher floors and ceilings. Jeudy could see more targets with Courtland Sutton (concussion) dinged up, making him especially interesting.

Similarly, Rashid Shaheed (@ Buccaneers), Dontayvion Wicks or Bo Melton (@ Vikings), Darius Slayton (vs. Rams), Greg Dortch (@ Eagles), DJ Chark (@ Jaguars), Robert Woods (vs. Titans), Brandon Johnson and Marvin Mims Jr. (vs. Chargers), and the red-hot Demarcus Robinson (@ Giants) are all in play as boom-or-bust streamers in highly favorable matchups. You can also consider K.J. Osborn (vs. Packers) and Cedrick Wilson Jr. (@ Ravens) with Jordan Addison (ankle) and Jaylen Waddle (ankle) both hurting.

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Who are the biggest potential WR busts in Week 17?

Calvin Ridley (vs. Panthers) is tough to sit thanks to his status as Jacksonville’s unquestioned WR1, but a matchup against Carolina’s top-ranked pass defense awaits, clouding his outlook. We still view him as a WR3 in most formats, but temper your expectations. The same goes for Amari Cooper (vs. Jets), Garrett Wilson (@ Browns), and Terry McLaurin (vs. 49ers), but Cooper is almost impossible to sit after his massive Week 16.

Going deeper, weekly start-sit bubble guys like Elijah Moore (vs. Jets), Zay Jones (vs. Panthers) if he plays, Jameson Williams and Josh Reynolds (@ Cowboys), Tyler Boyd (@ Chiefs), Josh Palmer (@ Broncos), and Demario Douglas (@ Bills) are much tougher to trust this week thanks to bottom-10 WR matchups. Boyd and Palmer could see enough targets to have decent floors in PPR leagues if Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder) and Keenan Allen (heel) remain out, but overall, there’s no need to risk starting these guys with championships on the line.

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What are the biggest WR injuries in Week 17?

Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder), Michael Pittman Jr. (shoulder), Keenan Allen (heel), Marquise Brown (heel), Christian Watson (hamstring), Zay Jones (hamstring), Jayden Reed (toe), and JuJu Smith-Schuster (ankle) all missed last week’s games. It’s tough to count on any for Week 17, though Pittman Jr., Jones, and Reed were at least “questionable” ahead of Sunday, so fantasy owners will have to monitor the practice reports closely.

Michael Thomas (knee) has missed the past five games but is eligible to come off the IR at any time. Considering he didn’t even practice last week, he’ll likely have an uphill battle to return against the Buccaneers, but if he does, he has flex value given the favorable matchup. 

Jordan Addison (ankle), Jaylen Waddle (ankle), Courtland Sutton (concussion), and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) all exited their Week 16 games early. Waddle is the least likely to play, but they all are questionable, at best, to get back on the field.

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 17: Who to start, sit at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

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


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