Wild Card Round WR Rankings
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Sal Leto’s Wild Card RB Rankings
1 – DeAndre Hopkins
Arguably the best wide receiver in the league, clearly the best working wild card weekend. Back in week three he torched the Colts to the tune of 10 receptions 169 yards and a touchdown on his way to the top scoring wide receiver season in full PPR. This game should produce the most points of the weekend and you can be sure Nuk will factor heavily into that total.
2 – T.Y. Hilton
Looking to keep pace with Hopkins and the Texans will be T.Y. Hilton who with only 14 games played and six touchdowns managed to still finish with the 14th most points of all wide receivers, thanks in large part to two big yardage total games against Houston including a nine reception 199 yard performance in week 14. The touchdowns haven’t come since week 11 but there’s no doubt that when the big play is needed Luck will be looking Hilton’s way.
3 – Amari Cooper
The Cowboys were struggling at 3-4 when Cooper rolled into town and he sparked new life to a one dimensional offense. The Cowboys closed the year out 7-2 winning the NFC East and dare I say have a dangerous enough passing attack that it freed Zeke up to roll to the league rushing title. Seattle better down the stretch but closed the season as the 18th defense facing wide receivers.
4 – Alshon Jeffery
Jeffrey was revitalized with Foles taking over the last three games and closed the season as the number nine wide receiver in those three games averaging over 17 points a game. Foles and Jeffery connected for three touchdowns combined in last years NFC championship and Super Bowl and it’s clear there’s a comfort level with the duo. While I expect it to only last one game I see a solid output from Alshon.
5 – Doug Baldwin
It seemed to take Baldwin sometime to get comfortable and appear recovered from the injury that kept him from lineups to start the season. He showed what he can do over a five game stretch that saw him find the end zone five times in five games from week 11-16. Easily the most playoff experienced receiver in this weeks slate Baldwin has six touchdowns in his last eight playoff matchups.
6 – Keenan Allen
It was good not a great overall season from Allen. We only got one of those crazy reception total games back in week 13 when he hauled in 14 for 148 and a touchdown. In fact that was smack dab in the middle of a five game run where he had a touchdown in each. Baltimore comes in with in my opinion the best overall defense in the playoffs. They were soul crushing to the Chargers in week 16 in a game that both teams needed and had a definite playoff feel. Allen managed a 10 point full PPR day but will need a touchdown in this one to be a difference maker in your lineup. Before the week 17 slip up it had been five full games with out a wide receiver touchdown allowed.
7 – Tyler Lockett
Only one wide receiver playing this weekend had more touchdowns than Lockett ten this season and that’s DeAndre Hopkins with eleven. Lockett was also very good about spreading those touchdowns individually across ten separate games. Injuries robbed him of appearing in the playoffs the last two seasons but in his last game back in 2015 he hooked up with Wilson for 75 total yards including a 33 yard scoring play.
8 – Nelson Agholor
When the trade was made for Golden Tate it looked like the confidence was lost in Agholor but Tate hasn’t been the same player in Philly and sure enough much like Alshon when Foles showed up Agholor resurfaced. Closing out the last two games with three total touchdowns and two 21+ point performances Agholor is a the exact type of player that can hit big and win you the slate.
9 – Allen Robinson
Groin injury, rib injury and stop me but I’m starting to feel ARob is always dealing with something. We saw some flashes of the guy we thought was going to return to 2015 form. We also saw a guy that was nondescript at times. With no touchdowns over the last five games I just don’t feel it from him in this one. The Bears have a lot of weapons they like to use in a myriad of ways and I see the ball spread out to much to feel like he needs to be in my lineup.
10 – (tie) Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams
Neither did anything in week 16 when facing the Ravens so why would we consider either? Well when you won’t to win some money you need to take some fliers. Mike never put the big yardage game together but with ten touchdowns and three two touchdown games on the season that big play slate wrecking ability exists. Remember weeks six and seven when Tyrell had back to back 118 yard games with three total touchdowns and followed it with another TD in week nine? If the Chargers are going to get a different result then week 16 they will need one of these two to step up.
12 – Cole Beasley
Another long shot that just may be the difference on the winning roster Beasley seems to have the knack for showing up in clusters. What does that mean? You won’t hear from him for weeks at a time and then bam two to three weeks in a row he pops off. Last week he closed out the victory with a touchdown that was ruled incomplete on the field and then reviewed for the score. I can definitely see a carry over performance.
13 – Ravens Receivers
Where are the Ravens receivers? I don’t know anymore than you do. John Browns big breakout season went by the wayside back in week seven, since he has 14 total receptions in the nine games since. Crabtree has a resounding 19 receptions in that time. Most people probably don’t realize while not spectacular Willie Snead has been the best wide receiver in Baltimore the last nine weeks with 29 receptions while missing two of the games. Not much to look for here as this team runs on the legs of Jackson, Dixon and Edwards.
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.