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Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

Some high-powered passing offenses have favorable matchups this week, and that means the top tier of our Week 11 fantasy WR rankings are loaded. The middle tier looks fairly strong, too, but that's where you will find the big-name wide receivers with tough matchups -- many of whom will be on the start 'em, sit 'em bubble this week. 

Those receivers include Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods (@ Buccaneers), Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Mike Evans (vs. Rams), Will Fuller (vs. Patriots), Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins (@ Washington), and Kenny Golladay (@ Panthers). Thye all remain in the WR2/3 tier in our rankings, but all are in tough spots. Further down the rankings, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick (vs. Dolphins), Brandin Cooks (@ Patriots), Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ Colts), T.Y. Hilton (vs. Packers), Marvin Jones (@ Panthers), Corey Davis (@ Ravens), and A.J. Green (@ Washington) are even tougher to start. 

WEEK 11 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Rising up to take their places are Jakobi Meyers (@ Texans), Jalen Reagor (@ Browns), Marquise Brown (vs. Titans), Chase Claypool (@ Jaguars), Nelson Agholor (vs. Chiefs), Curtis Samuel (vs. Lions), Sammy Watkins (@ Raiders), and Michael Gallup (@ Vikings). Going deeper, you could try high-floor, low-ceiling plays like Larry Fitzgerald (@ Seahawks), Willie Snead (vs. Titans), or Russell Gage (@ Saints), or you could try the boom-or-bust sleepers like Tre'Quan Smith (vs. Falcons), Henry Ruggs (vs. Chiefs), and Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman (@ Raiders). Even if you aren't going to bench a normal starter, you might need some of these guys if you own WRs from the Bills, 49ers, Bears, or Giants, all of whom are on bye.

WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

You'll notice some injury-worries in the names listed above. Golladay (hip), Lazard (core), and Watkins (hamstring) have all missed multiple weeks, but both Lazard and Watkins are expected back and Golladay has a chance at returning. (Update: Golladay has been ruled out for Week 11.) Calvin Ridley (foot) is also expected back after having a bye week to rest up. He's a must-start in what should be a fantasy WR bonanza for all parties (Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders) in the Falcons-Saints game, though the bonanaza could be on hold for New Orleans' disappointing WRs if Drew Brees (ribs) is out. Jameis Winston can certainly help his receivers put up major points in such a favorable matchup, but the Saints could go with a Taysom Hill-led run-heavy game plan, so there's still a lot that remains to be seen there.

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This shapes up to be one of those weeks where a few normally reliable starters disappoint you -- and worse yet, you can probably guess who it will be. But it's always tough to sit those types of receivers, so there's only so much you can do unless you're really willing to take a risk and can handle things potentially blowing up in your face. Sometimes it's worth it to take that kind of a chance, at least with the Jeudy/Cooks/Davis types, but you need to feel really good about your replacements to bench the more reliable receivers, especially in PPR leagues. 

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Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we'll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

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Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

RankPlayer
1Tyreek Hill, KC @ LV
2DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ SEA
3Julio Jones, ATL @ NO
4Adam Thielen, MIN vs. DAL. See Justin Jefferson. 
5Davante Adams, GB @ IND
6Calvin Ridley, ATL @ NO
7Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. CIN
8Michael Thomas, NO vs. ATL. See Emmanuel Sanders. 
9Amari Cooper, DAL @ MIN
10DK Metcalf, SEA vs. ARI
11Keenan Allen, LAC vs. NYJ
12Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. ARI
13Robby Anderson, CAR vs. DET. See D.J. Moore.
14Christian Kirk, ARI @ SEA
15Travis Fulgham, PHI @ CLE. See Jalen Reagor.
16DeVante Parker, MIA @ DEN
17JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ JAX. See Chase Claypool.
18DJ Chark, JAX vs. PIT. Pittsburgh entered Week 10 allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to WRs, and while it did well against Cincinnati last week, Tee Higgins still managed seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. One week after a season-high 146 yards, Chark hauled in four-of-five targets for 56 yards on a windy day against Green Bay. While it's a bit worrisome that Chark was third on the team in targets last week, he's still shown a good connection with QB Jake Luton. The rookie QB could struggle against Pittsburgh's fierce defense, but the numbers suggest at least one receiver will have success. Chark is the most likely. 
19Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. DAL. Jefferson has been a bit up and down this year, but facing a Cowboys defense allowing the third-most FPPG to WRs is exactly what he needs to have another big game. It's possible Dalvin Cook simply takes all the production for himself again, but it's likely at least one of Minnesota's receivers will go off. This matchup is good enough for both to excel, so start Adam Thielen and Jefferson with confidence and hope Kirk Cousins spreads the ball around. 
20CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ MIN. Lamb hauled in seven-of-11 targets for 64 yards in Andy Dalton's lone full game this year, and he's caught at least four passes in all but one game. His ceiling isn't quite as high as some might think, but he has a solid floor, especially against a Vikings defense that entered Week 10 allowing the second-most FPPG to WRs. 
21A.J. Brown, TEN @ BAL. Brown wilted in a brutal matchup against Indianapolis last week, catching just one-of-four targets for 21 yards. He had a drop on what would've been a long gain down the sideline, so his day could have been salvaged, but now he'll go into another tough matchup with mild concerns. Baltimore entered Week 10 allowing the fourth-fewest FPPG to WRs, but it's worth noting that Brown put up 101 yards and a TD against the Bears top-tier pass defense in Week 8, so he can definitely produce this week. 
22Cooper Kupp, LAR @ TB. Kupp ran fewer routes than both Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds last week, and fantasy owners were certainly disappointed in his 5-50 line against Seattle's league-worst pass defense. Keep in mind that Kupp caught 11-of-20 passes for 110 yards in the Rams' previous game, and although those numbers were inflated in garbage time, Kupp is still capable of big games. It's fair to wonder if Woods or even Reynolds is a better play, but sometimes you have to trust the talent, and Kupp remains LA's most skilled route runner. Tampa has been solid against WRs this year, particularly outside of garbage time, but Los Angeles has the weapons necessary to attack the Bucs all over the field and give Kupp a decent floor. Woods is also in play for similar reasons, and he gets the added boost of frequent carries on end arounds. 
23Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ LAC. Crowder didn't benefit from playing with Joe Flacco in Week 9, but he still managed to catch both of his targets for 26 yards and a TD. With an extra week to rest his sore hamstring, Crowder should be closer to full strength against a mediocre Chargers defense. Prior to Week 9, Crowder had at least seven catches and 10 targets in each of his first four games, so he remains a high-floor option. The Jets receiver corps is as healthy as it's been all season, and the big-armed Flacco might favor Breshad Perriman or Denzel Mims more than Crowder, but we still expect Crowder to lead the team in targets. 
24Chase Claypool, PIT @ JAX. Claypool has seen at least nine targets in each of the past three games. Perhaps surprisingly, he hasn't topped 69 yards in any of those contests, but he has posted three touchdowns. All of Pittsburgh's receivers have seen significant targets in that span (28 for JuJu Smith-Schuster, 24 for Diontae Johnson), so all are in play this week against a Jaguars defense that entered Week 10 allowing the 11th-most FPPG to WRs and was shredded by Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Davante Adams. 
25Will Fuller V, HOU vs. NE.  Fuller's six-game TD streak was snapped in Week 10, but he still caught five-of-eight targets in a wind storm. The Patriots have been struggling against wide receivers lately, allowing at least one WR to gain at least 92 yards in Weeks 6-9, then allowing Willie Snead to catch two TDs in a rainstorm in Week 10. Fuller will get enough targets and has enough big-play ability to post WR3-caliber numbers at a minimum. 
26Robert Woods, LAR @ TB. See Cooper Kupp.
27Chris Godwin, TB vs. LAR. Godwin had the fewest targets of Tampa's "Big Three," but he caught all six of his targets and led the team with 92 yards. Antonio Brown led the team in receptions (7) on eight targets, while Mike Evans led the team in targets (11) and hauled in a touchdown. What one will get the Jalen Ramsey treatment this week? It's tough to say, but the Rams don't allow much production to secondary receivers either. Ultimately, we have all three of Tampa's name-brand WRs in our WR3 tier, and while it's possible one breaks out or one gets shut down, they all have enough talent to merit starting spots. Based on what we've seen this year, Godwin is the best bet for a high floor, but Evans is probably the best bet for a touchdown. Brown is somewhere in between. 
28Diontae Johnson, PIT @ JAX. See Chase Claypool.
29Tyler Boyd, CIN @ WAS. Washington is allowing the third-fewest FPPG to WRs, but they had trouble last week against Detroit's vertical passing game. Cincinnati doesn't throw it downfield in quite the same fashion, so we don't expect a total repeat. Boyd has had at least four catches in every game, but Tee Higgins has overtaken him in production lately, posting at least 62 yards in six straight games. Boyd is a slighty safer bet for targets, but overall, these two are pretty similar in terms of outlook. Washington has been slightly worse against No. 1 receivers, and although it's tough classify whether Boyd or Higgins is the nominal "No. 1" for Cincinnati, we favor Boyd slightly this week and still see him as a WR3.
30Jakobi Meyers, NE @ HOU. It's tempting to rank Meyers higher (and indeed he is in PPR leagues) against Houston's below-average pass defense, but it's still a little too early to feel completely safe with him. Yes, he's averaged 9.3 targets and 6.8 receptions over the past four games, but N'Keal Harry is healthier and Isaiah Ford could be more involved in his second game with the Pats. More than that, New England could simply opt to run more against Houston's league-worst run defense. Meyers has a high floor but his ceiling is still a question mark. 
31Marvin Jones, DET @ CAR
32Emmanuel Sanders, NO vs. ATL. Sanders caught his lone target for five yards last week after turning in three straight games with at least 9.8 standard fantasy points. Facing an Atlanta defense allowing the third-most FPPG to WRs suggests he should be ranked even higher, but with Drew Brees (ribs) out, it's tough know what to expect. Michael Thomas still hasn't gotten going, so this feels like a breakout game for him, but if Jameis Winston is allowed to sling it, all of New Orleans' pass-catchers could go off. 
33Jalen Reagor, PHI @ CLE. Reagor led all Eagles' receivers in targets last week (7), and while it's tough to say he's surpassed Travis Fulgham (five targets) in the Eagles' pecking order, he's still on the verge of breaking out. Cleveland allows the fifth-most FPPG to WRs despite playing two games heavily affected by wind, so it's extremely vulnerable against big-play receivers like Fulgham and Reagor.
34D.J. Moore, CAR vs. DET. Detroit's 24th-ranked pass defense will have trouble containing Carolina's passing attack if Teddy Brigewater (knee) starts. If Bridgewater is out, it's tough to be as confident in P.J. Walker, but Moore proved last week with his 4-96-1 line against Tampa that he's a WR3 in any situation. Despite Robby Anderson starting the game getting peppered with short targets, Moore actually finished the game with one more look than Anderson's six. Ultimately, we think Anderson has a much higher floor in a given week than Moore, but both can produce in this favorable matchup. 
35Antonio Brown, TB vs. LAR. See Chris Godwin.
36Mike Evans, TB vs. LAR. See Chris Godwin.
37Marquise Brown, BAL vs. TEN. Talk about someone who's due. Brown has just six catches and 55 receiving yards in the past three weeks combined, and while he's managed one short TD in that span, he's really fallen off his modest early-season pace. Tennessee allows the sixth-most FPPG to WRs, so if Brown is going to have a patented long touchdown, it will be this week. Willie Snead (14 catches on 18 targets the past three games) might actually be a safer play in PPR leagues, but Brown is the type of home-run hitter who could really go off in this matchup. 
38Tee Higgins, CIN @ WAS. See Tyler Boyd.
39Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. PHI
40Mike Williams, LAC vs. NYJ
41Nelson Agholor, LV vs. KC
42Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. NE
43Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. MIA
44Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. DET. See D.J. Moore.
45Michael Gallup, DAL @ MIN
46Josh Reynolds, LAR @ TB. See Cooper Kupp.
47Breshad Perriman, NYJ @ LAC
48Willie Snead, BAL vs. TEN. See Marquise Brown.
49T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. GB
50Tim Patrick, DEN vs. MIA
51Keelan Cole, JAX vs. PIT
52Jakeem Grant, MIA @ DEN
53Larry Fitzgerald, ARI @ SEA
54Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. PHI
55Marvin Hall, DET @ CAR
56Mecole Hardman, KC @ LV
57Allen Lazard, GB @ IND
58Randall Cobb, HOU vs. NE
59Greg Ward Jr., PHI @ CLE
60Demarcus Robinson, KC @ LV
61Tre'Quan Smith, NO vs. ATL
62Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ IND
63Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. KC
64KJ Hamler, DEN vs. MIA
65Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. GB
66A.J. Green, CIN @ WAS
67Corey Davis, TEN @ BAL
68David Moore, SEA vs. ARI
69Russell Gage, ATL @ NO
70Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ NO
71Denzel Mims, NYJ @ LAC
72N'Keal Harry, NE @ HOU
73Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. KC
74James Washington, PIT @ JAX
75Zach Pascal, IND vs. GB
76Damiere Byrd, NE @ HOU
77Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. NYJ
78Andy Isabella, ARI @ SEA
79Miles Boykin, BAL vs. TEN
80Cam Sims WAS vs. CIN
81Scotty Miller, TB vs. LAR