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Fantasy PPR, Standard WR Rankings Week 18: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

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For most fantasy owners, the 2021 fantasy season has concluded, but there are a select few leagues still heading into battle in Week 18. Even though there will be plenty of NFL teams that have “nothing” to play for, our Week 18 fantasy WR rankings for standard and PPR leagues should still be the deepest set of all positions. If nothing else, you can use these to compare two players with similar price tags in DFS.

To go along with the fact some teams may be uninspired to play this week, we’ll likely have our usual slew of reserve/COVID list inactives, so this could be a tricky group to navigate. Most notably, Davante Adams could certainly be sidelined since the Packers have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but we’re unsure about Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Allen Lazard. Aaron Rodgers should be inactive, though, so all Green Bay pass-catchers have low floors.

WEEK 18 FANTASY RANKINGS (PPR & STANDARD):
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

The studs with the toughest matchups include Jaylen Waddle (vs. Patriots), Amari Cooper (@ Eagles) and CeeDee Lamb (@ Eagles), Keenan Allen (@ Raiders), and Tyreek Hill (@ Broncos). So, overall, there are a decent number of guys in tough spots, but since their ceilings remain high in any matchups, each should still be in starting lineups. A guy like Waddle could bust in standard leagues, but he should have enough volume to produce in PPR.

Among players on the start-or-sit bubble, Darnell Mooney (@ Vikings), Marquez Callaway (@ Falcons), Van Jefferson (vs. 49ers),  Marquise Brown (vs. Steelers), Russell Gage (vs. Saints), Chase Claypool (@ Ravens), and Gabriel Davis (vs. Jets) make a lot of sense. The standard-leaning guys are Callaway, Claypool, Jefferson, and Davis, while the more attractive PPR plays are Mooney, Brown, and Gage. That said, they all have strong enough matchups to be considered in all formats.

You could also try riskier guys like Kenny Golladay (vs. Washington), K.J. Osborn (vs. Bears), Nico Collins (vs. Titans), and Tre’Quan Smith (@ Falcons), but they’re in a lower tier based on the risk factor and uncertainty we’ve seen from them this year. Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley (vs. Jets) are fine plays, too, but they have lower ceilings than their teammate Davis, so the risk of a low floor makes them a risky choice that may not be worth it.

On the flip side, Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios (@ Bills), DeVante Parker (vs. Patriots), Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton (vs. Chiefs), Tyler Boyd (@ Browns), and secondary Tampa receivers (vs. Panthers) draw some of the toughest matchups for WRs. Of course, some of these guys have higher upsides than the players with good matchups, but the floor here is fairly low and none are constant producers in their offenses.

There are also guys like Josh Reynolds (vs. Packers) and Josh Palmer (@ Raiders) that have been productive in spots this year, but they have to be in the perfect situation, and when the matchup isn’t great, we can’t count on production.

The safest wideouts to play are those on teams who actually need to win this week for a playoff berth of playoff seeding. It can be tough to know what teams are going to do early in the week, but by Sunday, we should have more clarity on these situations. Some teams may not play any starters at all, there could be a bunch of guys we haven’t heard from all year who produce this week. It all stacks up to be a fun and interesting DFS slate but a tough one week for traditional leagues.

Note: We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes.

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 18: Who to start at wide receiver (Standard)

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SF
2 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. CHI
3 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. NYJ
4 Deebo Samuel, SF @ LAR
5 Mike Evans, TB vs. CAR
6 Tyreek Hill, KC @ DEN
7 Keenan Allen, LAC @ LV
8 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. TEN
9 A.J. Brown, TEN @ HOU
10 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN @ CLE
11 DK Metcalf, SEA @ ARI
12 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ ARI
13 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ BAL
14 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. GB
15 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. NE
16 Tee Higgins, CIN @ CLE
17 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. DAL
18 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR vs. SF
19 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ PHI
20 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ LAR
21 Amari Cooper, DAL @ PHI
22 D.J. Moore, CAR @ TB
23 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ NYG
24 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. SEA
25 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ MIN
26 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ JAX
27 A.J. Green, ARI vs. SEA
28 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. LAC
29 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. SF
30 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. PIT
31 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. NE
32 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ BUF
33 Julio Jones, TEN @ HOU
34 Robby Anderson, CAR @ TB
35 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. WAS
36 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. NYJ
37 Russell Gage, ATL vs. NO
38 Marquez Callaway, NO @ ATL
39 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ MIA
40 Chase Claypool, PIT @ BAL
41 Braxton Berrios, NYJ @ BUF
42 Kendrick Bourne, NE @ MIA
43 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. CIN
44 Allen Robinson, CHI @ MIN
45 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. CHI
46 Zay Jones, LV vs. LAC
47 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. NYJ
48 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ ATL
49 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. NYJ
50 Allen Lazard, GB @ DET
51 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. KC
52 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ CLE
53 Cedrick Wilson, DAL @ PHI
54 Cyril Grayson Jr., TB vs. CAR
55 Josh Reynolds, DET vs. GB
56 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. PIT
57 Nico Collins, HOU vs. TEN
58 Amari Rodgers, GB @ DET
59 Josh Palmer, LAC @ LV
60 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ LV
61 Tyler Johnson, TB vs. CAR
62 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. CIN
63 Laquon Treadwell, JAX vs. IND
64 Isaiah McKenzie, BUF vs. NYJ
65 Chris Conley, HOU vs. TEN
66 Keelan Cole, NYJ @ BUF
67 Mecole Hardman, KC @ DEN
68 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. IND
69 Kalif Raymond, DET vs. GB
70 DeSean Jackson, LV vs. LAC
71 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. KC
72 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN @ HOU
73 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ JAX
74 Antoine Wesley, ARI vs. SEA
75 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. IND
76 Curtis Samuel, WAS @ NYG
77 James Washington, PIT @ BAL
78 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. PIT
79 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. KC
80 Chester Rogers, TEN @ HOU
81 Dee Eskridge, SEA @ ARI
82 DeAndre Carter, WAS @ NYG
83 Jauan Jennings, SF @ LAR

​Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 18: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SF
2 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. CHI
3 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. NYJ
4 Mike Evans, TB vs. CAR
5 Tyreek Hill, KC @ DEN
6 Keenan Allen, LAC @ LV
7 Deebo Samuel, SF @ LAR
8 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. TEN
9 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ BAL
10 A.J. Brown, TEN @ HOU
11 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN @ CLE
12 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. GB
13 DK Metcalf, SEA @ ARI
14 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. NE
15 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ ARI
16 Tee Higgins, CIN @ CLE
17 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. DAL
18 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR vs. SF
19 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ PHI
20 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ LAR
21 D.J. Moore, CAR @ TB
22 Amari Cooper, DAL @ PHI
23 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ NYG
24 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ MIN
25 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. LAC
26 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. SEA
27 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. PIT
28 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ JAX
29 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ BUF
30 A.J. Green, ARI vs. SEA
31 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. SF
32 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. NE
33 Robby Anderson, CAR @ TB
34 Julio Jones, TEN @ HOU
35 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ MIA
36 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. WAS
37 Russell Gage, ATL vs. NO
38 Marquez Callaway, NO @ ATL
39 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. NYJ
40 Braxton Berrios, NYJ @ BUF
41 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. CIN
42 Zay Jones, LV vs. LAC
43 Kendrick Bourne, NE @ MIA
44 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. NYJ
45 Allen Robinson, CHI @ MIN
46 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. CHI
47 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ CLE
48 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ ATL
49 Chase Claypool, PIT @ BAL
50 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. NYJ
51 Allen Lazard, GB @ DET
52 Cedrick Wilson, DAL @ PHI
53 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. KC
54 Cyril Grayson Jr., TB vs. CAR
55 Josh Reynolds, DET vs. GB
56 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. PIT
57 Amari Rodgers, GB @ DET
58 Tyler Johnson, TB vs. CAR
59 Nico Collins, HOU vs. TEN
60 Laquon Treadwell, JAX vs. IND
61 Josh Palmer, LAC @ LV
62 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ LV
63 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. CIN
64 Isaiah McKenzie, BUF vs. NYJ
65 Chris Conley, HOU vs. TEN
66 Keelan Cole, NYJ @ BUF
67 Mecole Hardman, KC @ DEN
68 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. IND
69 Kalif Raymond, DET vs. GB
70 DeSean Jackson, LV vs. LAC
71 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. KC
72 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN @ HOU
73 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ JAX
74 Antoine Wesley, ARI vs. SEA
75 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. IND
76 Curtis Samuel, WAS @ NYG
77 James Washington, PIT @ BAL
78 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. PIT
79 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. KC
80 Chester Rogers, TEN @ HOU
81 Dee Eskridge, SEA @ ARI
82 DeAndre Carter, WAS @ NYG
83 Jauan Jennings, SF @ LAR



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