Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 16: Wide Receivers

Hopefully, we have helped you get through to your league Championship game. We have your Week 16 wide receiver rankings, so make sure you check them out before submitting your lineups this week.

Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel had his best game in many years in Week 15, throwing for 382 yards and two scores while putting up 48 points vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. The wide receiver who Cassel targeted the most was WR Greg Jennings, who put up his best game of the season by catching eleven of thirteen targets for 163 years and a touchdown. Jennings has performed well over the last few weeks, catching 23 of 32 targets for 294 yards and two scores. Jennings has been a bit of a disappointment this season, but with Adrian Peterson and his back up Toby Gerhart on the sidelines they have resorted to chucking the ball down the field more often.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson had a season-high10 receptions on a season-high 16 targets, good for 195 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles 48-30 loss to the Vikings in Week 15. Jackson is having the best season of his career with 75 receptions, 1,275 yards and 9 touchdowns, with two weeks to go. The Eagles have been passing the ball often with QB Nick Foles looking more comfortable in the starting role, and Jackson is benefiting as a result.

The Tennessee Titans lost a heart-breaker on Sunday in a wild 37-34 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. WR Kendall Wright put up his best performance of the season, catching 12 balls for 150 yards but no scores. On the season, Wright has just two touchdowns, but has caught 85 passes for 1,007 yards (a career high in both). The volatility of the wide receiver position has shown itself in Wright's targets of late, as he had just three targets in Week 14, but followed that up with 20 targets in Week 15.

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman is making the most of his playing time over the past few weeks, and Sunday saw him catch 13 of his 19 targets for 139 yards in the Patriots 24-20 loss to the Dolphins. Over the past four weeks, Edelman has caught 37 of his 51 targets for 414 yards and four touchdowns. He has gone over the 100-yard mark in three of the last four weeks.

Target Practice

As you can see in the table below, Patriots WR Julian Edelman is once again a favorite target of QB Tom Brady, as he has seen his targets increase over the past four weeks, including the 19 he saw in week 15.

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon continues to be one of the surprises of the 2013 season at the wide receiver position. He is easily a top-five wide receiver now and into 2014.

It's nice to see Roddy White and Greg Jennings -- two former top-10 wide receivers -- seeing more targets over the last few weeks. The Vikings run the ball more than most teams, as they should, but Jennings has benefited since AP went down.

Titans WR Kendall Wright is a surprise member in this week's Target Practice, as he saw a season, and probably career, high in targets vs the Cardinals in Week 15. I am not sure if he will repeat that effort in Week 16 against Jacksonville.

Rank

Player

Tm

Wk 13

Wk 14

Wk 15

Avg

Total

1

Julian Edelman

NEP

12

9

19

13.3

40

2

Andre Johnson

HOU

9

21

10

13.3

40

3

Josh Gordon

CLE

15

11

10

12.0

36

4

Pierre Garcon

WAS

12

12

10

11.3

34

5

Kendall Wright

TEN

11

3

20

11.3

34

6

A.J. Green

CIN

7

8

18

11.0

33

7

Marques Colston

NOS

7

13

13

11.0

33

8

Greg Jennings

MIN

9

10

13

10.7

32

9

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

16

10

6

10.7

32

10

Roddy White

ATL

14

10

7

10.3

31

Best Matchups

Here are a few wide receivers with good match ups in Week 16 based on their opponent's fantasy points allowed (table below):

1. Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle vs. Lions
2. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery vs. Eagles
3. Keenan Allen and Vincent Brown vs. Raiders
4. Rod Streater and Denarius Moore vs. Chargers
5. Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss vs. Cowboys

Team

Points (WRs)

20

Redskins

340.39

21

Falcons

340.6

22

Packers

354.89

23

Jets

354.9

24

Chiefs

358.69

25

Colts

359.69

26

Bills

361.6

27

Cowboys

369.59

28

Raiders

370.09

29

Chargers

388.2

30

Lions

396.89

31

Vikings

397.19

32

Eagles

406.5

Week 16 Rankings

Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

Rank

Player

Player

1

Calvin Johnson, DET

Calvin Johnson, DET

2

A.J. Green, CIN

Josh Gordon, CLE

3

Josh Gordon, CLE

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

4

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

Andre Johnson, HOU

5

Brandon Marshall, CHI

Brandon Marshall, CHI

6

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Vincent Jackson, TB

7

Dez Bryant, DAL

A.J. Green, CIN

8

Andre Johnson, HOU

Antonio Brown, PIT

9

DeSean Jackson, PHI

Julian Edelman, NE

10

Antonio Brown, PIT

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

11

Pierre Garcon, WAS

Dez Bryant, DAL

12

Vincent Jackson, TB

DeSean Jackson, PHI

13

Julian Edelman, NE

Pierre Garcon, WAS

14

Eric Decker, DEN

Jordy Nelson, GB

15

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

Torrey Smith, BAL

16

Jordy Nelson, GB

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

17

Torrey Smith, BAL

Eric Decker, DEN

18

Dwayne Bowe, KC

Dwayne Bowe, KC

19

T.Y. Hilton, IND

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

20

Keenan Allen, SD

Danny Amendola, NE

21

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

Rueben Randle, NYG

22

Mike Wallace, MIA

Marques Colston, NO

23

Kendall Wright, TENN

T.Y. Hilton, IND

24

Jarrett Boykin, GB

Roddy White, ATL

25

Rueben Randle, NYG

Keenan Allen, SD

26

Greg Jennings, MIN

Mike Wallace, MIA

27

Danny Amendola, NE

Greg Jennings, MIN

28

Harry Douglas, ATL

Jarrett Boykin, GB

29

Marques Colston, NO

Brian Hartline, MIA

30

Michael Floyd, ARI

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

31

Steve Johnson, BUF

Harry Douglas, ATL

32

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

Kendall Wright, TENN

33

Steve Smith, CAR

Michael Floyd, ARI

34

Roddy White, ATL

Steve Johnson, BUF

35

Rod Streater, OAK

Rod Streater, OAK

36

Brian Hartline, MIA

Anquan Boldin, SF

37

Riley Cooper, PHI

Terrance Williams, DAL

38

Denarius Moore, OAK

Lance Moore, NO

39

Vincent Brown, SD

Denarius Moore, OAK

40

Terrance Williams, DAL

Vincent Brown, SD

41

James Jones, GB

Steve Smith, CAR

42

Anquan Boldin, SF

Riley Cooper, PHI

43

Nate Burleson, DET

James Jones, GB

44

Brandon LaFell, CAR

Nate Washington, TEN

45

Lance Moore, NO

Nate Burleson, DET

46

Nate Washington, TEN

Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN

47

Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN

Rishard Matthews, MIA

48

Michael Crabtree, SF

Michael Crabtree, SF

49

Rishard Matthews, MIA

Brandon LaFell, CAR

50

Randall Cobb, GB

Randall Cobb, GB

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