Week 17 Fantasy WR Rankings: A.J. Brown, Greg Ward Jr. rise ahead of favorable matchups | Sporting News

You probably didn’t start Steven Sims Jr. in your fantasy football league in Week 16, but the question for those of you who play on into Week 17 is probably, “Should I start Sims now?” The answer is probably “no,” but in the bizzarro world that is Week 17 fantasy football, no question about a waiver wire pickup is too crazy to at least consider. And as I’ll get into a little further down the page, Greg Ward Jr. is a whole different story.

While we may know the answer to it early in the week, the biggest Week 17 story for fantasy owners is Chris Godwin’s health. He’ll probably be ruled out for the season, because why wouldn’t he, but still – if you own Godwin, you’re surely holding out hope that he plays. Assuming he’s out again, you can continue to count on Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson in a juicy matchup with the Falcons.

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The injury that could bring a new absence in Week 17 is Julian Edelman’s knee. The Pats still have playoff seeding to play for, but they’re taking on the Dolphins and Edelman has been visibly in pain the last couple weeks. If Edelman were to sit, Mohamed Sanu, N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers would get rankings boosts. Also keep an eye on D.J. Moore, who was concussed in Week 16 – the Panthers have no great reason to rush him back.

So back to Sims and Ward – Sims actually seemed legit in terms of targets and finding the end zone twice Sunday (he almost scored a third time, as well). But Washington faces a stingier Dallas defense that could more easily slow down rookie Dwayne Haskins. Ward, on the other hand, looks so talented it’s a wonder the Eagles didn’t use him until they were forced into it. But with Carson Wentz throwing him the ball against that same Giants defense that Sims made look silly, Ward could have a field day and is my favorite sleeper this week.

Week 16 taught us a few more things, as well. Play A.J. Brown against the Texans, because he’s just an absolute stud who’ll be made to look even better by a bad secondary. Be cautious with your Seattle WRs – something weird is going on with that offense, and now they’re without their best RBs. And if you’re looking for non-Ward upside, it might come from Diontae Johnson, who looks like a big-play threat every time he touches the ball and will potentially get it easier against Baltimore in Week 17 if the Ravens rest some players.

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The final big question before you check out the rankings centers around DeVante Parker, who’ll match up with Stephon Gilmore in Week 17. Gilmore was burned once by John Brown for a long touchdown, but otherwise held Brown to four total targets and just the one long catch. Ryan Fitzpatrick will certainly force feed Parker, but if you’ve got a safer option, it might be best to use it.

Note: We’ll continue to update these rankings all week, so check back for the latest changes.¬†

Week 17 Fantasy WR Rankings

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Julio Jones, ATL @ TB
2 Michael Thomas, NO @ CAR
3 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. TEN
4 Davante Adams, GB @ DET
5 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. WAS
6 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. OAK
7 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. LAC
8 Breshad Perriman, TB vs. ATL
9 Keenan Allen, LAC @ KC
10 A.J. Brown, TEN @ HOU
11 Julian Edelman, NE vs. MIA
12 Allen Robinson, CHI @ MIN
13 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. CLE
14 Mike Williams, LAC @ KC
15 Will Fuller V, HOU vs. TEN
16 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. NO
17 Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. CHI
18 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ CIN
19 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. CHI
20 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. SF
21 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ DAL
22 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ JAX
23 Kenny Golladay, DET vs. GB
24 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. ARZ
25 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ CIN
26 DJ Chark, JAX @ ATL
27 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NE
28 Golden Tate, NYG vs. PHI
29 John Brown, BUF vs. NYJ
30 Justin Watson, TB vs. ATL
31 Emmanuel Sanders, SF @ SEA
32 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. WAS
33 Anthony Miller, CHI @ MIN
34 Greg Ward, PHI @ NYG
35 Robert Woods, LAR vs. ARZ
36 Russell Gage, ATL @ TB
37 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. SF
38 Deebo Samuel, SF @ SEA
39 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. PIT
40 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. PHI
41 Christian Kirk, ARZ @ LAR
42 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. PHI
43 James Washington, PIT @ BAL
44 Chris Conley, JAX vs. IND
45 Danny Amendola, DET vs. GB
46 Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. NO
47 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. IND
48 Mohamed Sanu, NE vs. MIA
49 Kenny Stills, HOU vs. TEN
50 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ BAL
51 Corey Davis, TEN @ HOU
52 Tyrell Williams, OAK @ DEN
53 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. OAK
54 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. NYJ
55 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ LAR
56 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ BUF
57 Brandin Cooks, LAR vs. ARZ
58 Robby Anderson, NYJ @ BUF
59 N’Keal Harry, NE vs. MIA
60 Steven Sims Jr., WAS @ DAL
61 Nelson Agholor, PHI @ NYG
62 Zach Pascal, IND @ JAX
63 Alex Erickson, CIN vs. CLE
64 Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. IND
65 Marcus Johnson, IND @ JAX
66 Sammy Watkins, KC vs. LAC
67 John Ross III, CIN vs. CLE
68 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ SEA
69 Allen Lazard, GB @ DET
70 Randall Cobb, DAL vs. WAS
71 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LAC
72 Willie Snead, BAL vs. PIT
73 Ted Ginn Jr., NO @ CAR
74 Phillip Dorsett, NE vs. MIA
75 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ CAR
76 Albert Wilson, MIA @ NE
77 Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. ARZ
78 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ DET
79 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LAC
80 Geronimo Allison, GB @ DET
81 JJ Arcega-Whiteside, PHI @ NYG
82 Olabisi Johnson, MIN vs. CHI
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