We’re inching closer to the fantasy football playoffs, and our preseason speculation has come true — there are always a lot of viable options at wide receiver. This week, though, a lot of those “viable options” are guys who have disappointed for some or all of the season. That might cause you to scoff at our Week 11 fantasy WR rankings, but it’s important to remember that, thanks to matchups, injuries and usage trends, each week brings a new set of sleepers and potential busts.
Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins are back from bye, but we lose Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, Odell Beckham Jr., Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, and Courtland Sutton. Again, the position is deep enough to survive a two-team bye — even when those two teams have several solid receivers between them.
WEEK 11 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
As always, a few studs have tough matchups, but guys like Justin Jefferson (vs. Packers), Adam Thielen (vs. Packers), Ja’Marr Chase (@ Raiders), and Diontae Johnson (@ Chargers) remain must-starts (regardless of the Steelers’ QB situation). Michael Pittman (@ Bills) and Hunter Renfrow (vs. Bengals) are tougher calls, but it’s difficult to sit either, especially in PPR leagues.
WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Brandon Aiyuk (@ Jaguars), A.J. Green and Christian Kirk (@ Seahawks), Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay (@ Buccaneers), Rashod Bateman (@ Bears), DeVonta Smith (vs. Saints), and Darnell Mooney and Allen Robinson (vs. Ravens) have been firmly on the start-or-sit bubble most weeks this season. but each has a matchup with a bottom-10 defense in fantasy points per game allowed to wideouts, so get them in your lineups. Of course, Shepard’s health will need to be monitored.
Going a little deeper, Michael Gallup (@ Chiefs), Robby Anderson (@ Washington), Marcus Johnson (vs. Texans), Jamal Agnew and Marvin Jones (vs. 49ers), Jakobi Meyers (@ Falcons), and Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder (vs. Dolphins) warrant consideration this week with favorable matchups. None of those guys are sure things, but if you’re in a bind, they feel like decent options to roll the dice with. Meyers and Agnew are better suited for PPR, though.
Russell Gage (vs. Patriots) has let us down plenty this year, and we’re not loving his chances against the New England defense, The same thing can be said for Tyler Boyd (@ Raiders) and Marquez Callaway (@ Eagles). Tre’Quan Smith and Deonte Harris actually have more appeal than Callaway right now despite his TD last week. Obviously, there’s a point where you might have to play one of these guys, but overall, they’re suboptimal options. That also applies to Allen Lazard (@ Vikings) and T.Y. Hilton (@ Bills).
It’s worth noting Van Jefferson still has sneaky value moving forward. The Rams are on a bye, but with Robert Woods (knee) out for the year, Jefferson won’t be completely minimized by the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. You should always be planning for the future in addition to the current week at this time of year, so pay attention to target trends and take advantage of potential drops by desperate teams.
Note: We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.
Fantasy WR Rankings Week 11: Who to start at wide receiver
Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring
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