At the wide receiver position, things rarely go as planned. Injuries, matchups, and random luck/outlier performances can cause plenty of frustration, but you can at least go into every week with logical start ’em, sit ’em decisions. Our Week 12 fantasy WR PPR rankings are here to help with those tough calls.

First, let’s welcome back PPR machine Cooper Kupp (@ Packers) and say a temporary farewell to Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins, and more Chiefs and Cardinals as they go one a bye. There are some studs in that group, but we can survive this week without them. Hopkins owners have been doing it for a month, so it’s nothing new for them.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Cole Beasley (@ Saints), and Jakobi Meyers (vs. Titans) come to mind when you think about PPR-specific plays, and since each has a top-10 matchup for fantasy WRs, go ahead and slot them in your WR3 or flex spot. The same goes for Hunter Renfrow (vs. Dallas), but Dallas is a little stronger against wideouts. Also, as frustrating as they’ve been, Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney (@ Lions) also have favorable outlooks this week, particularly in PPR formats. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Those guys might seem like obvious choices, so let’s dive a little deeper. Jamison Crowder and Elijah Moore (@ Texans), Kendrick Bourne (vs. Titans), Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault, and Jamal Agnew (@ Falcons), Russell Gage (vs. Jaguars), Gabriel Davis (@ Saints), Robby Anderson (@ Dolphins), and Amon-Ra St. Brown (vs. Bears) are deeper league considerations. You might feel anxious when you insert some of these guys in your lineup, but the matchups are favorable. If you’re in a pinch, what do you have to lose?

Davis is the riskiest, since he’s more of a big-play guy, but we wouldn’t be surprised if as many as four Buffalo WRs produced against the Saints who allow the most fantasy points per game to WRs. The Jaguars are like a very, very, very poor-man’s version of Buffalo against Atlanta. Jones is more of a standard-league threat, while Agnew has a little higher ceiling than Shenault. It seems likely one will produce, but it’s anyone’s guess as to which one.

Courtland Sutton (vs. Chargers) should most likely see your bench in PPR leagues. He has just five catches in his past three games, and the Chargers are the No. 2 defense against fantasy WRs. We understand if you can’t bench him due to his upside, but he’s one of the biggest names who is likely to bust. Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Bills) and Van Jefferson (@ Packers) have emerged as potential late-season sleepers in fantasy, but in these matchups, it’s tough to trust them over some other options. Mike Williams (@ Broncos), Tee Higgins (vs. Steelers), and Odell Beckham Jr. (@ Packers) are also in tough spots, but each has a good amount of upside, so they’re still in our starter’s tier.

Resist the urge to play guys simply because they are in one of the three standalone games on Thanksgiving. We know it’s fun and gives you an excuse to ignore your family, but it could ultimately be the difference between winning and losing a matchup as playoffs loom. Of course, with so many late-week injury/illness worries, sometimes it’s just best to play guys you know are active. Assess your team’s situation and a player’s outlook before figuring out what works best for you.

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

​Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 12: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ NO
2 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ GB
3 Davante Adams, GB vs. LAR
4 DK Metcalf, SEA @ WAS
5 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ SF
6 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. MIN
7 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. CLE
8 Mike Evans, TB @ IND
9 D.J. Moore, CAR @ MIA
10 Chris Godwin, TB @ IND
11 Keenan Allen, LAC @ DEN
12 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. PIT
13 Diontae Johnson, PIT @ CIN
14 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. TB
15 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. NYJ
16 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ NO
17 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ WAS
18 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. LV
19 Antonio Brown, TB @ IND
20 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ NYG
21 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. SEA
22 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. CAR
23 Adam Thielen, MIN @ SF
24 A.J. Brown, TEN @ NE
25 Cole Beasley, BUF @ NO
26 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ DET
27 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. CLE
28 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. PHI
29 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ DAL
30 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. LAC
31 Mike Williams, LAC @ DEN
32 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. PIT
33 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. MIN
34 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ HOU
35 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. TEN
36 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR @ GB
37 Corey Davis, NYJ @ HOU
38 Allen Robinson, CHI @ DET
39 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. TEN
40 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. TB
41 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. PHI
42 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ BAL
43 Cedrick Wilson, DAL vs. LV
44 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. LAR
45 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. ATL
46 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. PHI
47 Robby Anderson, CAR @ MIA
48 Jamal Agnew, JAX vs. ATL
49 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NO
50 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. CHI
51 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LAC
52 Van Jefferson, LAR @ GB
53 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. BUF
54 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ HOU
55 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. SEA
56 Russell Gage, ATL @ JAX
57 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. ATL
58 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. TEN
59 Josh Reynolds, DET vs. CHI
60 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LAC
61 Deonte Harris, NO vs. LV
62 Ray-Ray McLoud, PIT @ CIN
63 Allen Lazard, GB vs. LAR
64 Nico Collins, HOU vs. NYJ
65 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. BUF
66 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. PIT
67 Nick Webster-Ikhine, TEN @ NE
68 DeSean Jackson, LV @ DAL
69 Zach Pascal, IND vs. TB
70 Malik Turner, DAL vs. LV
71 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ BAL
72 Kalif Raymond, DET vs. CHI
73 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ JAX
74 Noah Brown, DAL vs. LV
75 Mack Hollins, MIA vs. BAL
76 Randall Cobb, GB vs LAR
77 Bryan Edwards, LV @ DAL
78 Chester Rogers, TEN @ NE
79 Marcus Johnson, TEN @ NE
80 Chris Conley, HOU vs. NYJ
81 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. CLE
82 Zay Jones, LV @ DAL
83 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. PHI
84 Tajae Sharpe, ATL @ JAX
85 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ BAL
86 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ NYG
87 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ SF
88 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ DEN
89 Adam Humphries, WAS vs. SEA
90 Freddie Swain, SEA @ WAS


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