We know the wide receiver position is deep, but that doesn’t make start ’em, sit ’em decisions at this position any easier, especially when injuries, byes, and other issues are rearing their ugly heads. We do our best to sort through the confusion in Week 12 fantasy WR rankings, but we know we’ll have to make frequent updates throughout the week. 

DeAndre Hopkins (remember him?), Tyreek Hill, and the rest of the Chiefs’ and Cardinals’ wide receivers are on bye. We’ll certainly miss some of those guys, but overall, it’s not a terrible week. Cooper Kupp (@ Packers) and the trio of Broncos WRs (vs. Chargers) will be back, and we’ll finally get to see Odell Beckham Jr. after a normal week of preparation with the Rams.

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

Strong standard league starts include Rashod Bateman (vs. Browns), Elijah Moore and Corey Davis (@ Texans), Brandon Aiyuk (vs. Vikings), Cole Beasley (@ Saints), T.Y. Hilton (vs. Buccaneers), Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne (vs. Titans), and Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney (@ Lions). All figure to be at least low-end WR3s facing off against statistically poor defenses against WRs. Detroit might not be the worst team against the position, but that has mostly been due to run-heavy game scripts by their opposition. If Chicago blows out Detroit on Thanksgiving, Mooney and Robinson might have quiet afternoons, but they still have a good amount of upside

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

Deeper in the rankings, you’ll find Jamison Crowder (@ Texans), Robby Anderson (@ Dolphins), Jamal Agnew and Marvin Jones (vs. Falcons), and Russell Gage (@ Jaguars). Obviously, none are “safe” options, but at this point in the rankings, no one is. We have to rely on favorable matchups when looking at deep sleepers and one-week streamers. If you’re really brave, you can try Nico Collins (vs. Jets). He’s getting more involved in the Texans’ offense, which is looking somewhat better as Tyrod Taylor continues to get healthier. We can say the same about fellow rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown (vs. Bears) facing the fourth-worst defense against fantasy WRs heading into Week 11.

On the flip side, Kadarius Toney (vs. Eagles), Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick (vs. Chargers), Jarvis Landry (@ Ravens), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Rams), and Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Bills) have tough enough matchups to cause concern. Sutton and Toney have both produced explosive performances this season, but the Eagles and Chargers were both top-four teams against fantasy WRs heading into Week 11. Additionally, Sutton has just five receptions in the past three weeks, so it seems Jerry Jeudy’s return to the lineup has hurt him mightily. We still like Jeudy this week, but he’s also on the start-sit bubble.

Some of the guys we didn’t expect to be productive this year have come through, and of course, we’ve had plenty of fantasy busts. You can only ride with someone so long before you accept it’s time to bench/cut them, and 11 weeks of data is well enough time to make those calls. We know it’s not gonna be fun to bench Courtland Sutton or Kadarius Toney for a guys like Elijah Moore or Darnell Mooney, but it’s probably the right call.

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 12: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

  • 37 Corey Davis, NYJ @ HOU
    38 Allen Robinson, CHI @ DET
    39 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. TB
    40 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. TEN
    41 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. LAR
    42 Cedrick Wilson, DAL vs. LV
    43 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. ATL
    44 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. PHI
    45 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ BAL
    46 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. PHI
    47 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NO
    48 Robby Anderson, CAR @ MIA
    49 Jamal Agnew, JAX vs. ATL
    50 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LAC
    51 Van Jefferson, LAR @ GB
    52 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. BUF
    53 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. CHI
    54 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. SEA
    55 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. TEN
    56 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. ATL
    57 Josh Reynolds, DET vs. CHI
    58 Russell Gage, ATL @ JAX
    59 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LAC
    60 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ HOU
    61 Allen Lazard, GB vs. LAR
    62 Deonte Harris, NO vs. LV
    63 Nico Collins, HOU vs. NYJ
    64 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. BUF
    65 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. PIT
    66 Malik Turner, DAL vs. LV
    67 DeSean Jackson, LV @ DAL
    68 Zach Pascal, IND vs. TB
    69 Ray-Ray McLoud, PIT @ CIN
    70 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ BAL
    71 Kalif Raymond, DET vs. CHI
    72 Noah Brown, DAL vs. LV
    73 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ JAX
    74 Mack Hollins, MIA vs. BAL
    75 Nick Webster-Ikhine, TEN @ NE
    76 Bryan Edwards, LV @ DAL
    77 Randall Cobb, GB vs LAR
    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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