Fantasy WR Rankings Week 10: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

Week 10 Fantasy WR Rankings

You know the drill at the wide receiver position – -there are a bunch of must-starts at the top and an ever-changing list of potential matchup-sleepers/stumblers on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble each week. As the deepest position in fantasy football, we usually have a plethora of options, but it can but tough to sort through the trash and find the hidden gems. Let our Week 10 fantasy WR rankings help you decide who to start in this crucial week.

Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Brandin Cooks, and Kadarius Toney are the most notable guys out of action because of byes, but we’re more than happy to welcome back Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown (ankle), Terry McLaurin, and DK Metcalf. That feels like a fair trade, especially since we get a week’s reprieve of worrying about Allen Robinson.

WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

There aren’t a ton of studs with worrisome matchups this week, but Justin Jefferson (@ Chargers), Adam Thielen (@ Chargers), and DeAndre Hopkins (vs. Panthers) are among the few that would fit into that category. Assuming Hopkins is healthy, none of those guys can reasonably be benched, though. The same can’t be said for Arizona’s borderline WRs, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, and Rondale Moore, especially if Kyler Murray (ankle) is out again. If Murray plays, you can always try one of these secondary receivers, but if he’s out, there’s no reason to take the chance.

WEEK 10 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

If one of your studs is on bye or you have players dealing with injury concerns, Rashod Bateman (@ Dolphins), Marquez Callaway (@ Titans), and Russell Gage (@ Cowboys) are in play as streamers. Hunter Renfrow (vs. Chiefs), Cole Beasley (@ Jets), and Jakobi Meyers (vs. Browns) are also decent options, but they’re better suited in PPR leagues. Each guy mentioned here is set to face defenses that aren’t shy about giving up points to fantasy WRs, so we aren’t shy about starting them this week. DeSean Jackson (vs. Chiefs) could also be a home run play if he’s active this week.

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Going a bit deeper, Zach Pascal and T.Y. Hilton (vs. Jaguars), Laviska Shenault and Jamal Agnew (@ Colts), Michael Gallup (vs. Falcons), and Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Seahawks) are all in play based on matchups, but Green Bay’s QB situation will certainly affect how we ultimately view those players. That would also be true of Seattle’s WRs, but DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett (@ Packers) are must-starts regardless of who’s under center. Of course, they would move up quite a bit if Russell Wilson (finger) returns.

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Some of the worrisome guys on the start-or-sit bubble include Devonta Smith (@ Broncos), Jarvis Landry and Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ Patriots), Corey Davis, and Elijah Moore (vs. Bills), and Van Jefferson (@ 49ers). Jefferson has emerged as a sleeper with DeSean Jackson officially out in L.A., but the 49ers are stout against WRs and we know Cooper Kupp dominates targets like no other pass-catcher this season. Landry should be a target hog with OBJ gone, but a matchup with New England has scared us off on fringe-starters for decades. Davis seems to have more target competition with the emergence of Moore and Jamison Crowder, and it’s hard to be bullish on him coming off of a hip injury playing against an elite Buffalo defense.

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This late into the season, we can’t speculate as much on who could have a successful week. Instead, we need to rely on all the data at our disposal. That includes matchups, targets, and fantasy points per game allowed. Of course, almost all of that goes out the window when key QBs are injured, but we have to trudge on nonetheless. We’ll be here every step of the way.

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 10: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ SF
2 Davante Adams, GB vs. SEA
3 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. NO
4 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ NYJ
5 Tyreek Hill, KC @ LV
6 Mike Evans, TB @ WAS
7 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. TB
8 Marquise Brown, BAL @ MIA
9 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. CAR
10 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. LAR
11 DK Metcalf, SEA @ GB
12 Antonio Brown, TB @ WAS. We’ll have to see if Brown (ankle) is playing, but despite reports he’d be ready to go this week, he is still in a walking boot after the bye week. However, if he plays, he is a must-start along with Mike Evans a Chris Godwin. Washington allows the third-most fantasy points to wideouts, so all three could smash this week.
13 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. ATL. Lamb is averaging 8.25 targets/game in one of the league’s best offenses, so he remains a must-start, despite recent struggles. Throw out the entire Cowboys-Broncos game from your memory, as that was just an uncharacteristic day for the Cowboys’ O. Don’t consider benching Lamb or Amari Cooper — even though Atlanta is now in the top half of the league against WRs.
14 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. DET. As always, Johnson is most attractive in PPR leagues, has enough upside to be one of the last “must-starts”. Pittsburgh can’t run the ball well enough to just kill the clock and dominate the Lions as many teams have done, so Big Ben should still attempt a ton of passes — most of which will be easy throws to Johnson, Najee Harris, and Pat Freiermuth. Chase Claypool is ranked as a WR3 this week given the matchup, but realistically, his floor is as low as anyone in that range of players.
15 Chris Godwin, TB @ WAS. See Antonio Brown.
16 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ LAC. Jefferson caught just three-of-five targets against Baltimore, but he did score a touchdown and saved his fantasy day. This Kirk Cousins-led offense isn’t as dynamic in the passing game as expected, and Jefferson is sitting as a WR2 through nine weeks. We know his upside is elite, but until he can consistently smash, we can’t justify ranking him among the top WRs — especially since the Chargers are the second-best defense against wide receivers. You’re still starting Jefferson and Adam Thielen, but lower expectations on them a bit.
17 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. JAX. Pittman has emerged as a fantasy stud and could very well finish as a WR1 on the season. He’s become a great deep-thread and end zone weapon. He has averaged 85 receiving yards/game over his last three and found the end zone four times. The Jags are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to WRs, so we say Pittman will continue his streak of excellence. If T.Y. Hilton (head) plays, he’s an attractive flex consideration.
18 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. ATL. See CeeDee Lamb.
19 Adam Thielen, MIN @ LAC. See Justin Jefferson.
20 Julio Jones, TEN vs. NO. Julio didn’t smash against the Rams, but the game script was nothing like we all expected. Ryan Tannehill and the Titans weren’t forced to push the ball downfield, so none of their pass-catchers had strong days. We did see some positive things from Julio, though. He looked healthy and played from start to finish — things we haven’t been able to say about him up to this point. New Orleans has one of the strongest rushing defenses in the league, but their secondary has been picked apart in each game since Week 1. They are ranked as the fourth-worst defense against fantasy WRs, and this game should call for Tennessee to lean on their passing attack.
21 Robert Woods, LAR @ SF. After a slow start to the season, Woods has caught at least six passes or scored a touchdown in each of his last five outings. He’s still playing second-fiddle to Cooper Kupp, but his upside is strong enough to keep him in the WR2 conversation. Despite how bad the 49ers have looked in recent weeks, they have limited WRs as the eighth-best defense against the position. For that reason, he is on the low-end of the WR2 rankings.
22 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ GB. Russell Wilson (finger) is expected to be back for Seattle, so Lockett’s rest-of-season outlook gets a huge boost. However, it remains to be seen if Wilson’s accuracy will be affected, and Lockett has been a boom-or-bust player even with him in the lineup. As we’ve seen this year, his floor is extremely low, but his ceiling is a top-three finish. With Wilson, you’re surely inserting him into your lineups, but just know he carries risk. Heading into the matchup with Kansas City, Green Bay was the seventh-best defense against WRs and then held Tyreek Hill to just 37 yards on four catches.
23 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. MIN. Order has been restored in LA, and Allen is once again the No. 1 WR for the Chargers. He has 24 targets over the last two games and has caught 18 of them for 181 yards and a touchdown. Minnesota gives up the sixth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to wideouts, and Allen has returned to form as a must-start option. Mike Williams has disappointed in recent weeks, so while his rest-of-season fantasy outlook isn’t as high as it once was, he should bounce back in this matchup. 
24 D.J. Moore, CAR @ ARI. Sam Darnold has been awful, so naturally, Moore’s production has been disappointing. However, he’s still averaging just over 9.7 targets/game and it’s tough to justify benching him given that kind of opportunity. Right here is really where the “must-start” group ends, but he is in that mix. Arizona’s passing defense is about league average, but assuming Kyler Murray is back, we think Carolina will have to abandon the run early in this game to keep up with the Arizona offense. Pencil in Moore for another 10 targets and let’s just hope some of those targets are catchable.
25 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. BAL
26 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ NYJ
27 Mike Williams, LAC vs. MIN. See Keenan Allen
28 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. KC
29 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. PHI
30 Rashod Bateman, BAL @ MIA
31 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. DET. See Diontae Johnson.
32 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. PHI
33 Marvin Jones, JAX @ IND
34 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ NE
35 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ DEN
36 Cole Beasley, BUF @ NYJ
37 Allen Lazard, GB vs. SEA
38 Corey Davis, NYJ vs. BUF
39 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. CAR
40 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. CLE
41 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ IND
42 A.J. Green, ARI vs. CAR
43 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ NE
44 Van Jefferson, LAR @ SF
45 Russell Gage, ATL @ DAL
46 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. PHI
47 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. JAX. See Michael Pittman Jr.
48 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. BUF
49 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. LAR
50 Elijah Moore, NYJ vs. BUF
51 Marquez Callaway, NO @ TEN
52 Zach Pascal, IND vs. JAX
53 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ TEN
54 Jamal Agnew, JAX @ IND
55 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. ATL
56 DeSean Jackson, LV vs. KC
57 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ MIA
58 Robby Anderson, CAR @ ARI
59 Kalif Raymond, DET @ PIT
60 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. SEA
61 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET @ PIT
62 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. CAR
63 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ DAL
64 Mecole Hardman, KC @ LV
65 Randall Cobb, GB vs. SEA
66 Deonte Harris, NO @ TEN
67 Tajae Sharpe, ATL @ DAL
68 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ NYJ
69 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. CLE
70 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. KC
71 Quez Watkins, PHI @ DEN
72 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ LAC
73 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. CLE
74 Byron Pringle, KC @ LV
75 Zay Jones, LV vs. KC
76 Adam Humphries, WAS vs. TB
77 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ NE
78 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. MIN
79 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ LV
80 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. TB
81 Freddie Swain, SEA @ GB
82 Josh Gordon, KC @ LV





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