Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 17: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

By now, you’re tired of hearing about the latest player who has been placed on the reserve/COVID list, but unfortunately, we can’t ignore it, as fantasy football owners and need to be prepared for all scenarios. Our Week 17 fantasy WR PPR rankings aim to help you decide who to start at wide receiver, as well as get an understanding of deeper parts of the rankings. We could see several key wideouts out of action without warning, so the potential sleepers lower down the list are as important as ever.

Justin Jefferson (@ Packers), Diontae Johnson (vs. Browns), and Keenan Allen (vs. Broncos) face some of the toughest WRs matchups, but especially in PPR leagues, the upside is too high to bench them, as any of them can have monster days without explosive plays. Adam Thielen (@ Packers) and Chase Claypool (vs. Browns) are tougher calls, but especially in PPR, Claypool is a low-floor play and best suited for benches. Allen’s usual running mate, Mike Williams, will be out this week while on the reserve/COVID list.

WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

In the middle of our rankings, some of the best matchups go to Robby Anderson (@ Saints), Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Vikings), Van Jefferson (@ Ravens), Isaiah McKenzie, Cole Beasley, and Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Falcons), and Christian Kirk (@ Cowboys). All of these guys are usually boom-or-bust type fantasy asserts, but with strong matchups, they can be seriously considered in PPR leagues. There are also guys, such as Jamison Crowder/Braxton Berrios (vs. Buccaneers), Kadarius Toney (@ Bears), Nico Collins (@ 49ers), and Darnell Mooney (vs. Giants), who are in bad offenses, but they are always capable of producing with enough volume in favorable matchups like those. 

WEEK 17 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

You can also take a leap of faith with former studs A.J. Green (@ Cowboys), Allen Robinson (vs. Giants), Kenny Golladay @ Bears), and Julio Jones (vs. Dolphins), but we know they don’t have the safest floors. All but Robinson have had at least one 100-yard game this year, though, and they are in some of the most favorable matchups. Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne (vs. Jaguars) find themselves in a good matchup, too, but the Pats’ passing offense has no real floor and New England could opt to simply run the ball all day. Meyers still has enough PPR upside to be considered a “safe” flex.

On the other side of the matchups, Marquise Brown (@ Rams), Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. Raiders), and Jerry Jeudy (@ Chargers) were once considered to have high ceilings, but it tough matchups this week, that doesn’t feel like the case.

Borderline starters like Josh Reynolds (@ Seahawks), Russell Gage (@ Bills), and Rashod Bateman (@ Rams) have virtually no floor, so they’re unlikely to deliver solid fantasy days in tough matchups like those, though Gage always has some potential in PPR leagues.

So, there you have it. This will be the last week of fantasy football for the overwhelming majority of people, so just get your start-or-sit decisions right one more time and earn those bragging right as the champion of your league.

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 17: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on full-point PPRscoring

Rank Player
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ BAL
2 Davante Adams, GB vs. MIN
3 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. HOU
4 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ GB
5 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. ATL
6 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ TEN
7 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. DEN
8 Mike Evans, TB @ NYJ
9 Tyreek Hill, KC @ CIN
10 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. DET
11 Antonio Brown, TB @ NYJ
12 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ SF
13 D.J. Moore, CAR @ NO
14 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. CLE
15 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. MIA
16 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. KC
17 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. DET
18 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ WAS
19 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. KC
20 Elijah Moore, NYJ vs. TB
21 DeVante Parker, MIA @ TEN
22 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. ARI
23 Odell Beckham Jr., LAR @ BAL
24 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. HOU
25 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. ARI
26 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET @ SEA
27 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. PHI
28 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ IND
29 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. NYG
30 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. LV
31 A.J. Green, ARI @ DAL
32 Adam Thielen, MIN @ GB
33 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. LAR
34 Julio Jones, TEN vs. MIA
35 Van Jefferson, LAR @ BAL
36 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. JAX
37 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. MIN
38 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. TB
39 Christian Kirk, ARI @ DAL
40 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ CHI
41 Robby Anderson, CAR @ NO
42 Russell Gage, ATL @ BUF
43 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ CHI
44 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. ATL
45 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ PIT
46 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. ATL
47 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. JAX
48 Isaiah McKenzie, BUF vs. ATL
49 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. NYG
50 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. CLE
51 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. ARI
52 Braxton Berrios, NYJ vs. TB
53 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ LAC
54 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. KC
55 Josh Reynolds, DET @ SEA
56 Nico Collins, HOU @ SF
57 Allen Lazard, GB vs. MIN
58 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. DEN
59 Chris Conley, HOU @ SF
60 Josh Palmer, LAC vs. DEN
61 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE @ PIT
62 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. CAR
63 Marquez Callaway, NO vs. CAR
64 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. LAR
65 Marvin Jones, JAX @ NE
66 Laquon Treadwell, JAX @ NE
67 Keelan Cole, NYJ vs. TB
68 Mecole Hardman, KC @ CIN
69 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ LAC
70 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ GB
71 DeSean Jackson, LV @ IND
72 Curtis Samuel, WAS vs. PHI
73 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. JAX
74 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN vs. MIA
75 Kalif Raymond, DET @ SEA
76 Antoine Wesley, ARI @ DAL
77 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ NE
78 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. LV
79 James Washington, PIT vs. CLE
80 Rondale Moore, ARI @ DAL
81 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. LAR
82 Tim Patrick, DEN @ LAC
83 Chester Rogers, TEN vs. MIA
84 Dee Eskridge, SEA vs. DET
85 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. PHI
86 Tyler Johnson, TB @ NYJ
87 Jauan Jennings, SF vs. HOU
88 Zay Jones, LV @ IND
89 Darius Slayton, NYG @ CHI