Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

Some high-powered passing offenses have favorable matchups this week, and that means the top tier of our Week 11 fantasy WR rankings are loaded. The middle tier looks fairly strong, too, but that’s where you will find the big-name wide receivers with tough matchups — many of whom will be on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble this week. 

Those receivers include Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods (@ Buccaneers), Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Mike Evans (vs. Rams), Will Fuller (vs. Patriots), Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins (@ Washington), and Kenny Golladay (@ Panthers). Thye all remain in the WR2/3 tier in our rankings, but all are in tough spots. Further down the rankings, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick (vs. Dolphins), Brandin Cooks (@ Patriots), Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ Colts), T.Y. Hilton (vs. Packers), Marvin Jones (@ Panthers), Corey Davis (@ Ravens), and A.J. Green (@ Washington) are even tougher to start. 

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Rising up to take their places are Jakobi Meyers (@ Texans), Jalen Reagor (@ Browns), Marquise Brown (vs. Titans), Chase Claypool (@ Jaguars), Nelson Agholor (vs. Chiefs), Curtis Samuel (vs. Lions), Sammy Watkins (@ Raiders), and Michael Gallup (@ Vikings). Going deeper, you could try high-floor, low-ceiling plays like Larry Fitzgerald (@ Seahawks), Willie Snead (vs. Titans), or Russell Gage (@ Saints), or you could try the boom-or-bust sleepers like Tre’Quan Smith (vs. Falcons), Henry Ruggs (vs. Chiefs), and Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman (@ Raiders). Even if you aren’t going to bench a normal starter, you might need some of these guys if you own WRs from the Bills, 49ers, Bears, or Giants, all of whom are on bye.

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You’ll notice some injury-worries in the names listed above. Golladay (hip), Lazard (core), and Watkins (hamstring) have all missed multiple weeks, but both Lazard and Watkins are expected back and Golladay has a chance at returning. Calvin Ridley (foot) is also expected back after having a bye week to rest up. He’s a must-start in what should be a fantasy WR bonanza for all parties (Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders) in the Falcons-Saints game, though the bonanaza could be on hold for New Orleans’ disappointing WRs if Drew Brees (ribs) is out. Jameis Winston can certainly help his receivers put up major points in such a favorable matchup, but the Saints could go with a Taysom Hill-led run-heavy game plan, so there’s still a lot that remains to be seen there.

This shapes up to be one of those weeks where a few normally reliable starters disappoint you — and worse yet, you can probably guess who it will be. But it’s always tough to sit those types of receivers, so there’s only so much you can do unless you’re really willing to take a risk and can handle things potentially blowing up in your face. Sometimes it’s worth it to take that kind of a chance, at least with the Jeudy/Cooks/Davis types, but you need to feel really good about your replacements to bench the more reliable receivers, especially in PPR leagues. 

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

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