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Fantasy WR Rankings Week 17: Justin Jefferson headlines sleepers, must starts, busts

Will Justin Jefferson end the season as one of the top Week 17 fantasy wide receivers? Look no further than our Week 17 fantasy WR rankings.

Fantasy WR Rankings Week 17: Justin Jefferson headlines sleepers, must starts, busts
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 25: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings is flipped by P.J. Williams #26 of the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Although most fantasy football championships wrapped up in Week 16, a small number of leagues will crown a champion in Week 17. If you’re sitting down to set your Week 17 lineup and are wondering if Justin Jefferson will be one of the top fantasy wide receivers in Week 17, we have just the thing for you. Our Week 17 fantasy WR rankings will help you separate the must starts and sleepers from those costly WR busts.

What to keep in mind heading into Week 17 and searching for the best fantasy football wide receiver

If you like your fantasy football with a side order of risk and chaos, then a Week 17 championship is just for you. A Week 17 championship is the fantasy football equivalent of Russian Roulette. Why? Although there are some games that have playoff implications, especially in the AFC, there are several matchups that have no meaning whatsoever.

Whether that be a team that has already secured a playoff place, like the Kansas City Chiefs, or a team with nothing to play for, like the Jacksonville Jaguars, players on those teams are volatile assets for your fantasy team. A number of teams will ultimately rest their star players. In addition to that, some players that are banged up are less likely to fight through that twinge in Week 17 than they would in the heart of October. Especially, if they have one eye on free agency.

The injury report will play an important role alongside these Week 17 fantasy WR rankings. A number of players are already ruled out for this week, but some will be game-time decisions. At the time of writing, a number of the top wide receivers in our Week 17 fantasy WR rankings were listed as questionable. This list includes Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins, and Allen Robinson.

Justin Jefferson leads the top 5 in fantasy WR rankings

1) Justin Jefferson, MIN @DET

2) A.J. Brown, TEN @ HOU

3) Mike Evans, TB vs ATL

4) Davante Adams, GB @ CHI

5) Tyreek Hill, KC vs LAC

Not many people had Justin Jefferson tabbed as the top rookie wide receiver in the NFL this season. However, the former LSU wide receiver has been in phenomenal form for the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson has the eighth-most fantasy points this season as a result of 1,267 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. This, despite battling teammate Adam Thielen for target share and red zone opportunities.

Jefferson has an extremely favorable matchup against the Detroit Lions to end the season. The Lions have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the wide receiver position in 2020. Although Jefferson managed just 9.4 points against them in Week 9, he has scored double-digit points in three of his last four games.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown is the WR2 in our Week 17 fantasy WR rankings as a result of his matchup against the Houston Texans. Brown scored 22.8 fantasy points in PPR leagues against the Texans in Week 6. He secured five receptions for 58 yards and two crucial touchdowns. The Houston defense has allowed the eighth-most points to the wide receiver position, allowing 25.8 points per game.

Mike Evans has a prime matchup to end the season

Week 16 was extremely kind to Mike Evans’ owners. He carved up the Detroit Lions defense to the tune of 40.1 points in PPR leagues. Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have secured a place in the playoffs, they should still put up a comfortable victory over their divisional rival Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons defense has allowed 28.4 fantasy points per game, the second-most in the 2020 NFL season.

Although Davante Adams faces a strong Chicago Bears defense, he earns his place in our Week 17 fantasy WR rankings as one of the most consistent wide receivers in the NFL. Adams ranks second among wide receivers in Phillip Caldwell’s Fantasy Football Consistency Score with a score of 8.02. He leads the NFL in touchdowns, total fantasy points, and fantasy points per game.

Adams sits just ahead of Tyreek Hill for total fantasy points. However, Hill’s outlook this week is murky with quarterback Patrick Mahomes set to miss today’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Adam Thielen rounds out the Tier 1 fantasy WR rankings

6) Adam Thielen, MIN @ DET

7) Calvin Ridley, ATL @ TB

8) Marvin Jones Jr., DET vs MIN

9) Stefon Diggs, BUF vs MIA

10) D.K. Metcalf, SEA @ SF

Two of the worst defenses in the NFL go to battle in Week 17. Don’t just take my word for it. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was scathing in his criticism of his own unit after the Week 16 defeat to the New Orleans Saints. The Lions defense didn’t do much better in trying to contain the Buccaneers.

Despite Justin Jefferson sitting atop our Week 17 fantasy WR rankings, there’s room for another Vikings wide receiver in here too. Adam Thielen has the eighth-most fantasy points per game as a result of 14 touchdowns this season.

Although Marvin Jones Jr. scored a modest 13.3 points against Minnesota last time out, he is a receiver on form. Without Kenny Golladay, he has become the main focus of the Lions offense. As a result, Jones Jr. has two 20+ fantasy games in the last three weeks. That includes against a Chicago Bears defense that has been resilient against the position this season.

Ridley, Diggs, and Metcalf finish the season in the top 10 of our fantasy WR rankings

Calvin Ridley may not receive the same acclaim as some of the top fantasy football wide receivers, but he has been a valuable weapon for Matt Ryan in the Atlanta Falcons offense. Ridley has scored 19.4 fantasy points per game, the fourth-most in the league. With injuries and age decline creeping in for Julio Jones, Ridley will be the go-to Falcons wide receiver for years to come.

Stefon Diggs has consistently been one of the top fantasy football wide receivers this season. Although he faces a tough Miami Dolphins defense in the regular season finale, he still features in the top 10 of our Week 17 fantasy WR rankings. However, uncertainty over how much playing time the Buffalo Bills starting offense plays drops him a little further down from where he would normally be found.

Tier 2: Fantasy WR rankings for Week 17

  1. Brandon Aiyuk, SF
  2. Keenan Allen*, LAC (Placed on Reserved List)
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI
  4. Allen Robinson, CHI
  5. Corey Davis, TEN
  6. Michael Pittman Jr., IND
  7. Tyler Lockett, SEA
  8. Amari Cooper, DAL
  9. Chris Godwin, TB
  10. Brandin Cooks, HOU

Tier 3: Fantasy WR rankings for Week 17

  1. Darius Slayton, NYG
  2. D.J. Moore, CAR
  3. Chase Claypool, PIT
  4. Terry McLaurin, WAS
  5. Robert Woods, LAR
  6. Robby Anderson, CAR
  7. Jarvis Landry, CLE
  8. Nelson Agholor, LV
  9. Cole Beasley, BUF
  10. Jakobi Meyers, NE

Tier 4: Fantasy WR rankings for Week 17

  1. Sterling Shepard, NYG
  2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
  3. Tee Higgins, CIN
  4. Marquise Brown, BAL
  5. Tim Patrick, DEN
  6. Curtis Samuel, CAR
  7. Jamison Crowder, NYJ
  8. Cooper Kupp*, LAR (Placed on Reserved List)
  9. Antonio Brown, TB
  10. CeeDee Lamb, DAL

Tier 5: Fantasy WR rankings for Week 17

  1. Emmanuel Sanders, NO
  2. D.J. Chark Jr., JAX
  3. T.Y. Hilton, IND
  4. Kendrick Bourne, SF
  5. DeVante Parker, MIA
  6. Chad Hansen, HOU
  7. Russell Gage, ATL
  8. Allen Lazard, GB
  9. Jerry Jeudy, DEN
  10. Jalen Reagor, PHI

Tier 6: Fantasy WR rankings for Week 17

  1. Christian Kirk, ARI
  2. Denzel Mims, NYJ
  3. Rashard Higgins, CLE
  4. Diontae Johnson, PIT
  5. Sammy Watkins, KC
  6. Mike Williams, LAC
  7. Keelan Cole Sr., JAX
  8. Darnell Mooney, CHI
  9. Damiere Byrd, NE
  10. Danny Amendola, DET

Want more fantasy football analysis and news?

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @PFN365 to stay up to date with all things around the NFL and the 2020 fantasy football season. Also, continue to visit Pro Football Network for NFL news and in-depth analysis while also seeing our fantasy football section for more coverage and up-to-date rankings.

Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft and NFL analytics contributor for the Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson.

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