Week 15 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts
Our Week 15 WR PPR rankings are as loaded as they’ve been in some time, and that’s even with DeVante Parker (leg) and Deebo Samuel (hamstring) getting injured last week and Julio Jones (hamstring) and Kenny Golladay (hip) remaining permanently “questionable.” Plenty of studs and sleepers have favorable matchups, and start ’em, sit ’em decisions will likely be difficult because of the abundance of viable options, which is the definition of a “good problem.”
Most of the key wide receivers with bad matchups are guys you’re still going to start. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf (@ Washington), Michael Thomas (vs. Chiefs), Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen (vs. Bears), and Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs (@ Broncos) are all must-starts, with the possible exception of Beasley. They’re going to remain in lineups, especially in PPR leagues. The same is true for Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins (vs. Steelers).
Going a little deeper, Keke Coutee and Brandin Cooks (vs. Colts), Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder (@ Rams), DJ Chark (@ Ravens), Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy (vs. Bills), and Jakobi Meyers (@ Dolphins) are tougher calls, especially since almost all see a solid amount of catches and targets every week. In PPR leagues, you’ll probably still want to play both Texans, Crowder, and Patrick, but Crowder is certainly risky after his no-show in an optimal matchup against Seattle last week.
There are plenty of decent alternatives who you might have on your bench or who are available on the waiver wire. Sterling Shepard (vs. Browns), Marquise Brown (vs. Jaguars), T.Y. Hilton (vs. Texans), and Mike Williams (vs. Raiders), if he’s over the back issue that kept him out most of last week, all have favorable matchups, and while Brown and Williams generally aren’t high-catch receivers, but they still have the kind of big-play potential that can pay off in any format.
If you’re looking for a true streamer, Russell Gage (vs. Buccaneers), Darnell Mooney (@ Vikings), Golden Tate and Darius Slayton (@ Browns), Cam Sims (vs. Seahawks), Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. Texans), Willie Snead (vs. Jaguars), and Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson Jr. (vs. Jets) are all in play. Danny Amendola (@ Titans), Lynn Bowden (vs. Patriots), and KJ Hamler (vs. Bills) also have more appeal in PPR leagues.
Ultimately, there are enough good receivers this week that you probably don’t need to dig too deep for your WR3, and considering it’s the fantasy playoffs, you probably don’t want to anyway. The PPR format makes it easier to trust the big names with tough matchups, so unless you’re a big underdog and need to take some shots with a boom-or-bust, big-play guy, it’s probably best to play it safe.
Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR PPR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.
Week 15 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings
These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues