Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR/TE

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The fantasy football season is on the final stretch and every move takes on do-or-die importance. If you need a win now, start the higher rated player in my rankings and bring home that championship.

Wide Receivers

Could Impress: Stevie Johnson. Despite his team sinking into relative obscurity, Johnson has been putting up some impressive numbers in the last four weeks, catching 22 balls for 329 yards and two scores. Don’t worry about the matchup with Champ Bailey; Johnson has torched good corners (Darrelle Revis, Cortland Finnegan) for scores during that stretch.

Could Disappoint: Anquan Boldin. Since posting back to back 7 catch games in weeks 8 and 9, Boldin has fallen out of grace with Baltimore’s play callers. He’s averaging just 5 points a game since then and there are plenty of better receiving options out there, including on the waiver wire.

Injury Replacement: Greg Little. I should add a disclaimer: I only like Little if Seneca Wallace starts. With the former Cyclone under center, Little finally put up the big game fantasy owners were waiting for, catching 5 balls for 131 yards and a score. More importantly, Wallace looked his way 9 times.

 

WR Rankings

1. Calvin Johnson DET (vs. San Diego)

2. Roddy White ATL (@ New Orleans)

3. Wes Welker NE (vs. Miami)

4. Larry Fitzgerald AZ (@ Cincinnati)

5. Steve Smith CAR (vs. Tampa Bay)

6. Mike Wallace PIT (vs. St. Louis)

7. A.J. Green CIN (vs. Arizona)

8. Vincent Jackson SD (@ Detroit)

9. Brandon Marshall MIA (@ New England)

10. Jordy Nelson GB (vs. Chicago)

11. Hakeem Nicks NYG (@ New York Jets)

12. Marques Colston NO (vs. Atlanta)

13. Victor Cruz NYG (@ New York Jets)

14. Dez Bryant DAL (vs. Philadelphia)

15. Miles Austin DAL (vs. Philadelphia)

16. Julio Jones ATL (@ New Orleans)

17. Dwayne Bowe KC (vs. Oakland)

18. Demaryius Thomas DEN (@ Buffalo)

19. C.J. Spiller BUF (vs. Denver)

20. Antonio Brown PIT (vs. St. Louis)

21. Percy Harvin MIN (@ Washington)

22. Laurent Robinson DAL (vs. Philadelphia)

23. Santana Moss WAS (vs. Minnesota)

24. Stevie Johnson BUF (vs. Denver)

25. Jeremy Maclin PHI (@ Dallas)

26. Santonio Holmes NYJ (vs. New York Giants)

27. Brandon Lloyd STL (@ Pittsburgh)

28. Michael Crabtree SF (@ Seattle)

29. DeSean Jackson PHI (@ Dallas)

30. Jabar Gaffney WAS (vs. Minnesota)

31. Nate Washington TEN (vs. Jacksonville)

32. Lance Moore NO (vs. Atlanta)

33. Anquan Boldin BAL (vs. Cleveland)

34. Malcom Floyd SD (@ Detroit)

35. Torrey Smith BAL (vs. Cleveland)

36. Mike Williams TB (@ Carolina)

37. Mario Manningham NYG (@ New York Jets)

38. Plaxico Burress NYJ (vs. New York Giants)

39. Eric Decker DEN (@ Buffalo)

40. Pierre Garcon IND (vs. Houston)

41. James Jones GB (vs. Chicago)

42. Greg Little CLE (@ Baltimore)

43. Reggie Wayne IND (vs. Houston)

44. Nate Burleson DET (vs. San Diego)

45. Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK (@ Kansas City)

46. Donald Driver GB (vs. Chicago)

47. Doug Baldwin SEA (vs. San Francisco)

48. Denarius Moore OAK (@ Kansas City)

49. Randall Cobb GB (vs. Chicago)

50. Titus Young DET (vs. San Diego)

 

Tight Ends

Could Impress: Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez has had a great season, but has been overshadowed by the Gronk (and rightfully so). But it was Hernandez who shined last week against Denver and in his first meeting with Miami. In that week 1 contest, Hernandez caught 7 balls for 103 yards and a score. Expect similar numbers this week.

Could Disappoint: Greg Olsen. He’s scored double-digits just once since the week 9 bye week, and hasn’t topped 2 catches in the last three weeks. Even with a good matchup against Tampa Bay, there are better plays out on the waiver wire.

Injury Replacement: Jared Cook. 9 catches and 103 yards against Indy was good, but his matchup against Jacksonville is even nicer.

 

TE Rankings

1. Rob Gronkowski NE (vs. Miami)

2. Jimmy Graham NO (vs. Atlanta)

3. Tony Gonzalez ATL (@ New Orleans)

4. Jermichael Finley GB (vs. Chicago)

5. Antonio Gates SD (@ Detroit)

6. Aaron Hernandez NE (vs. Miami)

7. Jason Witten DAL (vs. Philadelphia)

8. Brent Celek PHI (@ Dallas)

9. Vernon Davis SF (@ Seattle)

10. Owen Daniels HOU (@ Indianapolis)

11. Brandon Pettigrew DET (vs. San Diego)

12. Dustin Keller NYJ (vs. New York Giants)

13. Kellen Winslow TB (@ Carolina)

14. Jermaine Gresham CIN (vs. Arizona)

15. Jared Cook TEN (vs. Jacksonville)

16. Anthony Fasano MIA (@ New England)

17. Ed Dickson BAL (vs. Cleveland)

18. Greg Olsen CAR (vs. Tampa Bay)

19. Heath Miller PIT (vs. St. Louis)

20. Marcedes Lewis JAX (@ Tennessee)

21. Scott Chandler BUF (vs. Denver)

22. Visanthe Shiancoe MIN (@ Washington)

23. Jacob Tamme IND (vs. Houston)

24. Kevin Boss OAK (@ Kansas City)

25. Evan Moore CLE (@ Baltimore)

 

Stephen Kelley is a contributor at The Sports Bank where he covers Fantasy Sports and Pro Drafts. You can follow him on Twitter @stephen_tsb.

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