WR and TE Rankings for the Fantasy Playoffs
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Packers WR Jordy Nelson
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the top WRs and TEs for the fantasy playoffs. We take a comprehensive look at the match-ups each week of the post-season and the receiver's past performance before slotting them into our rankings. They are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Jordy Nelson
  2. * Demaryius Thomas
  3. Antonio Brown
  4. Julio Jones
  5. Josh Gordon
  6. * Calvin Johnson
  7. Dez Bryant
  8. Odell Beckham Jr.
  9. * A.J. Green
  10. Randall Cobb
  11. * T.Y. Hilton
  12. * Alshon Jeffery
  13. Brandon Marshall
  14. Jeremy Maclin
  15. Emmanuel Sanders
  16. Golden Tate
  17. Mike Evans
  18. Kelvin Benjamin
  19. * Sammy Watkins
  20. * Mike Wallace
  21. Mohamed Sanu
  22. * Torrey Smith
  23. Keenan Allen
  24. Kenny Stills
  25. * Julian Edelman
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. * Julius Thomas
  3. Jimmy Graham
  4. Martellus Bennett
  5. * Greg Olsen
  6. Delanie Walker
  7. Travis Kelce
  8. Jason Witten
  9. Larry Donnell
  10. Antonio Gates
  11. Jordan Reed
  12. Owen Daniels
  13. * Dwayne Allen
  14. Coby Fleener
  15. Kyle Rudolph
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver during the fantasy post-season:

Odell Beckham Jr.
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham has been a phenomenon ever since getting into NFL action in Week 5. He scored a touchdown in his first game as a pro and since Week 9, he has been one of the best receivers in the entire league. Against Dallas in Week 12, he made the greatest catch that most of us have ever seen. There is simply no one that can stop him. The Giants face the Titans, Redskins, and Rams in the coming weeks that all rank in the bottom half of the league against wide receivers. ODB is guaranteed to explode on opposing defenses. He is a must-start in the fantasy playoffs. TEN #15, WAS #5, STL #9

Golden Tate
Lions WR Golden Tate
The former Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl champion has been a great addition to the Lions offense. He is the perfect complimentary receiver to Megatron across the field. Tate is a great talent and with matchups against the Bucs, Vikings, and Bears, he will absolutely succeed. You just gotta start him. TB #7, MIN #19, CHI #10

Kelvin Benjamin
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin has eight touchdowns this year and is a candidate to win offensive rookie of the year. And now he gets to face the Saints, who allow the 3rd-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. After that, he gets the Bucs, who allow the 7th-most points to receivers. Benjamin is Cam Newton’s go-to guy, especially in the red zone. He should definitely be able to beat the atrocious corners he’ll be facing. Start him! NO #3, TB #7, CLE #18

Larry Fitzgerald/ Michael Floyd
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
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Fitzy has been less than mediocre and hurt the entire season. With some very difficult matchups ahead of him including one with the Legion of Boom, I wouldn’t count on him stepping up now. Keep him on the bench. Floyd has been a boom or bust receiver all season long. You might want to fire him up for a Week 15 contest with the St. Louis Rams but other than that, he isn’t consistent enough to start. KC #25, STL #9, SEA #32

Anquan Boldin
49ers WR Anquan Boldin
Anquan Boldin is the No. 1 receiver on the 49’ers. However, with Colin Kaepernick struggling, the Niners aren’t looking too hot recently. A matchup with Oakland should do the trick but after that, the team faces the Seahawks and Richard Sherman. Boldin has been decent this season but nothing special. With some tough matchups ahead of him, he isn’t someone I’d roll the dice on when it matters most, especially with Kaep struggling as much as he is. OAK #28, SEA #32, SD #17

Martellus Bennett
Bears TE Martellus Bennett
The journeyman tight end has had a solid season thus far but was in a bit of a funk until his Thanksgiving performance in which he produced eight receptions for a team-high 109 yards. If you own Bennett, you definitely want to get him into your lineup early this week since the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. Dallas is allowing the 4th-most fantasy points to tight ends so don’t be surprised if he produces yet again. The next two matchups against the Saints and Lions aren’t quite as nice but I wouldn’t shy away from starting him. As the 6th-ranked tight end in fantasy football, it will be hard to find someone more trustworthy in the post-season. DAL #4, NO #31, DET #12

Travis Kelce
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
As the 9th ranked tight end in fantasy football, the Kansas City rookie has scored four touchdowns through 13 games this season. Kelce plays in a run-heavy offense but is one of quarterback Alex Smith’s primary targets in the passing game. In the fantasy playoffs the Chiefs are preparing to face the Arizona Cardinals (who allow the 7th-most fantasy points to tight ends), the Oakland Raiders (13th-most), and the Pittsburgh Steelers (6th-most). These are all beatable defenses and Kelce should be able to put up some solid numbers.

Mychal Rivera
Raiders TE Mychal Rivera
Rivera has been hit or miss in the fantasy world. He began the season as non-existent but then emerged during a three-game stretch in which he scored three touchdowns. Since then however, he has taken a backseat to James Jones and Andre Holmes in the Raiders' aerial attack and has disappeared yet again. In his last two outings, he has gained just 29 yards receiving. Things won’t get any easier as he gets ready to take on the Niners, Chiefs, and Bills in the coming weeks. All of these teams rank in the bottom half of the league in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. Don’t get your hopes up if you start him. SF #18, KC #20, BUF #28

Owen Daniels
Ravens TE Owen Daniels
Since filling in for Dennis Pitta, Daniels has shown spurts of great play but has also shown why he is not the starter. In his last ten games he has scored just one touchdown. Combine that with the fact that he is facing a Dolphins defense that is allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this week and a Texans defense that is allowing the 3rd-fewest points to tight ends in Week 16, and things don’t look like they will get much better. Keep him on your bench. MIA #32, JAX #15, HOU #30

DeAndre Hopkins
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins
The second-year receiver went off last week for an astounding 35.8 fantasy points. Hopkins caught all nine passes thrown in his direction for 238 yards and two touchdowns. The guy was an absolute beast out there and has been fairly consistent this season. Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick is back in at quarterback, look for Hopkins to get more involved than ever. He is ranked 10th at his position this season and should have no problem beating Jacksonville’s defenseless secondary. And if you make it to the championship, he's a must-start against Baltimore’s injury-plagued secondary. JAX #11, IND #26, BAL #1

Marques Colston/ Kenny Stills
Saints WR Marques Colston
With Brandin Cooks out and Jimmy Graham struggling, Marques Colston may have emerged as Drew Brees’ No. 1 receiver. He has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games. The veteran has been up and down this season and you never quite know what to expect from him, but fortunately the Saints are getting ready for a stretch against some weak passing defenses. He should be considered as a Flex option during the fantasy playoffs. Meanwhile, Stills is the hottest commodity in fantasy football after gaining 162 yards last week capped off by a touchdown. Ever since Cooks broke his thumb, the speedster has become Drew Brees’ go-to guy when throwing the ball vertically downfield. The Saints have three games in the fantasy post-season against bottom of the barrel secondaries. Look for Stills to continue to produce. CAR #8, CHI #10, ATL #6

Delanie Walker
Titans TE Delanie Walker
Delanie Walker has been one of the most consistent options for the Titans in the passing game. Even after missing a game, he's the 8th-most productive tight end in fantasy football heading into the post-season. Walker is a boom-or-bust type of player, as show by his last two outings. In Week 12 he finished the day with a whopping 155 yards. Last week… just 6 yards. This is probably a time to be optimistic though as his next two opponents each rank in the bottom 10 against tight ends this season. Walker could be in for a great playoff run. NYG #9, NYJ #2, JAX #15

Jason Witten
Cowboys TE Jason Witten
America’s Team started off hot despite the fact that their franchise tight end Jason Witten failed to score a touchdown until Week 6. Since then, Witten has found the end zone four times in his last seven contests. Up next for the Cowboys is a Bears defense that is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Then in Week 16, the Dallas tight end will matchup with a Colts secondary allowing the 3rd-most points to tight ends. If you own him, you have to consider playing him with these cupcake matchups looming. CHI #1, PHI #25, IND #3

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Depending on the league you play in, the playoffs either begin this week or in Week 15. We've got a few hot tips on some receivers who can get you over the hump en route to that coveted fantasy championship. And the best news is most of them are still sitting lonely as wallflowers on your waiver wire!

Wide Receivers to Add

Jordan Matthews
If you were late to hop on the Jordan Matthews bandwagon, you still have a bit of time. Matthews scored his fifth touchdown in as many games against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving as he helped lead the Eagles to a much-needed win. Matthews is the 19th ranked receiver in fantasy football yet he is only owned in 42.1% of NFL.com leagues. Why this number is so low is dumbfounding to me. In this pass happy offense, the guy has been an absolute stud. Week 14 may not look great as the Eagles get ready to host Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom but Dallas and Washington don’t offer much resistance to the talented rookie. Matthews needs to be owned in all leagues.

Kenny Stills
Ever since Brandin Cooks broke his thumb, Stills has filled in as Drew Brees’ No. 1 long-ball option. The second-year receiver has been nothing short of remarkable over the past three weeks, especially in his last outing when he caught five passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. It was his biggest game all season as the chemistry between Stills and Brees continues to grow. The Saints have some very favorable matchups ahead of them including a Week 14 showdown with a Panthers defense that is allowing the 8th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. After that, they get the Bears and the Falcons, who each ranked in bottom ten in points allowed to wide receivers. Stills is only owned in 10% of leagues on NFL.com. Add another 0 and that number will look right.

Stedman Bailey
This guy seems to have come out of nowhere to catch fire just in time for the fantasy post season. Bailey went for 100 yards against the Raiders and he did all of his work in the first half. Had the game been somewhat close, he surely would have done even better. The Rams were crushing the Raiders all day and Shaun Hill had no reason to throw the ball as St. Louis went on to defeat Oakland 52-0. Bailey went for 89 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 so he is becoming a consistent option in St. Louis’ passing-attack. With a matchup looming against the Washington Redskins, a secondary that allows the 5th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Bailey is a must-add if you need help at the wide receiver position.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Pierre Garcon
Garcon has been non-existent in the second half of the season. In his last five outings, the former-Colt has failed to score a touchdown or even reach 50 yards in a single game. Part of that is surely due to limited talent at the quarterback position but that doesn’t explain why DeSean Jackson has been able to produce while Garcon has seemingly disappeared. Even with a favorable schedule in the fantasy post-season, Garcon is hard to trust right now. He is the 57th ranked receiver in fantasy football yet he is owned 85.5% of NFL.com leagues. If you need a receiver, swap him out for Kenny Stills, Jordan Matthews, Stedman Bailey, or even Donte Moncrieff. You won’t be sorry but you will be if you keep rolling the dice on Garcon.

Wes Welker
Where is Waldo? How about where is Wes Welker? The former stud has hit double-digit fantasy points just once this season. With so many weapons at his disposal, Peyton Manning can only target Welker a few times per game. Welker is entirely touchdown dependent and has only scored twice this season. He isn’t even worth owning in PPR leagues. Last week against the Chiefs, the slot man caught just one of two passes thrown in his direction for a measly 12 yards. Ranked 85th at his position in fantasy, there is no reason to keep Welker on your squad.

Eric Decker
Geno Smith, Michael Vick, or Matt Simms. Those are the options that Rex Ryan has to work with at the quarterback position. The New York Jets are 2-10 this season and quarterback play is the most obvious reason. On Monday Night Football, coach Ryan went with an all running attack that allowed Geno Smith to throw the ball just eight times before the final drive of the game. It actually almost worked as the Jets lost by just three points to the Dolphins. Decker caught just two passes for 18 yards in that game and continues to be a huge let down for Gang Green. Decker is another touchdown dependent receiver and with the team committing to the run, it will be hard for Decker to produce significant stats. Decker is only roster worthy in very deep leagues. I would drop him in favor of someone with more upside. I don’t expect the former Bronco to do anything noteworthy in the fantasy playoffs and neither should you.

Tight Ends to Add

Jordan Reed
Good tight ends are hard to come by and Jordan Reed is underrated, especially in fantasy football. If Washington’s tight end was dropped in your league while he was dealing with one of his two injuries, you need to scoop him up right away. Last week against the Colts, Reed produced nine receptions for 123 yards. Reed seems to have developed some chemistry with quarterback Colt McCoy and with the Redskins struggling, they should have to continue to throw the ball as the season comes to an end. Reed is a top ten caliber tight end and if he is on your waiver wire, don’t think twice about adding him.

Coby Fleener
Even if Dwayne Allen comes back and is not limited at all by his ankle injury, this column would be incomplete if I didn’t mention Coby Fleener. Last week against Washington, Fleener was phenomenal. He caught just four passes but they were all for substantial gains as he produced 127 yards and two touchdowns. If not for a dropped ball in the second quarter, he would have scored a third touchdown. Fleener only got the start because Allen was hurt so the production may not continue but Andrew Luck does like to spread the ball around. Even with Allen in the lineup, Fleener has been a decent option at the tight end position. This is a situation that needs to be monitored. If Allen cannot go, Fleener is a must-start no matter what the matchup is. However, if Allen is healthy, you may want to go with someone else. Still, if Fleener is on the Waiver Wire, he is a must-add at this point of the season. You don’t pass on a guy with this much upside this late in the season.

Tight Ends to Drop

Zach Ertz/ Brent Celek
These two Eagle tight ends just might be the only two guys on the entire offense I would advise you against playing in the fantasy playoffs. Neither has been consistent this season and although the tight end position isn’t full of fantasy stars, there are several better options.

Vernon Davis
Vernon Davis is horrendous. There, I said it. I have been telling people this all season but they just don’t seem to want to hear it. Davis has not scored over three fantasy points since Week 2 and his only touchdowns of the year came in the first week of the season. Last week against the Seahawks, Davis caught 2-of-3 targets for 13 yards. Although this was a tough draw, the former pro-bowler hasn’t been doing anything in more favorable matchups. Davis has been the biggest bust at his position this season and there is no reason to think he is about to turn it around. With a second matchup with Seattle coming up in Week 15, his schedule isn’t the prettiest either. The Niners play Oakland next week, a defense that allows the 13th-most fantasy points to tight ends but then they’ve got to host the Seahawks. Then the following week-the fantasy championship in most leagues- Davis will be matched up against a Chargers defense that is allowing the 4th-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Trust me… and don’t trust Vernon Davis.