For most fantasy owners, the 2021 fantasy season has concluded, but there are a select few leagues still heading into battle in Week 18. Even though there will be plenty of NFL teams that have “nothing” to play for, our Week 18 fantasy WR rankings for standard and PPR leagues should still be the deepest set of all positions. If nothing else, you can use these to compare two players with similar price tags in DFS.

To go along with the fact some teams may be uninspired to play this week, we’ll likely have our usual slew of reserve/COVID list inactives, so this could be a tricky group to navigate. Most notably, Davante Adams could certainly be sidelined since the Packers have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but we’re unsure about Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Allen Lazard. Aaron Rodgers should be inactive, though, so all Green Bay pass-catchers have low floors.

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The studs with the toughest matchups include Jaylen Waddle (vs. Patriots), Amari Cooper (@ Eagles) and CeeDee Lamb (@ Eagles), Keenan Allen (@ Raiders), and Tyreek Hill (@ Broncos). So, overall, there are a decent number of guys in tough spots, but since their ceilings remain high in any matchups, each should still be in starting lineups. A guy like Waddle could bust in standard leagues, but he should have enough volume to produce in PPR.

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Among players on the start-or-sit bubble, Darnell Mooney (@ Vikings), Marquez Callaway (@ Falcons), Van Jefferson (vs. 49ers),  Marquise Brown (vs. Steelers), Russell Gage (vs. Saints), Chase Claypool (@ Ravens), and Gabriel Davis (vs. Jets) make a lot of sense. The standard-leaning guys are Callaway, Claypool, Jefferson, and Davis, while the more attractive PPR plays are Mooney, Brown, and Gage. That said, they all have strong enough matchups to be considered in all formats.

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You could also try riskier guys like Kenny Golladay (vs. Washington), K.J. Osborn (vs. Bears), Nico Collins (vs. Titans), and Tre’Quan Smith (@ Falcons), but they’re in a lower tier based on the risk factor and uncertainty we’ve seen from them this year. Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley (vs. Jets) are fine plays, too, but they have lower ceilings than their teammate Davis, so the risk of a low floor makes them a risky choice that may not be worth it.

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On the flip side, Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios (@ Bills), DeVante Parker (vs. Patriots), Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton (vs. Chiefs), Tyler Boyd (@ Browns), and secondary Tampa receivers (vs. Panthers) draw some of the toughest matchups for WRs. Of course, some of these guys have higher upsides than the players with good matchups, but the floor here is fairly low and none are constant producers in their offenses.

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There are also guys like Josh Reynolds (vs. Packers) and Josh Palmer (@ Raiders) that have been productive in spots this year, but they have to be in the perfect situation, and when the matchup isn’t great, we can’t count on production.

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The safest wideouts to play are those on teams who actually need to win this week for a playoff berth of playoff seeding. It can be tough to know what teams are going to do early in the week, but by Sunday, we should have more clarity on these situations. Some teams may not play any starters at all, there could be a bunch of guys we haven’t heard from all year who produce this week. It all stacks up to be a fun and interesting DFS slate but a tough week for traditional leagues.

Note: We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes.

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 18: Who to start at wide receiver (Standard)

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

RankPlayer
1Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SF
2Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. CHI
3Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. NYJ
4Deebo Samuel, SF @ LAR
5Mike Evans, TB vs. CAR
6Tyreek Hill, KC @ DEN
7Keenan Allen, LAC @ LV
8Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. TEN
9A.J. Brown, TEN @ HOU
10DK Metcalf, SEA @ ARI
11Tyler Lockett, SEA @ ARI
12Diontae Johnson, PIT @ BAL
13Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. GB
14Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. NE
15DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. DAL
16Odell Beckham Jr., LAR vs. SF
17CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ PHI
18Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ LAR
19Amari Cooper, DAL @ PHI
20D.J. Moore, CAR @ TB
21Terry McLaurin, WAS @ NYG
22Christian Kirk, ARI vs. SEA
23Darnell Mooney, CHI @ MIN
24Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ JAX
25A.J. Green, ARI vs. SEA
26Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. LAC
27Van Jefferson, LAR vs. SF
28Marquise Brown, BAL vs. PIT
29DeVante Parker, MIA vs. NE
30Elijah Moore, NYJ @ BUF
31Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. NYJ
32Julio Jones, TEN @ HOU
33Robby Anderson, CAR @ TB
34Cole Beasley, BUF vs. NYJ
35Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. WAS
36Russell Gage, ATL vs. NO
37Marquez Callaway, NO @ ATL
38Jakobi Meyers, NE @ MIA
39Chase Claypool, PIT @ BAL
40Kendrick Bourne, NE @ MIA
41Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. CIN
42Allen Robinson, CHI @ MIN
43K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. CHI
44Zay Jones, LV vs. LAC
45Mike Thomas, CIN @ CLE
46Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ ATL
47Allen Lazard, GB @ DET
48Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. KC
49Cedrick Wilson, DAL @ PHI
50Cyril Grayson Jr., TB vs. CAR
51Josh Reynolds, DET vs. GB
52Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. PIT
53Keelan Cole, NYJ @ BUF
54Isaiah McKenzie, BUF vs. NYJ
55Nico Collins, HOU vs. TEN
56Amari Rodgers, GB @ DET
57Josh Palmer, LAC @ LV
58Jalen Guyton, LAC @ LV
59Tyler Johnson, TB vs. CAR
60Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. CIN
61Laquon Treadwell, JAX vs. IND
62Chris Conley, HOU vs. TEN
63Mecole Hardman, KC @ DEN
64Marvin Jones, JAX vs. IND
65Kalif Raymond, DET vs. GB
66DeSean Jackson, LV vs. LAC
67Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. KC
68Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN @ HOU
69T.Y. Hilton, IND @ JAX
70Antoine Wesley, ARI vs. SEA
71Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. IND
72Curtis Samuel, WAS @ NYG
73James Washington, PIT @ BAL
74Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. PIT
75Tim Patrick, DEN vs. KC
76Chester Rogers, TEN @ HOU
77Dee Eskridge, SEA @ ARI
78DeAndre Carter, WAS @ NYG
79Jauan Jennings, SF @ LAR
80Trenton Irwin, CIN @ CLE

​Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 18: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on full-point PPR scoring

RankPlayer
1Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SF
2Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. CHI
3Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. NYJ
4Mike Evans, TB vs. CAR
5Tyreek Hill, KC @ DEN
6Keenan Allen, LAC @ LV
7Deebo Samuel, SF @ LAR
8Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. TEN
9Diontae Johnson, PIT @ BAL
10A.J. Brown, TEN @ HOU
11Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. GB
12DK Metcalf, SEA @ ARI
13Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. NE
14Tyler Lockett, SEA @ ARI
15DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. DAL
16Odell Beckham Jr., LAR vs. SF
17CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ PHI
18Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ LAR
19D.J. Moore, CAR @ TB
20Amari Cooper, DAL @ PHI
21Terry McLaurin, WAS @ NYG
22Darnell Mooney, CHI @ MIN
23Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. LAC
24Christian Kirk, ARI vs. SEA
25Marquise Brown, BAL vs. PIT
26Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ JAX
27Elijah Moore, NYJ @ BUF
28A.J. Green, ARI vs. SEA
29Van Jefferson, LAR vs. SF
30DeVante Parker, MIA vs. NE
31Robby Anderson, CAR @ TB
32Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. NYJ
33Julio Jones, TEN @ HOU
34Jakobi Meyers, NE @ MIA
35Cole Beasley, BUF vs. NYJ
36Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. WAS
37Russell Gage, ATL vs. NO
38Marquez Callaway, NO @ ATL
39Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. CIN
40Zay Jones, LV vs. LAC
41Kendrick Bourne, NE @ MIA
42Allen Robinson, CHI @ MIN
43K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. CHI
44Mike Thomas, CIN @ CLE
45Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ ATL
46Chase Claypool, PIT @ BAL
47Allen Lazard, GB @ DET
48Cedrick Wilson, DAL @ PHI
49Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. KC
50Cyril Grayson Jr., TB vs. CAR
51Josh Reynolds, DET vs. GB
52Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. PIT
53Amari Rodgers, GB @ DET
54Tyler Johnson, TB vs. CAR
55Keelan Cole, NYJ @ BUF
56Nico Collins, HOU vs. TEN
57Laquon Treadwell, JAX vs. IND
58Isaiah McKenzie, BUF vs. NYJ
59Josh Palmer, LAC @ LV
60Jalen Guyton, LAC @ LV
61Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. CIN
62Chris Conley, HOU vs. TEN
63Mecole Hardman, KC @ DEN
64Marvin Jones, JAX vs. IND
65Kalif Raymond, DET vs. GB
66DeSean Jackson, LV vs. LAC
67Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. KC
68Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN @ HOU
69T.Y. Hilton, IND @ JAX
70Antoine Wesley, ARI vs. SEA
71Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. IND
72Curtis Samuel, WAS @ NYG
73James Washington, PIT @ BAL
74Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. PIT
75Tim Patrick, DEN vs. KC
76Chester Rogers, TEN @ HOU
77Trenton Irwin, CIN @ CLE
78Dee Eskridge, SEA @ ARI
79DeAndre Carter, WAS @ NYG
80Jauan Jennings, SF @ LAR