2015 Fantasy Football: Week 17 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings

Prior to serving his one-game suspension in Week 16, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham. Jr. had scored double-digit fantasy points in seven consecutive games with an average of 20.17 (standard scoring) per game.

Even though his 100-yard game streak ended at a franchise-record six games, Beckham extended his scoring streak to five games. Over his past seven games played, Beckham has 49 catches for 872 yards and nine touchdowns.

While most fantasy leagues end in Week 16, Beckham will look to redeem himself with a strong outing to close the season.

Fortunately for fantasy owners, the matchup is about as good as it gets. Heading into the final week of the season, only the cross-state Steelers have allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers than the Eagles.

With 25/26 yards on Sunday, Beckham (2,701) will tie/pass Randy Moss (2,726) for most receiving yards over a player's first two NFL seasons. That said, Moss played all 32 games in his first two seasons; OBJ has missed five games.

[Coincidentally, Beckham is second for most receptions (182) over the first two seasons; ex-LSU teammate Jarvis Landry (188) ranks first.]

Julio. Jones: 78 yards shy of becoming 3rd NFL 1,800-yard receiver

With nine catches for a season-high 178 yards and a touchdown, Atlanta's Julio Jones was the top-scoring fantasy receiver last week despite the difficult matchup against the Panthers.

Going into Week 17, Jones has a total of 193 targets and double-digit targets in 13 of 15 games.

Not only does Jones lead the NFL in targets, but he also leads the league in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,722), both of which have shattered his previous career highs of 104 and 1,593, respectively.

If Jones finishes with at least 78 yards in Week 17, he'll become one of only three NFL players to ever have an 1,800-yard season along with Calvin Johnson (1,964 in 2012) and Jerry Rice (1,848 in 1995).

Trailing Megatron by 243 yards, it's obviously highly unlikely that Jones catches his single-season record. That said, Jones' career high (259 yards) is greater than the amount needed so it's not impossible.

Jones closes the season against the Saints, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on wide receivers:

  • After failing to exceed 100 yards in four consecutive games, Houston's DeAndre Hopkins finished with seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Titans last week. Shattering his previous career highs across the board, Hopkins has 104 catches for 1,432 yards and 11 touchdowns. The first time Hopkins faced the Jaguars this season, he led all receivers in fantasy points with a 10/148/2 slash line.

  • Jacksonville second-year receiver Allen Robinson continued his scoring streak with a 6/151/1 performance against the Saints on Sunday. Not only has Robinson scored in five consecutive games, but he is tied with Doug Baldwin for the league lead in touchdowns (14) this season. Robinson has exceeded 50 receiving yards and/or scored a touchdown in every game since Week 2. Meanwhile, the other Allen (Hurns) scored twice last week and he now has 10 scores on the season.

  • Speaking of receivers that have scored in five consecutive games, Seattle's Doug Baldwin scored only once last week, but he extended his touchdown streak to five games. With a season-high eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, Baldwin now has 29 catches for 484 yards and 11 touchdowns over his past five games. The matchup against the Cardinals is difficult, but Baldwin had 7/134/1 in his first matchup against them in Week 10.

  • Arizona's Michael Floyd has come on strong with five 100-yard games in his past seven games. Floyd has a minimum of eight targets in all but one of those games. Even though the Seahawks have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Floyd had his best fantasy performance (7/113/2, 23.3 fantasy points, WR2) in his first matchup against the Seattle.

  • After seeing his seven-game scoring streak end in Week 15, Jets receiver Brandon Marshall had eight catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Patriots. Marshall has a franchise-record 101 catches for 1,376 yards and a career-high 13 touchdowns. In a win-and-you're-in scenario, Marshall should see plenty of targets in Week 17.

  • Saints second-year wide receiver Brandin Cooks started the season slowly, but the breakout has occurred over the second half. Not only does Cooks have 100-plus yards and a touchdown in three of his past four games, but he has a total of eight touchdowns in his eight most recent games. (Cooks scored only once in his first seven games this season.) Will the momentum continue? The Falcons have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points this season and Cooks had just four catches for 41 yards in his first matchup this season, but I have Cooks ranked inside my top-10 receivers for Week 17.

Below you find my Week 17 Fantasy Football WR Rankings:

1. Odell Beckham, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NO)
3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (vs. JAX)
5. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (at BUF)
6. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
7. Eric Decker, New York Jets (at BUF)
8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. BAL)
9. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)
10. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at CHI)
11. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)
12. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)
13. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
14. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. OAK)
15. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at CAR)
16. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)
17. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (vs. NYJ)
18. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
19. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)
20. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
21. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)
22. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
23. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)
24. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
25. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (at CHI)
26. Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (at CIN)
27. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)
28. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)
29. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)
30. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
31. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
32. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)
33. Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (at SF)
34. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (at GB)
35. Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT)
36. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)
37. Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)
38. Rueben Randle, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
39. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. BAL)
40. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (vs. STL)
41. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)
42. Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans (at IND)
43. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)
44. Nate Washington, Houston Texans (vs. JAX)
45. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at MIA)
46. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)
47. Keshawn Martin, New England Patriots (at MIA)
48. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
49. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (vs. TB)
50. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at MIA)

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