Conference Championship Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers- Updated: Wednesday, January 14th
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard scoring (one point per 25 passing yards and per 10 rushing/receiving yards and four points per passing touchdown and six points per rushing/receiving touchdown) and are for Conference Championship round of the NFL playoffs only.
These rankings are from Kevin Hanson (follow him on Twitter).
Here are my wide receiver rankings for Sunday's Conference Championship Games:
1. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (at SEA)
Nelson had just two receptions for a season-low 22 yards on five targets last week against the Cowboys, but he'll of course figure prominently into their offensive gameplan this week. The first time these two teams met, Nelson was targeted 14 times and finished with nine receptions for 83 yards. All 14 of those targets were thrown to the opposite side of Richard Sherman.
2. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (at NE)
Hilton set a career high with 1,345 yards this season, but his performance against the Patriots in Week 11 was one of his worst outings of the season. Hilton finished with just three catches for 24 yards on seven targets in that first matchup. That said, I expect a better showing from Hilton in the rematch.
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3. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at SEA)
Cobb set career highs across the board this season with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. Even though the Seahawks allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Cobb had a 6/58/1 line on nine targets against the Seahawks in Week 1. Cobb now has 58-plus yards in 12 consecutive games and at least 80 receiving yards in four consecutive games.
4. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (vs. IND)
Edelman had five catches for 50 yards on eight targets and two rush attempts for 31 yards in Week 11 against the Colts. Since then, Edelman has had double-digit targets and at least seven receptions in five consecutive games. In addition, he has at least 74 yards in four of those five games.
5. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. GB)
Even though he is the team's No. 1 option in the passing game, the Seahawks are a run-first team that spreads their modest targets around. Baldwin ranked only 54th in the league in targets this season with an average of just 6.13 per game and has had more than six targets in just five of 17 games counting last week.
6. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (vs. IND)
The success that the Patriots have had running the ball against the Colts led to Tom Brady only throwing it 30 times against them in Week 11. In turn, LaFell was targeted that game only four times, which ties his low from Week 3 through the end of the season.
7. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks (vs. GB)
129 yards. A touchdown. Great game, indeed. But Kearse had just three targets and he's not going to average 43.0 yards per reception every week. Kearse gets a slight boost with the injury to rookie Paul Richardson, who had seen an expanded role within the offense recently. That said, it's just as possible that his three targets turns out to be one catch for eight yards like what happened in Week 1 against the Packers.
8. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (at NE)
Since Week 13, Moncrief has played greater than 50.0 percent of the team's offensive snaps every game. Although he had just two catches for 32 yards last week, Moncrief's eight targets were the second-most of his career.
9. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (vs. IND)
Since signing a contract with the Patriots a couple of offseasons ago, Amendola has been a huge disappointment. That said, Amendola has been more productive over his past three games (17/168/2 on 24 targets) than he was from Weeks 1 to 15 (15/113/1 on 24 targets). Like with LaFell (and Edelman), however, the biggest concern with Amendola is the expected focus on the ground game against the Colts.
10. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (at SEA)
Adams had his best game as a pro against the Cowboys last week with 7/117/1 on 11 targets. The first time the Packers faced the Seahawks, they sacrificed Jarrett Boykin on the Richard Sherman side and that could potentially happen with Adams this week.
11. Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts (at NE)
The good news is that Nicks played a full 16-game season for the first time in his career. The bad news is that he set career lows in receptions (38), targets (68), yards (405) and Y/R (10.7).
12. Kevin Norwood, Seattle Seahawks (vs. GB)
The ACL injury to fellow rookie Paul Richardson will open up more opportunities for Norwood, who had only nine catches for 102 yards during the regular season. That said, expectations remain low for the No. 3 receiver in Seattle's run-first offense.
More fantasy football playoff rankings:
- Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings
- Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings
- Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings
- Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings
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