2015 Fantasy Football Week 20 Rankings - Wide ReceiversScoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown.
These rankings are from Kevin Hanson and are for Week 20 only.
With four elite quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning), there are plenty of solid wide receiver options this weekend. I'd feel comfortable starting any of my top-six fantasy receivers.
With that said, here are my Championship Game Wide Receiver rankings:
1. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (at DEN)
Before breaking his foot in Week 10, Edelman was averaging a career-high stat line of 6.78/76.89/0.78 on nearly 10 targets (9.78) per game. Returning this past week, Edelman had a number of drops, but he finished the game with 10 receptions for 100 yards and was targeted on 16 -- or 38.1 percent -- of Tom Brady's 42 pass attempts. While he may not see 16 targets once again, Edelman should be one of the most targeted and productive receivers of the weekend.
2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. NE)
It was a week to forget when Thomas the faced the Patriots the first time this season. Targeted 13 times, Thomas had just one reception for 36 yards and plenty of drops. In addition, that was the only regular-season game in which Thomas had less than 50 yards this season.
Despite an average of more than 11 targets per game, Thomas did not finish as a weekly top-10 fantasy receiver until Week 17. (That said, he finished as the weekly WR11/WR12 three times during the season.) Given his expected volume of targets, however, it wouldn't surprise me if he finished as a top-scoring receiver this weekend.
3. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (at CAR)
Fitzgerald started slowly in the Divisional Round with only a six-yard reception in the first half, but he finished Saturday night's game with eight catches for 176 yards and a touchdown. During the regular season, Fitzgerald set a career high with 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard season since 2011, and nine touchdowns. While he extended his scoring streak to three games on Saturday, Fitzgerald ended a five-game streak of games with 55 yard or less.
4. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (vs. NE)
Sanders had four 100-yard games this season and one of those happened in Week 12 against the Patriots. In that game, Sanders had six catches for 113 yards on nine targets.
5. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at CAR)
Brown had a solid, if not spectacular, performance against the Packers with five catches for 82 yards on nine targets. Even though Brown had scored in three of his final four regular-season games, he had closed the season with three consecutive games of 45 yards or less.
6. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (at CAR)
Over the final eight games of the regular season, Floyd exceeded 100 receiving yards five times. Not only did all five of his 100-yard games occur during that span, but Floyd failed to reach 60 yards in any of his games before that stretch. Floyd had just three catches for 26 yards on Saturday, but two of his three receptions were touchdowns. Whether or not Floyd is shadowed by Josh Norman, I'd expect him to at least see more of Norman than any other Cardinals receiver.
7. Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina Panthers (vs. ARI)
Not only did Ginn score a career-high 10 touchdowns this season, but he even had a stretch of three consecutive games with multiple touchdowns. Last week, however, Ginn had a total of only 11 (rushing) yards. While Ginn had four multi-touchdown games this season, his weekly volume of targets was inconsistent.
8. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at DEN)
Five targets. Three catches. Six yards. Not good. Facing the league's top-ranked pass defense and stingiest defense to fantasy wide receivers, LaFell is unlikely to exceed his Week 12 output -- four catches for 36 yards -- against the Broncos.
9. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (vs. ARI)
After having the best game of his career in Week 17 (7/120/1), Funchess was targeted only once and finished with one catch for 12 yards. From Weeks 5 to 17, Funchess scored a touchdown in every other game so perhaps he's due? Seriously though, he's the biggest of the team's wide receivers and he will likely only have a productive fantasy outing if he finds the end zone.
10. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at DEN)
With Edelman back, Amendola had just three targets on Saturday (compared to Edelman's 16) and turned them into two catches for 18 yards. With a full complement of pass-catchers, Amendola is no better than third in line for targets behind Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.
11. Corey Brown, Carolina Panthers (vs. ARI)
Brown had exactly three catches in each of the team's final four regular-season games with more than 50 yards in three of those games. With two catches for 22 yards in the Divisional Round, Brown is nothing more than a low-upside, low-floor option this week.
12. Keshawn Martin, New England Patriots (at DEN)
Martin had two receptions for 57 yards on four targets against the Chiefs on Saturday. Beyond Edelman and Gronk, the team's pass catchers are unreliable fantasy options.
More Rankings from Hanson:
- Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Fantasy Football TE Rankings
- DFS DraftKings Cheat Sheet
- DFS FanDuel Cheat Sheet
- DFS DraftPot Cheat Sheet
- DFS FantasyAces Cheat Sheet
- 2016 NFL Mock Draft
- Weekly NFL Picks Against the Spread
- Rest-of-Season (ROS) Fantasy Football Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule