Saturday, January 23, 2021

Fantasy Football Rankings: Conference Championship Game WR Rankings

The 2020-21 NFL season is down down to four teams and three games to go with the Conference Championship Games this weekend and Super Bowl LV in two weeks in Tampa.

More rankings for this weekend's games:

Here are our wide receiver rankings for Sunday's games:

1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Despite missing two games, Adams led the NFL in receiving touchdowns (18) and yards per game (98.1) and also set a career high in receptions (115). With double-digit touchdowns in four of five seasons, Adams has a total of 58 scores in 71 games over that span.

It was a modest outing (6/61) in the first matchup this season against the Buccaneers as Adams returned from a two-game absence, but he then went he scored in 11 of 12 games including last week's win over the Los Angeles Rams. Wide receiver is loaded on a such a small slate with the top three receivers being more of a 1(a)-1(b)-1(c) than a clear 1-2-3 in our wide receiver projections.

2. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

Things could not have gone better for Diggs in his first season with the Bills. A top-three performer across all scoring formats, Diggs led the league in targets (166), receptions (127) and yards (1,535) in 2020. In two difficult playoff matchups, Diggs had 6/128/1 and 8/106/1 against the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, respectively.

3. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

This weekend's two-game slate has this season's top three scoring leaders in fantasy points at wide receiver -- Davante Adams, Hill and Stefon Diggs. All three are elite options in any week, but none have a higher ceiling (or a lower floor) than Hill. Speaking of floors, Hill set or tied his season lows in Week 6 against the Bills -- three receptions, three targets, 20 receiving yards and 4.0 half-PPR fantasy points.

4. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Posting a career-high catch rate (77.4%) and career-low Y/R (12.9), Godwin has seen his overall per-game production decline on a year-over-year basis: 6.1/95.2/0.64 (2019) to 5.4/70.0/0.58 (2020).

Godwin had a relatively modest performance against the Packers in Week 6 with five catches for 48 yards on seven targets. Given that Mike Evans will likely draw a lot of Jaire Alexander and Antonio Brown will miss Sunday's game, Godwin offers as much upside as any receiver outside the top three this weekend.

5. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Although he set a career low in yards per game (62.9), Evans exceeded the 1,000-yard mark -- now seven consecutive seasons to begin his career -- and set a career high with 13 scores. Facing one of the league's best corners (Jaire Alexander), Evans has a difficult matchup and had just one catch for 10 yards on two targets in their regular-season matchup.

6. John Brown, Buffalo Bills

Brown bounced back from a four-target goose egg against the Colts with eight catches for 62 yards on 11 targets against the Ravens. Brown coincidentally had a four-target goose egg against the Chiefs during the regular season. Given that the Bills have promoted Kenny Stills to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, so it's possible that the team could be without either Cole Beasley and/or Gabriel Davis on Sunday.

7. Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills

Beasley had five 100-yard games during the season and he set career highs in receptions (82) and yards (967). Beasley failed to haul in either of his targets against the Ravens. The slot receiver had a 4/45/1 game earlier in the season against the Chiefs.

8. Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers

Hauling in four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, it was the best game for Lazard since returning from his core injury in late-November. With the Buccaneers focusing on slowing down Adams and running back Aaron Jones, it could be a tertiary option for the Packers (such as Lazard) that becomes the difference-maker for this weekend's two-game slate.

9. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Watkins played in only 10 games this season and hasn't played since Week 16, but he's expected to return this week. When he's been on the field, Watkins has averaged a career-low 11.4 yards per reception and his per-game average of 42.1 yards is the lowest during his three-year tenure in Kansas City.

10. Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs

With game-breaking speed in a high-powered offense, the speedster is capable of breaking off a long touchdown on any given play. More likely, however, fantasy managers will get a modest, low-volume performance from Hardman, who has reached 50 scrimmage yards in only one of his past nine games, especially with Watkins expected to return.

11. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
12. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13. Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14. Demarcus Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs
15. Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills
16. Equanimeous St. Brown, Green Bay Packers
17. Isaiah McKenzie, Buffalo Bills

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