MIAMI, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Now is the time where studs really need to pull through for your fantasy football team.
The opening round of the playoffs means that you will begin facing tougher teams each week, making every lineup decision more important. With so many options available at wide receiver, and bye weeks a thing of the past, you need to find reliable, yet explosive pass-catching options.
To help you figure out who to sit or start at the position, take a look at my top 50 wide receivers for Week 14. You can also view my add/drops for the week and more positional rankings in the links below.
Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders have a huge AFC West clash Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are the worst defense against wide receivers, in terms of fantasy points allowed. Cooper has scored in three of his last five games and is a good bet to live up to this WR1 billing. Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin faces a Green Bay Packers secondary Sunday, allowing the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers. The Packers have also allowed the second-most touchdowns to the position. Baldwin makes my top-10 this week.
No Rob Gronkowski should increase Tom Brady's looks to Julian Edelman. I have Edelman ranked as a borderline WR1 this week for a Monday Night Football battle against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are allowing the 10th-most fantasy points to wide receivers and are tied with the Packers in allowing 18 scores to the position. Edelman has eight receptions three consecutive games. He has 83 receiving yards and/or a touchdown in four straight games.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks hasn't scored since Week 10, but I like him in a good matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 16 touchdowns to the position, the fourth-most in the NFL. Cooks is a low-end WR1 in deep leagues and a WR2 in other formats.
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams is a WR2 option this week against a Carolina Panthers secondary tied for allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Williams has a touchdown catch in four straight games and I expect him to remain a highly targeted option for Philip Rivers against the Panthers.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie Tyler Boyd has been quietly consistent for quarterback Andy Dalton in the absence of stud wide receiver A.J. Green. This week the Bengals get the winless Cleveland Browns and a secondary tied with the Panthers in fantasy points allowed to the position. The Browns have also allowed the third-most touchdowns to the position. Boyd has at least four receptions and 54 yards in each of his last three games and is on the WR3/flex radar in deeper leagues.
|1||Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons||at Los Angeles|
|2||Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||vs. Dallas|
|3||Mike Evans||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||vs. New Orleans|
|4||Amari Cooper||Oakland Raiders||at Kansas City|
|5||Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys||at New York Giants|
|6||Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh Steelers||at Buffalo|
|7||Jordy Nelson||Green Bay Packers||vs. Seattle|
|8||Doug Baldwin||Seattle Seahawks||at Green Bay|
|9||Brandon Marshall||New York Jets||at San Francisco|
|10||Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona Cardinals||at Miami|
|11||Stefon Diggs||Minnesota Vikings||at Jacksonville|
|12||Demaryius Thomas||Denver Broncos||at Tennessee|
|13||Brandin Cooks||New Orleans Saints||at Tampa Bay|
|14||T.Y. Hilton||Indianapolis Colts||vs. Houston|
|15||Julian Edelman||New England Patriots||vs. Baltimore|
|16||Sammy Watkins||Buffalo Bills||vs. Pittsburgh|
|17||Tyrell Williams||San Diego Chargers||at Carolina|
|18||Kelvin Benjamin||Carolina Panthers||vs. San Diego|
|19||Michael Crabtree||Oakland Raiders||at Kansas City|
|20||Jarvis Landry||Miami Dolphins||vs. Arizona|
|21||Michael Thomas||New Orleans Saints||at Tampa Bay|
|22||Golden Tate||Detroit Lions||vs. Chicago|
|23||Davante Adams||Green Bay Packers||vs. Seattle|
|24||Allen Robinson||Jacksonville Jaguars||vs. Minnesota|
|25||DeAndre Hopkins||Houston Texans||at Indianapolis|
|26||Steve Smith||Baltimore Ravens||at New England|
|27||Jamison Crowder||Washington Redskins||at Philadelphia|
|28||Emmanuel Sanders||Denver Broncos||at Tennessee|
|29||Donte Moncrief||Indianapolis Colts||vs. Houston|
|30||Kenny Britt||Los Angeles Rams||vs. Atlanta|
|31||Tyreek Hill||Kansas City Chiefs||vs. Oakland|
|32||Terrelle Pryor||Cleveland Browns||vs. Cincinnati|
|33||Malcolm Mitchell||New England Patriots||vs. Baltimore|
|34||Mike Wallace||Baltimore Ravens||at New England|
|35||Dontrelle Inman||San Diego Chargers||at Carolina|
|36||Rishard Matthews||Tennessee Titans||vs. Denver|
|37||Randall Cobb||Green Bay Packers||vs. Seattle|
|38||DeSean Jackson||Washington Redskins||at Philadelphia|
|39||Jordan Matthews||Philadelphia Eagles||vs. Washington|
|40||Devante Parker||Miami Dolphins||vs. Arizona|
|41||Willie Snead||New Orleans Saints||at Tampa Bay|
|42||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||at Cleveland|
|43||Will Fuller||Houston Texans||at Indianapolis|
|44||Sterling Shepard||New York Giants||vs. Dallas|
|45||Pierre Garcon||Washington Redskins||at Philadelphia|
|46||Tyler Lockett||Seattle Seahawks||at Green Bay|
|47||Corey Coleman||Cleveland Browns||vs. Cincinnati|
|48||Ted Ginn||Carolina Panthers||vs. San Diego|
|49||Cole Beasley||Dallas Cowboys||at New York Giants|
|50||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||at Jacksonville|