Fantasy football: Kupp, Adams, Chase top Week 16 wide receiver rankings

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (L) is my top fantasy football play for Week 16. File Photo by Michael Goulding/UPI
1 of 5 | Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (L) is my top fantasy football play for Week 16. File Photo by Michael Goulding/UPI | License Photo

CINCINNATI, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, Ja'Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson and Stefon Diggs top my Week 16 fantasy football wide receiver rankings for 2021.

Keenan Allen, Deebo Samuel, CeeDee Lamb, Tee Higgins and Terry McLaurin round out my Top 10 options for Week 16.


Michael Pittman Jr., Odell Beckham Jr., Amon-Ra St. Brown and Christian Kirk are among my other favorite wide receivers to start this week.

Target players who have a good chance to score a touchdown and get a lot of looks from their respective quarterbacks when considering who to start at wide receiver.

Here are some of my favorite players in this week's rankings:


Ja'Marr Chase scored twice in Week 14, but reached the end zone in just two of his last six games. He also hasn't eclipsed 100 yards in a game since Week 7.


The Cincinnati Bengals rookie is my No. 3 fantasy football wide receiver in Week 16. I expect Chase to bounce back this week against the Baltimore Ravens.

Chase went off for 201 yards and a score in his last matchup against this defense. The Ravens also just allowed 98 yards and a score to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Week 15. They also allowed a score to Packers star pass catcher Davante Adams.

Look for Chase to catch at least eight passes for 100 yards and a score. He is an elite play for the semifinals.


Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is my No. 13 option this week and can be plugged in as a low-end WR1 or high-end WR2.

Pittman totaled just one catch for seven yards in Week 15, but averaged 5.1 catches for 68.4 yards per game in his previous seven appearances.

I expect him to rebound this week against the Arizona Cardinals, a defense that just allowed eight catches for 90 yards and a score from Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.


Pittman should total at least five catches for 90 yards in this matchup. He could end up in high-end WR1 territory if he reaches the end zone.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. scored a touchdown in each of his last three games and appears to be very comfortable in a new offense.

He is my No. 14 fantasy football wide receiver this week. Beckham's Rams battle the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. The Vikings have allowed the most fantasy points per game and receiving yards to wide receivers this season.

Start Beckham as a WR2, regardless of league size.


Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is my No. 23 option for Week 16. The Lions playmaker scored in two of his last three games. He also averaged 83 receiving yards in those three appearances.

This week, the Lions battle the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

The Lions could be without quarterback Jared Goff in this matchup, due to his recent placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but I expect St. Brown to produce regardless of Goff's status. He is a matchup-based WR3 play in Week 16.


Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk is a touchdown-or-bust WR3 for Week 16. Kirk, my No. 27 option, caught a season-high nine passes for 94 yards and a score in Week 15.

This week, the Cardinals battle the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts defense has been dominant lately, but I expect Kyler Murray to throw at least three touchdown passes in this matchup. Kirk should find the end zone on one of those tosses.

Week 16 fantasy football wide receiver rankings

1. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams vs. MIN

2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers vs. CLE

3. Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals vs. BAL

4. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings vs. LAR

5. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills at NE

6. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers at HOU

7. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers at TEN

8. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys vs. WAS

9. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals vs. BAL

10. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team at DAL

11. Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CAR

12. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks vs. CHI


13. Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts at ARI

14. Odell Beckham Jr., Los Angeles Rams at MIN

15. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys vs. WAS

16. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers at KC

17. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers at HOU

18. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens at CIN

19. DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles vs. NYG

20. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers vs. TB

21. Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT

22. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins at NO

23. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions at ATL

24. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers at TEN

25. Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers at KC

26. Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons vs. DET

27. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals vs. IND

28. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans vs. SF

29. A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals vs. IND

30. Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears at SEA

31. Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders vs. DEN

32. K.J. Osborne, Minnesota Vikings vs. LAR

33. Kenny Golladay, New York Giants at PHI


34. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins at NO

35. Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams at MIN

36. Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CAR

37. Josh Reynolds, Detroit Lions at ATL

38. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos at LVR

39. Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots vs. BUF

40. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns at GB

41. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys vs. WAS

42. Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers vs. TB

43. Byron Pringle, Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT

44. Jamison Crowder, New York Jets vs. JAX

45. Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans vs. SF

46. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings at NYJ

47. Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens at CIN

48. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals vs. BAL

49. Zay Jones, Las Vegas Raiders vs. DEN

50. Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints vs. MIA

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