Fantasy NFL

Week 17 Player Fantasy Rankings - Wide Receivers

By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer

Philadelphia, PA ( - Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins ... it doesn't really matter to Washington Redskins' receiver Pierre Garcon. Both quarterbacks love him and have no problem with public displays of affection.

Garcon has been targeted at least 10 times in nine straight games and now leads the NFL in targets and receptions.

Cousins sent 18 throws Garcon's way Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, and Garcon reeled in 11 of them for 144 yards and a touchdown.

He's produced 18 catches, 273 yards and two scores in Cousins' two starts this season, the same number of 100-yard games and just one less TD than he had in 13 games with RGIII.

Garcon's 107 receptions are a franchise record, topping Art Monk's 106 in 1984.

Fantasy owners may be without Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in Week 17. Detroit is eliminated from playoff contention and has no reason to play Johnson, who was a game-time decision in Week 16 due to a knee injury that has been nagging him for most of the season.

If Johnson does play, he'll likely be limited again and is out of our top-10 this week. He does have a fantastic matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, so owners can still start him as a WR2 if he's active.

However, he's been a fantasy playoff bust, catching 12 passes for 193 yards and zero touchdowns in the last three games.

The opposite is true for New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and Keenan Allen of the San Diego Chargers.

Edelman has been Tom Brady's preferred target over the last five games, corralling 44 of 62 targets for 491 yards and four TDs in that span.

He's nine yards away from his first 1,000-yard season and four catches away from 100 after catching seven passes for 77 yards in Week 16.

Allen is attempting to become just the fourth wide receiver in the past 20 years to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He hasn't been a big yardage producer lately with just 114 yards on eight catches his last three games, but he's caught five touchdowns during that timeframe. He'll need 43 yards to reach 1,000 in Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Top-50 Wide Receiver Rankings


1) Pierre Garcon, Washington

2) Demaryius Thomas, Denver

3) Josh Gordon, Cleveland

4) Brandon Marshall, Chicago

5) A.J. Green, Cincinnati

6) Eric Decker, Denver

7) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

8) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago

9) Julian Edelman, New England

10) Dez Bryant, Dallas

11) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia

12) Keenan Allen, San Diego

13) Calvin Johnson, Detroit

14) Roddy White, Atlanta

15) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

16) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay

17) Michael Crabtree, San Francisco

18) Andre Johnson, Houston

19) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay

20) Marques Colston, New Orleans

21) Torrey Smith, Baltimore

22) Mike Wallace, Miami

23) Nate Washington, Tennessee

24) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco

25) Riley Cooper, Philadelphia

26) Kendall Wright, Tennessee

27) James Jones, Green Bay

28) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota

29) T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis

30) Ted Ginn, Carolina

31) Marvin Jones, Cincinnati

32) Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay

33) Brian Hartline, Miami

34) Doug Baldwin, Seattle

35) Greg Jennings, Minnesota

36) Andre Caldwell, Denver

37) Andre Holmes, Oakland

38) Michael Floyd, Arizona

39) Robert Woods, Buffalo

40) David Nelson, New York Jets

41) Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

42) Ace Sanders, Jacksonville

43) Griff Whalen, Indianapolis

44) Harry Douglas, Atlanta

45) Kris Durham, Detroit

46) Jarius Wright, Minnesota

47) Brandon LaFell, Carolina

48) Jacoby Jones, Baltimore

49) Terrance Williams, Dallas

50) Stedman Bailey, St. Louis

12/26 21:28:00 ET