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The lack of depth at WR has been a recurring issue throughout the 2021 Fantasy season, but I think you can probably get into the 20s this week before running out of options I feel pretty good about this week. A.J. Brown's return from IR came at the perfect time if you were still alive in Week 16, and it also coincides with what might be the best the WR position has looked in a while.  

Of course, that includes the likes of Amari CooperD.J. MooreMIchael Pittman, and DK Metcalf, who have been pretty iffy of late, but if I've got any of those players on my roster this week, I'm probably going to ride with them in the championship game. There's still too much upside – and some pretty good matchups – for me to get away from them.

However, you've probably got some pretty tough decisions to make either way, especially with players like Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, and Cole Beasley coming back from the COVID list. Here's what we're watching in terms of injuries Sunday morning: 

  • Out: Adam Thielen (ankle), Jerry Jeudy (COVID), Tim Patrick (COVID), Nelson Agholor (concussion), Jamison Crowder (calf), Tre-Quan Smith (chest), Josh Reynolds (COVID), Tajae Sharpe (COVID), Kalif Raymond (COVID), Kadarius Toney (shoulder), Jaelon Darden (COVID), Darius Slayton (COVID), Emmanuel Sanders (knee)
  • Legitimately questionable: Marquise Brown (illness), N'Keal Harry (hip), Jakobi Meyers (thigh), Rondale Moore (ankle), Devin Duvernay (ankle)
  • Expected to play: Mike Evans (hamstring), Antonio Brown (ankle), Courtland Sutton (illness)

Evans is expected to play but will likely be on a snap count if he does. He was apparently having trouble with his conditioning after coming down with COVID during practice, so expect them to use him sparingly, likely in the red zone primarily. That makes him a boom-or-bust WR3 for me. Antonio Brown is a top-10 WR if he plays, though there is apparently more concern than there was last week after a mid-week setback. He is expected to play, however, per early Sunday reports. 

Marquise Brown is the biggest question here, because he would be a top-20 WR for me if he plays, but there is certainly risk that his conditioning may not be where it needs to be. However, he had 14 targets for 10 catches in his previous game with Tyler Huntley starting and should be a good PPR option if he plays.

Gabriel Davis is still a viable starter with Sanders out, by the way. Don't overlook him.

Here are my top 48 wide receivers for Week 17 to help you make those decisions. To see the rankings from Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Heath Cummings, make sure you head here

Week 17 WR Rankings

  1. Cooper Kupp @BAL
  2. Davante Adams vs. MIN
  3. Keenan Allen vs. DEN
  4. Stefon Diggs vs. ATL
  5. Deebo Samuel vs. HOU
  6. Diontae Johnson vs. CLE
  7. Tyreek Hill @CIN
  8. Justin Jefferson @GB
  9. Antonio Brown @NYJ
  10. A.J. Brown vs. MIA
  11. Tee Higgins vs. KC
  12. Jaylen Waddle @TEN
  13. CeeDee Lamb vs. ARI
  14. Ja'Marr Chase vs. KC
  15. Brandin Cooks @SF
  16. Hunter Renfrow @IND
  17. Russell Gage @BUF
  18. Marquise Brown vs. LAR
  19. Amon-Ra St. Brown @SEA
  20. Tyler Lockett vs. DET
  21. Amari Cooper vs. ARI
  22. D.J. Moore @NO
  23. Christian Kirk @DAL
  24. Michael Pittman vs. LV
  25. D.K. Metcalf vs. DET
  26. Odell Beckham Jr. @BAL
  27. Jarvis Landry @PIT
  28. Terry McLaurin vs. PHI
  29. Mike Williams vs. DEN
  30. Mike Evans @NYJ
  31. Gabriel Davis vs. ATL
  32. Tyler Boyd vs. KC
  33. Brandon Aiyuk vs. HOU
  34. DeVonta Smith @WAS
  35. DeVante Parker @TEN
  36. Chase Claypool vs. CLE
  37. Michael Gallup vs. ARI
  38. Jakobi Meyers vs. JAX
  39. Marvin Jones @NE
  40. Kenny Golladay @CHI
  41. Van Jefferson @BAL
  42. K.J. Osborn @GB
  43. Darnell Mooney vs. NYG
  44. Cole Beasley vs. ATL
  45. Allen Lazard vs. MIN
  46. Courtland Sutton @LAC
  47. A.J. Green @DAL
  48. Braxton Berrios vs. TB