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Fantasy Football: Week 16 WR rankings

December 22, 2018

Expect the New England Patriots to lean on a combination of Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson to help replace Josh Gordon, who was suspended indefinitely once again by the NFL Thursday for violating the conditions of his most recent reinstatement for repeated substance-abuse violations.

Of course, those are the secondary reinforcements, following Gronk, slot stud Julian Edelman and seemingly forgotten RB James White. We bumped up Gronk a ton this week vs. his hometown team, and Edelman (WR12), who’s averaging a little more than six catches and 71 yards on nine targets since returning from his own suspension. Similarly, we gave White a healthy uptick in our RB rankings, from FLEX range back into the RB2-sphere this week.

What about Hogan and Patterson? Coincidentally, Hogan had his best fantasy outing Sunday since Week 2, turning three targets into two catches and 68 yards — including a 63-yard touchdown. That’s the kind of explosive scoring upside the Patriots lost in Gordon, and since Patterson remains a gadget player, albeit a formidable one, we anticipate the former Bill Hogan sliding back into the full-time role he’d relinquished over the previous month vs. his former team. He’s steeped in this offense longer than Patterson and remained a starter initially after Gordon’s arrival.

Patterson and fellow former first-rounder Phillip Dorsett are unique players but not what Gordon owners should consider pivoting to in Championship Week. If they’re mulling Hogan in his #revengegame as a possible WR3/FLEX, we could think of much worse options. He missed both games against the Bills last season but turned each of his targets in Buffalo in Week 8 into explosive grabs, totaling 49 yards, and even in the wake of Gordon’s exit, this could still be a get-well-game for New England’s offense.

Take a look at our full Championship Week RB rankings, which include a few links to our other Week 16 fantasy resources and will be updated prior to kickoff between Washington and Tennessee on Saturday afternoon:

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans at Eagles

2. Antonio Brown, Steelers vs. Saints

3. Davante Adams, Packers at Jets

4. Julio Jones, Falcons at Panthers

5. Michael Thomas, Saints vs. Steelers

6. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs at Seahawks

7. Amari Cooper, Cowboys vs. Bucs

8. Adam Thielen, Vikings at Lions

9. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers at Saints

10. T.Y. Hilton, Colts vs. Giants

11. Brandin Cooks, Rams at Cardinals

12. Julian Edelman, Patriots vs. Bills

13. Keenan Allen, Chargers vs. Ravens

14. Robert Woods, Rams at Cardinals

15. Stefon Diggs, Vikings at Lions

16. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. Chiefs

17. Mike Evans, Bucs at Cowboys

18. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks vs. Chiefs

19. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles vs. Texans

20. Jarvis Landry, Browns vs. Bengals

21. Corey Davis, Titans vs. Washington

22. Mike Williams, Chargers vs. Ravens

23. Allen Robinson, Bears at 49ers

24. Courtland Sutton, Broncos at Raiders

25. Robby Anderson, Jets vs. Packers

26. Josh Reynolds, Rams at Cardinals

27. Kenny Golladay, Lions vs. Vikings

28. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Rams

29. Robert Foster, Bills at Patriots

30. D.J. Moore, Panthers vs. Falcons

31. Dante Pettis, 49ers vs. Bears

32. Demaryius Thomas, Texans at Eagles

33. Calvin Ridley, Falcons at Panthers

34. Sterling Shepard, Giants at Colts

35. Chris Hogan, Patriots vs. Bills

36. DaeSean Hamilton, Broncos at Raiders

37. Willie Snead, Ravens at Chargers

38. Adam Humphries, Bucs at Cowboys

39. DeSean Jackson, Bucs at Cowboys

40. Antonio Callaway, Browns vs. Bengals

41. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars vs. Dolphins

42. Curtis Samuel, Panthers vs. Falcons

43. John Brown, Ravens at Chargers

44. Jamison Crowder, Washington at Titans

45. Isaiah McKenzie, Bills at Patriots

46. Danny Amendola, Dolphins vs. Jaguars

47. Golden Tate, Eagles vs. Texans

48. Donte Moncrief, Jaguars vs. Dolphins

49. Jordy Nelson, Raiders vs. Broncos

50. John Ross, Bengals at Browns

51. Taylor Gabriel, Bears at 49ers

52. Chris Conley, Chiefs at Seahawks

53. Kenny Stills, Dolphins vs. Jaguars

54. David Moore, Seahawks vs. Chiefs

55. Tre’Quan Smith, Saints vs. Steelers

56. Josh Doctson, Washington at Titans

57. Michael Gallup, Cowboys vs. Bucs

58. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons at Panthers

59. DeVante Parker, Dolphins vs. Jaguars

60. Breshad Perriman, Browns vs. Bengals

61. Chris Godwin, Bucs at Cowboys

62. Cordarrelle Patterson, Patriots vs. Bills

63. Seth Roberts, Raiders vs. Broncos

64. Jermaine Kearse, Jets vs. Packers

65. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers at Jets

Not listed because of injury: Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb

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