Fantasy Football WR Report: Tyler Boyd, Amari Cooper, More Week 15 Starts

Dec 13, 2018 8:17 PM EST
  • The Action Network ranked fantasy football wide receivers across standard, PPR and half-point PPR formats for Week 15.
  • Here's a deeper dive on five notable receivers, including Amari Cooper and Tyler Boyd.

Who is this week’s top wide receiver? Who has good (or bad) matchups?

Here’s a breakdown of five notable wide receivers featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 15 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 WR

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Despite Drew Brees’ passing volume being down, Thomas has still averaged 9.0 targets per game over the past six weeks. He’s one of three receivers since Week 9 who is seeing more than 30% of his team’s market share of targets.

Koerner, Freedman and Raybon are split on top tier receivers this week, but Thomas has the highest average rank in PPR formats.

Most Favorable Matchups

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

Boyd leads the Bengals with 22.5% of their market share of targets in Jeff Driskel’s two full games as the Bengals starting quarterback.

He draws one of the softest matchups on the board against a Raiders team that ranks dead last in Football Outsiders’ pass DVOA and has allowed a league-high 31 passing touchdowns this season.

Boyd carries an average rank of 18 among our three experts in PPR formats.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys

Since joining the Cowboys, Cooper has garnered 25.5% for the Cowboys. His 8.8 targets per game leads all Cowboys receivers by at least 2.8 targets per game.

The Colts defense is subpar, ranking 18th in Football Outsiders’ pass DVOA. More importantly, they have a below average pass rush, ranking 23rd in Pro Football Focus’ pass-rushing grades and 21st in adjusted sack rate.

Cooper has an average rank of 13 among our three experts. He also has a top 12 projection in our FantasyLabs Player Models.

Matchup Downgrades

Tampa Bay Receivers

Bucs receivers are in a tough spot against a Ravens defense that ranks fourth in pass DVOA. Baltimore’s 206.2 passing yards per game and 6.2 yards per attempt are both top two marks in the league.

You likely aren’t sitting Mike Evans because of his target share and individual upside, and Chris Godwin still carries an average rank of 28, pending the health of DeSean Jackson (thumb).

Green Bay Receivers

Davante Adams has an average rank of 6.7 in PPR and shouldn’t be sat against the Bears outstanding defense. That said, Adams will be in one of the toughest spots against a unit that ranks first in pass DVOA. Chicago’s 6.2 yards per attempt allowed trails only Baltimore, and Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara rank third and ninth in PFF grades.

Randall Cobb and Marquez Valdes-Scantling all have average ranks outside the top 50.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

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