My Week 16 fantasy football wide receiver rankings don't have any major discrepancies with the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) this week. So I've got Keenan Allen a spot or two below A.J. Brown or Justin Jefferson. My guess is no one is actually trying to decide which one of those to start or sit. If you have any combination of those WRs, you are starting all of them.
So instead, I'm going to use this week's WR rankings for therapeutic purposes. Yes, it's my therapy, but for anyone else who started Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Week 15, this might make them feel better too. The donut he put up last week was the difference between winning and losing for me. I'm now out of the playoffs. I could have started Joshua Kelley. Yes, that Joshua Kelley who had all of eight rushing yards this past week. Had I "Flex"-ed him instead of "MVS" (I refuse to call him by name again!), I would still be in the playoffs. Aargh!
The worst part is I know better. I blame myself. My options in this deep league were not great. I refused to play Mike Williams on "Will He or Won't He?" Thursday night. After all, I didn't want a zero! That left me with some pretty cruddy options. I could have gone with the aforementioned Kelley, or Keelan Cole or Donovan People-Jones. And yes, each one outscored MVS. As I said, not great options, and you probably would have played MVS as well.
Or not. Because perhaps you are like a buddy of mine who even previous to this decision of mine refuses to ever grab MVS because he's been burned by him too many times. Yes, MVS has had some big games. But my friend has told me that every time you think the situation calls to play him, you will be wrong. It happened to him twice and now me. Three strikes and you're out.
So if you are wondering why I don't even have MVS inside the top 100 WRs this week, now you know. And you know what? I actually do feel better!
NFL WR Rankings: Week 16
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.