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Updated Week 5 Rankings

Sunday, October 07, 2012


Week 5 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 A.J. Green vs. MIA -
2 Julio Jones at WAS Probable(hand)
3 Victor Cruz vs. CLE -
4 Roddy White at WAS -
5 Percy Harvin vs. TEN -
6 Dwayne Bowe vs. BAL -
7 Larry Fitzgerald at STL -
8 Wes Welker vs. DEN -
9 Demaryius Thomas at NE -
10 Andre Johnson at NYJ Probable(groin)
11 Brandon Marshall at JAC -
12 Jordy Nelson at IND -
13 Eric Decker at NE -
14 Brandon Lloyd vs. DEN -
15 Marques Colston vs. SD -
16 Torrey Smith at KC -
17 Mike Wallace vs. PHI -
18 Reggie Wayne vs. GB -
19 Steve Smith vs. SEA -
20 Malcom Floyd at NO -
21 Brian Hartline at CIN -
22 Antonio Brown vs. PHI -
23 Danny Amendola vs. ARZ Sidelined(clavicle)
24 Stevie Johnson at SF -
25 Jeremy Maclin at PIT -
26 Pierre Garcon vs. ATL Probable(foot)
27 DeSean Jackson at PIT -
28 Domenik Hixon vs. CLE -
29 James Jones at IND -
30 Nate Washington at MIN -
31 Kendall Wright at MIN -
32 Randall Cobb at IND -
33 Michael Crabtree vs. BUF -
34 Anquan Boldin at KC -
35 Donnie Avery vs. GB -
36 Sidney Rice at CAR -
37 Jerome Simpson vs. TEN -
38 Andre Roberts at STL -
39 Brandon LaFell vs. SEA -
40 Devery Henderson vs. SD -
41 Davone Bess at CIN -
42 Rueben Randle vs. CLE -
43 Andrew Hawkins vs. MIA -
44 Greg Little at NYG -
45 Robert Meachem at NO -
46 Mario Manningham vs. BUF -
47 Justin Blackmon vs. CHI -
48 Jeremy Kerley vs. HOU -
49 Alshon Jeffery at JAC -
50 Brandon Gibson vs. ARZ -
51 Donald Jones at SF Questionable(head)
52 Chaz Schilens vs. HOU -
53 Golden Tate at CAR -
54 Emmanuel Sanders vs. PHI -
55 Armon Binns vs. MIA -
56 Damian Williams at MIN -
57 Brandon Stokley at NE -
58 Josh Gordon at NYG -
59 Kevin Walter at NYJ -
60 T.Y. Hilton vs. GB Questionable(shoulder)
61 Joseph Morgan vs. SD -
62 Leonard Hankerson vs. ATL -


WR Notes:
Green’s 3.17 Yards Per Route Run is the second most in the league. He and Calvin Johnson have been a cut above this season. … Playing with a hand injury that limited Dirk Koetter’s wide-receiver screens and slants, Julio just missed on a couple of big plays a week ago. He’s set to explode against a Redskins secondary burned by the big play this season. Buy now. You won’t regret it. … Tied for the league lead in targets, Cruz has a dream matchup against a Browns defense still missing Joe Haden.

The game film shows Harvin as perhaps the toughest NFL player to bring down, and his 10 forced missed tackles are four more than any other receiver. … Bowe is averaging 15 targets per over the past three games, putting the Chiefs’ woebegone passing attack on his back. … Contrary to popular belief, Demaryius isn’t burning defenses vertically. The Broncos love to use him on bubble screens and slants to take advantage of his explosive run-after-catch ability, similar to the Falcons with Julio Jones.

Andre Johnson is on the brink of a breakout game. After coming within inches of two additional deep scores in Week 3, Johnson lost a potential touchdown in the lights and had a catch nullified by a crackback block versus the Titans. … Nelson is a WR1 option with Greg Jennings (groin) sidelined. … Lloyd had trouble separating early in last week’s game, but the steady targets are keeping him in WR2 territory.

Establishing himself as Peyton Manning’s possession receiver, Decker has averaged 7.5 catches and 107.5 yards the past two games. … Hartline has two career 100-yard games, both coming in the past three weeks. His league-leading 455 yards are 74 percent of his previous career-high for a season. Keep him rolling against a banged-up Bengals secondary.

Signs are pointing up for Garcon. After playing 50 snaps in his Week 4 return, he was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. He’s worth the risk as an upside WR3 in a potential shootout. … With the status of both Hakeem Nicks (knee) and Ramses Barden (knee) in doubt, Hixon is this week’s obvious waiver-wire plug ‘n’ play versus a Browns pass defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Jones and Cobb and both viable WR3 options with Jennings out versus a suspect Colts defense. … Bump Moore (hamstring) three or four spots if he returns to practice Thursday. … Britt (ankle) is headed toward a game-time decision. It’s not a bad idea to have Kendall Wright as a handcuff, but keep expectations in check. According to Pro Football Focus, only Legedu Naanee, Greg Little and Titus Young have been less effective than Wright this season. Little and Wright each dropped three passes in Week 4.

Roberts’ touchdown rate is unsustainable, and only two teams have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing receivers than the Rams. … LaFell has been an afterthought in Carolina’s offense the past two weeks. … After his six-catch “breakout” game, Blackmon draws Tim Jennings and the Bears. Opposing QBs have a 15.9 passer rating on 33 throws in Jennings’ direction this season.


Sunday Update: Moved Leonard Hankerson down following news that Josh Morgan is starting over him versus the Falcons.



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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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