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Updated Week 6 Rankings

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Week 6 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Julio Jones vs. OAK -
2 Calvin Johnson at PHI -
3 Percy Harvin at WAS Probable (hamstring)
4 A.J. Green at CLE Probable (knee)
5 Victor Cruz at SF -
6 Roddy White vs. OAK -
7 Demaryius Thomas at SD Probable (hip)
8 Reggie Wayne at NYJ -
9 Wes Welker at SEA Questionable (ankle)
10 Larry Fitzgerald vs. BUF -
11 Andre Johnson vs. GB Probable (groin)
12 Dwayne Bowe at TB -
13 Mike Wallace at TEN -
14 Jordy Nelson at HOU -
15 Antonio Brown at TEN -
16 Eric Decker at SD -
17 Dez Bryant at BAL -
18 Jeremy Maclin vs. DET -
19 Miles Austin at BAL Probable (hamstring)
20 Vincent Jackson vs. KC -
21 Torrey Smith vs. DAL -
22 Stevie Johnson at ARZ -
23 James Jones at HOU -
24 Malcom Floyd vs. DEN Probable (groin)
25 DeSean Jackson vs. DET -
26 Randall Cobb at HOU -
27 Hakeem Nicks at SF Questionable (knee)
28 Brandon Lloyd at SEA -
29 Brian Hartline vs. STL Probable (quadriceps)
30 Michael Crabtree vs. NYG -
31 Denarius Moore at ATL -
32 Sidney Rice vs. NE -
33 Andre Roberts vs. BUF -
34 Kenny Britt vs. PIT -
35 Pierre Garcon vs. MIN -
36 Anquan Boldin vs. DAL -
37 Kendall Wright vs. PIT -
38 Mike Williams vs. KC -
39 Jeremy Kerley vs. IND Probable (finger)
40 Donnie Avery at NYJ -
41 Darrius Heyward-Bey at ATL Probable (concussion)
42 Andrew Hawkins at CLE -
43 Robert Meachem vs. DEN -
44 Domenik Hixon at SF -
45 Kevin Ogletree at BAL -
46 Nate Washington vs. PIT -
47 Brandon Gibson at MIA -
48 Nate Burleson at PHI -
49 Jerome Simpson at WAS Questionable (back)
50 Davone Bess vs. STL -
51 Golden Tate vs. NE -
52 Mario Manningham vs. NYG -
53 Greg Little vs. CIN -
54 Ramses Barden at SF Probable (concussion)
55 Josh Gordon vs. CIN -
56 Titus Young at PHI Probable (knee)
57 Chaz Schilens vs. IND -
58 Damian Williams vs. PIT -
59 Donald Jones at ARZ Questionable (head)
60 Chris Givens at MIA -
61 Emmanuel Sanders at TEN -
62 T.Y. Hilton at NYJ -
63 Santana Moss vs. MIN -

WR Notes: Julio Jones just missed on three downfield strikes versus the Redskins that would have made him fantasy’s high point scorer for the week. He’s now facing a Raiders secondary that has been destroyed by Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, and the Broncos receivers. … A.J. Green draws the Browns just in time for the return of shadow corner Joe Haden. That’s the matchup of the week.

Demaryius Thomas’ talent level is on par with Jones and Green, and the Broncos have been utilizing him in similar fashion to Julio with a heavy reliance on bubble screens and slants while sprinkling in a few shots down the field. … Reggie Wayne is this year’s Steve Smith, an aging receiver revitalized by a dazzling rookie quarterback. Wayne’s total of 506 yards this year is the best four-game stretch of his career. Former teammate Edgerrin James expects Wayne to threaten Marvin Harrison’s single-season receptions record (143), and the NFL’s target leader is on pace to do so.

Over the past three weeks, Wes Welker leads the NFL in receptions and yards and is second to Larry Fitzgerald in targets. His three consecutive 100-yard games has tied a career-high. That will be put to the test against Seattle’s speedy, physical secondary. … Jordy Nelson got open versus the Colts, but Aaron Rodgers had a hard time putting the ball on his hands. Nelson will bounce back, but he has a tough matchup on paper versus Johnathan Joseph, who may be extra motivated after getting worked by Jeremy Kerley on national television.

Andre Johnson has just two red-zone targets all year. It certainly didn’t help matters that Jets defensive backs were flat-out mugging him Monday night. … Vincent Jackson can identify with Johnson’s mugging. His 42.1 percent reception rate is the worst among the NFL’s top receivers.

Stevie Johnson is the only consistently targeted member of the Bills passing attack, but he’s yet to top 61 yards in a game this year. He will see plenty of Patrick Peterson on Sunday. … Lloyd’s targets have dipped to coincide with the Pats’ emphasis on the run game. It’s a brutal matchup this week versus Seattle’s physical corners. … Crabtree has been targeted between 7-9 times every game. It’s what he does with those targets that determine whether it’s a good fantasy day or not. The Giants linebackers aren’t as pathetic as the Bills’ poor-tackling group.

At Indy, Aaron Rodgers had a perfect passer rating on throws to Randall Cobb, who leads all NFL receivers by converting 88 percent of his targets into catches. Among receivers with 100+ snaps, only six have a better YAC/reception rate than Cobb’s 7.7. He’s in the slot at least until Greg Jennings returns from his groin injury.

Rice’s fantasy production is down in large part because Russell Wilson is the NFL’s least effective red-zone QB. … Kenny Wright’s snaps dropped last week with Kenny Britt back in the lineup. Now that Britt is close to full health, that trend should continue. … Jeremy Kerley is tied with James Jones for most fantasy points per target this year. With nine targets versus the Texans, he’s clearly the Jets’ No. 1 receiver. There’s WR3 potential with two months worth of garbage-time stats on the horizon. … Justin Blackmon, on the other hand, is the worst in the NFL at turning targets in fantasy points.

Sunday Updates: Dropped Pierre Garcon, as he's still hindered by the foot injury. Check back around 3:00 p.m. ET for an update on Garcon's status if you had planned to start him. Small matchup bumps for Andre Johnson, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, and Stevie Johnson. 

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