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Week 5 Rankings

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Week 5 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Dez Bryant vs. DEN -
2 Julio Jones vs. NYJ Questionable (knee)
3 Demaryius Thomas at DAL -
4 Brandon Marshall vs. NO -
5 A.J. Green vs. NE -
6 Andre Johnson at SF Questionable (leg)
7 Victor Cruz vs. PHI -
8 Jordy Nelson vs. DET -
9 Torrey Smith at MIA -
10 Randall Cobb vs. DET -
11 Larry Fitzgerald vs. CAR -
12 DeSean Jackson at NYG -
13 Wes Welker at DAL -
14 Eric Decker at DAL Probable (ankle)
15 Josh Gordon vs. BUF -
16 Marques Colston at CHI -
17 Anquan Boldin vs. HOU -
18 Reggie Wayne vs. SEA Probable (-)
19 Steve Smith at ARZ Sidelined (hip)
20 Hakeem Nicks vs. PHI -
21 James Jones vs. DET -
22 Stevie Johnson at CLE Sidelined (back)
23 Mike Wallace vs. BAL -
24 Brian Hartline vs. BAL -
25 Alshon Jeffery vs. NO -
26 Justin Blackmon at STL -
27 Julian Edelman at CIN -
28 Kenbrell Thompkins at CIN Questionable (shoulder)
29 T.Y. Hilton vs. SEA -
30 Dwayne Bowe at TEN -
31 Cecil Shorts at STL -
32 Danny Amendola at CIN Questionable (groin)
33 DeAndre Hopkins at SF -
34 Michael Floyd vs. CAR -
35 Tavon Austin vs. JAC -
36 Roddy White vs. NYJ Questionable (ankle)
37 Chris Givens vs. JAC Probable (knee)
38 Nate Washington vs. KC -
39 Robert Woods at CLE -
40 Brandon Gibson vs. BAL Questionable (ankle)
41 Kendall Wright vs. KC -
42 Terrance Williams vs. DEN -
43 Golden Tate at IND -
44 Denarius Moore vs. SD -
45 Ryan Broyles at GB -
46 Stephen Hill at ATL Probable (concussion)
47 Rueben Randle vs. PHI -
48 Vincent Brown at OAK -
49 Brandon LaFell at ARZ -
50 Sidney Rice at IND -
51 Jeremy Kerley at ATL -
52 Keenan Allen at OAK -
53 Eddie Royal at OAK Probable (-)
54 Andre Roberts vs. CAR -
55 Mohamed Sanu vs. NE -
56 Rod Streater vs. SD -
57 Jason Avant at NYG -
58 Austin Pettis vs. JAC -
59 Kris Durham at GB -
60 Donnie Avery at TEN -
61 Kenny Britt vs. KC Probable (ribs)
62 Davone Bess vs. BUF -
63 Doug Baldwin at IND -
64 Pat Edwards at GB Probable (ankle)
65 Deonte Thompson at MIA -
66 Tandon Doss at MIA -
67 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. SEA -
68 Clyde Gates at ATL Questionable (knee)
69 Riley Cooper at NYG -
70 Ted Ginn at ARZ -
71 Greg Little vs. BUF -

WR Notes: Leading the NFL in receiving through four weeks, Julio Jones is on pace for 132 catches, 1,924 yards and eight touchdowns. … Demaryius Thomas has 19 catches over his past two games, but only 180 yards. The YAC is coming. … Brandon Marshall is averaging 10.5 targets per game after averaging 12.1 in 2012. He’s on pace for just 116 fewer yards, however. … Limited to 51 yards or fewer in three straight games, A.J. Green will be contending with Aqib Talib and the Patriots’ “don’t let the other team’s No. 1 option beat you” philosophy. … The only thing stopping Andre Johnson this season are his minor nicks and bruises, and even those are doing a poor job. On pace for 136 catches for 1,472 yards, Johnson will find the end zone soon enough. … Victor Cruz has cleared 118 yards in three of four games, and has been a bright spot for the otherwise moribund Giants. “Slot receiver” or not, he’s one of the most consistently productive players in football, and an every-week WR1.

Torrey Smith has 435 yards … on 21 catches. That comes out to 20.7 yards per pop, a number which would have led the NFL by 1.5 yards last season. Smith has diversified his route tree, but the boom-or-bust nature of his game will still lead to the occasional dud — just don’t let it fool you into thinking he’s not a top-15 fantasy receiver. He is. … Going into the second half of Sunday’s win, Larry Fitzgerald had just seven catches for 97 yards in five halves of football since injuring his hamstring. Then he finally let the world know he was OK. Fitz posted a 6/68/1 line after the break, and finally laid to rest any lingering doubts about his hammy. There are other concerns — most glaringly, Carson Palmer’s erratic play — but Fitz’s health should no longer be a weekly headache. … DeSean Jackson has followed up his monster start with one ordinary performance and one dud. He’s a good bet to get back on track against a Giants defense getting smoked in all phases of the game.

Wes Welker already has as many touchdowns as he did in all of 2012, but is on pace for his fewest catches (104) and yards (1,064) since his pre-Patriots days if you wipe out his 2010 comeback from a torn ACL. There will be down weeks in the Broncos’ subway-car crowded offense. … Remember when that dude dropped Eric Decker? Decker is averaging 7.3 catches for 103 yards since his Week 1 faceplant. … Josh Gordon can be confidently started as a WR2 against a Bills defense allowing the second most fantasy points to enemy receivers. … Steve Smith has yet to clear 52 yards in three tries this season. If there’s one man who can go toe-to-toe with the league’s top cornerbacks at age 34 and still win, it’s Smiff, but he’ll have his hands full with Patrick Peterson in the desert. …. Hakeem Nicks has appeared old and ineffective this season. That’s a problem considering he’s just 25. At least he hasn’t offered up any excuses. That could change if he can’t take advantage of a juicy matchup in the Eagles.

Roddy White was finally back to being an every-snap player in Week 4, but could still manage just three catches for 28 yards even though New England was preoccupied with stopping Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. NBC’s Cris Collinsworth noted the great difficulty White appeared to be having making sharp cuts. White’s slump will be hard to bust against the Jets’ stout Pass D. … Danny Amendola: Believe it when you see it. We’ll do our best to read the tea leaves and smoke signals. His status will be updated daily on the Player News Page. … James Jones is not for the faint of heart, but is as good of a WR3 bet as there is in this crazy world. … Off to an inconsistent start, Stevie Johnson could have a long night on Joe Haden Island Thursday. … In Week 2, the Dolphins moved Mike Wallace all over the formation, helping to generate a 9/115/1 line. Bafflingly, he’s been mostly limited to clearout routes every other week. As OC Mike Sherman’s Tuesday quotes on his running back situation attest, he is not an inventive play-caller. That’s a problem for fantasy owners who want more than the occasional WR3 blowup from “60 Minutes.”

Alshon Jeffery is 12/158/1 over his past two games after going 6/53/0 in Weeks 1-2. He’s firmly in the WR3 conversation. … When we last left Justin Blackmon, he had drawn at least 11 targets in four straight games. He’ll likely be broken in slowly Sunday, but he could make himself a weekly top-30 option in a hurry. … Julian Edelman is going to fade to “emergency WR3” status in standard leagues if Danny Amendola returns this weekend. … The breakout probably isn’t coming for T.Y. Hilton against Seattle’s imposing secondary, but if he can get past stiff-hipped Brandon Browner a few times … look out. … Chris Givens’ start hasn’t been quite as bad as the Twitter talk would suggest. He could go off against Jacksonville. … Kenbrell Thompkins’ playmaking ability is undeniable, but his hands have been DHB-level inconsistent thus far. For now, he’s a WR4. … Brandon Gibson is still more of a PPR-league option than legit standard-league starter.

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