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Week 6 Rankings

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Week 6 Wide Receivers

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

WR Notes: Dez Bryant leads all receivers in fantasy points per game through the season’s first five weeks. … Calvin Johnson (knee) will remain at No. 2 as long as there’s a reasonable expectation he suits up for Week 6. For now, there is. … To the surprise of no one, Demaryius Thomas’ 261 yards after the catch are tied for first (with Julio Jones) through five weeks. Don’t be surprised if/when he eventually overtakes Wes Welker for the Broncos’ touchdown lead. … Third in the league in receiving yards, Torrey Smith has zero drops on 51 targets. He’s averaging 20.6 yards per catch, and 8.0 yards after every catch. His 2.57 yards per pass route (per PFF) are tied for fourth. Whether or not you believe the former one-dimensional speedster can keep up at this rate, there’s no debating he’s off to a positively elite start. … Averaging 6.2 catches per game, Victor Cruz has cleared 118 yards in three of five contests. He’s the only good thing the embarrassingly bad Giants have going.

Alshon Jeffery is averaging 7.3 catches for 125.3 yards over his past three games. They’re obviously elite numbers that lock the second-year pro in as a high-end WR3 with room to grow. The question is, what do they mean for Brandon Marshall? Truthfully, probably good things. Jeffery’s breakout means opposing defenses can no longer bracket Marshall, freeing up more clean looks for one of the league’s pound-for-pound strongest players. Owners may be concerned that Jeffery out-targeted Marshall 13-5 in Week 5, but what that really means is that rival defensive coordinators will now see a quarterback in Jay Cutler who has two receivers he’s not afraid to lock onto. The more defensive attention for Jeffery, the less for Marshall. Will Marshall match last year’s 118/1,508/11? Probably not. Is the 99/1,210/10 he’s on pace for still very much attainable? Absolutely. Jeffery’s emergence means Marshall’s monster weeks may be fewer and farther between, but they certainly aren’t going the way of the dinosaur.

A.J. Green’s got a problem: Its name is Andy Dalton. With the Bengals tightening the reins on their regressing third-year quarterback, Green is averaging just 5.5/50 over his past four games. More troubling is that Green has drawn a weekly 11.5 targets during that time span, but Dalton is missing on over half of them. No quarterback can keep a receiver of Green’s talent down for long, but a top-five finish is beginning to look like a stretch. Green could break his slump as early as this weekend, however, if Bills CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist) still isn’t ready to return. … With his injury-wrecked 2012 firmly in the rearview mirror, Jordy Nelson is on pace for 92/1,484/12. … The Rams are allowing the eighth most points to enemy wideouts. Andre Johnson is going to eat after his down Week 5. … Only 14 more players — players, not receivers — are averaging more yards from scrimmage than Randall Cobb. … Wes Welker: touchdown dependent? As strange as that sounds, Welker is scoring a weekly touchdown while averaging just 6.2 catches and 63 yards. The latter number is 17.2 less than he averaged during his Patriots career. Welker will be more WR3 than WR2 if/when his touchdown numbers taper off.

Eric Decker is tied with Mike Wallace for the league lead in drops with six, though he’s cleared 87 yards every game since Week 1. … DeSean Jackson is second in the league in yards per pass route (per PFF), but will be dealing with Darrelle Revis and Nick Foles on Sunday. With three boom performances and two bust ones thus far this season, he’s a high-upside, high-risk WR2 for Week 6. … If you think Brandon Weeden is going to torpedo Josh Gordon’s fantasy production, maybe you should refresh yourself on the numbers Gordon posted as the third-youngest player in the league last season. Obviously Brian Hoyer — or a trade — would be preferred, but old-man Weeden will get the ball to his No. 1 receiver, much like he did on the duo’s beautifully-executed 37-yard touchdown last Thursday. … It’s getting harder and harder to hold out WR1 hope for Larry Fitzgerald, who’s averaging just 4/52 since Week 2. Blame a deteriorating Carson Palmer. … Hakeem Nicks has laid two eggs this season, but has actually cleared 83 yards each of his other three times out. His upside isn’t as high as it once was, but he’s a WR2.

Danny Amendola (groin) didn’t appear all the way back in Week 5, but 4-55 on just 38 snaps in a game where Tom Brady was uncharacteristically inaccurate and the weather exceptionally poor was not a bad return. He’s a must-start WR2 whenever he’s in the lineup. … T.Y. Hilton has been boom-or-bust in 2013, but facing a defense allowing the fourth most points to opposing receivers and third-worst enemy YPA (8.6) is a prime “boom” opportunity. … That’ll do Justin Blackmon, that’ll do. Even if Blackmon has a poor first half against the Broncos’ pedestrian pass defense, he should make up for it in garbage time. Blackmon was a much more effective player with Chad Henne, as opposed to Blaine Gabbert, under center last season. … Julian Edelman can still be a 6-7 catch player even with Danny Amendola back in the lineup. He’s an acceptable, if low-end, WR3. … Terrance Williams is mistake-prone, but he’s also big-play prone. He’s caught 16-of-19 targets, and is fantasy’s No. 19 receiver over the past three weeks. Even if Miles Austin (hamstring) returns, Williams is worth a WR3 dice roll. … Keenan Allen is no higher than No. 4 on the Chargers’ targets totem pole, but his overall skill-set has stuck out like a sore thumb the past two weeks. A pair of sure hands that’s going to get red-zone looks, Allen needs to be 100 percent owned.

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