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Week 5 Rankings

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week 5 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Mike Evans vs. NE -
2 Odell Beckham vs. LAC -
3 A.J. Green vs. BUF -
4 Antonio Brown vs. JAC -
5 Jordy Nelson at DAL -
6 DeAndre Hopkins vs. KC -
7 Dez Bryant vs. GB -
8 Brandin Cooks at TB -
9 Stefon Diggs at CHI -
10 Larry Fitzgerald at PHI -
11 Chris Hogan at TB -
12 Keenan Allen at NYG -
13 DeVante Parker vs. TEN -
14 Doug Baldwin at LAR Questionable (groin)
15 Tyreek Hill at HOU -
16 T.Y. Hilton vs. SF -
17 Adam Thielen at CHI -
18 Randall Cobb at DAL -
19 Golden Tate vs. CAR -
20 Pierre Garcon at IND -
21 Rishard Matthews at MIA -
22 Jarvis Landry vs. TEN -
23 DeSean Jackson vs. NE -
24 Kelvin Benjamin at DET -
25 Alshon Jeffery vs. ARZ -
26 Devin Funchess at DET -
27 Davante Adams at DAL Questionable (concussion)
28 Michael Crabtree vs. BAL -
29 Amari Cooper vs. BAL -
30 Sammy Watkins vs. SEA -
31 Allen Hurns at PIT -
32 Tyrell Williams at NYG Questionable (neck)
33 Martavis Bryant vs. JAC -
34 Danny Amendola at TB -
35 Will Fuller vs. KC -
36 Sterling Shepard vs. LAC -
37 Jaron Brown at PHI -
38 Cooper Kupp vs. SEA -
39 Brandon Marshall vs. LAC Questionable (toe)
40 Jeremy Maclin at OAK Questionable (hand)
41 Kendall Wright vs. MIN -
42 Tyler Lockett at LAR -
43 Paul Richardson at LAR -
44 Robby Anderson at CLE -
45 John Brown at PHI Questionable (quadriceps)
46 Marvin Jones vs. CAR -
47 Jermaine Kearse at CLE -
48 Eric Decker at MIA -
49 Marqise Lee at PIT -
50 Zay Jones at CIN -
51 Mike Wallace at OAK -
52 Kenny Stills vs. TEN -
53 J.J. Nelson at PHI Questionable (hamstring)
54 Adam Humphries vs. NE -
55 Ricardo Louis vs. NYJ -
56 Robert Woods vs. SEA -
57 Travis Benjamin at NYG -
58 Nelson Agholor vs. ARZ -
59 Torrey Smith vs. ARZ -
60 Donte Moncrief vs. SF -
61 Geronimo Allison at DAL -
62 Markus Wheaton vs. MIN -
63 Rashard Higgins vs. NYJ -

WR Notes: Mike Evans had a tough three-game stretch to begin the year and still came out with 19/227/2. His Week 5 reward is a Patriots defense allowing 324 weekly passing yards, as well as the third most receiver fantasy points. … Odell Beckham (finger, ankle) is battling two injuries, but isn’t missing practice. Seeing insane usage (28 targets over the past two weeks), it’s only a matter of time before he goes full OBJ. … A.J. Green has gone at least 5/63 every time out. The Bills will have precious few avenues to stop him if E.J. Gaines (shoulder) sits. … Yes, the Jags have been eliminating the pass. These are the No. 1 receivers they’ve faced: DeAndre Hopkins (with Tom Savage), Rishard Matthews, Jeremy Maclin and Robby Anderson. Let’s see how they do against squeaky wheel Antonio Brown. … Jordy Nelson has five scores in three healthy appearances. The Cowboys are tied for fourth in touchdown passes allowed (eight). … DeAndre Hopkins has gone at least 7/70 in all three of Deshaun Watson’s starts. He won’t be shadowed by Kansas City’s Marcus Peters.

Dez Bryant finally got a good matchup last week and went 5/98. He has another good matchup in the Packers, and has been getting targeted relentlessly, regardless of opponent. … Brandin Cooks’ Patriots career is off to a distinctly Saints start. As in, he’s been inconsistent in a crowded offense. With upside this high, fantasy owners have to keep firing him up as a WR1, especially in matchups like this. Only the Titans have allowed more fantasy points to receivers than Tampa. … Stefon Diggs has eclipsed 93 yards in 3-of-4 games. So far, the Bears have been softer against WR1s than they were in 2016. … 10 of Larry Fitzgerald’s 41 targets have come in the red zone. The Eagles are allowing the fourth most receiver fantasy points. … Making hay in garbage time, DeVante Parker could not have asked for a better matchup for the Dolphins’ long-in-the-making home debut. The Titans are getting scorched on a weekly basis by opposing No. 1s. … Quietly fourth in yardage, Keenan Allen has a tough cross-country matchup in the Giants, but Philip Rivers doesn’t seem too concerned with matchups when it comes to his No. 1 wideout. He’s going to target him endlessly.  

Doug Baldwin is typically a better bet at home than on the road, but went 10/105/1 his last trip outside of Seattle. The Rams have been shootout machines under new coach Sean McVay. … Chris Hogan’s eight red zone targets are second only to Larry Fitzgerald. He’s a modest 42nd in overall targets (26), but he’s drawing them in the right place. The Bucs are a delectable short-week matchup. … What do you do with Tyreek Hill? He’s the WR10 by average points, but it’s mostly thanks to one catch against the Patriots’ league-worst defense. That being said, he’s established enough of a floor that his ceiling still makes him worth trotting out as a high-end WR2. … Even without Andrew Luck sidelined, T.Y. Hilton has combined for 11/202/1 across two home games. The 49ers are an A+ matchup. … Adam Thielen is third in yards (358). He’s also caught at least five passes every game. If that’s not a WR2, I don’t know what is. … I might move Randall Cobb and Davante Adams around a bit if/when Adams officially clears the concussion protocol.  

A hobbled Vontae Davis is looking like an attackable, as opposed to stay-away, matchup for target hog Pierre Garcon. … Rishard Matthews will be higher if Marcus Mariota (hamstring) can get cleared. … Logan Ryan has been getting flamed in the slot for the Titans. You can probably expect more than 6/50 from Jarvis Landry this week. … Off to a slow start, DeSean Jackson is still averaging 15.9 yards per catch. The Pats are a slump-busting matchup. … Kelvin Benjamin is coming off his best game of the season. It was against the Patriots, however, and now he has to contend with Detroit’s Darius Slay. Benjamin needs to exploit his five-inch height advantage. … Behind Benjamin, Devin Funchess is playing what could be construed as “good football” for the first time in his career. His 19 targets over the past two weeks are ninth. He’s a passable WR3. … Dealing with a murderer’s row of cornerbacks, Alshon Jeffery gets the executioner in Patrick Peterson for Week 5. … Tyrell Williams could get stuck in the, uhh, Janoris Jenkins tollbooth this weekend.        

Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper are rendered WR3 dart throws with E.J. Manuel at the controls against the Ravens’ defense. Crabtree is expected to play through his chest injury. Cooper’s league-leading seven drops already match the seventh-highest total for any receiver from 2016. … Cooper Kupp is a much better bet than Sammy Watkins to hit his floor against the Seahawks, but Watkins’ ceiling makes him the preferred WR3. … I’m a steadfast believer it’s only a matter of time until Martavis Bryant explodes. The odds are low it will be in this matchup. … Jaron Brown is tied for sixth in targets since Week 1. He seems to have pulled away from the John Brown/J.J. Nelson pack. … We’ve seen this Will Fuller movie before. He’s essentially a poor man’s DeSean Jackson. There will be blowups. There will be zero-point weeks. … Allen Hurns is tied with Dez Bryant for the third most red zone targets (seven). I think Marqise Lee is the better player. Hurns is the better fantasy bet. … Maybe Mitchell Trubisky can make Kendall Wright a usable WR4. … Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson are like a bizarro Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders. I don’t know how to separate them. … Zay Jones: There will be targets.

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