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Week 5 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 6, 2019, 11:52 am ET

Week 5 Receivers

 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

ATL

2

Julio Jones

ATL

@HOU

3

Michael Thomas

NO

TB

4

Keenan Allen

LAC

DEN

5

Cooper Kupp

LA

@SEA

6

Odell Beckham

CLE

@SF

7

Chris Godwin

TB

@NO

8

Tyler Lockett

SEA

LA

9

Mike Evans

TB

@NO

10

Amari Cooper

DAL

GB

11

Tyler Boyd

CIN

ARI

12

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

@CIN

13

Julian Edelman

NE

@WAS

14

Adam Thielen

MIN

@NYG

15

JuJu Smith-Schuster

PIT

BAL

16

Sammy Watkins

KC

IND

17

Brandin Cooks

LA

@SEA

18

Robert Woods

LA

@SEA

19

T.Y. Hilton

IND

@KC

20

Josh Gordon

NE

@WAS

21

Allen Robinson

CHI

@OAK

22

Alshon Jeffery

PHI

NYJ

23

Marquise Brown

BAL

@PIT

24

Sterling Shepard

NYG

MIN

25

Stefon Diggs

MIN

@NYG

26

Jarvis Landry

CLE

@SF

27

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

GB

@DAL

28

Calvin Ridley

ATL

@HOU

29

Will Fuller

HOU

ATL

30

John Brown

BUF

@TEN

31

Curtis Samuel

CAR

JAC

32

Emmanuel Sanders

DEN

@LAC

33

D.J. Moore

CAR

JAC

34

Demarcus Robinson

KC

IND

35

Courtland Sutton

DEN

@LAC

36

Mecole Hardman

KC

IND

37

D.J. Chark

JAC

@CAR

38

D.K. Metcalf

SEA

LA

39

Terry McLaurin

WAS

NE

40

Auden Tate

CIN

ARI

41

Mike Williams

LAC

DEN

42

Michael Gallup

DAL

GB

43

Phillip Dorsett

NE

@WAS

44

Mohamed Sanu

ATL

@HOU

45

Robby Anderson

NYJ

@PHI

46

Geronimo Allison

GB

@DAL

47

Diontae Johnson

PIT

BAL

48

Golden Tate

NYG

MIN

49

Cole Beasley

BUF

@TEN

50

Dede Westbrook

JAC

@CAR

51

Corey Davis

TEN

BUF

52

Deebo Samuel

SF

CLE

53

Nelson Agholor

PHI

NYJ

54

Jamison Crowder

NYJ

@PHI

55

KeeSean Johnson

ARI

@CIN

56

Paul Richardson

WAS

NE

57

A.J. Brown

TEN

BUF

58

Randall Cobb

DAL

GB

59

Dante Pettis

SF

CLE

60

Marquise Goodwin

SF

CLE

61

Chris Conley

JAC

@CAR

62

Hunter Renfrow

OAK

CHI

63

Keke Coutee

HOU

ATL

64

Trevor Davis

OAK

CHI

65

Ted Ginn

NO

TB

66

Willie Snead

BAL

@PIT

67

Deon Cain

IND

@KC

68

Trey Quinn

WAS

NE

69

James Washington

PIT

BAL

            

WR Notes: Michael Thomas has traditionally victimized the Bucs. For as limited as Teddy Bridgewater is, he has still found a way to funnel Thomas the ball. … Coming off a dud of a game that would have looked better had he not lost a 69-yard touchdown to OPI, Keenan Allen will be shadowed by Chris Harris. 30-year-old Harris is currently PFF’s No. 31 cornerback. … The WR6 by average points in standard, Cooper Kupp is the WR2 in PPR. That includes an 11/102/2 feasting on the road two weeks ago. Seattle has faced struggling offenses but also contained some star wideouts en route to allowing the seventh fewest receiver fantasy points through four games. … 10th in air yards, Odell Beckham is merely 18th in actual yards. The 49ers’ defense is off to a hot start, but it is not because of its undermanned secondary. … The Bucs’ receiver corps has been big enough for the two of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Summer visions of Bruce Arians taking Jameis Winston and his wideouts to the next level are beginning to look like a reality. Godwin gets the Week 5 rankings advantage thanks to an appetizing matchup with Saints slot CB P.J. Williams. Despite erasing the Cowboys last week, New Orleans is getting stung for the fifth-most receiver fantasy points.

Tyler Lockett was allowed to wither vs. the Cardinals’ milly-making pass defense last Sunday. Even with the Rams’ offense generating “What’s the deal?” think pieces — including from me — that’s unlikely to be a possibility Thursday evening. Seattle will have to throw. … Yet to truly have a ceiling game, Amari Cooper is headed to Jaire Alexander jail for Week 5. Both compiling and scoring, Cooper still deserves top 10 benefit of the doubt. … The Bengals had me questioning the meaning of life Monday evening. That won’t stop me from firing up Tyler Boyd against the Cardinals. Characteristically, Arizona slot CB Tramaine Brock has been a liability. Boyd is fourth in the league in targets (39). … Sammy Watkins rankings need to come with a trigger warning. Or maybe an insanity warning. I’m trusting the process but … If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule? … Redskins slot CB Fabian Moreau is getting blowtorched. Fire up Julian Edelman in the Patriots’ post-Antonio Brown receiver corps following last week’s predictable letdown spot in Buffalo.

Suddenly slumping, Larry Fitzgerald should get jump-started by a Christian Kirk-less date with the Bengals’ barely-there defense. … There’s no way to sugarcoat JuJu Smith-Schuster’s situation. Things are looking bleak. The Steelers’ “passing game” under Mason Rudolph is quickly devolving into glorified handoffs to James Conner and Jaylen Samuels. JuJu’s Week 5 hat is hung on the Ravens’ discombobulated pass defense. … Thanks to an historic 68 attempts from Jared Goff, each of the Rams’ big three receivers partied like it was 2018 vs. the Bucs. There’s no great separating mechanism for Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods this week. … Josh Gordon has yet to have a Sunday where he’s put it all together. It might be hard not to in Washington. … Allen Robinson is weathering whatever the gods of football hell throw at him. The Raiders offer the opportunity for more than just WR2 water treading. … The Vikings’ receiver corps: Things are happening. Amidst a crazy week, here’s what we know: Adam Thielen will play against the Giants and offer major squeaky wheel potential. Stefon Diggs????? … Alshon Jeffery needs to start sending Michael Crabtree royalty checks. The Jets are coughing up the fourth most receiver fantasy points. … Marquise Brown’s air yards haven’t been equaling real yards the past two weeks. His usage — not to mention overall numbers — still remains that of a WR2.

Sterling Shepard no longer has the slot all to himself following Golden Tate’s return. Although Tate’s arrival is indisputably good news for a short-handed receiver corps, it’s worth remembering he didn’t show much for the Eagles last season. … Will Fuller and John Brown are gobbling up air yards but haven’t done much with them. Brown in the past few weeks, Fuller all season. Brown’s matchup in the Titans isn’t amazing, but it is much better than what he had in Week 4. Fuller gets a Falcons D that allowed not one, but two Titans wideouts to come alive last week. … Curtis Samuel has drawn 179 more air yards than D.J. Moore, placing eighth in the league in the category. Moore’s floor hasn’t been all that appealing during Cam Newton’s absence, and it sure looks like Samuel has the higher ceiling. … It appears Terry McLaurin will return from his hamstring injury. Unfortunately, it will be vs. the Patriots’ league-best defense with Dwayne Haskins making his first start. The duo’s “college teammates” narrative is best left on ice for a week. … Marquez Valdes-Scantling is 19th in receiver targets (16) over the past two weeks. Eight is a realistic over/under with Davante Adams (toe) appearing poised to sit. Geronimo Allison, meanwhile, offers refuse-to-die WR4 appeal. 

Emmanuel Sanders has hit 86 yards in 3-of-4 games. Courtland Sutton has a higher ceiling, but Sanders’ floor is more attainable than Sutton’s upside. … With Tyreek Hill’s (clavicle) return looking increasingly imminent, this will probably be the last week you have to choose between Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. Robinson maintains the volume edge. Hardman is the bigger big-play threat. … For the same reasons laid out in the quarterback section, it’s probably best not to expect a D.J. Chark ceiling week. … Michael Gallup was fifth in yards (226) after Week 2. His low rank is a product of having a tough matchup and uncertain usage following a two-game layoff. … Mohamed Sanu will be forever subtweeting fantasy hipsters. … Instead of locking onto his Pro Bowler JuJu Smith-Schuster or college teammate James Washington, Mason Rudolph loves … third-round rookie Diontae Johnson? Johnson was not covered on his 43-yard touchdown against the Bengals. … John Daigle and Ian Hartitz have a message: Fire up Auden Tate. It certainly sounds compelling on paper. … There are worse ideas than betting on Robby Anderson vs. the Eagles’ nonexistent cornerback group. … Parris Campbell would seem to be “the” non-T.Y. Hilton Colts receiver, but his Week 4 lost fumble was a brutal rookie mistake.

Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .