Thanks for checking out our Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings Reaction! Every Tuesday at SCFE, we put up our “So-Called Fantasy” staff’s Week 5 Rankings, compiling the individual rankings of several of our Fantasy Football writers, including the Fantasy maestro, David Gonos, SCFE Content Manager, Joe Bond and Senior Fantasy Football Writers Michael Tomlin and myself.
The majority of my focus on the wide receiver position is my disbelief in what Steve Smith is doing. He’s so old. He was so injured. But he’s so angry. Okay, I’m willing to acknowledge his sheer anger and unparalleled swag is what has propelled him. That has to run out. It has to. Right?
Week 4 was crazy, as usual. A complete dud from DeAndre Hopkins. An all time epic performance from Julio Jones. A.J. Green continues to shine. Will Fuller and Michael Crabtree are either winning people games or driving owners crazy on their bench. (I stupidly benched Fuller for Snead in Week 4).
Week 5 is going to be just as interesting at the WR position. Julio faces the Denver D, Antonio Brown now has LeVeon to compete with in the lineup (Michael Tomlin moved AB down to the 2 spot this week), and the Eagles offense now has Zach Ertz, Ryan Mathews and Wendell Smallwood in the offense to go along with Jordan Matthews. There are some big names on the bye week list this week including Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas, Doug Baldwin and Jeremy Maclin. Time to starting working the wire or using that depth you’ve been trying to use in 2-for-1 trades during the first four weeks.
But, Steve Smith … Really? I don’t want to live in a Fantasy Football world where 37 year old WRs with bum legs are catching passes over the top of defenders and sprinting past them on their way to the end zone. This is not okay. Logic has to win out. It’s Steve Smith’s world and I want to get out!
Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings Reaction
Who I Like More
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
This one is pretty simple for me. The Bears offense looked completely different with Brian Hoyer at the helm rather than melancholy poster child, Jay Cutler. Kevin White stole targets from Jeffery last week but with White now injured, Eddie Royal and Zach Miller become the secondary targets. Hoyer
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Though the Falcons secondary has talent, they are proving to be quite ineffective. Atlanta has allowed the second most passing yards in the NFL this season and whether it’s Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian at QB this week, both seem to have realized Thomas is worth targeting.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
For those who gave up on Brown after a slow start, he’s now asserted himself as the WR1 in Arizona. I will admit, this is somewhat risky because of Carson Palmer’s health and because of the Thursday night factor. Offenses on short weeks don’t usually produce a plethora of Fantasy stars. If Palmer is at the helm, I’m giving Brown a bump.
Brice Butler, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Butler played the Dez Bryant role in the Cowboys offense in Week 4. The defense attempted to blanket Dak Prescott’s buddy, Cole Beasley, which forced the team to look Butler’s way. Butler should have had a bigger game than he did, dropping a TD. He’ll play that role again this week in Dez’s absence.
Who I Like Less
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts face the Bears in Week 5 and while that’s seemingly a great matchup for a big play WR like Hilton, the Bears defense has given up the seventh fewest passing yards and is holding opponents to roughly 15 points a game. Perhaps over analyzing but, the offense looked much better with Brian Hoyer and Jordan Howard as starters. The Bears offense could be on the field more than some expect, giving Hilton fewer opportunities to land a big play.
Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Agent Steve Smith can infect the rest of you, turning you all into believers and Smith truthers but I can’t do it. My brain will not allow me to believe a 37 year old wide receiver coming off an achilles tear can continue to do this. Nope. I’ll gladly be proven wrong but I’m sticking to my guns on the Steve Smith debate. What Smith is doing thus far, it’s unfathomable…
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