Welcome to my Week 6 wide receiver rankings reaction. In Week 5, we learned that the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver corps is the real deal as Allen Robinson finished first in Fantasy points among wide receivers, which makes it two weeks in a row that a Jacksonville wide receiver has held that title. (Allen Hurns finished first in Week 4).
Also in Week 5, Andre Johnson finally came back to life with 77 yards and two touchdowns in his first game playing against the Houston Texans. If you weren’t aware, Johnson had only 51 yards and no touchdowns in his first four games as a Colt, leaving many to wonder if he still has what it takes to play in the NFL. Tip: Don’t expect him to produce the same in Week 6.
Three Things to Note for Week 6:
- Guess Who’s Back (Second Attempt): Martavis Bryant will make his season debut Week 6 after serving a four-game suspension for substance abuse. Bryant was expected to return Week 5, but sat out after tweaking his knee. Sammy Watkins and Steve Smith Sr. are also on track to return from their injuries.
- Owners Beware: Reports that Alshon Jeffery is able to play this week should be taken with a grain of salt. Jeffery has been reported to return each week for the last four games, but he hasn’t played since Week 1.
- Sleeper Alert: Ted Ginn, Jr. has been consistent over the last three games and could be a legitimate flex option as long as Cam Newton plays up to par.
The staff here at SCFE put together a list of their top wide receivers for Week 6 to help guide our readers when they have to decide which wide receivers to start, and which ones to sit.
In the following sections of this article, I will share my reaction to these wide receiver rankings and analyze two wide receivers that I like more for Week 6 and two that I like less.
At the end of the article, I will share my Top 20 wide receivers for Week 6.
Week 6 Wide Receiver Rankings Reaction
Who I Like More
Steve Smith, Sr., Baltimore Ravens
If Steve Smith, Sr. hadn’t gotten injured in Week 4’s Thursday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, that game wouldn’t have even made it to overtime. Smith, Sr. is a playmaker who put up 57.10 points in the last two weeks before his injury. If he is healthy, Smith, Sr. will be going against a 49ers defense that has allowed the fifth-most points to wide receivers this year. The SCFE staff has him ranked 42nd, but I don’t think there’s any way he doesn’t finish in the Top 25, if he plays.
Eric Decker, New York Jets
The New York Jets have played well above predictions so far this year, and their wide receiver corps is no exception. Eric Decker has scored a touchdown in every single game he’s played this season. I don’t see him finishing among the elite wide receivers this week, but the staff at SCFE has him ranked 33rd. This seems a bit low against a mediocre Washington Redskins defense, and Decker should be relied on heavily as a WR2 this week in leagues with 10 teams or more.
Who I Like Less
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Before you lose it, remember: this section is me expressing my thoughts on a certain player in response to where the SCFE staff has him ranked. In this case, the SCFE staff has DeAndre Hopkins ranked 1st against a Jacksonville Jaguar defense who has given up the 8th fewest amount of points to wide receivers this year. I realize that this doesn’t mean Hopkins won’t live up to the hype, but I do believe that there are other players out there who have more favorable matchups than Hopkins, who could potentially outperform him. Hopkins is a locked-in WR1 in all formats, but I’m not sure he will finish 1st this week.
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
One could argue that Brandin Cooks had a great game last week and finally proved his potential, racking up 107 yards and one touchdown in Week 5. However, I would point out that 12.6 of his 19.20 points (in leagues that award PPR) came on the very last drive of the game and eight of those points came on the very last play of the game. At that point, the Eagles had already won the game and likely were not giving it their all. To add to that, the Saints awful-looking offense is going up against an Atlanta defense that has allowed the 7th fewest amount of points to wide receivers this season. I don’t think he will stay consistent, but only time can tell if Cooks’ performance was rare or a job well done.
My Top 20 Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 5
- A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
- Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
- Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
- Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
- DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
- Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
- Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
- Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
- Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
- Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
- Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
- Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
- Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
- Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
- T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
- Travis Benjamin,Cleveland Browns
- Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens
- Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
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