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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 6
(BYE: Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints)
Wide Receivers (Updated: Saturday, Oct. 13 - 12:07PM CT)
1. Percy Harvin (@ Was) – Not that it’s tough to do well against the Titans these days, but the performance Harvin put on last weekend was something special to watch. If you didn’t know who you were watching on his rushing touchdown, you would have guessed it was Adrian Peterson as Harvin looked like a freight train out there bouncing off of defenders before scampering into the endzone. However, his receiving TD is the one that will be on highlight films at the end of the season after he made more than a couple of different defenders look like they’ve never played football before. This weekend, Percy has a chance to go even more ballistic than he did in Week 5 as he’ll be facing a Redskins defense that has allowed by far the most yards and fantasy points to wide receivers this season. In fact, every week they’ve allowed at least one receiver to put up 94 (and usually a lot more) yards and a touchdown, a trend Harvin should be able to extend through Week 6.
2. Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Buf) – He started off the season slow, but Larry Fitzgerald has been coming on over the last three weeks and could very well have his best fantasy day of the year this Sunday. Besides his superior talent, Fitz’s upswing is due in part to the snowball effect running through this Arizona team. It starts with their terrible offensive line, which extends into their running backs not being able to find any holes, which leads into their top two RBs getting hurt, which in turn forced OC Mike Miller to start using a no-huddle/hurry-up offense, which then ends with Larry getting 15 targets in each of the last two games, the most he’s seen in a two-week stretch in at least five years. This Sunday he’ll get to face one of the worst pass defenses in the game, so I expect nothing less than a high-end WR1 type of game from him.
3. Julio Jones (vs. Oak) – Which one of these two receiving monsters in Atlanta will go off each week isn’t an easy thing to predict—unless the Falcons are playing a pass defense as bad as the Raiders have. In a case such as this, Jones and White BOTH go off, as does their fellow monster tight end, Tony Gonzalez. Last week was fun watching Matt Ryan let Julio prove to everyone that his hand laceration is no longer an issue, but this week should be just as entertaining with the Falcons passing game set to annihilate a completely overmatched Oakland secondary. It doesn’t often happen, but it’s very possible we see two wide receivers go up over 100 yards with a touchdown in the same game here, though it’s just as equally possible we see Julio put up his first 150-yard, two-TD game as well.
4. Roddy White (vs. Oak) – Everything I said in Julio’s write-up applies to Roddy as well. It could be Julio Jones’ speed, size, after-the-catch skills and propensity to make the amazing catch that kills the Raiders; or it could be Roddy White’s superior pass-catching and route-running skills that kill them. OR, it could be all of the above. To think that either of these two receivers will have anything but a real nice week for your fantasy team would be absurd.
5. Demaryius Thomas (@ SD - Monday Night) – Demaryius Thomas is showing on a weekly basis why he was the top wide receiver taken in the 2010 NFL Draft (two spots ahead of Dez Bryant). The fumbles have been awful, I know, but Peyton Manning already told Andrew Mason of the Sporting News that he won’t stop throwing to Thomas in the slightest because of them. This week Demaryius goes up against a Chargers secondary that’s been beaten like a drum by tall wide receivers this season and at the very least, should come away with a touchdown and over 100 yards. Manning loves to throw on Monday night, so make sure to watch this game as Thomas may show us something special.
6. Calvin Johnson (@ Phi) – It’s strange to see Calvin Johnson’s name all the way down here outside of the top-5, but until I see the Lions offense back in sync, this is where Calvin deserves to be. In his last game two weeks ago against Minnesota, Calvin was involved in a helmet-to-helmet hit going across the middle and admitted to being concussed. After that hit, you could tell he wasn’t the same Megatron as we all know him, as evidenced by his two dropped passes later in the game. However, he’s fine now, so I expect him to be back to his normal dominating ways out on the field against Philly this Sunday. The Eagles DO have a good pass D, but they’re not unbeatable as both Larry Fitz and Victor Cruz each put up nine catches and over 100 yards with a TD against them during two of their last three games.
7. Wes Welker (@ Sea) – Welker found his way into the endzone for the first time this season against the Broncos last weekend, though you’d think that when you make 13 catches in a game, at least ONE of them has to end up over the goal-line. When the Patriots found themselves below .500 after Week 3, it’s been Welker’s back they’ve climbed on to get them back in the win column and I doubt they stray too far from him for the remainder of the season. The Seahawks defense is among the best in the game right now as they’ve allowed the fewest total yards (258.6) and second-fewest points (14.0) per game. They’ve also allowed just three passing TDs through five games and one of them occurred on a fake field goal, so Brady and Welker certainly have their work cut out for them. That being said, the guys Seattle has the most trouble covering are the little slot receivers and Welker, well, he’s not nicknamed The Slot Machine for nothing. New England won’t be able to run against Seattle, either, so I fully expect Brady to hit up the no-huddle/hurry-up offense that they used to beat Denver last week and target Welker around 15 times in the process.
8. Andre Johnson (vs. GB - Sunday Night) – We all know by now that this isn’t the same Andre Johnson as in years past, but he still has some big games in him when the Texans need him to put in a good week. Earlier this year against Miami when Houston was having a tough time running the ball, ‘Dre was called upon to get them in the scoring column—which he gladly obliged their request by grabbing eight balls for 119 yards and a TD. Arian Foster and Ben Tate should be able to run some against Green Bay, but the Packers rush D is better than their defense against the pass right now so I believe Schaub will get Johnson involved this Sunday night. If Aaron Rodgers has an Aaron Rodgers type of a game—and I expect he will—then Houston will need to score a good amount of points in order to win, which means Andre’s number will be called out quite often.
9. Reggie Wayne (@ NYJ) – Okay, this is getting a little ridiculous. Reggie Wayne now has 60 targets in just four games, which would put him on pace for a record-demolishing 240 targets on the season. He’s also caught an average of nine passes per game which if continued, would pace him for 144 catches and one more than Marvin Harrison’s record of 143 in 2002. You want more? His 506 receiving yards has him on pace for 2,024, which would be 176 yards more than Jerry Rice’s record of 1,848 yards in 1995. Most importantly, however, is that he currently leads all WRs in fantasy points per game. This week he takes on a fading Jets team whose defense is still pretty good, even without Darrelle Revis, but can be scored on for sure. The only reason I don’t have him ranked higher than this is because he’ll be blanketed by CB Antonio Cromartie, a guy who hasn’t received enough credit for his cover skills playing in Revis’ shadow, but who can hold his opponent down pretty well. Sheer volume of targets will get Wayne his fantasy points, but don’t expect a monster game out of him in this one.
10. Mike Wallace (@ Ten - Thursday Night) – 2 catches - 92 yards - 1 TD
Wide Receivers 11-80
11. A.J. Green (@ Cle)
12. Victor Cruz (@ SF)
13. Antonio Brown (@ Ten - Thursday Night) – 4 catches - 20 yards - 0 TDs
14. Eric Decker (@ SD - Monday Night)
15. DeSean Jackson (vs. Det)
16. Jordy Nelson (@ Hou - Sunday Night)
17. Jeremy Maclin (vs. Det)
18. Michael Crabtree (vs. NYG)
19. Miles Austin (@ Bal)
20. Dwayne Bowe (@ TB)
21. Stevie Johnson (@ Ari)
22. Hakeem Nicks (@ SF)
23. Andre Roberts (vs. Buf)
24. Dez Bryant (@ Bal)
25. Sidney Rice (vs. NE)
26. Jeremy Kerley (vs. Ind)
27. Torrey Smith (vs. Dal)
28. Pierre Garcon (vs. Min)
29. Brandon Lloyd (@ Sea)
30. Donnie Avery (@ NYJ)
31. Denarius Moore (@ Atl)
32. Andrew Hawkins (@ Cle)
33. Vincent Jackson (vs. KC)
34. Malcom Floyd (vs. Den - Monday Night)
35. James Jones (@ Hou - Sunday Night)
36. Nate Washington (vs. Pit - Thursday Night) – 3 catches - 57 yards - 0 TDs
37. Golden Tate (vs. NE)
38. Kendall Wright (vs. Pit - Thursday Night) – 6 catches - 71 yards - 0 TDs
39. Kenny Britt (vs. Pit - Thursday Night) – 4 catches - 62 yards - 1 TD
40. Mike Williams (vs. KC)
41. Randall Cobb (@ Hou - Sunday Night)
42. Josh Gordon (vs. Cin)
43. Anquan Boldin (vs. Dal)
44. Brandon Gibson (@ Mia)
45. Brian Hartline (vs. StL)
46. T.Y. Hilton (@ NYJ)
47. Nate Burleson (@ Phi)
48. Greg Little (vs. Cin)
49. Mario Manningham (vs. NYG)
50. Darrius Heyward-Bey (@ Atl)
51. Robert Meachem (vs. Den - Monday Night)
52. Donald Jones (@ Ari)
53. Armon Binns (@ Cle)
54. Davone Bess (vs. StL)
55. Steve Smith – StL (@ Mia)
56. Chris Givens (@ Mia)
57. Jerome Simpson (@ Was)
58. Emmanuel Sanders (@ Ten - Thursday Night) – 4 catches - 43 yards - 0 TDs
59. Titus Young (@ Phi)
60. Kevin Walter (vs. GB - Sunday Night)
61. Stephen Hill (vs. Ind)
62. Brandon Stokley (@ SD - Monday Night)
63. Jacoby Jones (vs. Dal)
64. Michael Floyd (vs. Buf)
65. Michael Jenkins (@ Was)
66. Doug Baldwin (vs. NE)
67. Harry Douglas (vs. Oak)
68. Early Doucet (vs. Buf)
69. Jonathan Baldwin (@ TB)
70. Domenik Hixon (@ SF)
71. Leonard Hankerson (vs. Min)
72. T.J. Graham (@ Ari)
73. Brian Quick (@ Mia)
74. Dexter McCluster (@ TB)
75. Randy Moss (vs. NYG)
76. Rueben Randle (@ SF)
77. Santana Moss (vs. Min)
78. Kevin Ogletree (@ Bal)
79. Derek Hagan (@ Atl)
80. Keshawn Martin (vs. GB - Sunday Night)
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