Week 7 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Even with injuries to two of the game’s biggest name wide receivers, Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green, there is still plenty of top end talent on this list to make owners scratch their head thinking about who to start. If you need help, here is how I see the top 50 at the position shaking out this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Baltimore
  3. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina
  4. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. NY Giants
  5. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco
  6. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears vs. Miami
  7. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina
  8. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears vs. Miami
  9. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta
  10. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins @ Chicago
  11. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay
  12. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati
  13. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco
  14. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals @ Oakland
  15. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins vs. Tennessee
  16. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. NY Jets
  17. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins vs. Tennessee
  18. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers @ Denver
  19. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans
  20. Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City
  21. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons @ Baltimore
  22. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh
  23. Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis
  24. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh
  25. Rueben Randle – New York Giants @ Dallas
  26. Mohamed Sanu – Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis
  27. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ Oakland
  28. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati
  29. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys vs. NY Giants
  30. Eric Decker – New York Jets @ New England
  31. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta
  32. Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota
  33. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Detroit
  34. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Dallas
  35. Brian Quick – St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle
  36. Andre Holmes – Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona
  37. Justin Hunter – Tennessee Titans @ Washington
  38. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints @ Detroit
  39. Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings @ Buffalo
  40. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans @ Washington
  41. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco
  42. Malcom Floyd – San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City
  43. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland
  44. Markus Wheaton – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston
  45. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland
  46. Andrew Hawkins – Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville
  47. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers @ Denver
  48. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego
  49. Brandon LaFell – New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
  50. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina

 

  • I’ll be honest, I never would have thought Steve Smith would be anywhere near the top 10 in these rankings at any point this year. Yet here we are, week seven and Smith is clocking in at number nine. Six games into the season and Smith has topped 100 yards four times and has only had less than 70 yards once. We thought Smith was on the downside of his career, for good reason, but he’s been rejuvenated in Baltimore and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
  • Working hard to keep pace with Smith though is the guy who replaced him in Carolina as the go to guy, Kelvin Benjamin. After pulling in another TD catch this last Sunday, Benjamin has a TD in four of six games so far. He’s only topped 100 yards once, but the threat to catch a TD is there every game and I have to think he’s on his way to double-digit TD grabs.
  • It’s hard not to overreact to the game Desean Jackson had on Sunday. At the same time though he’s now posted huge games in two of the last three weeks so it’s not really an overreaction. Jackson is a big play threat unlike just about any other receiver in the game. He can be a bit boom or bust at times, but when he hits it big, he hits it really big. You hate having him in your lineup when he strikes out, but you’ll never forgive yourself if you bench him for a game like his last one.
  • The injury to Victor Cruz was a brutal one for fantasy owners, unless of course you’re an owner of Reuben Randle of Odell Beckham Jr. in which case you just got a big boost for your guys. Randle has been flirting with being a must own fantasy receiver this season, but now he should kick that door in. Last Sunday was a rough day for the Giants offense, but Eli and company were clicking nicely before that and I expect them to bounce back this week against Dallas.
  • When it comes to fantasy points per game among wide receivers, Mohammed Sanu is a top 10 guy, can you wrap your mind around that? Sanu has been a TD machine lately catching a TD in three of his last four games. A.J. Green has already been ruled out for this game and Marvin Jones has now been ruled out for the season, so Sanu is the go to guy for Andy Dalton right now. We know the Colts can be thrown on and so Sanu could have another nice game.
  • When you look at Derek Carr’s numbers you can see there is a lot of upside here. One of the recent benefactors of this upside is Andre Holmes who has been great the last two weeks. Rod Streater has been out and Holmes has become the go to guy for Carr. Holmes has had nine catches for 195 yards and 3 TD’s the last two weeks combined. Building a rapport with a rookie QB can be fantasy gold because Carr will rely on Holmes and be looking his way if he’s finding success there. Despite popular belief about Arizona, they actually allow more passing yards than any other team, so Holmes could put up another big week.
  • We know what the Green Bay Packers third wide receiver can be capable of. Jarrett Boykin had some nice games last season and James Jones made a fantasy living as the Packers third receiver for years. Right now it’s Davante Adams holding that job down and he’s starting to show some value out of it. Adams had six catches for 77 yards last week and caught his first career TD the week before. I still don’t think I would be starting him unless I had to in a deep league, but he’s one to keep an eye on.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Week 7 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 7 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

50 comments

  1. Josh says:

    Both James Jones and Andre Holmes remain on the waiver wire. You don’t think Jones is the #1 guy in Oakland going forward? Surprised he’s not in your top 50 this week against a soft Arizona pass defense.

  2. JazzHands says:

    Gutted my WR depth in a trade to land Gronk; now I’m trying to rebuild some. Which WR do you think is least worth rostering out of Terrence Williams, Andre Holmes & Justin Hunter?

    Thanks.

  3. Dale H says:

    I have Beckham, Randle, Harvin, Cooks,Johnson and Davante Adams WRs. And Hillman, Ellington, Murry and Ingram RB. Who is my two WRs and who is my Flex. Asumming that Ellington and Murry are my RBs. Thanks Prof… just lost two in a row thanks to Johnson and Harvin.

  4. Josh – I don’t disagree that Jones belongs in the Top 50 (these are Will’s rankings not mine), but I do agree that Holmes should be the better option moving forward.

    JazzHands – Williams for me, as he has lesser upside than the other two

    Dale H – I’d probably go Cooks & Randle at WR w/Hillman at FLEX. The WR are all fairly interchangable, but long-term I think Beckham will develop into a must use option.

  5. smidge says:

    My running back situation has been challenging with so many injuries
    I have Stacy, A. Williams, D.McFadden and Taliaferro…. it’s a 12 team Non PPR with 7 bench spots.. there is just nothing available…
    who would you start?
    anyone I could maybe take a chance on waivers
    Greene, B.Pierce, Gerhart(:P) no name sleepers??

  6. Chris says:

    Percy harvin or garçon who has the better matchup?

  7. Devon says:

    how is garcon and allen ranked so high? they have little to no production!

  8. John says:

    Prof, a guy in my league will give me rodgers, r wayne, and t kelce for Romo and demaryious. Line up is:
    Qb: Romo, foles
    Rb: Gore, Bradshaw, Stacy, Ellington
    Wr: dthomas, bmarshall, patterson, sanu, hopkins
    Te: hmiller. Sit tight or make the trade? Thanks

  9. Drew says:

    Wussup roto I need a wr and a flex. I have garcon, colston, andre Williams, McKinnon , Kendal wright and Cecil shorts

  10. John – Tough call, as Rodgers is one of the elite, but the downgrade at WR may be a bit too much (the guys you’d be choosing between are borderline starters most weeks, honestly). I’d probably sit tight.

    Drew – Williams is the FLEX, that’s fairly easy. as for the WR, I’d go Garcon. Colston has shown very little this season and is no guarantee, even with Graham out. Wright/Shorts are both inconsistent and it’s tough to push them up.

  11. Hunter.Aa says:

    I have a dilemma. I have Emmanuel sanders starting but for WR2 I cannot decide between Crabtree, beckham jr. Or Malcolm Floyd of the chargers and suggestions?

  12. mpgli says:

    who shohuld i start
    Brandon oliver RB
    Golden Tate
    Percy Harvin for my flex option

  13. Hunter.Aa – I’d say Floyd is safest but Beckham has highest upside. Depends on how you want to play it, but I’d lean Floyd

    mpgli – Oliver for me

  14. John says:

    Thanks for the reply Prof. Decided to hang tight on that trade. Between Romo and Foles they could have the same upside as Rodgers on a week-to-week basis depending on match-ups. Plus I’m very partial to Demaryious after two monster weeks haha. Always appreciate the advice. Thanks.

  15. kyle says:

    I need to choose my WR3 this week between beckham jr, crabtree, or lafell….PLEASE HELP ME

  16. SS says:

    sankey, holmes, mckinnon or beckham for flex this week?

  17. kyle – Crabtree has the highest upside of the group, despite his struggles, though he also has a tough matchup. It’s easy to imagine that game going into a shootout, though, and he’s probably the way I’d lean (Beckham is #2 for me)

    SS – I’d probably go Sankey, as he and Holmes are close

  18. Dave says:

    So my trade went through for Oliver, trading away Tate, so looking for a wideout would you think Malcolm Floyd or Quick is better in the long run?

  19. Erik J says:

    Should i start percy Harvin or Andre holmes for my flex.

  20. Bud says:

    I need to choose 2 out of these 3.. Rb2 & Flex, Crabtree, Hillman or Joique Bell

  21. Dave – I’d go Hunter of those three

    Erik J – I’d probably go Holmes, but it really could go either way. Harvin’s usage has been a big concern, so it’s tough to trust him

    Bud – I’d go with the two RB. Denver’s pass defense has played well and Crabtree has been a bitter disappointment

  22. Gamer says:

    12 team, non-PPR. Need to pick two of the following for two flex spots. I currently have the first two listed in line-up:
    – Emanual Sanders
    – Golden Tate
    – Michael Crabtree
    – Ahmad Bradshaw
    – Fred Jackson
    – Ronnie Hillman

    Note starters are Demarious Thomas, Dez Bryant, Ben Tate, Brandon Oliver; in case you see any RB change recommendations. Thanks!

    • I’d def. go with Fred Jackson this week. I could actually argue Bradshaw as well, but it’s hard to sit both WR. I’d prob. go with Tate based on matchup (and also because you have D. Thomas also)

  23. Dale H says:

    Starting Randle at WR. Not that fond of Cooks matchup. Would you play Beckham with Randle or cross your fingers and go with Harvin.

  24. Richard says:

    Hey Prof,
    need 2 of the following at flex this week. Roddy White, Rueben Randle, James Jones, Isahia Crowell, Joique Bell. Which 2 would you choose?

    Thx

  25. Todd says:

    Hey Prof,

    I have been offered Larry Fitzgerald for Odell Beckham. Should I hold tight with Beckham or will Fitz continue to produce like last game?
    Also, should I flex Ben Tate or Kelvin Benjamin for this week?

    Thanks

  26. mike says:

    Prof,
    2 wr 1 flex ppr league who should I go with dez, a. Johnson, golden tate, sanu, or shorts? dez is obv my wr1

  27. Drew says:

    Hey roto patterson or k wright one ppr. I’m struggling over this decision. I wanna play patterson for the upside but he’s been so bad.

  28. harrisonview says:

    Hey Rotoprof, I’m wondering if I should start Ben Tate over Alfred Morris as I already have Gio Ber. and Lynch, also who would you start Desean Jackson or Steve Smith?

  29. Keegan says:

    Quick, Benjamin, Randle or Allen? Should I start one of those over Joique Bell in the flex?

  30. harrisonview – I’d go Tate over Morris, given the matchup. I also don’t trust Jackson much as a boom or bust receiver so I’d go Smith.

    Keegan – Nope, I’d go Bell

  31. K says:

    Having some difficult choices at WR 2 & 3…
    Torrey, Beckham, Hunter, Shorts

    I’m leaning toward Torrey because of last week and the matchup this week, and Beckham because of the start. What do you think?

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      Yes, I think Torrey for sure, and I’m going Hunter by a small margin over Beckham. I have the same decision in one my leagues, and I went with Hunter. Washington’s secndary is not that good and Hunter’s role is increasing.

      Ray

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