Week 10 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

For the last time this season we are faced with the dreaded six team bye week. This isn’t as bad of a week for wide receivers after we lost nine of this week’s top 20 last week to bye. It still hurts to lose the likes TY Hilton and DeSean Jackson. Having Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green back from injury helps the depth at the top though and for six teams being on bye the top 50 isn’t too bad this week:

  1. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Oakland
  2. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ NY Jets
  3. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  4. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina
  5. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions vs. Miami
  6. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  7. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos@ Oakland
  8. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville
  9. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay
  10. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland
  11. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay
  12. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay
  13. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay
  14. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins @ Detroit
  15. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia
  16. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis
  17. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Miami
  18. Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City
  19. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee
  20. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta
  21. Mohamed Sanu – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland
  22. Percy Harvin – New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh
  23. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta
  24. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. NY Giants
  25. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco
  26. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee
  27. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis
  28. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans
  29. Eric Decker – New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh
  30. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers @ NY Jets
  31. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas
  32. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans @ Baltimore
  33. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Seattle
  34. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans
  35. Reuben Randle – New York Giants @ Seattle
  36. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco
  37. Justin Hunter – Tennessee Titans @ Baltimore
  38. Andrew Hawkins – Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati
  39. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville
  40. James Jones – Oakland Raiders vs. Denver
  41. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas
  42. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos @ Oakland
  43. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo
  44. Kenny Britt – St. Louis Rams @ Arizona
  45. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  46. Andre Holmes – Oakland Raiders vs. Denver
  47. Markus Wheaton – Pittsburgh Steelers @ NY Jets
  48. Kenny Stills – New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco
  49. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis
  50. Taylor Gabriel – Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati

 

  • I know how bad Tampa Bay’s defense is and I know how good Julio Jones can be, but I can’t rank him above the consistent forces ahead of him on this list. Jones hasn’t found the endzone at all in the last five games and he has only topped 100 yards once in those five games. He also hasn’t caught more than five passes in any of the last three games either. Jones torched the Bucs earlier this year and I think he should do it again, but the guys ahead of him have been consistently great and he hasn’t.
  • Golden Tate has been a top 10 receiver the last five weeks, hands down, no doubt about it. He’s gone over 150 yards two games in a row and over 110 in four of his last five games. That said, Calvin Johnson has only played in two of those last five games and in each of those two games he didn’t play much because of his injury. Megatron is supposed to be back this week and that leaves some questions about Golden Tate this week, still, you have to play him in most leagues with as hot as he’s been.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers seem to be heading in vastly different directions. While Vincent Jackson still led the team targets last week, it was Mike Evans stealing the show with seven catches for 124 yards and a pair of TD’s. Evans now has four TD grabs in his last four games while Jackson has none in the last four games. The Bucs are set to switch QB’s again and so we’ll how that impacts things, but this might be the last time Jackson is ranked over Evans.
  • Trying to figure out which New Orleans Saints receiver is the best fantasy option isn’t easy, but right now I am tossing my eggs in the Brandin Cooks basket. Cooks is the best playmaker of the bunch and sees the ball the most as he can do several things. Cooks isn’t the most likely to score a TD, but he is most likely to be a solid 8 – 10 point contributor. Keep an eye on Kenny Stills though who has a history of random big games, but has turned in three solid games in a row.
  • What the Pittsburgh Steelers passing game has done the last two weeks is absolutely ridiculous. A big part of that recent success is the emergence of Martavis Bryant who has walked right in and taken Markus Wheaton’s job. Bryant has five TD catches in three weeks, two in each of the last two games. Half of Bryant’s catches have been TD’s, that’s crazy. He won’t and can’t keep up this pace, just like Big Ben won’t throw six TD’s every week. Bryant is a big, nice red zone target though so he is definitely still a nice fantasy threat.
  • The status of Andrew Hawkins for tonight is completely up in the air right now and won’t be decided until closer to kick off tonight. Hawkins has been pretty productive, aside from a lack of TD’s, but even if he plays I wonder how effective he will be. If he doesn’t play Taylor Gabriel goes up a few spots from the end of this list to the higher part of the 40’s, making a nice a deep league play.
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19 comments

  1. Paul Nelson says:

    In a PPR league, would you trade Lynch for Julio Jones?

    My team:

    QB: Brady, McCown (just for this week)
    RB: Lynch, F. Jackson, Vereen, Mathews, Ivory, Sankey
    WR: Maclin, Hilton, V. Jackson, M. Evans
    TE: Graham

    Thanks!

    Paul

  2. Andy says:

    PPR league 2 WR 1 TE and 1 Flex. Def starting Demariyus Thomas. Besides him, I have Mike Wallace, Martavis Bryant, Jason Witten, and Martellus Bennett. Who is the other receiver, TE, and Flex you think I should start?

  3. John says:

    Martavis Bryant or sanu? Thanks

  4. Paul Nelson – Jones is the better player, but it may leave you too shallow in trustworthy RB. I’d probably stay the course

    Andy – No RB you can use as FLEX? I’d use Bennett as my TE, then Wallace and Bryant for the other two spots

    John – I’d go Sanu, but it’s close

  5. JD says:

    No love for Jarvis Landry in the 40-50 range this week in a PPR? He seems to have some growing consistency with Tannehill and wondering if the tough matchup may actually work to his favor this week given his type of routes. Also, looking ahead – very deep 3-starting WR PPR league – I need to trade either Landry or Andre Holmes for an important RB handcuff. Which would you rather keep as a WR4? Thank you!

    • JD, I do like Landry as well but the matchup is a difficult one. He’s going to be TD dependent, and what are the chances he scores?

      As for ROS, I’d say Holmes has slightly more upside but they are in the same tier. So, it all depends on what you could get for them

  6. Sam G says:

    Roto –

    I know you got Crabtree a few slots higher than Allen Robinson, but would it be that far-fetched/off to start Robinson over Crabtree this week?

  7. K says:

    What are your thoughts on Garcon ROS? After the past couple weeks and his bye this week, someone in my league dropped him, and I might try to scoop him up when he comes off waivers.

  8. StanCal says:

    Doug Baldwin vs Michael Floyd: this week, this season, and keeper league future prospects. Would love your input, professor!

  9. Crusher says:

    Watkins or M. Evans?

  10. John says:

    Prof, please help. My opponent is done for. Need eight points to win. Benjamin or maclin? Who’s a lock for eight points standard scoring??

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