Week 4 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

We’re finally shaking things up a little bit at the top of the rankings. We have a pair of receivers making their first appearance in the Top 10, and a couple more cracking the Top 15 for the first time. Meanwhile we also have two guys almost falling out of the Top 20, who have been mainstays in the Top 10 most of the season. This is also the first week with byes, with Green Bay and Philadelphia sitting. There is a lot to sift through here, so let’s get to it and breakdown the Top 50 receivers for week four:

* = Injury Watch

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City
  2. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami
  3. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis
  4. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  5. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ San Diego
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina
  7. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Minnesota
  8. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville
  9. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears vs. Detroit
  10. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco*
  11. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Chicago
  12. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphis @ Cincinnati*
  13. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ NY Jets
  14. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore
  15. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina @ Atlanta
  16. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Tampa Bay
  17. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs @  Pittsburgh
  18. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles
  19. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Denver
  20. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets vs. Seattle
  21. DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland
  22. Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans
  23. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. NY Giants
  24. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints @ San Diego*
  25. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  26. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos @ Tampa Bay
  27. Eric Decker – New York Jets vs. Seattle
  28. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati
  29. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland
  30. Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills @ New England*
  31. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles*
  32. Kevin White – Chicago Bears vs. Detroit
  33. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  34. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore
  35. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Chicago
  36. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis
  37. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles
  38. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns @ Washington
  39. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland
  40. Steve Smith Sr – Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland
  41. Tajae Sharpe – Tennessee Titans @ Houston
  42. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ Minnesota
  43. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans
  44. Phillip Dorsett – Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville
  45. Tavon Austin – St. Louis Rams @ Arizona
  46. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina
  47. Victor Cruz – New York Giants @ Minnesota
  48. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco
  49. Torrey Smith – San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas
  50. Adam Humphries – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Denver

Thoughts:

  • Fantasy owners were feeling a little bit nervous about Allen Robinson after the first couple of games, but he eased that concern this last week when he caught a pair of TD. One of the big reasons we liked Robinson as much as we did was because he is a dominant red zone threat. When the Jags get inside the 20 they like to throw, not run, and that didn’t change with Chris Ivory healthy. Robinson is option number one inside the 20 and the TD will pile up. I fully expect him to keep the momentum going this week against the Colts weak secondary.
  • After a couple of tough weeks in terms of matchups, A.J. Green is going to catch a break and take on the Miami Dolphins, who were just torched by Cody Kessler and Terrelle Pryor. Green is in the top tier of wide receiver in the league and I think we’re going to see that in full force this week. The Bengals passing game has been a little off since week one, but this is the right time for them to get back on track.
  • There is a little bit of a risk involved with having Doug Baldwin as high as I have him here, but I’m going out on a limb. Obviously if Russell Wilson ends up not being able to play come Sunday it would move Baldwin down the list, but even a banged up Wilson should be able to make Baldwin a nice fantasy option in a great matchup against the Jets. Baldwin is the clear cut number one target in the passing game and there isn’t even a close second on the team. The numbers are going to pile up and he is great WR2 option most weeks and could even be a WR1 in some games.
  • It was inevitable that Stefon Diggs was coming back to earth at some point after those two huge games to start the season. That’s exactly what happened as he caught just four passes for 40 yards on Sunday against the Panthers. Even with that though, those first two weeks weren’t a total mirage. Diggs is still a really talented young receiver with big upside and I do think he gets back on track this week against the Giants at home.
  • The injury to Jay Cutler didn’t hurt Kevin White, and if anything he got a boost with Cutler out. White was targeted 14 times last week against the Cowboys in a game where the Bears were playing from behind and had to throw often. White only pulled in six of the 14 targets, but it was nice to see him so much more involved. This week could be even better as he takes on the Lions, who don’t have a secondary much to speak of and this game could very well be a shootout. In fact that the Bears lost their lead running back and we could see a lot of passes thrown White’s way.
  • There was a lot of talk in the preseason about who the Redskins number two receiver would be behind Desean Jackson. The debate was always Pierre Garcon or Josh Doctson, but instead it’s been Jamison Crowder doing the honors. Crowder has caught 16 passes in the first three weeks and now also has a TD in two of the first three games too. Crowder is really the perfect complement to Jackson as he is a possession receiver who can do the underneath stuff while Jackson stretches the field. Crowder should also be in store for another good week with the Browns visiting this weekend.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Week 4 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 4 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

25 comments

  1. Pablo E says:

    What’s up prof,
    Do you think it would be smart to sell on Matt Ryan this week considering the upcoming schedule or start him while he’s hot at home this week? Dude in my league offered me Ingram for Ryan aND Yeldon
    Thanks for the input

  2. Gern says:

    Hey Prof,
    I have a second team and someone is trying to pry Julio Jones from me. The easy answer is no, but I thought I’d check with you about where you think no becomes maybe or yes. I’ve been offered Aaron Rogers or T Brady (I have RIvers and Dalton as my QBs). I typically think top player (read first rounder) for top player. I was thinking that perhaps a Jones/Dalton for Brady/Dez Bryant.

    What do you think?

  3. Haggy says:

    Crowder or Hogan rest of the year

  4. Pablo E – I’d take Ingram, assuming you have a good alternative

    Gern – IO wouldn’t be trading for Bryant, given the injury risk right now. I’d stay with Jones

    Haggy – I guess Hogan, but neither excite me much

  5. reggie says:

    love this site! – keep up your great work guys!

    BIG Thanks!

  6. darrick says:

    which 3 wrs do i start. Brandin cooks, odell beckham, demaryius thomas or Travis benjamin

  7. Andy says:

    Hi RP,
    My team is 0-3 now and need a win, this is my line up for week 4
    QB: Andrew Luck
    WR: Allen Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin
    RB: Ezekiel Elliot, Charles Sims
    TE: Eric Ebron
    W/T: Mike Wallace
    W/R: Jordan Howard
    W/R/T: Michael Crabtree
    BN: Sterling Shepard, Delanie Walker, Eli Manning
    BN: Giovani Bernard, Eddie Lacy

    I dropped Keen Allen, Danny Woodhead, Arian Foster ; what can i set up with a better line up? Thanks.

  8. Paul says:

    Someone in my league offered me a trade. Hes sending me dez bryant and latavious murrey for melvin gordon. Its a ppr league. Should i take it?

  9. reggie – Thanks! Your support is very, very much appreciated!

    darrick – Good problem to have, but have to sit Benjamin (unfortunately)

    Andy – Not much else you can do, but cross your fingers and hope!

    Paul – If Bryant was healthy, then def. not. As it is, I’d think you could at least get a piece back along with Gordon

  10. Donnie says:

    RP
    I am in a ten team standard league. I have two flex spots to fill with Amari Cooper, Jordan Howard or Jeremy Hill. I don’t trust Hill, but I have not seen a lot of Howard. I’m all confused. Could you please help set me straight?
    Thanks
    Donnie

  11. Wolverine says:

    Prof — Start two Jamison Crowder, Spencer Ware, Tyrell Williams … 10 team standard (Plan to start Kirk over Big Ben — bad idea?)

  12. Beth says:

    Hi Professor, which 3 wide receivers do you think I should start of these: Julio Jones, Kelvin Benjamin, Doug Baldwin, Mike Evans, and Sterling Shepard? I’m leaning towards Jones, Baldwin, and Evans, though I think Benjamin may come back after his bad game last week. Thanks for your help!

  13. Wolverine – I’m going Ware/Williams

    Beth – Good problem to have! Benjamin is “risky”, but should have an extremely good game. I’d lean him over Evans, but really shouldn’t go wrong either way!

  14. haggy says:

    Just lost that bum Gordon. Would you grab Dodson for bench..Or…………

  15. Matthew Summerlin says:

    Hi Prof,

    I’m in a .5 PPR league. I’m loaded at WR but have a question. Julian Edelman is on the wire.
    Should I drop Cooper and pick up Julian? The only reason to ask such a question is that I’m thinking Edelman’s ceiling will go way up with Brady coming back. My other WRs are Julio, Evans, Hopkins, and Robinson

    Thanks

  16. Gamer says:

    16 team PPR, need two of these (I think I hate 16 team leagues lol)
    – Enunwa (WR Jets)
    – D Washington (RB Oakland)
    – A Humphries (WR Tampa)
    – Josh Ferguson (RB Ind)
    – I don’t expect Watkins to go

  17. haggy – Couldn'[t hurt if he’s the best option

    Matthew Summerlin – There’s no one else to drop? Seems kinda crazy, but not craziest thing I’ve heard (him being on the waiver is nuts)

    Gamer – Enunwa/Humphries. Both are safer than the RB

  18. Matt says:

    Prof,

    Follow up to your answer. The only other players I could drop would be one of my RBs. Lacy, Ingram, Howard, Hyde, or Christine Michael. Not sure if any of those should be dropped for Edelman. Thoughts?

  19. STEVEN says:

    edelman or baldwin as my 3rd wide out

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