Week 5 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Injuries and bye weeks are taking their toll as we enter Week 5 of the season. We definitely have some fresh faces on this list this week and we have guys making their move up with increased opportunities. If you’re struggling to decide who to play here is my take on the Top 50:

* = Injury Watch

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NY Jets
  2. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Dallas
  3. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Green Bay
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Denver
  5. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets @ Pittsburgh
  6. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. NY Giants
  7. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago
  8. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina
  9. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis
  11. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego
  12. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta
  13. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia*
  14. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphis vs. Tennessee
  15. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ Minnesota
  16. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit
  17. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Cleveland
  18. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego
  19. Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers @ Oakland
  20. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta
  21. DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Baltimore
  22. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco
  23. Steve Smith Sr – Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington
  24. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ Green Bay
  25. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston*
  26. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. NY Giants
  27. Eddie Royal – Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis*
  28. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco
  29. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee
  30. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns vs. New England
  31. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers @ Oakland
  32. Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets @ Pittsburgh
  33. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys vs.  Cincinnati
  34. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington
  35. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco
  36. Robert Woods – Buffalo Bills @ Los Angeles
  37. Sammie Coates – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NY Jets
  38. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Minnesota
  39. Tajae Sharpe – Tennessee Titans @ Miami
  40. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia
  41. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Baltimore
  42. Phillip Dorsett – Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago
  43. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots @ Cleveland
  44. Tavon Austin – Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo
  45. Victor Cruz – New York Giants @ Green Bay
  46. Dontrelle Inman – San Diego Chargers @ Oakland
  47. Jeremy Kerley – San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona*
  48. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati
  49. Anquan Boldin – Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia
  50. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ Denver


  • There are few matchups more unenticing to fantasy owners than having a receiver go up against the Denver Broncos. That said, how far can we really move down a guy coming off a 300 yard performance like Julio Jones?. The Falcons passing game is far better than anyone expected and    I don’t expect them to go away from it this week, even against the Broncos. Jones won’t go for 300 yards but he will still post solid numbers and is absolutely an automatic top receiver in any matchup.
  • I think people are too low on Brandon Marshall, and I am more than willing to capitalize on that in DFS leagues where he won’t have the ownership he should. Marshall is an elite receiver in a matchup against one of the worst secondary’s in the league and I think he likely puts up his best week of the season. It’s also helpful that Eric Decker is most likely not playing, so that means even more targets.
  • This season hasn’t been as good as you’d like for Amari Cooper, but I am still very high on him. The Raiders keep finding themselves in shootouts and I don’t think this week will be any different. There is also the fact that Jason Verrett of the Chargers is hurt and won’t be playing, so there is no reason to be nervous about the Chargers. Michael Crabtree stole the show last week and I have him high on my list too, but I expect a big time breakout from Cooper.
  • There may be no one more excited about the return of Tom Brady than Julian Edelman, and of course Edelman owners. You can throw out the fact that he has five catches combined the last two games and hasn’t caught a TD yet, it may well all change this week. Edelman not only gets Brady back to throw the ball to him, which I assume he’ll do a lot given the lack of weapons, but he also gets a solid matchup with the Browns to add a little cherry on top.
  • The ageless one, Steve Smith Sr., is back at his old games, racking up the catches and yards. In the last two weeks he has 16 catches and 198 yards, catching a TD last week too. The Ravens run game is in a bit of disarray and I think they keep throwing a lot, especially against the Redskins, who despite having Josh Norman, are giving up a lot of yards through the air. Smith is a solid WR2 or Flex option this week.
  • With Dez Bryant most likely sitting out again, it’ll be interesting to see who comes up big in the receiving group for the team. Cole Beasley is definitely the safest option, averaging 5.8 catches per game and is clearly a favorite target of Dak Prescott. The upside is somewhat limited as Beasley isn’t the big play threat that Terrance Williams is, but if he can haul in six or seven passes for 70 – 80 yards that’s solid and at this point you feel quite confident he can pull that off at least.
  • Now that Sammy Watkins is on IR and we don’t have to wonder week to week if he is going to play, Robert Woods is a lot easier to rank and much more attractive in fantasy leagues. Woods has 13 catches for 140 yards the last two weeks with Watkins out. The same issues still plague Woods that plagued Watkins, in that Buffalo doesn’t throw enough and doesn’t throw downfield almost at all. Still, this week is a pretty good matchup and Woods is the clear cut #1 in Buffalo right now.
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  1. Kyle k says:

    Standard league starters Rodgers, elliot, Murray, cobb, Parker, fuller, gronk…bench ajayi, tate, ware, sneed, Graham.
    Would you change anything this week? And in the near future would trading gronk for a number 1 wr be a decent idea with the reamer glance of Jimmy grahm

  2. Dron says:

    Need to start 3 in 0.5ppr: Fitz, Sanders, Diggs, SterShep, Jeremy Hill?


  3. Kyle k – It all depends. Gronk’s injury may limit his trade value a bit unfortunately.

    Dron – I’d sit Shepard, there’s a chance the Giants try to force it to Beckham this week

  4. Randy says:

    In a 12-team standard, I have Luck, Miller/Gore/Crowell/Deangelo/Howard/Deandre Washington, Julio/Evans/Cobb/Enunwa; Julius/Hunter H; Bengals; Mack, Kwon/Zach Brown, Tony Jefferson. We start 2RB/2WR/1TE/1Flex/1 Each IDP. First, who do I drop for a kicker? Second, with who is left after I drop one, do I swap out any remaining for Rashad Jennings, Smallwood, James White, Chris Hogan, Ebron, Gates, Richard Rogers. Thanks!

  5. dodge10 says:

    for standard flex-kelvin benjamin, lamar miller or jordan howard

  6. dodge10 says:

    gronk or rudolph.

    gronk or hunter henry.

  7. dodge10 says:

    fozzy whittaker or jalen richards for standard

  8. Rod says:

    Hey Roto With W.Fuller having a tough match up against the vikes should I take a chance in starting C.Hogan or P.Dorsett standard scoring… Thanks

  9. dodge10 says:

    terrell pryor or tyrell williams

  10. Randy – Probably don’t need 2 TE, so Henry is cuttable. As for the RB, I guess Jennings is the most intriguing since he could operate as the lead back. I’m not an IDP guy, but you may not need a backup at those spots.

    1) Miller
    2) I’d still roll Gronk over both, barring a change in his status
    3) I guess Richards
    4) Pryor

    Rod – I could argue Dorsett, but I’d stick with Fuller

  11. Haggy says:

    Prof. Got Diggs/Beasley/T.Williams/Inman and Hogan. Who do I use not sure I trust any of them. Leaning Inman/Beasley.

  12. chris says:

    Need a WR2 and flex- Cobb, Pryor, Travis Benjamin and Michael crabtree? I am leaning toward cobb and crabtree. Need some advice!!!

  13. dodge10 says:

    eddie royal or terrell pryor standard

  14. Haggy – Yea, I guess that’s how I’d go (but don’t like it)

    chris – I’d actually lean Benjamin/Crabtree given matchups, but very close

    dodge10 – With Royal’s injury, Pryor

  15. Andy says:

    Hi RP,
    I have Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson, Michael Crabtree, Sterling Shepard and Mike Wallace
    Look like Mike Wallace is my weakest WRs back up.
    Will you drop Mike Wallace for Robert Wood (BUF), Mike Thomas (NO) Rest of Season ? Standard

  16. Hug E. Cock says:

    What’s up prof. I have a small dilemma on my hands. Got nuk/m.jones/cooper/fuller as my WR jn my 12 team standard league. Which 2 should I start

  17. Andy – Yep, I’m not a Wallace guy and would drop him for either (probably Wood first)

    Hug – Gotta go Hopkins/Cooper, but like you said good problem

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