Week 10 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Week 10 is here and the fantasy playoffs are right around the corner. Picking the right players in the right matchups is more crucial than ever and we are going to offer our help. Here is my breakdown of the Top 50 Wide Receivers for Week 10:

  1. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ NY Giants
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago*
  4. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Tennessee
  5. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Cincinnati
  6. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas
  7. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay
  8. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City
  9. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ Jacksonville
  10. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ Pittsburgh
  11. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets vs. Los Angeles
  12. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta
  13. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco
  14. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore
  15. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston
  16. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ New Orleans
  17. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Washington
  18. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins @ San Diego
  19. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ New England
  20. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. Denver
  21. Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers @ Tennessee
  22. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Tennessee*
  23. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens vs. vs. Cleveland*
  24. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos @ New Orleans
  25. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Tennessee
  26. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs @ Carolina*
  27. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers vs. Miami
  28. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland
  29. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Seattle
  30. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Denver
  31. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay
  32. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota
  33. Corey Coleman – Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore
  34. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints vs. Denver
  35. J.J. Nelson – Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco
  36. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Chicago
  37. Kenny Britt – Los Angeles Rams @ NY Jets
  38. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco
  39. Davante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ San Diego
  40. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota*
  41. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Jacksonville*
  42. Dontrelle Inman – San Diego Chargers vs. Miami
  43. Sammie Coates – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas
  44. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ Pittsburgh
  45. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay
  46. Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets vs. Los Angeles
  47. Cameron Meredith – Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay
  48. Brandon LaFell – Cincinnati Bengals @ NY Giants
  49. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia
  50. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs. Seattle

Thoughts:

  • While A.J. Green may not have the same chance of blowing up for 300 yards or scoring multiple TD, his consistency game in and game out is what brings him to the top of these rankings. Over the last three games he is averaging 7.7 catches per game for 126 yards. Green is almost a lock for seven or eight catches and 90 – 100 yards, at the least. The matchup with the Giants isn’t the best of the best, but it’s solid and I can see the Bengals and Giants getting into a high scoring matchup.
  • The return of Jay Cutler to the Bears two weeks ago seemed to brighten things up for Alshon Jeffery. In a tough matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, Jeffery caught four passes for 63 yards and scored his first TD of the season. Now this week in his second game back,, Cutler and Jeffery get the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have been known to give up a lot of yards and a lot of points. I think they keep the good vibes rolling and we see the return of the Top 10 WR, Alshon Jeffery.
  • We have seen some chinks in the armor of Carson Wentz after a hot start to the season. What we haven’t seen, despite the occasional struggles, is a loss of connection between Wentz and Jordan Matthews. The Eagles premier wide receiver has a great rapport with his QB, and as evidenced by his 24 targets the last two weeks it’s continuing to grow. Matthews is reaching that must start territory and with a prime matchup he’s in the WR1 discussion.
  • A matchup with the Cleveland Browns is one you want to circle for your wide receivers, and even on Thursday Night I really like the Baltimore Ravens pair of Mike Wallace and Steve Smith Sr. I have Wallace ranked the highest because of his big play ability, but it is exciting to see Smith Sr. healthy again and he could be racking up the catches, which might give him the nod of these two in a PPR league. Either way, I would feel very comfortable with either.
  • At this point in time we don’t know whether Travis Benjamin will be able to play or not, but I am leaning towards guessing he sits. With a strong matchup against the Miami Dolphins, Tyrell Williams looks awfully appealing as the number one option. Williams seems to be hitting every other week, but I think this might be the time in which he breaks that cycle and puts up another back-to-back strong games. The connection with Phillip Rivers is growing and if Benjamin is out big things could be in store.
  • There are a lot of injury questions heading into Week 10, and one of those is DeSean Jackson. In Week 8 he suffered a head contusion and while a concussion was ruled out he didn’t re-enter the game. A week off helped I am sure, but there haven’t been many updates to his status. Either way, we are definitely at a point in which Jamison Crowder is the Redskins receiver you want to own. Crowder has back-to-back 100 yard games and has two TD in three games. While the matchup with the Vikings isn’t great, we’ve seen guys do much better in the underneath game than deep down the field, and that suits Crowder well.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense
Week 10 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 10 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

44 comments

  1. Keith says:

    10 team standard
    What do you think of offering Forte and Snead for Amari Cooper, coming up on trade deadlines and I have Dion Lewis stashed with David Johnson and LeVeon Bell. I feel less sure with my current WR but not a lot of great options available. Currently have J.Nelson, Montgomery, C.Coleman, Moncrief, K.Benjamin, and Snead.

  2. Barney says:

    HI prof. Ned help I have minny d and Arizona d. Need a roster space. Should I keep both. Thinking about letting Vikings go. What to do. Or is it smart to keep two defenses
    Thanks

  3. Haggy says:

    Which RB would you drop for Playoffs. DuJuan Harris, Dion Lewis, Robert Kelley, or James Starks or Tyrone Montgomery.

  4. Gern says:

    Hey Prof,
    Gostkowski or Tucker ROS?

  5. Romo says:

    Hey roto! I need 1 rb. I have David Johnson already and having trouble between booker and Howard. Who would u lean toward??

  6. darrick says:

    hey professor, 1/2 pt ppr league. which 3 wrs would you start. beckham, cooks, d. thomas. montgomery

  7. Jim says:

    Prof,

    Jimmy Graham or Randall Cobb in Flex spot this week?

  8. Matt says:

    Hey what one you like better for non ppr
    Montgomery
    Sanders
    Davante adams
    Wallace

    Alrdy have in cobb and jordy

  9. Eric says:

    Prof- std. league – pick three to start- Bryant, K. Benjamin, D. Hopkins, and Doug Baldwin. You still have Hopkins in top 10- why? Thanks

  10. usmc22 says:

    steve smith or ty monygomery

  11. Krysta says:

    PPR, 14 deep league. So I was offered Randall Cobb for Mark Ingram…normally i’d jump w/o a net but I already have Jordy. I proposed back he give me Kelvin Benjamin instead, which I doubt he’ll go for…thoughts? I have Evans in WR1 and Sterling Shepard on the bench. My other RB’s are Gordon, Michael and Stewart…Bilal Powell and James Stark on the bench.

  12. Jim – Assuming he’s healthy, I’d lean Cobb

    Matt – I want to say Montgomery, but that’s a lot of Packers to depend on. I’d go Sanders

    Eric – I can’t speak for Will on his rankings (I wouldn’t have Hopkins in the top 10). That said, I’d sit Baldwin

    usmc22 – Montgomery for me

    Krysta – I wouldn’t be so quick to give up Ingram honestly, especially with the RB you have

  13. Gman says:

    Need two of four for my final flex spot in PPR league…

    J Graham, T West, D. Bryant, B. Cooks

  14. Donnie says:

    Hello Prof
    Ten team standard. As of now I have Brandin Cooks as my WR 2 and Blount and A. Rob as my two flex spots. On my bench I have Rishard Matthews and Kenny Britt. Would you suggest switching either of them in for someone in my starting lineup? Mariota is my QB.
    Thanks for any advice
    Donnie

  15. Fletch says:

    Corey Coleman over Brandin Cooks? – I am already starting Brees and Ingram. (Standard scoring)

  16. Fred says:

    Full PPR & TDs are only 3 pts (yardage is standard 1 yd/0.1 pt), need to sit one of Tyrell Williams, Randall Cobb, Jordan Reed, thanks.

  17. Brandon says:

    For my flex I have in Peyton barber but it’s looking like Doug martin is gonna play and they say it’s limited but between barber and Mike James seeing the bulk of carries, coach will ride the hot hand. That is not giving confidence in my flex spot. 3 guys I’m looking at on the wire are listed above on your list consecutively: jj nelson, sterling shepherd, Kenny britt.
    Nelson is playing San Francisco in a huge plus matchup but David Johnson could potentially dominate the game.
    Britt is a solid flex play and probably my best floor option but case keenum is terrible.
    Shepherd has increased value with cruz being a game time decision and I also read that the Bengals have allowed the opposing slot receiver to score a td or go over 100 yds every game this season. That tidbit is pulling me towards shepherd.
    So, do I stay with barber or go with one of the 3 receivers for my flex spot?

    • If Martin is going to play, I’d lean Britt (even with the poor QB). The Jets defense hasn’t been very good and you’d think they’d still be able to make plays (though I like Gurley to carry the load)

  18. Pablo E says:

    Seeing that Martin is healthy would you consider starting him over J. Howard or Ware?

  19. STEVEN says:

    cobb, cooks or baldwin

  20. Tiffany says:

    Hi Prof! Which one would you start Booker or Ware? 12 team standard league! Thanks!

  21. STEVEN – Baldwin

    Tiffany – Ware

  22. STEVEN says:

    sorry gotta pick 2 Baldwin, cook or cobb

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