Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

The bye week has taken out a few of the top tier wide receivers this week and injury has robbed us of seeing Odell Beckham Jr. again this year, but overall there is still a lot of depth for this week. We have a lot of movers, both up and down, and hopefully we can help you settle some lineup decisions for Week 6:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami
  3. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Cleveland
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota
  6. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit
  7. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ Oakland
  8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee
  9. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots @ NY Jets
  10. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots @ NY Jets
  12. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay
  13. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh
  14. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ New Orleans
  15. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota
  16. Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers @ Washington
  17. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. NY Giants
  18. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. LA Chargers
  19. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia
  20. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. NY Giants
  21. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina
  22. Randall Cobb- Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota
  23. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay
  24. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. LA Chargers
  25. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia
  26. Terrelle Pryor – Washington Redskins vs. San Francisco
  27. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona
  28. Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ Atlanta
  29. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis
  30. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins @ Atlanta
  31. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City
  32. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ New Orleans
  33. Danny Amendola – New England Patriots @ NY Jets
  34. Jeremy Maclin – Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago
  35. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay
  36. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers @ Oakland
  37. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina
  38. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. Cleveland
  39. Jaron Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay
  40. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit
  41. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. LA Rams
  42. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins vs. San Francisco
  43. Eric Decker – Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis
  44. Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams @ Jacksonville
  45. Taylor Gabriel – Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami
  46. Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets vs. New England
  47. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago
  48. Ricardo Louis – Cleveland Browns @ Houston
  49. Marquise Lee – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. LA Rams
  50. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ Jacksonville

Thoughts:

  • What a turnaround from DeAndre Hopkins, from looking like he wasn’t even a WR1 anymore last year to being the leading fantasy point getter through the first five weeks of the season. He had seven catches or more in each of the first four weeks of the season. He finally dipped below seven catches last week, pulling in only four grabs, but three of them were for TD. A good quarterback really does go a long way, and Hopkins should be able to keep things going this week with a nice matchup against the Browns.
  • You have to kind of wonder how long Chris Hogan can keep up this pace, but he seems to really have turned into a legitimate red zone threat. He might not be the typical end zone threat at just 6’1”, but the five TD he has scored in the last four games say otherwise. I don’t think I am at a point where I trust Hogan to be a WR1 every week, but given the right matchup he can certainly get there.  This week is one of those matchups.
  • With Cam Newton taking things up a notch the last couple of weeks the Carolina Panthers receivers have benefited greatly. Kelvin Benjamin is still the guy I would want more than anyone in the Panthers receiving corps, but Devin Funchess has really put his name on the radar the last two weeks. Funchess has 14 catches in two games with 3 TD. It has taken him a bit of time to put things together, but he seems to have turned a corner and with his size and speed he has the potential to jump Benjamin in the pecking order at some point.
  • As of right now I have DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry ranked pretty closely together, but this is a fluid situation. There is a very good chance that Parker won’t be 100% going into this game and that is reflected in my ranking. If he turns a corner and seems to be at full health then he would get bumped up these rankings. Also, there is a real chance Parker doesn’t even play, in which case Landry would jump up five or so spots as well. The Falcons secondary can be picked apart, it’s just a question of who gets it done.
  • It’s becoming pretty clear that the Jaguars passing defense is the real deal and will be a tricky matchup for any offense. So, the Rams should have a particularly difficult go of it given the inconsistency at QB. Sammy Watkins has yet to get any traction in LA and I don’t expect it to happen this week either. He is at a point where I am not sure I want to play him at all unless he’s in a prime matchup, and this is not one.
  • As of right now signs are pointing to Mohamed Sanu sitting out this week against the Miami Dolphins. If that is the case then watch for Taylor Gabriel as a sleeper in deeper leagues or a cheap play in DFS. The Dolphins secondary has been pretty woeful, and the Falcons should be ready to go coming off a bye week which was preceded by a bad loss at home to the Buffalo Bills. I anticipate Julio Jones to have a big game, but Gabriel should see lots of action himself in Sanu’s absence and the opportunity is there for a big game.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses
Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

29 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Will, I have both Cooper and R Matthews. If Mariota plays, would you rank Matthews ahead of Cooper? I have very little faith in Cooper right now. Thanks!

  2. Romo says:

    Hey roto! With your rankings, the ones I need are one after another! Sooo I need 3. Hill, diggs, Tate, Landry, cooper, and d Adams. Thanks!

  3. S says:

    Had OBJ. Who is stashable? Do you think now is a good time to buy low on Amari Cooper? Maybe trade Lamar Miller for Cooper?

  4. Too Tall says:

    Hi,

    Tyrell Pryor has a decent matchup this week at San Francisco. Golden Tate at New Orleans. Which one would you start for 10 team Standard league? Thanks.

  5. Krysta says:

    14 team, 1/2 PPR

    Assuming you would roll with Ty Hilton and Tyrell Williams and WR 1&2 and Melvin Gordon as RB 1&2, who would you flex of Will Fuller, Bucky Allen, Tevin Coleman or Jamison Crowder? Also have Geronimo Allison but assume he would be hard no.

  6. Mark says:

    I have M. Evans, S. Diggs, K. Benjamin, and D. Funchess… three WR slots to fill.

    With Evans going up against Peterson… and Diggs being an injury concern… am I crazy starting both Benjamin and Funchess tonight?

    If so… then am I also crazy starting Funchess over Benjamin considering Funchess has out-targeted and out-scored Benjamin the past three weeks?

  7. Haggy says:

    Willie Sneed or Ashlon Jeffery

  8. Gumby/Patty says:

    Hey Prof,
    I’m at a bit of a struggle with my current WR lineup, it currently stands like this;
    WR1: Randall Cobb
    WR2: Will Fuller V
    FLEX: DeSean Jackson
    ——————-
    Bench:
    Ameer Abdullah, DET RB
    Danny Amendola, NE WR
    Jimmy Graham, SEA TE
    Charles Clay, BUF TE (injured, out)
    ——————–
    I traded Devin Funchess for Danny Amendola, just thought it’d be a smarter long term option. I threw Cameron Brate in for my starting TE due to Seattle being on a bye, and my running backs are a sad long-shot with Marshawn Lynch and Jerick McKinnon.
    ———
    My questions are;
    What trades do you think would be viable?
    Would you switch up the Wide Receivers?
    Should I try tapping into the waiver wire for a decent pickup?

    I trust your opinions on my lineups because I ended up winning twice in a row based on your advice. Thanks, by the way, lol.

    • You don’t need 3 TE, so I’d def. look towards the wire in order to upgrade your WR corps (and I’d use Abdullah over JAckson this week for the FLEX). There’s upside in the guys you have, but you need to find improvement. Unfortunately, unless you can get a good WR for Graham I’m not sure where the trade comes from (unless you can sell high on Fuller)

  9. Pablo E says:

    Will Fuler/Amendola/Devante Parker? Need 1 for my WR2 spot. Right now I’m set on Fuller bc of the upside against Cleveland. Thanks for the input.

  10. Jason says:

    Hi professor,
    I need 2 WR but my guys are banged up..
    Diggs
    Fuller
    Parker
    Tyreek hill
    Martavis Bryant

  11. TBone baseball says:

    Hi professor.
    Can you please rank rest of season value:
    Pryor,
    Cooper,
    Martavis Bryant,
    Funchess,
    Watkins,

    Thank you

  12. reggie says:

    love this site and love your helpful and responsive work professor!

    I have no questions for now – just praise! :)

  13. Haggy says:

    John Brown or Danny Amendolla. Rest of season.

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