Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

We’re back to just four bye weeks finally, but things still feel pretty thin at WR. Mike Evans is looking at a one game suspension, while Pierre Garcon is out for the year now and Chris Hogan is also likely to miss action this week. With all this in mind I’ve got my breakdown of the top 50:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas
  3. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee
  4. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona
  5. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Buffalo
  6. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta
  7. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ LA Rams
  8. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland
  9. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots @ Denver
  10. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. New England
  11. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh
  12. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland
  13. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Washington
  14. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins @ Carolina
  15. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings @ Washington
  16. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Miami
  17. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle
  18. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Chicago
  19. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ Carolina
  20. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ Jacksonville
  21. Robby Anderson – New York Jets @ Tampa Bay
  22. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NY Jets
  23. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. New England
  24. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ San Francisco
  25. Kelvin Benjamin – Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans
  26. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis
  27. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams vs. Houston
  28. Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints @ Buffalo
  29. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas
  30. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Chicago
  31. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati
  32. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams vs. Houston
  33. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ LA Rams
  34. Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona
  35. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota
  36. Marquise Lee – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. LA Chargers
  37. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati
  38. Danny Amendola – New England Patriots @ Denver
  39. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. LA Chargers
  40. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona
  41. Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams vs. Houston
  42. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers vs. NY Giants
  43. Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets @ Tampa Bay
  44. Deonte Thompson – Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans
  45. Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota
  46. Eric Decker – Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati
  47. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Chicago
  48. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta
  49. Travis Benjamin – Los Angeles Chargers @ Jacksonville
  50. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins @ Carolina

 

  • If there is one thing we have learned in the last two seasons, Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson always hit their strides in the second half of the season. This year appears to be more of the same as Baldwin has caught 22 passes in his last three games for 254 yards and 2 TD’s. Baldwin may be even better this year than the last two given the way the Seahawks offense has been trending. The Seahawks have no semblance of a rushing game and so the Seahawks are throwing the ball a lot and Baldwin is the primary target. I expect he will be a top 5 WR from here on out.
  • There is definitely a little uncertainty, and therefore some risk in using the Minnesota Vikings top two receivers this week. The biggest thing is we don’t know who is going to be under center this week. There are rumblings that Teddy Bridgewater may be the starting QB and while that’s a great story, you can’t help but be nervous wondering what level he’ll be at. The consistency of Adam Thielen and big play potential of Stefon Diggs keep them as high as they are, but I have to say they make me a little nervous.
  • The suspension of Mike Evans certainly gives a little boost to DeSean Jackson, but you still have to wonder how much of a boost. Jackson is getting targets, 31 in the last four weeks, but the catches haven’t been there, only 16.  Jackson, as always, is able to blow up on any play at any time, but he has to have the ball come to him. The matchup against the Jets is a favorable one, and Jackson could see double digit targets, let’s just hope he can make something happen with it.
  • There is a lot of talk about Kelvin Benjamin on the Bills, and what he can do now that he has been with the team for a full week. I think there is little doubt that Benjamin automatically steps in to be the number one receiver on the team right away. I don’t know that his value is any higher than in Carolina though on a team that just doesn’t throw the ball a whole lot. This week is a good matchup for him, but temper your expectations until we see the connection he has with Tyrod Taylor.
  • After missing nearly two months of action, Corey Davis made his return last week. It wasn’t overwhelming by any means, with two catches for 28 yards. Marcus Mariota was looking his way though with five targets for him. The rapport between Mariota and Davis is still a work in progress, but Davis is very likely the most talented and most explosive receiver on this team and I think eventually talent just wins out.
  • The loss of Pierre Garcon is going to have an impact in San Francisco, and while I am not sure who benefits, Marquise Goodwin is my best bet for this week. Goodwin is a big play threat with 19 YPC right now. I don’t think Goodwin leads the team in targets, look for Trent Taylor on that one, but there is more upside in using Goodwin. The matchup is good with the Giants, and if you need an upside play here it is.

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

Week 10 Ranks (2017): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

29 comments

  1. Eric says:

    PPR — need three. Hopkins,Fitzgerald,K.Benjamin, Ginn, Sanu. I’m leaning Hopkins, Sanu, Benjamin

    • Will says:

      I think Hopkins and Fitz are the two definite plays and then it’s a toss up between the other three. Though I have Sanu ranked lower than the other two, he probably has the higher upside.

  2. Beans says:

    Morning Professor. I know it all depends on who you would be adding but what do you do with Tarik Cohen? I have him in a 14 team and 12 team both PPR. Would you hold just in case Howard goes down or would he not be the guy if that happens. Very hard to start right now as a flex. Thanks for the time.

    • Will says:

      He’s a tricky one. I do think if Howard went down he’d be the main guy, but if you need the bench spot for someone you can use you may want to look elsewhere. I have dropped him myself in a 12 team 0.5 PPR league. I would probably hold onto him in 14 team though.

  3. House of Pain says:

    Helllo Professor;

    What are your thoughts on rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook moving forward? Is it he worth a roster spot to stash on PPR?

    Thank you

    • Will says:

      Depends on who you would have to drop, but I do really like his potential. I think he’s a nice stash to see what he does for the next couple weeks.

  4. Haggy says:

    Rest of the season. Put these in order you would pick up. Ginn Jr, R.Woods,C.Kupp, Cole Beasley, Willie Snead. Need to pick up a couple WR’s for playoffs.

  5. David says:

    Prof,

    16 team PPR League. Currently I’m #1 in our division with a 7-2 record and 3 place overall with a 3 game lead over our division.

    Starters:
    QB – Brees
    RB – Ingram
    RB – Abdullah
    WR – Fitzgerald
    WR – Cooks
    WR – Ginn
    Kicker – Lutz

    My question is would you start TE – Kroft or Stills for any of the above WR’s this week.

    My backup QB is Keenum.

    Following player on bye this week
    Ertz
    Collins
    West

    I’m think of picking up Josh Gordon who would you drop and would you thing Bridgewater or Lynch would be starting at the d of the year?

    Thanks for your opinion.

    • Will says:

      I would not start Kroft or Stills over any of the WR’s you have in right now. As far as adding Gordon, it’d probably be West that I’d be dropping to get him.

      As for the QB’s, both could be starting, but I wouldn’t touch Lynch personally. Obviously swapping Keenum for Bridgewater if Bridgewater starts makes sense.

  6. K says:

    I need a fill in with Hogan likely out and Tyreek Hill on bye. Looking at either Davante Adams (with Hundley throwing) or Corey Davis. Who ya got?

    Also, I might have Dez out and will have to drop someone for another WR. Is Jordan Reed still worth holding onto? My other options (ASJ) at least put up something.

    Thanks!

    • Will says:

      It’s really hard to drop Reed, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I would go with Adams over Davis this week, though Davis could be more of the homerun play.

  7. MikeinMacon says:

    Hello Professor,

    I have Mike Evans (SSPD), Tyreek Hill (bye), Chris Hogan (inj.) with Paul Richardson (Q) and Robert Woods. I can pick up either Marquise Lee or Terrance Williams but would have to drop either Hogan, Richardson, Cameron Brate (my backup TE) or Mariota (my backup QB).

    Question 1) Should I roll with Richardson & Woods and hope for the best?

    Question 2) Or should I pick up Lee or Williams and put in lineup in place of Woods or Richardson?

    Question 3) If yes, to #2, who should I drop? Keep in mind after this week, I’ll have Evans and Hill back and they should be my two starters going forward.

    • Will says:

      Despite where I have Richardson ranked, I don’t think I would use him. The injury news concerns me and I think he may draw Peterson, so he should be lower down my list than he is.

      I would pick up Lee and drop Brate.

  8. Krysta says:

    14 team, 1/2 Pt PPR

    1. With Melvin Gordon as RB 1….Tevin Coleman or Duke Johnson as RB2?
    2. With Michael Thomas as WR 1…TY Hilton, Fuller V, Jamison Crowder or Juju as WR2
    3. Who of the unselected would you flex?

    • 1. With Melvin Gordon as RB 1….Tevin Coleman or Duke Johnson as RB2? — Duke
      2. With Michael Thomas as WR 1…TY Hilton, Fuller V, Jamison Crowder or Juju as WR2 — Ugh, I guess Hilton
      3. Who of the unselected would you flex? — Ugh/Ugh/Ugh! I guess Coleman

  9. Jim says:

    Should I drop Rob Kelley for either Matt Forte or Frank Gore?
    Should I drop Ted Ginn for Devin Funchess?

  10. Jim says:

    In my Flex position, should I start Keenan Allen, CJ Anderson, Kelvin Benjamin or Ted Ginn?

  11. James says:

    IM thinking of sitting Nelson for Kupp ? Thoughts?

  12. Mike says:

    Hello,
    Need help at few spots.
    Standard
    Choose 2 wrs: jordy,docston,martavis bryant,hogan,fuller
    Choose 2 rb: shady,abdullah, Aron jones, duke, Mixon
    And select 1 flex from above.
    Thank You

    • Choose 2 wrs: jordy,docston,martavis bryant,hogan,fuller – Nelson/Fuller
      Choose 2 rb: shady,abdullah, Aron jones, duke, Mixon – McCoy/Jones
      And select 1 flex from above. – Mixon high risk, Abdullah “safe”

  13. Nancy says:

    WR- Lee or C.Davis PPR?

    Thank you

  14. Kim says:

    WR- Parker @ Carolina or Lee vs LAC PPR?

    Thank you

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