Week 4 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

The bye weeks are starting and while this one doesn’t give the wide receiver position too big of a dent, it’s that time where we’ll have to start digging a little deeper. We also have things like trades throwing some intrigue in the mix, as well as the always pesky injuries. So let’s get to work and break down how the Top 50 at the position shake out this week:

  1. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints at NY Giants
  2. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants vs. New Orleans
  3. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans at Indianapolis
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  5. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Cincinnati
  6. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo
  7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta
  8. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. San Francisco
  9. JuJu Smith Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  10. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs at Denver
  11. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago
  12. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings at LA Rams
  13. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City
  14. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns at Oakland
  15. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston
  16. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings at LA Rams
  17. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay
  18. Will Fuller – Houston Texans at Indianapolis
  19. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions at Dallas
  20. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota
  21. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City
  22. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland
  23. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots vs. Miami
  24. Marvin Jones Jr – Detroit Lions at Dallas
  25. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants vs. New Orleans
  26. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota
  27. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons vs. Cincinnati
  28. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions at Dallas
  29. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota
  30. John Brown – Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh
  31. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle
  32. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs at Denver
  33. Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. NY Jets
  34. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins at New England
  35. Alshon Jeffery – Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee
  36. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks at Arizona
  37. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta
  38. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. San Francisco
  39. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee
  40. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs. Miami
  41. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans vs. Philadelphia
  42. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo
  43. Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints at NY Giants
  44. Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets at Jacksonville
  45. Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh
  46. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers at LA Chargers
  47. Jordy Nelson – Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland
  48. Desean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago
  49. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago
  50. Geronimo Allison – Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo

Thoughts:

  • There’s something to be said for consistency and Davante Adams has it, despite no blow up games to speak of yet. In three games he has 20 catches and a TD in each game. Adams isn’t necessarily racking up the yardage as we expected, but with Aaron Rodgers hurting right now Adams has been a safety valve and is still the go to guy. There was some concern early in the year about Jimmy Graham stealing TD in the red zone, but so far that is not a concern. I think Adams is a safe play, and as Rodgers gets healthier, which he hopefully will, Adams becomes more potent.
  • It certainly looked last week like the emergence of Baker Mayfield was going to be a good thing for Jarvis Landry. While not doing anything for most of the first half with Tyrod Taylor under center, Landry ended up with 8 grabs for 103 yards. Mayfield knows who he can trust and I think he’ll be looking for Landry early and often against a less than impressive Raiders defense. It’s possible Landry could see upwards of 15 targets.
  • There isn’t much going right for the Houston Texans, but Will Fuller certainly is a bright spot. After missing Week 1 he has been electric the last two games, catching 13 passes and going over 100 yards with a TD in both games. He has shown flashes of big play potential and high upside, but injuries have always stood in the way. If he’s healthy Fuller has a shot at some big things this season, and for this week against the Colts it could be massive.
  • Maybe I am being a bit too bullish based on where I have seen other people rank Josh Gordon, but if he plays I think you almost have to play him. The Patriots need game changers in the worst way and that’s exactly what Gordon is. Despite all his flaws and the difficulties his personality presents, he has immense raw talent. You have to track with the injury status, but the Patriots will use him if they can.
  • It seems pretty clear that what everyone thought the New Orleans Saints defense was going to be isn’t what it really is. The Falcons absolutely lit them up through the air last week, and now it’s the Giants turn to try and tee off. While I don’t think Eli Manning is Matt Ryan, the receivers in New York are very talented and should put up huge numbers. Sterling Shepard got things rolling last week and I think this week he keeps it going and possibly takes it to another level.
  • It’s not really clear yet whether Alshon Jeffery will be playing this week or not, but early reports seem positive. I think if he does play we have to temper expectations, especially if we don’t know how limited he may or may not be. Also, the Titans defense has looked vastly improved over the first few weeks of the season. All that said, I do believe it won’t take too long for him to pick up his connection with Carson Wentz (who looked pretty good last week). I don’t think I’d want to have to play him this week, but I do like the season long outlook.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 4 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses
Week 4 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

30 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Fuller or Golden tate for this week?

  2. Tony says:

    Hi Professor,

    Hope your season is going well, and if you have time, I’ll be grateful for your perspective.

    Your rankings and my WRs’ success correspond with each other, but I am a bit concerned about the ‘law of averages’ and TB playing at Chicago.

    My team is loaded at WR with M Evans, JuJu, ARob, J Gordon and Golladay. I think JuJu is safe at home against the Ravens, but can Evans maintain his pace with this game at Chicago? I’d like to start ARob, but I still don’t trust Trubisky? Gordon would be an interesting consideration, but wonder if this isn’t a real decline for the Pat’s offense, then the Dolphins have played good defense as well, so more of a wait and see for him.

    Anyway, I guess that I am inclined to match your rankings, and suspect you have the same concerns as I do with regards to Trubisky throwing to ARob, then has the Bears defense going after him as well!

    Thank you very much.

    Tony

    • I can understand your concerns, but I believe in starting your stars. I wouldn’t get cute and start sitting Evans now, who is one of the top options

      • Tony says:

        Hi Professor,

        Thank you for your feedback and you’re right about getting cute. Granted, I can only achieve this through my players!

        I see your point, and the Packers did burn their secondary, though it was Mack’s first start.

        Instead, I should look to trade, but WR depth never hurts, especially in a dynasty league. Good options as well for the bye weeks with TB on a bye next week if I recall?

        Thanks again- I really appreciate it!

        Best,
        tony

  3. LP says:

    Hola Prof,

    Who do you like more ROS… Marquise Goodwin or Corey Davis?

    Thanks!

  4. inglourious basterds says:

    Hello Professor,
    Full Point PPR. Who would you start as a WR2 and a Flex out of these players: Randall Cobb, Marvin Jones or Phillip Lindsay…thank you in advance…

  5. inglourious basterds says:

    please include Amari Cooper in that mix but I have so much reservation based in his previous performances this year so far….

  6. ossqss says:

    Hiya Prof, struggling between lockett, J Brown, Cobb or Keelan Cole in a PPR WR2. Thoughts?

  7. Krysta says:

    14 Team, PPR

    I am lucky (although concerned about injuries) to have Michael Thomas as WR1 plus need a WR2 and flex from the following: AJ Green, JuJu or Jarvis Landry?

  8. Jay says:

    H2H Points. Have Diggs, Cooper, Agholor Goodwin & Ridley. Rudolph & Burton at TE. Thinking of dropping Goodwin, maybe Agholor. Boyd, Williams & Brown FA, also Ebron. If you like drop, who for who? And do like any of these guys over Agholor currently in my flex spot? Thanks

  9. Sheldon says:

    Hi, Prof. I’m playing in a league with 0.5 PPR. I’ve got Sanders as WR1. I’ve got John Brown and Calvin Ridley, who I have as WR2 and FLEX, respectively. My question is, should I sit either Brown or Ridley to start Ekeler at FLEX, or should I leave Ekeler on the bench? Thanks a lot.

  10. Larry D Knepper says:

    Did you expect Cooper to go off like he did last night?
    2 straight weeks Minn. has given up more than 28 points, trend or fluke?
    Wish I saw your site before last nite.

    • I can’t say that I saw it coming (wish I did), though he was always going to be a viable WR3. There could be a bit of boom or bust, though, given the depth and the alternatives so it’s not a fluke but I woulndn’t bank on gaudy numbers either

  11. promillo says:

    Hi Prof,

    pick 2 to play: Chris Godwin, Demaryius Thomas, Aaron Jones, Geronimo Allison, Antonio Callaway

    Thank you!

  12. Randy P says:

    Greetings Professor… I have JU JU starting and need two from Mike Williams , Tyler Boyd or TY Hilton.

    Many Thanks

  13. reggie says:

    Hi Professor

    Larry Fitzgerald and Marquis Goodwin are available in my standard scoring lead

    would you pick either or both of them up and who would you drop of the following?:

    Desean Jackson, Keelan Cole, Antonio Callaway

    (I also have TY Hilton, Josh Gordon, and Baldwin)

    big thanks!

  14. Patriots says:

    Hello Professor
    1/2 point ppr. Devante Adams or Mike Williams today? With the rookie cornerback who limited stephon Diggs Day last week covering Adams and the fact Keenan Allen is questionable. If it matters my opponent has Geronimo Allison. Would you still start Adams over Williams?
    Thank You

  15. jacob hornsby says:

    Hi Professor,

    Looking to fill a flex spot in Standard league. Collins, Ridley or Golladay. Nobody is standing out to me other than Ridley in a high scoring affair but I always fear Collins exploding when I sit him. Thought?

    Thanks

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