Week 5 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

After being overlooked by most fantasy players in the first couple rounds of their drafts, wide receivers are coming out making a huge impact in 2018. While running backs seem to be letting owners down more than not, wide receivers are putting up points in bunches. There have been one or two top end disappointments, but for the most part the guys who should be producing are and we’ve also got the emergence of some new faces. Let’s get to work breaking down our Week 5 rankings at was is quickly emerging as an extremely deep position:

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

Thoughts:

  • So far this season we have learned that anyone playing the Falcons or Steelers make for good options at wide receiver. Now that the two teams, both desperate for a win, are playing each other fireworks are almost certain to ensue. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones are likely to have blow up games, while I think JuJu Smith-Schuster and Calvin Ridley also may be must plays. Even in deeper leagues I think Mohammed Sanu makes a pretty solid matchup stream play this week with all the points I am expecting to see.
  • Fantasy owners seem to be getting a little impatient waiting for the Keenan Allen breakout game. While he has put up some decent numbers, he’s only had one game where he was a bonafide number one receiver. If you don’t know what to do with him, the answer is maintain your patience. Allen is getting the targets and the catches most weeks, for one reason or another the yards just aren’t there. With Mike Williams in town and healthy he isn’t going to catch an overwhelming amount of TD, but he is going to keep getting a lot of opportunities. If that’s happening the yardage should even out, especially against the sketchy Raiders secondary.
  • Predicting which Rams’ receiver is going to have the big game is about as much of a crap shoot as anything. If you own a Rams WR though have no fear, because no matter who has the biggest game there is clearly room for all of them to have relevance each week. They torched the acclaimed Vikings secondary, and while Cooper Kupp was the best of the bunch, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods were great too. Now just think what they may do to the Seahawks who just lost Earl Thomas.
  • We really don’t know what to expect in New England, but I am higher than most on the combination of Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon this week. For one, Gordon has another week under his belt to learn the playbook and get comfortable. For another Edelman was suspended, not hurt, and I’m not overly concerned about him being rusty. Third, the Colts defense is terrible and Tom Brady should pick them apart and the Patriots should top 30 points as a team.
  • If you’re still on the fence about Tyler Boyd, get off of it. For the third week in a row he topped 90 yards in receiving, he’s caught a TD in two of then a TD, and he’s just coming off a game with 15 targets and 11 catches. The Cincinnati Bengals have their number two wide receiver in Boyd, and they actually seem to have an offense this season that can support two fantasy relevant wide receivers.
  • While the matchup with Jacksonville bumped Sammy Watkins off the list for the week, it has bumped up the value of the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers. Donte Moncrief is a little too volatile to crack this list just yet, but I am all for Keelan Cole or Dede Westbrook as a WR3 or FLEX play. Westbrook was the guy with the big game last week, and I really am a big fan of his in fantasy, but I still have Cole as rated slightly higher overall and the better play.
  • The Green Bay Packers are taking on the Detroit Lions and we have seen on a couple occasions now that the Lions, as usual, can be thrown on. While I do have DaVante Adams in my Top 10 still, I do think Darius Slay could slow him down a bit as he is one of the league’s best cover corners time. That could open the door for Geronimo Allison who I have ranked higher than most I have seen, as he is the number two guy with Randall Cobb banged up and someone is going to post some points on this Lions team.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 5 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses
Week 5 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

24 comments

  1. Curious says:

    Good morning Prof!
    So a quick question about who would be best as a WR3/Flex play ROS.

    My receivers are:

    Green, Edelman, M. Goodwin, Westbrook, and T. Taylor.

    The following are either available or on the waiver wire:

    Crowder, K. Cole, Moncrief, Parker, and Grant.

    My puzzle…

    Do I cut bait on Goodwin and pick up Cole or Crowder? Or, giving Goodwin a couple weeks to get healthy and get synced up with Beathard, pick up Cole or Crowder for the up and coming Taylor? I think health has been the main reason Goodwin’s behind Garcon at this point on the WR chart in SF. I could also stay put of course.

    I did drop Bengiman and Marshall to pick up Westbrook and Taylor. I could always return to one of them as well.

    12 team .5 point PPR with 2WR, 2 WR/TE Flex, and 1 WR/RB Flex

    As always, much appreciate your advice!

    • Curious says:

      It looks like someone dropped A. Callaway this morning too. How would he play into the mix above? Oh yeah, Benjamin (I must have been thinking of Bennigan’s when I typed the above).

    • I wouldn’t drop Taylor as I’m extremely high on him.

      I would say cut Goodwin for Cole (though Crowder is close if you don’t want 2 JAX WR). I like Goodwin, but he’s hardly a guarantee upon returning

      • Curious says:

        Thank you Prof! I think I’ll pick up Crowder with Goodwin (because he’s a FA) and use Crowder to stake a waiver claim on Cole. That way I’m sure I have one of the two on the team.

        Much appreciate your time and thoughts!

  2. S says:

    Flex pick (Half PPR)- Keelan Cole, Phillip Lindsay, Kerryon Johnson, Jordan Reed

  3. S says:

    Need advice for Flex this week. Options are

    RB Michel, Peterson or Lindsay

    WR John Brown, Funchess or Agholor

    Gut says roll with Michel but I don’t trust him yet

  4. Chris says:

    need a WR2 and flex between Sanders, Tate, or Kupp? also have Mixon but not sure if he will play.

  5. Cara Stewart says:

    Hello!! A few questions for this week!
    Brady versus Rivers?
    Golladay versus Jeffrey?
    Lynch or Ingram or Bernard??
    Thank you so much!!!!

  6. Ted says:

    Hi, i’m in a PPR league and trying to decide who to pay this week in my W/R spot, J Nelson, M Williams or T Lockett?

    not great choices but its all i have.

  7. Foot Fantasy says:

    Pick 2: JBrown, Golladay, AJeffrey
    Pick 2: RBs-AJones, DJohnson, Mixon
    Thanks Proffo Roto!

  8. Krysta says:

    14 team, PPR. I am planning to start Michaell Thomas, Juju and AJ Green in WR 1/2 and Flex. Landry is is on the bench…any reason to start him over the status quo?

  9. Brian says:

    Cousins or Wentz this week…..

  10. RT says:

    RP. What’s your thought on Pierre Garcon? Is he worth a roster spot or time to move on?

    Thanks

  11. Joel says:

    Need help with my Flex, either Cooper Kupp or Stefon Diggs ( PPR )
    Thanks

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