Week 6 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Wide receivers around the league continue to flash impressive numbers from week-to-week.  Who is worth using this week?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
  2. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
  3. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
  4. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at New England
  5. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  6. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
  7. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
  8. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  9. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  10. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
  11. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  12. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
  13. Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – at Cincinnati
  14. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  15. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at New England
  16. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
  17. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  18. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Cincinnati
  19. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  20. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
  21. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  22. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
  23. Deion Branch – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
  24. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
  25. Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
  26. Darius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
  27. Mike Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Pittsburgh
  28. Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  29. David Nelson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
  30. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  31. James Jones – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
  32. Jason Avant – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  33. Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  34. Mike Sims-Walker – St. Louis Rams – at Green Bay
  35. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Detroit
  36. Harry Douglas – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  37. Mohamed Massaquoi – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
  38. Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
  39. Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
  40. Dane Sanzenbacher – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  41. Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
  42. Mario Manningham – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
  43. Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  44. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  45. Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  46. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  47. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
  48. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
  49. Bandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  50. Brandon Gibson – St. Louis Rams – at Green Bay


  • It appears like Miles Austin is going to return to the Cowboys lineup just in time for what promises to be a shootout with the New England Patriots.  Coming out of the bye week and already practicing, there doesn’t appear to be a concern over him being eased back into the offense.  In fact, at 2-2, you can argue that the Cowboys need to go out and make a statement.  Consider Austin a top option for the coming week against a passing defense that has allowed a league worst 326.6 passing yards/game.
  • We all know that Greg Jennings is an elite option, but the problem in Green Bay is that you never really know who is going to get the ball thrown their way.  Would anyone have predicted James Jones to be targeted 7 times in Week 5, turning it into 5 receptions for 140 yards and 1 TD (which, by the way, is likely unrepeatable).  Jennings is a clear WR1 in all formats, though if he was the clear-cut big option, he’d rank even higher.  Jennings has been targeted 38 times thus far this season (tied for 22nd in the league).  Just something to keep in mind.
  • Stevie Johnson has just 8 receptions for 87 yards and 0 TD over his past two games.  While the Giants have given up some yards (251.2 passing yards/game), they have allowed just 5 TD.  They also have been significantly better of late, allowing 176 passing yards to the Eagles, 237 yards to the Cardinals and 166 yards to the Seahawks the past three weeks.  While Johnson is probably still a WR1, he’s a low-end one at best.
  • It has been clear that Pierre Garcon and Curtis Painter have a tremendous rapport, hasn’t it?  Over the past three weeks Garcon has 13 receptions for 353 yards and 4 TD.  It’s not that Reggie Wayne has been awful (11 receptions for 160 yards and 0 TD), but it’s easy to tell who the better option is.
  • Victor Cruz has put up quite the performance of late, hasn’t he?  All he has done over the past three weeks is catch 17 passes for 369 yards and 3 TD.  It’s pretty obvious who the second option in New York is now.  Mario Manningham is more of a FLEX, at best, at this point.
  • It was a good return for Marques Colston, catching 5 passes on 69 yards on 6 targets.  I would expect his workload to increase in Week 6, though you never really know in New Orleans.  He is the receiver with the highest upside and is worth using in most formats.
  • Darius Heyward-Bey has exploded over the past two weeks with 11 receptions for 214 yards and 1 TD.  He does, however, draw a tough matchup against the Cleveland Browns who have allowed just 195.5 passing yards/game thus far.  Plus, the Raiders have seen several receivers step up for a few fleeting weeks, only to fall out of favor in a hurry (i.e. Denarius Moore).  I would proceed with caution regarding Heyward-Bey for the time being.
  • I know Mike Williams has been bad, but the Buccaneers desperately need him to step up and deliver in Week 6.  With LeGarrette Blount looking unlikely to play and the offense needing him to step up and deliver if they want to keep up with the Saints (who have allowed 10 receiving TD), it is time to put up or shut up.  I would be willing to take the flier on him as a WR3 for one more week.
  • First Johnny Knox was benched to start the season, now the Bears just don’t seem to want to give him an opportunity.  He’s had more than 6 targets just once on the year and a total of six over the past two weeks.  While Matt Forte is really the only Bear to trust right now, Dane Sanzenbacher may be the best option to take the gamble on.
  • With Julio Jones looking like he will miss the coming week, Harry Douglas suddenly becomes a viable option for those in three wide receiver formats.  He’s a risk, but the Falcons are going to look to go pass heavy in their attack.

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessor’s Week 6 information:

Week 6 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 6 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs


  1. John says:

    QB-Newton, Freeman
    RB-Rice, Greene, Torain, D. Thomas, Battle, Tolbert
    WR-Megatron, Fitz,David Nelson, Sidney Rice
    Im gonna start ray rice, but what other 2 RBs should I start?
    The WRs on the wire are Decker,Doug Baldwin,Breaston, James, Jones,DHB, and Greg Little should I drop anyone to pick up any of these guys?
    Lastly I was thinking of possibly trading Fitz and a RB and maybe try to get a better second RB option and a decent receiver, good idea? any trade suggestion?

    • I would def. go with Rice, Thomas and Greene (with Torain next in line)

      Decker is a nice option off waivers and I could see dropping Tolbert, who is never going to be an option for you.

      As far as trading Fitz goes, it really depends what RB you think you can get. If it’s not a major upgrade you are leaving yourself too vulnerable at WR. You’d have 3/4 maybes, never really knowing who is the best option in anny given week.

  2. stephen says:

    in the flex who would you start – jahvid best, stevie johnson, or victor cruz??

    also I recently traded AP for Mcfadden and the Packers D. I didn’t have a defense at the time (I was picking out of the hot pool each week). Do you like this trade or do you have AP substantially higher than Mcfadden?

    • I obviously would rather have AP, but it’s close enough. I’m not sure I would’ve made it angling for a defense, but I can see why someone would.

      As for the FLEX, I would lean towards Johnson, who I think is a borderline WR1 this week. While Best had a huge week, he’s gotten 12 carries or less each of the past three weeks. If he doesn’t break a big run, there’s a good chance he comes up empty.

  3. gt says:

    Longtime reader, first time asker. I see that you have santonio Holmes ranked pretty high probably due to his juicy matchup. Thing is, last week he almost laid an egg against the pats until a 4q td. I have Darius heyward Bey and if joe hadon is out for Cle, who would you start? Thank you

  4. BLC says:

    I’m in a 3 WR format and I’m already starting Hakeem Nicks this week. Who would you start in the next two spots, Harry Douglas, Lance Moore or Kevin Walter?

  5. gt – Thanks for the support! I would still start Holmes and it’s not solely due to the match-up (though you have to love Holmes’). We’ve seen Raiders’ wide receivers rise and fall all season, so it’s tough for me to say, without a shadow of a doubt, that DHB is going to be productive this week.

    BLC – I’d go Douglas & Walter. There are too many options in NO to trust Moore, especially with Colston back.

  6. jeff says:

    WR3 conundrum for the week – Santana Moss, Greg Little, DHB, or Lance Moore. (Jennings & S. Johnson are 1 & 2)

    • I would go Moss. The Eagles have been allowing a lot of passing TD this season and I see him as having the most upside. I just can’t trust DHB yet and Moore has too many people to battle for targets to trust.

  7. Dan says:

    What recievers do you think will finish ahead of Fitzgerald this year?

  8. Tony54 says:

    Who to start?

    QB: Romo or Cam Newton

    WR’s (3)
    Start: Jennings
    Start: David Nelson?, Lance Moore?, Antonio Brown?

  9. Muddy Cleats 18 says:

    Had a general question for anyone to reply to: What are the drawbacks to starting guys from the same team? is it a feast/famine question depending on the team? just curious what other people think? thanks

  10. Dan – That’s a really open-ended question. Is there someone specific you are thinking about?

    Tony 54 – Definitely Romo. As for the WR, I;d definitely go Nelson. For the third, flip a coin really, but I’d lean towards Moore.

    Muddy – It really depends on the players we are talking about, but in general there are only so many TD and yards to come from a team. Having two or more players from one team, you are somewhat capping your team’s upside. That’s not to say it is a bad thing to do, it just depends on the players.

    • Muddy Cleats 18 says:

      ended up with rice/dickson/T. smith this week due to byes/injuries ect…
      I can see the ravens putting up some decent numbers for all three but seems weird to play them all…

  11. Jake says:

    I have to start 4 wide receivers this week and dont know which i should start:

    Miles Austin
    Brandon Marshall
    David Nelson
    Mario Manningham
    Torrey Smith
    Michael Crabtree
    Mike Thomas

    • I’d go with:
      - Austin
      - Marshall
      - Thomas
      - Nelson

      The next on the list would be Crabtree, who is close enough to the bottom two if you were more comfortable with him.

      Manningham has fallen down on the depth chart, so he’s a big risk. Smith had one big game, but it’s hard to depend on him.

  12. Jessica says:

    With a bye week for Colston, debating who to play Cobb or Celek in a PPR league? Also, have Jordy Nelson on the roster. So, a little hestitant to reply so heavily on the Packers for week 6. Advice apprecated.

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