Week 7 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. Atlanta
  2. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  3. Mile Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. St. Louis
  4. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
  5. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  6. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – at New York Jets
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh
  9. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  10. Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – at New Orleans
  11. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
  12. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – vs. Denver
  13. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. St. Louis
  14. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at New Orleans
  15. Brandon Lloyd – St. Louis Rams – at Dallas
  16. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  17. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  18. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – at Miami
  19. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  20. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  21. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
  22. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
  23. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – vs. San Diego
  24. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – vs. Seattle
  25. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
  26. Darius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  27. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Indianapolis
  28. Mike Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Baltimore
  29. Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  30. James Jones – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  31. Steve Breaston – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  32. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  33. Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – vs. Atlanta
  34. Devin Hester – Chicago Bears – at Tampa Bay
  35. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
  36. Dane Sanzenbacher – Chicago Bears – at Tampa Bay
  37. Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – vs. San Diego
  38. Jacoby Jones – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  39. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – at New York Jets
  40. Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
  41. Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints – vs. Indianapolis
  42. Danario Alexander – St. Louis Rams – at Dallas
  43. Mohamed Massaquoi – Cleveland Browns – vs. Seattle
  44. Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – vs. Denver
  45. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  46. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  47. Early Doucet – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh
  48. Preston Parker – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
  49. Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – at Tampa Bay
  50. Brandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington

Thoughts:

  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the thought of Mike Wallace simply being a big play threat should be a thing of the past.  Yes, he has the potential to get yardage in big chunks, but he has 33 receptions for 612 yards and has been targeted 44 times on the season.  He needs to be considered one of the better options in the league.
  • Dwayne Bowe is starting to heat things up again, huh?  He’s posted back-to-back 100+ yard games, as well as scoring in three straight.  After what we saw from him a year ago, is anyone betting against him?
  • The performance by Brandon Marshall against the New York Jets (6 receptions for 109 yards) shows that it is not impossible for a big game against Darelle Revis and company.  The fact is that Marshall could have posted even better numbers, including scoring a touchdown or two.  Any concern with playing Vincent Jackson, when you know the Chargers are going to continue throwing the ball, went right out the window on Monday night.
  • Steve Smith has been great this season, but the potential struggles of Cam Newton is always going to limit his upside value.  Keep in mind that while he’s had at least 150 yards in three games, he’s also had games of 15 and 66 yard days without a TD.
  • Will Pierre Garcon or Reggie Wayne be the better receiving option for the Colts?  While Wayne certainly remains a WR2 option, Garcon has been the better option since Curtis Painter took over as the QB.  The numbers were close in Week 6, but Garcon was targeted 11 times vs. 6 for Wayne.  It certainly appears like Garcon is the one to go with if you have the choice, though both are viable in a potential shootout with the Saints.
  • With Felix Jones out, do we think that the Cowboys will be shy about passing the ball more and more?  It’s tough to consider Dez Bryant a WR1, given his consistent second half disappearances, but it’s hard not to slot him in as a very good option once again.
  • You will have to monitor the news to see if Julio Jones is going to play or not, but for now he’s going to be included on these rankings.
  • Granted, Tim Tebow has the potential to really struggle throwing the ball.  However, taking on the Miami Dolphins, you have to think that Eric Decker (the newly installed top receiver in Denver) will still get his opportunities and produce viable numbers (someone needs to).  He’s going to be a solid WR2 without Brandon Lloyd in the mix.
  • Speaking of Lloyd, if Sam Bradford plays (and the early rumor is that he will) he will be an even better option.  As it is, getting out of Denver and reuniting with his former head coach should do wonders for his potential value.  Consider him a viable option in all formats.
  • Do you have faith in Mark Sanchez’ ability to get Santonio Holmes the ball on a consistent basis?  In the past five weeks only once has he had more than six targets in a game and three times has been targeted four times or less.  He’s a low-end option as a WR2 at this point.
  • For the third straight week Darius Heyward-Bey had a solid performance, picking up 6 receptions for 82 yards.  He’s going to be without Jason Campbell and Carson Palmer is likely a week or two away from debuting (though that actually may not be the case).  Can Kyle Boller produce enough to keep Heyward-Bey viable?  It’s a risk in two wide receiver formats, though he remains a very good play in three receiver leagues.
  • I know I am in the minority believing in the Buccaneers’ Mike Williams, but the matchup is there and all he needs to do is find the end zone once to start changing people’s minds.  He’s been targeted more than enough (52 on the year and 13 times in Week 6) and against a poor Bears’ defense against the pass (275.5 yards/game), he’s worth the risk in all formats.

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessor’s Week 7 information:

Week 7 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses
Week 7 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

20 comments

  1. AJ says:

    Would Little have more upside than Nelson ROS? Would use as my #4 WR for bench depth

  2. Ramblin' Wreck says:

    Does Harvin’s value take a hit with Ponder taking over and if so would Little be a better bet instead?

  3. BLC says:

    Do you think Jacoby Ford is worth starting over Doug Baldwin now that he has Carson Palmer at QB? I mean I feel like they’ll try and cover DHB, leaving Ford open for some grabs.

  4. AJ says:

    David Nelson

  5. gt says:

    Lets say that you owned DHB and that Crabtree and Greg Little were available in your league. Who would you own if you had room for just one?

  6. BLC – Are we speaking this week or overall? Overall, they could end up being pretty close, though I have never had much faith in Ford. This week, I would stick with Baldwin. It’s hard to imagine Palmer not going through some growing pains. Do you need to drop Baldwin to get Ford?

    AJ – Yes, I would probably go with Little. He’s the top receiver for his team at this point. Nelson needs to play second fiddle to Johnson, as well as Fred Jackson.

    gt – Very close between Little and DHB. My fear with Oakland has always been that different receivers seem to step up and, at this point, we don’t know who is going to be able to quickly forge a rapport with Palmer. It’s a coin flip, but part of me is leaning towards Little.

  7. Cole says:

    Should I trade Beanie Wells and in exchange, get Dwayne Bowe?

  8. Muddy Cleats 18 says:

    looking at a couple of homerun/strikeout hitters for my flex…
    Torrey Smith or Antonio Brown?
    Brown goes up against a horrible Cards D, has tons of speed and gets as many targets as Wallace….
    What do you think?

    • With Brown you run the risk of Hines Ward getting plenty of targets as well, and there are only so many balls to go around. Smith should at least get a more consistent stretch of looks.

      That said, I wouldn’t love either of them for this week. Is there anyone else available?

      • Muddy Cleats 18 says:

        not really, Benn, J. Jones, Massaquoi – bye week blues…
        Wat abvout Massaquoi? I don’t really follow the browns much…is Little the guy now?

        • It certainly appears that Little is going to be the go to receiver at this point. You really are in a tough spot, though with Lee Evans scratched Smith is probably the better option. At least he is starting and should get looks. Brown is going to have to battle for targets.

          Regardless, it’s a coin flip.

  9. flex says:

    Moss, Decker, Little, Garcon. Non-PPR. Pick 2, Sit 2

  10. Gamer says:

    Need help with bye-week WR2 non-PPR. Options are Nate Washington and James Jones. I view Washington as the safe pick to get targets and points, but may not get the end zone. Greenbay will likely get a lot if TDs this week, but it’s rolling the dice for the upside of whether Jones gets a big day or a zero. Both opposing defenses are down a couple if defensive backs. I’m leaning towards Washington thinking he’ll at least get 70 yards and is due for a score. Let me know your thoughts; you have both of these guys rated lower than other sites. Thanks for the feedback.

    • I could go either way with them. I think you pretty much nailed it, though.

      Washington is the safer pick and is the top receiver for his team (along with Jared Cook). He should definitely get looks.

      Jones is a complete crapshoot, especially with so many other receivers Aaron Rodgers can throw to. He may only get a handful of targets, so if he doesn’t capitalize on them he could easily taking a goose egg. It’s high risk, high reward.

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