Week 9 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

There’s a lot of questions surrounding many of the top wide receiver options for the coming week.  Just keep that in mind when you view these rankings, because a lot of things are definitely in flux:

  1. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at New England
  2. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – at San Diego
  3. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. New York Giants
  4. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
  5. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  6. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – vs. Cleveland
  7. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis
  9. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – vs. Green Bay
  11. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
  12. Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Atlanta
  13. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
  14. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
  15. Brandon Lloyd – St. Louis Rams – at Arizona
  16. Mario Manningham – New York Giants – at New England
  17. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – at Kansas City
  18. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
  19. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
  20. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  21. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
  22. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at San Diego
  23. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  24. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – at Buffalo
  25. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – at Dallas
  26. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Atlanta
  27. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  28. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
  29. Deion Branch – New England Patriots – vs. New York Giants
  30. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  31. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at New England
  32. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – vs. Green Bay
  33. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  34. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
  35. Jabar Gaffney – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
  36. Jon Baldwin – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  37. Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – at Buffalo
  38. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – at Houston
  39. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
  40. James Jones – Green Bay Packers – at San Diego
  41. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  42. Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
  43. David Nelson – Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
  44. Braylon Edwards – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
  45. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks – at Dallas
  46. Early Doucet – Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis
  47. Steve Breaston – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  48. Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – at Kansas City
  49. Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – at Philadelphia
  50. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh


  • After a great start to the season Wes Welker has actually slowed in recent weeks, with 12 receptions for 84 yards and 1 TD over his past two games (with his longest reception being 13 yards).  Obviously no one is going to suggest staying away from him and he’s a clear WR1, but it’s hard to consider him the top option at the position.  There are just too many other players that need to be involved in the offense.
  • The New England Patriots are allowing a league worst 29.16 points per game (according to nfl.com).  Assuming Hakeem Nicks is healthy, is there anyone you would rather have this week?
  • Roddy White has been a big disappointment this season, surpassing 80 yards just once.  However, with touchdowns in two of his past three games and a stellar matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, maybe this could be the week that he breaks out?  They’ve seen big games from the likes of Mike Wallace (144 yards, 1 TD), Dwayne Bowe (128 yards, 2 TD) and Marques Colston (98 yards, 2 TD), among others.  Consider White a solid WR1 and one of the top options for the coming week.
  • To go along with that thought, how do you like a returning Julio Jones for this week?  He’s proven to be well worth using and should make a splash (assuming he’s back in the lineup).  Monitor the news, but consider him a WR2.
  • DeSean Jackson continues to be very hit or miss.  Over his past two weeks he has a total of 6 receptions for 77 yards and has over 50 yards just three times on the season.  Jeremy Maclin has been the more consistent option and has more TD (4 to 2), making him the better choice at this point.
  • The latest receiver to be stranded on Revis Island will be the Bills’ Stevie Johnson.  In two games against the Jets in 2010 he totaled 8 receptions for 103 yards and 1 TD.  Unfortunately he needs to be considered nothing more than a WR3 this week.  Revis has proven to be that good so far in 2011.
  • In his first two games as a member of the Rams Brandon Lloyd has 12 receptions for 127 yards and 1 TD.  Now, imagine what he can do if Sam Bradford were in the lineup?  Taking on a Cardinals defense that has allowed 277.6 passing yards/game, Lloyd is a solid play in all formats.
  • For more on my thoughts of Jonathan Baldwin and why he’s a very good pickup, click here.
  • Finally the Buccaneers’ Mike Williams is starting to show signs of turning things around.  He has six receptions in each of the past two games and has 59 yards or more in three of his past four.  Granted, he needs to start finding the end zone and maybe he’ll be able to do that against a Saints’ defense that has allowed 13 passing TD.  You know New Orleans is going to be out to prove a point after getting torched in Week 8, so look for Tampa Bay to be forced to throw the ball to keep up.
  • Even if healthy Andre Johnson has a tough matchup against a Cleveland Browns defense that is among the best against the pass this season.  Still, is anyone betting against him?  Monitor the news and make sure he’s healthy, but he’ll be a must play if he’s in there.
  • Will two weeks of practice help Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders’ passing attack?  You certainly would hope so.  Darrius Heyward-Bey is probably the receiver to watch, though it’s too early to put much faith in him.
  • Does anyone trust Santonio Holmes and the Jets’ passing attack?  It’s really tough to put much faith in them, meaning Holmes has to be considered a low-end option.

Make sure to check out our other Week 9 articles:

Week 9 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses
Week 9 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs


  1. S says:

    Well, based on these rankings I assume the answer is yes, but would you drop DHB for Manningham? I have Nicks and would likely only need to play one if Nicks is out, so presumably Manningham would be a better choice, but DHB has been doing better than him lately…

  2. Mike says:

    Eric Decker, Reggie Wayne or Antonio Brown? And why?

  3. Muddy Cleats 18 says:

    Vincent Jackson or Manningham? don’t want to sit Jackson but Manningham vs Patriots is tough to pass up…

  4. S – Absolutely. With Nicks potentially out, Manningham is going to look that much better.

    Mike – I’d go Antonio Brown. He has the most consistent QB throwing him the ball and, with Mike Wallace likely getting more of the attention from the Baltimore secondary, there’s a good chance he gets ample opportunities. Throw in Emmanuel Sanders potentially out and there’s a lot to like.

    Muddy Cleats – I’d probably stick with V-Jax, especially if Nicks is playing. If he’s not, well that’s a different story. Who are your other WR?

    • Muddy Cleats 18 says:

      Maclin, Antonio Brown, Steve Johnson, V.Jax and Manningham.
      My RBs are Rice, Blount,Tolbert and Moreno. Got to start Rice,Blount and Tolbert so left with 2 WRs slots.
      Being that this is a 12 team money league, I went heavy with Wr/RB which is why I end up playing Defense roulette and ask you alot of questions regarding Def…

      • No worries about the questions, I’m always here to help!

        That’s a very nice WR corps that you’ve put together, so I can understand the debate week-in and week-out. You really can’t go wrong with the guys you have.

  5. Gamer says:

    Three of my running backs are out this week, forcing me to use a wide receiver in my flex. Wallace is my number 1, but I need two of these four; non-PPR. Stevie Johnson (against Revis – ouch) Michael Crabtree, Nate Washington and James Jones. I normally would always use Johnson, but like you, the
    Match up scares me. Washington also has a tough matchup. Should I go with crabtree and Jones? Appreciate the feedback. Thanks.

    • Unfortunately, all of your options scare me this week. In a three receiver format, I would still roll with Johnson, despite the risk. We have seen receivers (Brandon Marshall) have a chance to produce and, if the Bills move him around, it’s not a lock that he doesn’t give us anything.

      As for the third, I’d roll with Crabtree.

  6. stephen says:

    Someone offered to trade me Jordy Nelson for CJ2k. He has been tanking my team, but my current WRs are Calvin Johnson, Stevie Johnson, and Roddy White. My other RBS are – McFadden, Sproles, Hillis, Jacobs, and Ringer. I’m trying to trade for Michael Bush, but the other owner won’t accept anything less than Roddy White or Sproles.

    Should I wait my team out and hope that CJ2k or Hillis actually start scoring pts and McFadden isn’t done for too long. Or should I should I trade for Bush and Nelson. The problem is that I’m 4-4 and NEED wins now to puch for the playoffs.

    Thanks again. You have been giving great advice.

    • stephen says:

      All that being said. Who would you start this week (calvin is on bye)- 2RBs 2WRs and a flex?

      appreciate it

      • Unfortunately you may not have too many choices. Mary Kay Cabbot (via Twitter) is reporting Hillis suffered a setback so it’s hard to count on him. Plus, we know McFadden is out.

        Any WR on waivers you could pick up? Otherwsie it’s:

        WR: Johnson & White
        RB: Johnson & Sproles
        FLEX – Jacobs

        • stephen says:

          I just picked up Ogbonnaya and am thinking about starting him over CJ. Is this crazy talk or has cj2k slipped this far.

          • I think it’s a little bit crazy talk. Houston is actually among the better rushing defenses in the league, allowing 97.4 yards/game. Plus, it’s not like Ogbonnaya was very impressive last week.

    • How many RV do you start? You would be severely overpaying to get Bush, who is only a one or two week option. You would also be downgrading your WR spot overall.

      It just doesn’t make sense.

      You have plenty of depth in the backfield, but I think all you really can do is hope for the best. I don’t feel like those trades make much sense.

  7. Rob says:

    Which two would you start out of:

    Stevie Johnson
    Mike Williams (TB)
    Darrius Heyward-Bey

    My initial thought would be Johnson & Williams but the Revis matchup has me somewhat concerned and DHB is definitely hot right now.. I like the targets Williams will get but I’m sick of his performance this year. Any thoughts?

    • I agree with you on Johnson & Williams. I know the matchup stinks, but can you really say DHB is going to produce this week? It’s going to take some time for him to develop a rapport with Palmer (which is something Houshmandzadeh already has).

  8. Tanya says:

    I have a 3 WR league…Williams (TB), Decker, Antonio Brown, Rice, N. Washington. I am inclined toward Rice and Washington, but not sure about Williams, Decker or Brown for my third option?

    • If it were up to me I would go with Brown, Rice and Williams (in that order) with Decker as my #4 and Washington as my #5.

      Washington’s matchup is not an envious one, as Cincinnati is among the best defenses against the pass this season and have allowed just 6 passing TD on the season.,

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