Week 4 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

There are some definite injury concerns hanging over the wide receiver position (most notably Hakeem Nicks, Marques Colston and Pierre Garcon).  However, there are some big breakouts as well (like Demaryious Thomas & Torrey Smith).  How does everyone fall on the rankings?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  2. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Jacksonville
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  4. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
  5. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
  6. Demaryious Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  7. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  8. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  9. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Miami
  10. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  11. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  12. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Washington
  13. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  14. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  15. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans
  16. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Diego
  17. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
  18. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – at Dallas
  19. Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  20. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  21. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  22. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – at Kansas City
  23. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  24. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans
  25. Danny Amendola – St. Louis Rams – vs. Seattle
  26. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – at Green Bay
  27. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  28. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  29. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
  30. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at Green Bay
  31. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at New York Jets
  32. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – vs. San Francisco
  33. Andrew Hawkins – Cincinnati Bengals – at Jacksonville
  34. Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – at Houston
  35. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  36. Leonard Hankerson – Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay
  37. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Washington
  38. Brandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  39. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – at Houston
  40. Titus Young – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  41. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
  42. Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – at Arizona
  43. Kevin Ogletree – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  44. Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Cincinnati
  45. Mario Manningham – San Francisco 49ers – at New York Jets
  46. Golden Tate – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
  47. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay
  48. Alshon Jeffery – Chicago Bears – at Dallas
  49. Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
  50. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans

Thoughts:

  • There are definite concerns regarding Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals’ quarterback play, but we all saw what was possible in Week 3 when he posted 9 receptions for 114 yards and 1 TD.  While I wouldn’t expect that type of production on a weekly basis, the Dolphins’ pass defense has been suspect (307.3 passing yards per game).  He still needs to be considered a WR1 this week.
  • The Washington Redskins have allowed 10 passing TD on the season.  That makes you think Vincent Jackson is going to be a very good option, with Mike Williams as a usable option as well.
  • While the Philadelphia Eagles’ passing defense may be good, does anyone really believe that they can shut down the Giants’ passing attack?  Behind Eli Manning they are clicking on all cylinders, and there is no reason to think that anyone is going to slow them down.
  • Wes Welker has certainly gotten things on track since Aaron Hernandez went out, with 12 receptions for 237 yards over the past two weeks.  It’s hard not to like him once again, isn’t it?  Consider him a high-level WR2, with the potential to be a WR1.
  • Brandon Marshall has 16 receptions for 214 yards and 1 TD, which are very solid numbers.  However, can we trust him against a revamped Cowboys secondary that is allowing just 137.0 passing yards per game?  How about a defense that has allowed just 3 passing TD on the young season?  He’s a mid-level WR2 with upside, but I wouldn’t value him as more than that.
  • Will Pierre Garcon be able to play this week?  Who knows, but for now it’s hard to go into the week assuming that he’s going to play.  For now he’s staying off the rankings, but if he plays I would consider him a WR2.  If he sits out, Leonard Hankerson becomes a viable WR3 thanks to a very favorable matchup.
  • With Darius Heyward-Bey out and Brandon Myers potentially out due to a concussion, Denarius Moore becomes a very intriguing option.  While he hasn’t produced big numbers (8 receptions for 112 yards and 1 TD), it is easy to go into Week 3 expecting a big jump in production.  Consider him a viable WR3 in all formats.
  • I would still have my reservations about any San Francisco 49er wide receiver, however with Darrelle Revis out for the season there is much more potential there.  I would consider Michael Crabtree a viable WR3 this week, though a risky one.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 4 rankings:

 

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20 Responses to Week 4 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

  1. Triz says:

    Well, guess I’m not sitting Hervin for Pitta or Stevie Jackson :)

  2. Double G says:

    Would you trust Antonio Gates to turn it around this week or go with LaFell, Hawkins or MIke Williams in a flex position?

  3. Nick Tenaglia says:

    2 questions…

    1.) Need a WR and a Flex….
    Colston
    Maclin
    LaFell
    Andre Brown
    Bilal Powell

    2.) Need 2 WR and a FLEX (.5 PPR)
    Nate Washington
    Andrew Hawkins
    Lance Moore
    Mike Williams
    Justin Blackmon

    • 1) It all depends on the health of Colston/Maclin, but if they are both playing they are by far your best options. If one of them isn’t going to play, then I would probably go with Andre Brown.

      2) Moore, Hawkins & Williams for me

  4. gmoney says:

    Would you trade Maclin for Ridley in .5PPR league?

  5. Brandon says:

    With the defenses that Amendola has to face in that division I’m guessing now would be the time to sell high. What do you think he brings in return? Or do you think he’s still a solid ROS producer in a 1 pt per reception league

  6. Chuck says:

    Thinking of a trade. Id get cam newton and welker for carolina Steve smith and pitta. After the trade My wideouts would be Cruz, welker, harvin and I’d be upgrading from romo to newton. My starting te is Vernon Davis . What do you think?

  7. Brandon – Given 1 pt. per reception, I think he definitely is going to have value all year long. Shopping him doesn’t hurt, but I wouldn’t be so quick to pull the trigger either.

    Chuck – It’s definitely buying low on Newton, that’s for sure, and it’s a good upgrade there. Welker is a little 50/50 to me, because Hernandez is going to be back soon. How many WR do you start and do you have anyone else on your bench?

  8. Chuck says:

    Ya I’d feel week at wr. Was thinking of trading room for a good wr since wr is so deep. Might be able to do pitta for demaryiu Thomas instead of welker

  9. Nathan White says:

    Michael Crabtree or Dez Bryant as WR3 this week?

  10. Mike W says:

    What are your thoughts on jerome simpson? should i keep him stashed on my bench? or pick up golden tate instead of him?

  11. Nathan White – It’s surprisingly close, but I would still go Dez. While Crabtree is the “top” receiver in SF, they could just as likely focus on Vernon Davis or Mario Manningham (or the running game).

    Mike W – I’d keep Simpson still. I have more faith in that offense to post big numbers.

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