Week 7 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Just how many questions can we have heading into Week 7…  How far does Larry Fitzgerald fall thanks to John Skelton being at QB?  Is Andre Johnson even a usable option?  How do tough match-ups impact that top of the rankings?  Let’s take a look:

  1. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  2. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  3. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  4. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  5. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
  6. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  7. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  8. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  9. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  10. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  11. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at St. Louis
  12. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  13. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  14. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at Carolina
  15. Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  16. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Minnesota
  17. Steve Johnson – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tennessee
  18. James Jones – Green Bay Packers – at St. Louis
  19. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at Carolina
  20. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  21. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – vs. Baltimore
  22. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  23. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. Dallas
  24. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Jacksonville
  25. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  26. Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  27. Brandon Gibson – St. Louis Rams – vs. Green Bay
  28. Stephen Hill – New York Jets – at New England
  29. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers – at St. Louis
  30. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis
  31. Domenik Hixon – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  32. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  33. Andre Roberts – Arizona Cardinals – at Minnesota
  34. Devery Henderson – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  35. Donnie Avery – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  36. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
  37. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  38. Andrew Hawkins – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  39. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  40. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  41. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  42. Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Oakland
  43. Mario Manningham – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
  44. Chris Givens – St. Louis Rams – vs. Green Bay
  45. Jeremy Kerley – New York Jets – at New England
  46. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Jacksonville
  47. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis
  48. Golden Tate – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  49. Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  50. Leonard Hankerson – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants

Thoughts:

  • It looks slightly odd having Victor Cruz sitting near the top these rankings, especially when Hakeem Nicks could easily eat into his catches (and out produce him).  That said, against a defense allowing a league high 328.3 passing yards per games and 15 TD, there should be more than enough touches to go around.  With a lot of the other top options drawing tough match-ups, Cruz needs to be right there with the elite.
  • Speaking of tough match-ups, A.J. Green gets a Steelers team that is allowing just 200.8 passing yards per game.  However, they have allowed 9 TD and Green scored a TD in each of his two meetings with them.  There’s no reason to think he won’t produce once again.
  • Vincent Jackson has scored 3 TD in his past two games and 4 TD in his past four.  Included in that stretch is a pair of 100+ yard performances.  Would it surprise anyone if the Tampa Bay-New Orleans game turns into a shootout?  Consider Jackson a potential WR1 this week.
  • If it wasn’t for John Skelton running the offense, Larry Fitzgerald probably would be ranked a bit higher.  While I still think he will produce, there is a lot of risk.
  • Houston is a tough defense, but they have allowed 12 passing TD on the season.  That makes Torrey Smith a pretty good risk to take as a high-end WR2.
  • Do we really expect James Jones to score 2 TD every single week?  He’s done it three straight games and, while that is going to end sooner or later, it certainly has made him a very good play as a WR2 no matter what the match-up.  The Packers offense is finding its footing and, when on, can put up points regardless of the defense.
  •  While Kenny Britt had his struggles in Week 6, he showed that he was on his way to full health and big production.  It’s only a matter of time and, with a favorable match-up against the Bills (256.3 passing yards per game, 13 TD), this could be the week that he fully explodes.  As a WR2 he is a must use option in all formats.
  • Baltimore’s defense is banged up, but how much can we really count on Andre Johnson at this point?  The Texans defense is a running based attack, as can be evidenced by his 25 receptions for 358 yards and 2 TD for their star receiver to date.  Could he breakout at any time?  Of course, but he is more of a WR2 at this point.
  • Brandon Gibson is coming off a big game against the Dolphins and could assume a large role in the passing game with Danny Amendola out of action.  As a WR3, you certainly could do worse.
  • Consider Josh Gordon a high risk, high reward option since his value rests solely on an ability to make big plays.  Over the past two weeks he has 5 catches for 181 yards and 3 TD, just to give you an idea.  The Browns need him, given their injuries, so don’t be surprised if it continues.
  • Stephen Hill is the best of a bad Jets’ receiving corps.  Still, that’s enough to make him a WR3 at this point.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Week 7 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses
Week 7 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

21 comments

  1. RT says:

    RP – Brandon Lafell isn’t ranked this week?

  2. Nemo says:

    There are 3 real solid WR’s out there as free agents in my league and I’ve got 3 TE’s so I’m planning on dropping Bennett…who do I grab for the stretch run here…Maclin, Decker or Britt?

  3. Joe says:

    Who would you start at flex, Denarius Moore or Felix Jones?

  4. fiji.siv says:

    With Hasselbeck under center the last two weeks, the TEN receiving corps has broken down like this:
    (rank) rec att yds
    (15) Britt 2/ 5/23 4/11/62
    (40) Washington 3/ 7/29 3/10/57
    (32) Wright 9/11/66 6/ 8/71
    I'm not so sure Britt is the best option on this team.

    • fiji.siv says:

      Oops, I forgot HTML was going to condense my spaces. Here’s another try.
      With Hasselbeck under center the last two weeks, the TEN receiving corps has broken down like this:
      (rank)....... rec att yds
      (15) Britt..... 2/ 5/23 . 4/11/62
      (40) Washington 3/ 7/29 . 3/10/57
      (32) Wright.... 9/11/66 . 6/ 8/71
      I’m not so sure Britt is the best option on this team.

  5. RT – He’s borderline for the bottom at this point. He just hasn’t done much.

    Nemo – I like Britt, because he’s the top WR on his team, with Decker as an extremely close second.

    Joe – Jones

    fiji.siv – Britt is still working back from injury, so you have to take that into account when looking at his performance the past two weeks. Don’t be surprised if he fully breaks out this week.

  6. blchiodo says:

    Who do you like better in a flex spot this week. Stephen Hill or Jstew? start 1QB 2RB 3WR and a flex wr/rb/te

    • Tough call. I’m not sure I believe in Stewart, especially since he could lose carries to DeAngelo Williams. That said, do you believe in Hill?!?

      Hill is the top WR on a bad team that is likely going to have to throw the ball this week. My gut says Hill, but flip a coin. It really could go either way.

  7. gmoney says:

    Time to give up on Justin Blackmon?

  8. mark says:

    Need to start 2. Wes Welker, Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson. Having a hard time with this week. Hard to sit Welker but like the other match ups as well.

  9. Ryan says:

    Select top three for week 7:

    Kenny Britt
    Dez Bryant
    Steve Smith
    Mike Wallace

  10. muddy cleats 18 says:

    need a rb, 2 wr and a flex out of this bunch of bye week guys…
    J. Nelson
    James Jones
    Randall Cobb
    Alex Green
    Vick Ballard
    Josh Gordon
    Kendall Wright
    Jonathan Dwyer – starting but last on my list of this bunch…
    Funny thing is i hate the pack but somehow ended up with a bunch of them…
    thanks

  11. Nemo says:

    Ok Prof., I grabbed Britt now I’m wondering if I grab Decker and drop Stevie Johnson or stay with Johnson?

    • Honestly,those two will probably be a toss up most weeks. Decker has the better QB, though, and a more pass oriented attack. I would lean towards him, but consider t a coin flip.

  12. Lauren says:

    Should I drop Brian Hartline for Randall Cobb? Non-PPR

    • At this point, I would have to say yes though it is close. Cobb has proven to be the more explosive player while Hartline is more of a possession receiver.

      Are you going to be playing either of them, or is it just depth?

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