Week 10 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Which wide receivers benefit from the best match-ups?  Who is banged up and therefore a risky option?  Who should be in your line-up and who shouldn’t?  Let’s try to answer all your questions with this week’s rankings:

  1. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New York Giants
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  3. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  4. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  5. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  6. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  7. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Diego
  8. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  9. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  10. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at Cincinnati
  11. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – vs. Houston
  12. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  13. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  14. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
  15. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  16. Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  17. Steve Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at New England
  18. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. Denver
  19. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – at Baltimore
  20. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – at Chicago
  21. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at Cincinnati
  22. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – at Tampa Bay
  23. Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – Tennessee
  24. Danny Amendola – St. Louis Rams – at San Francisco
  25. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
  26. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  27. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Diego
  28. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  29. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  30. Emmanuel Sanders – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  31. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets
  32. Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
  33. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco – vs. St. Louis
  34. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  35. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
  36. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – at Baltimore
  37. Titus Young – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  38. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  39. Jeremy Kerley – New York Jets – at Seattle
  40. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville – vs. Indianapolis
  41. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
  42. Danario Alexander – San Diego Chargers – at Tampa Bay
  43. Ryan Broyles – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  44. Donnie Avery – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  45. Jerome Simpson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  46. Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
  47. Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tennessee
  48. Mario Manningham – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  49. Brandon Stokely – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  50. Devery Henderson – New Orleans – vs. Atlanta

Thoughts:

  • Will it be Julio Jones or Roddy White getting the bulk of the looks against a Saints’ passing defense that has been rather porous this season?  That debate keeps both of them from the top spot, though either could produce like the best wide receiver this week.  While I would prefer Julio Jones, by a hair, both should be considered top options.
  • Would anyone have predicted that Reggie Wayne would lead the NFL in receiving yards through the first nine weeks of the season?  He hasn’t scored the TD that other receivers have (he has three TD this season), but he scored in Week 9 and with Andrew Luck at the helm he always is a threat.
  • The only reason there are any questions regarding Calvin Johnson is his lack of touchdowns this season.  However, he’s seemingly knocked on the door every week and against a Vikings defense that has allowed 14 passing TD it wouldn’t be shocking to see him find the end zone.  Sure, he hasn’t scored in his last two match-ups with them (dating back to 2011), but we all know how good he is and what is possible.
  • Does anyone think that Carolina can slow down Eric Decker right now?  He’s scored two touchdowns in back-to-back games and has six touchdowns in his last four games.  He may not get the yardage, but he’s going to likely be a constant red zone threat.
  • Denarius Moore saw his touchdown streak end at three in Week 9.  While the Ravens’ defense is banged up, they still have allowed just six passing touchdowns on the season.  While it’s easy to imagine Moore and Carson Palmer doing some damage, I would consider him more of a low-end WR2 this week.
  • The last time Stevie Johnson faced the Patriots he struggled with two catches for 23 yards.  However, in two match-ups in 2011 he had 12 receptions for 134 yards and 2 TD.  He’s definitely worth using as a WR2.
  • While the 49ers are a tough test, it’s hard to shy away from Danny Amendola who should return to being a very good PPR option.  As a low-end WR2/high-end WR3, I would absolutely be willing to use him in his first game back.
  • With Antonio Brown likely out, Emmanuel Sanders should step into the starting lineup and play a major role for the Steelers.  That alone makes him a viable WR3 option.
  • Will Hakeem Nicks be healthy enough to play?  Consider his spot on the rankings extremely tenuous, at best.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings:

Week 10 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses
Week 10 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

16 comments

  1. Mark says:

    Who should I go with at flex, Lance Moore or Fred Jackson?

    • I wish neither was an option. Probably Jackson, thou, as he has mo upside. However, I a worried about him losing touches to Spiller and we all know the Saints passing game is a bit unpredictAle.

  2. Cara says:

    So I have AJ Green and then I can play Steve Johnson (which worries me). For my WR3 its between Amendola, Cecil Shorts and Emmanuel Sanders?? Do I trust Amendola is better? Also what about reports of Johnson being hurt?
    Thanks!

    • Yea, of those choices I would definitely go with Amendola.

      As for Johnson, monitor the news. I wouldn’t rush into using Shorts tonight as Sanders is just as good of an option depending on the news heading into Sunday and if Johnson has any problems.

  3. Chuck says:

    Need help with my flex…

    Fred Jackson, Torrey Smith, Mike Williams, BJGE, or Harvin? If he plays I plan on playing Percy Harvin here. Too risky?

  4. Randy says:

    How do you think Locker at QB impacts Britt?

  5. Todd says:

    My receivers are A. Green,N Washington, K Britt, J Gordon and D Amendola..RB’s Lynch Forte and Fjax….Garcon is on my IR….Would you drop him for Beanie Wells or G. Jennings for later…Thank you…

  6. Chuck – Harvin is risky, but worth using if healthy. Otherwise I would go with Smith.

    Randy – I am not sure if the QB has been the real problem, but we can hope. Until the duo proves they can produce, Britt is a low-end option though

    Todd – You could actually use either Wells or Jennings, but how many WR do you use?

  7. Joe says:

    What do you think of Pierre Garcon? DO you think he will play again this year?

    • Who knows. If he have the room he’s worth stashing, but if you need the roster spot at this point you can move on. There’s a lot of risk as to if he will even make an impact once he returns to the field.

  8. bucsfan17345 says:

    Got miles Austin, Jamaal Charles, mike Williams or Danny amendola who do I start in my flex

  9. jfarrell04 says:

    With Titus Young ailing, who would you lean toward for my WR3 spot, Young or Kendall Wright?

  10. Jayce says:

    I’m in a terrible position and need 1 RB and 1 Flex between: Dez Bryant, Marcel Reese, and Joique Bell. I know, how does this happen? Bye weeks and injuries. …

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