Week 4 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Week four ushers in the bye weeks and there are six teams on bye this week. That means the rankings thin out a little bit, though it doesn’t really feel like it. We’re seeing more receivers rise to the elite level such as Jeremy Maclin and Pierre Garcon.

Here is how I see things shaking out with the bye weeks taking away some of the bigger names:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions @ NY Jets
  2. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Chicago
  6. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay
  7. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins vs. NY Giants
  8. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Chicago
  9. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco
  10. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay
  11. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans vs. Buffalo
  12. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia
  13. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Kansas City
  14. Victor Cruz – New York Giants @ Washington
  15. Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville
  16. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins @ Oakland
  17. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore
  18. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Pittsburgh
  19. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota
  20. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Carolina
  21. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints @ Dallas
  22. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins vs. NY Giants
  23. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans  Saints @ Dallas
  24. Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta
  25. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Buffalo
  26. Eric Decker – New York Jets vs. Detroit
  27. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee
  28. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ NY Jets
  29. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans
  30. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis
  31. Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills @ Houston
  32. Markus Wheaton – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay
  33. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans
  34. Rueben Randle – New York Giants @ Washington
  35. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco
  36. Greg Jennings – Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta
  37. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Pittsburgh
  38. Justin Hunter – Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis
  39. Cecil Shorts III – Jacksoville Jaguars @ San Diego
  40. Eddie Royal – San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville
  41. James Jones – Oakland Raiders vs. Miami
  42. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego
  43. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia
  44. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Carolina
  45. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England
  46. Jeremy Kerley – New York Jets vs. Detroit
  47. Hakeem Nicks – Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee
  48. Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins @ Oakland
  49. Harry Douglas – Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota
  50. Stevie Johnson – San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia

 

  • I think concerns related to Jeremy Maclin rebounding from missing last season have been answered at this point. Last week Maclin lit up the Redskins secondary for 154 yards on eight catches and a TD. He has now scored in each of the Eagles first three games and has quickly built a connection with Nick Foles. I have him in my top 10 this week against San Francisco whose defense has proven to be vulnerable at times. The top 10 could be somewhere we find Maclin at a lot this year.
  • My ranking Keenan Allen at #15 isn’t me giving up on him, or even doubting him. I just need to see him work at his best and show me that he is 100% healthy out on the field. Allen has faced off with some tough defenses so far this season, so his struggles are getting a bit overblown. I do expect that as the schedule eases up the next few weeks that Allen climbs back towards the top 10 of this list, assuming he is healthy.
  • I’m going all in on Kelvin Benjamin at this point in time. Benjamin looked great in week one, struggled a bit in week two, and then exploded in week three. Benjamin has absolutely been the red zone threat we expected him to be for Cam Newton. He’s more than that even though and he has earned his way into this top 20. Baltimore hasn’t proven to be the stout defense they were back in the day and Benjamin could easily find his way back into the end zone once again this week.
  • People don’t seem to be paying enough attention to DeAndre Hopkins who despite the poor QB play in Houston, is turning into a really solid WR3. After scoring TD’s in each of the first two games, Hopkins caught six passes for 116 yards last week against the Giants. Hopkins is currently tied for tenth among WR’s in fantasy points per game, and while it’s a small sample size, it still shows how good Hopkins has been so far.
  • Yes, I am still ranking Kendall Wright in my top 30, which might make me stupid. Wright hasn’t gotten off to the start we would have hoped for, not yet reaching 50 yards in any game. Wright does have 14 catches on 22 targets which isn’t bad, other than you’d like to see more than 14 catches when he has been targeted that many times. Wright has been a product of bad QB play more than anything which explains the short pass plays and lack of catches compared to targets. This should be a good matchup for Wright this week and it might be one of Locker’s last chances.
  • Coming off a poor game last week against the Panthers it might seem odd for me to have Markus Wheaton as high as I do. I am impressed with what he did the first couple weeks though and I can’t see the Steelers running the ball as much as they did last week again. So the Steelers should be throwing the ball more and they are throwing it against the Bucs defense that just got absolutely torched last week. Wheaton makes a nice flex play this week or a WR3 in 12 team leagues.
  • It’s tough to predict what’s going to happen with Jacksonville’s passing game now that Blake Bortles is running the show. The last two weeks Allen Robinson has been the best receiver on the team with 11 catches for 154 yards. Cecil Shorts returned last week though and caught a TD pass from Bortles as one of his five catches on 10 targets. The Jags have a knack for falling behind in games and have shown zero running game so far which means Bortles should be throwing an awful lot.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Week 4 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 4 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

18 comments

  1. Randy says:

    In a standard league, I’m currently carrying 7 RBs: Forte, Foster, Jennings, Ingram, T-Rich, West, and Blue. I prefer to carry 6; who is most droppable, if any? Also, can you rank the following WR4s ROS? Torrey Smith, Rueben Randle, Allen Robinson, and John Brown? I’ve got Dez, Andre, and Wallace as my top 3. Thanks!

    • It’s tough and depends on your outlook. Blue is the “easiest”, but a needed handcuff. West could end up buried. Ingram is hurt…

      All that said, Richardson stinks and is virtually worthless.

      As for the wide receivers, I’d still expect Torrey Smith to breakout before long.

  2. StanCal says:

    I plan on keeping both on my roster, but who do you like more as a FLEX-type option going forward, Colston or Benjamin? The Saints have options that dilute Colton’s opportunities, but figure to be throwing an awful lot in a high powered offense and he will see defenses that are more concerned with containing Jimmy Graham. Benjamin only has to split with Olsen (and still figures to be the main big-play option for Cam), but he also figures to draw the primary corners and plays for a team with a good defense that could limit throwing opportunities.

  3. Ross says:

    Had a trade today in my 12 team standard league.

    Brandon Marchall for Mike Evans.

    I’m co-commissioner with a friend and we have a little disagreement on the aggregusness of this trade. I felt it was no brainer veto and he said it wasn’t that lop sided. I thought id throw it up here for debate. Please give your opinions, and help me see the flaw in my logic.

  4. StanCal – For me, Benjamin definitely has more upside at this point. Colston as on the downside and faces too much competition for touches.

    Ross – Is it a keeper league? If it is, I can buy it. If it’s not…. Well, that seems a little silly, but I’d love to hear why the guy getting Evans was up for making it.

    • Ross says:

      No…not a keeper league…it’s actually a friendly work league with some 1st timers that may not have a feel for it yet. I was more surprised that my co-commish thought it wasn’t that far off

  5. Dale H says:

    Would you stash sanu or marvin jones for backup WR.

  6. romo says:

    hey roto! with d thomas on a bye, i have r white, c patterson, b cooks, and k benjamin. i need 3. PPR league. right now i have it as r white, c patterson, and b cooks. was upset i left k benjamin on the bench last week!

  7. Dale H – Marvin Jones for me

    romo – I’d actually sit Cooks, as there’s too much competition for targets and Benjamin having a favorable matchup. That said, they are all very close.

  8. Jose ramos says:

    I’m not sure who to start out of these 4 Alfred Morris, jordan Matthews , Lamar miller or Niels paul this week 4. I need 3

    • Miller is a must start and I’d also go Morris.

      I don’t trust Matthews much, honestly, despite coming off a big game. The Giants have not given up much to opposing TE, but Paul is going to remain a big part of the game plan (something we can’t necessarily say about Matthews). I’d say Paul is the more trustworthy option.

  9. K says:

    With Pitta out on IR, do you see the spread of targets changing much in Baltimore? As a frustrated Torrey Smith owner, I’ve been wondering what will happen with him long term and if he’s still worth keeping…maybe his ROS value will pick up a bit now.

    Carolina’s a tough matchup this week so I’ll probably bench him, but what do you think about him ROS?

  10. Ttrev says:

    Trying to decide between starting Terrance Williams or Allen Robinson. I’m sure Robinson will get more targets, but Williams seems more likely to get the TDs. PPR format.

  11. Dave says:

    A guy in my league just dropped Eric Decker for John Brown. It’s hard to resist Decker. I’m considering picking him up and dropping either Andrew Hawkins or Taliefero who I just claimed. I’m torn, do I stay the course and let someone else pick him up or pick Decker up? It’s PPR league.

    • I’d pick up Decker personally, as I was extremely high on him entering the season and when healthy he is the clear go to receiver. I’d be willing to drop either for him, but I’d lean Hawkins. Taliaferro has the potential to be Baltimore’s lead back

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