Week 10 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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Bye weeks definitely make things a little bit more difficult this week, though at a relatively deep position there are numerous options available to you to fill the gap. Who are the ideal sleepers to plug into your lineup? Are there any bigger names that should be avoided, even with the bye weeks? Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:

  1. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  2. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Arizona
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  5. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Minnesota
  6. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at Pittsburgh
  7. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Arizona
  8. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Dallas
  9. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  10. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
  11. Devante Adams – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
  12. Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
  13. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  14. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  15. Golden Tate – New York Giants – at New York Jets
  16. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
  17. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
  18. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
  19. Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
  20. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Minnesota
  21. Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  22. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at Pittsburgh
  23. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  24. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  25. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
  26. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
  27. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
  28. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  29. D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  30. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  31. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
  32. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  33. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
  34.  Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
  35. Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams – at Pittsburgh
  36. Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
  37. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
  38. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  39. Chester Rogers – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
  40. Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
  41. Bisi Johnson – Minnesota Vikings – at Dallas
  42. Hunter Renfrow – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  43. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Kansas City
  44. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
  45. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
  46. Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  47. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
  48. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – vs. Kansas City
  49. Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
  50. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina

Thoughts:

  • The Minnesota Vikings have allowed 12 TD to opposing wide receivers, including 6 TD over the past four weeks.  That plays into the upside of Amari Cooper, who has at least 80 yards in three of the past four games with 2 TD (he has a pair of 100+ yard games over this stretch, including a 226 yard outburst against the Packers).  While the matchup is intriguing, it doesn’t necessarily make Michael Gallup a strong play as he struggled against the Giants (2 receptions, 33 yards and 1 TD) while posting less than 50 yards in three straight.  While he’s on the WR3 spectrum, Cooper is the significantly better play.
  • Over the past three weeks Mike Evans has been targeted 45 times, with 12+ targets in each game.  Included in that is back-to-back 180+ yard performances and 3 TD, and there’s a good chance that the good times continue against a Cardinals defense that allowed 3 TD to San Francisco’s wide receivers in Week 9 (they’ve allowed the fifth most points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks).  Chris Godwin also needs to be on the WR1 spectrum, though for now Evans is the better option.
  • Tyreek Hill has 74+ yards in all four games he’s played since returning from injury, including 4 TD (he’s scored in three of the four games).  A matchup with the Tennessee Titans, whose allowed 3 TD to opposing WR over the past two games and the ninth most points per game to opposing wide receivers, just screams of further production.  He’s one of the elite, though that’s not news.
  • Will this be the week Keenan Allen explodes?  He’s gone six straight weeks with 61 yards or less, and hasn’t scored a TD over this stretch.  It’s easy to forget that he was at 98+ yards in each of the first three weeks (including 3 TD) and now draws an Oakland defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks (and the second most overall).  It feels like the perfect get right situation, and while Mike Williams also should be in the mix and on the WR2 spectrum, he’s not Allen and doesn’t have the same upside.
  • Devante Adams returned in Week 9 and was thrust right into a prominent role, turning 11 targets into 7 receptions.  While he gained just 41 yards and failed to find the end zone, he should be able to find significantly more room to work against the Panthers (they’ve allowed the fifth most points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks).  While the Packers have several wide receivers and options, Adams is a borderline WR1 immediately.
  • Emmanuel Sanders has scored a TD in each of his first two games as a 49er.  Against a Seattle defense that’s allowed 812 yards to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks (most in the league), would it be surprising to see him and Jimmy Garoppolo keep things rolling?  Seattle’s done well keeping WR out of the end zone over this stretch (2 TD), but don’t bet against Sanders in a game that could devolve into a shootout with Russell Wilson and company.
  • There’s been speculation of A.J. Green returning in Week 10, but would you want to trust him with a rookie quarterback under center who he has no rapport with?  At best he’d be a risky WR3, at least until we get a better feel for the situation, though for now we’re completely leaving him off the rankings.
  • While there’s name appeal for JuJu Smith-Schuster, he’s posted more bad games (three games of 16 yards or fewer) than good over his past five games.  That makes him a tough player to trust, especially against a Rams’ secondary that’s been playing better over the past few weeks (tenth fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks).
  • With T.Y. Hilton sidelined Zach Pascal stepped up, putting up 5 receptions, 76 yards and 1 TD against the Steelers.  Now taking on the Dolphins, whether it’s Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer under center he’s a good bet to post another big day.
  • It’s easy to just ignore the New York Jets and their “skill” players, but Jamison Crowder has been solid of late (231 yards, 1 TD over the past four weeks) and draws a Giants defense that continues to be porous.  While he’s tough to trust as a WR2, he’s a viable WR3 and a decent desperation play.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Do you believe that brandon cooks will be out more than this week? I am in a pinch for a wr in weeks 11 and 12 and was looking at reynolds. There is not much available unless some players get dropped. Thanks

    • It’s hard to say, but even if Cooks was out Reynolds would hardly be a trustworthy option given the alternatives the team has

  2. Hi, Prof. 14-team league, 0.5 PPR. Need one WR from: Danny Amendola, Hunter Renfrow, Josh Reynolds, Tedd Ginn Jr., and A. J. Brown. Thanks.

  3. Alternatively, do you think Herndon starts this week and what is his outlook? I need one player at FLEX. Looking to drop Amendola to be honest. Is Herndon worth taking a flier on over Amendola? RBs Henderson, McKissic, and Ty Johnson are also available on waivers, if the above WRs don’t cut it. Thanks.

  4. Std scoring. Carrying 7 RB’s – Henry, Coleman, Ingram II, Murray, Connor, Samuels & just picked up Hunt. WR,s – D. Adams, Godwin, M. Brown, Chark, Jr. Pascal available Which Rb would you drop to pick him up? Thinking Murray or wait til we know if Karmra is playing or not this week.

    • Long-term Murray isn’t going to be a great option, especially given your others. Possible you use him this week though so I wouldn’t be fast to drop him

  5. std scoring. 2 RB & 3 WR league. Which RB Hunt or Mixon I’m leaning Hunt. Current starting WR’s are Hill,Pascal & Gallup. M. Jones and M. Brown on bench. What do you think?

    • Until we know what Hunt’s usage will be, I wouldn’t trust him. So I’d roll Mixon. I’d roll the WR the way you have them

    • I really want to say Murray, but the workload isn’t a given and the matchup calls more for a pass first attack. Therefore I’d roll Woods/Brown

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