Week 11 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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We all know who the elite wide receivers in the league are, and while there may be some difficult matchups or recent struggles no one is about to sit them. However who are in the next class? Who could step up and fill the gap as a bye week replacement or an injury plug in? Let’s take a look:

  1. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  2. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
  3. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  5. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  7. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
  8. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Denver
  9. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  10. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Chicago
  11. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota
  12. Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  13. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
  14. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – at Los Angeles Rams
  15. Kennan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  16. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  17. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
  18. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  19. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  20. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  21. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
  22. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
  23. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  24. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  25. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. Dallas
  26. Mohamed Sanu – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
  27. Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cincinnati
  28. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  29. Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Jets
  30. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
  31. Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  32. Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  33. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – at Washington
  34. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. Dallas
  35. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Chicago
  36. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
  37. Hunter Renfrow – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cincinnati
  38. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
  39. Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  40. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New England
  41. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  42. Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
  43. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
  44. Kenny Stills – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
  45. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – at Washington
  46. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  47. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  48. Demaryius Thomas – New York Jets – at Washington
  49. Alex Erickson – Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
  50. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers

Thoughts:

  • Over the past few weeks the Detroit Lions have given up at least 1 TD each game to an opposing wide receiver.  That plays into the potential value of Amari Cooper, who has scored in back-to-back games and has 7 TD on the season.  In fact he’s been 80+ yards in four of his past five games (with three games of at least 100 yards), making him one of the best options in the league this week.
  • Julio Jones has gone six straight games without a TD, but you would think there’s a good chance that streak is snapped this week.  Both Austin Hooper and Devonta Freeman could be sidelined, giving even more opportunities for Jones and Calvin Ridley to produce.  While the Panthers have been more prone to opposing running backs (pointing towards Brian Hill being an ideal sleeper), would it really be a surprise if they took a pass happy approach?  Jones’ lack of TD drop him a little bit, but he’s still a locked in WR1.
  • Prior to their bye week the Denver Broncos allowed 204 yards and 1 TD to the Cleveland Browns (an offense that simply hadn’t put things together).  Is that the sign of things to come moving forward?  Stefon Diggs hasn’t scored over the past four weeks, but he has amassed 339 yards (tied for fourth most) and should continue to thrive.  Don’t shy away from him.
  • Chris Godwin hasn’t posted big numbers over the past three weeks (178 yards and 0 TD), while Mike Evans has apparently become the focal point of the offense (four straight games of 82+ yards, including days of 180 and 196 yards).  Of course Godwin has continued to get targets and the last time Tampa Bay faced the Saints he was the go to option, with 7 catches, 125 yards and 2 TD.  While Evans is the better option for this week, Godwin is also on radars as a WR1.
  • Even with questionable quarterback play Courtland Sutton proved that he could be a solid option in Week 10, putting up 5 receptions, 56 yards and 1 TD.  Taking on a Minnesota defense that’s allowed the third most points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks (including a league high 903 yards) there’s every reason to believe in another strong performance.  If he had a better QB throwing him the football he’d be a Top 5 option, but even as is he’s a potential low-end WR1.
  • Kennan Allen continues to get opportunities (10+ targets in three of the past four games), but he hasn’t topped 70 yards since Week 3 (which also is the last time he found the end zone).  Taking on a Chiefs’ defense that has been very good at stopping opposing wide receivers and with a running game that could be the focus of the offense, suddenly Allen is a better fit as a high-end WR2.
  • After turning 10 targets into 7 catches, 220 yards and 1 TD against the Bengals, Cooper Kupp went untargeted against the Steelers?!  It’s hard to believe and it’s easy to envision the team force feeding him the football early this week against the Bears.  Don’t shy away from him as a low-end WR1.
  • Over the past four weeks the Dallas Cowboys have given up the fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers.  If Matthew Stafford were healthy maybe that wouldn’t scare us off as much, and while Kenny Golladay was still able to produce in Week 10 (3 catches, 57 yards, 1 TD) it was a step back from recent weeks and contingent on a heavy workload (9 targets).  We wouldn’t call him unusable as a WR2, but he certainly isn’t as appealing as he could’ve been.
  • The Cleveland Browns did try to get Odell Beckham the ball (12 targets), but the results remained mediocre as he delivered 5 catches for 57 yards.  Having scored just 1 TD this season he’s hard to trust, though the Steelers haven’t been an elite defense by any stretch.  He’s a potential WR2, but may be a better fit as a WR3.
  • Tyler Boyd continues to be a highly targeted receiver, averaging over 10 targets over the past three games.  While the production hasn’t necessarily been there and he now has to deal with a rookie quarterback, the matchup with the Raiders should lead to continued opportunities.  Oakland has allowed 849 receiving yards over the past four weeks (second most in the league), so there should be opportunities to produce as a WR2.
  • The last time Christian Kirk faced the 49ers he delivered 2 catches for 8 yards.  Sure he had a monster Week 10 (6 catches, 138 yards, 3 TD), but are we really to believe he’s locked in to produce those types of results again?  Given the matchup and what he did last week, he’s still only a borderline WR2.
  • Alshon Jeffrey has totaled 10 catches and 138 yards over his past three games and now faces a New England defense that’s yielded just 272 yards and 0 TD to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks.  Sure the name may seem appealing, but now is certainly not the time to roll the dice on a rebound.
  • Over his past three games Hunter Renfrow has posted 14 catches for 184 yards and 2 TD.  They aren’t blow away numbers but they are solid and he has been converting on his opportunities (16 targets).  Taking on the Bengals, all he may need is a handful of chances as Cincinnati has allowed the sixth most points per week to opposing WR over the past four weeks. 
  • We have to wait and see if George Kittle and/or Emmanuel Sanders will be healthy enough to play in Week 11, but regardless Deebo Samuels big day (8 catches for 112 yards) and a positive matchup puts him squarely on WR3 radars.  If they aren’t out could he be pushed into WR2 territory?  Perhaps, but he’s a solid play in all formats.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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20 COMMENTS

  1. In a .5 PPR who would you roll with at flex. Kareem Hunt, Royce Freeman, Christian Kirk, or Tyrell Williams. Looking for a consistent performance in the ballpark of 10-12 pts, nothing crazy.

  2. PPR. Need 1WR. J. Brown @ Miami ( playing better lately) Crowder @ Washington ( trust Jets? But pay back game and he is Sam’s guy) or Golladay vs Dallas (Major QB. Issue)?

  3. Hi Professor.

    Standard league.

    Deebo Samuel, Zach Pascal, Dede Westbrook Hunter Renfrow,, or Marquis Brown. Need one.

    And do you like dede westbrook ROS with schedule and Nick Foles return?

    Thank you.

      • Follow up.

        I see Marquis Brown has a good match up. If Emmanuel Sanders and Kittle both sit, you still like Brown over Deebo Samuels going up against the Cardinals?

        Thanks.

  4. 1/2 PPR

    Choose my 3rd WR:
    Pascal vs. Jax……somewhat good play with Brisset back?
    Parker vs. Buff……should be a target hog but Buff Def tough to beat in air….

    Im leaning Pascal although he has a lower floor…..

    THoughts?

    • I have them back-to-back on the rankings, so I would call it a coinflip. With Brissett back I’d lean Pascal slightly now, but it could go either way

    • Ugh, I guess I’d go with Tate but only because I don’t trust Freeman today at all. I’d check out the waiver wire, though, to see what else is out there

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