Week 4 Rankings (2020): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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by Will Overton

We’ve made it wo Week Four before we get our first big COVID strike. I have created these rankings as though the Tennessee Titans will play the Pittsburgh Steelers, though that can still change. I’ve also done my best to factor in injuries and have included almost all players who are considered questionable at this time, but we will discuss some of the bigger names below:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina 
  2. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta
  3. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England
  4. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay 
  5. D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks @ Miami 
  6. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings @ Houston 
  7. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis 
  8. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland 
  9. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee
  10. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks @ Miami 
  11. Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills @ Las Vegas 
  12. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. LA Chargers 
  13. Terry McLaurin – Washington Football vs. Baltimore
  14. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Detroit
  15. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay 
  16. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona 
  17. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams vs. NY Giants
  18. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans 
  19. D.J. Chark Jr – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati 
  20. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams vs. NY Giants
  21. Odell Beckham Jr – Cleveland Browns @ Dallas
  22. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ Tampa Bay
  23. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee 
  24. Davante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. Seattle
  25. CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland 
  26. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. Minnesota 
  27. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville 
  28. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland 
  29. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Kansas City
  30. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens @ Washington 
  31. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago
  32. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns @ Dallas
  33. John Brown – Buffalo Bills @ Las Vegas 
  34. Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona 
  35. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets vs. Denver
  36. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville
  37. Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta 
  38. Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia
  39. Darius Slayton – New York Giants @ LA Rams 
  40. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans vs. Pittsburgh
  41. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans 
  42. Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos @ NY Jets 
  43. Leviska Shenault – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati
  44. Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings @ Houston
  45. Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis
  46. Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans vs. Minnesota
  47. Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins vs. Seattle 
  48. Emmanuel Sanders – New Orleans Saints @ Detroit
  49. Desean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 
  50. Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville


Thoughts:

  • We have three huge name WR’s all listed as questionable right now in DaVante Adams, Michael Thomas and Julio Jones. All three are saying the right thing about their recovery and being able to play, but I’m writing this on Tuesday and I take that all with a grain of salt. Two of these guys in Adams and Jones are slated for Monday Night Football in a game that should be very high scoring. If you’re going to use them though make sure you have someone else on your bench because I am seeing a game time decision coming.
  • At this point, especially with so many other big name WR’s hurting, it felt impossible to not include both of the Seahawks WR’s in the Top 10. The Seattle passing attack feels nearly unstoppable and I don’t foresee the Dolphins having the answer. It’s beneficial that the Seahawks defense isn’t doing a great job of stopping teams so Russell Wilson keeps lighting it up with D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and I don’t see it stopping.
  • The return of Kenny Golladay took place in week three and he immediately became Matt Stafford’s go to receiver and end zone target. Golladay caught six passes and had 57 yards with a TD and that was with Patrick Peterson on him. He now faces the Saints defense which has not been as good as many had expected with the Packers and the Raiders before them putting up points through the air. Golladay is trending towards WR1 status in a hurry and he may even get there this week even though I have him just outside that group.
  • It feels like Joe Burrow is opening things up in the offense a little more each week and the numbers are showing it. What seems to be growing more evident is that Tyler Boyd is the guy there. Burrow seems to be looking his way more and more lately with seven catches in week two and 10 in week three. A.J. Green appears healthy enough, but it just seems like Boyd has passed him up. It’s also worth noting that Tee Higgins seemed to be clicking in week three and is a go to target in the red zone with C.J. Uzomah out for the year now.
  • There is not much to like about the New York Jets, but the one guy who might be worth playing is supposed to be returning this week in Jamison Crowder. After missing the last two weeks it’s easy to forget his big week one and hopefully tomorrow night we finally get to see how he can follow it up. The Jets offense has been woeful, but they’ve also faced three strong defenses and while the Broncos aren’t bad they are probably a step back by comparison.
  • The San Francisco 49ers offense needs playmakers and the guy for the job is Brandon Aiyuk. No matter who is out it seems like Kyle Shannahan just figures it out with whoever he’s got and right now he’s leaning on the rookie speedster who can make big plays with the best of them. Aiyuk caught five passes for 70 yards last week and also got three carries that included a 19 yard touchdown run. There are a few other rookies ranked below Aiyuk this week that I happen to believe are more talented, but Aiyuk has the golden opportunity to get value right now.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

22 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Prof,

    Do you consider Desean Jackson droppable in a 12 man ppr league? Guys like Anthony Miller, Scotty Miller, N’keal Harry are all on the ww.

    Thanks

  2. Hello Professor,
    Need some help. .5 ppr 2wr, 2rb, 2flex

    Is Goedert worth holding on to? I have Ali-cox and Thomas, Akins is on waiver.
    Better wr Hold for ROS Laviska or Claypool? I have chark as well.

    Thank You

  3. 14 Team 1/2 PPR

    1. Had Koo, so available are Joey Slye, Sam Sloman, Kai Fairbairn or Rodrigo Blankenship?
    1a. Stephen Gostowski also available. In the chance in a “normal” week you’d pick him from choice above, still do it or avoid the “unknown” (wondering if they canceling the game all together is a possibility)

    2. Have Tennesee. (NOT MUCH) Available is KS City (waivers until sat), NY Jet, Green Bay, Cincy, Houston, Jacksonville, Dallas or Philly?
    2b. I am going to safely assume you wouldn’t play TN over most above?

    • 1) I have a hard time believing the game happens, so I’d skip on Gostkowski. I’d lean Blankenship

      2) I don’t love any of the options, so I guess KC

  4. Non PPR. Have Henry & Thielen , one or both games this week may not be played. Here are my choices for a RB, WR and a flex. Dobbins, Burkhead, A. Gibson, Cooks & Lazard. Thoughts? Thanks.

  5. What up professor!

    I need 2 WR, 2 RB and a flex
    Moore, Kupp, drake, jrob, mclaurin, d mont, fournette, lamb, jeudy

    Thanks roto!

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