We have some injuries to contend with this week, so consider these rankings very much in flux and monitor the news accordingly. Who plays and who doesn’t could cause some significant shifts, but how do things stand based on what we know today? Let’s take a look:
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – vs. Atlanta
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
- Odell Beckham Jr. – Cleveland Browns – at San Francisco
- Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Green Bay
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at Kansas City
- Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Indianapolis
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at Washington
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Giants
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Cincinnati
- Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – vs. Minnesota
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – at Oakland
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Jets
- Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
- DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Jacksonville
- Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
- Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at Cincinnati
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Giants
- DJ Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Carolina
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – at Dallas
- Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – at Washington
- Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at San Francisco
- Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – vs. Jacksonville
- Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Indianapolis
- Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Chicago
- Will Fuller – Houston Texans – vs. Atlanta
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – at Philadelphia
- Demarcus Robinson – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Indianapolis
- Auden Tate 7– Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at Tennessee
- Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Jets
- DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Phillip Dorsett – New England Patriots – at Washington
- Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Buffalo
- Dontrelle Inman – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
- Chester Rogers – Indianapolis Colts – at Kansas City
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets – at Philadelphia
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Carolina
- Keenan Allen is coming off his worst game of the season (5 receptions for 48 yards) against the Miami Dolphins and now draws a difficult Broncos defense. Denver is allowing the third fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers, having not given up more than 154 yards to a receiving corps yet this season. The combination isn’t overly appealing, but it’s not enough to drag him down the rankings. He’s not one of the elite, though there aren’t many truly elite options.
- Davante Adams is battling turf toe, and even with the long week there’s a good chance he sits this week out. Plus, if he does play just how effective will he be in an already difficult matchup? He’d be usable, but it would depend on the narrative. For now we’re leaving him off the rankings with the expectation being he ultimately misses the contest.
- While both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are usable options, especially in a matchup with a Saints defense that’s allowed the sixth most points per week to opposing wide receivers. However which one would you prefer? Godwin has TD in three of the four games this season, while eclipsing 120 yards twice. Evans, meanwhile, has three games of 89 yards or fewer and 3 of his 4 TD came in one game. At the same time he has posted back-to-back big games (279 yards and 4 TD). We’d put Evans slightly ahead, but both players are WR1 options.
- We always question the Rams’ wide receivers, as there was concern as to if an of their options would be consistently targeted. Cooper Kupp has seemingly emerged though, with at least 9 targets in each game as well as three straight with at least 101 yards (plus 3 TD over the past two games). It’s a tough matchup against the Seahawks, but he’s still a borderline WR1 and a good play in all formats.
- After Adam Thielen voiced his concerns about the passing game after Week 4, a game that he caught 2 passes for 6 yards, would it be surprising to see the team try to get him the ball? The matchup is there to justify a more pass heavy approach and it’s easy to envision him finally getting his “blowup” game. In a run-first offense it’s impossible to ignore the risk, but as a WR2 he’s worth rolling the dice.
- It will be interesting to see how Allen Robinson fares with a change at quarterback, assuming Mitchell Trubisky isn’t able to go in Week 5. That said he’s been targeted at least 7 times each week and draws an Oakland that’s allowed the ninth most points per week to opposing wide receivers. Feel comfortable running him out there as a WR2, though one with a little bit of risk.
- How much of Marquise Brown’s big Week 1 (147 yards and 2 TD) was due to the matchup? He hasn’t scored a TD since and has watched his yardage shrink from 86 to 49 to 22. He’s more WR3 than WR2, given the risk and boom/bust nature of his game.
- Diontae Johnson has found the end zone in back-to-back games, and in Week 4 he converted all 6 of his targets into 77 yards. He’s not a high level option, but as a WR3 there’s enough to consider him. That’s not to say that they aren’t alternatives, but most of them carry boom or bust risk.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings: