Week 5 Rankings (2020): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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by Will Overton

Unfortunately, we jumped the gun on bye weeks a bit in week four, but we’ve now reached the official start of bye week season where we have to go a little further down the list to find our guys. Here is my take on the top 50 at wide receiver for week number five:

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

Thoughts:

  • The high flying Dallas Cowboys offense is a true fantasy juggernaut so far this season. Despite the way the ball is being spread around, Amari Cooper is still the clear cut number one guy who is second in receptions with 37 and tied for third in the league in yardage. Meanwhile the rookie CeeDee Lamb is looking more and more like the future coming off a two TD game and catching no fewer than five passes in any one game. Meanwhile, Michael Gallup appears to be number three on the list and isn’t as consistent, but can go off on any given week with his talent and the balls flying all over the field.
  • It’s starting to look more and more like Cooper Kupp’s big 2019 season was not a flash in the pan. Kupp has 23 catches so far for 297 yards and has now scored TD’s in back to back weeks. It’s Kupp’s TD upside that separates him for me a the number one wide receiver on the Rams and pushes him closer and closer to the WR1 tier by the week. The matchup with Washington this week isn’t great, but I’ll still bet on him making it three weeks straight in the end zone.
  • The most underrated wide receiver in all of football has to be Keenan Allen, and I am as guilty as anyone else. Allen is averaging 101 receptions per season for the last three years and he’s well on his way this season too. Allen already has 32 receptions this season and 21 the last two weeks alone since Justin Herbert has taken over as the starting quarterback. Now that Austin Ekeler is out for the next several weeks Allen could be an even bigger part of this offense.
  • One big game is easy to write off as an outlier, but Justin Jefferson has gone back to back now with 100 yard games. Jefferson is really starting to emerge as the big play threat on the other side of the sure handed Adam Thielen. The odds of it being three big weeks in a row is high for Jefferson as well with a matchup against Seattle that is screaming aerial attack shootout. This rookie class of wideouts is top level, and Jefferson is one of the most talented in the group.
  • One big thing to watch this week is the status of Michael Thomas who seems to have a realistic chance of returning for the Saints. Obviously it’s important for those who own Thomas, but those who own Emmanuel Sanders should be watching the status closely too. Sanders caught just four passes in the first two weeks with a healthy Thomas on the other side. Since Thomas has been out Sanders has caught 10 passes including a six catch, 93 yard performance this past week. If Thomas is out Sanders probably jumps up closer to the high 30’s on the list, but he also may drop a few spots with Thomas in.
  • My inclusion of Tim Patrick on this list may seem like an overreaction to last week’s game against a bad defense, but I’m not convinced of that. The Broncos have been wrecked by injuries this season and it’s lead to Patrick getting a starting role opposite of Jerry Jeudy, and while he may not have Jeudy’s talent he’s found favor with the backup quarterback running things right now. He’s also a guy with size who has now scored two weeks in a row. Patrick is still young at 26 and it’s not impossible to think he may be just coming into his own given the opportunity.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



20 COMMENTS

  1. Hey roto! Hopefully the games will be played as scheduled but more cases are popping up!
    Need 2 WR and a flex: hill, kupp, dionte Johnson, jeudy, Edmonds, mostert. My 2 RB I’m starting are kamara and j rob.

    Thanks roto!

  2. Need 2 RB, 1 WR & a flex. I can’t quite figure out which way to go. RB – Sanders, Hunt, Davis, Gibson & McKinnon. WR – McLaurin, Lamb, Jefferson, AJ Brown (starting Hill, duh). Will QB change affect McLaurin? Kinda like like the possibilities for Lamb & Jefferson. What you and anyone else feel free to put in your 2 cents. Thanks

    • At running back I’d go Sanders and Hunt. I still think McLaurin is the top option you have at WR there no matter who the QB is, I think Flex comes down to Davis vs. Lamb and while I love Lamb I think you have to go Davis.

  3. PPR-Start two one wide receiver and one flex-Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, Hunter Renfrow or Justin Jackson

    PPR-Evan Engram or Dalton Schultz

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