Week 6 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers: Surprising Must Use Options, Superstars Fading Down Rankings & More

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We thought we knew who the elite wide receivers were entering the season, but now that we are five weeks in we have to start adjusting our outlook. Obviously opinions can change quickly, but new names have emerged while some of the dependable options have faded a bit. Who is on the rise? Who should we ignore? Let’s take a look at how things currently stand for Week 6:

  1. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
  3. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Jets
  4. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  5. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  6. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – vs. San Francisco
  7. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Kansas City
  8. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Philadelphia
  9. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Pittsburgh
  10. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. New York Giants
  11. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New Orleans
  12. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Seattle
  13. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
  14. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Atlanta
  15. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  16. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
  17. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Tennessee
  18. Will Fuller – Houston Texans – at Kansas City
  19. Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – at Miami
  20. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  21. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Los Angeles Chargers
  22. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  23. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Jets
  24. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Atlanta
  25. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. San Francisco
  26. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
  27. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Philadelphia
  28. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  29. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – vs. New York Giants
  30. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – vs. Tennessee
  31. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – vs. San Francisco
  32. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  33. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Minnesota
  34. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  35. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
  36. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Seattle
  37. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  38. Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins – vs. Washington
  39. Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  40. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. Dallas
  41. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Pittsburgh
  42. Demarcus Robinson – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
  43. Golden Tate – New York Giants – at New England
  44. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New Orleans
  45. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. Dallas
  46. D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
  47. Geronimo Allison – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  48. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – vs. Washington
  49. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Los Angeles Chargers
  50. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – at Denver

Thoughts:

  • There is no doubt that DeAndre Hopkins is one of the elite wide receivers in the league, but he hasn’t scored a TD since Week 1 and has been under 90 yards in each of the past four games (and he hasn’t been targeted more than 8 times during this stretch).  Having watched Will Fuller erupt in Week 5 (14 receptions, 217 yards, 3 TD) could Hopkins make a little noise and get a few additional looks?  Could a shootout with the Chiefs lead to a jump in opportunities?  Or will opposing defenses continue to try and force others beat them?  The fact is that there’s a little bit more risk then there has been in the past, though he remains a WR1.
  • Michael Thomas hasn’t missed a beat with Teddy Bridgewater under center, including posting 11 receptions, 182 yards and 2 TD in Week 5.  He’s had at least 89 yards in four of five games, including three games of double-digit receptions (and another with 9).  It’s hard not to have him sitting atop the rankings.
  • While Keenan Allen is coming off back-to-back disappointing performances (he’s totaled 9 receptions for 66 yards and 0 TD), would anyone bet against a rebound performance vs. the Steelers?  Time will tell, but there’s too much upside not to consider him a WR1.
  • For now we’re including Tyreek Hill, as there’s a chance that he’s healthy enough to return.  However if he’s forced to sit out Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson will see their value increase significantly.  Monitor the news this week and see how things develop, but if Hill is on the field he’s a WR2 (with WR1 upside).
  • Who would’ve predicted that D.J. Chark would emerge as a potential WR1?  All he’s done is rack up 485 yards and 5 TD over the first five games, and that’s before facing a Saints’ defense that’s allowed the seventh most points per week to opposing wide receivers (including the fifth most yards, with 972).  Fire him up as a must use in all formats.
  • While JuJu Smith-Schuster remained productive in Week 5 (7 receptions, 75 yards and 1 TD), would you be willing to gamble on him continuing to produce with a third string quarterback?  Sure there’s enough upside to keep him on the WR2 spectrum, though we’d feel more comfortable with him as a WR3.
  • Terry McLaurin didn’t produce much in Week 5 against the Patriots, but he has an ideal get right spot against the porous Dolphins’ defense.  Continue to fire him up as a WR2.

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Quarterbacks
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Tight Ends
Kickers
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12 COMMENTS

  1. Std Scoring. Three WR format playing McLaurin and Gallup currently. For 3rd spot have Edelman, but have Jones, Jr, Woods and M. Brown (questionable) on bench. Swap out Edelman because of injury & weather for someone on the bench? What starting 3 do you think?

  2. Std scoring. I pretty much asked the same question last week, but I am getting sick of starting OJB. Should I start OBJ, Larry Fitz or Josh Gordon this week for my WR2? Thanks again. Last week it didn’t really matter between the 3, because they all under performed.

  3. Welcome to Week 6 Professor! 14 Team, 1/2 PPR.

    WR’s are Mike Evans and Calvin Ridley, RB’s are Leonard Fournette and Nick Chubb. Who would you flex of Ronald Jones, Golden Tate, Marquise Goodwin and Corey Davis?

    • If Hill plays, I’d go Hill/McLaurin (though all are close, I’d just lean the two who are clearly the top options on their team though Hill could be eased back into it)

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