Week 7 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers: Breakouts Surge Up Rankings, Intriguing Gambles & More

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The wide receiver position got a nice boost in Week 6 with the return of Tyreek Hill, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t questions at the position. Whether it’s injuries, bye weeks or just lack of performance, after the first few names on the list we quickly start to find some questionable options. Of course not all “questions” are created equal, as names like Michael Gallup and Tyler Boyd emerge as 2019 breakouts. Where do they rank? Who else should we trust? Let’s take a look:

  1. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  3. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
  4. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at Atlanta
  5. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
  6. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  7. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
  8. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  9. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Tennessee
  10. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  11. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Baltimore
  12. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  13. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
  14. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
  15. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
  16. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
  17. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
  18. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
  19. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cincinnati
  20. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  21. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  22. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
  23. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  24. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at Atlanta
  25. Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
  26. Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – at Green Bay
  27. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
  28. Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  29. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  30. Golden Tate – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
  31. Will Fuller – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  32. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cincinnati
  33. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Tennessee
  34. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – at Atlanta
  35. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  36. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
  37. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland
  38. D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Baltimore
  39. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  40. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. New England
  41. Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  42. Debo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
  43. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  44. Demarcus Robinson – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
  45. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. New England
  46. Keke Coutee – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  47. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
  48. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  49. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
  50. Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland

Thoughts:

  • Cooper Kupp has been tremendous this season, but we saw the risk Los Angeles’ depth brings in Week 6 when he managed just 4 receptions for 17 yards.  It was a difficult matchup against the San Francisco 49ers and things should get much easier against an Atlanta defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers, but it still holds him out of the top spot (where he would’ve been placed had he been in a more secured situation).
  • Over the past five games DeAndre Hopkins has posted less than 100 yards and hasn’t found the end zone (he has been scoreless since 2 TD in Week 1).  That said he did draw 12 targets in Week 6 against the Chiefs and draws an Indianapolis defense that’s been middle of the pack against wide receivers.  He’s found the end zone in three straight games against them, so with things trending in the right direction continue to view him as one of the elite.
  • The Baltimore Ravens have allowed the fifth most yards to opposing wide receivers (1,152) and while Tyler Lockett hasn’t been great over the past three weeks (51, 51 and 75 yards) there’s a good chance he explodes in this one.  He’s shown how good he can be before, receiving 12+ targets in back-to-back weeks, so view him as a WR1.
  • While Larry Fitzgerald enjoyed a strong start to the season, he hasn’t topped 69 yards over the past four weeks and has gone without a TD in three straight.  He does have a favorable matchup against the Giants, who have allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing wide receivers, but is it a lock that Fitzgerald is the beneficiary?  If Christian Kirk is healthy he could easily be “the man”, and that risk keeps Fitzgerald more in the WR2 spectrum.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers, and if Amari Cooper is forced to miss the game (and for now we are leaving him off the rankings) Michael Gallup’s stock is going to soar.  Gallup has already shown that he could play a big role in the offense, even when sharing opportunities (two games with 100+ yards), but if he’s “the man” he’ll bring WR1 value.
  • Will Sterling Shepard be able to return to the field in Week 7?  Time will tell, but with a favorable matchup against the Arizona Cardinals he’ll be a WR2 assuming he’s able to go (and at full force).  Monitor the news, just in case, especially since his outlook could decline slightly depending on the status of Saquan Barkley and Evan Engram as well.
  • Terry McLaurin has been far better than expected this season, though a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers is going to drag anyone down.  Consider him more of a WR3 this week due to the risk, especially with questionable quarterback play.
  • While Will Fuller had one monster game (217 yards and 3 TD), you take that out and he has 227 yards and 0 TD in the other five.  He remains a potential WR3 due to the matchup and upside, but he’s not more than that.  Don’t let one big game skew your outlook.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Non-PPR, Pick 2 between: Jamaal Williams, Keenan Allen, Robert Woods, & John Brown.

    My mind tells me Allen & Woods (maybe Williams over Woods), my gut tells me Woods & Brown. Whatever is going on with the Chargers the last 3 games scares the shit outta me for Allen and the Titans’ D isn’t giving up much to opposing offenses for an obvious get-right game.

    What are your thoughts?

    • I can’t sit Allen, because he has too high of an upside. The #2 for me is Brown, that Dolphins defense is porous and he should be able to make some big plays

    • Tate is the “safer” option, Lazard has the highest upside with all of the injuries. It depends on the roster outlook in general this week, but I’d lean towards rolling the dice on Lazard.

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