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:
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at Atlanta
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Tennessee
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Baltimore
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
- Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
- D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cincinnati
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
- Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at Atlanta
- Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
- Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – at Green Bay
- Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
- Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Golden Tate – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
- Will Fuller – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cincinnati
- Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Tennessee
- Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – at Atlanta
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
- Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland
- D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Baltimore
- Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. New England
- Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
- Debo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
- DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
- Demarcus Robinson – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. New England
- Keke Coutee – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
- A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
- Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland
- 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.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings: