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Week 6 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:14
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by Will Overton

The NFL season keeps on rolling into Week 6. As new names surface and some of the tried and true continue to struggle, the decision making isn’t getting any easier. Here is my take on the Top 50 Wide Receivers this week to hopefully help you make some tough calls:

* = Injury Watch

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami
  2. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Chicago
  3. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Baltimore
  4. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina @ New Orleans
  5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ New England
  6. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas
  7. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis
  8. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle
  9. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ San Diego
  10. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville
  11. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphis vs. Pittsburgh
  12. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets @ Arizona
  13. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles
  14. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Houston
  15. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City
  16. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina
  17. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. NY Jets
  18. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland
  19. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta
  20. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington
  21. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City
  22. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. CIncinnati
  23. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos @ San Diego
  24. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina
  25. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis
  26. DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia
  27. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns @ Tennessee
  28. Sammie Coates – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami
  29. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas*
  30. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. NY Jets
  31. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Baltimore
  32. Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers vs. Denver
  33. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals vs. NY Jets
  34. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati
  35. DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh
  36. Steve Smith Sr – Baltimore Ravens @ NY Giants*
  37. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Chicago
  38. Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets @ Arizona*
  39. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina
  40. Eddie Royal – Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville
  41. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ NY Giants*
  42. Cameron Meredith – Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville
  43. Tajae Sharpe – Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland
  44. Jeremy Kerley – San Francisco 49ers @ Buffalo
  45. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers vs. Denver
  46. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay
  47. Tavon Austin – Los Angeles Rams @ Detroit
  48. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles
  49. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay
  50. Brandon LaFell – Cincinnati Bengals @ New England


  • Things have not been on par with what DeAndre Hopkins did last year but he did well enough last week, hitting double digits against what might be the best defense in the league in Minnesota.  Hopkins has only had one game of over 100 receiving yards so far this season, but he’s caught a TD in three of five games. I still think he is a Top 10 receiver and this week is a solid matchup for him to prove that.
  • The lucky guy drawing the prime Oakland matchup this week is Jeremy Maclin and Kansas City. Week after week receivers are lighting up the Raiders. Maclin only has one TD scored and hasn’t yet hit 100 yards, but he should be able to accomplish both of those things this week. The Raiders are at 331 yards per game allowed and without many other big options Maclin should be racking it up this week.
  • After dealing with injury for the last two games and then having the bye week last week it’s going to be interesting to see what Willie Snead does.  He blew up in Week 1, but the injuries have slowed him since. Typically the Carolina matchup might be a deterrent, but Carolina’s secondary has been quite mediocre so far this season. Given his upside Snead is a very tempting play assuming he’s 100% healthy.
  • At this point it’s hard to argue that there isn’t a clear cut number two receiver and that is Sammie Coates. Last week he had 139 yards receiving and a pair of TD, following up his 79 yard performance from the week before. Coates is the kind of deep ball threat with big play upside that brings back thoughts of Martavis Bryant from last season. Coates will have some bust weeks, but the upside is worth the play.
  • After struggling to get things going with the random assortment of QB the Patriots used early on in the season, Chris Hogan had an instant connection with Tom Brady. Hogan caught four passes in last week’s game for 114 yards. The Patriots are going to throw the ball, and throw it a lot, now that Brady is back and Hogan will be a big beneficiary of that.
  • The Chicago Bears passing attack had a nice week last week, with 19 balls caught between their top three receivers. This week could be another good one facing off with the Jaguars secondary. Despite the lack of a TD this season, Alshon Jeffrey is still option #1 in Chicago and should be treated as such. The question is will there still be enough for Eddie Royal and Cameron Meredithm who each caught seven balls last week. Meredith had the big breakout game, but he’s still third on the depth chart so a repeat performance is hard to predict.


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