Week 7 is already here somehow and if you’re struggling to stay afloat in the standings it’s time to kick it in high gear and make sure you come away with a win. We’re going to do what we can to help and I’m offering up my Top 50 Wide Receivers for the week to help you make some tough lineup decisions:
Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. San Diego
Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Los Angeles
A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland
Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland
Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England
TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee
Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Jacksonville
Brandon Marshall – New York Jets vs. Baltimore
Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphis vs. Buffalo
Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Washington
Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Kansas City
DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ Denver
Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Jacksonville
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle
Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay
Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati*
Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans
DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Detroit
Cameron Meredith – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay
Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona
Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. Houston
Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota*
Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Houston
John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle
Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh
Steve Smith Sr – Baltimore Ravens @ NY Jets*
Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle
Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia*
Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints @ Kansas City
Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ NY Jets
Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland
Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers @ Atlanta
Sammie Coates – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England
Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Washington
Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Kansas City
Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ Los Angeles
DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo
Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers @ Atlanta
Chris Hogan – New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh
Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Denver*
Kenny Britt – Los Angeles Rams vs. NY Giants
Brandon LaFell – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland
Torrey Smith – San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay
Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets vs. Baltimore
Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis
Robert Woods – Buffalo Bills @ Miami
Eddie Royal – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay*
This is the lowest I have ranked Antonio Brown in quite some time, but the odds are stacked against him this week. The Steelers are going to be without Ben Roethlisberger and instead will have Landry Jones starting. Jones is far from the quarterback that Roethlisberger is, but in the one game he started last season Brown still caught six balls for 124 yards. The other problem is that the Steelers are facing the Patriots, who have a knack for taking out the other team’s best player and forcing someone else to beat them. I only have Brown at six, so I can’t see a way in which you bench him, I just like others more.
The Green Bay Packers offense is struggling pretty mightily right now but that doesn’t really change how I feel about Jordy Nelson, who might be the most consistent force on the offense. He has five TD in five games, being held out of the end zone for the first time this last week. Aaron Rodgers desperately needs a big game and the Bears might be the remedy, but if it comes Nelson should be a big part of it.
We have now reached the point where we can’t just write Terrelle Pryor off as a fluke with the way he is consistently producing. He just had his biggest game of the season with nine grabs for 75 yards and a pair of TD. It hasn’t really mattered who is quarterbacking, Pryor seems to be a favorite target. He is big, fast and really starting to get the hang of playing wide receiver. Pryor won’t likely be a Top 20 option every week, but with a good matchup here he’s definitely that this week.
It takes a lot to keep Steve Smith Sr. from playing, but his ankle injury kept him out on Sunday. Hopefully with sitting last week out he’ll be good to go this week, because a showdown with the Jets is a prime matchup. He is coming off two big games and was on his way to a third before the injury. Smith is 37, but he is still Joe Flacco’s favorite option and is still a target machine. If Smith can’t go then Mike Wallace would deserve a nice bump inside the Top 25, because someone is going to catch a lot of passes.
One time can be written off as a fluke maybe, but two weeks in a row posting huge numbers and Cameron Meredith has our attention. Meredith burst on the scene twith nine catches for 130 yards and a TD, then for an encore last week he had 11 grabs for 113 yards. He is clearly a favorite target of Brian Hoyer and as long as Hoyer is the QB Meredith seems like a guy you want to own and use.
The return of Tom Brady has really sparked the emergence of several Patriots receivers such as Chris Hogan, Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski. The one guy it hasn’t yet paid dividends for is Julian Edelman. The guy who has been a go to for Brady for the last several years has just nine catches in these last two games and only a combined 65 yards. The yards is a concern considering that outside of PPR leagues that’s where points are coming from. Edelman is getting looks, 17 targets in the last two games, and as long as he’s getting targeted he’ll breakthrough eventually.
One guy who has been struggling and finally did breakthrough this last week was Golden Tate. Hyped to be one of the better WR2 before the season and the guy who was going to benefit most from Calvin Johnson’s retirement, Tate hadn’t had more than 41 yards in a game before last week. Against the Rams he was incredible with eight catches for 165 yards and a TD and he almost had a second one that was overturned by the refs.