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Week 5 Rankings

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Week 5 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Antonio Brown vs. ATL -
2 Julio Jones at PIT -
3 Michael Thomas vs. WAS -
4 DeAndre Hopkins vs. DAL -
5 Adam Thielen at PHI -
6 Odell Beckham at CAR -
7 JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. ATL -
8 Davante Adams at DET -
9 A.J. Green vs. MIA -
10 Tyreek Hill vs. JAC -
11 Brandin Cooks at SEA -
12 Stefon Diggs at PHI -
13 Keenan Allen vs. OAK -
14 Cooper Kupp at SEA -
15 Golden Tate vs. GB -
16 Robert Woods at SEA -
17 Kenny Golladay vs. GB -
18 Jarvis Landry vs. BAL -
19 John Brown at CLE -
20 Tyler Boyd vs. MIA -
21 Emmanuel Sanders at NYJ -
22 Corey Davis at BUF -
23 Will Fuller vs. DAL -
24 Calvin Ridley at PIT -
25 Devin Funchess vs. NYG -
26 Marvin Jones vs. GB -
27 Alshon Jeffery vs. MIN -
28 Doug Baldwin vs. LAR -
29 Amari Cooper at LAC -
30 Julian Edelman vs. IND -
31 Quincy Enunwa vs. DEN -
32 Sterling Shepard at CAR -
33 Kenny Stills at CIN -
34 Dede Westbrook at KC -
35 Demaryius Thomas at NYJ -
36 Mike Williams vs. OAK -
37 Nelson Agholor vs. MIN -
38 Tyler Lockett vs. LAR -
39 Keelan Cole at KC -
40 Ryan Grant at NE -
41 Jordy Nelson at LAC -
42 Sammy Watkins vs. JAC -
43 Taywan Taylor at BUF -
44 Michael Crabtree at CLE -
45 Larry Fitzgerald at SF Questionable (hamstring)
46 Antonio Callaway vs. BAL -
47 Donte Moncrief at KC -
48 Marquez Valdes-Scantling at DET -
49 Chester Rogers at NE -
50 Josh Gordon vs. IND Questionable (hamstring)
51 Pierre Garcon vs. ARZ -
52 Jamison Crowder at NO -
53 Paul Richardson at NO -
54 Chris Hogan vs. IND -
55 Mohamed Sanu at PIT -
56 Robby Anderson vs. DEN -
57 Willie Snead at CLE -
58 Albert Wilson at CIN -
59 Christian Kirk at SF -
60 Courtland Sutton at NYJ -
61 Rashard Higgins vs. BAL -
62 Cameron Meredith vs. WAS -
63 Keke Coutee vs. DAL Questionable (hamstring)
64 Cole Beasley at HOU Questionable (ankle)
65 Tyrell Williams vs. OAK -
66 Zach Pascal at NE -
67 Martavis Bryant at LAC -
68 Kelvin Benjamin vs. TEN -
69 Kendrick Bourne vs. ARZ -
70 Phillip Dorsett vs. IND -
71 J'Mon Moore at DET -
72 Zay Jones vs. TEN -
73 D.J. Moore vs. NYG -
74 Trent Taylor vs. ARZ -

WR Notes: Although he’s second in the league in targets (52), Antonio Brown is a surprising WR22 by average points. Brown did not explode in get-right matchups in the Chiefs and Bucs. He has another in the shootout-addicted Falcons. … Julio Jones is on pace to set the single-season yardage record … and score zero touchdowns. Allowing the second-most receiver fantasy points, the Steelers will at least aid Jones in his former quest. As for the latter, WR2 (!!!) by average points Calvin Ridley is tied for 23rd in red zone targets (five). Four of Ridley’s six scores have originated inside the 20. He’s a locked-in WR2/3. … The Redskins are surrendering the fourth-fewest receiver fantasy points, but you can be confident Michael Thomas will bounce back at home from last week’s four-catch effort. … DeAndre Hopkins could have three other WR1s in the lineup and he would still catch 6-of-10 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown. … Eli Manning’s struggles have Odell Beckham close to a boil. He could once again be limited to compiling against a Panthers defense that works to limit big plays. … Getting completely destroyed over the middle of the field, the Falcons won’t have an answer for JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Averaging a modest 74 yards, A.J. Green has an unpredictable matchup with Miami’s Xavien Howard, who has run hot and cold. … Even against the Jaguars, Andy Reid should find Tyreek Hill enough good matchups — hello Tyler Patmon — to get him a WR1 day. Sammy Watkins’ (hamstring) absence would be a mixed bag. A sidelined Watkins would free up targets, but also defensive attention. … The WR13 by average points, Brandin Cooks is on pace for a sparkling 1,808 yards. That is not going to happen in a receiver corps that also includes Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, but after leaving Drew Brees and Tom Brady, Cooks is set for a career year with Sean McVay. … As for Kupp and Woods, they are tough to rank on a weekly basis. Kupp is the WR6 by average points after last week’s eruption while Woods is the WR15. An offense supporting three top-18 wideouts would be 2013 Broncos territory. We will keep them there this week as the Rams head to Seattle for a date with the Seahawks’ collapsing defense. Matchups haven’t mattered either way for Jared Goff and company in 2018.

As mentioned in the lede with regards to Adam Thielen, there is little reason to fear the Eagles as a matchup for Stefon Diggs. The Birds don’t have a single corner playing well right now. … Coach Jon Gruden has smoke and mirrors’d his defense to a degree, but it is still allowing 8.2 yards per attempt as well as the fourth-most receiver fantasy points. It is thoroughly unimposing in the middle of the field. Keenan Allen is overdue for a 100-yard day. … As consistent as ever to begin 2018, Golden Tate has a plus matchup in the interior of the Packers’ defense. … Kenny Golladay is coming off his first truly quiet game of the season. It still featured 74 yards. Golladay is a weekly WR2 because there is the promise of both yards and touchdowns. He’s a multi-dimensional fantasy compiler. … Baker Mayfield’s first start was Jarvis Landry’s quietest game of 2018, but he still drew 10 targets. With David Njoku and Antonio Callaway both struggling for consistency, Landry will continue to vacuum up looks. Boom/bust — mostly bust so far — Callaway is dealing with a knee issue, but coach Hue Jackson has a “great level of optimism” that he will suit up against the Ravens.

John Brown is on pace for 1,352 yards. He might need to (slightly) up his target total to become an every-week WR2, but it is well within the range of outcomes. … Seemingly on the outs in Cincinnati last season, Tyler Boyd is suddenly the WR20 by average points. He’s gone at least 6/90 in three-straight games. He becomes that much more important for Andy Dalton with Tyler Eifert (ankle) done for the year. … Case Keenum has not thrown for a touchdown since Week 1. That’s what Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and Courtland Sutton are dealing with. There’s a reason the Vikings never committed to Keenum last season and didn’t even think about paying him in the spring. … I wrote about Corey Davis at length on Monday. Check it out here. The gist of it: He’s the key to everything for the Titans’ offense. Last Sunday doesn’t need to be an outlier. That’s who Davis can be if Marcus Mariota will let him. … Devin Funchess was the WR46 and WR19 in Greg Olsen’s first two games on the shelf. … Alshon Jeffery will be shadowed by Xavier Rhodes. … Playing on two bum knees, Doug Baldwin caught 5-of-7 targets for 41 yards in his Week 4 return. He will not draw shadow coverage from Marcus Peters.

Amari Cooper will never log off. He will occasionally log on. … The Pats like to ease people in, but they could decide that won’t be necessary with Julian Edelman. Especially with Rob Gronkowski (ankle) looking shaky, Edelman could already be in line for 8-10 targets. He has been badly missed over the middle of the field. … If neither Geronimo Allison (concussion) nor Randall Cobb (hamstring) can get cleared, Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be the most compelling WR3 desperado of the week. If Allison gets the go-ahead, he will be in the WR24-30 range. Cobb is doubtful. … Dede Westbrook out-produced Keelan Cole last week and in almost every meaningful category for the season. He could be used as an extension of the running game with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) on the shelf. He was against the Jets. … Nelson Agholor has generated 46 yards on 17 targets since Carson Wentz returned. Not ideal. He’s been operating as a penniless man’s Jarvis Landry. … Taywan Taylor for boom. Ryan Grant to avoid bust. Zach Pascal to really get the party started. … The Pats appear likely to keep the training wheels on Josh Gordon indefinitely.        

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