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Week 6 Rankings

Tyreek Hill Note
Tyreek Hill photo 1. Tyreek Hill KC (at WAS)
If Hill (quad) is able to go this week, he should be an easy top-2 play against a WFT defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this season.
11 hours ago
Davante Adams Note
Davante Adams photo 2. Davante Adams GB (at CHI)
After posting the highest single-game receiving total of his career last week with an 11/206/1 line, Adams will face a Bears defense allowing the 10th-most points to the position in 2021. You're obviously not taking him out of lineups.
11 hours ago
Cooper Kupp Note
Cooper Kupp photo 3. Cooper Kupp LAR (at NYG)
Kupp went for 7/92 last week, and based on the lofty bar he's set for himself, that was a down game. Kupp is a locked-in top-5 WR every single week.
10 hours ago
Stefon Diggs Note
Stefon Diggs photo 4. Stefon Diggs BUF (at TEN)
If there were ever a chance for Diggs to go off, this week's matchup with the Titans would be it. Tennessee has given up the most points to opposing wideouts this season, and despite Diggs' disappointing performance thus far, a bounce-back could be on the horizon.
10 hours ago
Justin Jefferson Note
Justin Jefferson photo 5. Justin Jefferson MIN (at CAR)
The Vikings' opponents this week, the Panthers, have been stingy against the pass and are graded fifth in the league in pass coverage by PFF. But matchups are of little concern to Jefferson investors, who have watched their stud receiver stack up one nice game after another. Jefferson ranks sixth in the league in both receptions (33) and receiving yards (462). He's averaging 103.4 air yards per game and has accounted for over 40% of the Vikings' air yards this season. Kirk Cousins has a passer rating of 131.1 on his Jefferson targets this year. Cousins' overall passer rating: 103.7. Jefferson missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury, so we'll have to monitor his status. Assuming the injury is minor, I'm ranking Jefferson WR5 this week. His $8,000 price tag on DraftKings is a bit too rich in light of the ankle injury and the tricky matchup.
1 day ago
D.J. Moore Note
D.J. Moore photo 6. D.J. Moore CAR (vs . MIN)
After three straight WR1 finishes, Moore busted in a big way last week. That's no reason to downgrade him for a favorable Week 6 matchup with the Vikes. Continue to roll with Moore as a top-7 play.
10 hours ago
Terry McLaurin Note
Terry McLaurin photo 7. Terry McLaurin WAS (vs . KC)
McLaurin didn't put up necessarily impressive numbers in week five, but the Saints are one of the tougher matchups for opposing WRs this entire season. The encouraging takeaway is that McLaurin still saw a hefty 27.5% target share that resulted in 11 total targets. Through five games, McLaurin now has a 30.2% target share, which is the fifth-highest in the entire NFL. Looking ahead to week six, McLaurin now gets a matchup against the Chiefs defense that simply cannot stop opposing passing games. They're currently allowing 26.4 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs and there's the potential that McLaurin finishes the week as a top-5 WR because of the matchup and the projected over/under. Fire him up with full confidence this week.
1 day ago
Ja'Marr Chase Note
Ja'Marr Chase photo 8. Ja'Marr Chase CIN (at DET)
Chase scored yet another touchdown last week, his fifth of the season. It was a 70-yarder, his longest of the season, and four of the rookie's touchdowns have covered 34 yards or more. Chase is averaging 15.1 fantasy points per game (0.5 PPR), making him the WR6 on the season. He'll be a problematic matchup for any of the Detroit defensive backs who face him Sunday. Chase is a no-brainer start in season-long leagues. The only question is whether to trot him out in DFS lineups. At $6,700 on DraftKings, he isn't cheap, but Chase has obvious smash potential and is worth considering for both cash games and GPPs.
1 day ago
Mike Williams Note
Mike Williams photo 9. Mike Williams LAC (at BAL)
Ladies and gentlemen, the WR1 in all of fantasy football through five weeks, Mike Williams! The off-season buzz surrounding Williams and the talk that targets find the X-receiver in this offense proved to be 100% true and Williams has been the unquestioned steal of fantasy drafts. Even with a dud performance in week four, Williams is averaging 20.1 fantasy points per game and he's helping carry fantasy rosters to victories each and every week. Based on pre-snap alignment, Williams is expected to draw coverage from Anthony Averett this week and that's a massive advantage for Williams and the Chargers passing game. Expect another big performance here from Williams this week and he can be viewed as a low-end WR1 with massive upside.
1 day ago
D.K. Metcalf Note
D.K. Metcalf photo 10. D.K. Metcalf SEA (at PIT)
Even with Geno Smith under center, Metcalf doesn't deserve a serious downgrade this week. He's still a top-5 play against a generous Steelers secondary.
10 hours ago
Mike Evans Note
Mike Evans photo 11. Mike Evans TB (at PHI)
In the words of the old NBA Jam video game, "He's on fire!" Mike Evans is playing lights out football here recently and fantasy managers have to be thrilled that they paid up for him in their drafts. Even with Brown and Godwin producing solid numbers so far this season, Evans continues to dominate. Over his last four games, Evans has 369 receiving yards and four total touchdowns. The lowest receiving yardage total he's had during that time period is 75 yards, which is an incredibly high floor for fantasy purposes. In years past, there's been plenty of volatility with Evans from a fantasy perspective and you simply had to live with the big performances and the games that he would seemingly disappear. 2021 is a different story for the veteran receiver though and he's done nothing but produce at a high level outside of week one. With Brady showing no signs of a drop-off in play, Evans should continuously be in the high-end/mid-range WR2 conversation. Against the Eagles defense that held the Panthers' passing game in check, but got shredded by Mahomes and the Chiefs just two weeks ago, Evans is a rock-solid start.
1 day ago
DeAndre Hopkins Note
DeAndre Hopkins photo 12. DeAndre Hopkins ARI (at CLE)
D-Hop got back on track with a 6/87/1 line last week, and he'll look to parlay that performance into another solid showing against the Browns in Week 6. Consider him a top-6 play in this one.
10 hours ago
Chris Godwin Note
Chris Godwin photo 13. Chris Godwin TB (at PHI)
Chris Godwin was viewed as the safest Bucs receiving option coming into the season and that's exactly what he's been through the first five weeks of the season. In any of his five games this year, Godwin hasn't finished with less than 55 receiving yards. While it's difficult to watch what other fantasy managers are getting with AB and Evans in this offense, there's a lot to be said for consistency from your WR1 or WR2 spot. Godwin isn't going to bring you week-winning upside unless he finds the end zone, but he's one of the most reliable fantasy assets at the WR position currently. We need to downgrade him slightly to account for his lack of upside, but not by much. He can be viewed as a mid-range/low-end WR2 in week six against the Eagles' secondary that's not going to have a prayer for stopping this Bucs passing attack.
1 day ago
CeeDee Lamb Note
CeeDee Lamb photo 14. CeeDee Lamb DAL (at NE)
Fantasy managers desperately needed that performance from Lamb last week, didn't they? After disappointing in both weeks three and four, managers were starting to panic over Lamb and his place in their starting lineups. However, he came through with a big outing (4-84-1) and all is right again in the world. Looking ahead to week six, Lamb should draw coverage from J.C. Jackson this week and Jackson is allowing a very high 1.92 Yards Per Route Covered this season. Taking all of that into account, Prescott should be able to put together a solid outing here in this game and that means that Lamb should be at the forefront of it. He deserves to be viewed as a mid-range/low-end WR2 with upside here.
1 day ago
Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 15. Chase Claypool PIT (vs . SEA)
Despite Pittsburgh's muted passing volume in Week 5, Claypool still went off, catching 5 of 6 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown. He could be poised for even bigger things this week. JuJu Smith-Schuster's season-ending shoulder injury should lead to extra targets, and Claypool will face a Seattle defense that's given up 100-plus yards to X-receivers Justin Jefferson, Deebo Samuel and Robert Woods over the last three weeks. X marks the spot for Claypool. He's at WR16 in this week's rankings, and that seems too conservative.
1 day ago
Courtland Sutton Note
Courtland Sutton photo 16. Courtland Sutton DEN (vs . LV)
After a couple of slow weeks, Sutton erupted in Week 5, catching seven passes for 120 yards and scoring his first touchdown of the season. Sutton has 644 air yards for the season and trails only Davante Adams in that category. But while Adams produces nearly every week, Sutton has had two 100-yard games this season and has been held under 50 receiving yards in the other three. Sutton ranks as a midrange WR2 this week against the Raiders, who are giving up 16.1 fantasy points per game to wide receivers, the third-lowest total in the league.
1 day ago
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 17. Diontae Johnson PIT (vs . SEA)
Johnson has scored or topped 100 yards in every game he's played this season. Even after a two-catch outing in Week 5, you've got to roll with him as a back-end WR2 in Week 6.
8 hours ago
Marquise Brown Note
Marquise Brown photo 18. Marquise Brown BAL (vs . LAC)
We're now through five weeks of the 2021 NFL season and Brown is the WR6 in all of fantasy football. He's absolutely dominated so far this season and he's averaging 17.9 fantasy points per game. The scariest thing is that Brown's fantasy totals could have been so much higher if he had reeled in those three deep passes against the Lions in week three, which most likely would've put him on the overall WR1 pedestal. Bateman seems set to return to the lineup this week, which will limit Brown's target share slightly, but there's no reason why Brown should be out of our starting lineups at any point moving forward. He comes with week-winning upside and he's producing at an extremely high level. He can be viewed as a mid-range WR2 in week six.
1 day ago
A.J. Brown Note
A.J. Brown photo 19. A.J. Brown TEN (vs . BUF)
The Bills present a challenging matchup for a stud receiver who has been anything but studly this season. At this point, we can't rank AJB any higher than a backend WR2 until his production begins to improve.
8 hours ago
DeVonta Smith Note
DeVonta Smith photo 20. DeVonta Smith PHI (vs . TB)
Devonta Smith has certainly had a bit of an up-and-down rookie season so far, but he's continuing to be heavily targeted and he's strung together two solid back-to-back performances. Smith led the Eagles in targets in week five against the Panthers with eight and he turned it into seven receptions for 77 yards and no score. While he did have a touchdown this past week, it was called back due to an illegal pick play in the end zone by Greg Ward. Additionally, Smith lost a fumble last week which hurt his overall fantasy finish, but the production is there enough in this Eagles offense that we can rely on him moving forward. It might not be as a low-end WR2 or higher like everyone was hoping for at the beginning of the season, but he's a steady and reliable mid-range/low-end WR3 that does come with some upside in this matchup against the Bucs' secondary that's bleeding fantasy points. Otherwise, none of the other Eagles' WRs should be considered for fantasy football.
1 day ago
Keenan Allen Note
Keenan Allen photo 21. Keenan Allen LAC (at BAL)
Through the first five weeks of the season, we can confidently say that Allen hasn't lived up to expectations. Based on where he was drafted, fantasy managers expected a lot more than a WR23 ranking on the season up to this point. With that being said, Allen is still providing weekly fantasy value and he's producing for lineups. It may not be in the way we all wanted or expected coming into the year, but there's a lot to be said for consistency for your WR2 spot in your lineup. Allen has yet to see less than eight targets in a single game this year and he's had just one performance where he finished with less than 50 receiving yards. Williams is taking the upside away from Allen in this Chargers offense this season, but he's still a rock-solid play every single week due to his high floor. In this matchup against the Ravens' secondary, Allen can be viewed as a low-end WR2.
1 day ago
Amari Cooper Note
Amari Cooper photo 22. Amari Cooper DAL (at NE)
Through the first five games of 2020, Cooper had amassed a total of 55 targets and he was the WR13 in fantasy football. Through the first five weeks this year, Cooper has only seen 34 targets, but he's still the WR14 in fantasy football due to his touchdown production. Cooper now has four touchdowns on the season, which is certainly offsetting the lack of target volume that he's been getting. With Prescott playing as sharp as he is so far this season, there's no reason to believe that Cooper's production will fall off at any point. He's one of Prescott's favorite targets in the red zone and we know that he has the talent to make those opportunities count. In a matchup against the Patriots' secondary that just got torched by the Texans last week, fire up Cooper as a high-end WR2 yet again.
1 day ago
Antonio Brown Note
Antonio Brown photo 23. Antonio Brown TB (at PHI)
If we remove the fluke week two outing against Atlanta from Antonio Brown's statistics, here's what his weekly average would look like from a production standpoint. 8.66 targets, 6.33 receptions, 102.66 receiving yards, and one touchdown per game. For fantasy managers that spent a mid-round pick on AB, that is music to your ears. He's providing huge performances in certain matchups and yet he's also bringing a safe floor in games where he doesn't find the end zone. There's no reason why AB shouldn't be moving up the rest-of-season rankings into low-end WR2 territory and he comes with massive upside every single week. Against the Eagles this week on Thursday Night Football, Brown should be viewed in that range to account for the possibility that the touchdowns go to one of the other dynamic receiving options in this offense, but there's also the strong possibility that he finishes as a top-5 WR yet again. Start AB if you've got him.
1 day ago
Robert Woods Note
Robert Woods photo 24. Robert Woods LAR (at NYG)
Welcome back, Bobby Trees! After being one of fantasy football's biggest disappointments over the first four weeks of the season, Robert Woods emerged in a big way on the national stage in week five. Woods saw a jaw-dropping 14 targets and he reeled in 12 of them for 150 receiving yards. There's more than enough opportunity for both of these top-tier WRs to flourish from a fantasy perspective in this offense and Woods is now right back into the mid-range/low-end WR2 conversation. In a matchup against the Giants secondary that is struggling to contain opposing WRs so far this season, Woods has top-10 upside yet again.
1 day ago
Brandin Cooks Note
Brandin Cooks photo 25. Brandin Cooks HOU (at IND)
Kudos to Chris Moore and Chris Conley on their touchdowns last week, but Cooks is still the only Texans receiver who matters for fantasy. The return of Nico Collins from a shoulder injury either this week or next could change that, but we'll need to see something from Collins first. Cooks was held to 3-23-0 on five targets last week, and he's been held under 50 yards in two straight. Is it really a surprise that Bill Belichick and the Patriots, notorious for scheming to erase an opponent's top offensive weapon, chose to focus on Cooks? He's the Texans' most dangerous playmaker by far - their only one, really - and now he's due to make some plays. Cooks will be facing a Colts defense that's had trouble with small, fast receivers, giving up 4-100-2 to Tyler Lockett in Week 1 and 9-125-2 to Tyler Lockett in Week 5. Regard Cooks as a high-end WR3 this week. He's worth considering in DraftKings contests at an affordable $5,800.
1 day ago
Michael Pittman Jr. Note
Michael Pittman Jr. photo 26. Michael Pittman Jr. IND (vs . HOU)
It's been fun to watch Pittman assert himself as the Colts' lead receiver. His 42-yard TD catch against the Ravens on Monday night was a beauty, with Pittman reaching back to pluck an underthrown ball from over the head of a defender who was interfering with him at the time, then keeping his balance and fighting off a tackle attempt as he navigated the final 10 yards to the end zone. Over his last four games, Pittman has averaged 9.8 targets, 6.5 receptions and 84.8 yards. T.Y. Hilton is due back from a neck injury soon, but make no mistake: Pittman is the main man in this WR corps now. He checks in at WR26 in the Week 6 rankings. Pittman's price is up to $5,500 on DraftKings, but he's still a value.
1 day ago
Adam Thielen Note
Adam Thielen photo 27. Adam Thielen MIN (at CAR)
Thielen and Justin Jefferson both missed practice Wednesday, Thielen with a foot injury, Jefferson with an ankle injury. It might not be a bad idea to leave Thielen on your bench this week even if the foot issue is minor. He faces a Carolina defense that's been tough against the pass. Thielen has been held to 50 receiving yards or fewer in four straight games, and he's averaging just 1.34 yards per route run, almost a full yard lower than Jefferson (2.33). Thielen is ranked WR31 this week and even that feels generous. He'll slide further if there are any questions whatsoever about his medical outlook later in the week.
1 day ago
Tee Higgins Note
Tee Higgins photo 28. Tee Higgins CIN (at DET)
After missing two games with a shoulder injury, Higgins returned to action in Week 5 and had 5-32-0 against the Packers on seven targets. The presence of Chase is going to tamp down Higgins' fantasy potential over the long haul, but Higgins is still an exciting young player capable of erupting at any time. Treat him as a high-end WR3 this week. The matchup against Detroit is a good one, but Cincinnati's slow offensive pace (the Bengals rank last in the league in seconds per play) and the possibility of a run-heavy game script keep our Week 6 enthusiasm for Higgins in check.
1 day ago
Tyler Lockett Note
Tyler Lockett photo 29. Tyler Lockett SEA (at PIT)
My concerns for Seattle's receivers aren't nearly as high as the consensus. Geno hasn't started in four seasons, but he's still a very capable QB, and Pittsburgh's pass defense is sub-par at best. Lockett is a top-10 play.
10 hours ago
Marvin Jones Jr. Note
Marvin Jones Jr. photo 30. Marvin Jones Jr. JAC (vs . MIA)
Jones was a top-20 receiver in Weeks 1-2 and drew a healthy 20 targets. Since then, he's seen his targets and production plummet. Jones has a prime bounce-back matchup on the slate, but this offense is running through James Robinson right now, and the target share for Jones is troubling.
10 hours ago
Emmanuel Sanders Note
Emmanuel Sanders photo 31. Emmanuel Sanders BUF (at TEN)
Odell Beckham Jr. Note
Odell Beckham Jr. photo 32. Odell Beckham Jr. CLE (vs . ARI)
Can someone please explain to me how - in a game where the Browns put up 42 points - OBJ had just three targets? After seeming like he was going to be a key part of this offense after reeling in five receptions in his first game back from injury, Beckham has now had just four receptions over the last two weeks combined. He's seeing players like Higgins and Peoples-Jones outproduce him on his own team and there seems to be no logical explanation for it. As of right now, OBJ has to be downgraded until we see consecutive strong performances from him. In this matchup against Arizona, he's nothing more than a high-end FLEX play.
1 day ago
Jaylen Waddle Note
Jaylen Waddle photo 33. Jaylen Waddle MIA (at JAC)
Waddle is an obvious risk given his lack of targets over his last two games, but he's still worth a flex play this week given Miami's injuries at receiver and Jacksonville's exploitable defense.
10 hours ago
Jakobi Meyers Note
Jakobi Meyers photo 34. Jakobi Meyers NE (vs . DAL)
Meyers continues to be a key part of this offense in New England, but it's not exactly translating to much from a fantasy perspective. Meyers is bringing a safe floor each week, but he has yet to find the end zone now on 116 career receptions. With Jones playing QB, there's very little upside with Meyers from a fantasy perspective and he's merely just a high-end FLEX play in Full PPR formats at this point.
1 day ago
Kadarius Toney Note
Kadarius Toney photo 35. Kadarius Toney NYG (vs . LAR)
Allen Robinson II Note
Allen Robinson II photo 36. Allen Robinson II CHI (vs . GB)
Even if A-Rob is able to play through his ankle injury in Week 6, he's little more than a boom-or-bust flex who's been almost exclusively bust this season.
10 hours ago
Tim Patrick Note
Tim Patrick photo 37. Tim Patrick DEN (vs . LV)
Patrick's target totals this season: 4, 4, 5, 6, 9. Notice the steady increase? Yeah, we like that. Here are two other think we like: (1) The passer rating on throws intended for Patrick this year is a hearty 135.1; and (2) Patrick hasn't dropped a pass since 2019. This guy is sneaky-good. He's still only a midrange WR4 this week against a Raiders defense that's been tough on wide receivers.
1 day ago
Tyler Boyd Note
Tyler Boyd photo 38. Tyler Boyd CIN (at DET)
In the three games Tee Higgins has played this season, Boyd has averaged 6.0 targets. In the two games Higgins has missed, Boyd has averaged 8.5 targets. Those are small sample sizes, but the numbers are telling. When Boyd had 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and 2019, finishing WR17 and WR23 in half-point PPR fantasy scoring, he averaged 7.7 and 9.3 targets per game, respectively. He slipped to 7.3 targets per game in 2020 and finished WR35. Further target slippage could push his value out of WR3 range, and the arrival of Ja'Marr Chase certainly jeopardizes Boyd's target share. He's a low-end WR3 this week.
1 day ago
Henry Ruggs III Note
Henry Ruggs III photo 39. Henry Ruggs III LV (at DEN)
A big play waiting to happen, Ruggs is averaging 20.5 yards per catch and 12.5 yards per target. The only problem is that he's averaging 5.6 targets per game. Sure, lid lifters like Ruggs tend to get fewer targets than receivers who work at shallower depths, but wouldn't it be nice if Ruggs could average 6.5 to 7.0 targets a game? Ruggs is a WR4 this week and has a wide range of possible outcomes. At $5,200 on DraftKings, he's a bad investment in cash games but worth considering in GPPs for his splash-play potential.
1 day ago
Laviska Shenault Jr. Note
Laviska Shenault Jr. photo 40. Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC (vs . MIA)
After the injury to DJ Chark, Jaguars OC Darrell Bevell talked about how he expected to have Shenault take on a bigger role offensively. What did that translate to on the field this past week? A 9% target share and just one reception for 58 yards. Additionally, to make matters worse, Shenault watched Agnew and Austin both finish with a combined 13 targets last week. Shenault's an incredibly talented wide receiver that could be a fantasy football superstar if he was used correctly, but the Jaguars seem incapable of understanding who they have with him on their roster. At this point, we cannot trust Shenault anywhere near our starting lineups if Jacksonville is going to feature Agnew and Austin ahead of him. He's worth holding on your bench one more week to see if the coaching staff comes to their senses, but if he doesn't come through this next week, it's time to simply move on.
1 day ago
Darnell Mooney Note
Darnell Mooney photo 41. Darnell Mooney CHI (vs . GB)
Mooney gets a big boost this week if Allen Robinson (ankle) is forced to sit, and he won't have to deal with Jaire Alexander who's out with a shoulder injury. Consider Mooney a risky flex for Week 6.
10 hours ago
Rondale Moore Note
Rondale Moore photo 42. Rondale Moore ARI (at CLE)
WR53, WR5, WR105, WR68, and WR26. These are Moore's fantasy finishes through the first five weeks of the season. He's an incredibly exciting player and a ton of fun to watch with the ball in his hands, but there is absolutely no predicting what type of production we're going to get from him week in and week out. He's slowly starting to see his snap count percentage increase, but it's still just under 50% while Green is seeing around 80% of the snaps in this offense each game. With the injury to Williams at the TE position, and no proven depth behind him, there's the possibility that we see more and more 4WR sets from this offense, but that's not a guarantee. Until we start to witness Moore's snap percentage tick up to around 60%, he's going to be an incredibly volatile FLEX option week in and week out. If you do end up playing Moore in your starting lineup this week, you need to be prepared for the wide range of outcomes.
1 day ago
Mecole Hardman Note
Mecole Hardman photo 43. Mecole Hardman KC (at WAS)
Hardman was able to step up last week in a negative game script and he finished with a shocking 12 targets. He reeled in nine of them for 76 yards, which is a solid fantasy performance, but he was unlikely in starting lineups if you rostered him. This week against Washington, there's the potential that Hardman has a good game, but there's also a strong possibility that he's not needed much here in a game that Kansas City should be able to win fairly easily. If you do plug Hardman into your starting lineup, you're going to be left hoping that he finds the end zone. Otherwise, we could be looking at a disappointing performance. He's a low-end FLEX play in deeper formats only.
1 day ago
Hunter Renfrow Note
Hunter Renfrow photo 44. Hunter Renfrow LV (at DEN)
Renfrow continues to be a model of consistency with at least five catches in every game this season. His yardage totals week by week: 70, 57, 77, 45, 56. That sort of steady, dependable, low-ceiling production becomes more valuable during the bye weeks. However, Renfrow has a tough individual matchup against talented Broncos clot corner Bryce Callahan. Consider Renfrow a midrange WR4 this week.
1 day ago
Christian Kirk Note
Christian Kirk photo 45. Christian Kirk ARI (at CLE)
After completely disappearing in week four against the Rams, Kirk came back to life and saw a 17.9% target share in week five. While this only turned into 39 total receiving yards, it is encouraging to see Kirk's involvement move back up. With that being said, there's no predictability with the other receiving weapons in this offense after Hopkins. With the injury to Maxx Williams, we could see Kirk's target share increase slightly, but that's too much of a risk to take in our starting lineups this week. Kirk is nothing more than a low-end FLEX play that has the possibility of completely falling flat.
1 day ago
Robby Anderson Note
Robby Anderson photo 46. Robby Anderson CAR (vs . MIN)
It's been a disappointing season for Anderson, and there's little hope for a turnaround now that Christian McCaffrey is on the way back from a hamstring injury to siphon targets away from other pass catchers. With CMC injured for most of the 2020 season, Anderson had 95 catches for 1,096 yards and three touchdowns. The secret to his success was a major role change. Anderson's average depth of target in his final two seasons with the Jets hovered around 15 yards. Last year, his aDOT was 9.7 yards. Life as a short-area receiver suited him. But Anderson's aDOT is back up to 15.2 yards this season, and he's caught just 41.4% of his targets. Anderson is a low-end WR4 for now, but I might move him out of the top 50 at receiver if McCaffrey is cleared to play.
1 day ago
A.J. Green Note
A.J. Green photo 47. A.J. Green ARI (at CLE)
Going into last week, all the conversation had been centered around how Green might be the most consistent receiving option on the Cardinals. Well, despite playing 80% of the snaps in week five, Green saw just two targets and he reeled in one of them for 13 yards. We thought that we had clarity on what the offensive target distribution was going to look like here in Arizona, but now it's back to the drawing board. At this point, Hopkins is the only safe WR to plug into your starting lineup. Otherwise, every other option comes with a wide range of outcomes. Green is outside start-worthy consideration this week.
1 day ago
Cole Beasley Note
Cole Beasley photo 48. Cole Beasley BUF (at TEN)
Nelson Agholor Note
Nelson Agholor photo 49. Nelson Agholor NE (vs . DAL)
Zach Pascal Note
Zach Pascal photo 50. Zach Pascal IND (vs . HOU)
Credit Pascal for consistency: He's had 31 to 48 receiving yards in all five of his games this year. But after scoring three touchdowns in his first two games, he's endured a three-game TD drought. There's just not enough here for a fantasy manager to hang his or her hat on, and the impending return of T.Y. Hilton from a neck injury will make Pascal droppable in many of the leagues where he's rostered.
1 day ago
Jalen Reagor Note
Jalen Reagor photo 51. Jalen Reagor PHI (vs . TB)
Amon-Ra St. Brown Note
Amon-Ra St. Brown photo 52. Amon-Ra St. Brown DET (vs . CIN)
The rookie from USC has produced 6-70-0 and 7-65-0 over his last two games. He saw eight targets in both of those games, and with Quintez Cephus breaking his collarbone in Week 5, the steady diet of targets should continue for St. Brown. He falls just outside of WR4 range this week, but I do think St. Brown has some appeal as a $4,200 supersaver option on DraftKings. With Cephus on the shelf, St. Brown is the only fantasy-viable receiver the Lions have at the moment. Tyrell Williams has been on IR with a concussion since Week 2. He's eligible to return this week, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Williams is still dealing with concussion symptoms and not close to returning.
1 day ago
Quez Watkins Note
Quez Watkins photo 53. Quez Watkins PHI (vs . TB)
Van Jefferson Note
Van Jefferson photo 54. Van Jefferson LAR (at NYG)
Van Jefferson had been emerging as a viable fantasy option in this offense throughout the first four weeks of the season, but with Woods coming back to life and commanding the target share last week, Jefferson's production fell off a cliff. He is still seeing some deep targets, which will have value and will hit from time to time, but those are better DFS bets than season-long investments. Jefferson's merely just a bench stash in deeper formats for the time being. DeSean Jackson was able to make a big play last week against the Seahawks, but he is merely just a deep threat for this Rams offense that they'll bring in occasionally. There's very little predictability with Jackson's usage and he shouldn't be considered for starting lineups in any format.
1 day ago
K.J. Osborn Note
K.J. Osborn photo 55. K.J. Osborn MIN (at CAR)
This week's matchup vs. the Panthers is tough, but Osborn will be worth considering at a bargain-bin price of $3,500 on DraftKings if either Justin Jefferson or Adam Thielen (or both) can't go in Week 6. Both receivers missed practice Wednesday. Osborn has 20-233-1 this season but has been held to less than 30 receiving yards in three straight games.
1 day ago
Kendrick Bourne Note
Kendrick Bourne photo 56. Kendrick Bourne NE (vs . DAL)
Randall Cobb Note
Randall Cobb photo 57. Randall Cobb GB (at CHI)
Fans of the Bears and Packers will forever remember Cobb's game-winning TD catch against the Bears in the final game of the 2013 regular season, allowing the 8-7-1 Packers to squeak into the playoffs and knocking out the 8-8 Bears. After going for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 4, Cobb had a 2-30-0 day against the Bengals in Week 5. Davante Adams takes up so much of the oxygen in the Green Bay passing attack that there might not be enough left for a secondary target. Cobb had six targets against Pittsburgh two weeks ago, and the injured Marquez Valdes-Scantling had seven targets in Week 1, but no other Green Bay receiver has seen more than four targets in a game this season. Even with the bye weeks upon us, Cobb is merely a desperation play in fantasy.
1 day ago
Kalif Raymond Note
Kalif Raymond photo 58. Kalif Raymond DET (vs . CIN)
Bryan Edwards Note
Bryan Edwards photo 59. Bryan Edwards LV (at DEN)
Terrace Marshall Jr. Note
Terrace Marshall Jr. photo 60. Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR (vs . MIN)
Marshall's scant reception and yardage totals belie healthy snap counts and route totals. Sam Darnold simply isn't looking in the rookie's direction very often. Marshall has 13-107-0 on 20 targets. Keep him stashed if you can, but keep him out of your lineup for now.
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Julio Jones Note
Julio Jones photo 61. Julio Jones TEN (vs . BUF)
Sterling Shepard Note
Sterling Shepard photo 62. Sterling Shepard NYG (vs . LAR)
John Ross Note
John Ross photo 63. John Ross NYG (vs . LAR)
DeSean Jackson Note
DeSean Jackson photo 64. DeSean Jackson LAR (at NYG)
Preston Williams Note
Preston Williams photo 65. Preston Williams MIA (at JAC)
Williams came back into the starting lineup this past week against Tampa Bay due to the injuries above him on the depth chart and it seemed like he was on his way to a massive performance after the first drive. Williams quickly reeled in two receptions for 55 yards, but things were pretty quiet for the third-year wideout after that. Williams finished the day with just three receptions for 60 yards and no score, but he did showcase his talent and ability on multiple occasions. Williams is nothing more than a deep-league stash at this point that will need Parker and Will Fuller to continue to miss time to see the field, but he will have value when he's on the field due to his skillset. If Parker and Fuller both miss this upcoming game against Jacksonville, Williams becomes a sneaky play in deep leagues.
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Rashard Higgins Note
Rashard Higgins photo 66. Rashard Higgins CLE (vs . ARI)
Higgins has always had the talent to be a factor for fantasy football, but he's never been given the opportunity to remain a focal point of a team's offense. However, over the past two weeks, Higgins has now seen 12 targets over the past two weeks and combined and he's remained involved in the offense from a snap count perspective. While we can't view him as a trustworthy start just yet, the arrow is pointing up for the young WR and we might want to take notice as we move forward.
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Parris Campbell Note
Parris Campbell photo 67. Parris Campbell IND (vs . HOU)
Campbell is coming off his best game of the season, a four-catch, 56-yard effort Monday against the Ravens in which he had a season-high six targets. But we've waited a long time for this egg to hatch, and it's just not happening. T.Y. Hilton will return from a neck injury soon, further impeding a potential Campbell breakthrough.
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Chris Conley Note
Chris Conley photo 68. Chris Conley HOU (at IND)
Allen Lazard Note
Allen Lazard photo 69. Allen Lazard GB (at CHI)
Adam Humphries Note
Adam Humphries photo 70. Adam Humphries WAS (vs . KC)
Cedrick Wilson Jr. Note
Cedrick Wilson Jr. photo 71. Cedrick Wilson Jr. DAL (at NE)
Freddie Swain Note
Freddie Swain photo 72. Freddie Swain SEA (at PIT)
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 73. James Washington PIT (vs . SEA)
Donovan Peoples-Jones Note
Donovan Peoples-Jones photo 74. Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE (vs . ARI)
Peoples-Jones showcased his talent level on multiple occasions this past week and it translated to five receptions for 70 yards, which is a good day at the office for the second-year WR. While people might look at those numbers and believe that that's an indication of what could be to come, it's important to note that the usage is in this offense is often unpredictable. In week four, DPJ was on the field for 59% of the offensive snaps and he received zero targets. However, in week five he was on the field for 68% of the snaps and he saw six total targets. While we can look to other offenses across the league and point to snap counts as an indicator of future success, that's simply not the case in this Browns offense. For right now, DPJ is merely just a bench stash in Dynasty leagues. He can't be trusted in redraft lineups just yet.
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Josh Gordon Note
Josh Gordon photo 75. Josh Gordon KC (at WAS)
Gordon is currently rostered in 32% of Yahoo leagues at the time of writing. However, he only played nine total snaps in week five against the Bills. There's a possibility that Gordon develops into more of a focal point for the Chiefs offense as the season progresses, but that's not a guarantee. Even further from a guarantee is the possibility that Gordon turns into a viable weekly starter for fantasy lineups at any point this season. If you have Gordon on your roster and you need someone who is actually contributing right now, you can drop him onto your waiver wire. Otherwise, he's merely just a bench stash in hopes that he sees his snap count dramatically increase.
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Chris Moore Note
Chris Moore photo 76. Chris Moore HOU (at IND)
Josh Reynolds Note
Josh Reynolds photo 77. Josh Reynolds TEN (vs . BUF)
DeAndre Carter Note
DeAndre Carter photo 78. DeAndre Carter WAS (vs . KC)
Rashod Bateman Note
Rashod Bateman photo 79. Rashod Bateman BAL (vs . LAC)
Bateman appears to be set to make his NFL debut this week against the Chargers and this should only help out the Ravens offense and Jackson. Bateman's a sure-handed receiver that's going to be able to operate underneath and help move the chains. He has the potential to make an impact for fantasy football down the line, but it's unlikely to happen here right out of the gate. We should pick up Bateman in our fantasy football leagues if we have the space on our bench, but we can't trust him in our starting lineups just yet.
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Chester Rogers Note
Chester Rogers photo 80. Chester Rogers TEN (vs . BUF)
Jalen Guyton Note
Jalen Guyton photo 81. Jalen Guyton LAC (at BAL)
Gabriel Davis Note
Gabriel Davis photo 82. Gabriel Davis BUF (at TEN)
Kendall Hinton Note
Kendall Hinton photo 83. Kendall Hinton DEN (vs . LV)
Byron Pringle Note
Byron Pringle photo 84. Byron Pringle KC (at WAS)
Demarcus Robinson Note
Demarcus Robinson photo 85. Demarcus Robinson KC (at WAS)
Devin Duvernay Note
Devin Duvernay photo 86. Devin Duvernay BAL (vs . LAC)
Duvernay made an impact last week due to the negative game-script for the Ravens, but he's unlikely to command a significant target share this week with Bateman, Brown, and Andrews all expected to be active. Duvernay is merely just a dart-throw FLEX play in deep Dynasty leagues right now.
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Tavon Austin Note
Tavon Austin photo 87. Tavon Austin JAC (vs . MIA)
Albert Wilson Note
Albert Wilson photo 88. Albert Wilson MIA (at JAC)
Darius Slayton Note
Darius Slayton photo 89. Darius Slayton NYG (vs . LAR)
Jamal Agnew Note
Jamal Agnew photo 90. Jamal Agnew JAC (vs . MIA)
Trinity Benson Note
Trinity Benson photo 91. Trinity Benson DET (vs . CIN)
KhaDarel Hodge Note
KhaDarel Hodge photo 92. KhaDarel Hodge DET (vs . CIN)
Marquise Goodwin Note
Marquise Goodwin photo 93. Marquise Goodwin CHI (vs . GB)
Ray-Ray McCloud Note
Ray-Ray McCloud photo 94. Ray-Ray McCloud PIT (vs . SEA)
Collin Johnson Note
Collin Johnson photo 95. Collin Johnson NYG (vs . LAR)
Tyler Johnson Note
Tyler Johnson photo 96. Tyler Johnson TB (at PHI)
Greg Ward Note
Greg Ward photo 97. Greg Ward PHI (vs . TB)
N'Keal Harry Note
N'Keal Harry photo 98. N'Keal Harry NE (vs . DAL)
Anthony Schwartz Note
Anthony Schwartz photo 99. Anthony Schwartz CLE (vs . ARI)
Auden Tate Note
Auden Tate photo 100. Auden Tate CIN (at DET)
Marcus Johnson Note
Marcus Johnson photo 101. Marcus Johnson TEN (vs . BUF)
C.J. Board Note
C.J. Board photo 102. C.J. Board NYG (vs . LAR)
Joshua Palmer Note
Joshua Palmer photo 103. Joshua Palmer LAC (at BAL)
Tyron Johnson Note
Tyron Johnson photo 104. Tyron Johnson JAC (vs . MIA)
Anthony Miller Note
Anthony Miller photo 105. Anthony Miller PIT (vs . SEA)
Mack Hollins Note
Mack Hollins photo 106. Mack Hollins MIA (at JAC)
James Proche II Note
James Proche II photo 107. James Proche II BAL (vs . LAC)
Dede Westbrook Note
Dede Westbrook photo 108. Dede Westbrook MIN (at CAR)
Brandon Zylstra Note
Brandon Zylstra photo 109. Brandon Zylstra CAR (vs . MIN)
Noah Brown Note
Noah Brown photo 110. Noah Brown DAL (at NE)
Curtis Samuel Note
Curtis Samuel photo 111. Curtis Samuel WAS (vs . KC)
Damiere Byrd Note
Damiere Byrd photo 112. Damiere Byrd CHI (vs . GB)
Dyami Brown Note
Dyami Brown photo 113. Dyami Brown WAS (vs . KC)
Danny Amendola Note
Danny Amendola photo 114. Danny Amendola HOU (at IND)
Penny Hart Note
Penny Hart photo 115. Penny Hart SEA (at PIT)
Zay Jones Note
Zay Jones photo 116. Zay Jones LV (at DEN)
T.Y. Hilton Note
T.Y. Hilton photo 117. T.Y. Hilton IND (vs . HOU)
Dax Milne Note
Dax Milne photo 118. Dax Milne WAS (vs . KC)
Willie Snead IV Note
Willie Snead IV photo 119. Willie Snead IV LV (at DEN)
Isaiah McKenzie Note
Isaiah McKenzie photo 120. Isaiah McKenzie BUF (at TEN)
Jarvis Landry Note
Jarvis Landry photo 121. Jarvis Landry CLE (vs . ARI)
Jakeem Grant Sr. Note
Jakeem Grant Sr. photo 122. Jakeem Grant Sr. CHI (vs . GB)
Ashton Dulin Note
Ashton Dulin photo 123. Ashton Dulin IND (vs . HOU)
Isaiah Ford Note
Isaiah Ford photo 124. Isaiah Ford MIA (at JAC)
Jake Kumerow Note
Jake Kumerow photo 125. Jake Kumerow BUF (at TEN)
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Note
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine photo 126. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN (vs . BUF)
Diontae Spencer Note
Diontae Spencer photo 127. Diontae Spencer DEN (vs . LV)
Alex Erickson Note
Alex Erickson photo 128. Alex Erickson CAR (vs . MIN)
Tom Kennedy Note
Tom Kennedy photo 129. Tom Kennedy DET (vs . CIN)
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Note
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside photo 130. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside PHI (vs . TB)
Equanimeous St. Brown Note
Equanimeous St. Brown photo 131. Equanimeous St. Brown GB (at CHI)
K.J. Hill Jr. Note
K.J. Hill Jr. photo 132. K.J. Hill Jr. LAC (at BAL)
Jody Fortson Note
Jody Fortson photo 133. Jody Fortson KC (at WAS)
Cameron Batson Note
Cameron Batson photo 134. Cameron Batson TEN (vs . BUF)
Amari Rodgers Note
Amari Rodgers photo 135. Amari Rodgers GB (at CHI)
Andre Roberts Note
Andre Roberts photo 136. Andre Roberts HOU (at IND)
Nico Collins Note
Nico Collins photo 137. Nico Collins HOU (at IND)
David Moore Note
David Moore photo 138. David Moore DEN (vs . LV)
Cody White Note
Cody White photo 139. Cody White PIT (vs . SEA)
Davion Davis Note
Davion Davis photo 140. Davion Davis HOU (at IND)
Mike Strachan Note
Mike Strachan photo 141. Mike Strachan IND (vs . HOU)
Miles Boykin Note
Miles Boykin photo 142. Miles Boykin BAL (vs . LAC)
Michael Gallup Note
Michael Gallup photo 143. Michael Gallup DAL (at NE)
Cam Sims Note
Cam Sims photo 144. Cam Sims WAS (vs . KC)
Trenton Irwin Note
Trenton Irwin photo 145. Trenton Irwin CIN (at DET)
Mike Thomas Note
Mike Thomas photo 146. Mike Thomas CIN (at DET)
Antonio Gandy-Golden Note
Antonio Gandy-Golden photo 147. Antonio Gandy-Golden WAS (vs . KC)
Tyrie Cleveland Note
Tyrie Cleveland photo 148. Tyrie Cleveland DEN (vs . LV)
Malik Taylor Note
Malik Taylor photo 149. Malik Taylor GB (at CHI)
Jaydon Mickens Note
Jaydon Mickens photo 150. Jaydon Mickens TB (at PHI)
Gunner Olszewski Note
Gunner Olszewski photo 151. Gunner Olszewski NE (vs . DAL)
Phillip Dorsett II Note
Phillip Dorsett II photo 152. Phillip Dorsett II SEA (at PIT)
Tylan Wallace Note
Tylan Wallace photo 153. Tylan Wallace BAL (vs . LAC)
Marcus Kemp Note
Marcus Kemp photo 154. Marcus Kemp KC (at WAS)
Malik Turner Note
Malik Turner photo 155. Malik Turner DAL (at NE)
Ben Skowronek Note
Ben Skowronek photo 156. Ben Skowronek LAR (at NYG)
Stanley Morgan Jr. Note
Stanley Morgan Jr. photo 157. Stanley Morgan Jr. CIN (at DET)
Tutu Atwell Note
Tutu Atwell photo 158. Tutu Atwell LAR (at NYG)
Antoine Wesley Note
Antoine Wesley photo 159. Antoine Wesley ARI (at CLE)