Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 5 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown simply identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and receiving targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers, tight ends and running backs.
NOTE: The Lions, Buccaneers, Raiders and Cowboys have bye weeks.
When it comes to crafting a weekly listing of elite wide receivers, simply follow the trail of quarterbacks primed for Week 5 glory...or wideouts with great track records against middling pass defenses.
On the injury front, Greg Jennings (groin) shall remain off the list for now.
Week 5: Top 50 Receivers
1. A.J. Green vs. Miami
2. Reggie Wayne vs. Green Bay
3. Roddy White @ Washington
4. Marques Colston vs. San Diego
5. Wes Welker vs. Denver
6. Larry Fitzgerald @ St. Louis
7. Demaryius Thomas @ New England
8. Percy Harvin vs. Tennessee
9. Victor Cruz vs. Cleveland
10. Danny Amendola vs. Arizona
11. Mike Wallace vs. Philadelphia
12. Dwayne Bowe vs. Baltimore
13. Brandon Marshall @ Jacksonville
14. Malcom Floyd @ New Orleans
15. Andre Johnson @ N.Y. Jets
16. Julio Jones @ Washington
17. Brian Hartline @ Cincinnati
18. Jordy Nelson @ Indianapolis
19. DeSean Jackson @ Pittsburgh
20. Torrey Smith @ Kansas City
21. Brandon Lloyd vs. Denver
22. Steve Smith vs. Seattle
23. Nate Washington @ Minnesota
24. Eric Decker @ New England
25. Antonio Brown vs. Philadelphia
26. Steve Johnson @ San Francisco
27. Jeremy Maclin @ Pittsburgh
28. Lance Moore vs. San Diego
29. Sidney Rice @ Carolina
30. Andre Roberts @ St. Louis
31. Justin Blackmon vs. Chicago
32. Michael Crabtree vs. Buffalo
33. Kenny Britt @ Minnesota
34. Greg Little @ N.Y. Giants
35. Leonard Hankerson vs. Atlanta
36. James Jones @ Indianapolis
37. Anquan Boldin @ Kansas City
38. Pierre Garcon vs. Atlanta
39. Jerome Simpson vs. Tennessee
40. Davone Bess @ Cincinnati
41. Andrew Hawkins vs. Miami
42. Brandon LaFell vs. Seattle
43. Jeremy Kerley vs. Houston
44. Brandon Gibson vs. Arizona
45. Jon Baldwin vs. Baltimore
46. Josh Gordon @ N.Y. Giants
47. T.Y. Hilton vs. Green Bay
48. Mario Manningham vs. Buffalo
49. Armon Binns vs. Miami
50. Alshon Jeffery @ Jacksonville
1. For his last three games, A.J. Green tallied 22 catches, 32 targets, 358 yards and three touchdowns. These stellar numbers come at a time when Cincinnati is developing a No. 2 receiver, a No. 2 running back and a No. 3 wideout on the fly. For the season, Green ranks among the top five in targets, catches, receiving yards and touchdowns.
2. Reggie Wayne (23 catches, 294 yards, one TD) shall remain a top-five weekly pick until another NFL defense can render him irrelevant during the Andrew Luck era. Leading up to Week 5, Wayne is the only wideout to boast 15-plus targets in two games and at least 70 receiving yards in every outing this season.
3. Danny Amendola likely won't replicate Brian Hartline's insane performance against Arizona (12 catches, 253 yards, one TD), but with the Cardinals having reduced prep time for Thursday's kickoff, I fully expect Amendola to notch double-digit targets and 100-plus yards on the Rams' lightning-fast home surface.
4. How good has Brandon Marshall been the last two seasons with the Bears and the Dolphins? Even after factoring in his two-catch, 24-yard clunker against Green Bay in Week 2, Marshall still boasts averages of five catches, 100 yards and 0.83 TDs in his last six road games.
5. If the Jets have any chance of beating the 4-0 Texans on Monday night, Jeremy Kerley needs to shine on the big stage. With Santonio Holmes out (foot injury) and Dustin Keller/Stephen Hill iffy with hamstring maladies, Kerley (197 yards, two TDs) would be in line for a substantial battlefield promotion.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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