Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings: Mid-Level WRs Who Will Be Productive

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05:  wide receiver Domenik Hixon #87 of the New York Giants reacts after a catch in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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No one needs to tell you to start the No. 1 WR on your fantasy team. A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson are good starts every week. 

But who are the secondary wideouts who'll be major contributors in Week 5? You know, the No. 2 and No. 3 wideouts who are sometimes overlooked but always important?

Yeah, those guys.

These three receivers could easily be the difference in a win and a loss for you this weekend. 


Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers 

NFL.com has Floyd ranked as the No. 23 WR this week, but to me, that's underestimating the team's No. 1 wideout. 

He has 15 grabs for 250 yards and a score this year, so his numbers certainly haven't been terrific, but this week, he finds himself in a favorable matchup. 

Opposing quarterbacks have averaged a 107 QB rating against the New Orleans Saints secondary this season and 277 yards through the air. 

Think Philip Rivers will have a fun night? 

I do. 

Floyd should be in for the most targets of the season and will be a red-zone priority with the Saints likely zeroing in on Antonio Gates. 


Domenik Hixon, New York Giants 

Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden are out for the G-Men against the Browns today. Against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, Hixon caught six passes for 114 yards on 11 targets. 

Without Joe Haden, the Cleveland Browns' defensive backfield has surrendered 286 yards through the air per game in 2012. 

What else do you need to know? 

Especially if you're in a PPR league, get Hixon into your lineup.


Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins 

With teammate Brian Hartline the talk of the town and likely the defensive focal point for the Cincinnati Bengals, Bess is primed to step up today. 

Even with Hartline receiving a whopping 47 targets thus far, Bess has 20 receptions on 32 targets of his own. 

He is more of a risk than the other two players on this list, but if you're playing in a PPR league, Bess is a sneaky start in Week 5. 

The Bengals secondary has allowed a 102.4 QB rating to opposing signal-callers this year. Though their pass rush may frustrate Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins will move the ball more efficiently than people think.