2012 Fantasy Football Week 6: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIOctober 9, 2012

Oct 23, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) celebrates with quarterback Matt Cassel (7) after a touchdown which was later overturned during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

How much faith should we have in Dwayne Bowe if Matt Cassel is out for a stretch (via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star), and Brady Quinn is starting?

History tells us, not much. Bowe struggled to find the end zone with Cassel down last year. Quinn has yet to show much in his career, and likely never will.

Not that the Chiefs had much of a vertical attack with Cassel starting, but with Quinn, we should anticipate a dink and dunk offense.

Bowe should continue to give you around 50 to 80 yards a game while Cassel is out. Because of the situation, he’s nothing more than a WR3 with Quinn throwing the football.


What Did We Learn From Week 5?

- James Jones continues to find the end zone and as long as Greg Jennings is out, we should consider him a weekly WR3 with upside.

- While Aaron Hernandez should be back soon, Wes Welker will be an active receiver in this offense going forward. What looked like a possible bust season to begin the year, now looks like business as usually for the Patriots' top possession receiver.

- After all the talk about Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas this offseason, we can officially label Thomas as the top fantasy option. Thomas may have some fumbling issues to clean up, but he’s already a WR1 option. He’s still learning the trade of playing wide receiver and working with Peyton Manning. He has top five upside, not just this season, but for as long as Manning is around.

- Domenik Hixon continued to play well filling in for Hakeem Nicks. Trouble for Hixon’s fantasy prospects last week was Victor Cruz hauling in all three of Eli Manning’s touchdowns and the running game ripping through the Browns defense.

Playing against the 49ers this week, the Giants will have to take to the air to win. Based on the 49ers play in recent weeks, we shouldn’t like Hixon’s odds of success, but he’s still a worthy WR3 option.


Sean’s Week 6 Watch List

- I’ve been telling fantasy owners to bench Jeremy Maclin in recent weeks. Not a hard sell since Maclin has struggled through most of the season. But if he doesn’t get it done against the Lions this week, we shouldn’t entertain the thought of starting him for awhile.

If you need to put him in the lineup because of bye weeks, he’s a good upside play against a floundering secondary. You have to think he will step up, but he’s mystified me before with poor production in good matchups.

- Stevie Johnson has struggled in recent weeks, but expect him to get back on track against the Cardinals. Arizona has struggled against the pass, so Johnson should be good for at least six receptions and a score.

- Sidney Rice has struggled to do much for fantasy owners. With that said, even Rice should have WR3 value against the Patriots defense this week.


1 Roddy White Raiders
2 Julio Jones Raiders
3 Calvin Johnson @ Eagles
4 Larry Fitzgerald Bills
5 DeSean Jackson Lions
6 Andre Johnson Packers
7 Demaryius Thomas @ Chargers
8 A.J. Green @ Browns
9 Percy Harvin @ Redskins
10 Mike Wallace @ Titans
11 Vincent Jackson Chiefs
12 Victor Cruz @ 49ers
13 Antonio Brown @ Titans
14 Reggie Wayne @ Jets
15 Jordy Nelson @ Texans
16 Wes Welker @ Seahawks
17 Eric Decker @ Chargers
18 Stevie Johnson @ Cardinals
19 Torrey Smith Cowboys
20 Miles Austin @ Ravens
21 Brandon Lloyd @ Seahawks
22 Malcom Floyd Broncos
23 James Jones @ Texans
24 Dez Bryant @ Ravens
25 Dwayne Bowe @ Bucs
26 Denarius Moore @ Falcons
27 Mike Williams Chiefs
28 Pierre Garcon Vikings
29 Jeremy Maclin Lions
30 Brian Hartline Rams
31 Andre Roberts Bills
32 Anquan Boldin Cowboys
33 Sidney Rice Patriots
34 Michael Crabtree Giants
35 Domenik Hixon @ 49ers
36 Davone Bess Rams
37 Donnie Avery @ Jets
38 Randall Cobb @ Texans
39 Nate Washington Steelers

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