Here are my top 50 wide receivers for Week 6 (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 Panthers, Saints, Bears and Jaguars have bye weeks.
When it comes to crafting a weekly listing of elite wide receivers, simply follow the trail of quarterbacks primed for Week 6 glory or wideouts with great track records against middling pass defenses.
On the injury front, Greg Jennings (groin) and Hakeem Nicks (knee, foot) shall remain off the board for now.
Week 6: Top 50 Receivers
1. Calvin Johnson @ Philadelphia
2. Roddy White vs. Oakland
3. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Buffalo
4. Demaryius Thomas @ San Diego
5. Reggie Wayne @ N.Y. Jets
6. Percy Harvin @ Washington
7. Wes Welker @ Seattle
8. Miles Austin @ Baltimore
9. Victor Cruz @ San Francisco
10. A.J. Green @ Cleveland
11. Dwayne Bowe @ Tampa Bay
12. Mike Wallace @ Tennessee
13. Julio Jones vs. Oakland
14. Malcom Floyd vs. Denver
15. Jordy Nelson @ Houston
16. Vincent Jackson vs. Kansas City
17. DeSean Jackson vs. Detroit
18. Brian Hartline vs. St. Louis
19. Michael Crabtree vs. N.Y. Giants
20. Sidney Rice vs. New England
21. Brandon Lloyd @ Seattle
22. Steve Johnson @ Arizona
23. Eric Decker @ San Diego
24. Antonio Brown @ Tennessee
25. Andre Johnson vs. Green Bay
26. Torrey Smith vs. Dallas
27. Dez Bryant @ Baltimore
28. Denarius Moore @ Atlanta
29. Jeremy Maclin vs. Detroit
30. James Jones @ Houston
31. Andre Roberts vs. Buffalo
32. Pierre Garcon vs. Minnesota
33. Nate Washington vs. Pittsburgh
34. Josh Gordon vs. Cincinnati
35. Mike Williams vs. Kansas City
36. Anquan Boldin vs. Dallas
37. Brandon Gibson @ Miami
38. Kenny Britt vs. Pittsburgh
39. Jeremy Kerley vs. Indianapolis
40. Andrew Hawkins @ Cleveland
41. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Atlanta
42. Davone Bess vs. St. Louis
43. Domenik Hixon @ San Francisco
44. Kendall Wright vs. Pittsburgh
45. Mario Manningham vs. N.Y. Giants
46. Titus Young @ Philadelphia
47. Devin Aromashodu @ Washington
48. Golden Tate vs. New England
49. Nate Burleson @ Philadelphia
50. Robert Meachem vs. Denver
1. For even-numbered weeks this season, Roddy White (31 catches, 481 yards, three TD) is averaging eight catches, 11.5 targets, 136 yards and 1.5 touchdowns. That doesn't bode well for the Raiders in Week 6.
2. Denver's Demaryius Thomas has essentially brought something to the fantasy table in every outing: Three games of double-digit targets and four games of 100 yards receiving or one touchdown.
3. Here's your weekly PPR fix involving Reggie Wayne: In his last six games (dating back to 2011), the Colts wideout has notched 11 or more targets five times. And in that span, Wayne also boasts five games of eight-plus receptions.
4. From a targets/catches standpoint, the week's most underrated matchup may be Dwayne Bowe (31 catches, 402 yards, three TD) taking on the Bucs, the NFL's worst pass defense (344 yards allowed per game). Can Bowe put up big numbers with Matt Cassel and/or Brady Quinn at quarterback? In spite of 'em?
5. Torrey Smith has been amazing in his last two home efforts (12 catches, 20 targets, 224 yards, three TD), but that's probably the high side of his expected output when playing before the Baltimore fans. Against Dallas, I'm envisioning something in the realm of six catches for 77 yards.
6. Last season, Victor Cruz enjoyed the most success of any NFL receiver against the 49ers, tallying 16 catches, 28 targets and 226 yards in two games (regular season and NFC playoffs). But I'm a little hesitant to rank him in the top five this week. If Hakeem Nicks sits another game, it stands to reason that San Fran will double-team Cruz at every turn.
7. Wes Welker (38 catches, 484 yards, one TD) is a healthy lock for strong Sunday numbers. In his last five games against non-conference foes, the Patriots receiver has per-outing averages of seven catches, 10.3 targets, 95.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns.
Of course, there are two factors working against Welker:
a. Seattle's secondary is big and physical.
b. New England coach Bill Belichick controls the means of production, especially with receivers who awkwardly poke fun at the coach in postgame interviews.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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