Fantasy Football Week 6: Early Top 40 Wide Receiver Rankings

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 11, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Will there be a Cromartie Island by the end of this season? Andre Johnson’s statistics in the Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Jets and Houston Texans seem to suggest so. Johnson finished with one catch for 15 yards.

You know who had more than 15 yards on one catch against the Jets in Week 5?

Arian Foster.

Foster is a running back.

Despite getting beaten by Texans tight end Owen Daniels for a touchdown on a play-action play, Cromartie held his own against one of the top NFL talents at wide receiver.

Fantasy owners are wondering if Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts will finish with a final stat line similar to Johnson’s.

That won’t happen, if only because Andrew Luck throws Wayne the ball so much and the Colts are without a major threat in the running game.

Wayne, however, has been an awesome revelation for fantasy owners in the first quarter of the season (the Colts have already had their bye; they’ve played four games).

Because of Johnson’s near-omission from the stat sheet, it might actually be a risk to start Wayne. The Jets should give him an awful lot of attention and force Luck to beat them with other options.

He’s still a top-end No. 2 fantasy wideout this week, though.

Larry Fitzgerald has a fantastic matchup this week. While down to their third, fourth and fifth options at running back, the Arizona Cardinals will throw the ball against the Buffalo Bills, and Fitzgerald has been a sleeping beast for most of the season.

He’s about to go off.

A.J. Green should still be trusted as a fantasy receiver with the return of Joe Haden to the Cleveland Browns’ lineup. Green has been dominant this year and experienced some success against the Browns during his rookie season.

He scored a 41-yard touchdown in one meeting against Cleveland and topped 100 receiving yards in the other.

Dwayne Bowe still deserves a look as a starter, even with Brady Quinn throwing him the ball. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already proved that they can be thrown on, and Quinn’s attention should be focused on Bowe.

Here are the top 40 wide receivers for Week 6 prior to the Thursday game.

1. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Buffalo Bills)

2. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Oakland Raiders)

3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (at Cleveland Browns)

4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Oakland Raiders)

5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at Philadelphia Eagles)

6. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (at Washington Redskins)

7. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

8. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (at San Diego Chargers)

9. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Detroit Lions)

10. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (at Baltimore Ravens)

11. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (at Seattle Seahawks)

12. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (at New York Jets)

13. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Detroit Lions)

14. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (at San Francisco 49ers)

15. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (vs. Green Bay Packers)

16. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Tennessee Titans)

17. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Dallas Cowboys)

18. Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Buffalo Bills)

19. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (at Houston Texans)

20. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

21. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (vs. Denver Broncos)

22. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (at Houston Texans)

23. Steve Smith, St. Louis Rams (at Miami Dolphins)

24. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots (at Seattle Seahawks)

25. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (at San Diego Chargers)

26. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at Houston Texans)

27. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Tennessee Titans)

28. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

29. Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts (at New York Jets)

30. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at Baltimore Ravens)

31. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (at Arizona Cardinals)

32. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (vs. New York Giants)

33. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

34. Domenik Hixon, New York Giants (at San Francisco 49ers)

35. Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets (vs. Indianapolis Colts)

36. Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers (vs. Denver Broncos)

37. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams (at Miami Dolphins)

38. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

39. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (vs. St. Louis Rams)

40. Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams (at Miami Dolphins)