The wide receiver position is one of the hardest to figure out for fantasy football owners because of the multitude of options at the disposal of quarterbacks. One week your guy could be riding high with a huge performance, and the next could be a dud.
Still, there are several receivers in the league that you just can’t justify sitting on your bench, no matter the matchup.
This week there are a few of those guys who are not only must-starts, but who are going into very favorable matchups, giving them high-boom chances and low-bust potential.
Take a look at my breakdown of the Top 5 receivers this week. Then I’ll lay down a list of my Top 40 wide receiver projections for Week 10.
Top 5 Wide Receivers in Week 10
1. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. New Orleans Saints)
The Matt Ryan-led Falcons are going to explode in the dome in New Orleans in a game that should feature a lot of scoring and fantasy points a-plenty.
New Orleans’ defense has been miserable in every way, letting up a league-high 176.6 yards per game on the ground while also getting gashed for nearly 300 per game through the air. They've also surrendered 16 touchdowns through the air, a number that likely has White, Ryan and Julio Jones salivating.
It hasn’t been pretty for the Saints, and it's not going to get any better this week.
2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. New York Giants)
Green has caught a touchdown in his last seven games and leads the league in fantasy points per game (14.8—tied with Brandon Marshall).
That bodes well for his chances against a Giants' defense that’s allowing 8.2 yards per pass attempt (the second-highest in the NFL). They’ve also surrendered 13 passing touchdowns, a number Green will gladly add to in Week 10.
Cincinnati has struggled, but Green and quarterback Andy Dalton are in sync, and it won’t affect the Bengals wide receiver’s fantasy value this week.
3. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (vs. Buffalo Bills)
Welker had one of his most productive games of the season against the Bills in Week 4, although he failed to get into the end zone. He’s rehabbing a hurt ankle but has had two weeks to prepare for this one.
The Bills' defense just isn’t very good, in any respect. They get gouged by the pass and completely blown up in the running game.
That means the Foxborough crowd is going to be in store for a big day by the Pats' offense. Welker is a key component of that effort and will have a big fantasy day for his owners.
4. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
Cincinnati hasn’t been as bad against the pass as they have against the run, but that won’t stop the top target of Eli Manning from having a big day in Week 10.
Cruz has been contained the last two weeks against the Top 5 pass defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. His entire body of work is undeniable, though, and he’s facing the Bengals D at the right time.
They’ve surrendered 59 fantasy points to wide receivers over the past two games, according to ESPN.
5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. New Orleans Saints)
There’s not much left to say after breaking down Roddy White above. Like White, Jones has the benefit of playing in a big-play offense led by Matt Ryan. The matchup doesn’t get any better; the Saints are giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
Top 40 WR Rankings
|1||Roddy White, ATL||NO||20||11.3|
|2||A.J. Green, CIN||NYG||19||14.8|
|3||Wes Welker, NE||BUF||18||9.9|
|4||Victor Cruz, NYG||CIN||18||12.1|
|5||Julio Jones, ATL||NO||17||11.1|
|6||Vincent Jackson, TB||SD||17||12.9|
|7||Mike Wallace, PIT||KC||16||9.9|
|8||Eric Decker, DEN||CAR||15||12|
|9||Calvin Johnson, DET||MIN||15||9.9|
|10||Malcom Floyd, SD||TB||14||7.4|
|11||Brandon Marshall, CHI||HOU||13||14.8|
|12||Miles Austin, DAL||PHI||13||10.3|
|13||Denarius Moore, OAK||BAL||13||8.6|
|14||Andre Johnson, HOU||CHI||12||8.0|
|15||Demaryius Thomas, DEN||CAR||12||11.3|
|16||Torrey Smith, BAL||OAK||12||9.4|
|17||Steve Johnson, BUF||NE||12||7.8|
|18||Mike Williams, TB||SD||11||9.5|
|19||Anquan Boldin, BAL||OAK||11||6.9|
|20||Danny Amendola, STL||SF||11||6|
|21||Sidney Rice, SEA||NYJ||11||7.1|
|22||Dez Bryant, DAL||PHI||10||7.4|
|23||Hakeem Nicks, NYG||CIN||10||4.7|
|24||DeSean Jackson, PHI||DAL||10||8.8|
|25||Brandon Lloyd, NE||BUF||10||7.3|
|26||Michael Crabtree, SF||STL||9||7.4|
|27||Dwayne Bowe, KC||PIT||9||8.6|
|28||Brian Hartline, MIA||TEN||9||8.8|
|29||Davone Bess, MIA||TEN||9||5.5|
|30||Kenny Britt, TEN||MIA||9||3.4|
|31||Marques Colston, NO||ATL||9||11.8|
|32||Danario Alexander, SD||TB||8||3|
|33||Donald Jones, BUF||NE||8||5.8|
|34||Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK||BAL||8||5.1|
|35||Jeremy Maclin, PHI||DAL||7||6.3|
|36||Andrew Hawkins, CIN||NYG||7||5.8|
|37||Nate Washington, TEN||MIA||7||7.6|
|38||Emmanuel Sanders, PIT||KC||7||4.3|
|39||Ryan Broyles, DET||MIN||6||3.1|
|40||Michael Jenkins, MIN||DET||6||3.3|
*All fantasy points used and projected are based on ESPN standard scoring
Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: