With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 5 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant has heated up, scoring four touchdowns in his past three games. The Dallas Cowboys will be forced to throw often against the Denver Broncos. That should mean a big day for Bryant as Denver has allowed 316.3 yards per game.
2. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Victor Cruz is about the only thing the New York Giants have going for them. He is averaging 106.3 yard and a touchdown per game. The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled defensively, giving up 325 yards and 2.3 passing touchdowns per game.
3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 78 yards and a touchdown per game. He is facing the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed 311 yards and 2.7 touchdowns per game. Megatron had 261 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Packers last year.
4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 98.3 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos have scored at will. Dallas has allowed 304.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. Peyton Manning should have a field day.
5. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker has six touchdowns already as Manning is taking advantage of his precise route running and quickness. He always seems to be open.
6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is averaging 120.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the New York Jets, who have allowed seven touchdown passes already.
7. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall is averaging 87 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. The Chicago Bears will be forced to air it out against the New Orleans Saints.
8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green received 15 targets last week. He only managed 51 yards, which was his highest total since Week 1. Look for him to rebound against the New England Patriots.
9. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 96.3 yards and a touchdown. He’s coming off a bye, so he should be fresh against the Detroit Lions, who have allowed 268 yards per game.
10. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith is averaging 108.8 yards per game. He has not had less than 85 yards in any game this year. Look for another strong performance against the Miami Dolphins.
11. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson was held to 34 yards against the Broncos. Look for him to bounce back against the Giants, who have yielded 10 passing touchdowns already.
12. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is averaging 96.7 yards with a pair of touchdowns in three games. He averaged 88 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in two games against the Lions last year.
13. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Manning has done an amazing job getting his top three receivers involved. Eric Decker is averaging 85 yards.
14. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 92 yards per game, but hasn’t scored yet. He’s facing the San Francisco 49ers, who have allowed just 190.5 yard per game.
15. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald is averaging 61.6 yards with three touchdowns in four games. He’s facing the Carolina Panthers, who have been tough against the pass.
16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston remains a steady WR2 option. He’s facing the Chicago Bears, who have have allowed 277.8 yards per game.
17. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin is averaging 93 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. The Houston Texans have only allowed 141 passing yards per game, but they have yielded six touchdowns.
18. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Steve Smith is averaging 47.7 yards with a touchdown in three games. He should come out of the bye firing against the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
19. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is averaging 14 targets and 108.5 yards since returning from suspension. He’s facing the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed 277 yards and two touchdowns per game.
20. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Mike Wallace is always a deep threat with his elite speed. He’s facing the Baltimore Ravens, who have buckled down since giving up seven touchdowns to Peyton Manning in Week 1.
21. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is averaging 8.5 catches for 79.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He should remain one of Tom Brady’s top targets as long as Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski remain out. This week he faces the Cincinnati Bengals.
22. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
After not catching a pass in Week 1, Jones has 212 yards and a touchdown in the past two games.
23. Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots
Kenbrell Thompkins has 168 yards and three touchdowns over the past three games.
24. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Reggie Wayne is averaging 75 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He’ll have his work cut out for him against the Seattle Seahawks.
25. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Cecil Shorts is averaging 84.3 yards per game. The St. Louis Rams have allowed nine passing touchdowns.
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