Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings: Wide Receivers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 17, 2009

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Just when Miles Austin goes otherworldly on us, fantasy owners won’t be able to employ him in their lineups, as the Dallas Cowboys have a bye this week. That said, the wide receiver position is gaining a lot more this week from teams who are back from their byes than they’re losing due to week 6’s byes. Really, the only stalwart that will not be available to fantasy owners this week is Reggie Wayne, as the Colts join the Cowboys, Dolphins and 49ers as teams who won’t suit up this weekend. To see where your wide receivers rank, check out the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 6 Wide Receiver Rankings.

1. Randy Moss (New England Patriots) vs. Tennessee

Despite the fact Tom Brady hasn’t look completely comfortable through the first third of the season, and in fact missed a W-I-D-E open Moss for what would have been a long touchdown in the Patriots’ loss to the Broncos last week, there’s too much to like about this match-up to put anybody else at the top spot. The Titans are 31st – or second to last – in both passing yards allowed per game and passing touchdowns allowed.
Point Projection: 19 points

2. Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers) vs. Detroit

The Lions are 27th in passing yards allowed per game, and last in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed, having given up at least two passing scores in every game so far this season. Jennings has caught just five passes over his last three games, so you could argue he’s due. Note, also, that two of his five 100-yard receiving games last year came against the Lions, including a season-high 167 yards in Week 2.
Point Projection: 18 points

3. Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) @ Tampa Bay

You’ve seen the Buccaneers give up huge plays week after week after week. This Sunday, it’s Smith’s turn. The 9.1 yards per pass attempt that Tampa is allowing is last in the league, and they have given up four plays of at least 50 yards. Smith hasn’t found the end zone yet this season, but we like that to change in week 6. Smith tore up the Bucs’ defense last season, catching 15 passes for 229 yards and one score in two games.
Point Projection: 18 points

4. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) @ Seattle

Fitzgerald once again failed to crack 80 receiving yards in the Cardinals’ win over the Texans last week. He wound up with five catches for 79 yards. However, he also added two touchdowns, and now has four scores in four games. In two games against the Seahawks last season, Fitzgerald caught a total of 15 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Use him confidently as a WR1.
Point Projection: 17 points

5. Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) @ Cincinnati

The Bengals held the Ravens’ passing game in check last week, but in the four games before that, a wideout had gained at least 85 yards against them in each contest, leading to their rank of 23rd in passing yards allowed per game. Johnson had his second game of the season with two touchdowns last week against the Cardinals, while also gaining over 100 receiving yards. Start him without even thinking twice about it.
Point Projection: 17 points

6. Brandon Marshall (Denver Broncos) @ San Diego

Fantasy owners have forgiven him for those early season lapses as he’s more than made up for it with his play of late. He has four touchdown catches in his last three games, including two last week against the Patriots. Last season against the Chargers, Marshall had his magnificent 18-catch, 166-yard, one touchdown performance in Week 2.
Point Projection: 17 points

7. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona

The Cardinals are dead last in passing yards allowed per game in the NFL as opposing teams’ passers have lit them up for 303 yards per game through the air this season. No other team in the league is giving up even 290. With Houshmandzadeh catching two touchdowns last week, he’s back to being a legit force in fantasy football.
Point Projection: 16 points

8. Wes Welker (New England Patriots) vs. Tennessee

The Titans’ horrid pass defense combined with the seemingly good health of Welker catapults him into the top-10 this week in the wide receiver rankings. He made a splash last week against the Broncos, who are among the league leaders in pass defense, with 86 yards and a score, so, imagine what he should be able to do against Tennessee.
Point Projection: 16 points

9. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) @ Green Bay  **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

Johnson is suffering from a knee injury that took him out of the Lions’ game against the Steelers, but it does not look to be serious. There are no indications that Johnson won’t play this week, but we can’t be sure, which is why he is not ranked a bit higher. It would certainly be good news for his fantasy owners if he does go against the Packers, a team that has allowed 9 touchdown throws this season – only five teams have given up more. Johnson had at least 100 receiving yards and two scores in both of his games against the Lions last year.
Point Projection: 15 points

10. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Chicago

Welcome back, Roddy. We missed you. White had eight receptions for 210 yards and two scores in the Falcons’ surprising domination over the 49ers last week, and it was nice to see him rebound after a sub-par performance this season. The Bears are 20th in the league in passing yards allowed per game, and three receivers have had at least 100 receiving yards against them in the four games they’ve played. Look for White to continue with his solid play.
Point Projection: 15 points

11. Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Houston

The Ocho caught a season-high seven passes last week, and gained 94 yards, which was the third time in five games he’s had at least 89 receiving yards. He also has three touchdowns this season and is back to being a regular in fantasy lineups. The Texans have an average pass defense that ranks 16th in the league, but it isn’t one that should slow Ochocinco down.
Point Projection: 14 points

12. Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) @ Seattle

The Seahawks have a top-10 unit against the pass this season, but that shouldn’t mean a whole lot against Arizona’s aggressive attack. Boldin caught seven passes for 81 yards last week; it was the second straight week he amassed more than 80 yards. Boldin had 13 catches for 186 yards in the lone contest he played against the Seahawks last season, so use him confidently as a WR1 in deeper leagues.
Point Projection: 14 points

13. Vincent Jackson (San Diego Chargers) vs. Denver

Jackson had some solid games last season against the Broncos, but this isn’t the 2008 version of that team. Denver is fifth in the league in passing yards allowed per game and is tied for first for fewest passing touchdowns allowed this year, with just two – both, though, were last week. The Broncos have yet to allow a receiver to gain 100 yards against them this season. So, while Jackson’s play this season warrants he’s in your lineup, temper your expectations.
Point Projection: 13 points

14. Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Giants

The Giants are first in the league in pass defense and are allowing just 105 yards through the air per game, which is better than the second-ranked Panthers by more than 60 yards. In addition, only six teams in the league have allowed fewer passing scores than the four the Giants have this season. Colston is a reliable target and won’t be stopped completely, just be somewhat weary of the match-up.
Point Projection: 13 points

15. Steve Smith (New York Giants) @ New Orleans

Smith has been great this year, but this match-up is unpleasant. The Saints are giving up just 212 passing yards per game, which is 11th in the NFL, and have allowed only three passing touchdowns, which is tied for third. They also lead the league in interceptions with 10 and are holding quarterbacks to an NFL-low 51.3 QB Rating. Smith is still a quality play, as he won’t be completely shut down, but a huge game doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
Point Projection: 12 points

16. Nate Burleson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona

Both Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh were on the receiving end of two touchdown passes from Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the Seahawks’ blowout win over the Jaguars last week. Burleson has really stepped up this season and is nearing must-start status. The Cardinals are 26th in the NFL in passing scores allowed, making for a great match-up here.
Point Projection: 12 points

17. Mike Sims-Walker (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. St. Louis

Sims-Walker was suspended last week by the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Well, after getting drubbed 41-0 by Seattle, the Jags will surely welcome him back, just in time to face the Rams, who are 25th in the league when it comes to passing yards allowed per game and 23rd in passing scores given up.
Point Projection: 11 points

18. Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs) @ Washington

The Redskins are third in the league in passing yards allowed per game and tied for eighth in passing scores allowed. Still, if the Chiefs are going to score through the air, it seems likely that Bowe will be the one to make that happen. He scored another touchdown last week against the Cowboys, and now has three in the four games he’s played this season. Bowe was Mr. Consistent in terms of fantasy production in 2008, and it seems 2009 is no different.
Point Projection: 11 points

19. DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Oakland

We knew an Eagles receiver would go off for big plays against the Buccaneers last week; we just figured it would be this receiver instead of rookie Jeremy Maclin. This week, it won’t be a whole lot easier for Jackson. Though the Raiders are 15th in passing yards allowed per game, they have yet to allow a wide receiver to amass 75 yards in a game.
Point Projection: 10 points

20. Hines Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cleveland

Ward found the end zone last week against the Lions for the first time this season. He, also, caught eight passes, which was the fourth time this season he’s had at least six receptions in a game. Cleveland actually has decent numbers when it comes to pass defense, but that’s mostly due to the fact that teams have simply been destroying them on the ground.
Point Projection: 10 points