Fantasy Football: Week 6 Wide Receiver Rankings

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIIOctober 12, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02:  George Wilson #37 of the Buffalo Bills tackles A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/G;etty Images)
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Through the first five weeks of the season, rookie receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones are on pace for 1,286 and 1,146 yards, respectively.

Only three rookie receivers had more yards than Green's pace (1,286) in NFL history: Bill Groman (1,473 yards in 1960), Anquan Boldin (1,377 in 2003) and Randy Moss (1,313 in 1998).

While both receivers have two 100-yard games each and have been playing extremely well, Jones, who left last week's game with a hamstring injury, will miss his Week 6 matchup against the Panthers.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said that he is "hoping" to have Jones back in Week 7. With the Falcons' bye in Week 8, however, I wouldn't be surprised if the they sit him in Week 7 if he's not 100 percent.

Here are some more wide receiver notes for Week 6:

Giants receiver Victor Cruz led the team in targets (11), receptions (eight) and yards (161) and scored a touchdown last week. In his past three games, Cruz has 17 receptions for 369 yards and three touchdowns. The only player with more receiving yards than Cruz during that span is Wes Welker (499 yards).

For the fourth time in five games, Patriots receiver Wes Welker finished with more than 100 receiving yards. Welker had a season-low five receptions for 124 yards which feels like a small disappointment even though shutdown corner Darrelle Revis was on him for part of the game.

For a second straight game, Pierre Garcon finished with two touchdowns. In his past three games, Garcon has 13 receptions for 353 yards and four touchdowns. Along with Cruz and Welker, Garcon is one of four players to have 350-plus receiving yards in the past three weeks. Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is the other.

[Related: Take our poll on which receiver will have more fantasy production in Week 6: Cruz or Garcon?]

While Denarius Moore had no receptions on six targets, Darius Heyward-Bey led the Raiders in receiving with seven receptions for 99 yards. In his past two games, Heyward-Bey, who was on our list of waiver-wire pickups this week, has 11 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles held Stevie Johnson to four receptions for 29 yards and David Nelson to one reception for six yards (although it was a touchdown). Through five games, only one receiver has had at least 70 yards against the Eagles: Victor Cruz in Week 3.

Receiver Jason Avant led the way for the Eagles in receptions (nine), receiving yards (139) and targets (10). In his past two games, Avant has 15 receptions on 18 targets for 208 yards.

Vikings receiver Percy Harvin had only one reception for 11 yards in Week 5. On the season, Harvin has 13 rush attempts for 153 yards. As disappointing as he's been from a receiving standpoint (only one game with more than 50 receiving yards), he is averaging 30.6 rushing yards per game, which puts him on pace for nearly 500 rushing yards (489.6 yards).

Hines Ward, who had no touchdowns in the first four games, caught two of Roethlisberger's five touchdown passes in Week 5.

Santonio Holmes finished with four receptions for 60 yards and a score. It was only the second time this season that Holmes had double-digit fantasy points. Plaxico Burress had a team-high eight targets, but he and Mark Sanchez connected on only three passes for 42 yards.

Jaguars receiver Jason Hill, perhaps most famous for calling Darrelle Revis "overhyped," had more receiving yards today (118) than the other three games he played this season (92).

Kevin Walter had a productive Week 5 (five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown), however, Jacoby Jones finished with only one reception for nine yards despite tying tight end Owen Daniels for the team high in targets (11).

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson scored a touchdown in his fifth consecutive game, but he had only one touchdown for the first time this season. Through five games, Johnson has nine receiving touchdowns. No receiver before Johnson had more than eight during his team's first five games.

Here are our top 50 fantasy wide receivers for Week 6:

1. Calvin Johnson, Lions (vs SF)
2. Wes Welker, Patriots (vs DAL)
3. Greg Jennings, Packers (vs STL)
4. Steve Smith, Panthers (at ATL)
5. Hakeem Nicks, Giants (vs BUF)
6. Mike Wallace, Steelers (vs JAC)
7. Roddy White, Falcons (vs CAR)
8. Miles Austin, Cowboys (at NE)
9. Steve Johnson, Bills (at NYG)
10. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (at NE)
11. DeSean Jackson, Eagles (at WAS)
12. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles (at WAS)
13. A.J. Green, Bengals (vs IND)
14. Santonio Holmes, Jets (vs MIA)
15. Jordy Nelson, Packers (vs STL)
16. Victor Cruz, Giants (vs BUF)
17. Pierre Garcon, Colts (at CIN)
18. Marques Colston, Saints (at TB)
19. Anquan Boldin, Ravens (vs HOU)
20. Reggie Wayne, Colts (at CIN)
21. Santana Moss, Redskins (vs PHI)
22. Deion Branch, Patriots (vs DAL)
23. Mario Manningham, Giants (vs BUF)
24. Mike Williams, Bucs (vs NO)
25. Percy Harvin, Vikings (at CHI)
26. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins (at NYJ)
27. David Nelson, Bills (at NYG)
28. James Jones, Packers (vs STL)
29. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders (vs CLE)
30. Plaxico Burress, Jets (vs MIA)
31. Lance Moore, Saints (at TB)
32. Michael Crabtree, 49ers (at DET)
33. Jabar Gaffney, Redskins (vs PHI)
34. Greg Little, Browns (at OAK)
35. Denarius Moore, Raiders (vs CLE)
36. Mike Thomas, Jaguars (at PIT)
37. Kevin Walter, Texans (at BAL)
38. Hines Ward, Steelers (vs JAC)
39. Robert Meachem, Saints (at TB)
40. Antonio Brown, Steelers (vs JAC)
41. Jason Avant, Eagles (at WAS)
42. Jacoby Jones, Texans (at BAL)
43. Davone Bess, Dolphins (at NYJ)
44. Danario Alexander, Rams (at GB)
45. Mike Sims-Walker, Rams (at GB)
46. Titus Young, Lions (vs SF)
47. Nate Burleson, Lions (vs SF)
48. Brandon Gibson, Rams (at GB)
49. Dane Sanzenbacher, Bears (vs MIN)
50. Torrey Smith, Ravens (vs HOU)

Please note that these are our initial rankings for the week. We will update our rankings, as necessary, throughout the week.

To get the most up-to-date rankings and see rankings for other positions, visit our fantasy section here.

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Good luck in Week 6!


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