Fantasy Football 2011 Week 6 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers
Wide receivers around the league continue to flash impressive numbers from week to week. Who is worth using this week? Let’s take a look:
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
- Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
- Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
- Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at New England
- Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
- Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
- Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
- DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
- Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
- Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – at Cincinnati
- Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at New England
- Victor Cruz – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
- Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Cincinnati
- Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
- Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
- Deion Branch – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
- Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
- Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
- Darius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
- Mike Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Pittsburgh
- Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- David Nelson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
- Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- James Jones – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
- Jason Avant – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
- Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Mike Sims-Walker – St. Louis Rams – at Green Bay
- Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Detroit
- Harry Douglas – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Mohamed Massaquoi – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
- Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
- Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
- Dane Sanzenbacher – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
- Mario Manningham – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
- Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
- Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
- Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
- Bandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Brandon Gibson – St. Louis Rams – at Green Bay
- It appears like Miles Austin is going to return to the Cowboys lineup just in time for what promises to be a shootout with the New England Patriots. Coming out of the bye week and already practicing, there doesn’t appear to be a concern over him being eased back into the offense. In fact, at 2-2, you can argue that the Cowboys need to go out and make a statement.
Consider Austin a top option for the coming week against a passing defense that has allowed a league worst 326.6 passing yards/game.
- We all know that Greg Jennings is an elite option, but the problem in Green Bay is that you never really know who is going to get the ball thrown their way. Would anyone have predicted James Jones to be targeted seven times in Week 5, turning it into five receptions for 140 yards and 1 TD (which, by the way, is likely unrepeatable).
Jennings is a clear WR1 in all formats, though if he was the clear-cut big option, he’d rank even higher. Jennings has been targeted 38 times thus far this season (tied for 22nd in the league). Just something to keep in mind.
- Stevie Johnson has just eight receptions for 87 yards and 0 TD over his past two games. While the Giants have given up some yards (251.2 passing yards/game), they have allowed just five TDs. They also have been significantly better of late, allowing 176 passing yards to the Eagles, 237 yards to the Cardinals and 315 yards to the Seahawks the past three weeks. While Johnson is probably still a WR1, he’s a low-end one at best.
- It has been clear that Pierre Garcon and Curtis Painter have a tremendous rapport, hasn’t it? Over the past three weeks Garcon has 13 receptions for 353 yards and four TDs. It’s not that Reggie Wayne has been awful (11 receptions for 160 yards), but it’s easy to tell who the better option is.
- Victor Cruz has put up quite the performance of late, hasn’t he? All he has done over the past three weeks is catch 17 passes for 369 yards and three TDs. It’s pretty obvious who the second option in New York is now. Mario Manningham is more of a FLEX, at best, at this point.
- It was a good return for Marques Colston, catching five passes on 69 yards. I would expect his workload to increase in Week 6, though you never really know in New Orleans. He is the receiver with the highest upside and is worth using in most formats.
- Darius Heyward-Bey has exploded over the past two weeks with 11 receptions for 214 yards and one TD. He does, however, draw a tough matchup against the Cleveland Browns who have allowed just 195.5 passing yards/game thus far. Plus, the Raiders have seen several receivers step up for a few fleeting weeks, only to fall out of favor in a hurry (i.e. Denarius Moore). I would proceed with caution regarding Heyward-Bey for the time being.
- I know Mike Williams has been bad, but the Buccaneers desperately need him to step up and deliver in Week 6. With LeGarrette Blount looking unlikely to play and the offense needing him to step up and deliver if they want to keep up with the Saints (who have allowed 10 receiving TDs), it is time to put up or shut up. I would be willing to take the flier on him as a WR3 for one more week.
- First Johnny Knox was benched to start the season, now the Bears just don’t seem to want to give him an opportunity. He’s had more than six targets just once on the year and a total of six over the past two weeks. While Matt Forte is really the only Bear to trust right now, Dane Sanzenbacher may be the best option to take the gamble on.
- With Julio Jones looking like he will miss the coming week, Harry Douglas suddenly becomes a viable option for those in three wide receiver formats. He’s a risk, but the Falcons are going to look to go pass heavy in their attack.
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