Fantasy Football 2011 Week 6 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2011

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the of the Detroit Lions runs for a touchdown against Brandon Meriweather #31 of the of the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
  2. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
  3. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
  4. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at New England
  5. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  6. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
  7. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
  8. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  9. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  10. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
  11. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  12. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
  13. Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – at Cincinnati
  14. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  15. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at New England
  16. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
  17. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  18. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Cincinnati
  19. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  20. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
  21. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  22. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
  23. Deion Branch – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
  24. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
  25. Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
  26. Darius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
  27. Mike Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Pittsburgh
  28. Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  29. David Nelson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
  30. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  31. James Jones – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
  32. Jason Avant – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  33. Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  34. Mike Sims-Walker – St. Louis Rams – at Green Bay
  35. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Detroit
  36. Harry Douglas – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  37. Mohamed Massaquoi – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
  38. Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
  39. Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
  40. Dane Sanzenbacher – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  41. Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
  42. Mario Manningham – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
  43. Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  44. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  45. Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  46. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  47. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
  48. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
  49. Bandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  50. 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.

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessor’s Week 6 information: