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Fantasy WR Rankings Week 5: Who to begin, sit at large receiver in fantasy soccer


Large receivers as a complete have continued to outperform RBs, and this week seems like it will likely be no completely different. There are a ton of studs with large matchups, however we can’t waste breath telling you to begin them. Nonetheless, there are alternatives for different wideouts on the identical groups to outproduce their seasonal averages. Our Week 5 fantasy WR rankings will type by means of all of the matchups and undertaking the pecking order. After a month of the common season, stats like fantasy factors towards are able to play a major position in begin ’em, sit ’em choices.

DK Metcalf (vs. Rams) and Ja’Marr Chase (vs. Packers) ought to nonetheless be in your lineups, nevertheless it’s value noting they will doubtless shadowed by Jalen Ramsey and Jaire Alexander, respectively. Final season, in two matchups with Ramsey, Metcalf caught simply eight passes for 87 yards and had zero touchdowns. We carry up Ramsey each single week, however he may be that a lot of an element. After all, we have seen prime receivers have good-to-great video games towards the Rams in every of the previous three weeks, so clearly you should not be too frightened about somebody like Metcalf. Alexander hasn’t been as dominant this 12 months to date, however he’ll relish the possibility to tackle the rookie WR.

Quarterback | Working again | Large receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker

Marvin Jones (@ Titans) and Laviska Shenault (@ Titans) have strong matchups this week, and the Jags will all the time have to aim a number of passes due to their horrible protection. Additionally, DJ Chark’s damaged ankle ought to imply extra targets for that duo. Jakobi Meyers (@ Texans) and Nelson Agholor (@ Texans) have had respectable quantities of success this 12 months, and the Texans’ secondary is vulnerable to surrender large video games to WRs. The Payments’ duo of Emmanuel Sanders (@ Chiefs) and Cole Beasley (@ Chiefs) are top-level flex performs this week. We have seen sufficient to know the Chiefs protection cannot cease a chilly. This recreation shall be one of many prime targets for DFS lineups, too. Each quarterbacks might knock on the door of 60 passing makes an attempt. Jaylen Waddle (@ Buccaneers), and DeVante Parker (@ Buccaneers) might be strong performs this week, too, particularly if Will Fuller V (hand) is out. The Buccaneer’s secondary is the one factor holding the Bucs from dominating each recreation with ease.

Quarterback | Working again | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker

Jamison Crowder (vs. Falcons) made his season debut final week and had recreation, and his matchup this week ought to yield one other one. Kadarius Toney (@ Cowboys) is also in place for recreation relying on the statuses of Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, who have been each out final week due to hamstring accidents. Randall Cobb (@ Bengals) and Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris (@ Washington) are additionally in play with respectable matchups.

Diontae Johnson (vs. Broncos) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. Broncos) are in powerful spots this week. The Broncos have but to face a potent air assault, so who is aware of how nice they are surely. Nonetheless, the Steelers go offense led by Huge Ben has been downright pitiful. Johnson will nonetheless warrant beginning consideration, particularly in PPR leagues, however do not be stunned if that is an unproductive day throughout for that offense. Odell Beckham (@ Chargers) has seemed respectable after his return from a torn ACL, however the Chargers’ secondary is among the most loaded teams within the league. As typical, Cleveland’s recreation plan shall be to manage the sport on the bottom if they’ll. Allen Robinson (@ Raiders) can be a fear given his gradual begin and Vegas’s maybe surprisingly strong protection.

Curtis Samuel (vs. Saints) returned in Week 4, however the Saints protection seems prefer it’s one of many prime models within the league. Rashod Bateman (vs. Colts), Tre’Quan Smith (@ Washington), and T.Y. Hilton (@ Ravens) might be in line to play for the primary time this season. Bateman and Gallup are most likely the 2 with essentially the most attraction this week.

We’ll be updating these WR rankings as wanted all through the week, so examine again for the newest adjustments and evaluation.

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 5: Who to begin at large receiver

Rankings primarily based on commonplace, non-PPR scoring

Rank Participant
1 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ KC
2 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ SEA
3 Davante Adams, GB @ CIN
4 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. BUF
5 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. DET
6 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. SF
7 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. DET
8 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. NO
9 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. PHI. We have been frightened Sam Darnold would maintain again D.J. Moore, however clearly, the fear was not warranted. Over the past three weeks, he is averaged eight catches, 100-plus yards, and a landing. Philadelphia’s protection has given up 40-plus factors in its final two video games, so here is one other likelihood for Moore to go off.
10 A.J. Brown, TEN @ JAX. Brown (hamstring) and Julio Jones (leg) will doubtless be questionable heading into the matchup with Jacksonville, however both or each might be in retailer for monster video games in the event that they return. They’ve each been fantasy disappointments to this point, however this passing offense wants an enormous increase. Jacksonville’s protection has been one of many worst within the league, and the Titans would like to get the ball within the fingers of their playmakers not named Derrick Henry — who already has 127 touches this season.
11 Julio Jones, TEN @ JAX. See A.J. Brown
12 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. IND. Brown has been one of many prime breakout performers in all of fantasy soccer. He has caught a landing in three of 4 video games and has been the deep-play menace Baltimore drafted him to be to this point. He is extra enticing in commonplace leagues, however a pleasant asset in both format. We’ll see if Rashod Bateman’s (core) potential return will take targets approach from Brown or open the sector up much more for him. Heading into Week 4, Indianapolis was a bottom-eight protection towards WR in fantasy.
13 Chris Godwin, TB vs. MIA. Mike Evans appears to have taken a spot above Godwin in goal share, however we’ll give Godwin yet another likelihood to be the lead WR in TB for TB. In spite of everything, this case is fluid. Within the one-game pattern, we noticed with out Gronk, Evans was targetted 12 instances, whereas Godwin solely noticed 5 targets. Nonetheless, we’re giving Godwin the nod right here due to his general consistency previous to Week 5. If Evans proves to dominate targets once more, we’ll alter shifting ahead. Miami’s protection has not been close to pretty much as good as we thought it might be, so wheels up for Godwin, Evans, and Antonio Brown.
14 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. NYG. Lamb has solely seen eight mixed targets over the previous two weeks, however sadly, this simply typically occurs when an offense has so many top-notch weapons. We like him to rebound towards the Giants, as you’d suppose the Cowboys will remember to get him extra concerned. We knew moving into that he and Amari Cooper would flip-flop week-to-week and this seems like a Lamb week. Though each are must-starts at this level till additional discover.
15 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. LAR. Metcalf is using a two-game landing streak, however his ceiling shall be restricted by Jalen Ramsey Thursday Evening. In two video games towards Ramsey final 12 months, he solely caught eight passes for 87 yards and nil touchdowns. When he isn’t lined up towards Ramsey, he is normally inside the highest ten, however he has to come back down some given the matchup. For now, we like him greater than Tyler Lockett primarily based on the previous two weeks, however there is definitely a world the place Metcalf will get shut down and Lockett goes nuclear. Each are fully too proficient to sit down.
16 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. NYJ. Ridley was a top-five WR in our preseason rankings, however it is time to begin view him in another way. Even in a recreation the place Matt Ryan threw almost 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, Ridley was not on the receiving finish of any of the scores. He put up a decent seven-catch, 80 yards line, however this was one of the best matchup he’ll get all 12 months. He is one other man you are still not going to bench, however watch out in assuming he’ll have a subject day towards the Jets — who’s protection is quite a bit higher than folks suppose.
17 Deebo Samuel, SF @ ARI. Brandon Aiyuk was again within the pit of distress in Week 4, and Samuel as soon as once more was the No. 1 WR within the offense. He caught eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in one other nuclear efficiency. Clearly, he and Trey Lance have already got an honest connection, so that is promising shifting ahead. Arizona ought to rating a number of factors, so anticipate a ton of go makes an attempt from Lance — aka targets for Samuel.
18 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. NYG. See CeeDee Lamb.
19 Corey Davis, NYJ vs. ATL. Davis caught four-of-seven targets for 111 yards towards the Titans in Week 4. Whereas the Jets’ offense ought to nonetheless be considered as unimpressive, they confirmed they’ll reap the benefits of good matchups in Week 4. They will face one other juicy matchup in London vs. Atlanta. Additionally, Jamison Crowder seems like he might have sneaky PPR worth as soon as once more.
20 Mike Evans, TB vs. MIA. See Chris Godwin.
21 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. GB. Chase served third-fiddle to C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Boyd in Tee Higgins’ absence, however absolutely that is not going to be a sample. Chase has a chance for a profession day towards a nasty Packers’ protection, though he might be shadowed by Jaire Alexander. That is not sufficient to scare us off of him although. He needs to be thought of a must-start this week. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins (if lively) are on the border of must-starts.
22 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ PIT. Sutton has been a dud in each recreation besides one, and his fantasy prospects are getting regarding. In Week 4, he caught simply three of eight targets for 47 yards. It is powerful to know whether or not Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) or Drew Lock can be extra helpful for him. Lock is extra prepared to take photographs in contested protection, however Bridgewater throws extra correct passes. Both approach, his ceiling continues to be excessive and it is powerful to knock him too far down within the rankings for now, particularly since Pittsburgh’s lackluster offense forces their protection to remain on the sector for a big portion of the sport. Outdoors of him, Tim Patrick is the subsequent finest WR for Denver.
23 Robert Woods, LAR @ SEA. Woods’ season struggles continued in Week 4, however he did catch a garbage-time landing. Nonetheless, he’s second on the crew in targets, so his time ought to ultimately turning into. This might be the week it lastly comes collectively towards a questionable Seattle secondary.
24 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. CLE. It has been a bizarre begin for Allen in 2021. He is nonetheless been very productive, however not as productive as Mike Williams. Cleveland seems like one of many prime 5 defenses within the league so each Chargers’ WRs needs to be moved down this week. Cleveland held a red-hot Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen to a mere seven factors. Certainly they will not shut down the Chargers precisely the identical approach, however we are able to anticipate them to restrict Allen and Williams. Nonetheless, they’re each low-end WR2 choices.
25 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. LAR. See DK Metcalf.
26 Mike Williams, LAC vs. CLE. See Keenan Allen.
27 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. DEN. Huge Ben is washed, however that hasn’t stopped Johnson from consuming. In Week 4 vs. Inexperienced Bay, he was targetted 13 instances, catching 9 balls for 92 yards and a landing. It seems just like the Steelers shall be in rubbish time typically this 12 months, and Johnson has been a shoo-in for double-digit targets. If Chase Claypool (hamstring) performs, he is beginning to appear like a man who ought to experience the pine in your fantasy crew. The identical goes for JuJu Smith-Schuster.
28 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. TEN. Jones and Shenault have their ceilings raised due to the season-ending damage to DJ Chark (ankle). Shenault benefited essentially the most in Week 4, however Jones needs to be considered because the No. 1 WR towards a secondary that permit Zach Wilson torch it. Each he and Shenault are nice flex choices this week.
29 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ DAL. We’ll see if Shepard (hamstring) is able to go for Week 5, however with Daniel Jones enjoying in addition to he’s proper now, Shepard is straight away a sexy flex play. Shepard has been a goal magnet when he is performed, and Trevon Diggs needs to be enjoying on the surface towards Kenny Golladay.
30 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. NE. Cooks gave the impression to be QB-proof and matchup-proof previous to Week 4 towards the Payments. He nonetheless had a 33.3 p.c targets share (7 targets) and caught 5 balls for 47 yards. That needs to be his ground heading into one more brutal matchup with New England. He is nonetheless value beginning because of the ridiculous goal share he is at the moment commanding.
31 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ KC. Stefon Diggs ought to clearly be began this week, however Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley, and Dawson Knox border on that standing too. This needs to be a basic DFS-level shootout with a ton of alternatives to go round. Kansas Metropolis got here into Week 4 giving up the eighth-most fantasy factors to WRs after which gave up 176 receiving yards to the place towards Philadelphia. If the Eagles have been capable of slice by means of their secondary, simply think about what the Payments are going to do.
32 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ DAL. Golladay lastly eclipsed 100 yards in Week 4, however he’ll draw Trevon Diggs this week. Diggs seems like he could be the subsequent shutdown nook within the NFL.
33 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ HOU. Targets, targets, targets. Meyers is averaging simply over 10 targets/recreation this season, so naturally, he is extraordinarily enticing in PPR. He takes a success in commonplace although, as he has but to seize a single receiving landing in his profession.
34 Tee Higgins, CIN vs. GB. See Ja’Marr Chase.
35 Tim Patrick, DEN @ PIT. See Courtland Sutton
36 Allen Robinson, CHI @ LV. Robinson’s prediction suggests he should not even be ranked as excessive as 36. Nonetheless, it is powerful to utterly abandon him but primarily based on what we have seen he’s able to.
37 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ LAC. Beckham and the Browns’ passing offense has simply been flat-out unhealthy. If you are going to begin OBJ, commonplace leagues are the place to do it. Like Robinson, his previous suggests he is able to far more, however he is powerful to belief at this level.
38 Cole Beasley, BUF @ KC. See Emmanuel Sanders.
39 Marquez Callaway, NO @ WAS. Washington has been the worst passing protection within the league this 12 months, and Callaway continues to point out flashes of excellence. Will this be the week he and Jameis Winston lastly put all of it collectively? We will see.
40 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ CAR. Smith recorded 122 receiving yards towards Kansas Metropolis, however Carolina’s protection is a complete completely different animal.
41 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. GB. See Ja’Marr Chase.
42 Antonio Brown, TB vs. MIA. See Chris Godwin.
43 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. TEN. See Marvin Jones Jr.
44 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ TB
45 Randall Cobb, GB @ CIN
46 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. ATL. See Corey Davis.
47 DeVante Parker, MIA @ TB
48 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. SF
49 Curtis Samuel, WFT vs. NO
50 Quintez Cephus, DET @ MIN
51 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. DEN. See Diontae Johnson.
52 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. DEN. See Diontae Johnson.
53 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ ARI
54 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ BAL
55 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. PHI
56 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. CHI
57 T.Y. Hilton, IND @ BAL
58 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. SF
59 Deonte Harris, NO @ WAS
60 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. CHI
61 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ LV
62 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. IND
63 Nelson Agholor, NE @ HOU
64 Khalif Raymond, DET @ MIN
65 Kendrick Bourne, NE @ HOU
66 Darius Slayton, NYG @ DAL
67 A.J. Inexperienced, ARI vs. SF
68 Zach Pascal, IND @ BAL
69 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ KC
70 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ CAR
71 Josh Reynolds, TEN @ JAX
72 Van Jefferson, LAR @ SEA
73 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. BUF
74 Okay.J. Osborn, MIN vs. DET
75 DeSean Jackson, LAR @ SEA
76 Chester Rogers, TEN @ JAX
77 Anthony Miller, HOU vs. NE
78 Quez Watkins, PHI @ CAR
79 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. CHI
80 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ DAL
81 Elijah Moore, NYJ vs. ATL
82 Rashod Bateman, BAL vs. IND
83 Allen Lazard, GB @ CIN
84 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR vs. PHI
85 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. CLE
86 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL vs. NYJ
87 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN @ JAX
88 Collin Johnson, NYG @ DAL
89 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. BUF
90 Dyami Brown, WAS vs. NO
91 Marquise Goodwin, CHI @ LV
92 Byron Pringle, KC vs. BUF
93 Anthony Schwartz, CLE @ LAC

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