Fantasy Football 2011: Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings


Week 4 was just another week in the NFL for the WR position.  Wes Welker goes bonkers again.  Calvin Johnson scores another 2 touchdowns. And another star WR leaves the game with a potentially serious injury.  Andre Johnson...come on down! To the infirmary, that is.  For those of you looking for Andre Johnson replacements in the short-term, I hope you have some decent players on your roster.  Otherwise, I'd recommend picking up Jacoby Jones, Denarius Moore, Victor Cruz, David Nelson, Danario Alexander or even Preston Parker for the short-term.

What makes Johnson's injury even worse is it comes during the bye weeks.  With 6 teams on bye this week, it's crucial to win.  Hopefully the rankings below help you overcome your weaknesses and opponents this week.

First things first, let's quickly review my week 4 calls to see if they helped you at all:

I loved Calvin Johnson, Denarius Moore, AJ Green, Titus Young and Julio Jones.  The results are in...

Megatron went for 8 catches, 96 yards and 2 touchdowns, including the game-winner against Dallas.  He's unstoppable, on pace for 32 touchdowns.

Moore sucked against the NFL's worst defense.  He was quiet with 3 catches and 19 yards until he scored in garbage time to salvage a terrible day.  This is why I don't trust Oakland.

AJ Green had another solid game with 4 catches for 118 yards.  He's averaging 78 yards/game so far in his impressive rookie year.

Speaking of impressive, Julio Jones led all players with 17 targets in week 4 and responded with 11 catches and 127 yards.  He's yet to score this year, but expect him to hit paydirt shortly.

Although Titus Young only had 3 catches in week 4, he appears to have overtaken Nate Burleson for the WR #  2 in Detroit.

I didn't like Nate Washington and Anquan Boldin in week 4.  Washington was held to two catches while Boldin only could grab one ball while being stranded on Revis Island.

Players I Like More Than You Do:

Julio Jones - averaging almost 86 yards per game as a rookie, Jones constantly draws single coverage.  With defenses keyed in on Roddy White, Jones will keep this up.

Percy Harvin - Had 109 yards on 9 touches last week and goes up against the porous Arizona Pass D.  The Vikings need to give the ball to just Harvin and AP if they want to get their first win.

Santonio Holmes - was targeted 13 times in that putrid "game" against the Ravens.  Called out the Offensive Line after the loss and will get his share of touches against the Pats.

Marques Colston - now fully healthy in what should be a shootout against the Carolina Newtons. Look for Brees to rely on him and Jimmy Graham.

Players I Don't Like More Than You Do:

Vincent Jackson - While trying to overcompensate for his groin injury against Miami, he appears to have injured his hamstring.  If Jackson plays, he'll be less than 100%.  I don't see him playing all of the snaps in week 5, and the Bolts will presumably rely on Tolbert and Mathews with Gates out and V-Jax hurting.

Johnny Knox - Until Jay Cutler consistently passes the ball to a receiver not named Matt Forte, the Bears' receivers will be hard to rely on, even in nice match-ups.

Nate Burleson - Titus Young appears to have overtaken Burleson as Detroit's # 2 WR.  Will fight for targets behind Megatron, Young, Jahvid Best and Brandon Pettigrew.

Robert Meachem - Looks like he's the Saints' # 4/5 target in the receiving pecking order with Colston healthy.

Don't Panic On: Santonio Holmes, Denarius Moore, Percy Harvin

Some Panic is Acceptable: Mike Williams, Nate Burleson, Mario Manningham

Go All In On: Hakeem Nicks

Fold: Dolphins WR's

Buy Low: Santonio Holmes, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Anquan Boldin, Marques Colston

Sell High: Wes Welker (this is his absolute peak), Roddy White

Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list.  You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown.

 

Player Team Opponent
1. Calvin Johnson Lions Bears
2. Wes Welker Patriots Jets
3. Hakeem Nicks Giants Seahawks
4. Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals Vikings
5. Steve Smith Panthers Saints
6. Greg Jennings Packers Falcons
7. Roddy White Falcons Packers
8. Julio Jones Falcons Packers
9. Desean Jackson Eagles Bills
10. Santonio Holmes Jets Patriots
11. Percy Harvin Vikings Cardinals
12. Mike Wallace Steelers Titans
13. Steve Johnson Bills Eagles
14. Marques Colston Saints Panthers
15. Jeremy Maclin Eagles Bills
16. Dwayne Bowe Chiefs Colts
17. Vincent Jackson (Questionable) Chargers Broncos
18. AJ Green Bengals Jaguars
19. Brandon Lloyd Broncos Chargers
20. Mike Williams Bucs 49ers
21. Nate Washington Titans Steelers
22. Sidney Rice Seahawks Giants
23. David Nelson Bills Eagles
24. Jordy Nelson Packers Falcons
25. Eric Decker Broncos Chargers
26. Jacoby Jones Texans Raiders
27. Denarius Moore Raiders Texans
28. Mario Manningham Giants Seahawks
29. Mike Thomas Jaguars Bengls
30. Reggie Wayne Colts Chiefs
31. Lance Moore Saints Panthers
32. Titus Young Lions Bears
33. Deion Branch Patriots Jets
34. Plaxico Burress Jets Patriots
35. Johnny Knox Bears Lions
36. Antonio Brown Steelers Titans
37. Kevin Walter Texans Raiders
38. Victor Cruz Giants Seahawks
39. Pierre Garcon Colts Chiefs
40. Jacoby Ford Raiders Texans
41. Nate Burleson Lions Bears
42. Robert Meachem Saints Panthers
43. Malcolm Floyd Chargers Broncos
44. Steve Breaston Chiefs Colts
45. Michael Jenkins Vikings Cardinals
46. Preston Parker
Bucs
49ers
47. Dane Sanzenbacher Bears Lions
48. Patrick Crayton Chargers Broncos
49. Austin Collie Colts Chiefs
50. Devery Henderson Saints Panthers

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