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Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings - Standard Leagues

More teams on a bye week means more decisions that need to be made. Robert helps you out with his week 5 Wide Receiver rankings for standard leagues.

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Well that was a strange week. The studs just didn't perform well. Who would have guessed that both Julio Jones and Antonio Brown would have been so bad in the same week? It is time though to forget the past week and move on to week 5. These guys are considered studs for a reason, you always start them no matter what. Occasional performances like this will happen from even the best players, you just have to remember to not overreact to one game.

While only two teams were off last week, we now have four teams this week. The amount of teams will stay up until we reach the end of the bye weeks. Each week remember to take a look at which guys won't be playing, and how many active guys you have. If you only have 3 active WR's in a week, but one of them is a little banged up, it is best to play it safe, and try to find a guy on your team you are willing to drop to add a security net for you. Without going much further, it is time to go to the rankings.

Teams on Bye: Dolphins, Jets, Panthers, Vikings

Rank

Player

Team

Opponent

1

Julio Jones

Falcons

Redskins

2

Demaryius Thomas

Broncos

Raiders

3

Randall Cobb

Packers

Rams

4

Odell Beckham Jr.

Giants

49ers

5

DeAndre Hopkins

Texans

Colts

6

Antonio Brown

Steelers

Chargers

7

A.J. Green

Bengals

Seahawks

8

Jeremy Maclin

Chiefs

Bears

9

Julian Edelman

Patriots

Cowboys

10

Larry Fitzgerald

Cardinals

Lions

11

Emmanuel Sanders

Broncos

Raiders

12

Keenan Allen

Chargers

Steelers

13

Calvin Johnson

Lions

Cardinals

14

T.Y. Hilton

Colts

Texans

15

Allen Robinson

Jaguars

Buccaneers

16

Donte Moncrief

Colts

Texans

17

Jordan Matthews

Eagles

Saints

18

Amari Cooper

Raiders

Broncos

19

James Jones

Packers

Rams

20

Kendall Wright

Titans

Bills

21

Mike Evans

Buccaneers

Jaguars

22

Pierre Garcon

Redskins

Falcons

23

Vincent Jackson

Buccaneers

Jaguars

24

Allen Hurns

Jaguars

Buccaneers

25

Brandin Cooks

Saints

Eagles

26

Terrance Williams

Cowboys

Patriots

27

John Brown

Cardinals

Lions

28

Leonard Hankerson

Falcons

Redskins

29

Martavis Bryant

Steelers

Chargers

30

Eddie Royal

Bears

Chiefs

31

Kamar Aiken

Ravens

Browns

32

Rueben Randle

Giants

49ers

33

Travis Benjamin

Browns

Ravens

34

Michael Crabtree

Raiders

Broncos

35

Percy Harvin

Bills

Titans

36

Willie Snead

Saints

Eagles

37

Doug Baldwin

Seahawks

Bengals

38

Golden Tate

Lions

Cardinals

39

Anquan Boldin

49ers

Giants

40

Kenny Britt

Rams

Packers

41

Tavon Austin

Rams

Packers

42

Torrey Smith

49ers

Giants

43

Marvin Jones

Bengals

Seahawks

44

Marquess Wilson

Bears

Chiefs

45

Cole Beasley

Cowboys

Patriots

46

Jermaine Kearse

Seahawks

Bengals

47

Nate Washington

Texans

Colts

48

Dorial Green-Beckham

Titans

Bills

49

Jamison Crowder

Redskins

Falcons

50

Sammy Watkins

Bills

Titans

Jeremy Maclin - The last two weeks have shown us the upside that Maclin brings on a week to week basis. There is no reason to think that Maclin can't continue this great stretch against the Bears. Whatever you think of Alex Smith as a starting QB, he is doing a fine job getting the ball to his best receiver. Maclin needs Smith to continue providing top 15 numbers.

Allen Hurns - A big play option who was a target monster last week. The Jaguars are letting Bortles air out the ball right now, and that is providing enough targets to sustain two top receivers. The main guy will be Allen Robinson, but Hurns will get enough to justify production most weeks. This week he gets a nice bump because of the matchup against Tampa Bay. Both guys should put up the production this week, and Hurns has a nice chance to break a long TD.

Brandin Cooks - Yes Cooks just had a down game again, but I saw somthing in that game that explains it. The Cowboys saw the threat that Cooks can be to them, and because of that, they had Morris Claiborne opposite of him the entire game. The fact that the Cowboys still recognize Cooks is still a big threat, shows the respect he is getting as a 2nd year receiver who has yet to play well this year. I see a nice turnaround coming for Cooks, and the start could be this week. The Eagles are the fifth worst at stopping opposing WR's, giving Cooks the opportunity to right the ship here.

Martavis Bryant - Would rank higher if Roethlisberger was playing. This is his first game back, and while I recommend a wait and see approach, he is such a dynamic player that I can justify starting him if you have a guy on a bye. It will be interesting to see what the Steelers have Vick do with the extra time they had between games. This could be the start to a great last 12 games for Bryant.

Kamar Aiken - Steve Smith will be out this week, and with that Kamar Aiken will step up to be the number one guy for Joe Flacco. Aiken had a decent game last week, and now has a good matchup against the Browns. While I want to believe that Aiken will be just as good as Smith was, I need to see him do it first. The upside seems limited, so he will need quite a few targets to put up a great

Jamison Crowder - Not a player you will be starting this week, but someone to keep an eye on. Crowder has now had two straight games of at least 6 receptions, and has been targeted 9 times a game in that span. While Crowder may not amount to something when Jackson returns, in the short term Crowder could prove himself a nice player, earning more playing time over Garcon in the second half of the season.