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Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings - PPR Leagues

The wide receiver position is thin this week with four teams on the bye. Nick Petraccione gives you his ranking and who he thinks is the best waiver add of the week to fill the empty slot you have.

In the past two weeks we have seen some PPR fantasy studs turn to duds. It’s been tough sledding for owners of DeAndre Hopkins and Odell Beckham Jr. who have watched their first round prized receiver struggle. Both posted career-lows in yards this week (Hopkins - 4 yards, Beckham Jr. - 23 yards), but do not panic. There are owners out there who jump too quickly on a couple of misfortunate weeks and will possibly sell low. I’ve seen a lot of that reaction about these two specific players on social media and I’m here to say if you are one of them (I am) do not sell.

This is your first round pick, this is your playmaker and both of these guys are dangerous threats to score every time they touch the ball. People will be throwing trades at you hoping to buy these guys low, but just wait they will break out again. They are top receivers in the league for a reason, a couple bad weeks won’t define their season especially this early.

I had to address that topic as I have seen way too many owners going into panic mode over those two guys. But now that my rant is over, this is a big bye week with four teams sitting out. So these rankings will help you decide how you fill in the missing pieces in your lineup.

BYE WEEKS: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Brown PIT NYJ
2 A.J. Green CIN @DAL
3 Mike Evans TB CAR
4 Julio Jones ATL @DEN
5 Jordy Nelson GB NYG
6 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG @GB
7 Kelvin Benjamin CAR @TB
8 T.Y. Hilton IND CHI
9 Julian Edelman NE @CLE
10 Brandon Marshall NYJ @PIT
11 Marvin Jones DET PHI
12 Michael Crabtree OAK SD
13 Demaryius Thomas DEN ATL
14 Jarvis Landry MIA TEN
15 Emmanuel Sanders DEN ATL
16 Amari Cooper OAK SD
17 Jordan Mathews PHI @DET
18 DeAndre Hopkins HOU @MIN
19 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @SF
20 Steve Smith BAL @WAS
21 Terrelle Pryor CLE NE
22 Travis Benjamin SD @OAK
23 Randall Cobb GB NYG
24 Sterling Shepard NYG @GB
25 Stefon Diggs MIN HOU
26 Will Fuller HOU @MIN
27 DeSean Jackson WAS BAL
28 Quincy Enunwa NYJ @PIT
29 Tyrell Williams SD @OAK
30 Devante Parker MIA TEN
31 Robert Woods BUF @LA
32 John Brown ARI @SF
33 Mike Wallace BAL WAS
34 Phillip Dorsett IND CHI
35 Jamison Crowder WAS @BAL
36 Cole Beasley DAL CIN
37 Golden Tate DET PHI
38 Eddie Royal CHI @IND
39 Chris Hogan NE @CLE
40 Tajae Sharp TEN @MIA
41 Dontrelle Inman SD @OAK
42 Tavon Austin LA BUF
43 Michael Floyd ARI @SF
44 Sammy Coates PIT NYJ
45 Victor Cruz NYG @GB
46 Davante Adams GB NYG
47 Pierre Garcon WAS @BAL
48 Mohamed Sanu ATL @DEN
49 Kenny Britt LA BUF
50 Ted Ginn CAR TB

DeAndre Hopkins - He is obviously the biggest move on this list. He was always top-five for me and now he sits at #18 this week. Now I know I told you not to panic and I still believe that. But this Minnesota defense makes me question any receiver they are up against. Let's take last week, OBJ was averaging 93 yards per game heading into the matchup and they allowed only 23 yards to him. This defense is the best in the league in my opinion and until I see them falter, anyone who faces them goes down in value in my book. Again don't worry about the future, you can play Hopkins here, but don't expect him to go crazy, he's a WR2 in this matchup. Value drops for Will Fuller as well.

Julian Edelman - Two words: Tom Brady. Need I say more? I expect a revenge game from Brady, he's going to make up for those four weeks he missed. He is angry, he is ready and he's facing the Cleveland. Two more words on Edelman: Must Start.

Michael Crabtree - He is the number five WR in PPR thanks in part to his three touchdown performance last week. But Crabtree is getting tons of looks, especially where it counts. He is 4-4 when he is targeted in the endzone and leads the team in targets overall. He looks and feels like the WR1 in this offense, which is a very good thing for his fantasy owners. It looks like he has pushed Cooper away for now, he's a top-15 play this week.

Quincy Enunwa - Looking for a guy to fill that bye week you have in your lineup? Here's your guy. He isn't a production machine, but he has a lot of potential. Pittsburgh is weak against the pass and with Decker looking like he will be sidelined, Enunwa gets another look at being the WR2 in the offense. Enunwa has a lot of upside in this week's matchup and he's available in about half of leagues.