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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide receivers for Week 5

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Ranking the best wide receivers by matchup and opportunity for Week 5 of the 2019 NFL Season.

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Last week, I used this space to highlight Davante Adams. Mike Evans had sleep-walked through the first two weeks of the season before exploding in Week 3, paving the way to highlight an elite wide receiver (Adams) who hadn’t lived up to the preseason hype but was in a prime spot to erupt.

Adams did just that, pasting a hapless Eagles secondary for 10 catches and 180 yards. Six of those catches and 107 of those yards came in the first quarter, while a toe injury cut Adams’ night short and didn’t allow him to go full Mount Vesuvius.

This week, a receiver who has underwhelmed the last few weeks and was drafted in the same range as Adams is in a picturesque spot. DeAndre Hopkins has followed up an outstanding Week 1 performance (8/11/2) with three pedestrian lines of 5/40/0, 6/67/0 and 5/41/0.

But up next is a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who were just eviscerated by Titans wide receivers A.J. Brown and Corey Davis for a combined 185 yards and three touchdowns through the air. T.Y. Hilton and Nelson Agholor went over 16 fantasy points each against the same secondary the previous two weeks. Nuk – and Will Fuller too – is going to eat on Sunday.

WR Rankings - Week 5

Rank Player Team Opponent Opponent Rank vs. WRs Previous Week Stats
Rank Player Team Opponent Opponent Rank vs. WRs Previous Week Stats
1 Julio Jones ATL @HOU 10th most points allowed 4/52 on 7 targets
2 Chris Godwin TB @NO 5th most points allowed 12/172/2 on 14 targets
3 DeAndre Hopkins HOU ATL 13th most points allowed 5/41 on 8 targets
4 Keenan Allen LAC DEN 3rd fewest points allowed 5/48 on 6 targets
5 Cooper Kupp LAR @SEA 9th fewest points allowed 9/121/1 on 15 targets
6 Michael Thomas NO TB 6th most points allowed 9/95 on 9 targets
7 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE @SF 15th most points allowed 2/20 on 7 targets
8 Mike Evans TB @NO 5th most points allowed 4/89/1 on 7 targets
9 Tyler Lockett SEA LAR 14th fewest points allowed 4/51 on 4 targets
10 Adam Thielen MIN @NYG 4th most points allowed 2/6 on 6 targets
11 Brandin Cooks LAR @SEA 9th fewest points allowed 6/71 on 9 targets
12 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @CIN 6th fewest points allowed 5/47 on 5 targets
13 Alshon Jeffery PHI NYJ 3rd most points allowed 3/38/1 on 9 targets
14 Allen Robinson CHI @OAK 7th most points allowed 7/77 on 7 targets
15 Josh Gordon NE @WAS 2nd most points allowed 3/46 on 7 targets
16 Amari Cooper DAL GB Fewest points allowed 5/48 on 8 targets
17 Courtland Sutton DEN @LAC 16th fewest points allowed 6/62/2 on 9 targets
18 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT BAL 12th most points allowed 3/15 on 4 targets
19 Robert Woods LAR @SEA 9th fewest points allowed 13/164 on 15 targets
20 Tyler Boyd CIN ARI 8th fewest points allowed 3/33 on 6 targets
21 Will Fuller HOU ATL 13th most points allowed 3/23 on 6 targets
22 Phillip Dorsett NE @WAS 2nd most points allowed 2/10 on 9 targets
23 D.J. Chark Jr. JAX @CAR 7th fewest points allowed 4/44 on 8 targets
24 Sammy Watkins KC IND 11th fewest points allowed 3/54 on 6 targets
25 Emmanuel Sanders DEN @LAC 16th fewest points allowed 5/104 on 9 targets
26 Stefon Diggs MIN @NYG 4th most points allowed 7/108 on 7 targets
27 DK Metcalf SEA LAR 14th fewest points allowed 1/6 on 4 targets
28 Julian Edelman NE @WAS 2nd most points allowed 4/30 on 7 targets
29 Geronimo Allison GB @DAL 5th fewest points allowed 3/52/1 on 4 targets
30 Sterling Shepard NYG MIN 17th fewest points allowed 7/76 on 9 targets
31 Terry McLaurin WAS NE 2nd fewest points allowed Out with injury
32 DeMarcus Robinson KC IND 11th fewest points allowed 4/35 on 9 targets
33 Marquise Brown BAL @PIT 11th most points allowed 4/22 on 7 targets
34 Robby Anderson NYJ @PHI Most points allowed Bye week
35 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB @DAL 5th fewest points allowed 3/47 on 7 targets
36 Calvin Ridley ATL @HOU 10th most points allowed 3/32 on 6 targets
37 John Brown BUF @TEN 10th fewest points allowed 5/69 on 11 targets
38 Auden Tate CIN ARI 8th fewest points allowed 4/50 on 6 targets
39 Tyrell Williams OAK CHI 12th fewest points allowed 3/36/1 on 7 targets
40 Mohamed Sanu ATL @HOU 10th most points allowed 9/91 on 12 targets
41 Corey Davis TEN BUF 4th fewest points allowed 5/91/1 on 6 targets
42 Dede Westbrook JAX @CAR 7th fewest points allowed 5/66 on 6 targets
43 DJ Moore CAR JAX 8th most points allowed 3/44 on 5 targets
44 Nelson Agholor PHI NYJ 3rd most points allowed 0/0 on 1 target
45 Golden Tate NYG MIN 17th fewest points allowed Suspension
46 Diontae Johnson PIT BAL 12th most points allowed 6/77/1 on 6 targets
47 Deebo Samuel SF CLE 15th fewest points allowed Bye week
48 KeeSean Johnson ARI @CIN 6th fewest points allowed 2/19 on 3 targets
49 Curtis Samuel CAR JAX 8th most points allowed 3/32 on 7 targets
50 Mecole Hardman KC IND 11th fewest points allowed 2/9 on 5 targets