Fantasy Football WR Rankings: Week 5

The wide receiver group is deep this year, so you can get away with starting a lot of different players. If you're torn between a few players, use my rankings to figure out who to start and who to sit. I list the top 50 because there aren't any worth playing beyond that.

Byes: Miami Dolphins & Oakland Raiders

Updated: Oct. 2

Other Rankings: QB, RB, WR, TE, DEF

Rank & Player Opponent Notes
1. Antonio Brown, PIT @JAC Brown has been killing it.
2. Jordy Nelson, GB MIN Nelson has been on fire.
3. Calvin Johnson, DET BUF His ankle injury worries me, but you can't afford to not play him.
4. Julio Jones, ATL @NYG Julio looks healthy, which means he's a safe start every week.
5. Demaryius Thomas, DEN ARI Thomas is always a safe start.
6. Dez Bryant, DAL HOU Teams have been focusing on stopping Dez, but he is still producing.
7. A.J. Green, CIN @NE Green is an obvious start.
8. Randall Cobb, GB MIN Given that the Packers throw the ball a ton, Cobb is safe play.
9. Alshon Jeffery, CHI @CAR He's a safer play than Marshall.
10. Jeremy Maclin, PHI STL Maclin has played amazing so far.
11. Brandon Marshall, CHI @CAR Marshall has just three catches in his last two games.
12. Keenan Allen, SD NYJ Allen had a big week last time out, and I think we'll see more of that moving forward.
13. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN ARI I thought Sanders' targets would drop with the return of Welker. Kinda whiffed on that one.
14. Kelvin Benjamin, CAR CHI Benjamin has played great lately and has a good matchup.
15. Steve Smith, BAL @IND Smith has played really well. Maybe he's not washed up.
16. Victor Cruz, NYG ATL With the Giants looking like an actual football team on offense, Cruz is worth starting.
17. Vincent Jackson, TB @NO He's not a WR1, but Jackson is worth a start.
18. Percy Harvin, SEA @WAS He's a tough player to trust for a full season because of injury issues, but play him if you got him.
19. Roddy White, ATL @NYG If White is healthy, he plays for you.
20. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU @DAL Go ahead and start playing Hopkins.
21. Michael Crabtree, SF KC This isn't a great matchup, but he's worth a look.
22. Andre Johnson, HOU @DAL I think Hopkins is a better play this week.
23. Michael Floyd, ARI @DEN Floyd has taken over the WR No. 1 role in Arizona.
24. Julian Edelman, NE CIN This isn't a great matchup for Edleman, but aside from last week, he's been the Patriots' best fantasy player.
25. T.Y. Hilton, IND BAL Hilton has increased his production every game.
26. Wes Welker, DEN ARI Welker will probably be brought along slowly.
27. Reggie Wayne, IND BAL Wayne is usually worth a look at the flex spot.
28. Golden Tate, DET BUF Tate doesn't put up big numbers, but doesn't put up small ones either.
29. Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN @GB I'm not-so all-in on Patterson anymore.
30. Pierre Garcon, WAS SEA Garcon has a terrible matchup this week and is coming off a poor effort.
31. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI @DEN Fitz hasn't done much of anything this season.
32. Marques Colston, NO TB Colston has some big games every now and then, and has a great matchup.
33. Sammy Watkins, BUF @DET Watkins has been nothing but inconsistent.
34. DeSean Jackson, WAS SEA Terrible matchup for Jackson this week.
35. Brandin Cooks, NO TB Cooks has been inconsistent, but he's got a good matchup this week.
36. Marcus Wheaton, PIT @JAC Wheaton will be good, but you don't need to start him quite yet. He does have a great matchup.
37. Eric Decker, NYJ @SD Decker needs touchdowns to be worth playing, and that's tough to bank on.
38. Eddie Royal, SD NYJ Back-to-back insane weeks from Royal, but we saw the same thing last season.
39. Terrance Williams, DAL HOU Teams are focused on Dez, which means Williams is getting more looks.
40. Brian Quick, STL @PHI Quick has looked good lately and has a decent matchup.
41. Rueben Randle, NYG ATL Randle had a nice effort last time out, so we'll see if that stays the same.
42. Kendall Wright, TEN CLE Wright looks like a WR3 at best right now.
43. Anquan Boldin, SF KC Don't trust Boldin. He's too inconsistent.
44. Greg Jennings, MIN @GB Jennings is a backup.
45. Dwayne Bowe, KC @SF Slow start for Bowe. Don't play him if you can avoid it.
46. Brandon LaFell, NE CIN LaFell was the only Patriot to put up a passable offensive performance let week.
47. Andrew Hawkins, CLE @TEN He's valuable in a PPR league, but not so much in a standard one.
48. Malcolm Floyd, SD NYJ Floyd has played well lately. He's someone worth monitoring.
49. Torrey Smith, BAL @IND Smith has really struggled this season. I blame Steve Smith.
50. Allen Hurns, JAC PIT Hurns is a boom-or-bust play.

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