Week 5 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

It’s no secret there’s been an offensive surge in the NFL this year, and wide receivers are reaping the benefits with some monster performances. Last Sunday, Odell Beckham Jr., DJ Chark, Tre’Quan Smith, and CeeDee Lamb all had multi-TD games; the week before, seven wideouts had at least two touchdown catches, including “sleepers” Tee Higgins, Andy Isabella, Dontrelle Inman, and Cedrick Wilson. Clearly, it’s “one of those years,” and it seems unlikely to stop anytime soon. That’s ultimately good news, though it did present its own set of unique challenges when we put together our Week 5 fantasy WR rankings,

With so many favorable matchups and overachieving wide receivers to choose from, how do you put them in order? If a receiver is considered a WR2, does it really matter if he’s No. 13 or No. 24? It looks like a big difference on the page, but in truth, it doesn’t matter. Those types of players are all must-starts this week. 

A couple new players, including Robby Anderson (@ Falcons) and CeeDee Lamb (vs. Giants), move into that tier because of favorable matchups in Week 5. A.J. Brown (vs. Bills) is hopefully set to return from a knee injury/bye week, so we slot him back in that group, as well. Fantasy owners hope Michael Thomas (knee) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) also return from injury this week. We currently have Thomas (vs. Chargers) in our rankings, but with the Saints off in Week 6, it’s possible they hold out him out through their bye. We don’t anticipate Godwin being back to face the Bears on Thursday, but we’ll be ready to adjust if he’s active.

Moving into the WR3 tier are Darius Slayton (@ Cowboys), Jamison Crowder (vs. Cardinals), Justin Jefferson (@ Seahawks), Jerry Jeudy (@ Patriots), Brandon Aiyuk (vs. Dolphins), and Deebo Samuel (vs. Dolphins). There are risks with some of these guys (Jeudy possibly being matched up with Stephon Gilmore, the 49ers cannibalizing each other’s production, other assorted QB issues), but all have solid matchups and the talent/big-play ability to rip off big games. 

Several more potential sleepers, including Golden Tate (@ Cowboys), Scotty Miller (@ Bears), N’Keal Harry (vs. Broncos), Christian Kirk (@ Jets), Zach Pascal (@ Browns), and Curtis Samuel (@ Falcons), are right on the start-or-sit bubble and could be worth streaming if you’re in a bind because of byes to Lions and Packers receivers. 

On the flipside, some WRs are moving down, though it’s not necessarily because of matchups. We’re at the point in the season where chronically poor performances can’t be ignored. A.J. Green (@ Ravens) represents the worst of both worlds this week, and we have him well out of the WR3 tier. Jarvis Landry (vs. Colts) has also fallen since you can’t count on him throwing a TD every week. T.Y. Hilton (@ Browns) would join them if he didn’t have such a favorable matchup. Brandin Cooks (vs. Jaguars), Preston Williams (@ 49ers), and Anthony Miller (vs. Bucs) all look like they’re better suited for the waiver wire than fantasy benches.

Of course, given how this season has gone, it’s possible any (or all) of those just mentioned go off in Week 5. After all, is there really such thing as a “bad matchup” anymore? It’s starting to feel as if there’s not, but either way, fantasy owners will agonize over their start ’em, sit ’em decisions, so we’ll do our best to help. 

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Cardinals vs. Jets

Chiefs vs. Raiders

Vikings @ Seahawks

Cowboys vs. Giants

Saints vs. Chargers

Bears vs. Buccaneers

Buccaneers @ Bears

Chargers @ Saints

Bills @ Titans

Seahawks vs. Vikings

Falcons vs. Panthers

Seahawks vs. Vikings

Falcons vs. Panthers

Panthers @ Falcons

Browns vs. Colts

Jaguars @ Texans

Panthers @ Falcons

Dolphins @ 49ers

Steelers vs. Eagles

Rams @ Washington

Texans vs. Jaguars

Cowboys vs. Giants

Washington vs. Rams

Titans vs. Bills

Patriots vs. Broncos

Bengals @ Ravens

Giants @ Cowboys

Steelers vs. Eagles

Ravens vs. Bengals

Jets vs. Cardinals

Vikings @ Seahawks

Colts @ Browns

Rams @ Washington

Broncos @ Patriots

49ers vs. Dolphins

49ers vs. Dolphins

37 Golden Tate, NYG @ DAL
38 Greg Ward Jr., PHI @ PIT
39 Emmanuel Sanders, NO vs. LAC
40 John Brown, BUF @ TEN
41 Scotty Miller, TB vs. CHI
42 N’Keal Harry, NE vs. DEN
43 Cole Beasley, BUF @ TEN
44 Christian Kirk, ARZ @ NYJ
45 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. IND
46 Zach Pascal, IND @ CLE
47 Corey Davis, TEN vs. BUF
48 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ ATL
49 Sammy Watkins, KC vs. LV
50 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ HOU
51 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. LAC
52 Russell Gage, ATL vs. CAR
53 Tim Patrick, DEN @ NE
54 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LV
55 Michael Gallup, DAL vs. NYG
56 A.J. Green, CIN @ BAL
57 Tee Higgins, CIN @ BAL
58 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ KC
59 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. JAX
60 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ NO
61 Isaiah Ford, MIA @ SF
62 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. ARZ
63 Justin Watson, TB @ CHI
64 David Moore, SEA vs. MIN
65 Preston Williams, MIA @ SF
66 Alshon Jeffery, PHI @ PIT
67 Randall Cobb, HOU vs. JAX
68 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. TB
69 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. PHI
70 Damiere Byrd, NE vs. DEN
71 Andy Isabella, ARZ @ NYJ
72 Dontrelle Inman, WAS vs. LAR
73 Keelan Cole, JAX @ HOU
74 Nelson Agholor, LV @ KC
75 Anthony Miller, CHI vs. TB
76 James Washington, PIT vs. PHI
77 Jeff Smith, NYJ vs. ARZ
78 Josh Reynolds, LAR @ WAS
79 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ NYJ
80 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ TEN
81 Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. MIA
82 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LV
83 Chris Hogan, NYJ vs. ARZ
84 Miles Boykin, BAL vs. CIN

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