Fantasy football: Week 6 wide receiver rankings

By Alex Butler  |  Oct. 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM
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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown tops our Week 6 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.

Doug Baldwin, A.J. Green and Dez Bryant are the big names resting with Week 6 byes. There are some other wide receivers shelved due to injury, i.e. Odell Beckham Jr.

Luckily, there are likely several replacement-level options at the position available on your waiver wire.

Feel free to take a look at my top pickups and drops article for Week 6.

Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks and Jordy Nelson round out my top 5 wide outs after Brown for Week 6.

Here are my Top 50 options at the position this week.

TOP 50 WEEK 5 RANKINGS BELOW

TOP SHELF

Houston Texans star DeAndre Hopkins is my No. 3 wide receiver this week. Hopkins faces a beatable Cleveland Browns defense in Week 6 and Deshaun Watson has been playing great. Expect Hopkins to get peppered with targets once again here. He currently ranks second in the league in looks with 61, trailing only Antonio Brown (64). Hopkins scored three times in Week 5 and now has four scores in his last two games and five on the season. He is an every week WR1, but he could lead your team to glory with another stellar showing against the Browns.

Demaryius Thomas has had an extremely quiet 2017 as he has yet to eclipse 100 receiving yards or score a touchdown this season. Week 6 will be his for the taking against the New York Giants. The Denver Broncos pass catcher is my No. 8 option for the week against this winless foe. I don't foresee the Giants moving the ball very well at all on Sunday with so many injuries on offense. This will open the door to a balanced approach from the Broncos. Look for Thomas to get in the end zone for the first time this season. He is a WR1 for me.

SNEAKY PLAYS

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is a low-end WR1 in deeper leagues on Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. My No. 14 option at wide receiver broke out for 104 yards on four catches in Week 4. He scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 5. Look for Benjamin to stay hot in Week 6 against a defense allowing the third-most fantasy points per game and most receiving scores to wide receivers this season.

Terrelle Pryor finally got into the end zone in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs but he has generally been a source of disappointment for fantasy football team owners who took him in the early rounds of their drafts. The Washington Redskins wide receiver is a mid-range WR2 for me in Week 6 with a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have allowed the fourth-most receiving yards and are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Pryor comes in at No. 17 for me.

LONGSHOTS

The Tennessee Titans had an abysmal showing in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins, but that was mostly tied to the absence of Marcus Mariota in a loss to the Miami Dolphins. Mariota looks like a game-time call for Week 6, but if he does play I expect Rishard Matthews to benefit most. Matthews, who had nine touchdowns last season, only has one touchdown in five games this year. This week he lines up against the Indianapolis Colts, a team that has allowed the third-most receiving yards to wide receivers this season. Matthews is my No. 22 option and a low-end WR2 in deeper leagues.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholar played a big role in Carson Wentz's Week 5 masterpiece. Now he's back for a sequel against a Carolina Panthers defense that has allowed five scores to wide receivers in five games this season. My No. 45 wide receiver for Week 6 is a desperation or bye week WR3 play but has proven he has big play ability this season. He has three scores through five weeks and could do it again on Thursday Night Football with Wentz at the helm.

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