NFL Week 5 Fantasy Rankings: Wide Receivers

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | 0


Throughout the first four games of the 2014 season, fantasy football has thrown us several unexpected twists and turns as it tends to do.

The top quarterbacks on everyone’s preseason rankings aren’t necessarily the top quarterbacks in terms of stats (at least right now), and several of the top running backs have turned in absolutely horrendous seasons thus far.

The one position where many of the preseason’s top-ranked players have produced is wide receiver. Elite wideouts have scored on par with expectations, for the most part.

However, that doesn’t mean that there are some aberrations to the formula. For example, Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson, who was nearly everyone’s consensus top pick at the position heading into 2014, has struggled after a huge game in Week 1. Hobbled by an ankle injury that kept him out of practice last week, Johnson is reportedly feeling much better this week.

Like Johnson, Chicago Bears star Brandon Marshall has been hampered by an ankle issue suffered in a Week 1 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills. Marshall was noticeably not himself in the Bears’ Week 4 loss to the Green Bay Packers, catching one two passes for 19 yards and one touchdown. The team said they were going to “take a good look” at Marshall’s ankle before deciding his Week 5 status. He reportedly practiced in full today, a good sign for his return against Carolina.

Most people’s No. 2 wideout, Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, has simply struggled with inconsistency, and so has the Chargers’ No. 1 target Keenan Allen. Allen had a bounceback game in Week 4, and Thomas should benefit from Denver’s Week bye.

There have been some breakout stars, such as the Baltimore Ravens’ Steve Smith and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jeremy Maclin, who weren’t necessarily complete off the radar preseason, but for the most part, the stars have produced as such when healthy.

Here are the Week 5 fantasy rankings for wide receivers:

1 Jordy Nelson GB vs. Min
2 Antonio Brown PIT at Jac
3 Julio Jones ATL at NYG
4 A.J. Green CIN at NE
5 Dez Bryant DAL vs. Hou
6 Randall Cobb GB vs. Min
7 Alshon Jeffery CHI at Car
8 Calvin Johnson DET vs. Buf
9 Brandon Marshall CHI at Car
10 Percy Harvin SEA at Was
11 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Ari
12 Steve Smith BAL at Ind
13 Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. StL
14 Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs. Chi
15 Keenan Allen SD vs. NYJ
16 Michael Floyd ARI at Den
17 Roddy White ATL at NYG
18 Victor Cruz NYG vs. Atl
19 DeAndre Hopkins HOU at Dal
20 Julian Edelman NE vs. Cin
21 Vincent Jackson TB at NO
22 Julian Edelman NE vs. Cin
23 Wes Welker DEN vs. Ari
24 T.Y. Hilton IND vs. Bal
25 Michael Crabtree SF vs. KC
About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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