DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. TB. Smith has charted fewer than six points twice in PPR leagues, but in his other three contests, he’s put up 15-plus points. You’ve heard time and time again about the Buccaneers’ struggles on the back end of their defense, and Smith should take advantage here. Tampa has been the worst defense against fantasy WRs this year, and the Eagles’ will have to pass a ton to keep up with the Bucs’ potent offense. Jalen Reagor should be viewed as a sneaky flex play, as he’s drawn five or more targets in four-of-five games this year, and the volume should be there.
Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. SEA. JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is out for the year, so there are more targets to go around for all Pittsburgh receivers. Johnson received just two targets in Week 5, but he scored a touchdown and netted 72 yards. In all three games prior, he drew at least 10 targets. With JuJu out, you have to think he’ll return to easily getting double-digit targets against a bad Seattle secondary. Chase Claypool will be more involved, too, but he’s still a low-end flex option in standard leagues until he shows more consistent production.
Adam Thielen, MIN @ CAR. Thielen has caught just five passes in the past two games for a combined 86 yards, but we don’t think he’ll stay down for long. The Panthers’ defense has looked scary this year but showed weaknesses against Philadephia. If nothing else, he’s one of the most likely receivers in the league to score a touchdown.
DK Metcalf, SEA @ PIT. With Geno Smith at the helm, we’ll likely see Metcalf get a ton of targets. As we’ve seen in the past, backup quarterbacks often lock in on their No. 1 WR. Additionally, it’s time to consider the possibility the Steelers’ secondary isn’t good anymore. They’ve allowed the fifth-most points to fantasy WRs, including monster performances from Courtland Sutton, Henry Ruggs, Ja’Marr Chase, and Randall Cobb.
Mike Williams, LAC @ BAL. Williams should probably be viewed as at least a high-end WR2 for the remainder of the season. He’s just had one down game, but boy did he deliver in Week 5 against the Browns, who looked like one of the best defenses in football heading into the game. He caught eight-of-16 targets for 165 yards and two touchdowns and looked every part of a top-tier wideout in his breakout season. Baltimore has talent in the secondary, but Williams has shown enough to be trusted regardless of the matchup this year.
Chris Godwin, TB @ PHI. Godwin has been the forgotten man of the Tampa Bay WRs over the past two weeks, but he’s bound to make a comeback. Philadelphia’s defense has been up and down this season, so Mike Evans and Godwin remain must-starts, and Antonio Brown is a strong flex play.
Amari Cooper, DAL @ NE. New England was a top-four defense against fantasy WRs until they gave up touchdowns to Chris Moore and Chris Conley in Houston. Understandably, you may have never heard of either of those guys, but this felt like a total outlier performance for a strong Patriots defense. Even the best defenses in the league can overlook an opponent. Against Dallas, expect them to be ready to play, but Dallas’ offensive is so potent right now that Cooper and CeeDee Lamb remain must-starts.
A.J. Brown, TEN vs. BUF. Brown returned from a hamstring injury in Week 5, but he was on a snap count. We knew this game against Jacksonville would be the Derrick Henry show, and Ryan Tannehill attempted just 22 passes. Still, Brown charted six targets (27-percent target share) and was inches away from scoring a touchdown, as well. As he gets healthier, he should return to form. Buffalo is one of the stoutest defenses against fantasy WRs, but this feels like a game where they will force Tennessee to pass. If Julio Jones is active, there’s a chance he’ll be on a snap count, too, but this Monday night game will take place after 20 days of rest after being inactive for the two weeks. He’s a boom-or-bust play here.
CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ NE. See Amari Cooper.
Marquise Brown, BAL vs. LAC. Brown has been electric this season, but heading into Week 5, the Chargers were the second-best defense against fantasy WRs. The Browns just put up 40 points on their heads, but it was David Njoku who did the damage through the air. However, Brown’s big-play ability keeps him from falling too far in the rankings. We’ll see if the presence of Rashod Bateman helps or hurts his fantasy outlook moving forward.
Julio Jones, TEN vs. BUF. See A.J. Brown.
Tee Higgins, CIN @ DET. Higgins returned to action in Week 5 against Green Bay, catching five-of-seven targets for 32 yards and a two-point conversion. It wasn’t a spectacular game, but it was nice to see Joe Burrow looking his way in his first game back. We know the Lions’ roster is weak all around, and the secondary is no different. Feel confident in Higgins as your WR2 or flex this week. The same things can be said about Tyler Boyd, but he’s more of a PPR-specific play at the flex.
Keenan Allen, LAC @ BAL. Allen remains more attractive in PPR leagues, but for the first time in his career, he looks like the No. 2 WR for the Chargers. It makes sense, as Justin Herbert’s rocket arm gears more toward Mike Williams’ skill-set. Still, Allen is liable to catch double-digit passes any week.
Robert Woods, LAR @ NYG. Woods finally got on the same page as Matthew Stafford, catching 12-of-14 targets for 150 yards in Week 5 and showed exactly what we were excited about heading into the year. We should still view Cooper Kupp as the No. 1 WR in LA, but this breakout performance is promising. Until he puts a few great performances in a row together, he remains as a low-end WR2.
Tyler Lockett, SEA @ PIT. As mentioned above, Lockett may be the true fantasy loser of the Russell Wilson finger injury. His game has been built on his elite deep-threat acumen, and it’s tough to think Geno Smith will be able to deliver those shots like Wilson can. However, we won’t move him too low in the rankings, as we’ll need to see how it plays out. His talent alone gives him the chance of a nuclear performance each week.
Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. DAL. Meyers is more of a PPR stud, but he can’t be ignored in standard leagues going against the Dallas defense. Yes, Dallas has forced a ton of turnovers, but they’ve still given up plenty of fantasy points to WRs (third-most). Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Mike Williams, Kadarius Toney, and D.J. Moore all went off against the Cowboys. Meyers is not as explosive as any of those guys, but he has a knack for getting open and should see double-digit targets. Perhaps he’ll score the first touchdown of his career here.
Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ TEN. Sanders is among the league leaders in air yards, and he’ll have plenty of opportunity for deep touchdowns against the Titans, who have been the second-worst defense against fantasy WRs. Cole Beasley has been a bust in two straight weeks, so Sanders is the guy to trust until further notice. Beasley may still have some nice games, but he should only be considered in deeper leagues.
Antonio Brown, TB @ PHI. See Chris Godwin.
Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LV. Sutton has proven to be boom-or-bust this season, with three games under five points in standard leagues and two over 15.7 points. He’s another guy who’s near the top of the league in air yards and is rounding into form after tearing his ACL last year. The Raiders have actually been solid against WRs, so Sutton is viewed as a WR3 this week. Tim Patrick is in a similar boat. Although while he doesn’t have the ceiling Sutton does, he’s been more consistent thus far this season.
Brandin Cooks, HOU @ IND. On a weird day where Davis Mills went for 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Patriots, Cooks caught just three passes for 23 yards. It was one of the strangest things we’ve seen so far this season, but fantasy football has a tendency to make no sense. However, we’re going to trust Cooks as a WR3 against a Colts’ defense that allowed Cooper Kupp and Tyler Lockett to each put up over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Even Tennessee’s Nick Westbrook-Ikhine put up a 4-43-1 line against Indi. Cooks should get back on track here, but be aware he’s starting to look like a boom-or-bust guy.
Allen Robinson, CHI vs. GB. We can’t fully trust anyone in the Bears’ passing attack, but surely Robinson can eventually at least put up WR3 numbers, right? Ja’Marr Chase, Diontae Johnson, and Quintez Cephus all put up respectable fantasy showing against them, and with Jaire Alexander on IR, the Packers’ secondary should be even weaker than we’ve seen. In the Bears’ last two games, they’ve been able to simply play defense and run the ball. That won’t be the case here with Aaron Rodgers on the other sideline, so expect a career-high number of passing attempts from Justin Fields.
DeVante Parker, MIA vs. JAX. Parker was out last week, but he drew at least seven targets in the four games prior and will face off with the lowly Jaguars in London this week if he plays. His target share and big-play ability make him an attractive play this week. Jaylen Waddle has produced two straight duds in fantasy, but he should also get some consideration to start this week. If Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) starts, it feels better for Waddle. Parker should be a solid play regardless of the signal-caller. The Jags have actually been a top-10 unit against fantasy WRs, but that’s due to teams being able to easily run down their throats and sit on big leads. Miami’s offense hasn’t shown the ability to run the ball, so this should be a pass-heavy game script.
Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. LAR. We’ll see if Shepard (hamstring) or if Daniel Jones (concussion) are even active, but if they do play, it’s hard to sit Shepard on the bench. In Shepard’s two full games of action, he caught 16-of-19 targets 207 yards, and a touchdown. He and Jones were on the same page like we’ve never seen before. The Rams are in the bottom half of the league against fantasy WRs, so Shepard is a solid flex option in all formats. The same sentiments go for Kadarius Toney, who has caught 16 passes for 267 yards over the last two weeks.
Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. HOU. Pittman is breaking out this season, and he had his best game yet against Baltimore on Monday night. He caught six-of-seven targets for 89 yards and a touchdown and had his way with one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Marlon Humphrey. He’s starting to look every part of a No. 1 WR and faces a Houston squad that lacks talent on all levels of their defense.
Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. JAX. See DeVante Parker
Chase Claypool, PIT vs. SEA. Diontae Johnson.
Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LV. See Courtland Sutton.
Hunter Renfrow, LV @ DEN. Renfrow isn’t all that attractive in standard leagues but has a safe PPR floor. On the season, he’s caught five passes in every game and scored two receiving touchdowns. He has a limited ceiling, but he’s not likely to give you an absolute dud. In standard leagues, he’s still playable, but again, PPR is where he makes his money. Denver is a middle-of-the-pack unit against WRs, so the matchup is neither favorable nor worrisome.
Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. MIA. Shenault was mightily disappointing in Week 5 in the absence of DJ Chark, as he drew only three targets, catching one of them for 58 yards. However, we won’t drop him to the bottom of our rankings just yet. His role should be more significant moving forward and Miami has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs. This Dolphins-Jags game in London has sneaky shootout potential, and Shenault should see more targets. His floor remains low, but we think his ceiling is higher than what he’s shown. We’ll see who wins out as the Jags’ No. 1 WR between Shenault and Marvin Jones, but both are high upside plays this week,
Tyler Boyd, CIN @ DET. See Tyler Boyd.
Marvin Jones, JAX vs. MIA. See Laviska Shenault.
Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. LAR. See Sterling Shepard.
Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. ARI. OBJ’s track record says his ceiling is high, but since he’s been in Cleveland, we haven’t seen an ounce of fantasy consistency. In a game in which the Browns scored 42 points, Beckham caught just two passes for 20 yards. They can win without WR production, and your fantasy team can live without him, too. Based on his assumed upside, this is the lowest we can rank him.
Cole Beasley, BUF @ TEN. See Emmanuel Sanders.
Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. TB. See DeVonta Smith.
Robby Anderson, CAR vs. MIN. Anderson has been one of the biggest fantasy busts this season, but he’s drawn 11 and seven targets in his last two games. Minnesota’s defense has played better, but they’re still liable to give up deep passing touchdowns — which is exactly Anderson’s strength. As usual, he’s a boom-or-bust play.