Fantasy Football 2012 - Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings

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Does Calvin, Dez and Miles being on bye have you wondering who you should start in Week 5? Read here for help.

We have moved from the NFL draft to preseason games to opening day and now we are in the middle of another important stage of fantasy football, the bye weeks. Is your team ready? I know with four NFL teams now on bye in Week 5, my WR3 is getting dicey. Take a look at the info below and make sure that you make the right call for your fantasy team.

"Depth" is an important word these weeks as teams start to take time off, leaving our fantasy rosters thin. Who can you trust? Who is getting the ball? Who should you pick up on waivers? Who has the best matchup? These are all important questions as we make the tough lineup Start/Sit decisions.

I feel we are far enough into the season to continue to post matchup information. Also, targets are becoming more and more important as we evaluate which wide receivers are the favorites for their respective QBs. And, of course, a general notes section will highlight some important points for the week. Let's start right there:

NOTES:

  • Who had Brian Hartline as their No. 1 ranked WR in Week 4? Answer: no one. Unfortunately, he probably had his 12 catches on 18 targets and 253 yards on someone's bench. Or, he was the first waiver wire pick-up. He is third in the year-to-date target rankings (see below), so I guess we all need to take him seriously.
  • Another week and another week of the Roddy White versus Julio Jones debate. It looks like we'll be going back-and-forth all year with that one, but trust me in Week 5 against the terrible Redskins secondary both should be top choices.
  • Andre Roberts has emerged as a legitimate wide receiver starter, especially during the bye weeks. His 118 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4 certainly have him rostered in most leagues rolling into Week 5.
  • With Greg Jennings most likely out against the Colts, and with Randall Cobb underwhelming, James Jones looks to be the number two option for Aaron Rodgers in Week 5. He's worth a start as WR3 or Flex.
  • Just when poor Santonio Holmes has one good week, poof....he's gone. He is on Injured Reserve (IR) and will not play the remainder of the season. Is this the end of Mark Sanchez and the beginning of Tim Tebow?
  • As mentioned above, the bye weeks continue this week, so be sure to bench all Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Bucs for Week 5.
  • Besides the guys on bye, keep an eye on these injured wide outs: Hakeem Nicks, Greg Jennings, Jeremy Maclin, Danny Amendola, Kenny Britt, Brandon Gibson and Jonathan Baldwin.

TARGETS:

Fantasy wide receiver scoring can be fluky. But, one thing that you can't argue with is targets. See the chart below showing the year-to-date and Week 3 target leaders:

Year-To-Date

Week 3

Dwayne Bowe (49)

Brian Hartline (18) - Wow

Victor Cruz (49)

Lance Moore (15)

Brian Hartline (47) - Really?

Larry Fitzgerald (14)

Danny Amendola (44)

Dez Bryant (13) - ON BYE

Calvin Johnson (43) - ON BYE

Marques Colston (13)

A J Green (43)

Victor Cruz (13)

Santonio Holmes (41) - ON IR

Roddy White (12)

Reggie Wayne (40)

Calvin Johnson (12) - ON BYE

Brandon Lloyd (40)

Jordy Nelson (12)

Roddy White (39)

Dwayne Bowe (12)

Brandon Marshall (39)

Anquan Boldin (12)

Larry Fitzgerald (38)

Devone Bess (12)


FANTASY POINTS ALLOWED (FPA):

FPA is a great judge of the strength of a future matchup. The number next to the teams' names represents how many fantasy points that team is giving up to the entire receiving corps on an average weekly basis. This data wouldn't force you to start Harry Douglass (ATL) as your WR1 just because they are playing the Redskins. But, it might help you break the tie between Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White. Obviously, you want your guy to play against a team that is allowing a LOT of points to WRs:

Best Defense Against Opposing WR's

Worst Defense Against Opposing WR's

Houston Texans (15.55)

Washington Redskins (37.25)

Dallas Cowboys (15.88)

Cleveland Browns (32.58)

St Louis Rams (16.23)

Tampa Bay Bucs (31.53)

San Francisco 49ers (16.33)

New Orleans Saints (29.93)

Atlanta Falcons (17.18)

Buffalo Bills (28.60)

Detroit Lions (17.83)

New York Giants (27.80)

Carolina Panthers (18.03)

Indianapolis Colts (27.10)

New York Jets (18.75)

Miami Dolphins (26.63)

Week 5 Rankings

Player (TEAM)

Standard Scoring

PPR Scoring

A J Green (CIN)

1

1

Roddy White (ATL)

2

2

Andre Johnson (HOU)

3

3

Jordy Nelson (GB)

4

4

Demaryius Thomas (DEN)

5

6

Victor Cruz (NYG)

6

5

Torrey Smith (BAL)

7

7

Brandon Marshall (CHI)

8

8

Julio Jones (ATL)

9

10

Percy Harvin (MIN)

10

9

Reggie Wayne (IND)

11

11

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)

12

12

Eric Decker (DEN)

13

13

Marques Colston (NO)

14

15

Wes Welker (NE)

15

14

Dwayne Bowe (KC)

16

17

Brandon Lloyd (NE)

17

18

Mike Wallace (PIT)

18

19

Malcom Floyd (SD)

19

20

Brian Hartline (MIA)

20

16

DeSean Jackson (PHI)

21

21

James Jones (GB)

22

22

Antonio Brown (PIT)

23

24

Pierre Garcon (WAS)

24

25

Steve Smith (CAR)

25

23

Steve Johnson (BUF)

26

26

Lance Moore (NO)

27

29

Dominik Hixon (NYG)

28

30

Jeremy Maclin (PHI)

29

27

Danny Amendola (STL)

30

28

Nate Washington (TEN)

31

31

Anquan Boldin (BAL)

32

33

Donny Avery (IND)

33

32

Michael Crabtree (SF)

34

35

Andrew Hawkins (CIN)

35

34

Davone Bess (MIA)

36

36

Randall Cobb (GB)

37

38

Jerome Simpson (MIN)

38

39

Greg Little (CLE)

39

37

Leonard Hankerson (WAS)

40

40

Andre Roberts (ARI)

41

41

Brandon LaFell (CAR)

42

42

Kenny Britt (TEN)

43

44

Justin Blackmon (JAC)

44

43

Kendall Wright (TEN)

45

45

T Y Hilton (IND)

46

46

Sidney Rice (SEA)

47

47

Jeremy Kerley (NYJ)

48

48

Jonathan Baldwin (KC)

49

49

Alshon Jeffery (CHI)

50

50

Robert Meachem (SD)

51

51

Brandon Gibson (STL)

52

52

Kevin Walter (HOU)

53

53

Mario Manningham (SF)

54

54

Emmanuel Sanders (PIT)

55

55

Randy Moss (SF)

56

56

Donald Jones (BUF)

57

57

Devery Henderson (NO)

58

58

Brandon Stokley (DEN)

59

59

Chris Givens (STL)

60

60

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