Fantasy football rankings, Week 6: Wide receivers

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The bad news on Falcons WR Julio Jones got you down? Check out our Week 6 Wide Receiver rankings before submitting your lineups this week.

The Bears already have one go-to wide receiver in Brandon Marshall. Now, it appears, they have another and his name is Alshon Jeffery. Yesterday, he torched the New Orleans pass defense catching 10 balls for 218 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 26-18 loss, while Marshall caught just 4 passes for 30 yards and a score. Jeffery now has 28 receptions for 429 yards and two touchdowns, and is becoming a bigger part of the Bears offense. Sunday marked the second week in a row where he went over the 100 yard mark and a score.

There was a shootout in Indianapolis on Sunday, and Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton enjoyed the fruits of the wild affair. Hilton caught five passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yarder. Hilton now has 20 receptions for 342 yards and two touchdowns on the season, and is now the Colts' big play threat on offense.

Speaking of shootouts, there was none bigger than the one in Dallas yesterday, where the Broncos outlasted the home Cowboys, 51-48, on yet another fourth quarter turnover by QB Tony Romo. Romo had his best game as a pro yesterday, throwing for 500 yards, and WR Terrance Williams was one of the beneficiaries of the offensive outburst. Williams, who got the start with WR Miles Austin sidelined with another hamstring injury, caught four balls for 151 yards and a touchdown. Williams was one of three Cowboy receivers with 100 yards receiving yesterday, along with WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten. On the season, Williams has 16 receptions for 282 yards and one touchdown. After catching just five passes in the first three weeks of the season, Williams has 11 receptions for 222 yards over the last two games.

Williams teammate Dez Bryant also enjoyed a big day, catching six balls for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant has now caught 29 of his 46 targets for 423 yards and a league leading six touchdowns. He would have had a seventh touchdown had he not been caught inside the five-yard line on a long catch and run yesterday.

Ravens WR Torrey Smith is becoming one of the more consistent week-to-week plays at the wide receiver position. Yesterday, he caught six passes for 121 yards and no scores in the Ravens' 26-23 win over the Dolphins. Through five games, Smith has 27 receptions for 556 yards and one touchdown, but has at least 85 yards receiving in every game this season, and has two games over 100 yards.

Injury Update

Well, it appears one of the top wide receivers in the game may miss the rest of the season. Falcons WR Julio Jones suffered a fractured foot on Monday Night Football, as reports indicate he broke the screw that was put in his foot back in 2011. Jones owners should grab Harry Douglas on the waiver wire if you need depth at the position.

The #1 wide receiver coming into the season, Calvin Johnson, missed last week's game vs. the Packers and has a 50-50 chance of playing this Sunday vs Cleveland. Patrick Edwards and Kris Durham saw the majority of snaps last week vs. Green Bay, with Durham leading the team with eight targets. Either Durham or Edwards are decent handcuffs for Megatron owners this week.

Target Practice

Taking a look at last week's target leaders, we see that Bears WR Alshon Jeffery was tied for second with 13 targets and is becoming one of Jay Cutler's favorite targets. He is a WR2 candidate in most leagues now.

We see two New York Giants atop the target leaderboard from Week 5, and this continues to prove that the Eagles' defense has no trouble stopping WR1s, but WR2s and WR3s benefit as a result. Mike Williams is a solid WR3 start this week vs. the Eagles.

Rank

Player

Wk 5

1

Mike Wallace

16

2

Alshon Jeffery

13

3

Rueben Randle

13

4

Robert Woods

13

5

Hakeem Nicks

12

6

DeSean Jackson

12

7

Victor Cruz

12

8

Golden Tate

11

9

Julio Jones

11

10

Dez Bryant

10

11

Cecil Shorts

10

12

Andre Johnson

10

13

Steve Smith

10

14

Randall Cobb

10

Week 6 Rankings

The Eagles, by far, have given up the most fantasy points to opponents' wide receivers this season, and that is music to the ears of Vincent Jackson owners this week. Look for him to have a good day vs. the Eagles secondary, but relying on Mike Glennon is a bit risky.

Bengals WR A.J. Green has been held to 12 catches and 112 yards over the last two weeks, but figures to have a big game vs. the Bills secondary next Sunday. Green has just one 100+ yard receiving game this season, so I look for him the break out of his four week slump.

I look for Colts WR T.Y. Hilton to continue his uptrend vs. the Chargers defense that has allowed almost 30 fantasy points per game vs. opponents wide receivers thus far in 2013.

Rank

Team

WR Fantasy Points Allowed

Week 6 Opponent

22

Giants

118.89

CHI

23

Lions

120.19

CLE

24

Jets

122.9

PIT

25

Ravens

126.79

GB

26

Raiders

129.29

KC

27

Cowboys

131.89

WAS

28

Broncos

133

JAX

29

Falcons

139

BYE

30

Chargers

145.6

IND

31

Bills

159.8

CIN

32

Eagles

186.4

TB

Now let's take a look at our rankings for Week 6:

Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

Rank

Player

Player

1

A.J. Green, CIN

A.J. Green, CIN

2

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

3

Dez Bryant, DAL

Dez Bryant, DAL

4

DeSean Jackson, PHI

Wes Welker, DEN

5

Vincent Jackson, TB

DeSean Jackson, PHI

6

Wes Welker, DEN

Pierre Garcon, WAS

7

Torrey Smith, BAL

Josh Gordon, CLE

8

Victor Cruz, NYG

Vincent Jackson, TB

9

Josh Gordon, CLE

Randall Cobb, GB

10

Calvin Johnson, DET

Torrey Smith, BAL

11

Brandon Marshall, CHI

Calvin Johnson, DET

12

Randall Cobb, GB

Brandon Marshall, CHI

13

Justin Blackmon, JAC

Jordy Nelson, GB

14

Jordy Nelson, GB

Antonio Brown, PIT

15

Cecil Shorts, JAC

Victor Cruz, NYG

16

Pierre Garcon, WAS

Justin Blackmon, JAC

17

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

18

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

Eric Decker, DEN

19

Eric Decker, DEN

Cecil Shorts, JAC

20

Antonio Brown, PIT

Andre Johnson, HOU

21

T.Y. Hilton, IND

Julian Edelman, NE

22

Danny Amendola, NE

Marques Colston, NO

23

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

Steve Smith, CAR

24

Andre Johnson, HOU

T.Y. Hilton, IND

25

Marques Colston, NO

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

26

Steve Smith, CAR

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

27

James Jones, GB

James Jones, GB

28

Julian Edelman, NE

Reggie Wayne, IND

29

Reggie Wayne, IND

Dwayne Bowe, KC

30

Dwayne Bowe, KC

Steve Johnson, BUF

31

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

32

Steve Johnson, BUF

Mike Williams, TB

33

Mike Williams, TB

Denarius Moore, OAK

34

Anquan Boldin, SF

Anquan Boldin, SF

35

Nate Washington, TEN

Nate Washington, TEN

36

Reuben Randle, NYG

Harry Douglas, ATL

37

Harry Douglas, ATL

Rueben Randle, NYG

38

Terrance Williams, DAL

Jerome Simpson, MIN

39

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

Lance Moore, NO

40

Denarius Moore, OAK

Andre Roberts, ARI

41

Vincent Brown, SD

Vincent Brown, SD

42

Lance Moore, NO

Terrance Williams, DAL

43

Michael Floyd, ARI

Brandon LaFell, CAR

44

Jerome Simpson, MIN

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

45

Brandon LaFell, CAR

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

46

Andre Roberts, ARI

Tavon Austin, STL

47

Tavon Austin, STL

Michael Floyd, ARI

48

Jason Avant, PHI

Jason Avant, PHI

49

Greg Jennings, MIN

Chris Givens, STL

50

Keenan Allen, SD

Keenan Allen, SD

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