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Fantasy football WR rankings: Torrey Smith and Nate Washington make big moves

There were some big fantasy performances at the wide receiver position in Week 4, including two touchdown performances from Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Dez Bryant, and Nate Washington. Check out who the big movers were in this week's rankings.

Tom Szczerbowski

We saw some big performances from some of the higher ranked wide receivers in Week 4, including two touchdowns for Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Dez Bryant and Nate Washington. Nate Washington?? Where did that come from? Washington caught four of his eight targets for 105 yards and two scores, including a 77-yarder. Washington enjoyed a nice move up in our rankings this week.

Another big performance came from Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who caught five of his twelve targets for 166 yards and a 26 yard touchdown. Smith is enjoying a solid start to the 2013 season and will also see a bump in our rankings this week.

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was a big part of the Giants offense on Sunday, catching 10 balls for 164 yards and a 69 yard touchdown reception. The Giants have struggled to an 0-4 start to the season, but Cruz is having a great year so far. The Giants schedule gets easier going forward with two games with the Eagles, and games against the Vikings and Raiders, so expect more big efforts from Cruz going forward.

The Broncos are on pace to score over 700 points this season, but the schedule makers have been easy on the Broncos thus far. None were easier than the Eagles worst pass defense vs wide receivers, and that was on full display on Sunday, as both Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas hauled in two touchdowns apiece, before QB Peyton Manning sat out the fourth quarter of the Broncos 52-20 win over the Eagles.

Target Practice

There were a total of 20 wide receivers to see 10 or more targets in Week 4, lead by Giants WR Victor Cruz, who was targeted 16 times by QB Eli Manning. Following Cruz in the week 4 target leaders were some usual suspects: A.J. Green, Antonio Brown, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones and Andre Johnson.

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery made his way into the top 10 this week with 12 targets, and the Bears week 5 matchup vs the Saints could be more of the same for Jeffery. He moved up our rankings this week, as well.

Keep your eyes on Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts in Week 5. With the return of WR Justin Blackmon this week, Shorts could have a solid game in garbage time vs the heavily favored Broncos. In a game where the Broncos are favored by four touchdowns, both Shorts and Blackmon should see plenty of targets and both could go over 100 yards in receiving as the Jaguars will be forced to throw the ball.

Rank

Player

Wk 4

1

Victor Cruz

16

2

A.J. Green

15

3

Antonio Brown

14

4

Brandon Marshall

14

5

Julio Jones

13

6

Alshon Jeffery

12

7

Andre Johnson

12

8

Torrey Smith

12

9

Cecil Shorts

12

10

Reggie Wayne

11

11

Jerome Simpson

11

12

Vincent Jackson

11

13

Kenbrell Thompkins

11

14

Calvin Johnson

10

15

Demaryius Thomas

10

16

T.Y. Hilton

10

17

Michael Floyd

10

18

Donnie Avery

10

19

Larry Fitzgerald

9

20

Josh Gordon

9

Week 5 Rankings

Before we take a look at our Week 5 Wide Receiver rankings, let's first review the NFL teams with the worst defenses against wide receivers. These teams have given up the most fantasy points to opponents wide receivers this season.

23

Ravens

102.89

24

Vikings

103.7

25

Rams

104.8

26

Bears

104.9

27

Jets

106.7

28

Chargers

116.1

29

Redskins

118.4

30

Falcons

123.8

31

Bills

135.6

32

Eagles

144.5

Wide receivers seeing a bump in their rankings this week due to their matchups are Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, going up against the Eagles worst pass defense, thanks to the Broncos. Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon got a slight bump as he will be facing the Bills who have given up 135.6 fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

Falcons WR Roddy White will make his way into the top 30 wide receivers this week, as the Falcons are home vs the Jets and their 27th ranked defense vs wide receivers through four weeks.

Now let's take a look at our Week 5 Rankings:

Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

Rank

Player

Player

1

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Calvin Johnson, DET

2

Calvin Johnson, DET

Julio Jones, ATL

3

Julio Jones, ATL

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

4

A.J. Green, CIN

A.J. Green, CIN

5

Victor Cruz, NYG

Brandon Marshall, CHI

6

Dez Bryant, DAL

Wes Welker, DEN

7

Brandon Marshall, CHI

Victor Cruz, NYG

8

DeSean Jackson, PHI

DeSean Jackson, PHI

9

Wes Welker, DEN

Andre Johnson, HOU

10

Andre Johnson, HOU

Dez Bryant, DAL

11

Randall Cobb, GB

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

12

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

Danny Amendola, NE

13

Jordy Nelson, GB

Randall Cobb, GB

14

Danny Amendola, NE

Jordy Nelson, GB

15

Josh Gordon, CLE

Cecil Shorts, JAC

16

Torrey Smith, BAL

Josh Gordon, CLE

17

Cecil Shorts, JAC

Torrey Smith, BAL

18

Eric Decker, DEN

Eric Decker, DEN

19

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

Julian Edelman, NE

20

Marques Colston, NO

Anquan Boldin, SF

21

Reggie Wayne, IND

Marques Colston, NO

22

Anquan Boldin, SF

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

23

Roddy White, ATL

Reggie Wayne, IND

24

Julian Edelman, NE

Steve Smith, CAR

25

Steve Smith, CAR

Roddy White, ATL

26

Nate Washington, TEN

Justin Blackmon, JAC

27

Justin Blackmon, JAC

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

28

Denarius Moore, OAK

Nate Washington, TEN

29

Dwayne Bowe, KC

Steve Johnson, BUF

30

T.Y. Hilton, IND

T.Y. Hilton, IND

31

Steve Johnson, BUF

Dwayne Bowe, KC

32

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

James Jones, GB

33

James Jones, GB

Denarius Moore, OAK

34

Tavon Austin, STL

Eddie Royal, SD

35

Brian Hartline, MIA

Aaron Dobson, NE

36

Golden Tate, SEA

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

37

Mike Wallace, MIA

Brian Hartline, MIA

38

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

Golden Tate, SEA

39

Chris Givens, STL

Tavon Austin, STL

40

Eddie Royal, SD

Mike Wallace, MIA

41

Michael Floyd, ARI

Lance Moore, NO

42

Brandon LaFell, CAR

Chris Givens, STL

43

Aaron Dobson, NE

Brandon LaFell, CAR

44

Lance Moore, NO

Michael Floyd, ARI

45

Terrence Williams, DAL

Jason Avant, PHI

46

Jason Avant, PHI

Rueben Randle, NYG

47

Sidney Rice, SEA

Ryan Broyles, DET

48

Ryan Broyles, DET

Andre Roberts, ARI

49

Andre Roberts, ARI

Sidney Rice, SEA

50

Keenan Allen, SD

Keenan Allen, SD

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