Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Top 80 Wide Receivers

Through four weeks, no receiver has scored more fantasy points than Giants wideout Victor Cruz.

With 26 receptions for 425 yards, which ranks fourth in the NFL, and four touchdowns, Cruz is on pace to post a stat line of 104/1,900/16. He has 100-plus yards in three of four games this season.

Teammate Hakeem Nicks, who is in a contract year, had a solid start to the season with nine receptions for 197 yards in the first two games of the season. Since then, however, Nicks has only three receptions for 33 yards in his past two games.

With an 0-4 start and struggles by most offensive players not named Victor, the Giants have a great opportunity to get back on track this week against the Eagles.

No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Eagles, who have allowed nine receiving TDs to WRs this season.

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Good chance Amendola makes his return in Week 5

While the Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski, they are likely to get back slot receiver Danny Amendola.

Amendola, who suffered a groin injury in Week 1, has not played since the opener. In that game, he finished with 10 receptions for 104 yards.

Although I was lower than most on Amendola in the preseason, it was due to concerns about his durabily. When he's on the field, he should be highly productive as his Week 1 numbers indicate.

Assuming that he's active tomorrow against the Bengals, he is worthy of starting in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats.

Blackmon to return from suspension, Shorts questionable

The Jaguars offense has been anemic as they have averaged a league-low 7.8 points and 224.0 yards per game of offense.

Their quarterbacks have combined to post a one-to-seven touchdown-to-interception ratio in four games.

One positive for the Jaguars' passing offense is the return from suspension for Justin Blackmon, who was suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

In the final seven games of the season last year, Blackmon had 38 receptions for 615 yards, which was tied for fourth during that span with Vincent Jackson, and four touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Cecil Shorts (groin) missed practice on Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. That said, he is expected to play.

Through the first four games, Shorts has been targeted a league-high 52 times, but only half of those targets have resulted in a catch. With Blackmon returning, it's likely that Shorts gets fewer targets this week (and going forward) than he's averaged over the first four games.

Jones/White: Dynamic Uno So Far

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones leads the NFL in receiving yards (481) and is only one off the league lead in receptions (33) through the first quarter of the season.

Jones has had double-digit fantasy points in all four games this year and currently has a streak of three consecutive 100-yard games.

Teammate Roddy White has yet to total 100 receiving yards in four games. He has 10 receptions for 84 yards and no touchdowns. In fact, he averaged slightly more yards per game (84.4) last year than he has this season.

That said, the good news is that he appears to be making progress in his recovery from his high-ankle sprain. White played in 74 of the team's 76 offensive snaps in Week 4 and could benefit from Antonio Cromartie focusing on Jones.

Perhaps White does not return to his typical form until after next week's bye, but he may finally put together a fantasy start-worthy game for the first time this season.

Here are some wide receiver notes:

  • The Packers have three receivers on pace for 1,000-plus yards: Randall Cobb (112/1,547/11), Jordy Nelson (96/1,541/16) and James Jones (80/1,131/5).
  • Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker leads all receivers in TD receptions (six) and trails only Cruz and teammate Demaryius Thomas in fantasy points this season.
  • Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has scored double-digit fantasy points and has scored a touchdown (or two) in three consecutive games.
  • Patriots rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has scored three touchdowns in the past two games.
  • Ravens receiver Torrey Smith has a minimum of 85 receiving yards in all four games this season.
  • After hauling in 16 receptions for 297 yards and two TDs in the first two games of the season, Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson has only five catches for 96 yards and no TDs in the past two games.
  • Titans wide receiver Nate Washington has back-to-back games with 100-plus yards and teammate Justin Hunter has one reception (for a touchdown) in each of the past two games.

Here are my Week 5 fantasy football wide receiver rankings (standard scoring):

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at GB)
2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. DEN)
3. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (at DAL)
4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. NE)
5. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NYJ)
7. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (vs. NO)
8. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)
9. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)
10. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos (at DAL)
11. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (at SF)
12. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. CAR)
13. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
14. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (at DAL)
15. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (at MIA)
16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (at CHI)
17. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
18. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (vs. HOU)
19. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (at ARI)
20. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at CIN)
21. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NYJ)
22. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins (vs. BAL)
23. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (vs. SEA)
24. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)
25. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (vs. NO)
26. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (at STL)
27. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (at TEN)
28. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (at STL)
29. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (at CIN)
30. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (at SF)
31. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (vs. BAL)
32. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. CAR)
33. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (vs. KC)
34. Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
35. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. SEA)
36. Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots (at CIN)
37. Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (vs. JAX)
38. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)
39. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
40. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams (vs. JAX)
41. Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
42. Rueben Randle, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
43. Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)
44. Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens (at MIA)
45. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (vs. KC)
46. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
47. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (at ARI)
48. Stephen Hill, New York Jets (at ATL)
49. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (vs. KC)
50. Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams (vs. JAX)
51. Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions (at GB)
52. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
53. Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals (vs. CAR)
54. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (vs. DEN)
55. Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
56. Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. NE)
57. Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
58. Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs (at TEN)
59. Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets (at ATL)
60. Brandon Gibson, Miami Dolphins (vs. BAL)
61. Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots (at CIN)
62. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts (vs. SEA)
63. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
64. Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (at CHI)
65. Ted Ginn, Carolina Panthers (at ARI)
66. Kyle Williams, San Francisco 49ers (vs. HOU)
67. Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs (at TEN)
68. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. NE)
69. Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NYJ)
70. Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears (vs. NO)
71. Brice Butler, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)
72. Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams (vs. JAX)
73. Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans (vs. KC)
74. Kris Durham, Detroit Lions (at GB)
75. Dwayne Harris, Dallas Cowboys (vs. DEN)
76. Patrick Edwards, Detroit Lions (at GB)
77. Deonte Thompson, Baltimore Ravens (at MIA)
78. Clyde Gates, New York Jets (at ATL)
79. Keshawn Martin, Houston Texans (at SF)
80. Tandon Doss, Baltimore Ravens (at MIA)

* Note: Bills and Browns WRs have been removed from these rankings. In addition, four teams (PIT, WAS, MIN and TB) are on bye this week.

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