After five weeks, four of the top five fantasy wide receivers were drafted as so before the season. Ja'Marr Chase (11th) trails Cooper Kupp (133.10 fantasy points) by 55.40 fantasy points, making him the most disappointing top wideout early in the year. His failure is highlighted by his diminishing yards per catch average (10.7 – 18.0 in 2020), with no receptions of more than 40 yards (eight last season) thus far. Eighteen wide receivers are averaging more than 15.00 fantasy points in PPR formats (only 11 wideouts finished 2021 with that total). Gabriel Davis (3/171/2) and Jakobi Meyers (7/111/1) were the biggest movers in wide receiver rankings.
Here are the top-ranked wide receivers in Week 6:
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (DraftKings – $9,700/FanDuel – $9,400)
Despite the Rams starting the season with subpar quarterback play (1,335/5 with seven interceptions and 21 sacks), Kupp remains one of the surest plays in fantasy. He has gained more than 100 yards in four of his five starts while averaging 12.8 targets. His season started with two impact games (34.80 and 35.80 fantasy points) in DraftKings scoring. Kupp is on pace to catch 167 passes for 1,791 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Panthers are league-average defending wide receivers (64/773/3 on 103 targets) while not facing a top passing offense (CLE, NYG, NO, ARI, and SF). Chris Olave (9/147) had the most success against Carolina. The Panthers only have eight sacks, pointing to Matthew Stafford having a longer passing window in this matchup. Kupp has an excellent chance at multiple scores with another 100-yard effort.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (DraftKings – $7,600/FanDuel – $7,600)
Fantasy gamers continue to wait for Samuel to post his first impact game. He sits 16th in wide receiver scoring (76.10 fantasy points), with his best showing coming in Week 4 (6/117/1). Samuel scored between 11.00 and 15.00 fantasy points in his other four contests. Jimmy Garoppolo looked his way a season-high nine times against the Panthers, but Samuel caught only two passes for 20 yards and one score. His value as a runner has diminished over the past three weeks (5/6, 2/2, and 2/10). Atlanta ranks 27th vs. wide receivers (75/897/6), with two players gaining over 100 yards (Jarvis Landry – 7/114 and Cooper Kupp – 11/108/2). Last year Samuel gained 20 yards or more on 28 plays, with 10 of those going for 40-plus. His explosiveness lingers in the back end of his profile, but most will look at him as being overpriced based on his start to the year.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (DraftKings – $8,900/FanDuel – $9,200)
Jefferson was a beast over the past two games (10/150/1 and 12/154 on 26 combined targets), but he hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Week 1. The Vikings looked his way 55 times (11 per game) in 2022, putting him on pace to catch 136 passes for 1,860 yards and 10 touchdowns. Miami has been up and down defending wide receivers (9/133, 8/171/2, 20/210/1, 13/252/1, and 8/86) while allowing 14.7 yards per catch. Three teams (BAL, BUF, and CIN) passed for more than 300 yards, with quarterbacks averaging 8.3 yards per pass attempt. CB Xavien Howard missed last week with a groin issue, but he hopes to play on Sunday. Jefferson is dominant, but he needs more scores to support his high salary in the daily games.