Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 6

Dez Bryant had two touchdowns last week and could be in for another big game against Washington's porous pass defense

Dez Bryant played a big role in Tony Romo's 500-yard game last week, and the Cowboys' No. 1 target finds himself in the same position on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 6 wide receiver rankings. Bryant had 141 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Denver and next up is a Washington pass defense that's allowing nearly 300 yards per game.

Part of the reason Bryant is No. 1 in these rankings is because of the uncertainty surrounding Calvin Johnson's playing status. Johnson was a surprise late scratch last week against Green Bay because of a knee injury. While details about the injury remain sparse, it's looking like Megatron could end up being the dreaded game-time decision, unless the team addresses his situation sooner. Either way, there's enough here to be concerned about his availability, as well as his production should be play against Cleveland, which is why Johnson fell, all the way to No. 5. After all, if Megatron doesn't play it's not like you are just going to be able to replace him, right?

As far as those wide receivers who we know will play this week, look no further than Denver for some appealing options. Yes, that means Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker for the Broncos, but don't forget about the other team in this game. Jacksonville is a historic, 28-point underdog on the road and everyone knows why. However, the Broncos are last in the league in passing defense, which is what happens when you give up 506 yards and five touchdowns. Chad Henne, who is expected to start in place of an injured Blaine Gabbert (hamstring) is no Tony Romo, but he's had some big games of his own in the past (354-4-0 vs. Texans and 348-1-3 vs. Patriots last season). And, more importantly, he has Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon as his wide receivers. While their numbers may not show it, these two are legitimate, dynamic weapons in their own right, who, if given the opportunity, are just as capable of doing what Bryant (7-141-2) and Cowboys rookie Terrance Williams (4-151-1) did last week to the Broncos' defense.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Miami

Rk Player Team OPP Notes
1 Dez Bryant DAL vs. WAS Two TDs last week, including 79-yarder.
2 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. JAC Relatively quiet (5-57) vs. Cowboys.
3 Wes Welker DEN vs. JAC Leads NFL with 7 TD catches, had 6 all of '12.
4 A.J. Green CIN at BUF Just not making many big plays (long of 45).
5 Calvin Johnson DET at CLE Missed last week's game w/ knee injury.
6 Brandon Marshall CHI vs. NYG (Thurs.) Jeffery stealing his thunder, did have TD vs. NO.
7 Victor Cruz NYG at CHI (Thurs.) Held in check (5-48) by Eagles.
8 Randall Cobb GB at BAL Cobb had 67-yard run last week vs. Lions.
9 Torrey Smith BAL vs. GB Leads league with 13 catches of 20+ yards.
10 Pierre Garcon WAS at DAL Dallas second-to-last in pass D.
11 Jordy Nelson GB at BAL Leads Packers in yards, TD catches.
12 Andre Johnson HOU vs. STL Hoping for better results vs. Rams.
13 Eric Decker DEN vs. JAC Ninth in receiving yards with 427.
14 Reggie Wayne IND at SD (Mon.) Chargers allowing third-most fantasy pts. to WRs.
15 DeSean Jackson PHI at TB Says he's "too fast" to be stranded on Revis Island.
16 Antonio Brown PIT at NYJ Jets have just one INT on season.
17 Vincent Jackson TB vs. PHI Hoping to click with rookie QB Glennon.
18 Josh Gordon CLE vs. DET 37-yard TD pass from Weeden a good sign.
19 James Jones GB at BAL Led Packers with 127 yards, TD on 4 catches.
20 Steve Smith CAR at MIN Did not do himself any favors with refs this week.
21 Larry Fitzgerald ARI at SF Better numbers than last year, but still not great.
22 Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. NYG (Thurs.) Franchise-record 218 yards vs. Saints.
23 Danny Amendola NE vs. NO Led Pats in targets (9), caught 4 in return.
24 T.Y. Hilton IND at SD (Mon.) Made Hawks' pay for trash talk w/ 5-140-2.
25 Hakeem Nicks NYG at CHI (Thurs.) Only thing missing vs. PHI (9-142) was TD.
26 Marques Colston NO at NE Patriots have given up just 4 TD passes.
27 Cecil Shorts JAC at DEN Broncos giving up a lot of passing yards.
28 Justin Blackmon JAC at DEN First catch of season went 67 yards for TD.
29 Anquan Boldin SF vs. ARI Caught just two passes for 21 yards vs. Texans.
30 Dwayne Bowe KC vs. OAK Could be lost fantasy season w/ Smith as QB.
31 Greg Jennings MIN vs. CAR Caught 2 TDs from Cassel last game.
32 Denarius Moore OAK at KC Pryor's No. 1 target has 3 TDs already.
33 Terrance Williams DAL vs. WAS Rookie came up huge (4-151-4) vs. Broncos.
34 Mike Williams TB vs. PHI Eagles have been generous to WRs.
35 Stevie Johnson BUF vs. CIN Bills down to practice squad QB starting.
36 Kenbrell Thompkins NE vs. NO Bottled up by Bengals (3-16) last week.
37 Julian Edelman NE vs. NO Targets figure to go down w/ Amendola back.
38 Eddie Royal SD vs. IND (Mon.) Eight catches, 0 TDs since 10, 5 in first 2 games.
39 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. STL NFC West teams have had his number.
40 Keenan Allen SD vs. IND (Mon.) Rookie has posted 11-195-1 over last 2 games.
41 Vincent Brown SD vs. IND (Mon.) Led Chargers with 117 yards vs. Raiders.
42 Austin Pettis STL at HOU Most productive Rams receiver (4 TDs) so far.
43 Golden Tate SEA vs. TEN Caught first TD of season last week.
44 Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs. PIT Geno's favorite target on MNF (5-68-1).
45 Marlon Brown BAL vs. GB Missed Week 5 w/ hamstring injury, monitor status.
46 Emmanuel Sanders PIT at NYJ At least 4 rec. every game, but no TDs yet.
47 Michael Floyd ARI at SF Five grabs in each of last 2 games, still no TDs.
48 Nate Washington TEN at SEA Season-low 3-30 effort against Chiefs.
49 Chris Givens STL at HOU Catch rate of less than 50 percent (15-of-34).
50 Donnie Avery KC vs. OAK Bruised his shoulder last week, should be OK.
51 Robert Woods BUF vs. CIN Just starting to really click with Manuel.
52 Rueben Randle NYG at CHI (Thurs.) Two TDs vs. Eagles after none in first 4 games.
53 Kendall Wright TEN at SEA Averaging 11.8 ypc over last 3 games (7.2 in first 2).
54 Stephen Hill NYJ vs. PIT Made it through first game back after concussion.
55 Leonard Hankerson WAS at DAL  
56 Tavon Austin STL at HOU Rookie struggling to make big impact.
57 Ryan Broyles DET at CLE Lions looking for more from No. 2 wideout.
58 Brandon LaFell CAR at MIN Season-high 9 targets last week, but 1 RZ drop.
59 Rod Streater OAK at KC Connected w/ Pryor for 44-yard TD vs. SD.
60 Sidney Rice SEA vs. TEN  
61 Aaron Dobson NE vs. NO One catch of 53 yards was only highlight vs. CIN.
62 Dexter McCluster KC vs. OAK  
63 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN vs. CAR Did rookie learn things during bye?
64 Miles Austin DAL vs. WAS Missed last two games b/c of hamstring injury.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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