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

1Dez BryantDALvs. WASTwo TDs last week, including 79-yarder.
2Demaryius ThomasDENvs. JACRelatively quiet (5-57) vs. Cowboys.
3Wes WelkerDENvs. JACLeads NFL with 7 TD catches, had 6 all of '12.
4A.J. GreenCINat BUFJust not making many big plays (long of 45).
5Calvin JohnsonDETat CLEMissed last week's game w/ knee injury.
6Brandon MarshallCHIvs. NYG (Thurs.)Jeffery stealing his thunder, did have TD vs. NO.
7Victor CruzNYGat CHI (Thurs.)Held in check (5-48) by Eagles.
8Randall CobbGBat BALCobb had 67-yard run last week vs. Lions.
9Torrey SmithBALvs. GBLeads league with 13 catches of 20+ yards.
10Pierre GarconWASat DALDallas second-to-last in pass D.
11Jordy NelsonGBat BALLeads Packers in yards, TD catches.
12Andre JohnsonHOUvs. STLHoping for better results vs. Rams.
13Eric DeckerDENvs. JACNinth in receiving yards with 427.
14Reggie WayneINDat SD (Mon.)Chargers allowing third-most fantasy pts. to WRs.
15DeSean JacksonPHIat TBSays he's "too fast" to be stranded on Revis Island.
16Antonio BrownPITat NYJJets have just one INT on season.
17Vincent JacksonTBvs. PHIHoping to click with rookie QB Glennon.
18Josh GordonCLEvs. DET37-yard TD pass from Weeden a good sign.
19James JonesGBat BALLed Packers with 127 yards, TD on 4 catches.
20Steve SmithCARat MINDid not do himself any favors with refs this week.
21Larry FitzgeraldARIat SFBetter numbers than last year, but still not great.
22Alshon JefferyCHIvs. NYG (Thurs.)Franchise-record 218 yards vs. Saints.
23Danny AmendolaNEvs. NOLed Pats in targets (9), caught 4 in return.
24T.Y. HiltonINDat SD (Mon.)Made Hawks' pay for trash talk w/ 5-140-2.
25Hakeem NicksNYGat CHI (Thurs.)Only thing missing vs. PHI (9-142) was TD.
26Marques ColstonNOat NEPatriots have given up just 4 TD passes.
27Cecil ShortsJACat DENBroncos giving up a lot of passing yards.
28Justin BlackmonJACat DENFirst catch of season went 67 yards for TD.
29Anquan BoldinSFvs. ARICaught just two passes for 21 yards vs. Texans.
30Dwayne BoweKCvs. OAKCould be lost fantasy season w/ Smith as QB.
31Greg JenningsMINvs. CARCaught 2 TDs from Cassel last game.
32Denarius MooreOAKat KCPryor's No. 1 target has 3 TDs already.
33Terrance WilliamsDALvs. WASRookie came up huge (4-151-4) vs. Broncos.
34Mike WilliamsTBvs. PHIEagles have been generous to WRs.
35Stevie JohnsonBUFvs. CINBills down to practice squad QB starting.
36Kenbrell ThompkinsNEvs. NOBottled up by Bengals (3-16) last week.
37Julian EdelmanNEvs. NOTargets figure to go down w/ Amendola back.
38Eddie RoyalSDvs. IND (Mon.)Eight catches, 0 TDs since 10, 5 in first 2 games.
39DeAndre HopkinsHOUvs. STLNFC West teams have had his number.
40Keenan AllenSDvs. IND (Mon.)Rookie has posted 11-195-1 over last 2 games.
41Vincent BrownSDvs. IND (Mon.)Led Chargers with 117 yards vs. Raiders.
42Austin PettisSTLat HOUMost productive Rams receiver (4 TDs) so far.
43Golden TateSEAvs. TENCaught first TD of season last week.
44Jeremy KerleyNYJvs. PITGeno's favorite target on MNF (5-68-1).
45Marlon BrownBALvs. GBMissed Week 5 w/ hamstring injury, monitor status.
46Emmanuel SandersPITat NYJAt least 4 rec. every game, but no TDs yet.
47Michael FloydARIat SFFive grabs in each of last 2 games, still no TDs.
48Nate WashingtonTENat SEASeason-low 3-30 effort against Chiefs.
49Chris GivensSTLat HOUCatch rate of less than 50 percent (15-of-34).
50Donnie AveryKCvs. OAKBruised his shoulder last week, should be OK.
51Robert WoodsBUFvs. CINJust starting to really click with Manuel.
52Rueben RandleNYGat CHI (Thurs.)Two TDs vs. Eagles after none in first 4 games.
53Kendall WrightTENat SEAAveraging 11.8 ypc over last 3 games (7.2 in first 2).
54Stephen HillNYJvs. PITMade it through first game back after concussion.
55Leonard HankersonWASat DAL 
56Tavon AustinSTLat HOURookie struggling to make big impact.
57Ryan BroylesDETat CLELions looking for more from No. 2 wideout.
58Brandon LaFellCARat MINSeason-high 9 targets last week, but 1 RZ drop.
59Rod StreaterOAKat KCConnected w/ Pryor for 44-yard TD vs. SD.
60Sidney RiceSEAvs. TEN 
61Aaron DobsonNEvs. NOOne catch of 53 yards was only highlight vs. CIN.
62Dexter McClusterKCvs. OAK 
63Cordarrelle PattersonMINvs. CARDid rookie learn things during bye?
64Miles AustinDALvs. WASMissed last two games b/c of hamstring injury.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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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