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Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 5

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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 Web site can give you.

Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

Notes

1

A.J. Green

CIN

vs. MIA

No. 1 fantasy WR right now.

2

Victor Cruz

NYG

vs. CLE

Capable of carrying load if Nicks is out again.

3

Roddy White

ATL

at WAS

Had most yards (169) since Week 7 of 2010 last week.

4

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

at STL (Thurs.)

Finally finding chemistry with Kolb.

5

Andre Johnson

HOU

at NYJ (Mon.)

Jets won't have Revis to slow down big Texan.

6

Brandon Marshall

CHI

at JAC

Looks to be back on same page with Cutler.

7

Percy Harvin

MIN

vs. TEN

Should have bigger impact on offense vs. Titans.

8

Jordy Nelson

GB

at IND

Finally found end zone last week.

9

Mike Wallace

PIT

vs. PHI

 

10

Julio Jones

ATL

at WAS

Hand issue holding him back.

11

Brandon Lloyd

NE

vs. DEN

Looking for big game against former team.

12

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

at NE

Big target could cause Pats' DBs problems.

13

Steve Smith

CAR

vs. SEA

Smith vs. SEA secondary will be fun to watch.

14

Reggie Wayne

IND

vs. GB

 

15

Marques Colston

NO

vs. SD

Big game against Packers, foot issue behind him?

16

Wes Welker

NE

vs. DEN

Been big part of offense since Hernandez went down.

17

Torrey Smith

BAL

at KC

One of top vertical threats in NFL.

18

Dwayne Bowe

KC

vs. BAL

 

19

DeSean Jackson

PHI

at PIT

 

20

Stevie Johnson

BUF

at SF

 

21

Malcom Floyd

SD

at NO

Saints allowing fourth-most fantasy points to WRs.

22

Eric Decker

DEN

at NE

 

23

Antonio Brown

PIT

vs. PHI

 

24

Domenik Hixon

NYG

vs. CLE

Big opportunity with Hakeem Nicks out again.

25

James Jones

GB

at IND

No Jennings, means more snaps for Jones.

26

Danny Amendola

STL

vs. ARI (Thurs.)

TD last week came on fake field goal.

27

Lance Moore

NO

vs. SD

 

28

Brian Hartline

MIA

at CIN

Leading league in receiving yards, but relies on rookie QB.

29

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

at PIT

 

30

Michael Crabtree

SF

vs. BUF

Will 49ers throw enough to take advantage of Bills?

31

Anquan Boldin

BAL

at KC

After slow start, had 9 rec., 131 yds. vs. Cleveland

32

Pierre Garcon

WAS

vs. ATL

Had only one catch last week, but foot appears OK.

33

Nate Washington

TEN

at MIN

 

34

Kenny Britt

TEN

at MIN

Hoping to at least practice (ankle), monitor status.

35

Andre Roberts

ARI

at STL (Thurs.)

Top fantasy WR (No. 12) on Cardinals.

36

Andrew Hawkins

CIN

vs. MIA

Big-play or bust option right now.

37

Donnie Avery

IND

vs. GB

 

38

Randall Cobb

GB

at IND

 

39

Greg Little

CLE

at NYG

If only he could hold onto ball better.

40

Jerome Simpson

MIN

vs. TEN

Led team in catches, yards in first game back.

41

Brandon LaFell

CAR

vs. SEA

 

42

Davone Bess

MIA

at CIN

Had strong game (7, 123) in support of Hartline last week.

43

Sidney Rice

SEA

at CAR

 

44

Leonard Hankerson

WAS

vs. ATL

Used Garcon's absence to carve out role in passing game.

45

Kendall Wright

TEN

at MIN

Rookie could see more opportunities if Britt's out.

46

Justin Blackmon

JAC

vs. CHI

Six catches, 48 yards a start for rookie.

47

Jeremy Kerley

NYJ

vs. HOU (Mon.)

Holmes done for year, so could Jets' passing attack.

48

Donald Jones

BUF

at SF

 

49

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

at JAC

 

50

T.Y. Hilton

IND

vs. GB

 

51

Brandon Stokely

DEN

at NE

 

52

Mario Manningham

SF

vs. BUF

 

53

Jon Baldwin

KC

at KC

Starting to show more consistency, TD next?

54

Randy Moss

SF

vs. BUF

 

55

Travis Benjamin

CLE

at NYG

Injuries have given him a chance to produce.

56

Devin Hester

CHI

at JAC

Caught TD vs. Dallas, more looks coming?

57

Kevin Walter

HOU

at NYJ (Mon.)

 

58

Golden Tate

SEA

at CAR

 

59

Eddie Royal

SD

at NO

 

60

Chaz Schilens

NYJ

vs. HOU (Mon.)

 

61

Santana Moss

WAS

vs. ATL

 

62

Brandon Gibson

STL

vs. ARI (Thurs.)

Second on team in receptions, targets.

63

Robert Meachem

SD

at NO

Will facing former team finally get him going?

64

Harry Douglas

ATL

at WAS

 

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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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