It’s Week 5 of the fantasy football season, that time of year when bye weeks coupled with injuries matchups and recent results all factor in to which wide receivers you start and which ones you bench.
Along those lines, what to do with guys like DeAndre Hopkins and Mike Evans should be pretty self-explanatory. You are starting your studs every week, but what about Hopkins’ tough matchup Sunday against Minnesota’s stout defense? The present reality is that while Hopkins remains one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, he is not performing accordingly right now and most importantly is getting ready to face a defense that has already shut down Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin and, for the most part, the duo of Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.
So where does Hopkins rank? Are you obligated to start him? Well that depends on your bench and other factors. Most owners are forced to start their struggling superstars and just cross their fingers hoping for a bounce-back week. Otherwise you may have a bench player worth plugging in if you are a bold soul.
No matter what you decide these wide receiver rankings are here to help offer some perspective as you make those tough lineup decisions in Week 5.
Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.