Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR

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DeAndre Hopkins aims to get his WR1 campaign back on track vs. the Browns, Ja’Marr Chase looks to take it to the next level in Detroit, and Marquise Brown hopes to prove he is a WR1 against the Chargers.

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Week 6 Receivers

WR Notes: With the Chiefs getting two-high safetied to death, Tyreek Hill is looking more volatile than he was in 2020. He has still cleared seven receptions in 3-of-5 appearances. The Football Team boasts a truly horrendous defense, one entirely lacking in ‘Reek stoppers. … Speaking of increased volatility, Stefon Diggs. His Week 6 top-three case rests on a Titans “defense” silver plattering the most wide receiver fantasy points. … Cooper Kupp’s “down” Weeks 4-5 featured 12 catches on 23 targets. The usage is WR1 bulletproof. … The WR3 by both total and average half PPR points, Mike Williams will be facing a Ravens pass D that couldn’t stop Carson Wentz in Week 5. Famous last words, but the WR1 case seems to be closed here. … Justin Jefferson (ankle) and Adam Thielen (foot) are both battling injuries. Neither ailment seems to be a major concern, but it is something to monitor with the Vikes headed on bye in Week 7, making the case for extra Week 6 rest. The WR22 by average half PPR points, Thielen’s four red zone targets are as many as Amon-Ra St. Brown and Ricky Seals-Jones. At least for Week 6, I have him tumbled out of the WR2 ranks.

I’m assuming Christian McCaffrey’s (hamstring) likely return will be good for D.J. Moore. Anything to occupy more defensive attention. As for Robby Anderson behind Moore, it seems the Panthers are sticking to their deep threat plan. Moore’s bountiful targets are locked in. … The Chiefs are allowing an historic amount of yards per play. Terry McLaurin is in excellent position to bounce back from his quiet Week 5. … DeAndre Hopkins drew a season-high nine targets in Week 5 and had his Kyler Murray mindmeld on display on a pair of fourth quarter plays, one a cross-field 30-yard gain, the other a touchdown. The Browns’ supposedly strong defense got torn apart by the Chargers last Sunday. … The WR12 by average half PPR points, Mike Evans checks in one spot ahead of Antonio Brown and five ahead of Chris Godwin. With Rob Gronkowski (ribs) out another week, Evans’ higher-volume, red-zone friendly role is locked in. Brown is playing fewer snaps than Godwin but getting more down-field opportunities. His average intended air yards of 13.4 are nearly five yards higher than Godwin’s 8.8. He’s drawn 10 20-plus yard targets to Godwin’s five. Godwin’s floor is safer, but Brown’s spiked week potential is giving him a fantasy edge.

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have become wild cards with Russell Wilson swapped out for Geno Smith. Geno did display a Week 5 connection with Metcalf, while the Steelers have been surprisingly receiver vulnerable, surrendering the third most WR fantasy points. Slumping even before Wilson’s injury, Lockett is the WR66 by total half PPR points over the past three weeks. … Diontae Johnson had a rare sub-10 target performance in Week 5. JuJu Smith-Schuster’s season-ending shoulder injury should see to it that never happens again. Rather than create new looks for, say, James Washington or Ray-Ray McCloud, JuJu’s loss should simply consolidate Johnson, Najee Harris and Chase Claypool’s usage. Claypool will see the biggest increase in layups, stabilizing his WR2 floor. … Instead of depressing Ja’Marr Chase’s production, Tee Higgins’ return coincided with the rookie’s biggest effort yet. Chase has drawn 12 targets of 20-plus yards, second to only Courtland Sutton. He has turned them into 261 yards, a staggering sum ahead of anyone else’s production on deep targets. His down-field role is real and he’s running away with it. The Lions have no prayer of stopping the OROY favorite. … CeeDee Lamb is the WR40 by total half PPR points over the past three weeks. Despite what Davis Mills might have you believe, the Patriots are an unlikely spot to snap out of it. Thankfully for Lamb’s managers, his targets remain that of a WR2.

Marquise Brown has two Week 6 variables in the return of Rashod Bateman and ascendance of Mark Andrews. Of course, Sammy Watkins is now sidelined with a hamstring injury, so it is difficult to envision the Ravens dialing back Brown’s looks for this tough matchup with the Chargers. … A.J. Brown’s Week 5 return was a dud, though he avoided setbacks with his troublesome hamstring. The Bills are a rough matchup, albeit one where the Titans will have little choice but to up their pass volume. Julio Jones (hamstring) has resumed practicing, but his status is unclear, as always. Jones will slot in on the WR2/3 borderline if he’s active for the first time since Week 3. … Keenan Allen has 161 yards on 32 targets over the past three weeks. The main takeaway is still the 32 targets. Allen’s looks aren’t going anywhere. The yardage will return in this elite offense. The Ravens are hemorrhaging passing-game production. … Courtland Sutton has blown up twice in his past four games. His high-volume role and big-play potential lock him in as a high-upside WR2 even with Teddy Bridgewater at the controls. … Only touchdowns have been standing between Michael Pittman and weekly WR2 value. He finally got one against the Ravens. His Week 6 reward is a date with the Texans’ undermanned secondary.

Showing more consistency in recent weeks, DeVonta Smith has big-time targets potential vs. the Bucs’ pass-funnel defense. … Amari Cooper has 12 catches over his past four games. Not ideal. An explosion seems unlikely against Bill Belichick despite last week’s Davis Mills interlude. … The Rams’ Week 5 Robert Woods overcorrection was real and spectacular. Expect Woods to soon settle into his usual 5/70 equilibrium. … Kadarius Toney’s ankle “injury” doesn’t appear to be a real concern. Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) have returned to practice, but Kenny Golladay (knee) is sidelined. Only Davante Adams has more yards than Toney over the past two weeks, whose stop/start skill-set is rare even for the NFL level. The downside is real, especially vs. a team with Jalen Ramsey, but Toney’s upside is already so much higher than expected. … Emmanuel Sanders is the WR20 by average half PPR points despite being a modest 39th in receiver targets (31). The Titans are a(nother) great opportunity to outkick his workload coverage. … With 89-plus yards in 2-of-3 games, Tim Patrick has established plug-and-play WR3 appeal for as long as the Broncos remain short-handed at wideout. … Allen Robinson has exceeded 40 yards once. You’re on your own with this one. … The Cardinals’ explosive pass rush seems likely to make life miserable for Baker Mayfield. It’s hard to plan on an Odell Beckham breakout. … Amon-Ra St. Brown’s WR5 targets are the cheapest money can buy.