Fantasy WR Rankings Week 6: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football


This week, we have some of the top studs with some of the juiciest matchups possible. It feels good to finally have more reliable stats with which to make decisions on who to start, but with the bye weeks here, things aren’t necessarily getting any easier. As always, our Week 6 fantasy WR rankings will take all the data points into consideration to help you with those important start ’em, sit ’em calls.

The notable wide receivers on bye include Corey Davis, Calvin Ridley, and Deebo Samuel. Just three worthwhile WRs on bye is about as good as it gets for fantasy owners, so enjoy it while you can. Most weeks are going to have at least six key WRs out of action. 

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett (@ Steelers) face an interesting matchup this week, and the presence of Geno Smith under center doesn’t figure to help their causes. It’s tough to bench either, especially Metcalf, but Lockett will be on the start-em, sit ’em bubble. The same could be true with whoever is active for the Giants if Mike Glennon is starting in place of Daniel Jones (concussion) against the Rams. The Giants WR corps gets thinner every week, but if everyone is healthy, we assume the pecking order will be Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Kenny Golladay (knee), and Kadarius Toney. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Among attractive borderline receivers, Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley (@ Titans), DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle (@ Jaguars), and Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. Texans) all have juicy matchups. Guys like Sanders and Waddle are more valuable in standard leagues given their deep-play potential, but they all have PPR upside.

In deeper leagues, Tim Patrick (vs. Raiders), Robby Anderson (vs. Vikings), and Zach Pascal (Texans) draw some appeal. Anderson has burned fantasy owners this year, but in deep leagues, the potential for a long touchdown against a struggling Vikings’ secondary is about all you can ask for in standard leagues. Chase Claypool (vs. Seahawks) has a nice matchup on paper, but given the way he had struggled this year prior to his Week 5 breakout, he’s still a bit risky. If JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is out, Claypool looks better.

A.J. Brown (vs. Bills) and Julio Jones (vs. Bills) face Buffalo, who had given up the fewest point to fantasy WRs heading into Week 5. Brown is a must-start, but you can use caution with Jones if he’s active coming off of a hamstring injury. Marquise Brown will face the Chargers, who have been a top-three defense against WRs. Lamar Jackson has been a much better passing this season, but this matchup is scary enough to consider parking him on the bench. Of course, Brown’s production has been great, so you may opt to just roll with him.

The big worry at this position is the preseason studs who have disappointed more often than not. Allen Robinson (vs. Packers) is the biggest example, but Brandin Cooks (@ Colts) is also starting to struggle. It’s tough to bench either because we know how big their upsides are, which is why we still have them ranked in the WR3 tier, but plenty of fantasy owners will want to bench them.

As mentioned earlier, the WR position is deep enough to not be decimated from bye weeks, but even in a “mild” bye week, it might be tough for many teams to find three reliable options. Moving forward, a lot more studs will be unavailable, so let this be a reminder to be savvy on the waiver wire and plan ahead.

We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis. 

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 6: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ TEN
2 Tyreek Hill, KC @ WAS
3 Davante Adams, GB @ CHI
4 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ NYG
5 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. KC
6 Mike Evans, TB @ PHI
7 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. MIN
8 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ CLE
9 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN @ DET
10 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ CAR
11 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. TB. Smith has charted fewer than six points twice in PPR leagues, but in his other three contests, he’s put up 15-plus points. You’ve heard time and time again about the Buccaneers’ struggles on the back end of their defense, and Smith should take advantage here. Tampa has been the worst defense against fantasy WRs this year, and the Eagles’ will have to pass a ton to keep up with the Bucs’ potent offense.
12 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. SEA. JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is out for the year, so we know he’ll be out for this game. Johnson only got two targets in Week 5, but scored a touchdown and netted 72 yards. In all three games prior, he drew at least ten targets. With JuJu out, you have to think he’ll return to easily getting double-digit targets against a bad Seattle secondary.
13 Adam Thielen, MIN @ CAR. Thielen has caught just five passes in the last two games for a combined 86 yards, but we don’t think he’ll stay down for long. The Panthers’ defense has looked scary this year but showed weaknesses against Philadephia. If nothing else, he’s one of the most likely receivers in the league to score a touchdown.
14 DK Metcalf, SEA @ PIT. With Geno Smith at the helm, we’ll likely see Metcalf get a ton of targets. As we’ve seen in the past — going all the way back to Tom Savage and DeAndre Hopkins — backup quarterbacks often lock in on their No. 1 WR. Additionally, it’s time to consider the possibility the Steelers’ secondary isn’t good anymore. They’ve allowed the fifth-most points to fantasy WRs, including monster performances from Courtland Sutton, Henry Ruggs, Ja’Marr Chase, and Randall Cobb.
15 Mike Williams, LAC @ BAL. Williams should probably be viewed as at least a high-end WR2 for the remainder of the season. He’s just had one down game, but boy did he deliver in Week 5 against the Browns — who looked like one of the best defenses in football heading into the game. He caught eight-of-16 targets for 165 yards and two touchdowns and looked every part of a top-tier wideout in his breakout season. Baltimore has talent in the secondary, but Williams has shown enough to be trusted regardless of the matchup this year.
16 Chris Godwin, TB @ PHI
17 Amari Cooper, DAL @ NE
18 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. BUF
19 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ NE
20 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. LAC
21 Julio Jones, TEN vs. BUF
22 Tee Higgins, CIN @ DET
23 Keenan Allen, LAC @ BAL
24 Robert Woods, LAR @ NYG
25 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ PIT
26 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. DAL
27 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ TEN
28 Antonio Brown, TB @ PHI
29 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LV
30 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ IND
31 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. GB
32 DeVante Parker, MIA @ JAX
33 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. LAR
34 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. LAR
35 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ JAX
36 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. HOU
37 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. SEA
38 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LV
39 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ DEN
40 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. MIA
41 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ DET
42 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. MIA
43 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. LAR
44 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. ARI
45 Cole Beasley, BUF @ TEN
46 Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. TB
47 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. MIN
48 Curtis Samuel, WFT vs. KC
49 Randall Cobb, GB @ CHI
50 Christian Kirk, ARI @ CLE
51 Quintez Cephus, DET vs. CIN
52 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. GB
53 Rondale Moore, ARI @ CLE
54 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. HOU
55 Zach Pascal, IND vs. HOU
56 Mecole Hardman, KC @ WAS
57 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ DEN
58 Josh Gordon, KC @ WAS
59 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. LAC
60 A.J. Green, ARI @ CLE
61 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. DAL
62 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. DAL
63 Khalif Raymond, DET vs. CIN
64 Adam Humphries, WAS vs. KC
65 Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. ARI
66 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. LAR
67 Quez Watkins, PHI vs. TB
68 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ TEN
69 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. KC
70 Tavon Austin, JAX vs. MIA
71 Josh Reynolds, TEN vs. BUF
72 Van Jefferson, LAR @ NYG
73 DeSean Jackson, LAR @ NYG
74 Jamal Agnew, JAX vs. MIA
75 Chris Moore, HOU @ IND
76 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR vs. MIN
77 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ CAR
78 Allen Lazard, GB @ CHI
79 Chris Conley, HOU @ IND
80 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ BAL
81 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. ARI
82 Chester Rogers, TEN vs. BUF
83 Freddie Swain, SEA @ PIT
84 Bryan Edwards, LV @ DEN
85 Rashod Bateman, BAL @ LAC
86 Collin Johnson, NYG vs. LAR
87 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ WAS
88 Marquise Goodwin, CHI vs. GB
89 Byron Pringle, KC @ WAS

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