There are a lot of big-time wide receivers sitting out this week due to a bye. Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Michael Thomas, and Keenan Allen are some of the highlight names missing out this week. Julio Jones, AJ Green, Sammy Watkins, Julian Edelman, Diontae Johnson, and Chris Godwin all are names to either keep an eye on their status throughout the week or are banged up and will miss time. There are a few games that stand out for wide receivers with the Falcons-Vikings, Jaguars-Lions, and Cowboys-Cardinals.
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Week 6 WR Rankings & Projections
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Week 6 Studs
DeAndre Hopkins is a standout option this week against a Dallas defense that has gotten crushed by top wide receivers this season. They have allowed five 100-yard receiving games this season and three multi-touchdown games. Nobody is scoring more fantasy points than Hopkins in PPR leagues. He has 53 targets through five games, and the most receptions (45). In this same game, Amari Cooper is a strong play, who is at WR9. His teammate, CeeDee Lamb is right there at WR10. Arizona’s secondary has struggled but they haven’t seen the most thrilling group of wide receivers to make the matchup eye-popping. Even with Andy Dalton now under center, he is capable enough to get this offense moving.
One of Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson thrived in their matchup against Seattle, and it was Thielen. It wasn’t quite the shootout we expected but for Minnesota, it was centered on the ground game and Thielen. Jefferson is in a bounce-back spot against the Atlanta secondary. They are allowing the 8th most PPR points to opposing defenses so far this season. Calvin Ridley gets another breakout spot and he is the number one option this week, especially if Julio Jones takes another week off. Minnesota’s secondary actually was able to limit the Seahawks wide receivers last week, that is until DK Metcalf took over. Ridley is the man in Atlanta while others have slacked off.
Kenny Golladay just missed on a few deep balls as Matthew Stafford and him look to get their groove back. That should be the case again this week as with Jacksonville on the schedule and they are missing a handful of players on the defensive side. The flip side of this game is intriguing, as DJ Chark will look to rebound and Laviska Shenault gets another plus matchup.
Week 6 Duds
Not really a ton of dud potential plays this week, although Mike Evans is someone that has relied on touchdowns. He has just 271 receiving yards in 5 games, but the six touchdowns have carried him. If Jaire Alexander is following him around the field this week, I do not love Evans, but of course, you are starting your studs and Tom Brady has clearly looked his way in the red zone often. The 49ers receivers all had a very down week against Miami. The way 2020 works means they likely dominate a Rams team that has been terrific on both sides of the ball this week. Joking aside, this is a poor matchup for this group and if the quarterback situation continues to be a bad one. The Rams have limited opposing wide receivers to a 59-665-1 line through the first five games, and that equals out to a cool 26.4 fantasy points per game. While Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk still have some upside because of their breakout play potential and Kyle Shanahan being able to design plays for them in space, but I don’t feel comfortable in this spot.
Week 6 WR Streaming Options
Given the injuries and the bye weeks now piling up, it is time to look at some streaming options this week. Tee Higgins (48%) is an option for me against a Colts defense that has allowed six touchdowns to wide receivers. Higgins snaps and targets have been fairly safe since Week 2 and now AJ Green is out for the foreseeable future. I will be plugging in Higgins as an option this week and moving forward. Mecole Hardman (37%) is another one as he gets the Bills secondary that has allowing the 11th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. The Bills were a secondary I avoided last season but have struggled like most secondaries in 2020. With Sammy Watkins out, Hardman gets a slight bump.
Laviska Shenault (32%) is in a great spot against the Lions secondary that has allowed 40.7 PPR points to opposing wide receivers each week this season. Shenault had his highest target share this past week and he has grown heavily involved in this offense. He needs to be added everywhere but is certainly a startable option this week as a WR3 or deep FLEX play. Christian Kirk (41%) looked more involved last week as the Cardinals offense still hasn’t hit their stride. Kirk is worth a look simply because the matchup is tough to pass up. The Cowboys have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. This should be a high scoring game for both sides and
Week 6 Injury Corner
Julio Jones remains a big name to keep an eye on. The 31-year-old wideout missed last week’s game and it was Olamide Zaccheaus who took over in his absence, but the other options remain more appealing. Jones will likely work his way up to be a game-time decision. The matchup is a great one, but if he is not 100% it won’t matter much. AJ Green left last week’s game against the Ravens with a hamstring injury and this is an easy one as you can drop green and move on. I highly recommend adding Tee Higgins to still get exposure to a high-volume passing attack. Mike Tomlin said that Diontae Johnson should be back this week but he left last week and we saw Chase Claypool really take advantage of his offense. Davante Adams was back at practice this week and he was expected to return after the bye week anyway. Sammy Watkins will miss a few weeks with a hamstring injury, leaving more targets and snaps for Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman
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