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Steelers WR Antonio Brown
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the WRs and TEs for Week 5 of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each receiver's past performance and factor that into our projections. The rankings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Jordy Nelson
  3. Julio Jones
  4. A.J. Green
  5. Keenan Allen
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Dez Bryant
  8. Jeremy Maclin
  9. Demaryius Thomas
  10. Brandon Marshall
  11. Alshon Jeffery
  12. Randall Cobb
  13. Victor Cruz
  14. Emmanuel Sanders
  15. Kelvin Benjamin
  16. Vincent Jackson
  17. Steve Smith Sr.
  18. Percy Harvin
  19. Andre Johnson
  20. DeAndre Hopkins
  21. Julian Edelman
  22. Michael Crabtree
  23. Michael Floyd
  24. Reggie Wayne
  25. T.Y. Hilton
  26. Brandin Cooks
  27. Pierre Garcon
  28. Wes Welker
  29. Cordarelle Patterson
  30. Marques Colston
  31. Markus Wheaton
  32. Sammy Watkins
  33. Golden Tate
  34. Eric Decker
  35. Larry Fitzgerald
  36. Brian Quick
  37. Rueben Randle
  38. DeSean Jackson
  39. Terrance Williams
  40. Eddie Royal
  41. Torrey Smith
  42. Greg Jennings
  43. Andrew Hawkins
  44. Allen Hurns
  45. Malcom Floyd
  46. Dwayne Bowe
  47. Allen Robinson
  48. Anquan Boldin
  49. John Brown
  50. Louis Murphy
  1. Jimmy Graham
  2. Julius Thomas
  3. Martellus Bennett
  4. Greg Olsen
  5. Rob Gronkowski
  6. Heath Miller
  7. Delanie Walker
  8. Antonio Gates
  9. Larry Donnell
  10. Vernon Davis
  11. Jordan Cameron
  12. Zach Ertz
  13. Travis Kelce
  14. Ladarius Green
  15. Jason Witten
  16. Owen Daniels
  17. Jared Cook
  18. Niles Paul
  19. Dwayne Allen
  20. Coby Fleener
Chargers WR Keenan Allen
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By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver:

Keenan Allen
Chargers WR Keenan Allen
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The Chargers will host a Jets defense that has been horrendous against the pass. New York has allowed 726 yards and 6 touchdowns to opposing receivers, which is good for the 3rd-worst secondary in the league. Allen broke out last week with 10 receptions for 135 yards yet he has still failed to find the end zone. I expect that trend to end this week with multiple scores for the second-year receiver.

Emmanuel Sanders
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders
Sanders has been spectacular in his first year with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Before their bye week, Sanders recorded a career high 149 yards on 11 receptions against an extremely talented Seahawks secondary. The Broncos host the Cardinals in Week 5 and Sanders should be featured in Denver’s game plan. Expect him to continue to produce this week. Make sure you plug him into your lineup after last week’s bye.


DeSean Jackson
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson
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D-Jax has underachieved for the Redskins this season. His only strong performance came against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, in Week 3. Following his breakout, he produced a dud against the G-Men recording just one reception for 9 yards. This week, the Redskins host the reigning Super Bowl champs and their scary secondary. Look for Richard Sherman to shut Jackson down. Keep #11 on your bench this week.

Larry Fitzgerald
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
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Fitzgerald has been horrendous this year and I don’t expect that to change against a strong Denver defense. Michael Floyd has emerged as the Cardinals' top receiver, as Fitzgerald has not produced more than 5.1 points in any of his first three contests. He has just 8.7 points and it doesn’t look like it will get better any time soon. John Brown has also proved himself as a reliable receiver and Fitzgerald has not seen the targets that he used to. Fitz is still a playmaker but until the Cardinals can get him the ball, he is too much of a risk. Keep him out of your lineup until Week 6 when the Cardinals face the Redskins.


Greg Olsen
Panthers TE Greg Olsen
The Panthers tight end has performed well in three of his first four games this season. He put up a dud against the Ravens last week and should be fired up to get it going again against the Bears on Sunday. The Bears have done well against opposing tight ends but have not had to face anyone as talented as Olsen. Look for Newton to hook up with Olsen several times and lead the Panthers to a much needed win.

Larry Donnell
Giants TE Larry Donnell
L.D. was unstoppable on Thursday Night Football against the Redskins in Week 4. He put up huge numbers on his way to a 23.4-point performance. Donnell caught seven passes for 54 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants face the Falcons at home this week and the offense has been hitting on all cylinders the past couple weeks. Atlanta has been very strong against tight ends but that shouldn’t stop Donnell. I expect this game to be a shootout so look for Manning to find Donnell for around seven receptions, 65 yards, and a touchdown.


Jason Witten
Cowboys TE Jason Witten
Witten has failed to produce four straight weeks for the 3-1 Dallas Cowboys. He had his best game of the season with 61 yards against the Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 4. Dallas is facing a very talented Houston defense that is excellent at getting pressure on the quarterback and stopping opposing tight ends. The Texans are the 4th-best defense against tight ends. Keep Witten on your bench unless you don’t have any other options.

Niles Paul
Redskins TE Niles Paul
Paul exited early last week with a concussion and was unable to return. On top of that, Jordan Reed may suit up for the first time since Week 1. If Reed does indeed play, it would be very difficult to plug Paul into your lineup with any confidence. The Redskins host the Seahawks this week who should be able to shut down Kirk Cousins and the entire Washington passing game. Keep Paul on your bench. He may even be worth dropping if Jordan Reed returns to true form.


Kelvin Benjamin
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin has been a complete stud and is easily leading the Panthers in yards and targets this season. Against a strong Baltimore defense last week, he caught five passes on nine targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. This week, he has a juicy matchup against a Chicago secondary that is full of injuries and will be without Charles “Peanut” Tillman. I expect this to be a high scoring matchup, so look for Benjamin to produce yet again. He could be a top ten receiver this week.

Markus Wheaton
Steelers WR Markus Wheaton
The Steelers will travel to sunny Florida to face the Jaguars in Week 5. Jacksonville has looked like my high school football team both on offense and defense. Against opposing receivers they allow the 2nd-most points in the entire league. Markus Wheaton has been a solid addition to the Steelers passing game, replacing Emmanuel Sanders who left for Denver. Wheaton hasn’t had a double-digit performance yet but I expect that to change this week. Big Ben should have no problem throwing all over the Jaguars and Wheaton will be one of the beneficiaries. This could be the week he shows what he's truly capable of.


Heath Miller
Steelers TE Heath Miller
Miller broke out of his slump, recording 10 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs last week. He has a juicy matchup against a Jaguars defense that is ranked 3rd-worst against opposing tight ends. I expect him to produce similar numbers as last week and help the Steelers get back on track.

Ladarius Green
Chargers TE Ladarius Green
Green has yet to get on track for the San Diego Chargers this season but this could be the week that changes all of that. The Jets have a horrible secondary and will likely zero in on Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, and Eddie Royal. If the situation is right, Green could find himself wide open. You likely have a better option at tight end this week but if you don’t, consider starting him against Gang Green.


Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Wide Receivers to Add

Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants' first round draft pick shined in his debut performance against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. Beckham caught 4 of his 5 targets for 44 yards and the go-ahead touchdown to lead New York to their third victory in a row. He also drew a long pass interference call. OBJ played just 50% of the snaps and Tom Coughlin plans to increase the rookie’s role, as he gets more comfortable with the playbook. Beckham is tall and fast receiver and a big play threat as he creates mismatches against most defenses. He should be considered as a WR3 from now on and should be owned in all leagues.

Brian Quick
I said it a few weeks ago but it seems that the St. Louis Ram has yet to be added in many leagues. Quick is available in 75% of leagues on NFL.com, 46% in Yahoo leagues, and 64% of leagues on ESPN.com. It is very hard to fathom, as Austin Davis’ No. 1 target has had four quality performances in a row to start the season. In the loss to the Eagles Quick produced 5 receptions for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns equaling 20 points. Although this was his best game of the season, his first three were no slouches either. He is averaging 12 points per game so far. The Rams throw the ball a lot and Quick should continue to out-target everyone on the team. Pick this guy up ASAP.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Hakeem Nicks
The former New York Giant scored two touchdowns in his first three games with Andrew Luck and the Colts' juggernaut offense. However, he has been struggling to get open and has not gained more than 50 yards in a contest. Through 5 games this season, Nicks has just 123 yards receiving. The Colts like to spread the ball around, leaving Nicks with very few targets. It also seems that Nicks may be slower than his days in New York. He certainly still has playmaking ability but the Colts have to get him the ball in order for him to make things happen.

Cecil Shorts III
The Jaguars number one option on offense has not been able to stay healthy this season. After missing the first two games of the season, he was somewhat productive in Week 3 against the Colts but then pulled his hamstring the following week. Shorts is considered week-to-week but even if he does come back shortly, the Jaguars are simply terrible. Even with Blake Bortles starting at quarterback, I don’t expect the Jags to have any fantasy-worthy players. If you’ve been holding onto him, you can take the “wait and see” approach but it’s probably time to move on to bigger and better things.

Tight Ends to Add

Jordan Reed
Jordan Reed was having a very respectable rookie season in 2013 before going down with an injury. He caught 45 of his 59 targets for 499 yards and 3 touchdowns in just 9 games. Expectations were high for the sophomore but an injured hamstring in the first quarter of Week 1 has kept him sidelined until now. Reed is expected to return to action in Week 6 and could develop into a solid option at the tight end position. I wouldn’t start him in his first game back but he should turn out to be a high end TE2.

Dwayne Allen
Dwayne Allen has scored in four of the first five contests this season. He seems to be Luck’s favorite tight end and is a very good red zone option. Against the Ravens Allen recorded 4 receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. The tight end has 204 yards and 4 touchdowns on the young season and should continue to produce for this pass-happy offense. If you are in need of a tight end, Allen could be your guy.

Tight Ends to Drop

Niles Paul
With Reed’s comeback on the horizon, Paul should take a backseat and return to the backup role. Paul was efficient as the starter and will likely continue to see playing time, but it should decrease significantly. As long as Reed can avoid injury, Paul is no longer worth owning in fantasy leagues. Thank him for what he gave you this season and say goodbye.

Trade Bait
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Larry Donnell
I have been very high on the Giants' emerging star at tight end but that was before Beckham made his debut. With the first round draft pick in the lineup, Larry Donnell did not catch one pass against the Falcons in Week 5. With the Giants wide receivers finally on track, Manning will be spreading the ball around. Cruz has improved since the beginning of the year, Randle has looked solid, and Beckham was remarkable in his first game of the season. Donnell is still a TE1 but I don’t expect him to keep up the incredible numbers he has posted thus far. I would throw out some proposals and see whom you can get for him but you may want to wait until after Week 6. Most owners don’t like to trade for a guy that scored 0 points in their last matchup.