The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. It has shown fantasy trends that have started to develop and show what could happen the rest of the season. Already some players have proven to be fantasy relevant while some fantasy stars have been alarmingly disappointing to this point. Injuries have started to mount up this season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the fantasy football week 5 wide receiver rankings.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting WR1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High WR2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between WR1 and WR2 category.
Starting WR2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low WR2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who has starting value in deeper leagues. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Upside Player- a player who is boom or bust. This player can exceed expectations in a given week or could flop and be the reason why someone lost their fantasy matchup.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Davante Adams||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR1|
|Must Start||Cooper Kupp||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR2|
|Must Start||Stefon Diggs||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR3|
|Must Start||Justin Jefferson||vs Detriot Lions||WR4|
|Must Start||Tyreek Hill||vs Cleveland Browns||WR5|
|Starting WR1||D.K. Metcalf||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR6|
|Starting WR1||Deebo Samuel||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR7|
|Starting WR1||D.J. Moore||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR8|
|INACTIVE||Calvin Ridley*||vs New York Jets||OUT|
|Starting WR1||A.J. Brown*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR9|
|High WR2||DeAndre Hopkins||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR10|
|High WR2||Terry McLaurin||vs New Orleans Saints||WR11|
|High WR2||Adam Thielen||vs Detriot Lions||WR12|
|Starting WR2||Keenan Allen||vs Cleveland Browns||WR13|
|Starting WR2||Mike Evans||vs Miami Dolphins||WR14|
|Starting WR2||CeeDee Lamb||vs New York Giants||WR15|
|Starting WR2||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR16|
|Starting WR2||Diontae Johnson||vs Denver Broncos||WR17|
|Low WR2||Amari Cooper*||vs New York Giants||WR18|
|Low WR2||Mike Williams||vs Cleveland Browns||WR19|
|Low WR2||Brandin Cooks||vs New England Patriots||WR20|
|Low WR2||Chris Godwin||vs Miami Dolphins||WR21|
|Low WR2||Julio Jones*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR22|
|Flex||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Tennessee Titans||WR23|
|Flex||Antonio Brown||vs Miami Dolphins||WR24|
|Flex||Ja’Marr Chase||vs Green Bay Packers||WR25|
|Flex||Tyler Lockett||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR26|
|Flex||Jakobi Meyers||vs Houston Texans||WR27|
|Flex||Sterling Shepard*||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR28|
|Flex||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR29|
|Flex||Tee Higgins*||vs Green Bay Packers||WR30|
|Flex||Hunter Renfrow||vs Chicago Bears||WR31|
|Flex||Corey Davis||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR32|
|Flex||Devante Parker||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR33|
|Flex||Robert Woods||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR34|
|Flex||Emmanuel Sanders||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR35|
|Flex||Allen Robinson||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR36|
|Flex||Courtland Sutton||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR37|
|Flex||Cole Beasley||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR38|
|Flex||Jaylen Waddle||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR39|
|Flex||Laviska Shenault Jr.||vs Tennessee Titans||WR40|
|Deep League Flex||Darnell Mooney||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR41|
|Deep League Flex||DeVonta Smith||vs Carolina Panthers||WR42|
|Deep League Flex||Kenny Golladay||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR43|
|Deep League Flex||Odell Beckham Jr.||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR44|
|Deep League Flex||A.J. Green||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR45|
|Deep League Flex||Tyler Boyd||vs Green Bay Packers||WR46|
|Deep League Flex||Jamison Crowder||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR47|
|Deep League Flex||Chase Claypool||vs Denver Broncos||WR48|
|Upside Play||Henry Ruggs||vs Chicago Bears||WR49|
|Upside Play||Van Jefferson||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR50|
|Upside Play||Tim Patrick||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR51|
|Upside Play||Kalif Raymond||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR52|
|Upside Play||Darius Slayton||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR53|
|Upside Play||Quintez Cephus||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR54|
|Upside Play||Elijah Moore*||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR55|
|Upside Play||K.J. Osborn||vs Detriot Lions||WR56|
|Upside Play||Nelson Agholor||vs Houston Texans||WR57|
|Upside Play||Sammy Watkins||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR58|
|Upside Play||Amon-Ra St. Brown||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR59|
|Upside Play||Robby Anderson||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR60|
|Upside Play||Curtis Samuel||vs New Orleans Saints||WR61|
|Upside Play||Deonte Harris||vs Washington Football Team||WR62|
|INACTIVE||Russell Gage*||vs New York Jets||OUT|
|Upside Play||Kendrick Bourne||vs Houston Texans||WR63|
|Upside Play||JuJu Smith-Schuster||vs Denver Broncos||WR64|
|Upside Play||Zach Pascal||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR65|
|Upside Play||Marquez Callaway||vs Washington Football Team||WR66|
|Upside Play||Randall Cobb||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR67|
|Upside Play||Rondale Moore||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR68|
|Upside Play||Jalen Reagor||vs Carolina Panthers||WR69|
|Upside Play||Christian Kirk||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR70|
|Upside Play||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR71|
|Upside Play||Bryan Edwards||vs Chicago Bears||WR72|
|Upside Play||Chester Rodgers||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR73|
|Upside Play||Rashod Bateman*||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Cedrick Wilson||vs New York Giants||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||Kadarius Toney||vs New Orleans Saints||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||Freddie Swain||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Quez Watkins||vs Carolina Panthers||WR78|
|Leave on the Bench||DeSean Jackson||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR79|
|Leave on the Bench||Mohamed Sanu Sr.||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR80|
|Leave on the Bench||Danny Amendola||vs New England Patriots||WR81|
|Leave on the Bench||Keelan Cole||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR82|
|Leave on the Bench||Terrace Marshall Jr.||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR83|
|Leave on the Bench||Parris Campbell||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR84|
|Leave on the Bench||Mecole Hardman||vs Buffalo Bills||WR85|
|Leave on the Bench||Rashard Higgins||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR86|
|Leave on the Bench||Nick Westbrook-Ikhene*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR87|
|Leave on the Bench||James Washington||vs Denver Broncos||WR88|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
Falcons Wide Receivers: Calvin Ridley & Russell Gage:
News broke Thursday that both Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will not be traveling to London to play the Jets. Ridley because of a personal issue and Gage due to his ankle. Olamide Zaccheaus would be the Falcons’ number one wide receiver. However, Atlanta will likely feature Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson, Mike Davis, and Hayden Hurst as their featured weapons.
Tennessee Titans Wide Receivers: WR9 A.J. Brown, WR22 Julio Jones, & Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
Both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones were out last week because of hamstring injuries. Now one of their replacements Nick Westbrook-Ikhene is dealing with his own hamstring injury. Brown practiced Wednesday however both Jones and Westbrook Ikhene missed practice.
If all three miss Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, Chester Rodgers will move up to WR49 between Henry Ruggs and Van Jefferson. If One of Brown or Jones were to play Rodgers moves up to WR52 between Tim Patrick and Kalif Raymond.
WR18 Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Amari Cooper missed practice Wednesday because of a combination of his hamstring and rib injuries. He did practice on Thursday. He should play this weekend, however, if he was to miss this week’s game CeeDee Lamb would jump up to WR14 between Adam Thielen and Keenan Allen. Cedrick Wilson would also jump up to WR59 in between Nelson Agholor and Sammy Watkins.
New York Giants Wide Receivers: WR28 Sterling Shepard, WR43 Kenny Golladay, & WR52 Darius Slayton
For the second week in a row, all three of the Giants’ top receivers are dealing with injuries. Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton missed last week’s game because of hamstring injuries. While Golladay played through his hip issue. However, Golladay is now dealing with a groin issue. The Giants are optimistic that all three will play. If any or multiple receivers are out John Ross and Kadarius Toney are expected to see bigger roles in this offense again.
WR30 Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
Tee Higgins has missed the last two games because of a shoulder injury. There is a chance Higgins returns this week. However, if he doesn’t Ja’Marr Chase retains his rank at WR25 because of the tough match against Jaire Alexander. But Tyler Boyd goes up to WR41 between Laviska Shenault Jr. and Darnell Mooney.
WR33 Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Devante Parker was limited in practice Wednesday because of a shoulder injury. If Parker was to miss this week against Tampa Bay Jaylen Waddle would jump to WR35 between Emmanuel Sanders and Allen Robinson.
Denver Broncos Wide Receivers: WR37 Courtland Sutton & WR51 Tim Patrick
Denver’s quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is in concussion protocol. It is uncertain if Bridgewater will play Sunday against Pittsburgh. If Bridgewater is out and Drew Lock starts Courtland Sutton goes down to WR40 between Laviska Shenault Jr. and Darnell Mooney. Tim Patrick would go down to WR57 between Nelson Agholor and Sammy Watkins.
WR47 Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers
Chase Claypool missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday. If Claypool misses another game Diontae Johnson retains his value, JuJu Smith-Schuster goes up to WR55 between Quintez Cephus and Elijah Moore, and James Washington goes up to WR78 between Freddie Swain and Quez Watkins.
WR55 Elijah Moore, New York Jets
Elijah Moore missed last week because of a concussion. If he misses this great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons he would bump up to WR42 between Darnell Mooney and DeVonta Smith. Also, Keelan Cole would jump up to WR66 between Marquez Callaway and Randall Cobb.
WR74 Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman could make his debut this week against the Indianapolis Colts. If he is activated off of IR he is a player to keep eyes on as he could be a featured player in Baltimore.
WR78 Quez Watkins, Philadelphia Eagles
Quez Watkins has developed into a solid third receiver for the Eagles’ offense. He was limited in practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. If Watkins is out this week Greg Ward Jr. would fill Watkins void in the lineup.