The 2022-23 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that wide receivers like Davante Adams and Amon-Ra St. Brown will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the 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 6 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 territory.
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||Cooper Kupp*||vs Carolina Panthers||WR1|
|Must Start||Justin Jefferson||vs Miami Dolphins||WR2|
|Must Start||Stefon Diggs||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR3|
|Must Start||Tyreek Hill||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR4|
|Starting WR1||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR5|
|Starting WR1||Deebo Samuel||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR6|
|Starting WR1||Ja’Marr Chase||vs New Orleans Saints||WR7|
|Starting WR1||Courtland Sutton||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR8|
|High WR2||Chris Godwin*||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR9|
|High WR2||D.K. Metcalf||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR10|
|High WR2||CeeDee Lamb||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR11|
|High WR2||Mike Evans||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR12|
|Starting WR2||Keenan Allen*||vs Denver Broncos||WR13|
|Starting WR2||A.J. Brown||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR14|
|Starting WR2||Tee Higgins*||vs New Orleans Saints||WR15|
|Starting WR2||Tyler Lockett*||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR16|
|Starting WR2||Jaylen Waddle||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR17|
|Low WR2||Diontae Johnson||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR18|
|Low WR2||Curtis Samuel||vs Chicago Bears||2.6 pts|
|Low WR2||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR20|
|Low WR2||Jakobi Meyers*||vs Cleveland Browns||WR21|
|Low WR2||Christian Kirk||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR22|
|Low WR2||DeVonta Smith||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR23|
|Flex||Chris Olave*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR24|
|Flex||Amari Cooper||vs New England Patriots||WR25|
|Flex||Allen Lazard||vs New York Jets||WR26|
|Flex||Gabriel Davis||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR27|
|Flex||Drake London||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR28|
|Flex||Michael Thomas*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR29|
|Flex||Mike Williams||vs Denver Broncos||WR30|
|Deep League Flex||Terry McLaurin||vs Chicago Bears||8.2 pts|
|Deep League Flex||D.J. Moore||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR32|
|Deep League Flex||JuJu Smith-Schuster||vs Buffalo Bills||WR33|
|Deep League Flex||Rondale Moore||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR34|
|Deep League Flex||Garrett Wilson||vs Green Bay Packers||WR35|
|Deep League Flex||Adam Thielen||vs Miami Dolphins||WR36|
|Deep League Flex||George Pickens||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR37|
|Deep League Flex||Rashod Bateman*||vs New York Giants||WR38|
|Deep League Flex||Romeo Doubs||vs New York Jets||WR39|
|Upside Play||Jerry Jeudy||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR40|
|Upside Play||Zay Jones*||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR41|
|Upside Play||Alec Pierce||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR42|
|Upside Play||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||vs Buffalo Bills||WR43|
|Upside Play||Devin Duvernay||vs New York Giants||WR44|
|Upside Play||Isaiah McKenzie||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR45|
|Upside Play||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR46|
|Upside Play||Chase Claypool||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR47|
|Upside Play||Darnell Mooney||vs Washington Commanders||13.8 pts|
|Upside Play||Donovan Peoples-Jones||vs New England Patriots||WR49|
|Upside Play||Dyami Brown||vs Chicago Bears||0.0 pts|
|Upside Play||Julio Jones*||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR51|
|Upside Play||Elijah Moore||vs Miami Dolphins||WR52|
|Upside Play||Michael Gallup||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR53|
|Upside Play||Randall Cobb||vs New York Jets||WR54|
|Upside Play||Corey Davis||vs Green Bay Packers||WR55|
|Upside Play||Robbie Anderson||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR56|
|Upside Play||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR57|
|Upside Play||Wan’Dale Robinson*||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR58|
|Upside Play||Mecole Hardman||vs Buffalo Bills||WR59|
|Upside Play||K.J. Obsorn||vs Miami Dolphins||WR60|
|Upside Play||Russell Gage*||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR61|
|Leave on the Bench||Allen Robinson||vs Carolina Panthers||WR62|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Boyd||vs New Orleans Saints||WR63|
|Leave on the Bench||Jarvis Landry*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR64|
|Leave on the Bench||Joshua Palmer||vs Denver Broncos||WR65|
|Leave on the Bench||DeVante Parker||vs Cleveland Browns||WR66|
|Leave on the Bench||Ben Skowronek||vs Carolina Panthers||WR67|
|Leave on the Bench||Richie James||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR68|
|Leave on the Bench||Olamide Zaccheus||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR69|
|Leave on the Bench||Shi Smith||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR70|
|Leave on the Bench||Christian Watson*||vs New York Jets||WR71|
|Leave on the Bench||K.J. Hamler||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR72|
|Leave on the Bench||Darius Slayton||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyquan Thornton||vs Cleveland Browns||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Braxton Berrios||vs Green Bay Packers||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||Khadarel Hodge||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||Khalil Shakir||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR77|
WR1 Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Cooper Kupp was limited in practice Thursday with a foot injury. If Kupp misses this week’s game against the Carolina Panthers then Allen Robinson becomes the WR49 between Donovan Peoples-Jones and Dyami Brown. Ben Skowronek would become the WR61 between K.J. Osborn and Russell Gage.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receivers: WR9 Chris Godwin, WR51 Julio Jones, WR61 Russell Gage
Chris Godwin is now dealing with a hip issue. Julio Jones has missed three of the past four games with a knee injury. Russell Gage was limited in practice on Thursday with an ankle injury. If none of the three can play this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers then Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller would be the next players to step up for this team. Perriman would become the WR50 between Donovan Peoples-Jones and Dyami Brown. Miller would become the WR57 between Robbie Anderson and Marvin Jones Jr.
If just Julio Jones is inactive then Russell Gage moves up to the WR51 slot Jones currently occupies. If just Godwin is inactive, Jones moves up to WR27 between Gabriel Davis and Drake London. Gage would move up to WR46 between Isaiah McKenzie and Brandon Aiyuk. If Godwin and either Jones or Gage are inactive the remaining healthy receiver would move up to WR25 between Amari Cooper and Allen Lazard.
WR13 Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Keenan Allen missed Los Angeles’ past four games with a hamstring injury. He is expected to resume playing this week. If Allen cannot play against the Denver Broncos on Monday then Mike Williams moves up to WR21 between Jakobi Meyers and Christian Kirk. Joshua Palmer moves up to WR49 between Donovan Peoples-Jones and Dyami Brown. DeAndre Carter joins the list at WR76 between Braxton Berrios Jr. and Khadarel Hodge.
WR15 Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
Tee Higgins only played 10 snaps against the New Orleans Saints last week before re-aggravating his ankle injury. If he doesn’t play this week against the New Orleans Saints Tyler Boyd will move up to WR37 between George Pickens and Rashod Bateman.
WR16 Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Lockett was limited in practice on Thursdady with a hamstring injury. If Lockett doesn’t play this week against the Arizona Cardinals Marquise Goodwin, Dee Eskridge, or Penny Hard would step up as the #2 wide receiver for Seattle. They would only be interesting DFS plays in this scenario.
WR21 Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
Jakobi Meyers was limited in practice Thursday with a knee injury. If he cannot play this week against the Cleveland Browns DeVante Parker moves up to WR48 between Darnell Mooney and Donovan Peoples-Jones. A few receivers including Nelson Agholor, Tyquan Thronton, and Kendrick Bourne could have increased roles as well.
New Orleans Saints Wide Receivers: WR24 Chris Olave, WR29 Michael Thomas, WR64 Jarvis Landry
Chris Olave was limited in practice Thursday because of a concussion Michael Thomas missed the past two games for the Saints with a foot injury. Jarvis Landry missed last week’s game with an ankle injury. If none of the three can play this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals then Marquez Callaway and Tre’Quan Smith become great DFS plays and desperation flexes.
If just Thomas is inactive then Landry moves up to WR60 between K.J. Osborn and Russell Gage. If just Olave is inactive Thomas moves up to WR25 between Amari Cooper and Allen Lazard. Landry would move up to WR60 between K.J. Osborn and Russell Gage. If Olave and either Thomas or Landry are inactive the remaining healthy receiver would move up to WR27 between Gabriel Davis and Drake London.
WR38 Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
Rashod Bateman missed last week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a foot injury. If he misses this week’s game against the New York Giants Devin Duvernay will move up to WR28 between Drake London and Michael Thomas.
WR41 Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars
Zay Jones missed practice on Thursday with an ankle injury. If he misses this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts Marvin Jones Jr. moves up to WR46 between Brandon Aiyuk and Chase Claypool.
WR58 Wan’Dale Robinson, New York Giants
Wan’Dale Robinson missed the past four games with a knee injury. If he doesn’t play this week against the Baltimore Ravens New York will likely start Richie James and Darius Slayton at wide receiver. Both receivers should not be considered more than DFS plays or desperation flexes.
WR71 Christian Watson, Green Bay Packers
Christian Watson missed practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. If Watson was to miss this game expect Randall Cobb to have a more solidified role for this Packers offense against the New York Jets.