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Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
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 Six 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. Demaryius Thomas
  2. Julio Jones
  3. Antonio Brown
  4. Jordy Nelson
  5. Alshon Jeffery
  6. A.J. Green
  7. Brandon Marshall
  8. Emmanuel Sanders
  9. Jeremy Maclin
  10. Dez Bryant
  11. Victor Cruz
  12. Randall Cobb
  13. Golden Tate
  14. Keenan Allen
  15. Vincent Jackson
  16. Reggie Wayne
  17. Roddy White
  18. Steve Smith Sr.
  19. Mike Wallace
  20. T.Y. Hilton
  21. Pierre Garcon
  22. Michael Floyd
  23. Kendall Wright
  24. Julian Edelman
  25. Percy Harvin
  26. DeAndre Hopkins
  27. DeSean Jackson
  28. Wes Welker
  29. Andre Johnson
  30. Brian Quick
  31. Kelvin Benjamin
  32. Rueben Randle
  33. Terrance Williams
  34. Sammy Watkins
  35. Michael Crabtree
  36. Eric Decker
  37. Larry Fitzgerald
  38. Justin Hunter
  39. Mohammed Sanu
  40. Odell Beckham Jr.
  41. Cordarelle Patterson
  42. Torrey Smith
  43. Eddie Royal
  44. Andrew Hawkins
  45. James Jones
  46. Markus Wheaton
  47. Allen Hurns
  48. Brian Hartline
  49. Miles Austin
  50. Jermaine Kearse

  1. Julius Thomas
  2. Rob Gronkowski
  3. Greg Olsen
  4. Delanie Walker
  5. Martellus Bennett
  6. Jason Witten
  7. Vernon Davis
  8. Antonio Gates
  9. Larry Donnell
  10. Dwayne Allen
  11. Owen Daniels
  12. Jordan Reed
  13. Jordan Cameron
  14. Heath Miller
  15. Zach Ertz
  16. Jared Cook
  17. Eric Ebron
  18. Tim Wright
  19. Coby Fleener
  20. Charles Clay
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders

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:

Emmanuel Sanders
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders
Sanders is beginning to prove himself as a matchup-proof must-start wide receiver. He has yet to score a touchdown but is a reception and yardage machine, averaging over 100 yards per game. He has also been targeted at least 9 times in each of his first four outings. Against the Cardinals last week, Sanders produced 7 receptions for 101 yards and added 8 yards rushing on 2 carries. The Broncos head to MetLife stadium to take on Rex Ryan’s deficient secondary. The Jets have allowed the 6th-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers so Sanders should have another quality performance. He is a must-start at this point.

Alshon Jeffery
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery
Jay Cutler’s No. 2 target has had three stellar performances, in two of which he produced a touchdown reception. Jeffery caught 6 of 7 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown against a good Panthers defense last week. Through five weeks, he is ranked 14th in fantasy points at the wide receiver position. The Bears travel to Atlanta to face a Falcons defense that struggles against tall receivers. Last week, they gave up touchdowns to both Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle while holding Victor Cruz to just 22 yards. Look for Jeffery to take advantage of his size and produce 100 yards and a touchdown in this high-scoring matchup.

Cordarelle Patterson
Vikings WR Cordarelle Patterson
Minnesota’s speedster has been an afterthought ever since his brilliant performance in Week 1. Since his 18.8-point performance, Patterson has failed to score more than 5.6 points in any contest. Last week, he caught just 1 pass for 8 yards against a mediocre Packers defense. This week, the Vikes face the Lions, who have allowed the 4th-fewest points to opposing receivers. With Teddy Bridgewater still recovering from injury, Christian Ponder would start if the rookie is unable to go. This will hurt all Viking receivers, as Ponder may be the worst quarterback in the NFL. Patterson won’t be a fantasy option until someone can get him the ball.

Larry Fitzgerald
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
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Fitzgerald continues to underwhelm this season after just 57 yards on 3 receptions and no touchdowns. This was his best performance, which isn’t saying much for the former franchise player. The Cardinals are facing a Redskins defense that has not been good against the pass but with Drew Stanton and Carson Palmer questionable, Fitzgerald’s value will only decrease with Logan Thomas at quarterback. Stay away from starting him until he proves his worth and/or Palmer returns from injury.

Delanie Walker
Titans TE Delanie Walker
Walker had his worst outing of the season against the Browns in the Titans devastating loss last Sunday. Walker did manage to catch 4 passes for 47 yards but was held without a touchdown for just the second time this season. Look for the Titans best option on offense to have a bounce-back game against a Jaguars defense that allows the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Walker is the 5th ranked tight end this season and should show why in Week 6 despite the fact that back-up quarterback Charlie Whitehurst may start in place of Jake Locker. I expect Walker to gain about 65 yards and score his fourth touchdown of the season.

Greg Olsen
Panthers TE Greg Olsen
Panther tight end Greg Olsen has put together a great season thus far, ranking third amongst his position. The veteran gained 72 yards last week and added 2 crucial touchdowns to help lead the Panthers to an improbable win over the Chicago Bears. Olsen has been one of Cam Newton’s most reliable targets this season and should be counted on to keep the Panthers close against a very good Bengals team in Week 6. Cincinnati has a very strong defense but they do struggle against tight ends. The Bengals allow 12.88 points per game to opposing tight ends, good for the 3rd most in the league. Look for Olsen to go for 80 yards and score a touchdown.

Zach Ertz
Eagles TE Zach Ertz
Philadelphia’s tight end started the season off strong, producing 163 yards and a touchdown through his first two games as an Eagle. Since then, his production has plummeted as he has recorded 1.4, 2.3, and 3.9 points respectively in Week 3, 4, and 5. This week, the Eagles host the Giants on Sunday night in what should be a very physical game. The Giants defense has improved majorly since last season and they allow the 2nd-fewest points to opposing tight ends per game with just 4.46. Keep Ertz on your bench this week.

Coby Fleener
Colts TE Coby Fleener
Andrew Luck loves to throw to his tight ends when he gets into the red zone. However, Dwayne Allen has emerged as Luck’s primary tight end as Fleener has taken a back seat. Last week against the Ravens, Fleener was targeted just twice as opposed to Allen who saw 5 passes go in his direction. Allen outgained Fleener 59-30 and scored a touchdown. The Colts face the Texans on Thursday Night Football which does not bode well for Fleener, as Houston allows just 5.24 points to opposing tight ends, the 5th fewest in the league.

Golden Tate
Lions WR Golden Tate
Golden Tate has been outstanding in his first season with the Detroit Lions. Last week in a crushing defeat to the Bills, he racked up 7 receptions for 134 yards and scored his first touchdown of the young season. With Megatron out after aggravating his ankle injury, Tate will assume the role of primary receiver for Matthew Stafford. The Lions will travel to Minnesota to face a Vikings team that allows the 8th-most points to opposing wide outs. Look for Tate to produce another solid game as the go-to option on offense. He will be on the verge of becoming a WR1 for as long as Calvin Johnson remains sidelined which may only be 1 or 2 weeks.

Rueben Randle
Giants WR Rueben Randle
New York’s No. 2 receiver produced 4 receptions on a team-high 10 targets for 33 yards and the first touchdown of the game against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. He has now been targeted 30 times throughout the Giants 3-game win streak. Randle is no sure thing but the Giants are facing an Eagles defense that has struggled immensely against opposing receivers, allowing the most fantasy points per game in the league. I expect this game to be a high-scoring match-up, which means more yardage and scoring for the Giants passing game. Eli Manning should continue to look Randle’s way so long as he continues to produce.

Jason Witten
Cowboys TE Jason Witten
Jason Witten- one of the oldest faces on America’s team- has not fulfilled expectations. Through five weeks, he has yet to gain over 61 yards or score a touchdown in a single game. Last week against the Texans, he caught 4 passes for 59 yards on his way to his 2nd highest output this season. He is on pace to catch just 61 passes for 688 yards, which would be his lowest totals in each category since his rookie year in 2003. However, Witten just might break out against the Seattle Seahawks this week. This may seem unlikely but consider this: Seattle should come out of the gates clicking on all cylinders to take the lead. The Cowboys will be forced to throw the ball while playing catch-up and Seattle has allowed the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. This makes Witten a very likely candidate to end his slump and put together his first well-rounded performance of the season. I like this matchup a lot.

Owen Daniels
Ravens TE Owen Daniels
The former Houston Texan caught 5 passes last week and gained 70 yards in a losing effort against Indianapolis. With Dennis Pitta out for the year, Daniels should continue to see plenty of targets, as he is known for his pass catching ability. Despite the fact that Daniels has not scored since Week 2, Flacco typically likes to look for his tight ends when he gets into the red zone. The Ravens travel to the sunshine state to take on a Buccaneers team that allows the 9th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, so look for Daniels to take advantage of that.

Raiders WR Andre Holmes

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

Andre Holmes
The former Dallas Cowboy almost led the Raiders to an upset over the San Diego Chargers in Week 6. Despite coming up just short, Holmes snagged 4-of-8 targets for 121 yards and two trips to the end zone. The performance included a 77-yard score in which he used his breakaway speed to get behind the single coverage. Andre Holmes has been targeted 20 times in the last two games and has produced 195 yards and 3 touchdowns. Since Rod Streater was sidelined with an injury, Holmes has excelled in the starting position. He has become rookie quarterback David Carr’s favorite target and can use his mix of speed and size to gain an advantage on the defense. This guy is an incredible athlete and needs to be added for depth at the wide receiver position.

Brandon LaFell
It has taken some time but in his first year after leaving Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, LaFell has developed chemistry with the masterful Tom Brady. Brady carved up the Bills defense on Sunday in part by hooking up with LaFell four times for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was the veteran receiver’s highest fantasy point total of the season. New England is thin at wide receiver and aside from Julian Edelman, LaFell has the most experience and talent at the position. Look for Brady to continue to rely on the passing game now that running back Stevan Ridley is out for the year.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz went down in the end zone Sunday night after dropping an easy touchdown. No one could understand how he could drop that ball until he started holding his knee and crying out in excruciating pain. On Monday, coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants confirmed that the No. 1 receiver would undergo season ending surgery to repair his torn right patellar tendon. Rueben Randle, rookie Odell Beckham Jr., and Preston Parker will have to step up in a major way if the Giants want to compete for the division, especially after being blown out by the Eagles in Week 6.

Cordarelle Patterson
I can’t believe I am saying this but it is time to drop Cordarelle Patterson. Patterson had a sensational game against the Rams in Week 1 but since then, he has been the ultimate bust. In a loss at home against the Lions, Patterson gained just 17 total yards and yet again could not find his was into the end zone. This marks the fifth game in a row in which he has failed to gain 60 yards or score a touchdown yet somehow, Patterson is still owned in 95% of NFL.com leagues. The speedy Vikings receiver has been struggling with a hip injury so that could be why he has had so many issues this season but with very shaky quarterback play and an inability to break free of the coverage, it seems to me that Patterson is worthy of a spot on your fantasy team. Is he fast? Yes. Is he talented? Yes. Will he be good for the remainder of the season? I don’t think so. Drop him.

Tight Ends to Add

Jace Amaro
Coach Rex Ryan finally found a way to get Amaro involved in the offense in the Jets loss at home vs. the Denver Broncos. Amaro caught 10 passes for 68 yards and scored the first touchdown of his young career. The rookie has established himself as a solid tight end and may be Geno Smith’s No. 2 option in the passing game behind Eric Decker. Amaro has a lot of raw talent and has blocked much better than expected so far so the Jets should continue to give the rookie a significant number of snaps. He’s not a TE1 but he is a good back up for your fantasy squad.

Keep an Eye on

Clay Harbor
The Jaguars tight end caught 3 of 4 passes from rookie quarterback Blake Bortles for 91 yards and a touchdown in a close loss to the Titans on Sunday. Replacing Marcedes Lewis as the starter, Harbor energized his team with a 59-yard catch and a 20-yard touchdown. Lewis is expected to remain on the sidelines for at least another month so you may want to keep your eye on Clay Harbor. If he continues to find space in the secondary, he could establish himself as one of Bortles’ top targets. With Jacksonville playing from behind so often, Bortles will be forced to throw the ball a ton and Harbor could be one of the beneficiaries.

Tight Ends to Drop

Heath Miller
Miller has had several opportunities to produce strong numbers yet he has only reached double-digit fantasy points in one of his first six contests this season. The Pittsburgh Steeler recorded 2 receptions for a measly 19 yards in the crushing defeat at the hands of the division rival Cleveland Browns. Miller was held in check and really struggled to find any space in the secondary. The guy has lost some speed over the years and at the age of 31, I think it is safe to say that he is no longer fantasy football roster worthy.

Don't Give up on Him Yet

Larry Donnell
Donnell has perhaps been the most up and down player this season. He started the season off with two solid games before really breaking out against the Redskins on Primetime with three touchdowns in Week 4. Since then, he has put up two awful performances- just one catch for 6 yards in two games. However, he did have a touchdown reception on Sunday Night Football against the Eagles that was called back because of a holding penalty. Also, his production has plummeted only since first round draft-pick Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the field. Now that Victor Cruz is out for the year, Eli has fewer weapons to zero in on meaning he should look back in Donnell’s direction. I wouldn’t give up on the Giant just yet.