Fantasy Football Week 6: Top 5 wide receivers to start
By William Schneiderhan
Here’s the Week 6 edition of top 5 wide receivers to start in your fantasy football league.
Week 6 is so close we can taste it. This week’s NFL action kicks off with a classic rivalry matchup as the New York Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football.
How did Week 5’s edition of top five receivers to start fair? Three of the five players who made the list finished as top 10 scorers in ESPN PPR Standard scoring leagues.
Antonio Brown finished with 28.1 points as he finally went for over 100+ yards and caught multiple scores for the first time in 2018. Adam Thielen racked up 24.6 as he continues his hot start, and DeAndre Hopkins gathered 22.1.
Keenan Allen, the fifth player named on that list, fell out of the top 15. However, he still went for a respectable 17.5 points.
The number one player in last week’s edition, Julio Jones, continues to absolute perplex fantasy football owners and fans. He accumulated 11.2 points, as he continues his journey to find the end zone.
5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are one of the more underrated stories in the NFL so far this season. The team currently sits atop the AFC North with a record of 4-1.
Andy Dalton has the offense firing on all cylinders. Meaning, A.J. Green is up to his usual tricks.
Well, sort of. Green has been good, but he hasn’t been playing to the dominant standards we are used to. He had his first game of 100+ receiving yards this season in Week 5.
This week marks one of the biggest games of the year for the Bengals as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Green may be running all over the field this week.
Next: 4. Davante Adams
4. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
This week has the makings of a classic “statement game” written all over it for the Green Bay Packers. The team will host the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
Why is this the case? Because there has been a lot of turmoil swirling around the Packers. Aaron Rodgers has been very vocal about how frustrated he is with the team’s offense.
While the offense has been inconsistent under Mike McCarthy this season, there has been one bright spot: Davante Adams. The Packers have been grooming Adams to be the team’s number one wide receiver for a couple of years now.
Adams was the second-highest scoring wideout in Week 5 with his 29 points against the Detroit Lions. This week Rodgers will be targeting Adams a lot in order to secure a win against the Niners.
Next: 3. Odell Beckham Jr.
3. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Put up or shut up, right? That can be directly associated with New York Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
While OBJ has set the world on fire with a recent interview, he still led all wide receivers with 31.4 fantasy points this past week. He caught eight passes for 131 yards and one score, and he even added a touchdown toss.
Beckham caught his first TD of the year, as he went for his third game of 100+ receiving yards this year. He will need to replicate that performance when the Giants play the Eagles on Thursday Night.
The Giants need to target Beckham if the team has any hopes of being successful. So, lock OBJ in and expect a big day.
Next: 2. Antonio Brown
2. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
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As mentioned in the opening, Antonio Brown finally had a game where he caught multiple touchdowns and went for 100+ yards. This was a sight for sore eyes.
This week Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincy to play the Bengals. Meaning, Brown will be licking his lips against that secondary.
Yes, the Bengals have been decent as far as holding opposing wide receivers to low fantasy scores. But, Brown is a completely different beast.
Brown has a lot of speculation flying around him after a recent story broke about a lawsuit against the star. So, he will want to go out and have himself a day to try and put all the off the field issues aside.
Next: 1. Adam Thielen
1. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Words can’t describe how great Adam Thielen has been in the early stages of the season. He has racked up 100+ receiving yards in every single game.
Yes, you read that right. Thielen has yet to catch less than 100 yards, and that has fantasy owners on Cloud 9.
Need more? Over the last four weeks, Thielen has averaged 26.9 fantasy points. That is dominant.
The Minnesota Vikings host the inconsistent Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. The Cards have been great against opposing receivers, but we will see how they are against one of the best receiving corps in the NFL.