Week 6 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver

It hasn’t been easy for fantasy football owners to keep up with all the schedule changes that have stemmed from coronavirus-related postponements, and plenty of bye-week plans have already fallen through. This week, the Chargers are getting an unscheduled week off, so if you need a replacement for Keenan Allen — or any wide receivers from the Saints, Raiders, and Seahawks — our Week 6 fantasy WR rankings can help. 

As pass defenses continue to struggle throughout the league, WR sleepers remain plentiful every week. Christian Kirk (@ Cowboys), Chase Claypool (vs. Browns), Russell Gage (@ Vikings), Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole (vs. Lions), N’Keal Harry (vs. Broncos), and Brandin Cooks (@ Titans) all readily available on waiver wires and have top-10 matchups this week. You could throw in the heavily targeted Jeff Smith (@ Dolphins) in PPR leagues, as well. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

The biggest question with wide receivers is whether there’s such thing as a bad matchup anymore. Heading into last week, Kansas City, Washington, Arizona, Chicago, the Rams, and San Francisco were the six teams allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to WRs. Kansas City, Washington, and San Francisco were absolutely shredded by Raiders, Rams, and Dolphins WRs, respectively, while the Chicago and Arizona both allowed 100-yard, one-TD games to their opponents’ top wide receivers. Even middling WRs facing these teams can have value (such as John Brown vs. Kansas City, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel vs. the Rams, D.J. Moore vs. Chicago, Darius Slayton vs. Washington this week), and you certainly don’t want to bench any every-week starters.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

As always, there are a few big injuries to watch, with Julio Jones (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) leading the way. With no receivers consistently stepping up in Godwin’s absence, there aren’t any sleepers to pinpoint if he’s out, but the aforementioned Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus could have value against Minnesota’s woeful pass defense if Jones is out again. Both disappointed last week, but bounce-back performances are in order. 

Another under-the-radar injury situation to watch is with Philadelphia. Both DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) are due back soon, and while neither is worthy of starting this week in fantasy, their returns would take away value from PPR sleeper Greg Ward Jr (vs. Ravens) and big-play breakout Travis Fulgham (@ Ravens). We rank both outside of our top 36, but they have flex potential even in a tough matchup.

Fantasy owners of Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb (vs. Cardinals) might be worried now that Andy Dalton is under center for the Cowboys, but Dalton looked decent in the fourth quarter last week and should be able to keep the Cowboys passing offense humming. Unless he locks in other receivers, both should continue to be every-week plays. 

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings and provide analysis based on the latest news and injuries.

Week 6 Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

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