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Top 20 Wide Receivers to Start in Week 5

Who To Start – Who To Sit – NFL Week 5

The top of the list is dominated by the top picks in fantasy football drafts this season, but once you get a little further down the list, there are names few of us were considering as viable options in the preseason.

Check out our bye week receivers list at the bottom, to make sure you’re not starting zeroes in your lineup this week. Bye weeks are brutal in Week 5, with the fantasy powerhouses that are off.

1. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Against the 32nd-ranked Tennessee Titans Defense, likely to be starting 2 rookie cornerbacks. Ouch!
2. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans – Coming off a rare down week against the usually strong Raiders corner, Nmadi Asomugha, it’s time for Andre Johnson to have a bounceback game against the Cardinals.
3. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals – I’m expecting a big shootout between the Cards and the Texans, as you can tell from these rankings.
4. DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – The Buccaneers defensive backfield is a mess right now, with injured safeties and slow-footed safety replacements. Expect a big game from Desean Jackson, who fought through injury for a big Week 4.
5. Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona Cardinals – If Larry Fitzgerald is high on a list, you can expect Anquan Boldin to be somewhere nearby – at least when he’s healthy. Boldin’s healthy again, so he’s almost as likely to have a big week as Fitzgerald.
6. Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – Fantasy football owners’ eyes light up when they see the Detroit Lions show up as an opponent for one of their stars. Holmes gets the favorable matchup this week.
7. Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots – Something’s gotta give in this matchup of the NFL’s #1 defense and Tom Brady’s bunch. There are signs the Patriots Offense is inching closer to a breakout game sometime soon.
8. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions – I would have Calvin a little higher on this list against the Steelers #26 pass defense, but Megatron missed a practice this week and he might be slowed a little bit on Sunday. Also, Daunte Culpepper is his likely starting QB, but that didn’t slow Calvin last year.
9. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks go againts the league’s #30 ranked pass defense in the Jacksonville Jaguars. There are signs that Matt Hasselbeck is returning this weekend for a make-or-break game.
10. Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts – It’s a Colts big-play receiver against the #32 pass defense. Nick Harper is saying he’s going to play for Tennessee, but if the 35-year old cornerback can’t go, it’s Peyton Manning versus two rookie corners on Sunday.
11. Brandon Marshall, WR, Denver Broncos – It looks like Brandon Marshall is back in the good graces of Broncos leadership, after he was seen after the game and in the post-game press conferences giving Josh McDaniels hugs.
12. Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – There’s a little concern this reverts to the old days, when the Steelers would crush an opponent and only complete 12 passes, but there’s usually plenty of offense to go around when playing the Lions.
13. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – Even though Mike Walker was a sleeper picks with some fantasy sites, after he was beaten out for the starting job by Troy Williamson, Mike Sims-Walker’s huge first month of his NFL career has been a major surprise. It took Williamson going on IR to do it, but Sims-Walker is a breakout rookie against the #19 pass defense this week.
14. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Dallas Cowboys – Bowe’s season has been disappointing so far, but big name receivers usually have big days against the Dallas 28th ranked passing defense.
15. Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Cleveland Browns – If you’re asking “Who?”, you missed Week 4′s 8-catch, 148-yard effort by Browns rookie Massaquoi. With Braylon Edwards traded to the Jets and the Bills the opponent this weekend, Derek Anderson’s new favorite target is suddenly a trendy picks on start/bench lists.
16. Bernard Berrian, WR, Minnesota Vikings – Bernard Berrian is healthy again and he got in the game against the Packers on Monday night. Playing the Rams this week, Berrian is a good pick to have another productive game.
17. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers – The Panthers need a win desperately and it’s time for their veterans to step up. The Washington Redskins average pass defense is this week’s opponent. Expect Steve Smith to put up solid numbers.
18. Chad Ochocinco, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – The former Chad Johnson is once again a fantasy factor in 2009, but his numbers might take a bit of a hit against a tough Ravens Defense this week.
19. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons – Roddy White has been an elite receiver the past two seasons, but early reviews are that Tony Gonzales might be biting into his numbers. That might be a 3-game fluke, given the Falcons early bye, so start Roddy White against the Niners 21st ranked defense against receivers.
20. Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots – Welker’s injury situation and Bill Belichick’s insane devotion to secrecy have frustrated fantasy owners this year, but expect a big day from Welker. The Broncos will be blitzing all day and Wes Welker will be Tom Brady’s checkdown receiver much of the day.

More Wide Receivers to Consider

Terrell Owens, WR Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
Lee Evans, WR Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
Jerricho Cotchery, WR Jets vs. the Miami Dolphins
Steve Smith, WR Giants vs. the Oakland Raiders
Patrick Crayton, WR Cowboys vs. the Kansas City Chiefs
Derrick Mason, WR Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Nate Washington, WR Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Walter, WR Texans vs. Arizona Cardinals
Nate Burleson, WR Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sidney Rice, WR Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams

Remember To Bench – Bye Week Wide Receivers

Marques Colston, WR Saints
Jeremy Shockey, TE Saints
Devery Henderson, WR Saints
Vincent Jackson, WR Chargers
Antonio Gates, TE Chargers
Chris Chambers, WR Chargers
Greg Jennings, WR Packers
Donald Driver, WR Packers
Jermichael Finley, TE Packers
Devin Hester, WR Bears
Greg Olsen, TE Bears
Johnny Knox, WR Bears
Earl Bennett, WR Bears

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