Allen Robinson and Odell Beckham have been two of the biggest disappointments in all of Fantasy Football. And if you look at the projections at the bottom of this article, you'll see that I don't necessarily have much hope that they'll be better in Week 6. I can even understand if you had to drop them because you're way below .500 and needed to pick someone off the waiver wire. But I'd really like to hold a little longer and I'm definitely not spite-dropping.
If you're looking for reasons for optimism, you probably won't find them. For Robinson, the best case is that he has a rookie quarterback who should improve as the season goes on. And if he improves, hopefully the Bears will let him throw more. That could happen as soon as Week 6 against the Packers' prolific offense (and banged-up secondary).
For Beckham the argument is more simple. It's his first three games back from a major injury and one of those games was good. It's just been so long since we saw the Beckham we saw in New York, that I'm not sure he still exists.
The past gives a few more reasons for hope. In 2020, Marvin Jones was WR81 through five weeks of the season and WR6 from Week 6 forward. Diontae Johnson was WR67 after five weeks and WR7 from Week 6 forward. T.Y. Hilton was WR59 through five weeks of the season. From Week 6 forward he was WR38, and he was a top-24 wide receiver down the stretch. Brandin Cooks went from WR36 Weeks 1-5 to WR10 in the second half.
These receivers did have some extenuating circumstances, but it's a good reminder that we still aren't even a third of the way through the season. There's plenty of time for a turnaround, no matter how bad these veterans have looked.
Here is the rest of the Week 6 WR Preview:
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Week 6 WR Preview
The following players are not being projected to play Week 6 at this time. Here's what it means:
PIT Pittsburgh • #19
Age: 24 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool are now must-start receivers.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #19
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Kadarius Toney is currently the only Giants wide receiver we're considering playing in Week 6.
DET Detroit • #87
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Amon-Ra St. Brown is a decent PPR flex.
WAS Washington • #10
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Terry McLaurin should continue to dominate targets.
Numbers to Know
- 37.9% -- Davante Adams leads the NFL with a 37.9% target share.
- 49.9% -- Brandin Cooks has accounted for 49.9% of the Texans air yards, the highest mark in the league.
- 141 -- Kadarius Toney has picked up 141 yards after the catch the past two weeks, the most in the NFL.
- 8.97 -- Tyler Boyd is averaging less than nine PPR points per game in three games with Tee Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase.
- 168 -- Jakobi Meyers has now seen 168 career targets without a receiving touchdown. Yes, I'm going to update this every week until he scores.
- 50.3% -- For the first time since Lamar Jackson became their starting quarterback, the Ravens are passing more than half of their offensive plays.
- 148.5 -- Joe Burrow has a 148.5 passer rating when targeting Ja'Marr Chase.
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Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Hardman caught nine passes for 76 yards in Week 5 and has at least 10.5 PPR Fantasy points in three of his past four games. Since Week 2 he's WR38 and he's facing a Washington defense that has been atrocious against the pass.
DET Detroit • #14
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
This rookie class has been so good that I didn't even get to St. Brown, who has 16 targets over his past two weeks. Defenses are doing everything they can to take away T.J. Hockenson, which leaves St. Brown in good situations in the short area of the field. He's a solid flex this week.
ARI Arizona • #4
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
I don't want to use Moore this week against Cleveland, but I would expect his role grows in the second half. And he's one injury away from approaching must-start status in a three receiver league.
DEN Denver • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Sutton has been boom or bust this season, but his price actually went down after his most recent boom. The Raiders have been pretty good against the pass, but their secondary is beat up and Sutton has shown he can take advantage of that.
HOU Houston • #13
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
I'm going right back to the well with Cooks against a much better matchup. The Colts are allowing the sixth-most Fantasy points to receivers and have given up more than 200 yards to the position twice in their last four games.