Fantasy Player Projections

Wide Receivers
1bearsBrandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

8 rec, 124 yards, 2 rec TDs

After two relatively futile weeks, Marshall looked more like his old self Monday night, catching seven balls for 119 yards. Marshall is a great bet any week, and a weak Jacksonville secondary probably won't be terribly equipped to stop him. He could have a big day.

2giantsVictor Cruz

Victor Cruz

11 rec, 117 yards, 2 rec TDs

Cruz has started to re-emerge as the incredibly versatile threat that he was last season, and this should be a big game for him. Both Cruz and Domenik Hixon are coming off of big games, but the Browns have struggled against big-play receivers all season. The Browns will have to choose between concentrating on Cruz or Hixon. With Hixon exploding in last week's loss, the Browns' creaky pass defense may be stretched too thin. That means a big day for Cruz.

3ravensTorrey Smith

Torrey Smith

7 rec, 99 yards, 2 rec TDs

Smith has been electric the past two weeks and Flacco will be looking for his top guy again. The Chiefs have surrendered 13 passing plays of 20 yards or more and two pass plays of more than 40 yards. Smith will probably be targeted downfield more than once and there is plenty of potential for him to have a huge day.

4packersJordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

8 rec, 82 yards, 2 rec TDs

Outside of a disappearing act against Seattle, Nelson's output has been consistent and reliable. Expect a similar performance against the Colts. He'll be there in his favorite places -- in the flats and over the middle and grabbing a lot of first downs.

5packersRandall Cobb

Randall Cobb

7 rec, 105 yards, rec TD

This should be a big weekend for Cobb. With Greg Jennings likely limited by injury and an experienced Colts secondary across the line of scrimmage, the Packers may use their most versatile weapon in a litany of ways. This is an audacious prediction for Cobb (he does only have 162 yards receiving on the season), but the Packers used him creatively against the Saints and want the ball in his hands.

6bengalsA.J. Green

A.J. Green

7 rec, 105 yards, rec TD

The sophomore superstar caught six passes for 117 yards and a touchdown at Jacksonville in Week 4. Green has 300 yards receiving in his past two games, with a touchdown catch in his past three. To little surprise, he currently leads the AFC in receiving with 428 yards.

7steelersMike Wallace

Mike Wallace

8 rec, 93 yards, rec TD

Wallace finally appears to be in the shape that he was last season, and he annihilated an overmatched Oakland secondary in Week 3. Wallace will not be able to roam as freely against the Eagles as he did against the Raiders, but Ben Roethlisberger will be looking for his vertical threat.

8coltsReggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

8 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

Wayne still manages to catch a ton of passes regardless of who the quarterback is. The veteran has emerged as Luck's favorite target, has caught at least six balls in every game and remains a dependable downfield threat. Wayne will probably be targeted often.

9texansAndre Johnson

Andre Johnson

5 rec, 85 yards, rec TD

Johnson has only caught eight balls for 139 yards over his last three games after an eight-catch, 119-yard outburst to open the season against Miami. Johnson will probably see plenty of Antonio Cromartie Sunday since Darrelle Revis is out. Still, Johnson is sure to be heavily targeted and make catches.

10ramsDanny Amendola

Danny Amendola

8 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Amendola led the Rams in receiving once again, with six catches for 55 yards and a touchdown (on a fake field goal). That type of game will be more of the norm for Amendola than his crazy 15-catch, 160-yard Week 2.

11falconsJulio Jones

Julio Jones

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Jones was held to just one catch for 30 yards against the Panthers in Week 4, as Roddy White and Michael Turner did most of the damage for the Falcons offensively. Even so, Jones is a must-start against a horrible Redskins pass defense.

12patriotsBrandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

7 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

The Patriots' No. 1 receiver had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown at the Bills in Week 4. Despite few receptions, Lloyd remains a good WR2 in most leagues against Denver in Week 5. Tom Brady targeted him 25 times over the course of Weeks 2 and 3 before last Sunday's seven targets.

13patriotsWes Welker

Wes Welker

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Once again, Welker came through with a big fantasy day, crushing those who gave up and traded him early in the season. He caught nine passes for 129 yards and a score at Buffalo in Week 4, and he now has 366 receiving yards since Week 2.

14saintsMarques Colston

Marques Colston

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Finally, Colston's owners were happy to see his stat line in Week 4, when he caught nine passes for 153 yards and a touchdown at Green Bay. Further, he was targeted 13 times, compared to just eight times total in the previous two weeks.

15titansNate Washington

Nate Washington

3 rec, 77 yards, rec TD

Washington has been the main downfield threat, and he will probably be Matt Hasselbeck's most targeted receiver in Hasselbeck's first full start. Hasselbeck did a nice job spreading the ball around when he came into the game last week, but Washington can break loose down the field and will be used to try and stretch the Vikings out.

16cardinalsLarry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

7 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

The Cardinals' top playmaker caught eight passes for 64 yards and a touchdown against Miami in Week 4. He was targeted a team-high 15 times, though, and fantasy owners should remain excited about the rest of his season.

17dolphinsBrian Hartline

Brian Hartline

7 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Hartline broke the Dolphins' franchise record for receiving yards with 253 on 12 catches against the Cardinals in Week 4. One of those catches was for an 80-yard touchdown. It's doubtful he was starting in many leagues, however, since he caught just one pass in Week 3.

18falconsRoddy White

Roddy White

7 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

White hauled in eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina in Week 4. In the past three weeks White has three touchdown grabs, which suggests Julio Jones has yet to overtake him as the Falcons' No. 1 receiver.

19panthersSteve Smith

Steve Smith

6 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

The Panthers' top wide receiver caught just three passes for 52 yards at St. Louis in Week 4. Despite the dip in production, he's still a decent WR2 against a relatively tough Seahawks pass defense.

20broncosDemaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

Thomas caught five passes for 110 yards against Oakland, proving he doesn't need to have double digits in targets to get his fantasy owners some points. The Patriots have a tough time against strong passing teams, so Thomas remains a solid fantasy starter.

2149ersMichael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

7 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

While Crabtree hasn't been scoring much, he has at least been making a lot of catches, saving his fantasy owners in PPR leagues. In Week 4, however, he caught just two passes for 15 yards at the Jets. He's a better WR3 than anything else right now.

22chargersMalcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Floyd caught two passes for 23 yards against the Chiefs, and he was only thrown to three times. He has just five catches for 75 yards in the past two weeks but should see a boost in production in Week 5 at New Orleans.

23broncosEric Decker

Eric Decker

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Decker, who looked like he was going to be a great red-zone threat for Peyton Manning all preseason, finally caught his first touchdown pass of the year against the Raiders in Week 4. In his past two games, he has 15 catches for 215 yards.

24billsStevie Johnson

Stevie Johnson

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

After scoring in his first three games of the season, Johnson was held out of the end zone against the Patriots in Week 4, managing just two catches for 23 yards. The Niners are a tough defense, but Johnson is Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite target.

25saintsLance Moore

Lance Moore

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

While Moore didn't score in Week 4, he did catch seven passes for 67 yards at Green Bay. He was targeted a team-high 15 times, which bodes well for his fantasy owners. He'll face a Chargers team that has allowed seven touchdown passes in four games.

26seahawksGolden Tate

Golden Tate

6 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

After making a controversial game-winning catch against the Packers in Week 3, Tate followed up with just one catch for seven yards last Sunday. The Seahawks don't pass enough to make him a worthy fantasy starter on a weekly basis, but he could do well against the Panthers.

27giantsDomenik Hixon

Domenik Hixon

7 rec, 107 yards

Hixon showed he is the primary deep threat when he returned to action last weekend. Cleveland has had trouble covering multiple receiving threats, and last weekend that translated into being torched by both Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith.

28bengalsAndrew Hawkins

Andrew Hawkins

4 rec, 40 yards, rec TD

Hawkins caught all three passes intended for him, but tallied only 39 yards at Jacksonville in Week 4. However: He had scored a touchdown catch in his two previous games, and he's going up against a weak Dolphins secondary in Week 5, making him a possible flex option.

29jetsJeremy Kerley

Jeremy Kerley

4 rec, 32 yards, rec TD

If there is any silver lining for Jets' fans in the wake of Santonio Holmes' season-ending injury, it is that Kerley is getting more playing time. He's fast over the middle, so Mark Sanchez may try and get some quick screens and slants in his direction. His touchdown scamper against Miami is still fresh in people's minds and he has the potential to benefit the most from Holmes' injury.

30steelersAntonio Brown

Antonio Brown

6 rec, 80 yards

Brown has emerged as one of Ben Roethlisberger's most consistent threats this season, averaging six catches per game and more than 13 yards per catch. Brown will see plenty of throws in this game.

31brownsGreg Little

Greg Little

7 rec, 79 yards

The Browns' receiving corps is a total mess, but it appears Little has emerged as the top threat (not named Trent Richardson) … for now. Little broke off a big play in last week's game against the Ravens and looked like a stretch threat. Little will undoubtedly be targeted with Mohamed Massaquoi out and no other receivers likely to step up.

32vikingsPercy Harvin

Percy Harvin

6 rec, 78 yards

Harvin did most of his damage last week in the return game, but he remains a favorite target of Christian Ponder's. Last week's three-catch, 22-yard performance feels like an outlier. Expect more targets, especially given the Titans' struggles in pass coverage.

33eaglesDeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson

6 rec, 70 yards

Jackson is a so-called "bright lights" performer, so it might be a big day if he can find room in the secondary. Much of Jackson's performance will probably depend on the health of Troy Polamalu and James Harrison. The Steelers' pass defense has been staunch this season, but Jackson might be the player to open it up.

34chiefsJon Baldwin

Jon Baldwin

7 rec, 64 yards

The Chiefs' depth at receiver is virtually non-existent, so Matt Cassel will need to seek out Baldwin, who hauled in four balls for 50 yards last week. If Dwayne Bowe's status changes before the end of the week, Baldwin will be the go-to receiver.

35jetsChaz Schilens

Chaz Schilens

6 rec, 52 yards

Schilens becomes the top target now that Santonio Holmes is down. It remains to be seen how well he can embrace this type of role, but Tony Sparano more or less does not have a choice at this point. Schilens will inevitably be targeted since he is one of the few capable receivers that can play wide.

36chiefsDwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe

5 rec, 51 yards

Bowe's groin is going be a big problem, if he even plays. Bowe had a fantastic game against the Chargers (seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown), but it's hard to expect those same numbers if his groin is bothering him.

37giantsRamses Barden

Ramses Barden

2 rec, 51 yards

Domenik Hixon's return means Barden's numbers will probably stay low, but the Giants have found him for one completion of at least 20 yards in every game he has played. He's battling a concussion, but if he plays Eli Manning will find him.

38bearsAlshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery

5 rec, 51 yards

Jeffery will soon be a household name, but he hasn't been able to log more than five catches in a game yet, and his only real big play came in the Bears' first game. Jay Cutler will still be looking for Brandon Marshall first, but Jeffery should still get a few grabs.

39jaguarsJustin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon

5 rec, 51 yards

Last week Blackmon looked more like the top-flight receiver the Jags were supposed to be getting in the draft, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Blaine Gabbert lean on the rookie stud. The Jags will have their hands full with the Bears' secondary, though. Should be a fun test.

40seahawksSidney Rice

Sidney Rice

4 rec, 50 yards

Rice had one of his best games of the season in Week 4, but that isn't saying much: He caught four passes for 41 yards at St. Louis. The Seahawks are a run-first team, which makes Rice a flex fantasy player in Week 5 at best.

41ravensAnquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

5 rec, 46 yards

The first three games of Boldin's season were a bit ominous, as he only caught 10 balls for 118 yards and wasn't being targeted late in the game. But he charged back onto the scene last week with a nine-catch, 131-yard outburst. If Flacco throws often, Boldin will be on the receiving end of several of his attempts. The Chiefs are near the bottom of the pile when it comes to yards per completion allowed, so Boldin may have some space to operate.

42cardinalsAndre Roberts

Andre Roberts

4 rec, 45 yards

Roberts had a banner day against the Dolphins in Week 4, catching six passes for 118 yards and scoring twice, including a touchdown that sent the game into overtime. He was targeted nine times, and fantasy owners should consider him a WR3 in bye weeks with good matchups.

43dolphinsDavone Bess

Davone Bess

4 rec, 45 yards

Bess turned in his best performance of the season in Week 4, with seven catches for 123 yards. He was targeted a season-high 12 times, but fantasy owners should remain leery, as the Dolphins had to abandon the run in a high-scoring affair. Bess is still more of a WR4 in most fantasy formats.

44redskinsLeonard Hankerson

Leonard Hankerson

4 rec, 45 yards

Hankerson caught seven passes for 57 yards at Tampa Bay in Week 4. With Pierre Garcon (foot) hampered by injury, Hankerson saw a lot more attention in the passing game. As his role with this team grows, he's worth a look as a bye-week replacement in some leagues.

45billsDonald Jones

Donald Jones

4 rec, 45 yards

While Jones caught just two passes in Week 4, he certainly made them count. He scored on a 68-yard catch and had a non-scoring 22-yarder to go along with it. Despite this boost in production, he's not worth using outside of very large leagues against the 49ers.

4649ersMario Manningham

Mario Manningham

4 rec, 45 yards

The Niners' third receiver caught three passes for 47 yards at the Jets in Week 4. He also ran an end-around for another 28 yards. He's earning Alex Smith's trust across the middle, but he's not yet fantasy worthy.

47coltsDonnie Avery

Donnie Avery

4 rec, 41 yards

Avery has emerged as a dependable target for Andrew Luck, even if it looked like T.Y. Hilton was going to be that player early in the season. After Avery's nine-catch, 111-yard outburst against Minnesota, it appeared he would be an excellent complement to Reggie Wayne. That still may be the case, but Avery only had two catches in the Colts' Week 3 game against the Jaguars. He will get his catches, and if Luck has to throw often, Avery may see plenty of targets.

48redskinsPierre Garcon

Pierre Garcon

3 rec, 40 yards

While Garcon didn't do much in the passing game (one catch for 20 yards) in his return from a toe injury, he did recover a teammate's fumble for a touchdown against Tampa Bay in Week 4. When healthy, he should be a solid WR2 in most leagues.

49panthersBrandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

4 rec, 40 yards

The third-year wide receiver was targeted just three times at St. Louis in Week 4, and the Rams held him without a catch. After a breakout start to the season, LaFell has been held to just one catch in the past two weeks.

50chargersRobert Meachem

Robert Meachem

4 rec, 40 yards

For the second time this young season, Meachem was held without a catch. He was thrown to just twice by Philip Rivers, but it's becoming apparent that no one is happy with him as Vincent Jackson's replacement so far. Meachem remains a very interesting flex start against his former team, however.

51titansKendall Wright

Kendall Wright

6 rec, 39 yards

The rookie has been highly useful, and Matt Hasselbeck will probably want to use him and Craig Stevens in short-yardage situations and on first downs. Wright has excelled primarily on quick throws and short routes. If Minnesota tries to bring extra quarterback pressure, Wright and Chris Johnson will almost surely benefit off quick pass plays.

52ramsBrandon Gibson

Brandon Gibson

3 rec, 35 yards

Gibson played a supporting role in Week 4, with two catches for just 28 yards. He has yet to get more than four catches or 60 receiving yards in any game this season.

53brownsJordan Norwood

Jordan Norwood

3 rec, 33 yards

Norwood's receiving output is typically modest, but he emerged as Brandon Weeden's second receiving option ahead of the touted Josh Gordon last week. Norwood will probably see a couple of catches, but little more.

54coltsT.Y. Hilton

T.Y. Hilton

3 rec, 31 yards

Andrew Luck established a good connection with Hilton in the preseason and he unleashed for 113 yards last week. Hilton will get looks; it will all depend on whether or not the Packers are able to effectively pressure Luck.

55vikingsJerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson

4 rec, 31 yards

Simpson emerged last week with a big catch late in the game against Detroit, but it is difficult to tell where Simpson will fit in since last week was his first game of the season. We know that Simpson can effectively scurry around in the flats and that he has speed to burn. It's just hard to envision an explosive performance in his second game of the year.

56redskinsSantana Moss

Santana Moss

3 rec, 25 yards

The elder statesmen among Redskins receivers, Moss caught three passes for 33 yards at Tampa Bay. He's not the fantasy player he once was, so owners should look elsewhere for help.

5749ersRandy Moss

Randy Moss

3 rec, 25 yards

The Jets held Moss without a catch in Week 4, and it's becoming clear that his fantasy value is too low to consider using him as anything but a spot starter.

58eaglesJeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin

4 rec, 23 yards

Maclin is listed as probable (his hip has been bothering him), but he remains one of the most difficult players to try to predict. That said, the Steelers had trouble containing the middle of the field against Raiders' receivers Denarius Moore and Derek Hagan. Maclin very well could blow up against Pittsburgh, but he has only two catches in the past two weeks.

59titansKenny Britt

Kenny Britt

4 rec, 22 yards

Britt has had trouble staying healthy as well as avoiding fines and suspensions, but he practiced this week and should be good to go Sunday against the Vikings. Should Britt play, it will give Matt Hasselbeck a key weapon and should at least stretch the field.

60packersJames Jones

James Jones

2 rec, 19 yards

Jones has looked far more comfortable the past two weeks, and he is certainly another candidate to turn it up this weekend. The problem with Jones has always been consistency, and even if Greg Jennings is out, Randall Cobb feels like the more dynamic threat.

61texansKevin Walter

Kevin Walter

3 rec, 19 yards

Walter's production has been down a bit this year, but he has gotten in the end zone once and broken off a 52-yard catch. There is nothing to indicate that Walter should do much differently.

62jaguarsMike Thomas

Mike Thomas

2 rec, 14 yards

The Jaguars just don't have receiver depth. It is unclear who will get receptions outside of Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Blackmon and Marcedes Lewis.

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