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NFL Power Rankings: Top 15 Wide Receivers Through Week 5

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Brandon Marshall
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Is it me or are Wide Receivers more fun to watch than Running Backs? From a fantasy purpose, you can now argue wide receivers are more valuable than running backs and it's been that way for a few years now. There is a ton of talent circulating through the NFL right now and so many of these guys are going to be hall of famers one day. I've decided to do my best and rank the best 15 WR's in the NFL through week 5.
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#15: Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola
Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Danny Amendola recently broke his collarbone and will be missing quite a bit of time. Unfortunate for him as he was having one heck of a year so far. I dropped him all the way down the list because of the injury and unfortunately- he'll be removed from the list all together next week. Get well soon Danny.
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#14: Malcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Malcom Floyd was one of my fantasy sleepers this year as I was able to scoop him in the late rounds of almost every draft. Thankfully, Floyd has been as good as I thought he'd be as the now go to WR in San Diego. He's only got 20 catches for 358 yards and a TD, but I expect those numbers to pick up significantly. I wanted to slip him off the list and someone else on it, but there's something about him that I really like.
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#13: DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson
Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
I'll be clear. I'm not the biggest Jackson fan in the world, but I can't deny him having a pretty darn good season. 24 catches for 400 yards is a pretty solid start to the year. If he can start finding the endzone, I'll be able to start moving him up the list as that's hurt him so far this year in all power rankings.
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#12: Brian Hartline

Brian Hartline
Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
Why so low? Brian Hartline is leading the league in receiving yards, but 200 plus came in one game. Take that game away? He's been as good as someone like DeSean Jackson. With that said, I think he has a real shot to continue climbing up this list over the next few weeks as it looks like Ryan Tannehill has found his favorite target....Brian Hartline.
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#11: Dwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe
John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Dwayne Bowe is putting up big numbers again even though his quarterback situation is one of the worst in football. That speaks a lot of how good this guy really is. I expect him to continue being Mr. Steady so to speak.
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#10: Wes Welker

Wes Welker
Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
Not sure what the Patriots are thinking here. The guy is pretty incredible and Tom Brady's favorite receiver. He'll get over 100 catches again this year, and the Patriots need to continue using him in the offense. Trying to send a message in week 1 was stupid and hopefully they learned from that mistake. I need him to find the endzone a little more often if he wants to move up the list.
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#9: Roddy White

Roddy White
Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE
Roddy White is definitely one of the best receivers in the NFL and his year once again is showing it. 31 catches for just under 500 yards and 3 scores is pretty darn good for a 5-0 team. I'd like to see him get MORE catches and be a guy that can move the chains. Either way- he's as good as it gets.
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#8:Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
Demaryius Thomas is turning into a fine WR. No thanks to Peyton Manning. Thomas is 2nd in the league in yards, but again- I'd like to see him be more of a red zone threat to move up the list.
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#7: Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Victor Cruz is clearly for real. I questioned if he'd be as good as he was last year and guess what- I was wrong. He's got it all and I expect him to continue climbing up this list.
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#6: Marques Colston

Marques Colston
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Marques Colston had a monster game on Monday and I think he's now going to get going. I think he'll end up with 10 TDs 1300 yards and 110 catches, and that would be just a normal year for the guy right?
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#5: Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Percy Harvin is one of the best dual threats in the league. He can return kicks, catch passes, run like a RB, and return punts. I want to see him become more of a wide out, but none-the-less...he's having one heck of a year so far.
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#4: Reggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Who drafted Wayne in 3 leagues? This guy did. He hasn't lost a step and clearly is Andrew Luck's go to receiver....not a surprise since Peyton Manning did the same thing. We'll see if Wayne can continue his dominance for the rest of the year.
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#3: AJ Green

AJ Green
Rob Leifheit-US PRESSWIRE
AJ Green is only in his second year and he's been a monster. He's dynamic in the deep game and can go across the middle to move the chains when needed. I think he's going to be the number 1 WR at some point, but we'll see if he can keep it up.
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#2: Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Brandon Marshall can do it all. He's as big a WR as anyone in the league and has some really good hands. He's targeted a ton because he's one of the best route runners around, and Jay Cutler is certainly happy. I'd like to see him limit drops but he's been as good as anyone in the league this year. I hope that continues as a Bears fan.
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#1: Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson
Raj Mehta-US PRESSWIRE
Yup. No surprise here. He's a machine and can't be stopped. I expect him to have some monster break out games relatively soon.