NFL Power Rankings: Wide Receivers (Week 6)
NFL Power Rankings: Top 15 Wide Receivers - Week 6
A full five weeks into the 2012 NFL season, we arrive at the week six wide receiver Power Rankings.
Some of the players on this week's list made significant improvements from week five, while others maintained their current position. It's still too early to say who the best receiver in the league is at this point in 2012, but we're starting to get a more clear picture of who that will be, as well as who will make the Pro Bowl.
One player you will not see on the list is Danny Amendola. The widely unknown receiver was one of the best in the league with 395 yards receiving with two scores to go with it, however he will be sidelined with a broken collarbone for possibly up to six weeks, and subsequently taken off the power rankings while he's out of action.
Some of the bigger names still find themselves on the lower half of the rankings. Guys like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald have yet to really get going his season. In terms of talent, these two are probably the best the league has to offer, but statistically they aren't in the top five so far this season. However, I fully expect that to change by season's end.
So let's take a look at the top fifteen wide receivers as we sit here today ready for week six to begin:
#15) Dwayne Bowe
Bowe plays for a pretty terrible team, but his numbers make him worthy of a top 15 ranking. Currently he's 12th in the league with 402 yards receiving, and also has 3 touchdowns to go with it.
#14) Larry Fitzgerald
It's tough to believe Fitzgerald is this low on the list, but the reality is that he's only averaging 67.4 yards per game so far this season. Slowly but surely I expect him to climb the ranks, but with Kevin Kolb throwing him passes, it's hard to be real confident.
#13) Julio Jones
Jones has been very up and down in 2012. One week he's seems like one of the best, and the next he leaves you scratching your head. Still he's racked up 313 yards and 4 touchdowns on the young season.
#12) Wes Welker
Welker finally had the big game he'd been waiting for all season in week 5 as he caught 13 balls for 104 yards with a touchdown. It was his first touchdown of the season, but he's still been racking up the yards as he's sixth overall with 484 yards on the season.
#11) Demaryius Thomas
Thomas has gotten off to a great start in 2012, compiling 505 yards and 2 touchdowns so far. Clearly he's one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets, and Thomas is likely headed for a career season.
#10) Brian Hartline
Another relatively unknown receiver heading into the season, Hartline is first in the league with 514 receiving yards. He's made many big plays so far with 10 plays of at least 20 yards.
#9) Torrey Smith
Smith had an off game this past Sunday only catching 3 balls for 38 yards, but obviously the entire Baltimore Raven's offense was not rolling, as the team only mustered 9 points. Overall Smith is still one of the league's best with 370 yards and 3 scores on the young season.
#8) Calvin Johnson
It's hard to believe Johnson is this low on the list, because he's clearly the most talented receiver in the game, but 2012 has not been his best season. Coming off a buy week, Johnson still ranks 10th in league in receiving yards, but he's only hauled in one touchdown pass this season. If the Detroit Lions can get their act together, I fully expect Johnson to be back at the top in no time.
#7) Marcus Colston
Colston is coming off a huge game in week 5 where he caught 3 touchdown passes from Drew Brees. Although he's battling a foot injury, he still ranks near the top of the league in all the major receiving categories.
#6) Roddy White
White has re-established himself as one the game's best so far in 2012, compiling 481 yards and 3 touchdowns through 5 games. He didn't have a great game last week, but he's always a threat week in and week out to be a game changer.
#5) Victor Cruz
Cruz is showing that his 2011 season was not a fluke. Thus far in 2012 he leads the league with 5 touchdown receptions, while also compiling 438 yards and 6 receptions of over 20 yards.
#4) Percy Harvin
Harvin is arguably the most versatile receiver in the NFL, as he's able to line up anywhere on the field and produce. So far he's accumulated 407 yards receiving with a touchdown, but you never know when he might run in a reverse, or a kickoff too. He's already scored in all three ways this season.
#3) Reggie Wayne
Nobody predicted Wayne's performance this past Sunday. The veteran receiver went nuts catching 13 balls for 212 yards and a touchdown. He doesn't seem to have lost a step as most predicted he would, and he currently sits at second in the league with 506 total receiving yards.
#2) A.J. Green
The second year receiver is undoubtedly the real deal. In 2012 he has accumulated 493 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns, along with 7 plays greater than 20 yards. Green could very well enter the best receiver conversation soon if he keeps up his production.
#1) Brandon Marshall
Right now there's no better receiver in football than Brandon Marshall. With two weeks straight of lights out numbers (282 yards, 2 touchdowns), Marshall sits atop the week 6 power rankings. His chemistry with Jay Cutler is the main component to his high level of success, but the way he's playing right now, nearly anyone could look good throwing to No. 15.