Fantasy Football: Week 5 Wide Receiver Rankings

Each week with the positional rankings, I’m going to offer Dallas Cowboys centered Fantasy Football information. I’ll offer you a breakdown of the matchup for your and my wide receivers. Make sure you go to to get the breakdowns on all the important match ups for the coming week.

Your Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver – Dez Bryant 

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To play, or not to play. That is the question facing Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys.

In my opinion it sounds like a situation in which Bryant shouldn’t play. He was able to play on the leg during the rest of the Chicago Bears game. If there is even the slightest chance that sitting out could help him recover and be better down the road, I’m all for it.

While the Cincinnati Bengals may be stingy on the ground (3.8 yards per carry), they aren’t so much through the air. Cincinnati allows only about 225 yards passing per game, but is also one of only four teams to allow 10 or more touchdown passes through four weeks of the season.

If he does play, he’s a must start.

Your Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver – Cole Beasley

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Cole Beasley had a slightly underwhelming game in week four against the San Francisco 49ers.

Beasley only saw four targets, which was way down from his season average of eight targets a game going into week four.

He did turn those four targets into three catches for 66 yards, 47 of those yards coming on a big play as the Dallas Cowboys were attempting to close out the game in the fourth quarter.

If Dez Bryant doesn’t play again in week five, Beasley is going to have to find a way to be more of a factor. With Bryant out, Beasley becomes the center of attention for opposing defenses and must learn how to get open when they are focusing on him.

The Cincinnati Bengals only allow 6.4 yards per attempt in the passing game. Compare that with the New York Jets who are allowing 8.3 yards per attempt.

This possibly sets up very well for Cole Beasley.

Last week I recommended Beasley as a WR2 for your fantasy football teams. In week five, I’d bump him down to a WR3 spot or a flex spot in all formats until we see his usage return to that of weeks 1-3.

Flawless Forecast: Four catches for 60 yards, and zero touchdowns. 

Your Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver – Terrance Williams

Cowboys Headlines - T-Will Tuesday: Terrance Williams Declares 2016 A "Revenge Season"Terrance Williams went out there and made some plays in the passing game. Four catches on six targets for 44 yards is a solid day. Include a 20 yard touchdown reception, and the day becomes pretty good.

I know at times I can be a little less patient with Williams, but he has ability and can make plays when given the chance. No NFL player is perfect, and Williams might make more mistakes than most, but he is still a quality wide receiver.

The thing we have learned about Dak Prescott in his four weeks as a starting quarterback is he will spread the ball around.

On Sunday in San Francisco, Prescott completed passes to seven different wide receivers. Williams finished third on the team in targets with six. If he continues to see six targets a game, he will be worth a flex spot while Bryant is out and depending on the matchup.

Flawless Forecast: Four catches for 75 yards and one touchdown.

Your Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver – Brice Butler

Cowboys Headlines - Does Brice Butler Deserve A Bigger Offensive Role? 1Brice Butler was this off-season’s wide receiver du jour.

He was the guy that was going to usurp the second wide receiver spot from Terrance Williams.

In training camp, he was never able to pull even with Williams, and was thrust into the role of being the fourth wide receiver.

With Dez Bryant sitting out in week four, Brice Butler received a huge opportunity. Dak Prescott looked his way often, tying for the team-lead in targets with nine.

Of the four players with at least 40 yards receiving in week four, Butler had the least amount of yards with 41. He did catch a touchdown from Prescott and turned his nine targets into five catches. Not a bad day, but not great either. Would certainly like to see him improve in his catching efficiency.

If Dez Bryant sits out again in week five, I would place Butler as a flex in 12 teams or more fantasy football leagues.

The Wide Receiver Rankings

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John Williams

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