As Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season comes to an end, we have seen some excellent play from wide receivers around the league. Heading into Week 7, we’ll take a look at the top 25 players at the wide receiver position in the NFL in our weekly rankings. This list is based on several factors, including statistics such as receptions, yards, and touchdowns, but also on our own Pro Football Network Offensive Value Metric (OVM) as well.
The wide receiver position is extremely rich in talent, which makes this list difficult to truly pinpoint. However, these 25 players are the best in the league through the first six weeks of the season.
NFL Wide Receiver Rankings, Week 7 | 25-15
25) Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (Week 6 ranking: 23)
While Keenan Allen and the Chargers did not play this week and he had to sit out the second half of the Chargers’ loss to the Saints in Week 5, Allen is expected to be a full go against the Jaguars in Week 7. Given the Jaguars’ defensive struggles against the pass, Allen should be in for a good game against Jacksonville.
24) Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (Week 6 ranking: Not ranked)
The Bengals’ offense has been a bit of a roller coaster this season, but they have gotten a consistent showing from their rookie wide receiver out of Clemson. Tee Higgins has been consistently converting first downs for Joe Burrow and had 125 receiving yards with six catches on eight targets in their close loss to the Colts. On the season, Higgins has converted 17 of his 22 catches for first downs.
23) Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (Week 6 ranking: Not ranked)
After not being ranked in last week’s NFL wide receiver rankings, Brandin Cooks jumps in after having a huge game in Houston’s overtime loss to Tennessee. Over the last two games, Cooks has been targeted 21 times and has hauled in 17 catches for 229 receiving yards, while having scored in consecutive weeks.
22) Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (Week 6 ranking: 17)
After being one of Jared Goff’s more reliable targets through the first five weeks of the season, Cooper Kupp struggled against San Francisco. Kupp only managed to collect 11 receiving yards on three catches but was targeted nine times.
Kupp’s OVM score dropped from 38.86 to 33.26 after the game against the 49ers. Kupp will look to have a bounce-back game against Chicago on Monday.
21) Keelan Cole, Sr., Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 6 ranking: Not ranked)
Keelan Cole has been a relatively consistent secondary option for Gardner Minshew up to Week 5, but really exploded in the Jaguars’ Week 6 loss against Detroit. After totaling 172 receiving yards in his first four games, Cole had 143 yards against the Lions on six catches in Week 6. Cole’s OVM score of 34.2 has him sitting in the top 25 for wide receivers in our NFL wide receivers ranking.
20) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (Week 6 ranking: Not ranked)
It was admittedly weird not having Julio Jones in our Week 6 NFL wide receiver rankings, but after a huge game against the Vikings in Week 7, Jones vaulted himself to the 20th spot in this week’s ranking. Jones scored his first touchdown of the season against Minnesota and finished the game with eight catches on 10 targets for 137 receiving yards and two scores. It’s looking like Jones is back to being the dominant presence for the Falcons’ offense.
19) Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 6 ranking: 25)
Another week, another great showing by the Steelers’ rookie wide receiver. While he only scored once this week after his four touchdown extravaganza in Week 5, Claypool caught all four passes that came his way for 74 receiving yards and had another rushing touchdown, bringing his season total to six scores. Claypool is certainly looking like the steal of the draft so far for Pittsburgh.
18) Darius Slayton, New York Giants (Week 6 ranking: 18)
Darius Slayton continues to be one of the more consistent receivers in the league and even fought through a foot injury to score his first touchdown of the season against the Washington Football Team. While he was only targeted four times in the Giants win, Slayton hauled in two passes, scoring on one of them. He is working to be a full participant for their Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
17) Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (Week 6 ranking: 19)
While Tyler Boyd didn’t have an explosive game against the Colts, he continues to rule NFL wide receivers in terms of OVM. Boyd had 54 receiving yards on five catches against Indianapolis and has nine catches on 14 targets in his last two games, but he ranks fifth among all wide receivers in terms of OVM at 37.48. He continues to show that he is a valuable asset to the Bengals’ offense and is one of the more valuable receiving threats in the league.
16) Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (Week 6 ranking: 14)
Robby Anderson suffered a slight dip in the rankings, but he still had a productive game against Chicago. Anderson caught four catches for 77 yards, continuing to be a playmaker for the Panthers. However, Anderson needs to be able to finish in the end zone to get higher in our weekly NFL wide receiver rankings. Anderson will look to have a big game against the Saints, who have been struggling against the pass and recently allowed over 260 passing yards to rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.
15) D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (Week 6 ranking: 15)
D.J. Moore had a slightly-below average game against Chicago, catching only five of the 11 targets that came his way. However, he finished the game with 93 receiving yards for the second straight week. Much like his running mate Anderson, he’s also looking to have a big game against New Orleans this week.