Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/5/12

Who will be the top fantasy football wide receivers in Week 5?

Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

Mr. Nelson has disappointed a lot of fantasy owners this year, including myself.  Although I knew it would be near impossible for him to repeat last year's uh-mazing season that surprised everyone with 68 receptions, 1,263 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns, I still had a strong feeling about 2012 and the numbers he could put up with even more playing time racked up with Aaron Rodgers.  

Nelson has started slow, but I look for this trend to stop and Nelson will start putting up some serious numbers; this week is no exception!

The Packers take on the Colts in Indianapolis this week.  The Colts have given up the 8th most fantasy points to receivers they have faced.  Nelson is always a huge target of Aaron Rodgers, and this week could be even sweeter for fantasy owners as Greg Jennings has already been declared "out" for this week's game.  Yes, double-coverage of Nelson is a huge possibility, but the Colts just do not have the manpower to keep up with Jordy. 

The Packers are going to break out and have their best offensive performance of the year against the Colts this weekend and I look for Jordy Nelson to be the top beneficiary of Rodgers looks and completions.  I project a HUGE game-- 2 TDs and 150 yards for Nelson this week.

Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens

Although Smith is nursing a bad ankle, he has been a full participant in practice since Wednesday.  The weather looks to be beautiful in Kansas City on Sunday when the Ravens come to town, ready to pounce on the wounded Chiefs. 

Smith has been a nice surprise for fantasy owners and when the Ravens win, he is almost always a huge part of that victory.  The only time Smith has been a non-factor is in the only loss they have had this season against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. 

Smith has been the go-to guy and the Ravens' offense is finally outshining their legendary defense.  Something to keep in mind, Smith has never had three games in a row with a touchdown and he is going for a personal best this weekend.

Also, Flacco has been on fire; he feels he is the best QB in the league and that confidence pours on to the receivers, especially Torrey Smith, who I feel will break his personal record and score a touchdown against the Chiefs, along with at least 125 yards receiving. 

Victor Cruz - NY Giants

Cruz has been hot and cold all season, but is still one of the top receivers in the game and this week offers a huge opportunity for him to score big.  The only thing standing in Cruz's way potentially is the weather and there is a chance for rain on Sunday. 

One thing that will definitely not stand in his way is the Browns' secondary.  The Browns are without top cornerback Joe Haden and this helps Eli Manning, thus, Victor Cruz bring their offense to a different level.  Cruz has had at least 6 receptions in each game this season.  If you own Cruz he is a must start, but make sure you keep an eye on the sky.  I project 2 TDs, 100 yards, and at least 8 receptions from Cruz, who should have a huge game for fantasy owners, especially in PPR leagues.



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