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Week 1 Rankings

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week 1 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Antonio Brown at CLE -
2 Julio Jones at CHI -
3 A.J. Green vs. BAL -
4 Amari Cooper at TEN -
5 Doug Baldwin at GB -
6 Jordy Nelson vs. SEA -
7 Brandin Cooks vs. KC -
8 Michael Thomas at MIN -
9 Dez Bryant vs. NYG -
10 Martavis Bryant at CLE -
11 Larry Fitzgerald at DET -
12 Michael Crabtree at TEN -
13 Demaryius Thomas vs. LAC Questionable (groin)
14 Stefon Diggs vs. NO -
15 Kelvin Benjamin at SF -
16 T.Y. Hilton at LAR -
17 Terrelle Pryor vs. PHI -
18 Sammy Watkins vs. IND -
19 Alshon Jeffery at WAS -
20 Brandon Marshall at DAL -
21 Allen Robinson at HOU -
22 DeAndre Hopkins vs. JAC -
23 Tyreek Hill at NE -
24 Emmanuel Sanders vs. LAC -
25 Keenan Allen at DEN -
26 Golden Tate vs. ARZ -
27 Davante Adams vs. SEA -
28 Pierre Garcon vs. CAR -
29 Jamison Crowder vs. PHI -
30 Adam Thielen vs. NO -
31 Chris Hogan vs. KC -
32 Ted Ginn at MIN -
33 Jeremy Maclin at CIN Questionable (hand)
34 Eric Decker vs. OAK -
35 Kenny Britt vs. PIT -
36 Kevin White vs. ATL -
37 Randall Cobb vs. SEA -
38 Mike Wallace at CIN -
39 Rishard Matthews vs. OAK -
40 Corey Coleman vs. PIT -
41 John Brown at DET -
42 Sterling Shepard at DAL -
43 Tyrell Williams at DEN Questionable (groin)
44 Robby Anderson at BUF -
45 Marvin Jones vs. ARZ -
46 Donte Moncrief at LAR -
47 Corey Davis vs. OAK -
48 Zay Jones vs. NYJ -
49 Cole Beasley vs. NYG -
50 Paul Richardson at GB -
51 Tyler Lockett at GB Questionable (leg)
52 Kendall Wright vs. ATL -
53 Jordan Matthews vs. NYJ -
54 Cooper Kupp vs. IND Questionable (groin)
55 Taylor Gabriel at CHI -
56 Devin Funchess at SF -
57 Marqise Lee at HOU -
58 J.J. Nelson at DET -
59 Torrey Smith at WAS -
60 Brandon LaFell vs. BAL -
61 Breshad Perriman at CIN -
62 Marquise Goodwin vs. CAR -
63 Mohamed Sanu at CHI -
64 Danny Amendola vs. KC Sidelined (concussion)
65 Jermaine Kearse at BUF -
66 Kenny Golladay vs. ARZ -

WR Notes: Antonio Brown has 31 catches for 402 yards and three touchdowns over his past three games against the now Joe Haden-less Browns. … Julio Jones is averaging 109 yards over his past 50 games. … Odell Beckham (ankle) went down 17 days ago. He appears genuinely 50-50 for SNF. Fantasy owners could stash Cole Beasley or Sterling Shepard as a Sunday night back-up plan. … Even if the Ravens harass Andy Dalton, they don’t have the personnel to slow down A.J. Green. … Amari Cooper wore down badly last season, and his numbers suffered along the way. Cooper also seemed to invent new ways not to score touchdowns. It distracted from the fact that he’s still only 23 years old and already has 2,223 receiving yards. Cooper is primed to explode, and an exploitable Titans defense could light the fuse. … Matchups didn’t matter for (now) 32-year-old Jordy Nelson last season. He scored in 11-of-16 appearances, roasting great defenses like Seattle and Minnesota along the way. Richard Sherman will be healthier for this Sunday’s game than he was last December, but there’s essentially no covering Nelson in the red zone.

As Evan Silva points out, Brandin Cooks should mostly avoid Chiefs No.1 CB Marcus Peters in his Patriots debut. Drawing praise all summer long for his seamless fit in both the Patriots’ offense and locker room, Cooks may finally drop the “borderline” from his WR1 tag. … Michael Thomas has legitimate top-five upside this season, but a trying Week 1 matchup in a Vikings defense that mostly shut down enemy wideouts in 2016. Missing Willie Snead, the road-tripping Saints might focus on sparking their ground attack in Minnesota. … Erased by the Giants last season — two catches for 18 yards across two games — Dez Bryant is looking to “embarrass” Janoris Jenkins on Sunday Night Football. Still just 28, Bryant has his health and quarterback continuity going for him in 2017. … Martavis Bryant has 14 touchdowns in 21 NFL games. The only thing standing between him and a monster season could be his team’s trust. How big of a role can you invest in a player who can’t stop getting suspended? … Injured on literally the first play last season, Demaryius Thomas is already dealing with a groin issue. He will be out there against the Chargers, hopefully not in a diminished state like he was so often in 2016.

I know Evan Silva well. He is a very persuasive man. He thinks Larry Fitzgerald is going to be a top-five receiver this week. I’m not willing to go quite that far, but he’s in for a voluminous early-season role, and should mostly avoid Lions CB Darius Slay in the slot. … The WR12 by total points and WR14 by average points last season, Michael Crabtree’s numbers have been there both years in Oakland, even if they’ve come in unsatisfying fashion. He should get 2017 off on a touchdown-scoring note against the Titans’ leaky back end. … Unless first-rounder Marshon Lattimore is ready to shut down people right off the bat, the Saints’ defense shouldn’t start off much different from the one that allowed the most passing yards in the NFL last year. Stefon Diggs is ready to do damage on the outside. … T.Y. Hilton led the league in yards last season. He currently leads the league in missing Andrew Luck. … Terrelle Pryor had a shaky preseason, but his 1,000-yard 2016 didn’t happen by happenstance. Maybe there will be some hiccups as he adjusts to a new offense, but 6-foot-4 Pryor should make the most of his improved surroundings.

Sammy Watkins was completely invisible in his two Rams preseason appearances. Even with Jared Goff delivering the passes, he’s going to be a little more noticeable against the Vontae Davis-less Colts. … Josh Norman is a rough draw for Alshon Jeffery’s Eagles debut. Jeffery’s 2016 rate stats remained excellent, but don’t be surprised by a quiet start. ... In theory, DeAndre Hopkins is too good to repeat last year’s disaster. In Week 1 practice, he will be catching passes from Tom Savage against Jalen Ramsey. … A.J. Bouye is now Allen Robinson’s teammate instead of adversary, but it’s hard to see things going much better for Robinson than Hopkins. Perhaps you can hang your hat on the 14/229 he posted in two games with Doug Marrone at coach last winter. … Tyreek Hill had a bad preseason and could be the victim of Bill Belichick’s infamous “take away the opposing team’s No. 1 weapon.” He might not come out gangbusters, though master game-planner Andy Reid has pledged to get him involved in a variety of ways. … T.J. Ward is gone, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. remain. Keenan Allen’s return might not be cast in bronze.

Even though Golden Tate should mostly avoid Patrick Peterson in the slot, the Cardinals have intriguing interior defenders in Tyrann Mathieu and rookie Budda Baker. … It’s quite possible I’m selling Davante Adams short. I just have no idea what to expect with last year’s outburst on the heels of 2015’s disaster. … Pierre Garcon will have volume. He’s also 31 and catching passes from Brian Hoyer. … When the dust settles, it’s quite possible Jamison Crowder is the Redskins’ No. 1 fantasy receiver for the second straight year. … The Vikings want Adam Thielen to spend more time in the slot. He provided ceiling in 2016. For 2017, it might be floor. … The Patriots’ clear-cut No. 2 receiver, Chris Hogan could combine slot targets with big perimeter plays to emerge as one of this year’s most surprising WR2/3s. … Tyrell Williams was the WR13 by total points last season. He certainly didn’t get that love in fantasy drafts. The Broncos won’t be the matchup that proves the doubters wrong. … If nothing else, Robby Anderson is going to have volume. … There’s a reason Corey Davis was the No. 5 overall pick. There’s a reason Corey Coleman was last year’s No. 15 overall pick. They’re big-play threats with matchup-winning upside as fourth or fifth receivers in deeper leagues. … The Seahawks’ No. 2 receiver, Paul Richardson is a tailor made DFS dart throw.                     

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