Week 1 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

It’s Week 1 at long last! The prep is complete, the draft has taken place and now it’s go time. The first week should be pretty straight forward and it’s the time you want to avoid getting too cute and just trust your draft. There may be some close calls along the way in lineup building, and for that reason we have our rankings here to help with any close calls you might have:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ New England
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia
  4. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis
  5. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City
  7. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants vs. Jacksonville
  8. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  9. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco
  10. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati
  11. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco
  12. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs @ LA Chargers
  13. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington
  14. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Denver
  15. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs. Houston
  16. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans
  17. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks
  18. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay
  19. Marvin Jones Jr – Detroit Lions vs. NY Jets
  20. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  21. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. LA Rams
  22. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. NY Jets
  23. JuJu Smith Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland
  24. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh
  25. Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo
  26. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland
  27. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas
  28. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Arizona
  29. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans @ Miami
  30. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland
  31. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta
  32. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland
  33. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs @ LA Chargers
  34. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Seattle
  35. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ New England
  36. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago
  37. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee
  38. Robby Anderson – New York Jets @ Detroit
  39. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers @ Minnesota
  40. Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars @ NY Giants
  41. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City
  42. Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers @ Minnesota
  43. John Brown – Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo
  44. Kelvin Benjamin – Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore
  45. Mike Wallace – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta
  46. Jordy Nelson – Oakland Raiders vs. LA Rams
  47. Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins @ Arizona
  48. Allen Hurns – Dallas Cowboys @ Carolina
  49. John Ross – Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis
  50. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks @ Denver

Thoughts:

  • During the draft prep season A.J. Green’s name was barely mentioned and he fell further down draft boards than he has been in years. Week 1 could make a lot of teams rethink their passing on him in the second round though. The Colts secondary was atrocious last season, along with their pass rush, and I don’t see a good reason to believe it’s going to be better. Every year Green has a couple of those monster games where he racks up 150+ yards and a couple TD and this could be one of them.
  • Trying to parse out which of the Vikings receivers you prefer is going to be a never ending battle. I’m rolling with Stefon Diggs slightly over Adam Thielen out of the gate based on the ceiling. It’s going to be interesting as the 49ers do have Richard Sherman roaming around the secondary and it’s hard to predict how he’ll be used by Kyle Shannahan. I think Kirk Cousins and the Vikings are coming out rolling and both receivers should be solid.
  • One of the guys I will be paying especially close attention to in Week 1 is Allen Robinson as there are just so many question marks. He is coming off missing a full season… He’s now signed with a new team in Chicago with a second year QB who has a whole lot to prove still… Can Trubisky get the ball to Robinson downfield or will it be a whole bunch of check downs. The Packers defense should be susceptible, it’s just going to be whether they can take advantage.
  • We know Alshon Jeffery is going to miss this week and possibly one more, which will make Nelson Agholor the number one wide receiver on the Eagles and a nice WR3 or possible flex play. Agholor will still be second fiddle to Zach Ertz, but he should see close to double digits in targets and I wouldn’t be shocked if this isn’t a game with a lot of points put up on the board.
  • I’m big on Robby Anderson and I own him in the majority of leagues I am competing in. That said, I am not playing him in Week 1 unless I absolutely cannot avoid it. Darius Slay has become one of the best cover corners in the league and he’s almost certainly going to be shadowing Anderson all night. I also like Sam Darnold’s upside, but this is his first game as a pro in prime time and that’s rather scary. I’m in on Anderson, but I’m sitting back a bit this week.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 1 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses
Week 1 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

8 comments

  1. Andy says:

    I have 8 teams PPR and my team have
    DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen , TY Hilton.

    who should I pick out one of out of these wide recivers Cooper Kupp or Will Fuller or Alshon Jeffery or Julian Edelman for ROS

    Thanks,

  2. Tony says:

    Hello Professor,

    First, good luck with this season! You give great advice, so it should be another good year.

    With Bell holding out, I am thinking about starting JuJu, then struggling with my second starter with Evans, ARob and Josh G on my team. You mentioned ARob and wish we could have seen more of him in preseason games, so not sure about starting him? Evans struggled against the Saints last season, then who knows with JG with regards to snap count.

    Anyway, I’m leaning towards starting Evans and hoping for volume and TB playing catch-up, so would you agree, or recommend another player?

    Thank you very much.

    Best,
    tony

    • I’d lean going Evans among the three, just because Gordon is already on a “pitch count” and Robinson has far too many questions. It’s close, but that’s how I’d see it

  3. Tony says:

    Thank you very much professor for replying!

    Just one of those weeks with four good WRs, but none is especially appealing to start. At least with the Steelers’ situation, JuJu could be a safe WR2 with upside?

    Thanks again!

  4. Brian says:

    Who do you like for a WR 3 tomorrow? Corey Davis or Kenny Stiils? Worried about Misami CB Howard on Davis….

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