Week 1 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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Unlike with running backs, fantasy owners don’t have to manuever around holdouts and significant injuries when it comes to ranking their wide receivers (at least not yet in terms of the latter). So who are the best receivers to utilize for the opening week? Who faces a tough matchup? Let’s take a look:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at New Orleans
  2. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Houston
  3. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New England
  4. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  5. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Tennessee
  6. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Francisco
  7. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
  8. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Minnesota
  9. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Atlanta
  10. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
  11. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. Pittsburgh
  12. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
  13. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – at Carolina
  14. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Seattle
  15. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  16. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Cincinnati
  17. Antonio Brown – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  18. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
  19. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at Carolina
  20. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Francisco
  21. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at Carolina
  22. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  23. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at Los Angeles Chargers
  24. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Tennessee
  25. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – at Minnesota
  26. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  27. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
  28. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  29. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – at Dallas
  30. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  31. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
  32. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
  33. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  34. Will Fuller – Houston Texans – at New Orleans
  35. Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Kansas City
  36. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  37. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
  38. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
  39. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  40. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – vs. Pittsburgh
  41. Dante Pettis – San Francisco 49ers – at Tampa Bay
  42. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – vs. Baltimore
  43. Donte Moncrief – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New England
  44. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  45. Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  46. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  47. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  48. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
  49. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons – at Minnesota
  50. Paul Richardson – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia

Thoughts:

  • Last season the New Orleans Saints allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers and DeAndre Hopkins, who draws a matchup with the Saints, was our preseason top rated wide receiver.  Seems like an obvious choice for the top spot, doesn’t it?
  • The New York Giants have questions in their secondary and the Dallas Cowboys could be playing without Ezekiel Elliot (though all signs point towards him now playing, having missed all of Training Camp what can really be expected).  Everything seems right for a strong opening performance for Amari Cooper, especially if New York continues to struggle getting to the quarterback.
  • Another wide receiver that could benefit from a holdout running back is Keenan Allen.  Of course he has a potentially more difficult matchup with an Indianapolis defense that allowed the fewest points per week to opposing WR a year ago.  He also could share targets with Mike Williams, which will limit his potential upside closer to a WR2 status.
  • Both Tyreek Hill and Julio Jones draw potentially difficult matchups in Week 1, but would anyone really discount them much?  In the NFL things consistently change and these are two of the elite WR in the league.  Matchup or not, they are WR1 until they prove otherwise.
  • The Seahawks made a significant addition by acquiring Jadeveon Clowney, and while he doesn’t have a direct impact on the opposing wide receivers the havoc he could wreak could influence the performance of the quarterback (and have a trickle down effect).  It could take a week or two for him to settle into the swing of things, so Tyler Boyd and company could still be unaffected this week, but it’ll be something to watch moving forward.
  • Last year Julian Edelman torched the Steelers for 7 receptions and 90 yards.  In two games in 2016 he combined for 17 receptions, 178 yards and 1 TD.  In other words, he seems like a good bet to produce WR1 type numbers.
  • Considering all of the issues and questions surrounding Antonio Brown this offseason, is anyone willing to bet on him producing big-time numbers?  Sure he has WR1 potential, but in the questionable Oakland offense we’ll keep him more in the WR2 range.
  • There’s a lot of potential in Christian Kirk this season, but are you willing to bet on Kyler Murray thriving immediately in his first NFL game?  The risk may simply outweigh the reward, knocking him down more to the WR3 realm.
  • Josh Gordon is going to be a hot name, having been reinstated to the Patriots, but he’s no guarantee to get significant opportunities.  For one, it’s the Patriots.  There also are a lot of additional options, from Julian Edelman to Demaryius Thomas to Jakobi Meyers (plus the running backs), making him a better play as a WR3/FLEX (or even to be left on your bench).

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



2 COMMENTS

  1. GM RP. Here’s to my 5th year on RP. Question for you about Emmanuel Sanders. He’s not ranked. What are your thoughts on him this year? Thanks!

    • For this week it’s more a function of health and making sure he’s going to be able to handle a full slate of plays. He should ultimately be a solid WR3, though with Joe Flacco under center I’d be skeptical a little bit. He’ll probably be somewhat matchup dependent

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