Week 1 Rankings (2020): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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by Will Overton

It has finally begun. The longest offseason of all time is finally over and now we’re at the stage where we will spend hours a week agonizing over difficult lineup decisions. It’s best not to overthink things early as you drafted guys where you did for a reason, but you also can’t throw matchups out the window. So without and further discussion, let’s get down to the reason you’re here, rankings:

  1. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston
  3. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle
  5. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans
  6. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears @ Detroit
  7. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay
  8. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers @ NY Giants
  9. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans
  10. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers vs. Las Vegas
  11. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions vs. Chicago
  12. DeAndre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco
  13. A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans @ Denver
  14. D.J. Chark Jr – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis
  15. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle
  16. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta
  17. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas
  18. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys @ LA Rams
  19. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee
  20. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas
  21. Terry McLaurin – Washington Football vs. Philadelphia
  22. DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta
  23. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ Cincinnati
  24. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville
  25. Odell Beckham Jr – Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore
  26. Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills vs. NY Jets
  27. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore
  28. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys @ LA Rams
  29. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. LA Chargers
  30. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Chicago
  31. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland
  32. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Kansas City
  33. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Miami
  34. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ New England
  35. Desean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington
  36. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs. LA Chargers
  37. John Brown – Buffalo Bills vs. NY Jets
  38. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers @ NY Giants
  39. Henry Ruggs III – Las Vegas Raiders @ Carolina
  40. Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears @ Detroit
  41. Emmanuel Sanders – New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay
  42. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets @ Buffalo
  43. CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys @ LA Rams
  44. Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans @ Kansas City
  45. N’Keal Harry – New England Patriots vs. Miami
  46. Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona
  47. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco
  48. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh
  49. Bryan Edwards – Las Vegas Raiders @ Carolina
  50. Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins @ New England

Notes:

  • These are week one rankings and while I try not to stray too far from my preseason rankings, I also cannot ignore matchups. Such is the case with Odell Beckham Jr. who I actually believe is in line for a really nice bounce back season. However, I can’t ignore how great the corners are in Baltimore and it’s going to be very hard for Beckham to get off to a big start. Chances are you’re playing Beckham no matter what, but I can see certain circumstances in which he’s riding your bench.
  • On the flip side someone who I haven’t been as high on as others in the preseason, Allen Robinson, is someone I absolutely love this week. Robinson is going to be a starter most week and I don’t know how often I will have him as a WR1, but this week he’s an upper tier WR1. The Lions were one of the worst pass defenses last season and I don’t expect that to change much this year. Meanwhile, the Bears offense has a chip on their shoulder and will be looking to make a statement.
  • An interesting game to watch will be the Falcons and Seahawks. On the one hand it’ll be telling to see if Calvin Ridley has closed the gap on Julio Jones in Atlanta as many think he’s set to take a big step this year. On the other side of the field it will be equally telling to see if the steady and consistent Tyler Lockett is still the guy to own in Seattle or if the upside laden D.K. Metcalf is ready to take his shine. I can easily see all four putting up big numbers in this matchup.
  • Another guy whose week one ranking isn’t indicative of how I see his fortunes for the season is DeVante Parker who I don’t think is a flash in the pan, but I do think may struggle mightily against Stephen Gilmore. Last season the Dolphins ended the year on a high note beating the Patriots and Parker worked Gilmore for over 100 yards in that game. I think Gilmore probably still remembers that and the Patriots will have a better plan this time around. Maybe Parker has his number and I do think he’s worth using as a flex, but I’m betting on Gilmore getting some revenge.
  • There is a bit of buzz that the Washington Football Team’s defense is going to be much improved this season, but until I see it on the field I’m not ready to buy it. This is why I think Desean Jackson makes for a great flex player in week one. The Eagles receiving corps is all banged up and untested, but Jackson is back and ready to fly. He is aging, but he’s still a homerun threat who could put up a big effort against a defense I don’t trust in Washington.
  • I’ve got a couple of guys on this list who are not certain to be playing in week one in Brandin Cooks and Deebo Samuel, but I’ve ranked them as though they will. Their lowered rankings aren’t about my being uncertain of whether they’ll play, but rather my expectation that even if they do they will likely be somewhat limited by their health and/or their teams protecting them. I think this is most true of Samuel, who the 49ers aren’t going to risk playing a ton of snaps in  week one if they aren’t certain he’s 100%.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

9 COMMENTS

  1. 14 Team, 1/2 PPR

    No Michael Pittman Jr. on the list?

    Current WR’s are DeAndre Hopkins, Stevan Diggs, Preston Williams and Pittman Jr. N’Keal Harris is a free agent…is he worthy of a bench stash or status quo for now”

    • I’m a big fan of Pittman, but I need to see how much he spends on the field and what his target share may be before he cracks the list.

      In a 14 team league I would snatch Harry up for sure.

  2. Hi Prof, I’m not sure if my earlier question is going to post so I thought I’d post again.

    I have a 14-team, single keeper league that is standard except .5 PPR. The keeper counts as the last round for each of us regardless of when they were picked last year. I have six players and I’m not sure which to keep:

    Terry McLaurin
    Marvin Jones
    A.J. Green
    Kareem Hunt
    Aaron Rogers
    Sony Michell

    How would you order these for keeping?

    Also, would love a football draft guide 🙂

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