Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons stud wide receiver Julio Jones tops our Week 1 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
Jones is set to torch a Chicago Bears defense Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, but he isn't separated from the pack by much. Other great starts include Doug Baldwin, Amari Cooper, Kelvin Benjamin, Stefon Diggs and Pierre Garcon.
To help you figure out who to sit or start at the position, take a look at my top 50 wide receivers for Week 1.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has maintained a low profile in fantasy football circles despite consistently putting up elite statistics. He enters the 2017 season as Russell Wilson's top option and with a matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Last season, the Packers allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Baldwin is a top-4 option this week against this beatable secondary.
Oakland Raiders top target Amari Cooper is a must-start WR1 against the Tennessee Titans this week. Tennessee allowed the most yards and the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers last season. Look for Cooper and Derek Carr to attempt to rev up their connection early in this contest. I have Cooper ranked as my No. 7 option at wide receiver.
Terrell Pryor and Kirk Cousins debut their connection against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1. Luckily for the Washington Redskins stars, the Eagles surrendered the third-most yards and fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in 2016. Look for a huge amount of targets going to Pryor in this one. He is a low-end WR1.
Carolina Panthers pass catcher Kelvin Benjamin looks to put up big numbers this season and faces the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. Last year, the 49ers allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the position. Benjamin is a WR2 in this matchup, so you should expect a touchdown from the playmaker.
Minnesota Vikings speedster Stefon Diggs should benefit from a fast-paced game in Week 1. The Vikings host the New Orleans Saints, and should they fall behind, Diggs will see plenty of action. He is a low-end WR2 in deeper leagues and a WR3 in shallow leagues, in this matchup.
Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon dons his new San Francisco 49ers jersey this weekend against the Carolina Panthers. Look for WR3 production from the wide out against this very beatable secondary. Last season, the Panthers allowed the fifth-most yards to the position. I'm expecting a big-time yardage day for Garcon here as the 49ers could be playing from behind.
|1||Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons||at Chicago|
|2||A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals||vs. Baltimore|
|3||Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh Steelers||at Cleveland|
|4||Doug Baldwin||Seattle Seahawks||at Green Bay|
|5||Brandin Cooks||New England Patriots||vs. Kansas City|
|6||Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||at Dallas|
|7||Amari Cooper||Oakland Raiders||at Tennessee|
|8||Jordy Nelson||Green Bay Packers||vs. Seattle|
|9||Michael Thomas||New Orleans Saints||at Minnesota|
|10||Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys||vs. New York Giants|
|11||Michael Crabtree||Oakland Raiders||at Tennessee|
|12||Terrelle Pryor||Washington Redskins||vs. Philadelphia|
|13||Alshon Jeffery||Philadelphia Eagles||at Washington|
|14||Kelvin Benjamin||Carolina Panthers||at San Francisco|
|15||T.Y. Hilton||Indianapolis Colts||at Los Angeles Rams|
|16||Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona Cardinals||at Detroit|
|17||Demaryius Thomas||Denver Broncos||vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|18||DeAndre Hopkins||Houston Texans||vs. Jacksonville|
|19||Allen Robinson||Jacksonville Jaguars||at Houston|
|20||Keenan Allen||Los Angeles Chargers||at Denver|
|21||Emmanuel Sanders||Denver Broncos||vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|22||Sammy Watkins||Los Angeles Rams||vs. Indianapolis|
|23||Davante Adams||Green Bay Packers||vs. Seattle|
|24||Stefon Diggs||Minnesota Vikings||vs. New Orleans|
|25||Golden Tate||Detroit Lions||vs. Arizona|
|26||Brandon Marshall||New York Giants||at Dallas|
|27||Tyreek Hill||Kansas City Chiefs||at New England|
|28||Pierre Garcon||San Francisco 49ers||vs. Carolina|
|29||Jamison Crowder||Washington Redskins||vs. Philadelphia|
|30||Martavis Bryant||Pittsburgh Steelers||at Cleveland|
|31||Taylor Gabriel||Atlanta Falcons||at Chicago|
|32||Eric Decker||Tennessee Titans||vs. Oakland|
|33||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||vs. New Orleans|
|34||Mike Wallace||Baltimore Ravens||at Cincinnati|
|35||Zay Jones||Buffalo Bills||vs. New York Jets|
|36||Corey Coleman||Cleveland Browns||vs. Pittsburgh|
|37||Donte Moncrief||Indianapolis Colts||at Los Angeles Rams|
|38||Tyrell Williams||Los Angeles Chargers||at Denver|
|39||Jordan Matthews||Buffalo Bills||at New York Jets|
|40||Jeremy Maclin||Baltimore Ravens||at Cincinnati|
|41||John Brown||Arizona Cardinals||at Detroit|
|42||Kenny Britt||Cleveland Browns||vs. Pittsburgh|
|43||Randall Cobb||Green Bay Packers||vs. Seattle|
|44||Kevin White||Chicago Bears||vs. Atlanta|
|45||Rishard Matthews||Tennessee Titans||vs. Oakland|
|46||Devin Funchess||Carolina Panthers||at San Francisco|
|47||Corey Davis||Tennessee Titans||vs. Oakland|
|48||Brandon LaFell||Cincinnati Bengals||vs. Baltimore|
|49||Ted Ginn Jr.||New Orleans Saints||at Minnesota|
|50||Marvin Jones||Detroit Lions||vs. Arizona|