Fantasy Football: Week 1 Wide Receiver Rankings

By Alex Butler  |  Sept. 7, 2017 at 6:14 AM
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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.

TOP SHELF

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.

SNEAKY PLAYS

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.

LONGSHOTS

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.

RANK NAME TEAM OPPONENT
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
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