You should target players who have a good chance to score a touchdown and get a lot of looks from their respective quarterbacks when considering who to start at wide receiver.
Here are some of my favorite players in this week's rankings:
Michael Thomas and the New Orleans Saints have a blockbuster matchup in Week 1 when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in New Orleans. Thomas should never leave your fantasy football team's lineup, but he should have one of his best games of the season in this spot.
The Buccaneers allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2019. They also allowed a league-high 240 catches for 3,176 yards to the position. Thomas went off for 11 catches for 182 yards and two scores in Week 5 last season against the Buccaneers. He dominated Tampa Bay again in Week 11 when he hauled in eight grabs for 114 yards and a score.
Expect Thomas to go off again for at least 125 yards and a score this weekend. The No. 1 option in my Week 1 wide receiver rankings has the potential to be your top scorer.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had a very disappointing season in 2019, but I expect a rebound campaign in 2020. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appears to be healthy, and the Steelers should have a solid running game and improved cast of pass catchers.
Smith-Schuster is my No. 2 ranked wide receiver in Week 1 due to a juicy matchup against the New York Giants. The Giants allowed the second-most touchdowns and tied for allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2019. Smith-Schuster is likely your WR2, but he should post WR1 numbers here.
The Philadelphia Eagles have an abundance of injuries on offense and the season hasn't even started. Injuries at the wide receiver position should lead to an increased target share for DeSean Jackson early on.
I have Jackson as my No. 35 option in Week 1 as he heads into a matchup against the Washington Football Team. Jackson should be a solid WR3 play in this clash against a team that tied for allowing the third-most touchdowns to wide receivers in 2019. I expect the Eagles speedster to beat the Washington defensive backs deep a few times in this NFC East clash.
Henry Ruggs of the Las Vegas Raiders is my top-rated rookie wide receiver in Week 1. I have the Alabama product at No. 40 in my rankings, which puts him in WR3 territory in leagues that have at least 12 teams and start three wide receivers.
I expect Ruggs to have a productive day against a Carolina Panthers secondary that allowed the fourth-most yards to wide receivers last season. He should be quarterback Derek Carr's second or third option in this game, but has a great shot to score a touchdown in his NFL debut.
Laviska Shenault is another rookie I like in Week 1, but you shouldn't put him in your lineup unless you are desperate. The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver lands at No. 45 in my rankings and has a good matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, who allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers last season.
The Jaguars should throw a lot in this matchup and Shenault has been praised by coaches all off-season. He has a great chance to post borderline WR3 numbers in Week 1.
Top option Deebo Samuel is dealing with a foot injury and the team lost Emmanuel Sanders this off-season in free agency. I expect Aiyuk to get off to a hot start with a breakout game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. He is No. 47 in my wide receiver rankings.
Week 1 fantasy football wide receiver rankings
1. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. TB
2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers at NYG
3. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NO
4. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers at MIN
5. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills vs. NYJ
6. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs vs. HOU
7. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals at SF
8. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers vs. LV
9. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings vs. GB
10. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks at ATL
13. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks at ATL
14. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team vs. PHI
16. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. IND
17. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions vs. CHI
18. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans at DEN
20. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons vs. SEA
21. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams vs. DAL
22. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers at CIN
23. Will Fuller, Houston Texans at KC
24. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts at JAX
25. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NO
26. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams vs. DAL
27. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos vs. TEN
30. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens vs. CLE
31. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns at BAL
32. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys at LAR
33. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions vs. CHI
34. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals vs. LAC
35. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles at WAS
37. Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans at KC
38. Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans Saints vs. TB
39. John Brown, Buffalo Bills vs. NYJ
40. Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders at CAR
41. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers at NYG
42. Darius Slayton, New York Giants vs. PIT
43. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos vs. TEN
45. Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs. IND
46. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings vs. GB
47. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers vs. ARI
48. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers at MIN
49. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers vs. ARI
50. Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins at NE