Chet Gresham Week 1 Fantasy Rankings - Wide Receiver

Published 9/7/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    Brown has averaged 8.6 receptions for 127.2 yards and .8 touchdowns in his last five games against the Browns. He's decent.

  • 2. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    If the team actually gets Jones more red-zone looks as promised, he could truly blow up this season. And the fact that this is Week 1 means that he's about as healthy as he's going to be all season.

  • 3. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Bye: 9.

    This game could be ugly, as these division games can be tough for offense, but Green gets his when healthy, and that should happen once again.

  • 4. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants. Bye: 8.

    Beckham Jr. is always a must-start if he plays, but it would be good to see a full practice out of him on Friday.

  • 5. Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots. Bye: 9.

    We aren't going to feel good about projecting the Patriots out of the gate, but there is no doubt that Cooks is a top receiver in a top offense. He'll need to be ignored by Brady to have a poor game in this offense, so until we see something like that, I'll be keeping him high in the rankings.

  • 6. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks. Bye: 5.

    Baldwin should be the main target in this game for Wilson, and with Tyler Lockett not 100 percent, I expect that is carved in stone.

  • 7. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals. Bye: 9.

    Fitzgerald always seems to start hot, and this is a good spot for him to do so once again. Add in the fact that John Brown might not be 100 percent, and Fitzgerald should see double-digit targets.

  • 8. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings. Bye: 6.

    Diggs will line up outside this season and in matchups like this, could put up huge numbers.

  • 9. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers. Bye: 4.

    Nelson will see a lot of Richard Sherman, but will also be moved around enough to be a strong candidate for a touchdown reception.

  • 10. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders. Bye: 10.

    Cooper should take a step forward this season, but until we see it, I'm going to keep him and Michael Crabtree relatively close in the rankings. This matchup should be a good one for both of Oakland's receivers, but they do have trouble both putting up good fantasy numbers together.

  • 11. Terrelle Pryor, WR, Redskins. Bye: 9.

    Pryor gets the best matchup of all of Washington's receivers. He's a bit of a wild card, as we didn't see him do much in preseason, but this is a great spot for him to start off hot.

  • 12. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    Bryant is always a touchdown threat, but with Ezekiel Elliott playing and the Giants' pass defense being one of the best in the league, we have to be wary. Last season, Bryant was shut down by this Giants team, but I'm still not willing to knock him too far down.

  • 13. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers. Bye: 7.

    Benjamin torched the 49ers last season in a down year and has looked good this summer.

  • 14. Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders. Bye: 10.

  • 15. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints. Bye: 5.

    The Vikings' pass defense is tough, and Thomas should see a lot of Xavier Rhodes. Thomas is a must-start, of course, but his ceiling is capped.

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