Year after year wide receivers become more valuable in the eyes of fantasy football owners. Also, with the rise in production from the position the depth at wideout is deeper than ever and because of this it could be tricky to figure out which guys who the most value each week. Obviously you are going to start your top tier guys regardless of the matchup, but finding value in your WR2 and Flex plays are often times the difference between a win or loss in your fantasy league.
Check out Marc Caviglia’s fantasy football rankings and hot takes on the Week 1 wide receiver matchups:
- Brown relied heavily on the big play last year and if you take away his productive Week 1, the speedster was a marginal wideout. He had just 22 receptions over his last eight games and Brown went for just 5 catches for 28 yards in two meetings against the Cleveland Browns last year. Even with Browns starting CB Greedy Williams already ruled OUT and some other injuries to the secondary, Hollywood Brown is a true “boom” or “bust” Week 1 option. Stay away.
- Marvin Jones had standalone value as a WR3 or Flex option in 12-team or more leagues. And that was before the news broke that Kenny Golladay is OUT in Week 1. The veteran is entering year five in Detroit and has built a nice rapport with Matthew Stafford, thus working as the Lions WR1 in Week 1 should lead to an increase in targets. Jones should be used as a low-end WR2 in all scoring formats and if he can find the endzone, he’s a top-20 wideout.
- The Dallas Cowboys are loaded out wide and all this means is single coverage for standout wide receiver Michael Gallup. He saw 8 targets per game in 2019 and hauled in 66 Dak Prescott passes for 1,107 yards. The Cowboys Week 1 matchup with the Rams is expected to be high scoring (O/U 51.5) and this could lead to plenty of opportunities for Gallup to produce. Especially, if shutdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey shadows No.1 wide receiver Amari Cooper all afternoon.
- John Brown was a consistent WR2 throughout the entire 2019 season. He averaged 12.3 fantasy points per game in .55 PPR league and saw 115 targets. Plus, he torched the New York Jets for 123 yards and a touchdown receptions on 7 receptions in Week 1 last season. However, if you own Brown, you should keep him on your bench this week. The Bills brought in wideout Stefon Diggs to add talent to their WR corps and I expect this to take away from Brown’s consistent targets. Fantasy owners should take the wait and see approach on Brown and give it a couple of weeks to see how Josh Allen distributes the football.
Rankings are based on the following scoring:
6 points per touchdown
1 point per 10 rushing & receiving yards
-2 points per turnover
.5 point & 1 point per reception (toggle to find scoring format)