Charch's Week 2 Wide Receiver Rankings

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Antonio Brown is going to shred the Kansas City secondary this weekin Pittsburgh's home opener. Brown is otherworldly in the Steel City, where he's cruised to the end zone 41 times in57 games (0.7 per game), compared toan unimpressive 19 touchdowns in 59 career road games (0.3 per game). AB has pummeled the Chiefs for four scores in just five career meetings, including a gargantuan effort last season when Brown hauled in eight catches for 155 yards and a score. The Chiefs secondary is worse this year, due to the departure of Marcus Peters. His replacement, journeyman Orlando Scandrick, isn't good and is playing out of position. With Le'Veon Bell absent last week, Brown saw 16 targets, a massive uptick from his career average of 9.5 per game. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10

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Cleveland looks like an improved defense from last year led by their young stars in the making, Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward. The duo was responsible for two interceptions and two forced fumbles, but fortunately for Thomas he won't have to deal with Denzel. He instead lines up against Terrance Mitchell who just allowed Antonio Brown to rack up nine receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell has seen his grade drop in each season for three consecutive seasons and if his current grade holds at its current position, he will continue the downward trend in 2018. I'm not sure which stat from last week is more amazing, that Michael Thomas was targeted 17 times last week or that he caught 16 of them. Unreal. -
Charch's Rating: 10/10

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KC @PIT

Kansas City goes on the road for the second week in a row, where human cheat code Tyreek Hill could post another monster week. Hill is somehow deadlier on the road, where he averages 39 additional yards and has scored 300% more touchdowns in road games. The Steelers struggled to limit big plays from opposing receivers last season, as half (!) of their 14 touchdowns allowed to receivers went for 50 or more yards. What's more, Hill has nine receiving touchdowns since the start of last season, with an average distance of an almost unbelievable 52 yards on those plays. With the status of starting corner back Joe Haden up in the air (hamstring), Tyreke Hill becomes that much more dangerous this week - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10

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NYG @DAL

OBJ survived his toughest cornerback (as well as the toughest overall pass defense) on his entire schedule in Week 1. He was shadowed by Jalen Ramsey (ranked 3rd in cornerback coverage and 2nd overall) on 74 percent of his routes and no clear-cut winner emerged in this clash between NFL elites after OBJ caught five passes off seven targets for 75 yards. If Beckham can survive Ramsey, he'll surely roast Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie, right? Those guys handled the Panthers "receivers" last week, but OBJ is a whole different story. -
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10

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LAC @BUF

Buffalo can't be happy seeing Keenan Allen on their schedule again this season. They met a year ago and Allen had an absolute monster of a week, snagging 12 catches for 159 yards and two scores. Buffalo was surprisingly stout keeping opposing wide receivers out of the end zone last year, allowing only eight touchdowns on a seventh-most 197 receptions allowed, making Allen's performance all the more impressive. But the Buffalo secondary hasn't been the same since the loss of cornerback Ronald Darby. Joe Flacco cruised to three easy touchdowns last week, and it easily could have been more. With the return of Mike Williams and the emergence of Austin Ekeler in the passing game, the Buffalo secondary, led by Vontae Davis and Micah Hyde, will have a hard time keeping Allen from finding open space this week. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10

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CAR @ATL

Historically September has been the best statistical month for Julio probably because it's the only time of year when he isn't listed as questionable on the injury report every week. . His single best target and reception games both happened on separate occasions in September. A career split by month revealed per game highs in receptions (6.4), touchdowns (0.56), and second-highest receiving yards (97) and catch percentage (64%) per game. Julio's famous 300-yard receiving effort wasn't in September, but it did come against Carolina. Since then Julio has averaged a respectable 86 yards on five catches, but hasn't returned to the end zone. Jones will primarily line up against rookie Donte Jackson, who struggled significantly against Dallas, which is saying a lot considering how feeble the Dallas passing attack looked. -
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10

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MIN @GB

Last year, the Packers allowed the most touchdowns and the sixth-most yards to wide receivers. The organization was self aware enough to realize that they needed help and spent two high draft picks on rookie corners. Jaire Alexander started in the slot in Week 1. His debut was fine, but he also wasn't tested by rookie receiver Anthony Miller, who was only targeted three times. Thielen is an elite slot receiver, and the possibility of a massive mismatch against Alexander is very real. Thielen has a nice track record against the Packers, with averages of 10 targets, 7 receptions, 90 receiving yards, and half a touchdown per game. -
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10

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Emmanuel Sanders draws a plus matchup this week against the inconsistent Raiders cornerbacks, Rashaan Melvin and Gareon Conley. Sanders has been ice cold against his divisional foes in Oakland as of late, failing to score a touchdown in the series since Week 9 of the 2014 season, and only four touchdowns in 11 career games. He's looking to shake off a particularly pitiful showing from a season ago where he was only able to register seven catches for 39 yards in two games against the Raiders. With Case Keenum under center, Sanders was able to accomplish something last week he only accomplished three times in his two seasons with Peyton Manning: double digit receptions. Sanders'move to the slot has energized his career, and he'll face off against the aged Leon Hall who got beat by Cooper Kupp for a touchdown last Monday - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10

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MIN @GB

Stefon Diggs has a very respectable per-game average against Green Bay in five starts, hauling in five receptions off seven targets for 69 yards. His boost comes from a knack for finding the end zone which Diggs has done in three of five starts. Kirk Cousins has targeted Thielen a combined 21 times including preseason, compared to 18 targets for Diggs. The two stud receivers both have 10 catches over that period and only one receiving yard separates Diggs from Thielen. Touchdowns can be fluky, but Diggs has proven to be the go-to scoring threat no matter who's under center. Diggs has a favorable matchup with Kevin King, who struggled against the Bears' tepid receivers last week. -
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We're one game into the season and Tampa's secondary is already a disaster. Unless Brent Grimes comes back early from his groin injury, the team's No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 cornerbacks will miss this game. Starting cornerback Vernon Hargreaves went on IR on Wednesday, meaning the three starting cornerbacks for the Bucs are Ryan Smith, MJ Stewart, and Carlton Davis. Agholor plays almost entirely out of the slot, and will line up against rookie MJ Stewart, which is a massive mismatch. Alshon Jeffery was able to take part in a limited practice for the first time but is still listed as doubtful. -
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10

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Houston begins divisional play this week on the road against the Titans, a team DeAndre Hopkins has crushed in his career. In ten career meetings, Hop averages a scalding 101 receiving yards per game, his second-highest average among teams he's played multiple times, and notched six scores, second most against a single opponent. Tennessee saw Hopkins twice last season, but only once with a healthy Deshaun Watson, a game where the Titans got pulverized to the tune of 10 catches, 107 yards, and a score from Hopkins. The Titans were putrid against opposing wide receivers last season, allowing the fourth-most touchdowns to the position with 17, and is off to an equally bad start this season having allowed two scores to the position already, so Hop will have a great opportunity to find pay dirt this week. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10

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BAL @CIN

Baltimore has had AJ Green's number as of late. Green was only able to muster seven catches in two games (yuck) against the Ravens a season ago and failed to find the end zone. Green wasn't alone, though, as Baltimore led the league in fewest touchdowns allowed to wide receivers with only six. What's more, Green hasn't reached the end zone against Baltimore since the 2015 season. The Bengals offense looks to be much improved in the early stages of the season, though, and Green should see ample opportunities with top Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith still serving his suspension. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10

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IND @WAS

The Colts were comfortable giving Andrew Luck 53 (!) passes in his first game, so he's clearly not on a pitch count. And that volume certainly helped TY Hilton who was targeted 11 times, a level that only happened once last season. Hilton looks to get back to his 2016 form this week, but faces a tough matchup against solid cornerback Josh Norman on the road in the nation's capital. Hilton has only faced Norman once in his career, back in 2015 when Norman was with Carolina, and it did not end well for Hilton, as he could only achieve a single catch for 15 yards on seven targets. But Norman isn't the same player he was three years ago. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10

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MIA @NYJ

Probably the best big-play receiver nobody knows, Kenny Stills touts a career 16 yards per catch average, and he's already benefiting from having Ryan Tannehill . Since joining the Dolphins in 2015, Stills has averaged 42 yards on his Tannehill-thrown touchdowns and just 26 yards on touchdowns thrown by all other Miami quarterbacks. Stills will face cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who's trying to prove he's worthy of the massive offseason contract he signed with the Jets. Stills was a difference maker in two meetings with New York a season ago, snatching ten passes for 136 yards and two scores. However, Johnson and company made the high octane Detroit passing attack look foolish last week, so a huge week from Stills could prove elusive. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10

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DET @SF

Slot receiver Golden Tate will take on the San Francisco 49ers who were just torched by slot man Adam Thielen and his six-catch, 102-yard effort. The 49ers were the 28th-worst pass defense last season, ranking 28th vs short passes, and 27th vs opposing No. 1 wide receivers, both of which fit Tate. He'll be covered by middling corner K'Waun Williams, specifically. Tate remains one of the best receivers after the catch, and is always a threat to break a tackle, and turn a short gain into a long one. The Lions defense isn't nearly as strong as the Vikings unit, so pace and game script favor Tate as well. -
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PHI @TB

The stairway to Evans runs through the City of Brotherly Love this week and a stout Eagles defense. Jalen Mills will be tasked with stopping the downfield bombs from Fitzpatrick to Evans this week, a feat not even 2017's fourth-highest rated cornerback (PFF) Marshon Lattimore could accomplish while giving Evans the shadow treatment on 82% of his routes last week. Mills has a half-foot size disadvantage in this matchup. The Eagles pass defense was a mixed bag in 2017. They allowed opposing wideouts to accumulate the third-most receptions and fifth-most receiving yards, yet still had the eighth-ranked pass defense by Football Outsiders. Unquestionably, Evans has been better with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, and that'll be the case again here. -
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If Allen Robinson is going to return to the fantasy competence we saw in 2015, a date with Tre Flowers might be when. Flowers made his first career start at cornerback against the Broncos in week one, and when we say first career start, we mean college too. Flowers played safety in all four seasons at Oklahoma, never starting at any other position. He was abused by the Denver receivers in the opener, and the Bears can do the same thing. Flowers only plays one side of the field, so Matt Nagy can put Robinson on Flowers any time he'd like. Robinson made a terrific sideline catch on Sunday night, and could easily return to prominence with this matchup. It feels like a million years ago, but remember, he posted the most downfield yards in the NFL in 2015. -
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10

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[UPDATE: WITH PAUL RICHARDSON'S STATUS FOR SUNDAY LOOKING SHAKY, CROWDER SHOULD GARNER ADDITIONAL LOOKS.] He was only targeted four times last week, but he draws an easy matchup with Indy CB Kenny Moore II in the slot. -
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

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ARI @LAR

Kupp will avoid shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson this week regardless who Peterson will l match up against, Brandin Cooks or Robert Woods have that luxury. Instead he faces Budda Baker the Arizona slot cornerback who sport's the lowest grade among the unit according to PFF. The Cardinals land within the upper half of every category on defense according to football Outsiders, but there weakest link was defending over the middle. Kupp, Cooks, and Woods all registered eight or nine targets in week 1. It could be like that most weeks, so identifying the individual with the better matchup is the only indicator we have for now. -
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10

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In the opener, the Cowboys secondary played well enough to win but no other element of the team was as successful. From a personnel standpoint, the Cowboys are mostly still the same unit that Football Outsiders ranked 21st vs No. 1 wide receivers (OBJ) and 23rd vs No. 2 wide receivers (Shepard). The Cowboys weren't considered a strong unit by any of Football Outsiders final rankings, ending a disappointing 2017 regular season as the 12th-worst up the middle and the 8th-worst on the shallow coverage area, both key areas for slot receivers. Shepard has a sizable advantage against slot cornerback Anthony Brown who was completely untested in Week 1. That'll change here. Over the last two years, Shepard has been targeted at least six times in 2/3rds of his games. -
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10

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Even before the Saints bizarre shootout with Ryan Fitzpatrick, this looked like a plus matchup for Jarvis Landry. He was last year's fourth-most targeted player, and now with the Browns, he opened the season with a whopping 15 targets. The Browns goon the road to face the aforementioned Saints defense, a unit that should revert to its impressive 2017 form after last week's meltdown. They allowed just eleven touchdowns to wideouts a season ago but did allow the eleventh-most yards per game to the position with nearly 155 yards surrendered. Landry runs primarily from the slot, where he will be met with a brutally tough matchup with elite slot cornerback Patrick Robinson. He'll need his usual volume to overcome Robinson - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10

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ARI @LAR
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Minnesota's 2017 defense allowed the fewest points, the fewest yards, the second-fewest passing yards, the league's lowest touchdown total through the air, the second-lowest net yards per pass attempt, and the lowest yards per play. This elite secondary group will go to battle with a rival Packers squad that had Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams on the field at the same time for just six percent of their 133 offensive snaps against Minnesota in two meetings last season. Adams actually scored against the Vikings in his only matchup with Minnesota last year, and he did it after Rodgers got knocked out of the game (and the season). The physical Adams will mostly draw elite cornerback Xavier Rhodes, and that's a difficult matchup for most receivers. He also can't bully the Vikings safeties, Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo, who both thrive on physical play. It's a brutal matchup, but with Aaron Rodgers, anything is possible. -
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CLE @NO

Against all odds, Ted Ginn has become a reliable, consistent second option on an offense as strong as New Orleans. He gets a date with the Cleveland Browns and this time weather won't save a secondary trapped inside the Superdome. Ginn makes his money downfield, and the Browns struggled with deep pass defense last year, and we're not convinced that they're any better this season. Rookie Denzel Ward will most often face Ginn, and the rookie had mixed results in Week 1, picking off Ben Roethlisberger twice but also contributing to Pittsburgh's starting duo of Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster combining for over 200 yards and a touchdown off 14 receptions. -
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MIA @NYJ
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Sam Bradford doesn't exactly instill confidence after his putrid passing total of 153 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception last week. And honestly, it looked even worse than those numbers suggest. He was under siege throughout the game, playing behind a bottom-tier offensive line. Los Angeles debuted new editions at both cornerback spots last week with Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib at cornerback, and they completely shut down Oakland's wideouts. Fortunately, as a slot receiver, Fitzgerald will avoid those two, but he still draws a tough matchup with Nickell Robey-Coleman, one of the best slot corners in the business. We need to show caution with Fitzgerald until the Cardinals prove they can sustain drives and give Bradford time to look downfield. -
Charch's Rating: 8/10

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It's been incredibly tough sledding for Demaryius Thomas against the division rival Oakland Raiders as of late. Thomas has only reached pay dirt twice in 14 career games against Oakland, including the last eight straight games, and hasn't topped 100 yards in six straight games. A home matchup against journeyman cornerback Rahsaan Melvin sounds promising, and it might be. . It can't get much worse for Thomas, who was only able to manage six receptions for a mundane 29 yards in two games a season ago. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10

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ARI @LAR
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The Ravens begin division play this week on the road against a tough Cincinnati pass defense, and Michael Crabtree will draw a neutral assignment against cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. The Bengals secondary was lethal against the wide receiver position a season ago, allowing the third-fewest yards per game with 119, the sixth-fewest receptions, and allowed only 12 touchdowns all season, tied for sixth fewest. Joe Flacco was fantastic last week, but that was against the Bills, so technically it doesn't count. He's found minimal success in his career against the Bengals, throwing just one touchdown per game and six times failing to throw for a single score. So Crabtree, who has failed to score a touchdown in two career meetings against Cincy, will see his touchdown potential severely limited this week. All that said, this looks like the best Ravens offense in years, and Crabtree remains flexworthy. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10

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HOU @TEN
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Miami has been sneaky good against opposing wide receivers, giving up the third-fewest receptions per game with nine and the fifth-fewest touchdowns allowed last season, just eleven. It hasn't quite been so peachy when they face Robby Anderson, though. Anderson has scored three times in just four career games against Miami, his highest total against a single opponent.In two matchups against Miami cornerback Xavien Howard last season he notched just six grabs, but was able to gain 130 yards and found the end zone twice, including once on a 69-yard bomb. He'll get the Dolphins in the comfort of his home stadium this week, where he doubles his productivity. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10

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SEA @CHI

Lockett should be a lock for the largest target share of his career after two-thirds of his competition for targets left in the off-season when Jimmy Graham signed with Green Bay and Paul Richardson signed with Washington. Doug Baldwin didn't waste any time opening the door for Lockett to have every opportunity to become what many expected him to be. Lockett exploded during his rookie season for eight touchdowns, but has just six since then including his 51-yard score on Sunday. Chicago proved against Aaron Rodgers on Sunday that they can give up chunk plays and that's exactly Lockett's strength. He has scores from 30 or more yards on nine of 14 touchdowns. He's also scored in his only matchup against the Bears back in 2015. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
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DET @SF

Through one game, San Francisco has the 26th-worst in pass defense according to Football Outsiders. That's the same territory they occupied last season after they finished 28th-worst in 2017 and 2016. There's debate surrounding Detroit to figure out which receiver will end up as the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 target. Jones will see plenty of Richard Sherman, who looked okay in last week's return from his Achille's injury. Until Sherman starts shutting down receivers again, we're not sweating that matchup. -
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OAK @DEN

Jordy Nelson could be the bright spot in an otherwise bleak Raiders passing attack this week against a tough Denver defense. Nelson is the definition of an opportunist, as he's been able to tally .5 touchdowns per game in his career on just six targets per game. That's significant, given the lack of targets Oakland receivers saw from Derek Carr last week. On 40 attempts, only seven went to receivers, with Nelson leading the group with three.He and Amari Cooper will take turns facing aging journeyman Tramaine Brock, a one of the league's worst starting cornerbacks. Jordy has faced Brock once in his career, back in 2013 while with Green Bay, and carved him up for 130 yards and a score. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10

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MIN @GB

The Minnesota lockdown pass defense was detailed in my Davante Adams write-up, but if the more traditional measurements don't convince you, then consider several advanced metrics like those at Football Outsiders. They ranked Minnesota top-five in categories such as the fourth in pass defense, fifth in defending No. 2 wideouts, and top-three in defending the left-side of the field, middle-part of the field, and passes within 15 yards aka short passes. Cobb has a fascinating matchup with first-round rookie cornerback Mike Hughes, who played so well in the preseason he pushed Terence Newman into an early retirement. Last week, Hughes held San Francisco's slot receiver, Trent Taylor to 28 yards. Cobb is better than Taylor, but he won't be able to bully the physical Hughes. -
Charch's Rating: 8/10

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HOU @TEN

[UPDATE: LOWERED ON NEWS THAT TENNESSEE WILL BE WITHOUT BOTH STARTING TACKLES AND THAT MARCUS MARIOTA WILL PLAY PLAYING WITH A HAND INJURY.] Corey Davis is still looking for his first regular season touchdown, and it could be coming this week against a Houston defense that gave up 18 touchdowns to opposing receivers last year, third most in the league. Davis will see Houston cornerback Jonathan Joseph for the second time in his career, hoping for better results, as he could only collect two passes for a useless twelve yards against Joseph last season. The aging Joseph has been steadily declining as a defender, so Davis should right the ship this week.Davis saw a career high in targets last week with 13 and could be in for much of the same with Delanie Walker to miss significant time due to injury. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10

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DET @SF

Dante Pettis will start in place of Marquise Goodwin on Sunday. Not only does he have a favorable matchup against a secondary that got roasted by the Jets last week, but he'll also be running all of Goodwin's No. 1 WR routes. That should assure him of some looks. Pettis is a very talented rookie with tremendous upside, both for this week, and as the eventual replacement for Pierre Garcon. -
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OAK @DEN

Denver is like a Rubik's cube to Amari Cooper. He just can't seem to figure them out. In six career meetings, he's only scored twice while averaging an embarrassing 26 receiving yards per game, his lowest against any opponent he's faced more than once and close to three times less than his average against his other divisional opponents. The Broncos defense was suffocating for Cooper last season, thanks in large part to cornerback Aqib Talib, holding him to just three catches and 18 yards in their two meetings, although they did allow him into the end zone once. Amari was not alone, though, as Denver was downright nasty against wide receivers last year, allowing just one receiver to top 100 yards in a game all season. With Talib departed, Cooper may find a little more space against Denver this week, and if he can isolate against Tremaine Brock, he's found a very exploitable matchup. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10

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NE @JAC

Chris Hogan better pack some Advil for the Patriot's road trip to Jacksonville this week, as the Jaguars are known to cause major headaches for opposing wide receivers. The Jags ranked No. 1 last season in yardage allowed to opposing wideouts, allowing just 111 yards per game, and receivers could only muster nine touchdowns, third lowest in the league. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey generates all the buzz, but the Jaguars have an absolute stud opposite Ramsey in AJ Bouye, who shut down Hogan in the AFC Championship game last season, allowing just two catches for 20 yards. Even with Tom Brady at quarterback, Hogan might be helpless in another matchup against Bouye, who is fresh off a season where he registered an insane 31.6 quarterback rating against. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10

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Kansas City received excellent slot cornerback Kendall Fuller from Washington in the Alex Smith trade this offseason,. Since JuJu Smith-Schuster mostly runs from the slot, he'll see a lot of Fuller in this matchup. JuJu has made his living via the big play, posting an eye-popping 16.5 yards per catch, but will be blanketed by Fuller, who allowed under ten yards per catch to opposing receivers a season ago. Outside of Fuller, Kansas City is as porous a secondary as you'll find, as they gave up a staggering 180 yards per game to opposing receivers, most in the league, and allowed the third-most touchdowns with 18. They are already proving to be worse this year without Marcus Peters, giving up 198 yards and two scores to San Diego receivers last week. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10

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NE @JAC
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Aaron Rodgers almost sunk the entire wide receiving group's fantasy value on a single play, but he avoided a major knee injury, and appears probable and on track to play. This lifts Allison into the starting wide receiver territory and will have anywhere between very tough and simply average, depending on if Trae Waynes and/or Mackensie Alexander land on the playing-side or sitting-side of questionable. Allison should benefit from the easiest one-on-one matchup at corner compared to Cobb and Adams. The trio of pass-catchers at wide receiver could definitely end up being the most valuable. -
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LAC @BUF
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IND @WAS
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[UPDATE: PAUL RICHARDSON WAS HELD OUT OF PRACTICE ON FRIDAY DUE TO HIS SHOULDER INJURY. HIS STATUS FOR SUNDAY'S GAME IS UP IN THE AIR.] -
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PHI @TB
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Sammy Watkins enters this week with a golden opportunity to make his first real impact in this new Chiefs offense. Watkins saw five targets in his Chiefs debut but was unable to put those targets to good use against one of the best cornerbacks in the league in Casey Hayward. Watkins gets a much easier go at it this week against Pittsburgh cornerback Artie Burns. Watkins and Burns have faced each other once before, in 2016 in Buffalo, and Watkins took advantage of the matchup, notching four catches for 54 yards and a score. Watkins will look to replicate that output this week on the road in Pittsburgh. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10

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CAR @ATL
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BAL @CIN
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BAL @CIN
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This is a perfect storm of ugly for Kelvin Benjamin this week against a Chargers defense ready to put last week's disaster behind them. Benjamin will square off against arguably the best cornerback in football, Casey Hayward. Last year, Hayward allowed a measly 58.6 quarterback rating on passes thrown his way, so Benjamin is in some trouble regardless of who starts at quarterback for the Bills. Benjamin has squared off against Hayward before, most recently in 2017, a game in which he snared a single catch for 20 yards. Kelvin has now played eight games as a Buffalo Bill and found the end zone just once. That score was at home, so at least he has that going for him this week. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
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SEA @CHI
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HOU @TEN
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CAR @ATL
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IND @WAS
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CAR @ATL
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NYG @DAL
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CLE @NO

Josh Gordon may see a decline in targets with the presence of Jarvis Landry on the team. Gordon averaged just under nine targets per game in his career, but saw just three passes come his way last week. Still, there's cause for concern. Gordon goes on the road to a difficult environment in New Orleans to face a motivated defense focused on proving last week's catastrophic collapse against Tampa was a fluke. Gordon will see corner Ken Crawley all day long in coverage. Given Gordon's flair for the big play, boasting over 17 yards per catch in his career and scoring at an impressive .4 touchdowns per game, Crawley may allow him to salvage his low target share into a productive day. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)

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NYG @DAL

Flying under the radar is slot wide receiver Cole Beasley and his team-leading seven catches on eight targets for 73 yards.While Beasley also led Dallas in snap percentage, playing two/thirds of the Cowboys on offense, highest among wide receivers. Dak Prescott seems to lean on this shifty slot receiver since taking over for Tony Romo back in 2016. While it may only be short term, Beasley is the most familiar face to Dak, in a room full of unknown wide receivers free-agent signing Allen Hurns and third-rounder Michael Gallup. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
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NE @JAC
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ARI @LAR
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