London’s Look at Week One: WRs

Last week I took a look at 5 RBs that I like for week one of the 2015 NFL season, so now it’s time to give you my top 5 WRs.

1. Dez Bryant (Cowboys vs. NY Giants)
As you can tell based on my top RB and top WR week one, I’m bullish on the Cowboys’ offense vs. the Giants’ defense.  Bryant is coming off a monster season in 2014 with 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and 16 TD’s. Dallas rewarded Bryant with a contract to match that production for 5 years, $70 million this offseason. Dez and the Cowboys get a favorable match-up right out of the gate against a Giants defense minus Jason Pierre-Paul and a secondary that allowed 25 TD’s in 2014. Look for Bryant to post impressive numbers week 1.

2. DeMaryius Thomas (Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens)
Fresh off a 111 catch, 1,619 yards, and 11 TDs, Thomas inked a deal for 5 years, $70 million as well. Thomas’ success the last 3 seasons has coincided with the arrival of Peyton Manning in Denver. Manning is back for another season and figures to target his main threat a lot against a Ravens secondary that lacks playmakers.

3. Kelvin Benjamin (Panthers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
Benjamin surprised many people with the campaign he produced his rookie season in the NFL, however I won’t be surprised if he torches the Jaguars’ DBs week 1.  With a season under his belt and a full off-season to continue to develop chemistry with Cam Newton, Benjamin is poised to have an even better season than that of a year ago, during which he topped 1,000 yards and had 9 TDs. Update: Since Kelvin Benjamin is out for the season with a torn ACL, I had to replace him for my week 1 WR picks. Upon further review, I’ve chosen Golden Tate of the Detroit Lions to take Benjamin’s place. Tate was an absolute Godsend for the Lions a season ago, especially with Calvin Johnson dealing with injuries throughout the year. Tate led the Lions in receptions (99) and receiving yards (1,331) in 2014. Calvin Johnson will be playing in the opener vs. the San Diego Chargers and expects to draw double coverage from the Chargers. I would expect a big day from Tate.

4. Jordan Matthews (Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons)
Matthews may not be a household name to people outside of Philadelphia, but that could be changing this season. Matthews enjoyed a fine rookie season, coming away with 67 receptions, 872 yards, and 8 TD’s. Now that Jeremy Macklin has left Philly for the K.C. Chiefs, Matthews becomes the number 1 WR in the “City of Brotherly Love”.  Expect Matthews to receive a ton of love from whoever is the Eagles’ starting QB in week one vs. Atlanta.

5. Amari Cooper (Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
If we can learn something from a trend, look for BIG numbers from a number of rookie WR’s. Cooper comes into the NFL as the most-polished route runner in this year’s rookie class and should be the leader of this group.  I can see the Derek Carr/Amari Cooper connection in Oakland hooking up early and often this season. Cincinnati has some good defensive backs, but Oakland will be focused on getting the ball in Cooper’s hands and letting him make things happen.

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London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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2 Responses

  1. dpatrick32 says:

    I noticed that you did not include any of your former Redskins on here… no DeSean… no Pierre?

  2. London Fletcher London Fletcher says:

    I’m not sure the o-line can pass protect against the Dolphins front 4 in week 1.

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