1. Ja'Marr Chase CIN @ NYJ
2. Cooper Kupp LAR @ HOU
3. Tyreek Hill KC vs NYG
4. DJ Moore CAR @ ATL
5. Stefon Diggs BUF vs MIA
6. Deebo Samuel SF @ CHI
7. CeeDee Lamb DAL @ MIN
8. Dionte Johnson PIT @ CLE
9. Mike Williams LAC vs NE
10. Justin Jefferson MIN vs DAL
11. Keenan Allen LAC vs NE
12. DeAndre Hopkins ARI vs GB
13. Adam Theilen MIN vs DAL
14. Chris Godwin TB @ NO
15. Terry McLaurin WAS @ DEN
16. Calvin Ridley ATL vs CAR
17. Chase Claypool PIT @ CLE
18. Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs CAR
19. Robert Woods LAR @ HOU
20. Amari Cooper DAL @ MIN
21. Mike Evans TB @ NO
22. Brandin Cooks HOU vs LAR
23. DK Metcalf SEA vs JAX
24. DeVonta Smith PHI @ DET
25. A.J. Brown TEN @ IND
26. Julio Jones TEN @ IND
27. Tyler Lockett SEA vs JAX
28. Jaylen Waddle MIA @ BUF
29. Courtland Sutton DEN vs WAS
30. Michael Pittman IND vs TEN


Hard to believe, but Ja’Marr Chase has already arrived as a top wide receiver in the league. The rookie WR is second in yards to only Cooper Kupp, who has the stingier matchup (pass-defense wise) against the Texans.  Chase, however, has the Jets, who are 30th in defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) against WR1 and 28th overall in pass defense.  Chase has six catches over 40 yards this season and is second in DVOA among wide receivers. 

Dionte Johnson gets a Browns defense that is third against the run this season but 23rd against the pass. Enter Johnson, who has gotten 10 targets per game this season and the Browns are 26th against WR1 this season. 

The Denver Broncos have a defensive reputation, but they have dropped the rope this season, ranking 27th overall in DVOA and 24th against the pass. They are 31st against WR1 this season, so even though Terry McLaurin has had some up and down weeks this season, he is definitely in position to succeed this week and is WR2 worthy. 

It may seem weird to see the Buccaneer receivers a little lower this week, but Mike Evans and Chris Godwin face the tougher New Orleans Saints this week, a top 10 pass defense.  Now, that has not really mattered to Tom Brady this year, but it is worth noting that Rob Gronkowski intends to play this week, and his presence impacted the receivers’ ceilings, especially Evans, who has thrived while Gronk has been out.  They are still start worthy (obviously) but worth noting as far as their ceiling this week. 

DK Metcalf gets the 32nd ranked pass defense of the Jaguars, but Geno Smith provides a lower ceiling, even in such an elite matchup for Metcalf.  To put Geno’s struggles in perspective, he would rank below Jacoby Brissett in DVOA if he qualified with attempts, and has been worse than Andy Dalton this season. Given that the Seahawks would rather run the football (they are 3rd in DVOA this year doing so) and the Jaguars have been bad there too (ranking 20th against the run), you have little reason to depend on Geno Smith’s passing abilities, and it greatly limits the effectiveness of both Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.


Jason Walker