Fantasy Outlook: Five Wideouts to Watch
Five wideouts I like in fantasy today:
Deandre Hopkins, Texans: He and Deshaun Watson were emerging as the league’s top tandem before Watson got hurt last. year. He’s up against a weak Pats pass defense (remember the Super Bowl?). Will Fuller is questionable, which could mean a lot of double-teams. It doesn’t matter with Hopkins. He gets targets. He catches balls.
Adam Thielen, Vikings: He became an elite wideout a year ago with Case Keenum throwing the ball. He and Kirk Cousins will develop the same chemistry. The Niners’ secondary is one of the worst in the NFC. Dalvin Cook is back at running back and will make the offense even more dynamic. I expect Thielen to score today.
Michael Crabtree, Ravens: I think the Bills’ secondary is a bit overestimated, especially if they don’t generate any kind of pass rush. Andy Dalton carved them up in the preseason. Teams that went after them with good passing attacks had decent success at times. I’m not convinced Joe Flacco is ready for a big bounceback, but he’ll make big throws to Crabtree today.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: He’s pushing 35, and he continues to be underestimated. He had a great year in 2017 and I don’t expect much drop-off. Washington is improved, but still vulnerable in the secondary. Another team with an elite running back returning (David Johnson), which should make Fitzgerald even more effective, regardless of who plays quarterback.
Devin Funchess, Panthers: He’s a more legitimate No. 1 wideout than Kelvin Benjamin and proved it last year. I’m expecting a big bounceback from Cam Newton under new coordinator Norv Turner. The Cowboys were near the bottom in TD passes allowed a year ago. They’re strong up front and tough to run against, so I look for Newton to throw 35-plus times today at home.