Fantasy Football: 5 potential risky wide receiver plays in Week 1

Fantasy Football, DeVante Parker
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The wide receiver position is one of the most exciting on the field. A fantasy football team can get two or three in their starting lineup so it is important to lock in on them early, but how early?

The receiver position in fantasy football has been led by players like Calvin Johnson in the past. In 2020, names like Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins are dominating the top of the draft. Receivers can be smart picks in the middle of the first round if the top-tier running backs are off the board. Outside of the main receivers, there are many who need to be viewed on a week-to-week basis according to matchup.

Heading into Week 1, there are plenty of strong options at wide receiver. This includes many rookies who were drafted back in April. It is important to look at targets when drafting quarterbacks.

The best receivers are the ones who are targeted by their quarterbacks. This gives them the most opportunity in a fantasy football lineup. When setting your lineup, take a look at the usage rate of the receivers.

There will be plenty of risky options at receiver, especially in Week 1 without any preseason games. Here are five to keep an eye on and think long and hard about before starting.