We were treated to some spectacular performances by wideouts in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, as nine players eclipsed 100 receiving yards in their season openers. Teams are looking to be aggressive through the air early on, and we’ve have an idea about what aerial attacks could be the most dangerous. We’ll go over what wideouts you should start and what wideouts you should sit in Week 2 here.
Wide Receiver Starts
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Aaron Rodgers has a chip on his shoulder this year and proved that he’s still an elite quarterback in Week 1. While he didn’t get the additional help at wide receiver he wanted over the offseason, his connection with Adams is stronger than ever. He completed 14 of his 17 passes to Adams for 156 yards and two scores against the Minnesota Vikings and will continue to target the star wideout frequently against a defense that could be without Jeff Okudah for a second straight week. Three Lions cornerbacks are dealing with hamstring injuries, and Rodgers can take advantage of their weakness by using his best weapon to dismantle them.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts
Thielen drew the attention of Green Bay’s best cornerback in Week 1 and came away with six receptions for 110 yards and two scores. Jaire Alexander is better than any defensive back the Colts have to offer, so Thielen should benefit from getting some ideal matchup. He’ll likely be covered by seccond-year Rock Ya-Sin or his former teammate Xavier Rhodes, who was exposed on multiple occasions against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. Thielen is the clear WR1 now that Diggs is gone.
Wide Receiver Sits
D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carolina appears to be splitting work evenly between Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Robby Anderson. While some expected Moore to take a step forward with Teddy Bridgewater under center, the added talent out wide could make that tough for him. The Buccaneers did a solid job keeping Michael Thomas in check on Sunday and held him to three receptions for 17 yards. If they make containing Moore a priority, his upside could be limited.
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Eagles struggled to get things going through the air against the Washington Football team in Week 1, so facing one of the best secondaries in the NFL doesn’t bode well for the production of their wide receivers. The WR1 spot will likely be filled by Jackson or Jalen Reagor, and Jalen Ramsey will likely spend time covering both of them. Los Angeles held Dak Prescott and his star-studded receiving corps to one passing touchdown in Week 1 and are in a good shape to limit Philadelphia.