Odell Beckham
© Robert Deutsch | 2019 Sep 16
Odell Beckham © Robert Deutsch | 2019 Sep 16

In reality, watching Antonio Brown's Patriots debut in Week 2 didn't exactly stir wholesome feelings inside. Amid NFL investigation for alleged sexual assault, Brown avoided the commissioner's exempt list after forcing his way out of Oakland and immediately made the NFL's best team basically unstoppable, albeit against the Dolphin tank.

After only three practices with his new team, AB and Tom Brady weren't yet on the same page, yet the Pats' new receiver finished as WR25 overall with four catches for 56 yards — including a pretty 18-yard back-shoulder touchdown, after earlier coaxing DPI on Miami's best cover man to set up Sony Michel's scoring dive and punctuate Brown's dominant first drive as a Patriot.


Meantime, New England's two incumbent fantasy stud receivers, Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon, combined for only six score-less catches for 70 yards on one fewer target than AB's 8.

But after AB was released by the Patriots on Friday, and with James White on paternity leave Sunday, Edelman and Gordon have shot back up our rankings.

1. Julio Jones, Falcons at Colts

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans at Chargers

3. Odell Beckham, Browns vs. Rams

4. Davante Adams, Packers vs. Broncos

5. Keenan Allen, Chargers vs. Texans

6. Mike Evans, Bucs vs. Giants

7. Amari Cooper, Cowboys vs. Dolphins

8. Chris Godwin, Bucs vs. Giants

9. Michael Thomas, Saints at Seahawks

10. T.Y. Hilton, Colts vs. Falcons

11. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. Saints

12. Julian Edelman, Patriots vs. Jets

13. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs vs. Ravens

14. Kenny Golladay, Lions at Eagles

15. Tyler Boyd, Bengals at Bills

16. Cooper Kupp, Rams at Browns

17. Marquise Brown, Ravens at Chiefs

18. Brandin Cooks, Rams at Browns

19. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Panthers

20. Robert Woods, Rams at Browns

21. Josh Gordon, Patriots vs. Jets

22. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers at 49ers

23. Stefon Diggs, Vikings vs. Raiders

24. Cooper Kupp, Rams at Browns

25. Adam Thielen, Vikings vs. Raiders

26. Allen Robinson, Bears at Washington

27. Christian Kirk, Cardinals at Panthers

28. Calvin Ridley, Falcons at Colts

29. D.J. Moore, Panthers vs. Cardinals

30. John Brown, Bills vs. Bengals

31. Sterling Shepard, Giants at Bucs

32. Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs vs. Ravens

33. John Ross, Bengals at Bills

34. Will Fuller, Texans at Chargers

35. Nelson Agholor, Eagles vs. Lions

36. Mecole Hardman, Chiefs vs. Ravens

37. Mike Williams, Chargers vs. Texans

38. Curtis Samuel, Panthers vs. Cardinals

39. Jarvis Landy, Browns vs. Rams

40. Courland Sutton, Broncos at Packers

41. Jamison Crowder, Jets at Patriots

42. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots vs. Jets

43. Devin Smith, Cowboys vs. Dolphins

44. Marvin Jones, Lions at Eagles

45. Deebo Samuel, 49ers vs. Steelers

46. DK Metcalf, Seahawks vs. Saints

47. DJ Chark, Jaguars vs. Titans

48. Corey Davis, Titans at Jaguars

49. Randall Cobb, Cowboys vs. Dolphins

50. Terry McLaurin, Washington vs. Bears

51. Marquise Goodwin, 49ers vs. Steelers

52. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars vs. Titans

53. Geronimo Allison, Packers vs. Broncos

54. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons at Colts

55. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers vs. Broncos

56. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Eagles vs. Lions

57. James Washington, Steelers at Seahawks

58. Robby Anderson, Jets at Patriots

59. Kenny Stills, Texans at Chargers

60. Ted Ginn, Saints at Seahawks

61. Danny Amendola, Lions at Eagles

62. Cole Beasley, Bills vs. Bengals

63. DeVante Parker, Dolphins at Cowboys

64. Travis Benjamin, Chargers vs. Texans

65. Preston Williams, Dolphins at Cowboys

66. David Moore, Seahawks vs. Saints

67. Trey Quinn, Washington vs. Bears

68. Willie Snead, Ravens at Chiefs

69. Anthony Miller, Bears at Washington

70. KeeSean Johnson, Cardinals at Panthers

Not listed: Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, Michael Gallup, Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Tre'Quan Smith