© Mark J. Rebilas | 2017 Sep 11 l USA TODAY Sports
© Mark J. Rebilas | 2017 Sep 11 l USA TODAY Sports

Doug Baldwin missed the entire preseason with a balky knee and ominously told reporters last week that he might be 80-85 percent healthy all season. The Seahawks' Week 1 opponent, Denver, has two 30-year-olds in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders who have declined in each season since Peyton Manning retired.

Those are simple facts, which led some fantasy owners to sense opportunity and left others wanting nothing to do with any of these three players this season. But perhaps the more interesting changing narrative when it comes to these clubs is that neither team's pass 'D' should be feared by fantasy owners the way they used to be.

Seattle lost Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Sheldon Richardson and others from what was annually an elite pass 'D.' Pete Carroll will also begin the season without Kam Chancellor (retired), plus injured stalwart LB K.J. Wright, who is out for at least Week 1.

Denver's "No Fly Zone" regularly allowed big plays a year ago, and that was prior to trading Aqib Talib and not receiving enough from Bradley Roby, Tramaine Brock and rookie Isaac Yiadom, leading the team to sign Adam Jones last week.

Remember, Denver, ranked first-, second- or third-stoutest against fantasy wideouts in four consecutive seasons; Seattle's floundering has been underway since 2016, when injuries to Sherman and Earl Thomas led to it finishing 9th and 19th in fantasy WR scoring, after being the stingiest in the league from 2012-15.

So regardless of how you feel about Baldwin, Thomas and Sanders — and we fall squarely in the opportunist category, particularly with Baldwin and Sanders — you not only no longer must avoid the defenses of Seattle and Denver but could soon put a target on them.

1. Antonio Brown, Steelers at Browns

2. Julio Jones, Falcons at Eagles

3. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans at Patriots

4. Michael Thomas, Saints vs. Buccaneers

5. Davante Adams, Packers vs. Bears

6. Keenan Allen, Chargers vs. Chiefs

7. A.J. Green, Bengals at Colts

8. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants vs. Jaguars

9. Stefon Diggs, Vikings vs. 49ers

10. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs at Chargers

11. Chris Hogan, Patriots vs. Texans

12. Adam Thielen, Vikings vs. 49ers

13. T.Y. Hilton, Colts vs. Bengals

14. Brandin Cooks, Rams at Raiders

15. Mike Evans, Buccaneers at Saints

16. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers at Browns

17. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Washington

18. Amari Cooper, Raiders vs. Rams

19. Marvin Jones, Lions vs. Jets

20. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks at Broncos

21. Jarvis Landry, Browns vs. Steelers

22. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos vs. Seahawks

23. Nelson Agholor, Eagles vs. Falcons

24. Tyrell Williams, Chargers vs. Chiefs

25. Golden Tate, Lions vs. Jets

26. Allen Robinson, Bears at Packers

27. Corey Davis, Titans at Dolphins

28. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos vs. Seahawks

29. Robert Woods, Rams at Raiders

30. Cooper Kupp, Rams at Raiders

31. Josh Gordon, Browns vs. Steelers

32. Kenny Stills, Dolphins vs. Titans

33. Randall Cobb, Packers vs. Bears

34. Will Fuller, Texans at Patriots

35. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs at Chargers

36. Robby Anderson, Jets at Lions

37. Marquise Goodwin, 49ers at Vikings

38. Devin Funchess, Panthers at Cowboys

39. Jamison Crowder, Washington at Cardinals

40. Pierre Garcon, 49ers at Vikings

41. Michael Crabtree, Ravens vs. Bills

42. Josh Doctson, Washington at Cardinals

43. Kelvin Benjamin, Bills at Ravens

44. Keelan Cole, Jaguars at Giants

45. Ted Ginn, Saints vs. Buccaneers

46. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks at Broncos

47. Sterling Shepard, Giants vs. Jaguars

48. Mike Williams, Chargers vs. Chiefs

49. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars at Giants

50. Jordy Nelson, Raiders vs. Rams

51. Allen Hurns, Cowboys vs. Panthers

52. Kenny Golladay, Lions vs. Jets

53. John Brown, Ravens vs. Bills

54. John Ross, Bengals at Colts

55. Anthony Miller, Bears at Packers

56. Calvin Ridley, Falcons at Eagles

57. D.J. Moore, Panthers at Cowboys

58. Courtland Sutton, Broncos vs. Seahawks

59. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers at Saints

60. Albert Wilson, Dolphins vs. Titans