Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 1

What does Calvin Johnson have in mind for an encore after a record-breaking 2012 campaign?

To the surprise of no one, Calvin Johnson tops Athlon Sports' Week 1 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. What perhaps is most impressive about Johnson's record-setting 2012 season is that he caught just five touchdown passes, yet still led his position in fantasy scoring. Johnson owners would no doubt love see him reach the end zone a few more times in 2013, starting with his opening game against Minnesota.

One wide receiver that found paydirt quite a bit last season was Dez Bryant. In the last eight games alone, Bryant scored 10 touchdowns. He will look to carry over that strong finish to Sunday night's marquee matchup against the Giants. The Atlanta vs. New Orleans pairing should be good news for any one who has Julio Jones, Roddy White, Marques Colston or Lance Moore on their roster. Also, Denver's trio of Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker will put Baltimore's remade secondary to the test right out of the gate as the NFL regular season kicks off with a rematch of January's AFC Divisional Round double-overtime thriller.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. MINNo. 1 fantasy WR had just 5 TDs in '12.
2Dez BryantDALvs. NYGCaught fire late last season.
3Julio JonesATLat NOSaints' D was league's worst in '12.
4A.J. GreenCINat CHIBears' DBs will be good test.
5Demaryius ThomasDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)No Reed or Pollard in Ravens' secondary.
6Brandon MarshallCHIvs. CINWill the hip be an issue?
7Roddy WhiteATLat NOAnkle injury shortened preseason reps.
8Larry FitzgeraldARIat STLCan he and Palmer click?
9Vincent JacksonTBat NYJ 
10Andre JohnsonHOUat SD (Mon.) 
11Reggie WayneINDvs. OAK 
12Marques ColstonNOvs. ATL 
13Victor CruzNYGat DALHeel could limit him against Cowboys.
14Pierre GarconWASvs. PHI (Mon.)Healthy entering season for a change.
15Randall CobbGBat SF 
16Danny AmendolaNEat BUFCan he fill Welker's shoes?
17Wes WelkerDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)From Brady to Peyton = WR's dream.
18Dwayne BoweKCat JACCan he breakout in Reid's system?
19Antonio BrownPITvs.TENBig Ben's new No. 1 target.
20Hakeem NicksNYGat DAL 
21Torrey SmithBALat DEN (Thurs.)Needs to do more than catch deep ball.
22Mike WallaceMIAat CLEDolphins need him to go long.
23Steve SmithCARvs. SEA 
24Cecil ShortsJACvs. KC 
25DeSean JacksonPHIat WAS (Mon.)Can he thrive in Kelly's system?
26Jordy NelsonGBat SFHad knee surgery early in training camp.
27Eric DeckerDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)Enough passes for 3 WRs in DEN?
28Anquan BoldinSFvs. GBNo Crabtree for CK to find.
29T.Y. HiltonINDvs. OAK 
30Stevie JohnsonBUFvs. NE 
31James JonesGBat SF 
32Mike WilliamsTBat NYJ 
33Chris GivensSTLvs. ARIOozes big-play ability.
34Lance MooreNOvs. ATL 
35Greg JenningsMINat DETHow soon until he misses Rodgers?
36Tavon AustinSTLvs. ARIRams aren't saying how they will use rookie.
37Kenbrel ThompkinsNEat BUFEmerged during preseason.
38Sidney RiceSEAat CAR 
39Miles AustinDALvs. NYGSomewhat forgotten man in Big D.
40Golden TateSEAat CARNo Percy Harvin means opportunity.
41Emmanuel SandersPITvs. TEN 
42Vincent BrownSDvs. HOU (Mon.)Someone needs to emerge in SD.
43Kenny BrittTENat PITIn final year of rookie contract.
44Michael FloydARIat STLFitzgerald could use a legit sidekick.
45Greg LittleCLEvs. MIAJosh Gordon will miss first 2 games.
46Alshon JefferyCHIvs. CINMarshall and Cutler could use help.
47Denarius MooreOAKat INDMay be only relevant Raider pass-catcher.
48Rueben RandleNYGat DALAn injury away from starting.
49Brian HartlineMIAat CLEWallace can't do it all by himself.
50Kendall WrightTENat PITKnee issue limited preseason reps.
51Malcom FloydSDvs. HOU (Mon.) 
52Darrius Heyward-BeyINDvs. OAKLuck has the arm, can DHB hold on?
53Jeremy KerleyNYJvs. TBWill he and Geno develop chemistry?
54Ryan BroylesDETvs. MINCJ draws a lot of attention from the D.
55DeAndre HopkinsHOUat SD (Mon.)Texans drafted Hopkins to contribute early.
56Mohamed SanuCINat CHI 
57Andre RobertsARIat STL 
58Jacoby JonesBALat DEN (Thurs.)Ravens' No. 2 with Boldin now in SF.
59Santonio HolmesNYJvs. TB 
60Nate BurlesonDETvs. MINComing back from broken leg.
61Josh MorganWASvs. PHI (Mon.) 
62Riley CooperPHIat WAS (Mon.)No Maclin means Eagles need a No. 2.
63Jason AvantPHIat WAS (Mon.) 
64Robert WoodsBUFvs. NEManuel-to-Woods = rookie magic?

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Tight Ends
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