2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 1

It's been seven long months, but fantasy football and our fantasy football positional rankings are back!

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.

The good news for fantasy owners was that Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, each of whom dealt with different injuries during the preseason, all played on Wednesday night. The bad news, unfortunately, is that all three of them were out-performed by Kevin Ogletree, who didn't even make our wide receiver rankings (below).

With the Cowboys-Giants opener now in the rear-view mirror, the focus shifts to Sunday's and Monday's games. To that end, Calvin Johnson, who led the league in receiving yards and finished third in touchdowns last season, should get off to another strong start in Week 1 as his Lions host St. Louis. Will other top pass-catchers like Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall, Roddy White, Wes Welker, Greg Jennings and others follow suit, or will another "unknown" like Ogletree steal the spotlight?

2012 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT
1 Calvin Johnson DET vs. STL
2 Andre Johnson HOU vs. MIA
3 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. SEA
4 Julio Jones ATL at KC
5 Brandon Marshall CHI vs. IND
6 Victor Cruz NYG vs. DAL (Wed.)
7 Roddy White ATL at KC
8 Wes Welker NE at TEN
9 Greg Jennings GB vs. SF
10 Dez Bryant DAL at NYG (Wed.)
11 A.J. Green CIN at BAL (Mon.)
12 Percy Harvin MIN vs. JAC
13 Antonio Brown PIT at DEN
14 Steve Smith CAR at TB
15 Marques Colston NO vs. WAS
16 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. DAL (Wed.)
17 Jordy Nelson GB vs. SF
18 Vincent Jackson TB vs. CAR
19 Jeremy Maclin PHI at CLE
20 Dwayne Bowe KC vs. ATL
21 Stevie Johnson BUF at NYJ
22 Torrey Smith BAL vs. CIN (Mon.)
23 Miles Austin DAL at NYG (Wed.)
24 Pierre Garcon WAS at NO
25 Mike Wallace PIT at DEN
26 Eric Decker DEN vs. PIT
27 Reggie Wayne IND at CHI
28 Nate Washington TEN vs. NE
29 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. PIT
30 DeSean Jackson PHI at CLE
31 Brandon Lloyd NE at TEN
32 Malcom Floyd SD at OAK (Mon.)
33 Santonio Holmes NYJ vs. BUF
34 Robert Meachem SD at OAK (Mon.)
35 Lance Moore NO vs. WAS
36 Michael Crabtree SF at GB
37 Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. SD (Mon.)
38 Justin Blackmon JAC at MIN
39 Titus Young DET vs. STL
40 Danny Amendola STL at DET
41 Denarius Moore OAK vs. SD (Mon.)
42 Kendall Wright TEN vs. NE
43 Sidney Rice SEA at ARI
44 Anquan Boldin BAL vs. CIN (Mon.)
45 Brandon LaFell CAR at TB
46 Greg Little CLE vs. PHI
47 Doug Baldwin SEA at ARI
48 Mike Williams TB vs. CAR
49 Randy Moss SF at GB
50 Laurent Robinson JAC at MIN
51 Randall Cobb GB vs. SF
52 Mario Manningham SF at GB
53 Davone Bess MIA at HOU
54 Jon Baldwin KC vs. ATL
55 Leonard Hankerson WAS at NO
56 Nate Burleson DET vs. STL
57 Rueben Randle NYG vs. DAL (Wed.)
58 Austin Collie IND at CHI
59 Eddie Royal SD at OAK (Mon.)
60 Kevin Walter HOU vs. MIA
61 David Nelson BUF at NYJ
62 Andre Roberts ARI vs. SEA
63 Santana Moss WAS at NO
64 Braylon Edwards SEA at ARI

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
Defense/Special Teams

Week 1 Start or Sit

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