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2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 1

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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

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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:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 1 Start or Sit