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Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 1

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Calvin Johnson

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

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Player

Team

OPP

Comments

1

Calvin Johnson

DET

vs. MIN

No. 1 fantasy WR had just 5 TDs in '12.

2

Dez Bryant

DAL

vs. NYG

Caught fire late last season.

3

Julio Jones

ATL

at NO

Saints' D was league's worst in '12.

4

A.J. Green

CIN

at CHI

Bears' DBs will be good test.

5

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

No Reed or Pollard in Ravens' secondary.

6

Brandon Marshall

CHI

vs. CIN

Will the hip be an issue?

7

Roddy White

ATL

at NO

Ankle injury shortened preseason reps.

8

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

at STL

Can he and Palmer click?

9

Vincent Jackson

TB

at NYJ

 

10

Andre Johnson

HOU

at SD (Mon.)

 

11

Reggie Wayne

IND

vs. OAK

 

12

Marques Colston

NO

vs. ATL

 

13

Victor Cruz

NYG

at DAL

Heel could limit him against Cowboys.

14

Pierre Garcon

WAS

vs. PHI (Mon.)

Healthy entering season for a change.

15

Randall Cobb

GB

at SF

 

16

Danny Amendola

NE

at BUF

Can he fill Welker's shoes?

17

Wes Welker

DEN

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

From Brady to Peyton = WR's dream.

18

Dwayne Bowe

KC

at JAC

Can he breakout in Reid's system?

19

Antonio Brown

PIT

vs.TEN

Big Ben's new No. 1 target.

20

Hakeem Nicks

NYG

at DAL

 

21

Torrey Smith

BAL

at DEN (Thurs.)

Needs to do more than catch deep ball.

22

Mike Wallace

MIA

at CLE

Dolphins need him to go long.

23

Steve Smith

CAR

vs. SEA

 

24

Cecil Shorts

JAC

vs. KC

 

25

DeSean Jackson

PHI

at WAS (Mon.)

Can he thrive in Kelly's system?

26

Jordy Nelson

GB

at SF

Had knee surgery early in training camp.

27

Eric Decker

DEN

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

Enough passes for 3 WRs in DEN?

28

Anquan Boldin

SF

vs. GB

No Crabtree for CK to find.

29

T.Y. Hilton

IND

vs. OAK

 

30

Stevie Johnson

BUF

vs. NE

 

31

James Jones

GB

at SF

 

32

Mike Williams

TB

at NYJ

 

33

Chris Givens

STL

vs. ARI

Oozes big-play ability.

34

Lance Moore

NO

vs. ATL

 

35

Greg Jennings

MIN

at DET

How soon until he misses Rodgers?

36

Tavon Austin

STL

vs. ARI

Rams aren't saying how they will use rookie.

37

Kenbrel Thompkins

NE

at BUF

Emerged during preseason.

38

Sidney Rice

SEA

at CAR

 

39

Miles Austin

DAL

vs. NYG

Somewhat forgotten man in Big D.

40

Golden Tate

SEA

at CAR

No Percy Harvin means opportunity.

41

Emmanuel Sanders

PIT

vs. TEN

 

42

Vincent Brown

SD

vs. HOU (Mon.)

Someone needs to emerge in SD.

43

Kenny Britt

TEN

at PIT

In final year of rookie contract.

44

Michael Floyd

ARI

at STL

Fitzgerald could use a legit sidekick.

45

Greg Little

CLE

vs. MIA

Josh Gordon will miss first 2 games.

46

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

vs. CIN

Marshall and Cutler could use help.

47

Denarius Moore

OAK

at IND

May be only relevant Raider pass-catcher.

48

Rueben Randle

NYG

at DAL

An injury away from starting.

49

Brian Hartline

MIA

at CLE

Wallace can't do it all by himself.

50

Kendall Wright

TEN

at PIT

Knee issue limited preseason reps.

51

Malcom Floyd

SD

vs. HOU (Mon.)

 

52

Darrius Heyward-Bey

IND

vs. OAK

Luck has the arm, can DHB hold on?

53

Jeremy Kerley

NYJ

vs. TB

Will he and Geno develop chemistry?

54

Ryan Broyles

DET

vs. MIN

CJ draws a lot of attention from the D.

55

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

at SD (Mon.)

Texans drafted Hopkins to contribute early.

56

Mohamed Sanu

CIN

at CHI

 

57

Andre Roberts

ARI

at STL

 

58

Jacoby Jones

BAL

at DEN (Thurs.)

Ravens' No. 2 with Boldin now in SF.

59

Santonio Holmes

NYJ

vs. TB

 

60

Nate Burleson

DET

vs. MIN

Coming back from broken leg.

61

Josh Morgan

WAS

vs. PHI (Mon.)

 

62

Riley Cooper

PHI

at WAS (Mon.)

No Maclin means Eagles need a No. 2.

63

Jason Avant

PHI

at WAS (Mon.)

 

64

Robert Woods

BUF

vs. NE

Manuel-to-Woods = rookie magic?

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

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Running Backs
Tight Ends
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