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Fantasy Football 2014 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 1

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Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson leads off Athlon Sports' Week 1 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings, but he's not the only dynamic target who could post big numbers in his season opener. Dez Bryant could be a busy Cowboy if for no other reason the likelihood his team will be playing catchup against the visiting 49ers. Demaryius Thomas also could see plenty of targets coming his way, as Denver hosts Indianapolis on Thursday night and Peyton Manning won't have Wes Welker (suspended) or Eric Decker (now with the Jets) to throw to. And Bryant and Thomas may not be the only ones on these two teams to thrive in Week 1 either. Dallas' Terrance Williams and Denver's Emmanuel Sanders also could benefit based on a combination of matchup (or game situation), offensive philosophy, quarterback play and the fact that their teammates are likely to draw plenty of attention from the opposition.

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.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

Calvin Johnson

DET

vs. NYG (Mon.)

Megatron thinking Super thoughts this season.

2

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

vs. IND

No Decker or Welker? No problem for Thomas.

3

Dez Bryant

DAL

vs. SF

Cowboys could be forced to throw a lot.

4

Brandon Marshall

CHI

vs. BUF

Still Cutler's favorite target.

5

Julio Jones

ATL

vs. NO

Looked awfully spry during preseason.

6

A.J. Green

CIN

at BAL

Ravens have held him in check in past.

7

Antonio Brown

PIT

vs. CLE

 

8

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

vs. BUF

Plenty of targets for Jeffery and Marshall to thrive.

9

Andre Johnson

HOU

vs. WAS

All comes down to QB play.

10

Jordy Nelson

GB

at SEA (Thurs.)

"Legion of Boom" could limit production.

11

Randall Cobb

GB

at SEA (Thurs.)

Cobb and Harvin on same field should be fun.

12

Emmanuel Sanders

DEN

vs. IND

Wes Welker's loss is Sanders' gain.

13

Keenan Allen

SD

at ARI (Mon.)

Cardinals have stout secondary.

14

Vincent Jackson

TB

vs. CAR

Josh McCown likes throwing to tall targets.

15

Michael Crabtree

SF

at DAL

49ers more of a running team under Harbaugh.

16

Victor Cruz

NYG

at DET (Mon.)

Could get off to slow start in new O.

17

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

vs. SD (Mon.)

Don't forget about Fitz just yet.

18

Percy Harvin

SEA

vs. GB (Thurs.)

Healthy Harvin ready to explode?

19

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

at STL

How will Turner use Patterson in new O?

20

Pierre Garcon

WAS

at HOU

Has more experience w/ RG3 than DJax.

21

Roddy White

ATL

vs. NO

Another one whose health is paramount to success.

22

Marques Colston

NO

at ATL

Says he as healthy as he's been in some time.

23

Michael Floyd

ARI

vs. SD (Mon.)

is this his year to take over as No. 1 in ARI?

24

Torrey Smith

BAL

vs. CIN

Expecting more versatile role this season.

25

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

vs. JAC

If he can stay healthy, he could explode.

26

Reggie Wayne

IND

at DEN

Andrew Luck gets his favorite target back.

27

Mike Wallace

MIA

vs. NE

Appears to be a better fit in new O.

28

Julian Edelman

NE

at MIA

Gronk may not be much of a factor in Week 1.

29

DeSean Jackson

WAS

at HOU

 

30

Eric Decker

NYJ

vs. OAK

It's not Denver, but he's still a No. 1 WR.

31

Cecil Shorts

JAC

at PHI

 

32

Kendall Wright

TEN

at KC

Titans planning on taking more deep shots.

33

T.Y. Hilton

IND

at DEN

Role TBD w/ Wayne and Allen both back.

34

Golden Tate

DET

vs. NYG (Mon.)

DET more of a passing team than SEA ever was.

35

Brandin Cooks

NO

at ATL

How soon will rookie make an impact?

36

Terrance Williams

DAL

vs. SF

Will draw less attention in coverage than Bryant.

37

Anquan Boldin

SF

at DAL

 

38

Riley Cooper

PHI

vs. JAC

 

39

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

vs. WAS

Can he emerge in his second season?

40

Kelvin Benjamin

CAR

at TB

Rookie could be Cam's go-to target immediately.

41

Sammy Watkins

BUF

at CHI

Rib injury hampered him towards end of preseason.

42

Greg Jennings

MIN

at STL

Has been productive with Cassel at QB.

43

Rueben Randle

NYG

at DET (Mon.)

 

44

Markus Wheaton

PIT

vs. CLE

Eager to prove himself after injury-plagued '13.

45

Danny Amendola

NE

at MIA

Could develop into reliable PPR option.

46

James Jones

OAK

at NYJ

His value tied to rookie QB's performance.

47

Andrew Hawkins

CLE

at PIT

De facto No. 1 WR w/ Gordon suspended.

48

Justin Hunter

TEN

at KC

Everyone's expecting him to break out in 2014.

49

Mike Evans

TB

vs. CAR

How soon will he and McCown click?

50

Malcom Floyd

SD

at ARI (Mon.)

 

51

Kenny Britt

STL

vs. MIN

Can he be a fantasy factor once again?

52

Aaron Dobson

NE

at MIA

Could emerge as legitimate deep threat for Brady.

53

Doug Baldwin

SEA

vs. GB (Thurs.)

Steps in to fill Tate's role as other starting WR.

54

Tavon Austin

STL

vs. MIN

 

55

Brian Hartline

MIA

vs.. NE

 

56

Hakeem Nicks

IND

at DEN

 

57

Donnie Avery

KC

vs. TEN

Alex Smith won't have Dwayne Bowe vs. Titans.

58

Cody Latimer

DEN

vs. IND

No. 3 spot open during Welker's suspension.

59

Steve Smith

BAL

vs. CIN

How will Rams use him this season?

60

Rod Streater

OAK

at NYJ

 

61

Mike Williams

BUF

at CHI

 

62

Nate Washington

TEN

at KC

 

63

Jarrett Boykin

GB

at SEA (Thurs.)

 

64

Mohamed Sanu

CIN

at BAL

Marvin Jones expected to be out until Week 5.

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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