Week 1 Fantasy WR Rankings

The top-tier at wide receiver will be solidly cemented into your lineups every week regardless of matchups. At a position where you’re playing at least two guys every week, there’s no real reason any of the top 24-odd wideouts would be on your bench. Like all positions, wide receivers are affected by their matchups, trends, and injury concerns. However, as indicated by our Week 1 fantasy WR rankings, it’s the deepest position in all of fantasy football. We have 90 players ranked in our initial weekly list. For all you deep=league players, that even accounts for WR6s and some WR7s. For those kinds of leagues, it’s especially difficult to make a decision on who to start at wide receiver.

Obviously, there are many teams with uncertainty about how their target share will play out, but we’ve produced our rankings with all the latest news and trends we can gather in the preseason. As the year unfolds, there will be guys who plummet down the list, while someone among the WR4s always emerges in the top 20. It’s the nature of fantasy football, especially as pass-catchers go.


As these are our standard rankings, it’s obviously important to identify which wideouts are more valuable across each format (hopefully you did that before you drafted). Splash-play guys like Tyreek Hill (vs. Browns) especially benefit from standard formats. He’s our No. 1 WR in standard while he falls to No. 4 in PPR this week.

Notable risers in Week 1 include Brandon Aiyuk (@ Lions) and Adam Thielen (@ Bengals). All 49ers see boosts this week given their matchups with Detroit (including Jimmy G and 49ers defense). Thielen and Justin Jefferson both sit in the top 10 as they travel to Cincinnati to play what figures to be a poor Bengals defense.

Heading deeper down the list, Antonio Brown (vs. Cowboys) and DeVonta Smith (@ Falcons) might have been borderline WR3s on draft day, but they look like solid starts this week thanks to great matchups. Though two other WRs in Tampa are inside our top 10, there will be plenty of targets to go around. It won’t be totally shocking to see three top-24 WRs out of that offense this week. Smith has dealt with some injury concerns, but he’s the No. 1 WR in an offense facing the Falcons — a team that has been a lot of fun to start your players against in recent years.

You might be confused as to why DK Metcalf (@ Colts) and Stefon Diggs (vs. Steelers) sit at 11 and 12 respectively, but it all has to do with the matchups. While Indianapolis doesn’t possess a premier lockdown corner, their defense is disruptive, and we’ve seen what can happen to Russell Wilson behind a struggling Seahawks offensive line. So, it isn’t that Metcalf will be shut down, but there are other factors in place. Diggs is in a similar spot. The Steelers have a well-known track record of getting to the quarterback — and seemingly doing it with ease. Yes, he had a nice game against them last year, but it is worth noting he’s dealing with a minor knee injury heading in 2021. Still, neither Diggs nor Metcalf is even remotely close to seeing your bench.

Kenny Golladay (vs. Broncos) takes a drastic dive to slot 42 with his hamstring injury concerns. He’s seldom practiced, so he and Daniel Jones will have to build rapport on the fly. Can we expect them to be sharp in Week 1?

Check out our full list and analysis to make the right calls at WR, setting yourself up for 1-0 start in fantasy football.

We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

Fantasy WR Rankings Week 1: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

  • 37 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs JAX
    38 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ HOU
    39 Corey Davis, NYJ @ CAR
    40 Marvin Jones, JAX @ HOU
    41 Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. MIN
    42 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. DEN
    43 Marquise Brown, BAL @ LV
    44 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ ATL
    45 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. MIA
    46 DeVante Parker, MIA @ NE
    47 Mike Williams, LAC @ WAS
    48 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ NYG
    49 Curtis Samuel, WAS vs. LAC
    50 Russell Gage, ATL vs. PHI
    51 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. BAL
    52 Randall Cobb, GB vs. NO
    53 Jarvis Landry, CLE @ KC
    54 Rondale Moore, ARI @ TEN
    55 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. GB
    56 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ NE
    57 Michael Gallup, DAL @ TB
    58 Allen Lazard, GB vs. NO
    59 Christian Kirk, ARZ @ TEN
    60 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. BAL
    61 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. DEN
    62 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. PIT
    63 Tyrell Williams, DET vs. SF
    64 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ LV
    65 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ CAR
    66 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ LAR
    67 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. PIT
    68 Denzel Mims, NYJ @ CAR
    69 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. CLE
    70 A.J. Green, ARI @ TEN
    71 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. BAL
    72 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. PIT
    73 Nelson Agholor, NE vs MIA
    74 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. NO
    75 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. SF
    76 Rashard Higgins, CLE @ KC
    77 KJ Hamler, DEN @ NYG
    78 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. CLE
    79 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. MIA
    80 Parris Campbell, IND vs. SEA
    81 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR vs. NYJ
    82 DeSean Jackson, LAR vs. CHI
    83 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. DEN
    84 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. CHI
    85 Josh Reynolds, TEN vs. ARI
    86 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ CAR
    87 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. DEN
    88 Tim Patrick, DEN @ NYG
    89 D’Wayne Eskridge, SEA @ IND
    90 Josh Palmer, LAC @ WAS

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