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Wide Receiver Rankings Week 1

Wide Receiver Rankings Week 1

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By: Pete Davidson : September 06, 2013 12:18am

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Welcome to the Week 1 wide receiver rankings.  I ranked a lot more receivers than usual, but I felt like there are a lot of guys to pay attention to this week.  The playable options run out in the 50s and 60s.  I'll update this at least once before Sunday, so check back if you have players with injury issues.  Once they are posted, you can always find our weekly lineup rankings by going to the "All Rankings" tab on the top toolbar.  If you want to be aware of all updates to our weekly rankings and other content, you should consider following us on Twitter.  Click here to follow us.

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The Week 1 tight end rankngs will be posted shortly.  If you are looking for the RBs or QBs, you can find them here:

Rank PLAYER TEAM Opponent THE SKINNY
1 Calvin Johnson DET MIN Hard to rank him anywhere else.
2 Dez Bryant DAL NYG He should do serious damage in this one.
3 Julio Jones ATL @NO He’ll score and he might do it twice.
4 Andre Johnson HOU @SD AJ should get out of the box well and SD has nobody who can handle him at all.
5 Pierre Garcon WAS PHI He’s healthy, and this game should feature some offense. I’m liking RGIII’s #1 option this week.
6 Brandon Marshall CHI CIN He’s the #1 option for the Bears offense, so he’ll get his.
7 Vincent Jackson TB @NYJ Cromartie is very good, but he cannot handle Jackson’s strength and the Jets have no other answer.
8 Danny Amendola NE @BUF He could be a monster as long as he’s healthy. He’ll be the #1 option this week.
9 A.J. Green CIN @CHI A tough matchup to start out with.
10 Reggie Wayne IND OAK How can they possibly stop him?
11 Larry Fitzgerald ARI @STL Not a great matchup, but he’ll get the ball.
12 Roddy White ATL @NO He’s a good bet to perform in a Week 1 shootout, but make sure he’s active. Currently listed as questionable.
13 Randall Cobb GB @SF He did alright against the 49ers last year.
14 Marques Colston NO ATL Hard to bet against the Saints receivers in this one.
15 Victor Cruz NYG @DAL Could still be a bit limited, but looks likely to play.
16 Antonio Brown PIT TEN Nice matchup.
17 Dwayne Bowe KC @JAC He should be a very solid WR2.
18 T.Y. Hilton IND OAK He’ll make a big play or two and have a nice day against a somewhat helpless Raiders defense.
19 DeSean Jackson PHI @WSH They will go to him early and often. I don’t love his chances of lasting all year, but he is healthy now.
20 Miles Austin DAL NYG I like the matchup for Austin this week.
21 Golden Tate SEA @CAR He should do well against a mediocre secondary.
22 James Jones GB @SF Bad matchup, but Jones makes plays against tough opponents. He’s got a chance to have a solid WR3 day.
23 Mike Williams TB @NYJ Not an easy matchup, but they target him a lot, so he’ll get something done.
24 Jordy Nelson GB @SF Tough matchup and he’s been out for a while, but he might be the best you have. He can always make the huge play.
25 Hakeem Nicks NYG @DAL Still waiting to see the real Nicks.
26 Anquan Boldin SF GB GB’s secondary can be had and Boldin should be active early on.
27 Emmanuel Sanders PIT TEN He has solid upside in this game. Good chance to score.
28 Steve Smith CAR SEA Tough matchup, but he’ll get the ball.
29 Lance Moore NO ATL Should be good for WR3 numbers against a familiar foe that he’s had plenty of success against in the past.
30 Tavon Austin STL ARI They may be able to get him free from the slot in a game where they MUST spread the ball around.
31 Mike Wallace MIA @CLE He has a tough matchup with Joe Haden.
32 Cecil Shorts JAC KC He’s alone out there without Blackmon and Marcedes Lewis. The Chiefs talent at corner is good and Blaine Gabbert is not 100%. Shorts should be ok, but it’s not a great situation.
33 Stevie Johnson BUF NE He’s capable but it’s hard to know what the Bills plans are at this point.
34 Michael Floyd ARI @STL Big play potential with some risk in a tough matchup.
35 Kenny Britt TEN @PIT He has a challenge on his hands, but we like what we’ve seen from him and Locker so far.
36 Greg Little CLE MIA Little could have a very nice week with Josh Gordon out
37 Brian Hartline MIA @CLE Could be a sneaky play this week with Haden locked on Wallace.
38 Chris Givens STL ARI Very tough matchup.
39 Kenbrell Thompkins NE @BUF As long as Gronk is still out, he should see a consistent does of targets.
40 Rueben Randle NYG @DAL With two banged up receivers, we are think Randle will get the ball this week.
41 Sidney Rice SEA @CAR Is he healthy? We’ll find out this week.
42 Greg Jennings MIN @DET He needs good play form Ponder more than the other receivers. He’s been thrown-open by Favre and Rogers throughout his career, but he’ll need to help his QB in his new situation and not the other way around.
43 DeAndre Hopkins HOU @SD Not sure where he is at with the concussion, but he could easily score.
44 Kenny Stills NO ATL I am amazed that people are still doubting this guy. The Meachem signing is not about Stills, people. Meachem is free depth, but he’s lost a step.
45 Alshon Jeffery CHI CIN This is a tough matchup though Alshon is a TD guy, so he’s playable.
46 Darrius Heyward-Bey IND OAK He’s a nice flier against his old club.
47 Vincent Brown SD HOU Not a great matchup with the Houston pass rush.
48 Quinton Patton SF GB He’s a risky play, but we like this kid a lot as I’ve been saying. He’s looking like the guy to own opposite Boldin.
49 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN @DET Risky, but we like his chances in this game. They need to get the ball out of Ponder’s hands quickly.
50 Rod Streater OAK @IND Is he healthy after his concussion? He has nice upside as Oakland will have to throw all day.
51 Jeremy Kerley NYJ TB Kerley is the safest play amongst the Jets receivers.
52 Mohamed Sanu CIN @CHI Tough matchup, but I like the player.
53 Robert Woods BUF NE They will need to throw the ball and Woods is underrated.
54 Brandon Gibson MIA @CLE Could do a little something with Haden locked up with Wallace.
55 Riley Cooper PHI @WSH Cooper has a decent chance to score and grind out some points. He’s very underrated.
56 Travis Benjamin CLE MIA We like him while Gordon is out.
57 Kendall Wright TEN @PIT Questionable with his knee injury, but appears ready to play.
58 Denarius Moore OAK @IND Always a threat, but we’re not even sure who the QB is yet
59 Brandon LaFell CAR SEA Horrible matchup.
60 Markus Wheaton PIT TEN He could easily make a big play, but his snaps could be sparse.
61 Kyle Williams SF GB The 49ers say he’s starting the game, so he may have some value. We have not seen him since his ACL injury, so he’s hard to recommend at this point.
62 Santana Moss WAS PHI Could score, but could could very little.
63 Donnie Avery KC @JAC Need to see it before I believe it.
64 Ace Sanders JAC KC A player to watch, but not to play just yet.
65 Andre Roberts ARI @STL Not a bad deep sleeper for PPR purposes.
66 Davone Bess CLE MIA With Josh Gordon out, he’ll see more passes, if he’s healthy enough to make a difference.
67 Aldrick Robinson WAS PHI Could make big plays and could do nothing. He’s a player I am keeping tabs on.
68 Malcom Floyd SD HOU Knee could still be an issue and the matchup is horrible.
69 Nate Washington TEN @PIT The ex-Steeler could make a play or two.
70 Leonard Hankerson WAS PHI A big-play threat.
71 Marquise Goodwin BUF @NE Flash! Goodwin has serious wheels and could make a big play anytime he is on the field. What I want to see is how much they use him.
72 Julian Edelman NE @BUF He’s healthy and he’ll get some chances. Tough to bet on right now.
73 Kevin Ogletree TB @NYJ Could make a few plays against the Jets.
74 Doug Baldwin SEA @CAR Always a threat to make the big play.
75 Jason Avant PHI @WSH Playing well, but he’s a possession guy.
76 Dexter McCluster KC @JAC New coaches and a new role. I’m interested to see what they do with him.
77 Nate Burleson DET MIN We’ll have to see how much they use him.
78 Ryan Broyles DET MIN Not sure if he’s ready to make a big splash, but he’s doing well in his return from ACL surgery.
79 Brian Quick STL ARI Snaps not guaranteed, but he’s a playmaker.
80 Harry Douglas ATL @NO Can always make a play or two and looks good right now.
81 Josh Boyce NE @BUF He’s a guy to keep an eye on and he can make the big play.
82 Austin Pettis STL ARI Starting, so he’s a guy to watch though we like Quick and Bailey better.
83 Stephen Hill NYJ TB Revis could be on him.
84 Armanti Edwards CAR SEA Very interested to see how they use him.
85 Keshawn Martin HOU @SD He’s going to see the ball more this year.
86 Damaris Johnson PHI @WSH He’s talented, but he won’t play a ton from scrimmage.
87 Jarius Wright MIN @DET Talented, but not a good matchup.
88 T.J. Graham BUF NE He’ll have a role. We’ll have to see how substantial it is.
89 Jonathan Baldwin SF GB Will he play? We’ll see, but he has more upside as a 49er than he did as a Chief.
90 Jacoby Ford OAK @IND Needs to prove health.
91 Brice Butler OAK @IND Not a guy to start, but definitely a guy to keep tabs on. Nice upside.
92 Santonio Holmes NYJ TB No way you can play him, but if his foot proves to be healthy, he could end up being a factor--even with the Jets.
93 Josh Morgan WAS PHI He starts, but he plays medium snaps and gets few downfield looks.
94 Stedman Bailey STL ARI Perhaps the best guy on the roster long term, but he may not play much early on.
95 Aaron Dobson NE @BUF It looks like he’ll miss this week’s game with a hamstring problem.
96 Demaryius Thomas DEN BAL ALREADY PLAYED ... Should get the ball and make a few big plays.
97 Eric Decker DEN BAL ALREADY PLAYED .... Decker should get some good looks and he is always a great threat to score.
98 Torrey Smith BAL @DEN ALREADY PLAYED ... Denver is beat up on the back end, so Smith has a chance to do well.
99 Wes Welker DEN BAL ALREADY PLAYED .... He’ll see the ball and post decent WR3 numbers.
100 Jacoby Jones BAL @DEN ALREADY PLAYED .... Returning to the scene of the crime, I could see him doing it again. Worthy of a flier.
101 Brandon Stokley BAL @DEN ALREADY PLAYED .... Can’t imagine he has more than a possession role.
102 Marlon Brown BAL @DEN ALREADY PLAYED .... Is he going to be a factor? We’ll find out more this week.
103 Aaron Mellette BAL @DEN ALREADY PLAYED .... He’s a player to watch in terms of snaps, but you can’t play him yet.

 

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