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Fantasy football rankings, Week 1: Wide Receivers for standard, PPR leagues

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The NFL has continued changing the rules to benefit offensive players. Will that boost wide receiver as a whole in Week 1?

The beginning of the season is always the best because you don't have to deal with too many injuries and there aren't any bye weeks. The wide receiver position has made it through the preseason pretty much unscathed by the injury bug. A few here and there had to deal with some routine issues but nothing too serious. The bigger issue has been suspensions and none bigger than the yearlong suspension that Josh Gordon will be serving.

Looking at our consensus rankings we see the usual suspects in the top 10, with Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas leading the way. A name that surprised me though was Michael Crabtree. I have nothing against him and actually own him in a league this season (for the first time ever). His opening week matchup is favorable, as he faces the Cowboys. As we move further into the top 25, we see that a favorite of many fantasy drafters, Cordarrelle Patterson, comes in at No. 23. He definitely has the tools and skills to put up quality numbers. I hope he has a nice opening game against the Rams. The Rams' defense is excellent at pressuring the quarterback, but look for the running game to open the play action for Patterson.

More Week 1 rankings: QB RB WR TE D/ST

One injury we were going to mention was Wes Welker's concussion recovery. Since he has now been suspended for the first four games, we won't have to worry about that issue. Welker was receiving cautious fantasy draft status to begin the preseason. When he went out with a concussion in Denver's third preseason game, many owners immediately red-flagged him. His suspension doesn't really change things fantasy-wise for Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas, but Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer will probably see a boost in targets and fantasy points. If you're in a deeper league and Latimer is sitting on the waiver wire, move fast and grab him.

Consensus Writer Rankings (Standard)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent
1 Calvin Johnson Detroit NY Giants
2 Demaryius Thomas Denver Indianapolis
3 Dez Bryant Dallas San Francisco
4 Brandon Marshall Chicago Buffalo
5 A.J. Green Cincinnati at Baltimore
6 Julio Jones Atlanta New Orleans
7 Alshon Jeffery Chicago Buffalo
8 Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Cleveland
9 Michael Crabtree San Francisco at Dallas
10 Jordy Nelson Green Bay at Seattle
11 Andre Johnson Houston Washington
12 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona San Diego
13 Victor Cruz NY Giants at Detroit
14 Roddy White Atlanta New Orleans
15 Keenan Allen San Diego at Arizona
16 Michael Floyd Arizona San Diego
17 Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay Carolina
18 Randall Cobb Green Bay at Seattle
19 Percy Harvin Seattle Green Bay
20 Marques Colston New Orleans at Atlanta
21 Pierre Garcon Washington at Houston
22 T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis at Denver
23 Cordarrelle Patterson Minnesota at St. Louis
24 Emmanuel Sanders Denver Indianapolis
25 Torrey Smith Baltimore Cincinnati
26 DeSean Jackson Washington at Houston
27 Eric Decker NY Jets Oakland
28 Julian Edelman New England at Miami
29 Kendall Wright Tennessee at Kansas City
30 Jeremy Maclin Philadelphia Jacksonville
31 Cecil Shorts Jacksonville at Philadelphia
32 DeAndre Hopkins Houston Washington
33 Reggie Wayne Indianapolis at Denver
34 Golden Tate Detroit NY Giants
35 Mike Wallace Miami New England
36 Justin Hunter Tennessee at Kansas City
37 Brandin Cooks New Orleans at Atlanta
38 Kelvin Benjamin Carolina at Tampa Bay
39 Anquan Boldin San Francisco at Dallas
40 Rueben Randle NY Giants at Detroit
41 Terrance Williams Dallas San Francisco
42 Greg Jennings Minnesota at St. Louis
43 Brian Hartline Miami New England
44 Mike Evans Tampa Bay Carolina
45 Danny Amendola New England at Miami
46 Sammy Watkins Buffalo at Chicago
47 Brian Quick St. Louis Minnesota
48 Denarius Moore Oakland at NY Jets
49 Riley Cooper Philadelphia Jacksonville
50 Miles Austin Cleveland at Pittsburgh

Consensus Writer Rankings (PPR)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent
1 Calvin Johnson Detroit NY Giants
2 Demaryius Thomas Denver Indianapolis
3 Dez Bryant Dallas San Francisco
4 Brandon Marshall Chicago Buffalo
5 A.J. Green Cincinnati at Baltimore
6 Julio Jones Atlanta New Orleans
7 Alshon Jeffery Chicago Buffalo
8 Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Cleveland
9 Michael Crabtree San Francisco at Dallas
10 Jordy Nelson Green Bay at Seattle
11 Roddy White Atlanta New Orleans
12 Victor Cruz NY Giants at Detroit
13 Andre Johnson Houston Washington
14 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona San Diego
15 Michael Floyd Arizona San Diego
16 Randall Cobb Green Bay at Seattle
17 Pierre Garcon Washington at Houston
18 Keenan Allen San Diego at Arizona
19 Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay Carolina
20 Marques Colston New Orleans at Atlanta
21 Percy Harvin Seattle Green Bay
22 T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis at Denver
23 Cordarrelle Patterson Minnesota at St. Louis
24 Emmanuel Sanders Denver Indianapolis
25 Torrey Smith Baltimore Cincinnati
26 Eric Decker NY Jets Oakland
27 Julian Edelman New England at Miami
28 Kendall Wright Tennessee at Kansas City
29 DeSean Jackson Washington at Houston
30 Jeremy Maclin Philadelphia Jacksonville
31 DeAndre Hopkins Houston Washington
32 Reggie Wayne Indianapolis at Denver
33 Cecil Shorts Jacksonville at Philadelphia
34 Justin Hunter Tennessee at Kansas City
35 Golden Tate Detroit NY Giants
36 Mike Wallace Miami New England
37 Anquan Boldin San Francisco at Dallas
38 Brandin Cooks New Orleans at Atlanta
39 Kelvin Benjamin Carolina at Tampa Bay
40 Rueben Randle NY Giants at Detroit
41 Terrance Williams Dallas San Francisco
42 Danny Amendola New England at Miami
43 Brian Hartline Miami New England
44 Greg Jennings Minnesota at St. Louis
45 Andrew Hawkins Cleveland at Pittsburgh
46 Brian Quick St. Louis Minnesota
47 Mike Evans Tampa Bay Carolina
48 Markus Wheaton Pittsburgh Cleveland
49 Denarius Moore Oakland at NY Jets
50 Riley Cooper Philadelphia Jacksonville

Individual Writer Rankings (Standard)

Rank Daniel Kelley Dan Ciarrocchi John Daigle Scott Kaliska
1 Calvin Johnson Calvin Johnson Demaryius Thomas Calvin Johnson
2 Demaryius Thomas Demaryius Thomas Calvin Johnson DeMaryius Thomas
3 A.J. Green Brandon Marshall Dez Bryant Dez Bryant
4 Dez Bryant Dez Bryant Brandon Marshall Brandon Marshall
5 Brandon Marshall A.J. Green Michael Crabtree A.J. Green
6 Andre Johnson Julio Jones A.J. Green Julio Jones
7 Julio Jones Antonio Brown Roddy White Alshon Jeffery
8 Alshon Jeffery Alshon Jeffery Marques Colston Antonio Brown
9 Antonio Brown Andre Johnson Alshon Jeffery Jordy Nelson
10 Michael Crabtree Jordy Nelson Julio Jones Andre Johnson
11 Keenan Allen Larry Fitzgerald Antonio Brown Larry Fitzgerald
12 Jordy Nelson Randall Cobb Michael Floyd Randall Cobb
13 Larry Fitzgerald Victor Cruz Emmanuel Sanders Victor Cruz
14 Victor Cruz Michael Crabtree Cordarrelle Patterson Vincent Jackson
15 T.Y. Hilton Vincent Jackson Jordy Nelson Keenan Allen
16 Percy Harvin Roddy White Victor Cruz Michael Crabtree
17 DeSean Jackson Cordarrelle Patterson T.Y. Hilton Roddy White
18 Roddy White Keenan Allen Larry Fitzgerald Pierre Garcon
19 Michael Floyd Michael Floyd Percy Harvin Michael Floyd
20 Randall Cobb Percy Harvin DeAndre Hopkins Percy Harvin
21 Vincent Jackson Pierre Garcon Vincent Jackson Cordarrelle Patterson
22 Pierre Garcon Torrey Smith Justin Hunter Torrey Smith
23 Eric Decker Julian Edelman Pierre Garcon DeSean Jackson
24 Marques Colston Eric Decker Torrey Smith Eric Decker
25 Reggie Wayne Marques Colston Keenan Allen T.Y. Hilton
26 Emmanuel Sanders Kendall Wright Cecil Shorts Marques Colston
27 Danny Amendola Emmanuel Sanders Andre Johnson Julian Edelman
28 Torrey Smith DeSean Jackson Randall Cobb Mike Wallace
29 Cecil Shorts Mike Wallace Jeremy Maclin Emmanuel Sanders
30 Julian Edelman TY Hilton Kendall Wright Kendall Wright
31 DeAndre Hopkins Golden Tate Greg Jennings Jeremy Maclin
32 Golden Tate Jeremy Maclin Brian Quick Golden Tate
33 Kendall Wright Reggie Wayne Brandin Cooks Reggie Wayne
34 Anquan Boldin Kelvin Benjamin Julian Edelman Terrance Williams
35 Jeremy Maclin Terrance Williams Anquan Boldin Rueben Randle
36 Cordarrelle Patterson Rueben Randle Denarius Moore Brandin Cooks
37 Kelvin Benjamin Cecil Shorts Eric Decker Cecil Shorts
38 Mike Evans Justin Hunter DeSean Jackson Kelvin Benjamin
39 Mike Wallace Brandin Cooks Brian Hartline Sammy Watkins
40 Brandin Cooks DeAndre Hopkins Rueben Randle DeAndre Hopkins
41 Miles Austin Anquan Boldin Reggie Wayne Justin Hunter
42 Justin Hunter Sammy Watkins Kelvin Benjamin Anquan Boldin
43 Terrance Williams Brian Hartline Golden Tate Riley Cooper
44 Aaron Dobson Riley Cooper Andrew Hawkins Mike Evans
45 Rueben Randle James Jones Mike Williams Brian Hartline
46 Andrew Hawkins Greg Jennings Mike Wallace Markus Wheaton
47 Jerricho Cotchery Mike Evans Mike Evans Greg Jennings
48 Brian Hartline Markus Wheaton Terrance Williams James Jones
49 Jerrel Jernigan Hakeem Nicks Miles Austin Hakeem Nicks
50 James Jones Jarrett Boykin Sammy Watkins Kenny Britt

Individual Writer Rankings (PPR)

Rank Daniel Kelley Dan Ciarrocchi John Daigle Scott Kaliska
1 Calvin Johnson Calvin Johnson Demaryius Thomas Calvin Johnson
2 Demaryius Thomas Demaryius Thomas Calvin Johnson Demaryius Thomas
3 A.J. Green Julio Jones Dez Bryant Dez Bryant
4 Dez Bryant Brandon Marshall Brandon Marshall Brandon Marshall
5 Julio Jones Dez Bryant Michael Crabtree A.J. Green
6 Brandon Marshall A.J. Green Roddy White Julio Jones
7 Andre Johnson Antonio Brown A.J. Green Antonio Brown
8 Alshon Jeffery Alshon Jeffery Marques Colston Andre Johnson
9 Antonio Brown Jordy Nelson Alshon Jeffery Alshon Jeffery
10 Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree Julio Jones Jordy Nelson
11 Keenan Allen Andre Johnson Emmanuel Sanders Victor Cruz
12 Jordy Nelson Victor Cruz Michael Floyd Larry Fitzgerald
13 Larry Fitzgerald Roddy White Cordarrelle Patterson Pierre Garcon
14 Victor Cruz Vincent Jackson Antonio Brown Randall Cobb
15 Michael Floyd Randall Cobb Jordy Nelson Michael Crabtree
16 T.Y. Hilton Larry Fitzgerald Victor Cruz Roddy White
17 Roddy White Cordarrelle Patterson T.Y. Hilton Vincent Jackson
18 Randall Cobb Michael Floyd Percy Harvin Keenan Allen
19 DeSean Jackson Torrey Smith Pierre Garcon Michael Floyd
20 Eric Decker Percy Harvin Larry Fitzgerald Julian Edelman
21 Pierre Garcon Keenan Allen DeAndre Hopkins Percy Harvin
22 Percy Harvin Pierre Garcon Vincent Jackson Kendall Wright
23 Danny Amendola Marques Colston Justin Hunter Cordarrelle Patterson
24 Marques Colston Emmanuel Sanders Torrey Smith Torrey Smith
25 Vincent Jackson DeSean Jackson Kendall Wright Eric Decker
26 Reggie Wayne Eric Decker Keenan Allen Marques Colston
27 Cecil Shorts Julian Edelman Randall Cobb T.Y. Hilton
28 Julian Edelman Golden Tate Jeremy Maclin Mike Wallace
29 DeAndre Hopkins TY Hilton Brandin Cooks Emmanuel Sanders
30 Torrey Smith Jeremy Maclin Andre Johnson DeSean Jackson
31 Jeremy Maclin Kendall Wright Brian Quick Reggie Wayne
32 Emmanuel Sanders Mike Wallace Cecil Shorts Jeremy Maclin
33 Kendall Wright Kelvin Benjamin Julian Edelman Golden Tate
34 Anquan Boldin Reggie Wayne Greg Jennings Terrance Williams
35 Golden Tate Justin Hunter Anquan Boldin Cecil Shorts
36 Kelvin Benjamin Terrance Williams Denarius Moore DeAndre Hopkins
37 Miles Austin Rueben Randle Eric Decker Rueben Randle
38 Mike Wallace Cecil Shorts Brian Hartline Brian Hartline
39 Justin Hunter Anquan Boldin DeSean Jackson Anquan Boldin
40 Andrew Hawkins Brandin Cooks Rueben Randle Brandin Cooks
41 Rueben Randle DeAndre Hopkins Reggie Wayne Kelvin Benjamin
42 Cordarrelle Patterson Markus Wheaton Andrew Hawkins Justin Hunter
43 Mike Evans Sammy Watkins Golden Tate Riley Cooper
44 Brian Hartline Riley Cooper Kelvin Benjamin Markus Wheaton
45 Brandin Cooks Mike Evans Mike Williams Sammy Watkins
46 Terrance Williams Andrew Hawkins Terrance Williams Greg Jennings
47 Jerricho Cotchery Greg Jennings Mike Wallace Danny Amendola
48 James Jones Jarret Boykin Mike Evans Mike Evans
49 Jerrel Jernigan Hakeem Nicks Danny Amendola James Jones
50 Aaron Dobson Mohamed Sanu Sammy Watkins Doug Baldwin