2013 Fantasy Football WR Rankings – Week 1

Aug 30, 2013

The smell of football is in the air. Here are the LestersLegends 2013 Week 1 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
Megatron shattered the NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards last year. He abused the Vikings with 207 yards and a score in his last meeting.
2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
Dez closed out the season in style with 47 passes for 792 yards and nine TDs in the final seven games. He had 195 yards in his two meetings with the Giants last year.
3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Julio had 123 yards in two games against the Saints last year. I believe this is the year he grabs the torch from Roddy White.
4. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Marshall caught 118 passes for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. Jay Cutler feeds him early and often.
5. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Broncos have three solid receiver options, but Thomas is far and away the most explosive. He had 1,434 yards last year and 10 touchdowns. Peyton Manning will use him to exploit the Ravens.
6. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Roddy had 114 yards in the first meeting with the Saints and 20 in the second. I’m expecting somewhere in the middle of the two with a good chance at a touchdown.
7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals @ Chicago Bears
Green finished with 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is a fast starter with 13 career touchdowns in the first half of the season compared to five in the second half in his two years.
8. Victor Cruz, New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Cruz has averaged 1,314 yards and 9.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. With Hakeem Nicks healthy, Cruz should be able to generate more big plays.
9. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
Carson Palmer gives Fitz and actual NFL quarterback. He had 27 targets in two games against the Rams last year, but was only able to record 11 receptions. It should be a much better ratio this year.
10. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans @ San Diego Chargers
Johnson had 1,598 yards last year. With his size and speed combination, he’s a difficult cover. If the Chargers can hang with the Texans, they’ll keep going his way.
11. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Garcon torched the Eagles for 89 yards on seven catches in the last meeting. Robert Griffin III figures to be more of a passer in this one as he recovers from his knee injury, which should mean plenty of work for Garcon.
12. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
Colston finished with 1,154 yards with 10 touchdowns last year. He had 97 yards and a touchdown in his two meetings with Atlanta last year. In 2011 he had 194 yards and a score. I’m expecting this to be a shootout and Colston to be one of Drew Brees’ primary weapons.
13. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
Rob Gronkowski will likely miss the first week, which means Amendola should see a fair share of targets. To put things into perspective, Wes Welker had 15 receptions for 203 yards in two meetings with Buffalo last year.
14. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Jets
V-Jax won’t have to contend with Darrell Revis, but he will have to encounter former teammate Antonio Cromartie. Jackson had 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns last year. I like his chances to use his 6’5″ frame to his advantage.
15. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers
Cobb had 77 yards against the Niners in the opener and 47 total yards in the playoff loss. He fumbled the ball in both games, and though neither was loss, that’s still a concern. He will be a tough cover in the slot.
16. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Bowe only had 801 yards last year, but he didn’t get quarterback play to speak of. Alex Smith isn’t exceptional, but he is an obvious upgrade.
17. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers
Nelson dealt with a number of injuries last year, but still finished with seven touchdowns. He has 22 touchdowns in the past 28 games.
18. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
Brown takes over as the number one option for Ben Roethlisberger now that Mike Wallace has moved on. He should be heavily targeted, which will give him fantasy points by sheer volume. He has added value in points per reception leagues in the opener against the Titans.
19. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos
Smith is also the new lead dog for his team as Anquan Boldin has moved on. He had 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the playoff win over the Broncos.
20. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens
Decker caught 13 touchdowns last year, really gaining Peyton Manning’s confidence. In two games against the Ravens he had 217 yards and a touchdown.
21. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Jackson is the top option for Michael Vick with Jeremy Maclin out. He’s a big play threat, but he should also see more volume this year.
22. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Nicks dealt with a knee injury that limited him to 692 yards and three touchdowns. Now healthy, he should return to form. In 2011 he had 239 yards and a touchdown against Dallas.
23. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts vs. Oakland Raiders
Wayne had 1,355 yards last year. The Colts plan to run a more balanced attack, which should cut down on Andrew Luck’s attempts. Wayne should still see a healthy dose of targets.
24. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Smith has averaged 1,284 yards in two seasons with Cam Newton. He has a tough first draw, which makes him a low-end WR2, but he’s capable of putting up a big game.
25. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
Boldin takes over as the primary receiver option with Michael Crabtree out. He was a beast during the playoffs last year.
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16 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Concerned reader
    September 1st, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Antonio Brown is listed as the number 2 wide receiver according to pittsburghsteelers.com. I wonder when the notes were written

  2. LestersLegends
    September 1st, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    I think he’ll see the most targets.

  3. D
    September 2nd, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Cecil Shorts somehow went undrafted but WR is a strength of mine with TY Hilton and Golden Tate on my bench. Would you put Cecil ahead of either one of those for a full season?

  4. LestersLegends
    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I would put shorts over tate

  5. GRO
    September 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    12 team PPR: I have Amendola, Garcone, B. Marshall, Andre Roberts, Kenbrell Thompkins, Ryan Broyles and a stable of RBs. I have been holding onto Ryan Broyles but I’m starting to worry that it’s a wasted roster spot. Should I dump Broyles and grab someone like Kenny Stills, Mohamed Sanu, Joquie Bell or stick with Broyles and see if he heals up?

  6. LestersLegends
    September 3rd, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    I would stick with him and possibly grab someone that jumps out in week 1.

  7. Michael
    September 3rd, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I am starting Brandon Marshall and Dez Bryant as my receivers. I also have a WR/TE Flex position that needs filled – who would you recommend from the following; James Jones @ SF, Brian Hartline @ Cle, Rueben Randle @ Dal , Martellus Bennett vs. Cin? Thanks.

  8. LestersLegends
    September 3rd, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    James Jones.

  9. J
    September 3rd, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Start Sudfeld or Decker at the Flex…Sudfeld may see 30-40 snaps they’re saying and be the “move” option…has me thinking…what do you think? Other one is Luck or RGIII at qb, thanks!

  10. LestersLegends
    September 3rd, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Decker and RGIII for me.

  11. JoeS
    September 4th, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    2 flex have Miles in one spot and deciding between Michael Floyd< Hopkins, Gio or Deangello for second spot. Leaning towards Floyd.

  12. LestersLegends
    September 4th, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I’d probably lean that same way.

  13. The Gift
    September 4th, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    I have Calvin Johnson, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Desean Jackson, and Anquan Boldin. I can choose 3 and I have Calvin as my WR1. Which should be the other two? Thanks.

  14. LestersLegends
    September 5th, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I would look to trade one of them if possible to upgrade elsewhere. I like Decker and Jackson.

  15. david
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Any advice on which player to drop from my bench — mike wallace or kenbrell thompkins? Ive had wallace before and know he fluctuates a lot. Thompkins was targeted 14 times, but didnt do much. They both have potential, im leaning toward dropping Wallace however

  16. LestersLegends
    September 9th, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    I would stick with Wallace personally. We know what kind of talent he has. It will come. He did face Joe Haden, who is one of the best shutdown corners in the game. Give it time.

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