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2021 Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Rankings Pre-Week 1

Skyler shares his updated WR rankings one week ahead of Week 1.

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The weather is getting slightly chillier — at least in the East — and the beginning of September is already upon us, which means one thing: meaningful games in the NFL are finally here. We’re all counting down the days until the first game of the season, but while you're twiddling your thumbs waiting for next Thursday’s game to kick off, take some time to check out all the fantasy football content all of the fantastic writers at FakeTeams.com are putting out this season.

I personally will be contributing a weekly WR rankings piece — along with DFS content — to help those that get their adrenaline going by playing fantasy football. Back in early August, a few of us on the site ranked the top 75 WRs in fantasy football (which you can check out here) that I will be using to update each week during the upcoming campaign. There’s also a fantasy football draft guide that was created for everyone to use for FREE on the site to help those that may be overwhelmed with everything. With all of that information now out of the way, let’s dive into my updated wide receiver rankings in the week before Week 1 of the 2021 season.

WR Rankings Week 1

NAME PREVIOUS RANK NEW RANK
NAME PREVIOUS RANK NEW RANK
Davante Adams 1 1
Tyreek Hill 2 2
Stefon Diggs 3 3
DeAndre Hopkins 4 4
Calvin Ridley 5 5
A.J. Brown 6 6
D.K. Metcalf 7 7
Allen Robinson 8 8
Justin Jefferson 9 9
Keenan Allen 10 10
Terry McLaurin 11 11
Mike Evans 12 14
Robert Woods 13 12
CeeDee Lamb 14 13
Chris Godwin 15 17
Amari Cooper 16 16
D.J. Moore 17 15
Julio Jones 18 22
Cooper Kupp 19 18
Tyler Lockett 20 19
Diontae Johnson 21 21
Adam Thielen 22 20
Kenny Golladay 23 23
Brandon Aiyuk 24 24
Tee Higgins 25 27
Deebo Samuel 26 29
JuJu Smith-Schuster 27 25
Odell Beckham Jr. 28 35
Ja'Marr Chase 29 44
Jerry Jeudy 30 26
Courtland Sutton 31 28
Chase Claypool 32 30
D.J. Chark 33 31
Robby Anderson 34 32
Brandin Cooks 35 36
Tyler Boyd 36 33
Jarvis Landry 37 34
Michael Gallup 38 40
Will Fuller 39 43
Laviska Shenault 40 37
Antonio Brown 41 38
Mike Williams 42 45
Curtis Samuel 43 47
DeVonta Smith 44 46
Michael Thomas 45 52
Marvin Jones Jr. 46 41
DeVante Parker 47 48
Jaylen Waddle 48 50
Darnell Mooney 49 51
Corey Davis 50 39
Michael Pittman Jr. 51 42
Marquise Brown 52 53
T.Y. Hilton 53 68
Mecole Hardman 54 54
Henry Ruggs 55 61
Nelson Agholor 56 59
Russell Gage 57 58
Sterling Shepard 58 55
Cole Beasley 59 64
Christian Kirk 60 60
Elijah Moore 61 57
Jalen Reagor 63 69
Tre'Quan Smith 65 66
Jamison Crowder 66 63
Gabriel Davis 68 62
Parris Campbell 69 65
Emmanuel Sanders 70 70
Jakobi Meyers 71 56
Bryan Edwards 72 67
A.J. Green 73 75
Rondale Moore 75 73
Randall Cobb 77 72
Amon-Ra St. Brown 78 71
Terrace Marshall Jr. 82 74
Marquez Callaway 97 49

Notable Omissions (Previous Rank):

John Brown (62), Rashod Bateman (64), Breshad Perriman (67), Darius Slayton (74)

Notable Additions (Previous Rank):

Randall Cobb (77), Amon-Ra St. Brown (78), Terrace Marshall Jr. (82), Marquez Callaway (97)

Biggest movers (Increase or Decrease From Previous Rank):

  1. Marquez Callaway (+48)
  2. Ja’Marr Chase (-15)
  3. Jakobi Meyers (+15)
  4. Corey Davis (+11)
  5. Michael Pittman Jr. (+9)

Notes:

  • Marquez Callaway is now the No. 1 WR on the New Orleans Saints with Michael Thomas sidelined for at least six weeks. Plus, with Jameis Winston named the starter over Taysom Hill, Callaway is in a prime position to be a massive value in drafts still.
  • I’ve lowered my expectations on the Cincinnati Bengals’ passing attack with Joe Burrow still needing time to adjust to his return from a serious knee ailment. Ja’Marr Chase is my biggest faller, as he could struggle in his rookie season. Tyler Boyd benefits the most from the quick passing game.
  • Mac Jones being announced the starter of the New England Patriots could lead to more passing opportunities for the WRs and TEs in Foxborough. Jakobi Meyers is regarded as the No. 1 wideout on the Patriots and could very well emerge as Jones’ favorite target.
  • Corey Davis has become one of my favorite late-round picks at the WR position. The New York Jets handed him a lucrative contract for a reason and rookie Zach Wilson seems to favor the former first-round pick thus far. I’m also a fan of Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder at their current ADPs.
  • Injuries to T.Y. Hilton, Rashod Bateman, and others have caused me to lower their rankings. Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell saw an increase in their rankings while the Baltimore Ravens are experiencing a multitude of injuries within their receiving corps.
  • Some WRs were surprisingly released recently, causing them to be removed from my top 75 rankings. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Bryan Edwards are guys who could benefit from their teams releasing notable names (a la Breshad Perriman and John Brown).