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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers for Week 1

Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is about to get underway and Skyler shares his weekly WR rankings.

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After what seemed like years of waiting, we finally get an opportunity to have NFL football back in our lives this week. I might be sporting a set of shoulder pads and wearing a helmet on Thursday’s season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Okay, maybe I won’t go that far, but it will be thrilling to be able to spend the entire weekend watching football once again.

A week ago, I shared my updated WR rankings for the 2021 season, altering a few spots for certain players. Seeing that nothing has really occurred that would change my thinking on players between then and now, there aren’t any notable updates to my rankings. Within this article — that I will be updating on a weekly basis this season — I will discuss certain players that may be dealing with injuries or a change of role recently. Also, I do want to point out that you can follow me on Twitter @skyler_carlin if you have any fantasy football questions, or if you simply have any questions about life itself.

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

Notes:

  • CeeDee Lamb had a recent bout with COVID-19 that landed him on the COVID-19 reserve list for the Cowboys. The second-year wideout was activated to the roster late last week and should be a full-go versus the Buccaneers on Thursday. Lamb is on track for a stellar season with Dak Prescott back under center in 2021.
  • Julio Jones has been dealing with what has been described as a minor knee injury throughout the offseason since being acquired by the Tennessee Titans. The All-Pro wide receiver was a full participant in practice on Monday, which is a good sign for his status in Week 1. Jones has a favorable matchup versus the Arizona Cardinals to kick off the season.
  • The San Francisco 49ers have been cautious with Brandon Aiyuk recently as he’s dealt with a hamstring injury. For those that remember, it was a hamstring ailment that sidelined Aiyuk for Week 1 of his rookie season in 2020. The good news is that Aiyuk has returned to practice and is slated to be ready for Sunday’s contest versus the Detroit Lions.
  • Both D.J. Chark and Marvin Jones Jr. have been battling injuries for the Jacksonville Jaguars in recent weeks. Chark is reportedly 100 percent healthy after undergoing finger surgery and Jones is expected to be ready for Week 1 following a shoulder injury. There’s a chance that Chark and Jones produce noteworthy performances against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
  • Jamison Crowder was another wide receiver to test positive for COVID-19 recently. His status for Sunday’s bout with the Carolina Panthers is unknown at this point. However, Crowder’s case was an isolated one and the New York Jets are hopeful that he’ll be available in Week 1.

WRs in best spots to improve their rankings in Week 1

  1. D.J. Chark, Laviska Shenault, Marvin Jones Jr. at Houston Texans
  2. A.J. Brown, Julio Jones vs. Arizona Cardinals
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore at Tennessee Titans
  4. Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell vs. Seattle Seahawks
  5. Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp vs. Chicago Bears

WRs in worst spots to improve their rankings in Week 1

  1. Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards vs. Baltimore Ravens
  2. Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney at Los Angeles Rams
  3. Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton vs. Denver Broncos
  4. DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle at New England Patriots
  5. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams at Washington Football Team