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Wide receiver non-PPR rankings for Week 1 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR wide receivers going in Week 1 for fantasy football.

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Thursday injury update

Chris Godwin, Buccaneers — Godwin was taken off the injury report and is a go for tonight’s opener.

Curtis Samuel, WFT — Samuel didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and appears to be a long shot to play Week 1 with a groin injury.

A.J. Brown, Titans — Brown didn’t practice on Wednesday, but he’s been getting plenty of rest for his knees the last couple years and it appears he’ll miss a lot of practices this season. At this point there is no worry he’ll miss Week 1.

Preston Williams, Dolphins — Williams was limited on Wednesday as they bring him back slowly from foot surgery. Will Fuller will miss this game due to a suspension, so DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle appear to be the healthiest of the group going against the Patriots.


There are a ton of great wide receivers playing in the league and starting Week 1 most are healthy! That means we should see some big games out of this diverse and talented set of 2021 NFL receivers.

Compelling WR matchups

The opening kickoff on Thursday night between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have the most receiver talent on the field at one time for Week 1. We’ve already seen that Amari Cooper, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown are truly great receivers. But there is is young gun in their midst as CeeDee Lamb looks to break out with the help of Dak Prescott, who he didn’t have for most of last season. This game has the second highest over/under of the week and I expect there to be some fireworks.

When the Cardinals and Titans face each other on Sunday there will be a whole lot of receptions and yards on the field as Deandre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Julio Jones and A.J. Brown face off in Tennessee. Green has hit a wall, but there may still be some receptions left in reserve, but Jones, Hopkins and Brown are all playing at elite levels when healthy. It will be fun watching this group.

The Vikings have one of the best wide receiver duos in the league with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen and they’ll face the Bengals, who have one of the best young receiving groups in the league. Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Ja’Marr Chase have the ability to take the NFL by storm while Jefferson went ballistic last season and Thielen caught all the touchdowns. Can Jefferson repeat? Will Chase overcome his preseason drops to put up the numbers we know he can? Will Higgins step up even higher with a full year of Joe Burrow? This should be a great game for receiver action.

WR Standard Rankings Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Cooper Kupp LAR vs SF
2 Deebo Samuel SF @ LAR
3 Tyreek Hill KC @ DEN
4 Justin Jefferson MIN vs CHI
5 Stefon Diggs BUF vs NYJ
6 Ja'Marr Chase CIN @ CLE
7 A.J. Brown TEN @ HOU
8 Mike Evans TB vs CAR
9 Diontae Johnson PIT @ BAL
10 Tee Higgins CIN @ CLE
11 CeeDee Lamb DAL @ PHI
12 Keenan Allen LAC @ LV
13 D.K. Metcalf SEA @ ARI
14 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs GB
15 Jaylen Waddle MIA vs NE
16 Hunter Renfrow LV vs LAC
17 Michael Pittman Jr. IND @ JAC
18 Cyril Grayson Jr. TB vs CAR
19 Tyler Lockett SEA @ ARI
20 Odell Beckham Jr. LAR vs SF
21 Brandin Cooks HOU vs TEN
22 Christian Kirk ARI vs SEA
23 DJ Moore CAR @ TB
24 Amari Cooper DAL @ PHI
25 Marquise Brown BAL vs PIT
26 Van Jefferson LAR vs SF
27 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
28 Brandon Aiyuk SF @ LAR
29 Mike Williams LAC @ LV
30 Terry McLaurin WAS @ NYG
31 Darnell Mooney CHI @ MIN
32 Chase Claypool PIT @ BAL
33 Russell Gage ATL vs NO
34 Elijah Moore NYJ @ BUF
35 DeVante Parker MIA vs NE
36 Jakobi Meyers NE @ MIA
37 Tyler Boyd CIN @ CLE
38 K.J. Osborn MIN vs CHI
39 A.J. Green ARI vs SEA
40 Kendrick Bourne NE @ MIA
41 Jerry Jeudy DEN vs KC
42 Braxton Berrios NYJ @ BUF
43 Jarvis Landry CLE vs CIN
44 Josh Reynolds DET vs GB
45 Gabriel Davis BUF vs NYJ
46 Courtland Sutton DEN vs KC
47 Rashod Bateman BAL vs PIT
48 Cole Beasley BUF vs NYJ
49 Marquez Callaway NO @ ATL
50 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC vs IND
51 Julio Jones TEN @ HOU
52 Joshua Palmer LAC @ LV
53 DeVonta Smith PHI vs DAL
54 Breshad Perriman TB vs CAR
55 Laquon Treadwell JAC vs IND
56 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE vs CIN
57 Zay Jones LV vs LAC
58 Kenny Golladay NYG vs WAS
59 Cedrick Wilson Jr. DAL @ PHI
60 Isaiah McKenzie BUF vs NYJ
61 Kadarius Toney NYG vs WAS
62 Allen Robinson II CHI @ MIN
63 Davante Adams GB @ DET
64 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB @ DET
65 Allen Lazard GB @ DET
66 Tim Patrick DEN vs KC
67 Jamison Crowder NYJ @ BUF
68 Robby Anderson CAR @ TB
69 T.Y. Hilton IND @ JAC
70 Mecole Hardman KC @ DEN
71 Tyler Johnson TB vs CAR
72 Antoine Wesley ARI vs SEA
73 Jalen Guyton LAC @ LV
74 Byron Pringle KC @ DEN
75 Emmanuel Sanders BUF vs NYJ
76 Nelson Agholor NE @ MIA
77 Quez Watkins PHI vs DAL
78 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC vs IND
79 Rondale Moore ARI vs SEA
80 Nico Collins HOU vs TEN
81 DeSean Jackson LV vs LAC
82 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN @ HOU
83 Jauan Jennings SF @ LAR
84 Demarcus Robinson KC @ DEN
85 Tre'Quan Smith NO @ ATL
86 Scotty Miller TB vs CAR
87 Bryan Edwards LV vs LAC
88 DeAndre Carter WAS @ NYG
89 Damiere Byrd CHI @ MIN
90 Kristian Wilkerson NE @ MIA
91 Olamide Zaccheaus ATL vs NO
92 Malik Taylor GB @ DET
93 Jalen Reagor PHI vs DAL
94 Darius Slayton NYG vs WAS
95 Keelan Cole Sr. NYJ @ BUF
96 Kalif Raymond DET vs GB
97 Tavon Austin JAC vs IND
98 Adam Humphries WAS @ NYG
99 Pharoh Cooper NYG vs WAS
100 Zach Pascal IND @ JAC
101 Noah Brown DAL @ PHI
102 Lil'Jordan Humphrey NO @ ATL
103 Ray-Ray McCloud PIT @ BAL
104 Rashard Higgins CLE vs CIN
105 D'Wayne Eskridge SEA @ ARI
106 Malik Turner DAL @ PHI
107 James Washington PIT @ BAL
108 Chris Conley HOU vs TEN
109 Ashton Dulin IND @ JAC
110 Curtis Samuel WAS @ NYG
111 Cam Sims WAS @ NYG
112 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN