Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers for Week 1 (PPR Leagues)

Over the last two seasons, Falcons wideout Roddy White has per-annum averages of 108 catches, 1,343 yards, nine touchdowns and an NFL-high 179 targets.
Over the last two seasons, Falcons wideout Roddy White has per-annum averages of 108 catches, 1,343 yards, nine touchdowns and an NFL-high 179 targets.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterSeptember 5, 2012

Here are my top 40 wide receivers for Week 1 (points-per-reception leagues).

This countdown simply identifies the (long) weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and receiving targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers, tight ends and running backs.

(Note: These estimates shall remain fluid through Sunday morning.)

When it comes to crafting a weekly listing of elite wide receivers, simply follow the trail of quarterbacks primed for Week 1 glory...or the wideouts with a good track record of success against middling pass defenses.

To view my top-40 weekly listing of receivers in standard-scoring leagues, click here.


Top 40 PPR Wideouts For Week 1

1. Calvin Johnson vs. St. Louis
2. Marques Colston vs. Washington
3. Roddy White @ Kansas City
4a. Wes Welker @ Tennessee
4b. Brandon Marshall vs. Indianapolis
5. Victor Cruz vs. Dallas
6. Andre Johnson vs. Miami
7. Percy Harvin vs. Jacksonville
8. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Seattle
9. Greg Jennings vs. San Francisco
10. Dwayne Bowe vs. Atlanta
11. A.J. Green @ Baltimore
12. Julio Jones @ Kansas City
13. Jeremy Maclin @ Cleveland
14. Nate Washington vs. New England
15. Reggie Wayne @ Chicago
16. Steve Smith @ Tampa Bay
17. Antonio Brown @ Denver
18. Eric Decker vs. Pittsburgh
19. Steve Johnson @ N.Y. Jets
20. Jordy Nelson vs. San Francisco
21. Dez Bryant @ N.Y. Giants
22. Vincent Jackson vs. Carolina
23. Torrey Smith vs. Cincinnati
24. Miles Austin @ N.Y. Giants
25. Malcom Floyd @ Oakland
26. Demaryius Thomas vs. Pittsburgh
27. DeSean Jackson @ Cleveland
28. Titus Young vs. St. Louis
29. Brandon Lloyd @ Tennessee
30. Pierre Garcon @ New Orleans
31. Justin Blackmon @ Minnesota
32. Michael Crabtree @ Green Bay
33. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. San Diego
34. Danny Amendola @ Detroit
35. Denarius Moore vs. San Diego
36. Anquan Boldin vs. Cincinnati
37. Mike Wallace @ Denver
38. Hakeem Nicks vs. Dallas
39. Santonio Holmes vs. Buffalo
40. Greg Little vs. Philadelphia

Jay Clemons
can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.

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