Fantasy Football Week 1 WR Rankings: Odell Beckham, Kyle Pitts & More

Fantasy Football Wide Receiver and Tight End Rankings Week 1

Getty Can you trust Odell Beckham Jr.?

It’s time to get those Fantasy Football lineups fine-tuned for the 2021 NFL regular-season opener. For our Week 1 wide receiver and tight end rankings we take a deep dive into a handful of big-named pass catchers and fast-rising talents. Is Odell Beckham Jr. ready to bounce back? Can you trust Kyle Pitts as a TE1? Is Marquez Callaway “the guy” in New Orleans? Let’s discuss.

Reminder: These rankings are based on full-PPR scoring formats.

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Wide Receiver & Tight End Outlook Week 1

Odell Beckham Jr. (WR18) at KC 

  • OBJ may no longer be on his Hall of Fame trajectory. With that said, the fact that he’s being drafted as a high-end WR3 in PPR leagues is a complete and utter bargain. This is still a guy who has topped 1,000 yards receiving in every season he’s played at least 12 games. Over his six full games last year, Beckham was targeted eight-plus times in half of them and hauled in three touchdowns. The Chiefs proved extremely difficult for opposing wideouts last season (second-fewest points allowed). Yet, of the 13 receivers to be targeted eight-plus against K.C., 10 of them either recorded 80-plus receiving yards and/or scored a touchdown.

Marquez Callaway (WR41) vs. GB

  • Callaway clearly looks to have a connection with Jameis Winston, that’s of course a plus. On top of that, no Michael Thomas should help free up opportunities for the second-year pro. Still, despite loads of upside, it would be wise to tread carefully. The Saints are well known for juggling their favorite target from week to week. For instance, Callaway was targeted 16 times over a two-game span early last season. Over the next four weeks, he was targeted just twice. The matchup doesn’t add much more promise either, as the Packers allowed the eighth-fewest points to wideouts last season and the ninth-fewest net-yard passing average (6.1). Not ideal for a homerun threat such as Callaway.

Kyle Pitts (TE7) vs. PHI

  • This one is pretty simple. If Hayden Hurst can finish as a top-10 tight end with Julio Jones eating into his targets, then Kyle Pitts can be a weekly top-10 play with Jones shipped off to Tennessee. Quarterback Matt Ryan attempted 16 more passes than any other signal-caller in football last season. The volume will be there for the rookie, as will the matchup in Week 1. The Eagles allowed nine touchdowns to tight ends in 2020 (tied seventh-most).

Week 1 Fantasy Rankings: Wide Receivers

[QBs | RBs | WRs & TEs | DEF & Ks]

*Jump to TE Rankings

#

Wide Receivers

Opp.

1

Davante Adams GB

at NO

2

Tyreek Hill KC

vs. CLE

3

Stefon Diggs BUF

vs. PIT

4

Calvin Ridley ATL

vs. PHI

5

A.J. Brown TEN

vs. ARI

6

DeAndre Hopkins ARI

at TEN

7

D.K. Metcalf SEA

at IND

8

Justin Jefferson MIN

at CIN

9

Keenan Allen LAC

at WAS

10

Terry McLaurin WAS

vs. LAC

11

Diontae Johnson PIT

at BUF

12

Robert Woods LAR

vs. CHI

13

Chris Godwin TB

vs. DAL

14

Allen Robinson II CHI

at LAR

15

CeeDee Lamb DAL

at TB

16

Cooper Kupp LAR

vs. CHI

17

Julio Jones TEN

vs. ARI

18

Odell Beckham Jr. CLE

at KC

19

Tee Higgins CIN

vs. MIN

20

Adam Thielen MIN

at CIN

21

Amari Cooper DAL

at TB

22

Tyler Lockett SEA

at IND

23

Mike Evans TB

vs. DAL

24

Deebo Samuel SF

at DET

25

Antonio Brown TB

vs. DAL

26

D.J. Moore CAR

vs. NYJ

27

Brandon Aiyuk SF

at DET

28

Sterling Shepard NYG

vs. DEN

29

Robby Anderson CAR

vs. NYJ

30

Tyler Boyd CIN

vs. MIN

31

JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT

at BUF

32

DeVonta Smith PHI

at ATL

33

Brandin Cooks HOU

vs. JAC

34

Jerry Jeudy DEN

at NYG

35

Chase Claypool PIT

at BUF

36

Jarvis Landry CLE

at KC

37

Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC

at HOU

38

Corey Davis NYJ

at CAR

39

Ja’Marr Chase CIN

vs. MIN

40

Kenny Golladay NYG

vs. DEN

41

Marquez Callaway NO

vs. GB

42

Courtland Sutton DEN

at NYG

43

Curtis Samuel WAS IR

vs. LAC

44

D.J. Chark Jr. JAC

at HOU

45

Marvin Jones Jr. JAC

at HOU

46

Jakobi Meyers NE

vs. MIA

47

Parris Campbell IND

vs. SEA

48

DeVante Parker MIA

at NE

49

Michael Pittman Jr. IND

vs. SEA

50

Russell Gage ATL

vs. PHI

51

Marquise Brown BAL

at LV

52

Michael Gallup DAL

at TB

53

Jaylen Waddle MIA

at NE

54

Tyrell Williams DET

vs. SF

55

Cole Beasley BUF

vs. PIT

56

Mike Williams LAC

at WAS

57

Mecole Hardman KC

vs. CLE

58

Elijah Moore NYJ

at CAR

59

Darnell Mooney CHI

at LAR

60

Henry Ruggs III LV

vs. BAL

61

Tre’Quan Smith NO

vs. GB

62

Nelson Agholor NE

vs. MIA

63

Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR

vs. NYJ

64

Jalen Reagor PHI

at ATL

65

Jamison Crowder NYJ

at CAR

66

Christian Kirk ARI

at TEN

67

Hunter Renfrow LV

vs. BAL

68

Darius Slayton NYG

vs. DEN

69

Randall Cobb GB

at NO

70

Rondale Moore ARI

at TEN

71

Amon-Ra St. Brown DET

vs. SF

72

Emmanuel Sanders BUF

vs. PIT

73

A.J. Green ARI

at TEN

74

Bryan Edwards LV

vs. BAL

75

Sammy Watkins BAL

at LV

76

Gabriel Davis BUF

vs. PIT

77

Allen Lazard GB

at NO

78

Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB

at NO

79

KJ Hamler DEN

at NYG

80

DeSean Jackson LAR

vs. CHI


Tight End Rankings

[QBs | RBs | WRs & TEs | DEF & Ks]

#

Tight Ends

Opp.

1

Travis Kelce KC

vs. CLE

2

George Kittle SF

at DET

3

Darren Waller LV

vs. BAL

4

Mark Andrews BAL

at LV

5

Dallas Goedert PHI

at ATL

6

Logan Thomas WAS

vs. LAC

7

Kyle Pitts ATL

vs. PHI

8

T.J. Hockenson DET

vs. SF

9

Robert Tonyan GB

at NO

10

Zach Ertz PHI

at ATL

11

Hunter Henry NE

vs. MIA

12

Noah Fant DEN

at NYG

13

Tyler Higbee LAR

vs. CHI

14

Rob Gronkowski TB

vs. DAL

15

Jonnu Smith NE

vs. MIA

16

Mike Gesicki MIA

at NE

17

Austin Hooper CLE

at KC

18

Gerald Everett SEA

at IND

19

O.J. Howard TB

vs. DAL

20

Evan Engram NYG INJ

vs. DEN

21

Anthony Firkser TEN

vs. ARI

22

Eric Ebron PIT

at BUF

23

Blake Jarwin DAL

at TB

24

Cole Kmet CHI

at LAR

25

Jared Cook LAC

at WAS

26

Chris Herndon IV MIN

at CIN

27

Kyle Rudolph NYG

vs. DEN

28

Hayden Hurst ATL

vs. PHI

29

Dawson Knox BUF

vs. PIT

30

Dan Arnold CAR

vs. NYJ

31

Jimmy Graham CHI

at LAR

32

Adam Trautman NO INJ

vs. GB

33

Jordan Akins HOU

vs. JAC

34

Jack Doyle IND

vs. SEA

35

Dalton Schultz DAL

at TB

36

Tyler Conklin MIN

at CIN

37

Juwan Johnson NO

vs. GB

38

C.J. Uzomah CIN

vs. MIN

39

Tyler Kroft NYJ

at CAR

40

Mo Alie-Cox IND

vs. SEA

41

Ian Thomas CAR

vs. NYJ

42

Brevin Jordan HOU

vs. JAC

43

Drew Sample CIN

vs. MIN

44

David Njoku CLE

at KC

45

Kaden Smith NYG

vs. DEN

46

Albert Okwuegbunam DEN

at NYG

47

Foster Moreau LV

vs. BAL

48

Will Dissly SEA

at IND

49

Kylen Granson IND

vs. SEA

50

Harrison Bryant CLE

at KC

51

Pat Freiermuth PIT

at BUF

52

Donald Parham Jr. LAC

at WAS

53

Jacob Harris LAR

vs. CHI

54

Geoff Swaim TEN

vs. ARI

55

Noah Gray KC

vs. CLE

56

Nick Boyle BAL

at LV

57

Cameron Brate TB

vs. DAL

58

James O’Shaughnessy JAC

at HOU

59

Pharaoh Brown HOU

vs. JAC

60

Maxx Williams ARI

at TEN

61

Ross Dwelley SF

at DET

62

Darrell Daniels ARI

at TEN

63

Durham Smythe MIA

at NE

64

Devin Asiasi NE

vs. MIA

65

Chris Manhertz JAC

at HOU

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