Week 1 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

The theme of our standard-league Week 1 fantasy WR rankings was to bet on proven commodities over unproven rookies and young players. That holds true in our PPR wide receiver rankings — maybe even more so. When additional value comes a player’s way with each catch of a pass, it’s often the wideouts most comfortable in an offense or most connected with their QB that make the safest PPR plays. While it may not be worth getting excited about Julian Edelman, Dede Westbrook or Larry Fitzgerald, they could all have superior value in PPR lineups as opposed to standard leagues.

Of course, PPR formats are all different. If you’re new to our weekly PPR rankings, we’re ordering players based on scoring systems that grant a full point per reception. If your league only gives half or three-quarters of a point per catch, the shifts in value are less from our standard-league rankings than what you might see displayed here. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Almost always in PPR leagues, your two best wide receivers deserve to start, even if they’re more boom-or-bust plays like A.J. Brown than surefire reception-getters like Tyler Boyd. Where the PPR scoring makes the biggest difference is in your third wideout spot and your flex position. There, instead of hoping for one long catch from Jerry Jeudy, you might be able to count on six receptions from Golden Tate. Even if those six receptions only go for 40 yards, that’s likely a better mean outcome than whatever Jeudy’s is. 

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Don’t take all this rookie bashing the wrong way — we’re just as tempted to start my young wideouts as you are. But look at last year: Did anyone have money on the first two rookie WR breakouts coming from Marquise Brown and Terry McLaurin? How about rookie productivity from Darius Slayton and Diontae Johnson later on in the year? We’ve got to let things play out, even more so with no preseason games to attempt to learn something from.

Maybe you miss a big game from a big-play, low-volume receiver on your bench, but in PPR leagues especially, it’s about process. You want targets and catches and whatever stats come with those are a bonus. In the long run, it should play out in your favor.

Note: We’ll be updating our WR PPR rankings all week based on the latest injuries and news, so be sure to check back for our latest rankings.

Week 1 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues

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