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Fantasy Football: Week 1 Rankings

Antonio Brown

And just like that, everything is wrapped up in a neat little package. Rankings make fantasy life easy, and since it’s Week 1, this might be the final time I get to look like a genius for a while. The rankings below are based intended for PPR leagues and are influenced by last season stats and, of course, favorable Week 1 matchups. Hopefully, they don’t make you want to throw your computer out the window.

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Quarterbacks

The Colts finally came clean on Monday. Andrew Luck will miss Week 1, and we still have no clear timetable as to when he’ll return. While we’re here, let’s also talk Carson Palmer. If you’re a Luck owner, he’s your go-to pairing option while you await Luck’s return. The Cardinals’ opening schedule looks like this: @DET, @IND, vs. DAL, vs. SF, @PHI, vs. TB, @LAR. Go ahead, point at the super tough defenses among that list. That’s right, you can’t! It’s also interesting to see Marcus Mariota’s ADP drop to 77 over the last week. He could still be available after the 12th round in some leagues, and after the Titans’ o-line gave up the seventh fewest sacks last year, that’s money value.

Player Team Opponent
 1. Aaron RodgersGB vs. SEA
 2. Drew BreesNO@ MIN
 3. Tom BradyNEvs. KC
 4. Matt RyanATL@ CHI
 5. Marcus MariotaTENvs. OAK
 6. Kirk CousinsWASvs. PHI
 7. Russell WilsonSEA @ GB
 8. Cam NewtonCAR @ SF
 9. Andy DaltonCIN vs. BAL
 10. Dak PrescottDAL vs. NYG
 11. Derek CarrOAK @ TEN
 12. Ben RoethlisbergerPIT @ CLE
 13. Phillip RiversLAC @ DEN
 14. Matthew StaffordDET vs. ARI
 15. Carson PalmerARI @ DET
 16. Eli ManningNYG @ DAL
 17. Tyrod TaylorBUF vs. NYJ
 18. Carson WentzPHI @ WAS
 19. Alex SmithKC @ NE
 20. Joe FlaccoBAL @ CIN
 21. Sam BradfordMIN vs. NO
 22. Brian HoyerSF vs. CAR
 23. Jared GoffLAR vs. IND
 24. Josh McCownNYJ @ BUF
 25. Tom SavageHOU vs. JAC
 26. Blake BortlesJAC @ HOU
 27. DeShone KizerCLE vs. PIT
 28. Trevor SiemianDEN vs. LAC
 29. Mike GlennonCHIvs. ATL
 30. Scott TolzienIND @ LAR

Running Backs

Feels good to have Ezekiel Elliott back. The Giants defense ranked ninth in rushing touchdowns allowed last season, so smiles all around. The Kareem Hunt hype hasn’t fully reached fever-pitch, but his ADP sure has. It’s risen seven spots since Spencer Ware’s injury, and he’s even been drafted ahead of guys like Amari Cooper. Further down the list, Matt Forte also stands out. All it will take is for offensive coordinator John Morton to actually, y’know, use him wisely – even if it is just on third down this season. Finally, C.J. Anderson also cracks the Top 25. The Broncos are facing the Chargers, last year’s worst rushing defense.

PlayerTeamOpponent
 1. Le’Veon Bell PIT @CLE
 2. David Johnson ARI @DET
 3. Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. NYG
 4. Devonta Freeman ATL @CHI
 5. LeSean McCoy BUF vs. NYJ
 6. DeMarco Murray TEN vs. OAK
 7. Melvin Gordon LAC @DEN
 8. Jordan Howard CHI vs. ATL
 9. Todd Gurley LAR vs. IND
 10. Kareem Hunt KC @NE
 11. Christan McAffrey CAR @SF
 12. Lamar Miller HOU vs. JAC
 13. Carlos Hyde SF vs. CAR
 14. Bilal Powell NYJ @BUF
 15. Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. PIT
 16. Leonard Fournette JAC @HOU
 17. Ameer Abdullah DET vs. ARI
 18. Adrian Peterson NO @MIN
 19. Dalvin Cook MIN vs. NO
 20. Mark Ingram NO @MIN
 21. C.J. Anderson DEN vs. LAC
 22. Joe Mixon CIN vs. BAL
 23. Marshawn Lynch OAK @TEN
 24. Frank Gore IND @LAR
 25. Eddie Lacy SEA @GB
 26. James White NE vs. KC
 27. Terrance West BAL @CIN
 28. Ty Montgomery GB vs. SEA
 29. Paul Perkins NYG @DAL
 30. Robert Kelley WAS vs. PHI
 31. Danny Woodhead BAL @CIN
 32. Jamaal Charles DEN vs. LAC
 33. Jonathan Stewart CAR @SF
 34. Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYG
 35. Mike Gillislee NE vs. KC
 36. Derrick Henry TEN vs. OAK
 37. LeGarrette Blount PHI @WAS
 38. Tevin Coleman ATL @CHI
 39. Theo Riddick DET vs. ARI
 40. Duke Johnson CLE vs. PIT
 41. Matt Forte NYJ @BUF
 42. Darren Sproles PHI @WAS
 43. Chris Thompson WAS vs. PHI
 44. Shane Vereen NYG @DAL
 45. Giovani Bernard CIN vs. BAL
 46. C.J. Prosise SEA @GB
 47. Latavius Murray MIN vs. NO
 48. Jeremy Hill CIN vs. BAL
 49. Samaje Perine WAS vs. PHI
 50. Thomas Rawls SEA @GB
 51. D’Onta Foreman HOU vs. JAC
 52. Jamaal Williams GB vs. SEA
 53. Tarik Cohen CHI vs. ATL
 54. Matt Brieda SF vs. CAR
 55. Alvin Kamara NO @MIN
 56. T.J. Yeldon JAC @HOU

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald is a surprise Top 10 play this week. He owns 439 career yards and five TDs against the Lions, so those numbers alone deserve some respect. I also felt criminal placing Golden Tate so low, especially since he’s one of just four players to post 90+ catches in each of the last four seasons (sleeper, anyone?). Reaching for Doug Baldwin in the second or third round is still a clever move if you’ve yet to draft. The same goes for Jamison Crowder, who, despite Terrelle Pryor’s presence in Washington, will still see plenty of the 200 targets that went walkabout following DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon’s departure.

 Player Team Opponent
 1. Julio Jones ATL @CHI
 2. Antonio Brown PIT @CLE
 3. Odell Beckham Jr. NYG @DAL
 4. Jordy Nelson GB vs. SEA
 5. A.J. Green CIN vs. BAL
 6. Amari Cooper OAK @TEN
 7. Larry Fitzgerald ARI @DET
 8. Michael Thomas NO @MIN
 9. Terrelle Pryor WAS vs. PHI
 10. Doug Baldwin SEA @GB
 11. Brandin Cooks NE vs. KC
 12. Martavis Bryant PIT @CLE
 13. Sammy Watkins LAR vs. IND
 14. Kelvin Benjamin CAR @SF
 15. Dez Bryant DAL vs. NYG
 16. Brandon Marshall NYG @DAL
 17. Jarvis Landry MIA vs. TB
 18. Michael CrabtreeOAK @TEN
 19. Stefon Diggs MIN vs. NO
 20. DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. JAC
 21. Alshon Jefferey PHI @WAS
 22. Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. LAC
 23. Golden Tate DET vs. ARI
 24. Allen Robinson JAC @HOU
 25. Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. LAC
 26. Keenan Allen LAC @LAC
 27. Jeremy Maclin BAL @CIN
 28. T.Y. Hilton IND @LAR
 29. Jamison Crowder WAS vs. PHI
 30. Devante Adams GB vs. SEA
 31. Eric Decker TEN vs. OAK
 32. Pierre Garcon SF vs. CAR
 33. John Brown ARI @DET
 34. Zay Jones BUF vs. NYJ
 35. Mike Wallace BAL @CIN
 36. Kenny Britt CLE vs. PIT
 37. Kevin White CHI vs. ATL
 38. Marvin Jones DET vs. ARI
 39. Randall Cobb GB vs. SEA
 40. Chris Hogan NE vs. KC
 41. Jordan Matthews BUF vs. NYJ
 42. Ted Ginn NO @MIN
 43. Danny Amendola NE vs. KC
 44. Adam Thielen MIN vs. NO
 45. Corey Davis TEN vs. OAK
 46. Terrance Williams DAL vs. NYG
 47. Paul Richardson SEA @GB
 48. Tyrell Williams LAC @DEN
 49. Sterling Shepard NYG @DAL
 50. Robby Anderson NYJ @BUF
 51. Rishard Matthews TEN vs. OAK
 52. Donte Moncrief IND @LAR
 53. Tyler Lockett SEA @GB
 54. Tavon Austin LAR vs. IND
 55. Cole Beasley DAL vs. NYG
 56. Torrey Smith PHI @WAS

Tight Ends

There’s good reason to remain high on Evan Engram in his rookie season. He put up 75 yards during the preseason on just nine targets, and with Odell Beckham Jr. still remaining questionable for Week 1, he’ll likely see a fair share of the ball. Physically, Engram stacks up as a tight end that Eli will love. Coming in at 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds, this is a big body you can’t miss. And since he projects to move around in the formation, he’ll likely spend more time as a receiver than a blocker this season. If you can play the matchups right, you’d do well to draft Engram late.

 Player Team Opponent
 1. Travis Kelce KC @NE
 2. Ron Gronkowski NE vs. KC
 3. Greg Olsen CAR @SF
 4. Jordan Reed WAS vs. PHI
 5. Tyler Eifert CIN vs. BAL
 6. Jimmy Graham SEA @GB
 7. Delanie Walker TEN vs. OAK
 8. Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. NO
 9. Martellus Bennett GB vs. SEA
 10. Zach Ertz PHI @WAS
 11. Evan Engram  NYG @DAL
 12. Hunter Henry LAC @DEN
 13. Eric Ebron  DET vs. ARI
 14. Antonio Gates LAC @DEN
 15. Austin Hooper ATL @CHI
 16. Jason Witten  DAL vs. NYG
 17. Zach Miller CHI vs. ATL
 18. Coby Fleener NO @MIN
 19. Jack Doyle IND @LAR
 20. C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU vs. JAC
 21. Jermaine Gresham ARI @DET
 22. Charles Clay BUF vs. NYJ
 23. Vance McDonald PIT @CLE
 24. Jared Cook OAK @TEN
 25. Dion Sims CHI vs. ATL
 26. Gerald Everett LAR vs. IND
 27. Garrett Celek  SF vs. CAR

Defense

The Jaguars offer negative Nelly’s as far as fantasy goes this season, but the defense could really be the saving grace. There are major names at every position, as Paul Posluszny mans the linebackers, Jalen Ramsey leads the secondary, and that’s of course not even mentioning the signings of Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye. The Jaguars put up 32 sacks last year and seven interceptions, and while people still sleep on this defense, make sure you consider them in your late rounds.

 Team Opponent
 1. Broncos D/ST vs. LAC
 2. Seahawks D/ST @ GB
 3. Chiefs D/ST @ NE
 4. Cardinals D/ST @ DET
 5. Texans D/ST vs. JAC
 6. Patriots D/ST vs. KC
 7. Jaguars D/ST @ HOU
 8. Vikings D/ST vs. NO
 9. Ravens D/ST @ CIN
 10. Raiders D/ST @ TEN

Kickers

 Player Team Opponent
 1. Justin Tucker BAL @CIN
 2. Matt Bryant  ATL @CHI
 3. Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. KC
 4. Adam Vinatieri IND @ LAR
 5. Dan BaileyDAL vs. NYG
 6. Mason Crosby GB vs. SEA
 7. Caleb Sturgis PHI @ WAS
 8. Matt Prater DEN vs. LAC
 9. Wil Lutz NO @ MIN
 10. Cairo Santos KC @ NE

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