Week 1 QB Rankings

Week 5 QB Rankings

So it begins. We are mere days away from meaningful professional football, and it’s time to dig into your lineups. Whether it be DFS or seasonal, your leagues may turn on the quarterback position. Every week Josh Berger and Joshua Lake will bring you their combined QB rankings from 1-35. Going to 35 is meant to assist owners in deep leagues or streamers. The initial commentary points out certain quarterbacks, including some places where Berger and Lake disagree this week.

All that said, good luck this week! On to the Week 1 QB rankings.

Commentary on Certain Quarterbacks

Aaron Rodgers

Lake has Aaron Rodgers as QB1 this week, despite the loss of Jordy Nelson. Against a weak Chicago secondary, Rodgers should post strong numbers throwing to a combination of Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, James Jones, and Richard Rodgers. Per Vegas, the Packers are favored by nearly a full touchdown in this game, always a good sign for a starting QB.

Ryan Tannehill

It is happening. Many have predicted Ryan Tannehill becomes a regular top-ten quarterback this season, and he should start the season on the right foot against a weak Washington pass defense. Lake has Tannehill as QB6 this week. Berger is a bit more cautious with Tannehill, primarily due to the high potential for Lamar Miller to steal some of Tannehill’s thunder. Berger has Tannehill as QB10 for this week.

Sam Bradford

Season-long rankings do not reflect the ability that Bradford has to take over an offense by storm. Even in St. Louis Bradford was averaging top 10 fantasy performances before tearing his ACL. And now he has Chip Kelly and an Eagles offense that is looking unstoppable. Berger and Lake both have Bradford ranked as QB8 for Week 1 against the Falcons.

Carson Palmer

Lake has Carson Palmer at QB7 this week against a New Orleans secondary that will be missing a starting safety and starting cornerback. Expect Palmer to start 2015 off with a bang.

Cam Newton

Cam Newton still presents huge upside thanks to his rushing, but the low ranking here represents a concern over Carolina’s lack of receiving options. Like last year, Cam is starting the season with an inexperienced — and untalented — receiving group. If Devin Funchess starts strong a la Kelvin Benjamin circa 2014, Newton could move up our weekly rankings this season, but we are starting with a healthy dose of caution.

 

Week 1 QB Rankings

QuarterbackMatchupRanking
Tom Brady (NE)vs PIT1
Aaron Rodgers (GB)at CHI2
Andrew Luck (IND)at BUF3
Peyton Manning (DEN)vs BAL4
Tony Romo (DAL)vs NYG5
Russell Wilson (SEA)at STL6
Ryan Tannehill (MIA)at WAS7
Sam Bradford (PHI)at ATL8
Carson Palmer (ARI)vs NO9
Drew Brees (NO)at ARI10
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)at NE11
Matt Ryan (ATL)vs PHI12
Eli Manning (NYG)at DAL13
Andy Dalton (CIN)at OAK14
Philip Rivers (SD)vs DET15
Matthew Stafford (DET)at SD16
Teddy Bridgewater (MIN)at SF17
Cam Newton (CAR)at JAC18
Joe Flacco (BAL)at DEN19
Jay Cutler (CHI)vs GB20
Colin Kaepernick (SF)vs MIN21
Jameis Winston (TB)vs TEN22
Marcus Mariota (TEN)at TB23
Alex Smith (KC)at HOU24
Tyrod Taylor (BUF)vs IND25
Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ)vs CLE26
Brian Hoyer (HOU)vs KC27
Blake Bortles (JAC)vs CAR28
Derek Carr (OAK)vs CIN29
Kirk Cousins (WAS)vs MIA30
Josh McCown (CLE)at NYJ31
Nick Foles (STL)vs SEA32
Mark Sanchez (PHI)at ATL33
Colt McCoy (WAS)vs MIA34
E.J. Manuel (BUF)vs IND35

 

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