Fantasy Football: Week One Rankings

Week one rankings

The fantasy football season is finally here, and with it comes fresh excitement, steep expectations, and an unwavering will to win. What’s sure to follow for a majority of fantasy owners over the next 13 weeks is lost hope, shattered dreams, and unfortunate disappointment. But not for you my friend, because you have come to the right place. You are going to avoid starting the wrong receiver or benching the breakout running back, and are going to win your flex position each week with the help of our weekly redraft rankings.

Each week I’ll have for you new quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end rankings for both standard and point per reception scoring. Outside of this week, you can expect rankings to be out every Thursday morning, right in time for you to set your lineups for Thursday Night Football.

So with that, below are my week one rankings for standard and PPR scoring. Plus, I’ve added some quick notes on a few players in each position. Also, if you play in an IDP league, we have week one defensive lineman, linebacker, and defensive back rankings for you as well.

Note: players who played in the opening game Thursday are not included in week one’s rankings.

Quarterbacks

Rank Player Opponent
1 Aaron Rodgers GB at CHI
2 Matt Ryan ATL vs. PHI
3 Tony Romo DAL vs. NYG
4 Peyton Manning DEN vs. BAL
5 Andrew Luck IND at BUF
6 Ryan Tannehill MIA at WAS
7 Drew Brees NO at ARI
8 Sam Bradford PHI at ATL
9 Eli Manning NYG at DAL
10 Carson Palmer ARI vs. NO
11 Russell Wilson SEA at STL
12 Matthew Stafford DET at SD
13 Joe Flacco BAL at DEN
14 Philip Rivers SD vs. DET
15 Teddy Bridgewater MIN at SF
16 Jameis Winston TB vs. TEN
17 Cam Newton CAR at JAC
18 Andy Dalton CIN at OAK
19 Jay Cutler CHI vs. GB
20 Colin Kaepernick SF vs. MIN
21 Alex Smith KC at HOU
22 Marcus Mariota TEN at TB
23 Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. IND
24 Blake Bortles JAC vs. CAR
25 Derek Carr OAK vs. CIN

Quick Notes: This is probably the lowest you’ll see Andrew Luck all season. The Bills have a very good defense, and you know they will be fired up in Rex Ryan’s first game as coach…Drew Brees might not have the best game of his career on the road against a very good Arizona Cardinals defense…I might be high on Ryan Tannehill but Washington’s team in general is a mess right now and the Dolphins added some good receiving pieces…I don’t expect Cam Newton to be very successful against the Jaguars. Jacksonville was very good at getting to the quarterback last season, plus the Panthers offensive line is bad. Add in the fact that Newton basically only has Greg Olsen to throw to and you have a recipe for disaster.

Running Backs

Standard PPR
Rank Player Opponent Rank Player Opponent
1 Eddie Lacy GB at CHI 1 Eddie Lacy GB at CHI
2 Adrian Peterson MIN at SF 2 Adrian Peterson MIN at SF
3 Jeremy Hill CIN at OAK 3 Jamaal Charles KC at HOU
4 Jamaal Charles KC at HOU 4 Jeremy Hill CIN at OAK
5 DeMarco Murray PHI at ATL 5 Matt Forte CHI vs. GB
6 Matt Forte CHI vs. GB 6 DeMarco Murray PHI at ATL
7 Marshawn Lynch SEA at STL 7 Jonathan Stewart CAR at JAC
8 Jonathan Stewart CAR at JAC 8 Marshawn Lynch SEA at STL
9 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. BAL 9 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. BAL
10 Lamar Miller MIA at WAS 10 Justin Forsett BAL at DEN
11 LeSean McCoy BUF vs. IND 11 Andre Ellington ARI vs. NO
12 Justin Forsett BAL at DEN 12 Lamar Miller MIA at WAS
13 Andre Ellington ARI vs. NO 13 LeSean McCoy BUF vs. IND
14 Frank Gore IND at BUF 14 Frank Gore IND at BUF
15 Christopher Ivory NYJ vs. CLE 15 Latavius Murray OAK vs. CIN
16 Latavius Murray OAK vs. CIN 16 Doug Martin TB vs. TEN
17 Doug Martin TB vs. TEN 17 Giovani Bernard CIN at OAK
18 Mark Ingram NO at ARI 18 Ameer Abdullah DET at SD
19 Alfred Morris WAS vs. MIA 19 Danny Woodhead SD vs. DET
20 Carlos Hyde SF vs. MIN 20 T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. CAR
21 T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. CAR 21 Carlos Hyde SF vs. MIN
22 Joseph Randle DAL vs. NYG 22 Mark Ingram NO at ARI
23 Rashad Jennings NYG at DAL 23 Shane Vereen NYG at DAL
24 Melvin Gordon SD vs. DET 24 Christopher Ivory NYJ vs. CLE
25 Tevin Coleman ATL vs. PHI 25 Alfred Morris WAS vs. MIA
26 Isaiah Crowell CLE at NYJ 26 Rashad Jennings NYG at DAL
27 Alfred Blue HOU vs. KC 27 Joseph Randle DAL vs. NYG
28 Giovani Bernard CIN at OAK 28 Melvin Gordon SD vs. DET
29 Ameer Abdullah DET at SD 29 Tevin Coleman ATL vs. PHI
30 Joique Bell DET at SD 30 Isaiah Crowell CLE at NYJ
31 Bishop Sankey TEN at TB 31 Alfred Blue HOU vs. KC
32 Ryan Mathews PHI at ATL 32 Joique Bell DET at SD
33 Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYG 33 Bishop Sankey TEN at TB
34 Shane Vereen NYG at DAL 34 Reggie Bush SF vs. MIN
35 Devonta Freeman ATL vs. PHI 35 Darren Sproles PHI at ATL
36 Matt Jones WAS vs. MIA 36 Ryan Mathews PHI at ATL
37 Danny Woodhead SD vs. DET 37 Matt Jones WAS vs. MIA
38 Tre Mason STL vs. SEA 38 Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYG
39 Duke Johnson CLE at NYJ 39 Devonta Freeman ATL vs. PHI
40 Benny Cunningham STL vs. SEA 40 Duke Johnson CLE at NYJ
41 Reggie Bush SF vs. MIN 41 Tre Mason STL vs. SEA
42 Darren Sproles PHI at ATL 42 Benny Cunningham STL vs. SEA
43 Denard Robinson JAC vs. CAR 43 Roy Helu OAK vs. CIN
44 Charles Sims TB vs. TEN 44 David Johnson ARI vs. NO
45 David Johnson ARI vs. NO 45 Denard Robinson JAC vs. CAR
46 Roy Helu OAK vs. CIN 46 Charles Sims TB vs. TEN
47 Khiry Robinson NO at ARI 47 Knile Davis KC at HOU
48 Knile Davis KC at HOU 48 Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. BAL
49 Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. BAL 49 Khiry Robinson NO at ARI
50 Fred Jackson SEA at STL 50 Karlos Williams BUF vs. IND

Quick Notes: Jeremy Hill should have a monster game against an Oakland defense that gave up the third most fantasy points to running backs in 2014…I expect a big game from Jonathan Stewart in both standard and PPR. As mentioned above, Cam Newton has no receivers to throw to and the offensive line is terrible so I expect a lot of check downs and dump offs to Stewart who finally has the running back job all to himself…Frank Gore would probably be ranked higher if he wasn’t facing the Bills defense this week. With that being said, he should still be productive as Buffalo will have to focus on containing the receiving weapons of the Colts…If you’re looking for a deep sleeper, consider Matt Jones. This matchup could easily get one sided quickly and Alfred Morris can’t catch a pass so look for Jones to step in and get a good amount of touches as Washington has to play catch up.

Wide Receivers

Standard PPR
Rank Player Opponent Rank Player Opponent
1 Julio Jones ATL vs. PHI 1 Julio Jones ATL vs. PHI
2 Dez Bryant DAL vs. NYG 2 Dez Bryant DAL vs. NYG
3 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. BAL 3 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG at DAL
4 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG at DAL 4 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. BAL
5 Calvin Johnson DET at SD 5 Randall Cobb GB at CHI
6 Randall Cobb GB at CHI 6 Calvin Johnson DET at SD
7 Jordan Matthews PHI at ATL 7 Brandin Cooks NO at ARI
8 A.J. Green CIN at OAK 8 A.J. Green CIN at OAK
9 Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. GB 9 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. KC
10 Brandin Cooks NO at ARI 10 Jordan Matthews PHI at ATL
11 Mike Evans TB vs. TEN 11 T.Y. Hilton IND at BUF
12 T.Y. Hilton IND at BUF 12 Jarvis Landry MIA at WAS
13 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. KC 13 Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. GB
14 Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. BAL 14 Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. BAL
15 Jarvis Landry MIA at WAS 15 Mike Evans TB vs. TEN
16 Keenan Allen SD vs. DET 16 Keenan Allen SD vs. DET
17 Andre Johnson IND at BUF 17 Andre Johnson IND at BUF
18 Davante Adams GB at CHI 18 Allen Robinson JAC vs. CAR
19 Amari Cooper OAK vs. CIN 19 Jeremy Maclin KC at HOU
20 Jeremy Maclin KC at HOU 20 Davante Adams GB at CHI
21 Vincent Jackson TB vs. TEN 21 Golden Tate DET at SD
22 Steve Smith BAL at DEN 22 Amari Cooper OAK vs. CIN
23 Golden Tate DET at SD 23 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. NO
24 Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. CLE 24 Steve Smith BAL at DEN
25 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. NO 25 Vincent Jackson TB vs. TEN
26 Allen Robinson JAC vs. CAR 26 Anquan Boldin SF vs. MIN
27 DeSean Jackson WAS vs. MIA 27 Brandon Marshall NYJ vs. CLE
28 Sammy Watkins BUF vs. IND 28 Kendall Wright TEN at TB
29 John Brown ARI vs. NO 29 Charles Johnson MIN at SF
30 Anquan Boldin SF vs. MIN 30 Nelson Agholor PHI at ATL
31 Roddy White ATL vs. PHI 31 Sammy Watkins BUF vs. IND
32 Charles Johnson MIN at SF 32 DeSean Jackson WAS vs. MIA
33 Nelson Agholor PHI at ATL 33 John Brown ARI vs. NO
34 Mike Wallace MIN at SF 34 Roddy White ATL vs. PHI
35 Marques Colston NO at ARI 35 Pierre Garcon WAS vs. MIA
36 Eric Decker NYJ vs. CLE 36 Eddie Royal CHI vs. GB
37 Kendall Wright TEN at TB 37 Steve Johnson SD vs. DET
38 Eddie Royal CHI vs. GB 38 Eric Decker NYJ vs. CLE
39 Steve Johnson SD vs. DET 39 Marques Colston NO at ARI
40 Rueben Randle NYG at DAL 40 Rueben Randle NYG at DAL
41 Torrey Smith SF vs. MIN 41 Mike Wallace MIN at SF
42 Terrance Williams DAL vs. NYG 42 Brian Quick STL vs. SEA
43 Pierre Garcon WAS vs. MIA 43 Devin Funchess CAR at JAC
44 Devin Funchess CAR at JAC 44 Allen Hurns JAC vs. CAR
45 Brian Quick STL vs. SEA 45 Torrey Smith SF vs. MIN
46 Allen Hurns JAC vs. CAR 46 Terrance Williams DAL vs. NYG
47 Doug Baldwin SEA at STL 47 Doug Baldwin SEA at STL
48 Malcom Floyd SD vs. DET 48 Michael Crabtree OAK vs. CIN
49 Kenny Stills MIA at WAS 49 Percy Harvin BUF vs. IND
50 Michael Floyd ARI vs. NO 50 Michael Floyd ARI vs. NO

Quick Notes: Julio Jones faces the team that gave up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in 2014. Bold prediction: Jones has 175 yards receiving in this game…I expect big things from Mike Evans (assuming he plays) and Vincent Jackson this week (no pun intended). In Jameis Winston’s first game as a pro I expect jitters and rushed throws, meaning the ball might sail a little. Not a too much of a problem when you have two 6’5″ receivers being covered by short Tennessee defensive backs all around…I think Larry Fitzgerald is being underrated this year. He knows this could be his best shot at a Super Bowl and he will be fired up all season long. If Carson Palmer can stay healthy, Fitz will have a good year, starting off against the Saints who gave up the 6th most fantasy points to wide receivers last year.

Tight Ends

Standard PPR
Rank Player Opponent Rank Player Opponent
1 Greg Olsen CAR at JAC 1 Greg Olsen CAR at JAC
2 Jimmy Graham SEA at STL 2 Jimmy Graham SEA at STL
3 Travis Kelce KC at HOU 3 Martellus Bennett CHI vs. GB
4 Martellus Bennett CHI vs. GB 4 Jason Witten DAL vs. NYG
5 Jason Witten DAL vs. NYG 5 Travis Kelce KC at HOU
6 Jordan Cameron MIA at WAS 6 Jordan Cameron MIA at WAS
7 Delanie Walker TEN at TB 7 Delanie Walker TEN at TB
8 Larry Donnell NYG at DAL 8 Larry Donnell NYG at DAL
9 Owen Daniels DEN vs. BAL 9 Owen Daniels DEN vs. BAL
10 Tyler Eifert CIN at OAK 10 Kyle Rudolph MIN at SF
11 Kyle Rudolph MIN at SF 11 Jordan Reed WAS vs. MIA
12 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB vs. TEN 12 Tyler Eifert CIN at OAK
13 Jordan Reed WAS vs. MIA 13 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB vs. TEN
14 Ladarius Green SD vs. DET 14 Vernon Davis SF vs. MIN
15 Vernon Davis SF vs. MIN 15 Ladarius Green SD vs. DET
16 Richard Rodgers GB at CHI 16 Zach Ertz PHI at ATL
17 Charles Clay BUF vs. IND 17 Charles Clay BUF vs. IND
18 Zach Ertz PHI at ATL 18 Benjamin Watson NO at ARI
19 Dwayne Allen IND at BUF 19 Dwayne Allen IND at BUF
20 Benjamin Watson NO at ARI 20 Richard Rodgers GB at CHI

Quick Notes: Obviously Rob Gronkowski is (and always will be barring injury) the top tight end each week in fantasy, but since he played on Thursday, Greg Olsen takes the top spot in this week’s ranks. Olsen is Cam Newton’s only viable target in the passing game and has been a favorite of Newton’s ever since they became teammates…Larry Donnell could have a sneaky good game against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Everyone on the Dallas defense will be focused on Odell Beckham Jr and Donnell could be a solid secondary option for Eli Manning. Big tight ends usually show up in the red zone as well…I’m not a huge fan of Tyler Eifert this week mostly because I expect the Bengals to run all over the Raiders, therefore not providing Eifert with many opportunities to catch the ball. I expect the Cincinnati tight ends to be used in blocking much of this game.

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