Preseason football is finally here. For fantasy football purists—even if it’s just the preseason schedule—the exhibition schedule will give us our first real look at the players we will be drafting in the coming weeks.
With camp battles heating up and rookies being indoctrinated to the game for the first time, it should give us a glimpse of what to expect for the coming year. Although, in general, you should take the exhibition portion of the schedule with a huge grain of salt, a lot can be accomplished in the preseason, as players can win starting jobs, breakouts can emerge, and we can study the offensive philosophy some teams will implement this year.
In this slideshow, we will rank (in order of fantasy relevance) the top players to watch in preseason Week 1, as they have a lot riding on how they perform this month.