Fantasy Football Week 1 Rankings: An Early Look Ahead

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Fantasy Football Week 1 Rankings: An Early Look Ahead
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Week 1 of the fantasy football schedule is finally upon us, and the frenzy over the NFL regular season and its fantasy implications has hardcore and casual owners ready for a fresh start.

Before you set your lineups in Week 1, here are the rankings you will need to optimize your roster. Starting off on the right foot is imperative to success in the faux sport of fantasy football.

Week 1 QB Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons 23
2 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Baltimore Ravens 21
3 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints 20
4 Tom Brady New England Patriots Buffalo Bills 20
5 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers San Francisco 49ers 20
6 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts Oakland Raiders 18
7 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings 17
8 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers Green Bay Packers 17
9 Eli Manning New York Giants Dallas Cowboys 15
10 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys New York Giants 15

Donald Wood's Rankings

Full list of Week 1 QB rankings via Ryan Lester.

 

Quarterback to Watch: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts and QB Andrew Luck are coming off an explosive offensive season (4,374 yards and 23 touchdowns), but a meeting with the Oakland Raiders has owners doubting he'll put up big numbers.

Oakland has a solid offensive unit that will play better than expected against the Colts' lackluster front seven. Luck will be forced to throw the ball, and fantasy owners will be the biggest beneficiary in Week 1. Do not sleep on Luck out of the gate.

Week 1 WR Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings 15
2 Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints 12
3 Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys New York Giants 12
4 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears 12
5 Roddy White Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints 12
6 Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears Cincinnati Bengals 12
7 Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos Baltimore Ravens 11
8 Victor Cruz New York Giants Dallas Cowboys 11
9 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals St. Louis Rams 11
10 Andre Johnson Houston Texans San Diego Chargers 10

Donald Wood's Rankings

Full list of Week 1 WR rankings via Ryan Lester.

 

Wide Receiver to Watch: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

The New Orleans Saints boast one of the worst defensive units in the NFL (31st against the pass, allowing 292.6 yards per game in 2012), and the focus on fellow receiver Julio Jones will leave veteran Roddy White with plenty of room along the sidelines to make spectacular plays for the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1.

Drew Brees and the Saints offense will make this a shootout, and fantasy owners should expect monster numbers from both Falcons receivers. With Jones seeing the No. 1 coverage, expect White to be the biggest points earner of the duo.

Week 1 RB Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions 17
2 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs Jacksonville Jaguars 16
3 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers New York Jets 15
4 C.J. Spiller Buffalo Bills New England Patriots 15
5 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks Carolina Panthers 13
6 Arian Foster Houston Texans San Diego Chargers 13
7 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles Washington Redskins 13
8 Alfred Morris Washington Redskins Philadelphia Eagles 13
9 David Wilson New York Giants Dallas Cowboys 13
10 Reggie Bush Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings 12

Donald Wood's Rankings

Full list of Week 1 RB rankings via Ryan Lester.

 

Running Back to Watch: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy owners are unsure of what to expect from Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles under new head coach Andy Reid. While the pass-happy offense will limit his overall rushing attempts, Charles will have a monster game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who ranked 30th in rushing defense in 2012, allowing 141 yards per game.

Considering his pass-catching ability out of the backfield, Charles promises to be a fantasy monster this season in the same way LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook were under Reid in Philadelphia.

Week 1 TE Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons 11
2 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys New York Giants 9
3 Tony Gonzalez Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints 9
4 Jared Cook St. Louis Rams Arizona Cardinals 9
5 Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers Green Bay Packers 8
6 Jermichael Finley Green Bay Packers San Francisco 49ers 7
7 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers Seattle Seahawks 7
8 Zach Sudfeld New England Patriots Buffalo Bills 7
9 Owen Daniels Houston Texans San Diego Chargers 6
10 Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns Miami Dolphins 6

Donald Wood's Rankings

Full list of Week 1 TE rankings via Ryan Lester. 

 

Tight End to Watch: Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams

In his limited work in the third preseason game, St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook had 50 yards receiving and a touchdown. With quarterback Sam Bradford looking for a reliable target in the end zone and as an emergency option when plays break down, Cook’s reliable hands will catapult him into the upper echelon of TEs starting in Week 1.

 

Full list of Week 1 K rankings and DEF rankings via Ryan Lester.

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