Top 50 Fantasy Football Big Board for NFL Week 1

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Top 50 Fantasy Football Big Board for NFL Week 1
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Peyton Manning posted the second-highest fantasy QB score in history Thursday night, so he'd be No. 1 on this list.

So, um, that Peyton Manning guy is pretty good, eh?

Manning's seven touchdowns and 462 yards netted him in the second-highest scoring total for a quarterback in the fantasy era, and Week 1 is off to a legendary start. Fantasy totals are already in midseason form one game in.

We wish we could go back in time and put him as the No. 1 quarterback in our Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings and maybe acknowledge the breakout candidate that is Julius Thomas. Also, the Broncos threw a curveball and started Knowshon Moreno over Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball, giving Moreno the bulk of the workload in the first half.

We learned a lot about Manning, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos' running back rotation, but that is all in the past now. We are still looking ahead to the rest of Week 1 with our Top 50. These won't be the highest-scoring players, as those are mostly quarterbacks.

This 50 represents the top half of the quarterbacks (six), running backs (12), wide receivers (18) and tight ends (six) in a standard league. We tossed in a few defense/special teams for argument's sake, and a couple of bonus picks at the premium positions.

Click through this packed slideshow as we take a look ahead to Week 1.


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