Fantasy Football Week 1 Big Board: Complete PPR Player Rankings and Top Plays

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 7, 2022

Fantasy Football Week 1 Big Board: Complete PPR Player Rankings and Top Plays

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    Jonathan Taylor (Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

    Are you ready to rumble?

    After a long, dark offseason, another NFL campaign is almost upon us. And it brings with it another year of fantasy football.

    No more predraft research—that big day has come and gone. Now it's time to start setting lineups. Trying to milk up every point possible out of that lineup. Exploiting the good matchups—and avoid the bad ones.

    That last part can be cloudy early in the year. Most of what we're using to speculate whether a matchup is good or not is data from the 2021 season. That has value. But a lot can change from one year to the next—especially after a wild offseason that saw quarterbacks and wide receivers galore switch teams.

    However, here at Bleacher Report, we're not ones to shrink from a challenge, and you have to start somewhere. So with that in mind, here's a look at position-by-position point-per-reception rankings for Week 1 and some positive and negative matchups for fantasy managers to keep in mind as they set their lineups.

Quarterbacks

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    Lamar Jackson (Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    If there was a theme to the 2022 offseason, it was unprecedented quarterback movement. And it sets the stage for an interesting Week 1.

    This week, seven signal-callers will make their first start for a new team. Those quarterbacks run the gamut. There are place-holder types such as Mitch Trubisky of the Steelers and Jacoby Brissett of the Browns who probably won't make it through the season as starters.

    There are Super Bowl starters looking to rejuvenate their careers such as Matt Ryan of the Colts and Russell Wilson of the Broncos. And players who fall somewhere in between such as Washington's Carson Wentz and Carolina's Baker Mayfield.

    How these quarterbacks fare will have a major impact on the fantasy fortunes of those around them. And play a big part in determining which fantasy squads make the playoffs.


    GOOD MATCHUPS

    Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (at NYJ) [DraftKings DFS Value: $7,300]

    Jackson's contract situation is a cloud that could hang over the team well into the season. But after missing five games last year with an ankle injury, he is healthy again and should have a solid outing at MetLife Stadium against a Jets team that fielded a bottom-three pass defense and gave up the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.


    Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (vs. KC) [DraftKings DFS Value: $7,200]

    Murray was fantasy football's highest-scoring quarterback in Week 1 and ranked second in fantasy points over the season's first month. There's a good chance he'll once again begin the season hot—no team in the AFC allowed more fantasy points to quarterbacks last year than the Chiefs.


    BAD MATCHUPS

    Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (vs. BUF) [DraftKings DFS Value: $6,200]

    Stafford was a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2021, and if you drafted the 34-year-old as your starter, you aren't sitting him this week. But Thursday's opener could portend a sluggish start—the Bills had far and away the NFL's best defense in 2021 and allowed the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.


    Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE) [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,700]

    Tagovailoa carries increased expectations after the Dolphins traded for star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, but the third-year pro will have his work cut out for him Sunday at home against a Patriots team that gave up 187.1 passing yards per game and the second-fewest fantasy points in the league to quarterbacks a year ago.


    SLEEPER

    Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (at ATL) [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,300]

    Winston didn't post big numbers in his seven starts for the Saints last year—he averaged under 170 passing yards per game. But the receiving options at his disposal this season are exponentially better than last year's group, and Winston opens the campaign against an Atlanta defense that surrendered the third-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks a year ago.


    WEEK 1 QUARTERBACK RANKINGS

    1. Josh Allen, BUF (at LAR)

    2. Justin Herbert, LAC (vs. LV)

    3. Patrick Mahomes, KC (at AZ)

    4. Russell Wilson, DEN (at SEA)

    5. Jalen Hurts, PHI (at DET)

    6. Lamar Jackson, BAL (at NYJ)

    7. Kyler Murray, AZ (vs. KC)

    8. Tom Brady, TB (at DAL)

    9. Aaron Rodgers, GB (at MIN)

    10. Joe Burrow, CIN (vs. PIT)

    11. Dak Prescott, DAL (vs. TB)

    12. Derek Carr, LV (at LAC)

    13. Matthew Stafford, LAR (vs. BUF)

    14. Jameis Winston, NO (at ATL)

    15. Kirk Cousins, MIN (vs. GB)

    16. Trey Lance, SF (at CHI)

    17. Matt Ryan, IND (at HOU)

    18. Trevor Lawrence, JAX (at WAS)

    19. Ryan Tannehill, TEN (vs. NYG)

    20. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA (vs. NE)

    21. Justin Fields, CHI (vs. SF)

    22. Baker Mayfield, CAR (vs. CLE)

    23. Carson Wentz, WAS (vs. JAX)

    24. Daniel Jones, NYG (at TEN)

    25. Marcus Mariota, ATL (vs. NO)

    26. Mac Jones, NE (at MIA)

    27. Mitch Trubisky, PIT (at CIN)

    28. Jared Goff, DET (vs. PHI)

    29. Davis Mills, HOU (vs. IND)

    30. Jacoby Brissett, CLE (at CAR)

Running Backs

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    Javonte Williams (AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

    In their zeal to start the season off right, some fantasy managers fall prey to overthinking. They become so obsessed with matchups that they leave some of their best players on the bench.

    The reality is that until we get a month or so into the season, we won't truly know which matchups are good (or bad). You drafted players in the early rounds for a reason, and those players need to be in the starting lineup this week.


    GOOD MATCHUPS

    Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (at DET) [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,400]

    Sanders is hard back for fantasy managers to get excited about—especially after he missed a big chunk of August because of a hamstring injury. But Sanders is back on the practice field, he's the lead runner for an Eagles team that led the NFC in rushing attempts in 2021 and he gets a favorable Week 1 matchup with Detroit's 28th-ranked run defense. Monitor his health, but he'll be a good value if he plays.


    Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos (at SEA) [DraftKings DFS Value: $6,300]

    Were it not for the presence of Melvin Gordon III and the touches he'll potentially poach in the Monday night opener against Seattle, Williams would be a top-five play in Week 1. No team in the NFC surrendered more fantasy points per game last year to running backs than the Seahawks, and there's little reason to think that defense will be any better in 2022.


    BAD MATCHUPS

    Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (at TEN) [DraftKings DFS Value: $6,100]

    There is no shortage of fantasy managers who invested an early pick in Barkley this summer in the hopes that 2022 would be a bounce-back season. But early success won't be easy—the Giants open the season on the road against a Titans team that was second in run defense last season and allowed the fewest fantasy points to the position.


    Breece Hall, New York Jets (vs. BAL) [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,500]

    Hall was the first running back taken in this year's real-life draft. He's a talented young runner with a bright future. But the present isn't so great for the former Iowa State standout. Hall has been unable to wrest lead back duties from Michael Carter. And even if he had, the Jets open against a Ravens team that led the NFL in run defense last season.


    SLEEPER

    Mike Davis, Baltimore Ravens (at NYJ) [DraftKings DFS Value $4,400]

    Davis wasn't impressive in his lone season with the Falcons in 2021, averaging a meager 3.6 yards per carry. But with J.K. Dobbins' (knee) status for Sunday's opener up in the air, Davis could be Baltimore's lead back against a defense that allowed the fourth-most rushing yards per game last year and the most fantasy points per game to running backs.


    WEEK 1 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

    1. Jonathan Taylor, IND (at HOU)

    2. Christian McCaffrey, CAR (vs. CLE)

    3. Austin Ekeler, LAC (vs. LV)

    4. Derrick Henry, TEN (vs. NYG)

    5. Alvin Kamara, NO (at ATL)

    6. Najee Harris, PIT (at CIN)

    7. Dalvin Cook, MIN (vs. GB)

    8. Aaron Jones, GB (at MIN)

    9. Joe Mixon, CIN (vs. PIT)

    10. Nick Chubb, CLE (at CAR)

    11. Leonard Fournette, TB (at DAL)

    12. Javonte Williams, DEN (at SEA)

    13. Saquon Barkley, NYG (at TEN)

    14. D'Andre Swift, DET (vs. PHI)

    15. James Conner, AZ (vs. KC)

    16. Antonio Gibson, WAS (vs. JAX)

    17. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (vs. TB)

    18. Travis Etienne Jr., JAX (at WAS)

    19. Elijah Mitchell, SF (at CHI) [INJURED]

    20. David Montgomery, CHI (vs. SF)

    21. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC (at AZ)

    22. Josh Jacobs, LV (at LAC)

    23. Rashaad Penny, SEA (vs. DEN)

    24. Cam Akers, LAR (vs. BUF)

    25. Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL (vs. NOS)

    26. Chase Edmonds, MIA (vs. NE)

    27. Damien Harris, NE (at MIA)

    28. Dameon Pierce, HOU (vs. IND)

    29. Miles Sanders, PHI (at DET)

    30. AJ Dillon, GB (at MIN)

    31. Kareem Hunt, CLE (at CAR)

    32. J.K. Dobbins, BAL (at NYJ) [INJURED]

    33. Tony Pollard, DAL (vs. TB)

    34. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE (at MIA)

    35. Devin Singletary, BUF (at LAR)

    36. Michael Carter, NYJ (vs. BAL)

    37. Melvin Gordon III, DEN (at SEA)

    38. James Robinson, JAX (at WAS)

    39. Breece Hall, NYJ (vs. BAL)

    40. Raheem Mostert, MIA (vs. NE)

    41. James Cook, BUF (at LAR)

    42. Mike Davis. BAL (at NYJ)

    43. Nyheim Hines, IND (at HOU)

    44. Darrell Henderson Jr., LAR (vs. BUF)

    45. J.D. McKissic, WAS (vs. JAX)

    46. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI (at DET)

    47. Jamaal Williams, DET (vs. PHI)

    48. Jeff Wilson Jr., SF (at CHI)

    49. Khalil Herbert, CHI (vs. SF)

    50. Kenneth Walker III, SEA (vs. DEN) [INJURED]

Wide Receivers

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    Allen Lazard (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Quarterback wasn't the only position that got the carousel treatment in 2022. There were several massive trades involving big names at wide receiver.

    After eight seasons, 669 receptions and over 8,000 yards with the Packers, Davante Adams was shipped to Las Vegas, where he was reunited with former Fresno State teammate Derek Carr. A career-high 111 catches in 2021 weren't enough to keep Tyreek Hill in Kansas City—he was traded to the Miami Dolphins.

    Amari Cooper was traded to the Cleveland Browns in what amounted to a salary dump. Marquise Brown was acquired by the Arizona Cardinals in an effort to help offset DeAndre Hopkins' six-game suspension. The Eagles brought in A.J. Brown to serve as Jalen Hurts' new No. 1 wide receiver.

    Other than that, though, barely anything changed.


    GOOD MATCHUPS

    Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers (at MIN) [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,600]

    The loss of Adams leaves a massive hole in Green Bay's receiving corps, but someone will have to fill that hole. Head coach Matt LaFleur was non-committal on Lazard's status for Week 1, per Tom Silverstein, but he has demonstrated some ability to carry the Green Bay passing attack in the past when Adams was sidelined. Aaron Rodgers has far more familiarity with Lazard than any other wide receiver on the roster.


    JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kansas City Chiefs (at AZ) [DraftKings DFS Value $5,200]

    Smith-Schuster won't be a one-for-one replacement for Hill in Kansas City—that's just not a realistic expectation. Neither is a return to his 111-catch, 1,426-yard heyday of 2018. But he's ostensibly the No. 1 wideout for one of the league's best offenses ahead of a matchup with a Cardinals team that allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2021.


    BAD MATCHUPS

    Allen Robinson II, Los Angeles Rams (vs. BUF) [DraftKings DFS Value: $6,100]

    Quite a few fantasy managers expect big things from Robinson in his first season with the Rams. However, we may have to wait a bit before those big things happen. The Bills were stingy against the pass last year and gave up the fewest fantasy points per game in the league to opposing wide receivers.


    Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (vs. PHI) [DraftKings DFS Value: $6,100]

    St. Brown was quite the find down the stretch last year—from Week 10 on only Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp and Justin Jefferson had more PPR fantasy points. But there wasn't a team in the NFC that gave up fewer fantasy points in 2021 to receivers than the Eagles, and the team looks even better on the back end of the defense this season.


    SLEEPER

    Kenny Golladay, New York Giants (at TEN) [DraftKings DFS Value: $4,800]

    Just the mention of Golladay's name is enough to get one the stink-eye from quite a few fantasy managers. And his 2021 season was admittedly a disaster. But he remains arguably New York's No. 1 wide receiver, he has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in a season twice and his first game of the season comes against a Titans team that was 25th in pass defense last year.


    WEEK 1 WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

    1. Cooper Kupp, LAR (vs. BUF)

    2. Justin Jefferson, MIN (vs. GB)

    3. Ja'Marr Chase, CIN (vs. PIT)

    4. Stefon Diggs, BUF (at LAR)

    5. Davante Adams, LV (at LAC)

    6. CeeDee Lamb, DAL (vs. TB)

    7. Deebo Samuel, SF (at CHI)

    8. Mike Evans, TB (at DAL)

    9. Tyreek Hill, MIA (vs. NE)

    10. Keenan Allen, LAC (vs. LV)

    11. Michael Pittman Jr., IND (at HOU)

    12. DJ Moore, CAR (vs. CLE)

    13. Courtland Sutton, DEN (at SEA)

    14. Brandin Cooks, HOU (vs. IND)

    15. A.J. Brown, PHI (at DET)

    16. Mike Williams, LAC (vs. LV)

    17. Tee Higgins, CIN (vs. PIT)

    18. Terry McLaurin, WAS (vs. JAX)

    19. DK Metcalf, SEA (vs. DEN)

    20. Diontae Johnson, PIT (vs. CIN)

    21. Darnell Mooney, CHI (vs. SF)

    22. Marquise Brown, AZ (vs. KC)

    23. Jaylen Waddle, MIA (vs. NE)

    24. Michael Thomas, NO (at ATL)

    25. Jerry Jeudy, DEN (at SEA)

    26. DeVonta Smith, PHI (at DET)

    27. JuJu Smith-Schuster, KC (at AZ)

    28. Elijah Moore, NYJ (vs. BAL)

    29. Allen Robinson II, LAR (vs. BUF)

    30. Rashod Bateman, BAL (at NYJ)

    31. Allen Lazard, GB (at MIN) [INJURED]

    32. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET (vs. PHI)

    33. Gabriel Davis, BUF (at LAR)

    34. Chris Godwin, TB (at DAL)

    35. Amari Cooper, CLE (at CAR)

    36. Hunter Renfrow, LV (at LAC)

    37. Christian Kirk, JAX (at WAS)

    38. Brandon Aiyuk, SF (at CHI)

    39. Robert Woods, TEN (vs. NYG)

    40. Tyler Lockett, SEA (vs. DEN)

    41. Adam Thielen, MIN (vs. GB)

    42. Drake London, ATL (vs. NO)

    43. Tyler Boyd, CIN (vs. PIT)

    44. Julio Jones, TB (at DAL)

    45. DeVante Parker, NE (at MIA)

    46. Jakobi Meyers, NE (at MIA)

    47. Chris Olave, NO (at ATL)

    48. Kenny Golladay, NYG (at TEN)

    49. Chase Claypool, PIT (at CIN)

    50. Jarvis Landry, NO (at ATL)

Tight Ends

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    T.J. Hockenson (Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

    Where tight ends are concerned, two camps exist—the haves and the have-nots.

    The haves made the investment to procure one of the top five or six options at the position. They paid the big price required to land Travis Kelce of the Chiefs. Waited another round or so and rolled the dice that Kyle Pitts of the Falcons will build on his 1,000-yard rookie season. Or waited and still got a semi-reliable weekly starter in Dalton Schultz of the Cowboys.

    The have-nots didn't have to pay as high a price to acquire a tight end, but that's something they could wind up regretting by season's end. Once you get past Schultz, the questions start adding up quickly. Zach Ertz of the Cardinals is 31 and has a calf injury entering the season. Dallas Goedert of the Eagles plays for what was the NFC's most run-heavy offense last year.

    Is it possible that one of those tight ends will exceed expectations and crack the top five? Sure.

    But it's in no way certain.


    GOOD MATCHUPS

    T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions (vs. PHI) [DraftKings DFS Value: $4,900]

    Hockenson was a solid mid-range fantasy starter last season on a per-game basis, checking in sixth in PPR points among tight ends. As good as the Eagles were at limiting wide receivers from a fantasy perspective in 2021, they were just as bad against tight ends. No team in the NFC gave up more fantasy points to the position.


    Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders (at LAC) [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,400]

    Waller missed a big chunk of the preseason with a balky hamstring, but he's back at practice and expected to be full-go for the season opener. That could mean big things for fantasy managers who roll out Waller in Week 1—the Chargers allowed the most fantasy points per game to tight ends last season.


    BAD MATCHUPS

    Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE) [DraftKings DFS Value: $4,800]

    There has seemingly been one piece of bad news after another with Gesicki this year, as reports continue to circulate that his role in the Dolphins offense is being scaled back. As if that isn't bad enough, the Dolphins open the season against the Patriots, who allowed the fewest fantasy points to tight ends in 2021.


    George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (at CHI) [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,900]

    Given what it cost to obtain Kittle's services in drafts this summer (ADP 39), not many fantasy managers would so much as consider sitting him in the first week of the season. But it's worth bearing in mind that Kittle's first outing of 2022 may feature a relatively modest stat line. The Bears were surprisingly stingy against tight ends last season, giving up the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position. As if that isn't enough, Kittle's mow questionable to face the Bears with a Groin injury.


    SLEEPER

    Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. LV) [DraftKings DFS Value: $3,800]

    Everett set career highs last year in receptions (48), receiving yards (478) and touchdowns (four), but the sixth-year veteran wasn't much of a fantasy factor. Still, as Week 1 dart-throw plays go, Everett should be a decent one—last season the Raiders gave up the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.


    WEEK 1 TIGHT END RANKINGS

    1. Travis Kelce, KC (at AZ)

    2. Kyle Pitts, ATL (vs. NO)

    3. Mark Andrews, BAL (at NYJ)

    4. Darren Waller, LV (at LAC)

    5. Dalton Schultz, DAL (vs. TB)

    6. George Kittle, SF (at CHI) [INJURED]

    7. Zach Ertz, Cardinals vs. Chiefs [INJURED]

    8. T.J. Hockenson, DET (vs. PHI)

    9. Dallas Goedert, PHI (at DET)

    10. Pat Freiermuth, PIT (at CIN)

    11. Cole Kmet, CHI (vs. SF)

    12. Dawson Knox, BUF (at LAR)

    13. Hunter Henry, NE (at MIA)

    14. Irv Smith Jr., MIN (at GB)

    15. Mike Gesicki, MIA (vs. NE)

    16. David Njoku, CLE (at CAR)

    17. Evan Engram, JAX (at WAS)

    18. Tyler Higbee, LAR (vs. BUF)

    19. Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN (at SEA)

    20. Noah Fant, SEA (vs. DEN)

    21. Gerald Everett, LAC (vs. LV)

    22. Robert Tonyan, GB (at MIN)

    23. Brevin Jordan, HOU (vs. IND)

    24. Cameron Brate, TB (at DAL)

    25. Austin Hooper, TEN (vs. NYG)

    26. Mo Alie-Cox, IND (at HOU)

    27. Jonnu Smith, NE (at MIA)

    28. Hayden Hurst, CIN (vs. PIT)

    29. C.J. Uzomah, NYJ (vs. BAL)

    30. Adam Trautman, NO (at ATL)

Kickers and Defenses

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    Cameron Jordan (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

    When it comes to defenses and kickers, the key word is expendable—because both positions absolutely are in fantasy leagues.

    This isn't to say that if you used a relatively early pick on one of the higher-end defenses that you should cut bait following Week 1. Half of the top-eight defenses in terms of ADP this year at Fantasy Pros start the season with unfavorable matchups. It's not like the schedule was a secret—fantasy managers need to be willing to ride out this early bump.

    But if one bad week turns into two and then into three, the wise play is to move on to playing matchups off the waiver wire. In fact, the wisest move is to do that off the jump. You can cobble together solid numbers with relative ease at a low cost.

    Where kickers are concerned, it's simple. If they do not produce, cut their butt loose.

    That's right. Rhymes and everything.


    GOOD MATCHUPS

    Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (at DET)

    Elliott didn't exactly light the world on fire in 2021, but he was quietly a top-10 fantasy option in some scoring systems. But this week an Eagles offense that should be improved gets a Lions team that led the NFL in fantasy points given up to kickers last season.


    New Orleans Saints Defense (at ATL) [DraftKings DFS Value: $3,700]

    Last year, the Saints ranked seventh in the NFL in total defense, fourth in the league in scoring defense and seventh in fantasy points among defenses. Throw in a top-three matchup with one of the league's most talent-deficient offenses, and you have the makings of a hot start for fantasy managers.


    BAD MATCHUPS

    Matt Gay, Los Angeles Rams (vs. BUF)

    For the most part, Gay is an excellent fantasy option—an accurate young kicker playing for one of the league's better offenses. But in their first game of the 2022 campaign, Gay and the Rams draw the stingiest team in the league against kickers in 2021. That Bills defense is legit.


    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense (at DAL) [DraftKings DFS Value: $3,300]

    The Buccaneers ranked among the top-five fantasy defenses last season. As a whole, they should be fine, but opening against last year's league-leaders in both points and yards per game could mean a bumpy start.


    SLEEPER

    Carolina Panthers Defense (vs. CLE) [DraftKings DFS Value: $3,400]

    The Panthers weren't an especially productive asset last season, but Carolina was quietly second in the league in total defense in 2021 and opens the season at home against a Jacoby Brissett-led Browns offense that sputtered in its last preseason game.


    WEEK 1 KICKER RANKINGS

    1. Justin Tucker, BAL (at NYJ)

    2. Tyler Bass, BUF (at LAR)

    3. Harrison Butker, KC (at AZ)

    4. Evan McPherson, CIN (vs. PIT)

    5. Daniel Carlson, LV (at LAC)

    6. Nick Folk, NE (at MIA)

    7. Ryan Succop, TB (at DAL)

    8. Jake Elliott, PHI (at DET)

    9. Wil Lutz, NO (at ATL)

    10. Dustin Hopkins, LAC (vs. LV)

    11. Rodrigo Blankenship, Ind (at HOU)

    12. Matt Gay, LAR (vs. BUF)

    13. Matt Prater, AZ (vs. KC)

    14. Brett Maher, DAL (vs. TB)

    15. Brandon McManus, DEN (at SEA)

    16. Chris Boswell, PIT (at CIN

    17. Robbie Gould, SF (at CHI)

    18. Mason Crosby, GB (at MIN)

    19. Cade York, CLE (at CAR)

    20. Younghoe Koo, ATL (vs. NO)

    21. Graham Gano, NYG (at TEN)

    22. Greg Zuerlein, NYJ (vs. BAL)

    23. Jason Sanders, MIA (vs. NE)

    24. Greg Joseph, MIN (vs. GB)

    25. Randy Bullock, TEN (vs. NYG)


    WEEK 1 DEFENSE RANKINGS

    1. Baltimore Ravens (at NYJ)

    2. San Francisco 49ers (at CHI)

    3. Indianapolis Colts (at HOU)

    4. New Orleans Saints (at ATL)

    5. Denver Broncos (at SEA)

    6. Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)

    7. New England Patriots (at MIA)

    8. Philadelphia Eagles (at DET)

    9. Carolina Panthers (vs. CLE)

    10. Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)

    11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at DAL)

    12. Buffalo Bills (at LAR)

    13. Dallas Cowboys (vs. TB)

    14. Los Angeles Rams (vs. BUF)

    15. Cleveland Browns (at CAR)

    16. Washington Commanders (vs. JAX)

    17. Tennessee Titans (vs. NYG)

    18. Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)

    19. Green Bay Packers (at MIN)

    20. Los Angeles Chargers (vs. LV)

    21. Kansas City Chiefs (at AZ)

    22. Chicago Bears (vs. SF)

    23. Minnesota Vikings (vs. GB)

    24. New York Giants (at TEN)

    25. Arizona Cardinals (vs. KC)

Top 100 Overall/Flex Rankings

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    Cooper Kupp (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

    Before we get to this week's top 100 players (a list that can be helpful in making flex decisions), a couple of quick notes.

    The first is that there are no quarterbacks included. If your fantasy football league utilizes a superflex spot, then assuming you have any sort of viable quarterback to put in that slot, that should absolutely be the plan.

    The second note is one that I touched on back with the running backs. It's only natural to want to get things started on the right foot. But that desire can sometimes become overpowering. It can lead to paralysis by analysis. To overthinking lineup decisions.

    There's a reason you drafted the players you did to be starters. Provided that those players are healthy, don't twist yourself into knots mulling matchups. Start your starters.

    Don't worry. There will be plenty of time to panic come Tuesday.


    WEEK 1 FLEX RANKINGS/TOP 100 OVERALL

    1. Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND (at HOU)

    2. Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR (vs. BUF)

    3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR (vs. CLE)

    4. Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC (vs. LV)

    5. Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN (vs. GB)

    6. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, CIN (vs. PIT)

    7. Derrick Henry, RB, TEN (vs. NYG)

    8. Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF (at LAR)

    9. Davante Adams, WR, LV (at LAC)

    10. Alvin Kamara, RB, NO (at ATL)

    11. Najee Harris, RB, PIT (at CIN)

    12. CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL (vs. TB)

    13. Deebo Samuel, WR, SF (at CHI)

    14. Travis Kelce, TE, KC (at AZ)

    15. Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN (vs. GB)

    16. Mike Evans, WR, TB (at DAL)

    17. Aaron Jones, RB, GB (at MIN)

    18. Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA (vs. NE)

    19. Joe Mixon, RB, CIN (vs, PIT)

    20. Keenan Allen, WR, LAC (vs. LV)

    21. Nick Chubb, RB, CLE (at CAR)

    22. Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND (at HOU)

    23. Leonard Fournette, RB, TB (at DAL)

    24. DJ Moore, WR, CAR (vs. CLE)

    25. Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN (at SEA)

    26. Javonte Williams, RB, DEN (at SEA)

    27. Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL (vs. NO)

    28. Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG (at TEN)

    29. Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU (vs. IND)

    30. D'Andre Swift, RB, DET (vs. PHI)

    31. A.J. Brown, WR, PHI (at DET)

    32. Mark Andrews, TE, BAL (at NYJ)

    33. Mike Williams, WR, LAC (vs. LV)

    34. James Conner, RB, AZ (vs. KC)

    35. Tee Higgins, WR, CIN (vs. PIT)

    36. Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS (vs. JAX)

    37. Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS (vs. JAX)

    38. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL (vs. TB)

    39. DK Metcalf, WR, SEA (vs. DEN)

    40. Darren Waller, TE, LV (at LAC)

    41. Travis Etienne Jr., RB, JAX (at WAS)

    42. Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT (vs. CIN)

    43. Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF (at CHI) [INJURED]

    44. Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI (vs. SF)

    45. Marquise Brown, WR, AZ (vs. KC)

    46. Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA (vs. NE)

    47. David Montgomery, RB, CHI (vs. SF)

    48. Michael Thomas, WR, NO (at ATL)

    49. Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN (at SEA)

    50. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC (at AZ)

    51. DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI (at DET)

    52. Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL (vs. TB)

    53. Josh Jacobs, RB, LV (at LAC)

    54. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC (at AZ)

    55. Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ (vs. BAL)

    56. Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA (vs. DEN)

    57. Cam Akers, RB, LAR (vs. BUF)

    58. Allen Robinson II, WR, LAR (vs. BUF)

    59. Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL (vs. NOS)

    60. George Kittle, TE, SF (at CHI) [INJURED]

    61. Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL (at NYJ)

    62. Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA (vs. NE)

    63. Allen Lazard, WR, GB (at MIN) {INJURED]

    64. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET (vs. PHI)

    65. Damien Harris, RB, NE (at MIA)

    66. Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU (vs. IND)

    67. Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF (at LAR)

    68. Miles Sanders, RB, PHI (at DET)

    69. Chris Godwin, WR, TB (at DAL)

    70. AJ Dillon, RB, GB (at MIN)

    71. Amari Cooper, WR, CLE (at CAR)

    72. Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV (at LAC)

    73. Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE (at CAR)

    74. Christian Kirk, WR, JAX (at WAS)

    75. Zach Ertz, TE, AZ (vs. KC)

    76. JK Dobbins, RB, BAL (at NYJ) [INJURED]

    77. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF (at CHI)

    78. Robert Woods, WR, TEN (vs. NYG)

    79. Tony Pollard, RB, DAL (vs. TB)

    80. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE (at MIA)

    81. Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA (vs. DEN)

    82. Adam Thielen, WR, MIN (vs. GB)

    83. T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET (vs. PHI)

    84. Devin Singletary, RB, BUF (at LAR)

    85. Drake London, WR, ATL (vs. NO)

    86. Michael Carter, RB, NYJ (vs. BAL)

    87. Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN (vs. PIT)

    88. Melvin Gordon III, RB, DEN (at SEA)

    89. Julio Jones, WR, TB (at DAL)

    90. James Robinson, RB, JAX (at WAS)

    91. DeVante Parker, WR, NE (at MIA)

    92. Breece Hall, RB, NYJ (vs. BAL)

    93. Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE (at MIA)

    94. Dallas Goedert, PHI (at DET)

    95. Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA (vs. NE)

    96. Chris Olave, WR, NO (at ATL)

    97. James Cook, RB, BUF (at LAR)

    98. Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG (at TEN)

    99. Mike Davis. RB, BAL (at NYJ)

    100. Chase Claypool, WR, PIT (at CIN)


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    Gary Davenport is a two-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association Football Writer of the Year. Follow him on Twitter at @IDPSharks.

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