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Fantasy Football: Week 1 Rankings


Need help with preparing for your fantasy football league? The Fantasy Guru is here once again to give you a few tips on how to play the crazy game of fantasy football.

Game 1 is in the books but there is a lot more football to come. Struggling to decide who to include in your opening week lineup? Agonising over those critical start/sit decisions? Here’s my week 1 ranks to help you out.

A quick note for all of you who have early roster lock – next week my ranks will be up prior to Thursday kickoff. Thanks for the feedback. With that said, this week I am doing ranks that do not include Cowboys and Giants due to their having already played.

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Quarterback

  • 1. Cam Newton @ TB
  • 2. Drew Brees vs WAS
  • 3. Tom Brady @ TEN
  • 4. Aaron Rodgers vs SF
  • 5. Matthew Stafford vs STL
  • 6. Michael Vick @ CLE
  • 7. Jay Cutler vs IND
  • 8. Philip Rivers @ OAK
  • 9. Matt Ryan @ KC
  • 10. Peyton Manning vs PIT
  • 11. Robert Griffin III @ NO
  • 12. Ben Roethlisberger @ DEN
  • 13. Matt Cassel vs ATL
  • 14. Alex Smith @ GB
  • 15. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ NYJ
  • 16. Jake Locker vs NE
  • 17. Andy Dalton @ BAL
  • 18. Matt Schaub vs MIA
  • 19. Carson Palmer vs SD
  • 20. John Skelton vs SEA

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Running Back

  • 1. LeSean McCoy @ CLE
  • 2. Darren McFadden vs SD
  • 3. Matt Forte vs IND
  • 4. Ray Rice vs CIN
  • 5. Chris Johnson vs NE
  • 6. Darren Sproles vs WAS
  • 7. Arian Foster vs MIA
  • 8. Jamaal Charles vs ATL
  • 9. DeAngelo Williams @ TB
  • 10. Stevan Ridley @ TEN
  • 11. Toby Gerhart vs JAC
  • 12. Steven Jackson @ DET
  • 13. Frank Gore @ GB
  • 14. Michael Turner @ KC
  • 15. Doug Martin vs CAR
  • 16. Reggie Bush @ HOU
  • 17. Ben Tate vs MIA
  • 18. Fred Jackson @ NYJ
  • 19. Marshawn Lynch @ ARI
  • 20. Willis McGahee @ PIT
  • 21. Trent Richardson vs PHI
  • 22. Rashad Jennings @ MIN
  • 23. Benjarvus Green-Ellis @ BAL
  • 24. Kevin Smith vs STL
  • 25. Peyton Hillis vs ATL
  • 26. Maurice Jones-Drew @ MIN
  • 27. Shonn Greene vs BUF
  • 28. Donald Brown @ CHI
  • 29. Evan Royster @ NO
  • 30. C.J. Spiller @ NYJ
  • 31. Jonathan Dwyer @ DEN
  • 32. Cedric Benson vs SF
  • 33. Roy Helu @ NO
  • 34. Mark Ingram vs WAS
  • 35. Michael Bush vs IND
  • 36. Ronnie Brown @ OAK
  • 37. Robert Turbin @ ARI
  • 38. Ryan Williams vs SEA
  • 39. Jacquizz Rodgers @ KC
  • 40. Keiland Williams @ DET

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Wide Receiver

  •  1. Calvin Johnson vs STL
  • 2. Steve Smith @ TB
  • 3. Larry Fitzgerald vs SEA
  • 4. Brandon Marshall vs IND
  • 5. Andre Johnson vs MIA
  • 6. A.J. Green @ BAL
  • 7. Jordy Nelson vs SF
  • 8. Roddy White @ KC
  • 9. Wes Welker @ TEN
  • 10. Jeremy Maclin @ CLE
  • 11. Julio Jones @ KC
  • 12. Percy Harvin vs JAC
  • 13. Antonio Brown @ DEN
  • 14. Dwayne Bowe vs ATL
  • 15. Greg Jennings vs SF
  • 16. Marques Colston vs WAS
  • 17. Eric Decker vs PIT
  • 18. Brandon Lloyd @ TEN
  • 19. Pierre Garcon @ NO
  • 20. Mike Wallace @ DEN
  • 21. Lance Moore vs WAS
  • 22. DeSean Jackson @ CLE
  • 23. Demaryius Thomas vs PIT
  • 24. Malcom Floyd @ OAK
  • 25. Danny Amendola @ DET
  • 26. Vincent Jackson vs CAR
  • 27. Reggie Wayne @ CHI
  • 28. Steve Johnson @ NYJ
  • 29. Torrey Smith vs CIN
  • 30. Mario Manningham @ GB
  • 31. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs SD
  • 32. Alshon Jeffery vs IND
  • 33. Michael Crabtree @ GB
  • 34. Randall Cobb vs SF
  • 35. Greg Little vs PHI
  • 36. Anquan Boldin vs CIN
  • 37. Santonio Holmes vs BUF
  • 38. Kendall Wright vs NE
  • 39. Sidney Rice @ ARI
  • 40. Justin Blackmon @ MIN

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Tight End

  • 1.  Jimmy Graham vs WAS
  • 2. Antonio Gates @ OAK
  • 3. Aaron Hernandez @ TEN
  • 4. Brandon Pettigrew vs STL
  • 5. Rob Gronkowski @ TEN
  • 6. Jared Cook vs NE
  • 7. Vernon Davis @ GB
  • 8. Brent Celek @ CLE
  • 9. Jermichael Finley vs SF
  • 10. Jacob Tamme vs PIT
  • 11. Fred Davis @ NO
  • 12. Tony Gonzalez @ KC
  • 13. Scott Chandler @ NYJ
  • 14. Dallas Clark vs CAR
  • 15. Greg Olsen @ TB
  • 16. Dustin Keller vs BUF
  • 17. Ed Dickson vs CIN
  • 18. Marcedes Lewis @ MIN
  • 19. Coby Fleener @ CHI
  • 20. Joel Dreessen vs PIT

Check back with NFL Spin Zone later today for the ever popular Fantasy Mailbag featuring five more of your questions – plus a quick summary of my thoughts on the Cowboys/Giants game and the implications for fantasy.

One final special note for all fantasy players in the NYC area. There is a fantasy football Q+A going on at Chelsea Studios on Wednesday October 3rd that will feature Scott Engel of Rotoexperts and a surprise guest. If you’re from NYC and are interested in attending, go to http://fantasysportsuniversity.eventbrite.com/ for more details.

Until later, this is the Fantasy Guru signing off.

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