Week 1 Fantasy Football Ranks

They’re posted a little later than we’d like here inside the locker room, but this is always a rough day job week… so… here they are on Friday AM after the Thursday nighter.

Our Week 1 Fantasy Football Ranks are posted without much discussion, though the bullets below the post highlight some of the players I’m higher or lower on in terms of ECR with an eye toward who I’ll be targeting in DFS this week.


Week 1 is a challenge as a general rule, as you don’t know a lot about schemes on both sides of the ball, and further about which teams will be truly good and bad against the run, pass, etc. Certainly, you can’t base your assessments on last year’s rosters. Alas, here are the high points:

  • I’m well ahead of ECR on Matthew Stafford. I was in my preseason ranks as well, and it has a lot to do with how well he performed under Jim Bob Cooter last year as OC. Losing Johnson hurts, sure, but Tate and Jones aren’t a dismal group at WR. This week in particular, it’s about exploiting an Indianapolis secondary that wasn’t very good to begin with and was hit with the injury bug this preseason. Keep an eye on both QBs in Vegas’ highest projected point total of the week.
  • I’m buying Carlos Hyde in Chip Kelly’s offense and expect a run heavy game plan. There isn’t a lot of talent at WR and Blaine Gabbert is a QB you want to hide not game plan around.
  • I’m not ready to make any season long projections on the Seattle backfield, though I think that Thomas Rawls will get his shot. That said, this week in a game at home with the ‘Hawks projected to win big and be running out the clock, I’m betting on a big outing from Christine Michael. Expect a handful of carries for Rawls and the bulk of the work for Michael in Week 1.
  • I’m not scared off by Dez with Dak. I definitely think you’ll see a run heavy game plan, but the two made some plays together in the pre-season and Dez remains the best option in the receiving game by a wide margin. I don’t expect to see a ton of defense in this contest, and think Dez could put up some serious points on 10+ targets.

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