Weekly Rankings

Week 1 Rankings – Fantasy Football 2018

There is no more difficult week to predict than week 1. Some wild stuff is most likely going to happen, but if I can give you any advice, it’s do not over react! My basic rule in week 1 is to start your studs, you drafted them for a reason!

With that said if you need a bold flex play or landed some extra talent you weren’t expecting to land, let’s look at who the top guys should be for the first week of the 2018 NFL season. .. ohhh that felt good to say!

——————–QUARTER BACKS——————–

Cam comes out swinging against the Cowboys and their weak secondary in week 1! Funchess, McCaffrey, and Olsen may all get a TD from the mobile QB this weekend. Drew Bress, Kirk Cousins, and Big Ben also get off to hot starts in 2018. Tyrod holds his own against the Steelers in a game Pittsburgh wins pretty close, Marcus Mariota shows off a bit of that new offense having good days to Walker, Davis and his RBs. I think Andy Dalton finishes as a QB1 against a weak Indy defense with a healthy A.J. Green, John Ross, and Tyler Effiert.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Cam Newton CAR DAL
2 Drew Bress NO TB
3 Aaron Rodgers GB CHI
4 Kirk Cousins MIN SF
5 Philip Rivers LAC KC
6 Tom Brady NE HOU
7 Ben Roethlisberger PIT CLE
8 Matthew Stafford DET NYJ
9 Deshaun Watson HOU NE
10 Marcus Mariota TEN MIA
11 Russell Wilson SEA DEN
12 Andy Dalton CIN IND
13 Jared Goff LAR OAK
14 Tyrod Taylor CLE PIT
15 Jimmy Garoppolo SF MIN
16 Alex Smith WAS ARI
17 Joe Flacco BAL BUF
18 Matt Ryan ATL PHI
19 Blake Bortles JAC NYG
20 Case Keenum DEN SEA
21 Patrick Mahomes KC LAC
22 Nick Foles PHI ATL
23 Andrew Luck IND CIN
24 Dak Prescott DAL CAR
25 Mitch Trubisky CHI GB
26 Eli Manning NYG JAC
27 Sam Bradford ARI WAS
28 Derek Carr OAK LAR
29 Ryan Tannehill MIA TEN
30 Sam Darnold NYJ DET

——————–RUNNING BACKS——————–

I think this week James Conner is a sneaky RB1 with Le’Veon Bell likely to miss week 1. I like Christian McCaffrey, Melvin Gordon, and David Johnson to come out looking like absolute studs for the season. And for my money Royce Freeman is the rookie RB that takes off out of the gate while Barkley is given a less than favorable match up against Jacksonville, but don’t worry, he will catch back up.

PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 David Johnson ARI WAS
2 Todd Gurley LAR OAK
3 Alvin Kamara NO TB
4 Leonard Fournette JAC NYG
5 Christian McCaffrey CAR DAL
6 Melvin Gordon LAC KC
7 Dalvin Cook MIN SF
8 Royce Freeman DEN SEA
9 Ezekiel Elliot DAL CAR
10 Alex Collins BAL BUF
11 Joe Mixon CIN IND
12 James Conner PIT CLE
13 Derrick Henry TEN MIA
14 Kareem Hunt KC LAC
15 Jordan Howard CHI GB
16 Devonta Freeman ATL PHI
17 Corey Clement PHI ATL
18 Lamar Miller HOU NE
19 Rex Burkhead NE HOU
20 Dion Lewis TEN MIA
21 Saquon Barkley NYG JAC
22 Tevin Coleman ATL PHI
23 Chris Carson SEA DEN
24 Peyton Barber TB NO
25 Chris Thompson WAS ARI
26 Jammal Williams GB CHi
27 Jay Ajayi PHI ATL
28 LaGarrette Blount DET NYJ
29 Isiah Crowell NYJ DET
30 Jordan Wilkins IND CIN
31 Alfred Morris SF MIN
32 Carlos Hyde CLE PIT
33 Duke Johnson CLE PIT
34 Giovani Bernard CIN IND
35 Kenyan Drake MIA TEN
36 James White NE HOU
37 LeSean McCoy BUF BAL
38 Kerryon Johnson DET NYJ
39 Tarik Cohen CHI GB
40 Adrian Peterson WAS ARI

——————-WIDE RECEIVERS——————-

Guys that are going to get off to a hot start in 2018 are Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen, and A.J. Green! I think Odell fresh off of a new paycheck has a solid day against that tough Jacksonville secondary, but not quite a top 10 day. Jarvis Landry is Tyrod’s go to guy against the Steelers and Devin Funchess is still the guy Cam is looking for in the Red Zone. Both have a decent day yardage wise with a TD to go with it.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 DeAndre Hopkins HOU NE
2 Michael Thomas NO TB
3 Keenan Allen LAC KC
4 A.J. Green CIN IND
5 Antonio Brown PIT CLE
6 Stefon Diggs MIN SF
7 Julio Jones ATL PHI
8 Davante Adams GB CHI
9 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WAS
10 Tyreek Hill KC LAC
11 Chris Hogan NE HOU
12 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG JAC
13 Adam Thielen MIN SF
14 Jarvis Landry CLE PIT
15 Devin Funchess CAR DAL
16 Mike Evans TB NO
17 Marvin Jones DET NYJ
18 Brandin Cooks LAR OAK
19 Tyler Lockett SEA DEN
20 Amari Cooper OAK LAR
21 Keelan Cole JAC NYG
22 Juju Smith-Schuester PIT CLE
23 Josh Gordon CLE PIT
24 Emmanuel Sanders DEN SEA
25 Golden Tate DET NYJ
26 John Brown BAL BUF
27 Doug Baldwin SEA DEN
28 T.Y. Hilton IND CIN
29 Demaryius Thomas DEN SEA
30 Marquise Goodwin SF MIN
31 Corey Davis TEN MIA
32 Allen Robinson CHI GB
33 Jamison Crowder WAS ARI
34 Cooper Kupp LAR OAK
35 Sammy Watkins KC LAC
36 Jordy Nelson OAK LAR
37 Nelson Agholor PHI ATL
38 Will Fuller HOU NE
39 Randall Cobb GB CHI
40 Kenny Stills MIA TEN

——————–TIGHT ENDS——————–

Gronk makes it clear from New England’s first offensive possession he plans on reaching every single incentive in his new contract this season, if he can stay healthy, he will. Zach Ertz is currently the best receiver on the Eagles and I think he is a highlight for them on opening night this Thursday. Tyler Eifert is welcomed back with a week 1 TD from Andy Dalton, and other guys who score week 1 are Njoku, Graham, Olsen and Walker.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Rob Gronkowski NE HOU
2 Zach Ertz PHI ATL
3 Delanie Walker TEN MIA
4 Jimmy Graham GB CHI
5 Greg Olsen CAR DAL
6 Kyle Rudolph MIN SF
7 Travis Kelce KC LAC
8 Trey Burton CHI GB
9 David Njoku CLE PIT
10 Jack Doyle IND CIN
11 Jordan Reed WAS ARI
12 Tyler Eifert CIN IND
13 Evan Engram NYG JAC
14 Jared Cook OAK LAR
15 Austin Seferian-Jenkins JAC NYG
16 Antonio Gates LAC KC
17 Charles Clay BUF BAL
18 George Kittle SF MIN
19 Ben Watson NO TB
20 O.J. Howard TB NO
21 Vance McDonald PIT CLE
22 Cameron Brate TB NO
23 Ricky Seals-Jones ARI WAS
24 Austin Hooper ATL PHI
25 Eric Ebron IND CIN

——————–D/ST——————–

The team playing the Browns is no longer an auto start in 2018, but Pittsburgh is usable as is Cleveland in a game I think that has a couple of turnovers on both sides. Baltimore is a LOCK against Nate Peterman and the Bills. Great streaming options are Detroit, Tennessee, and Cincinnati.

RANK TEAM OPPONENT
1 Baltimore BUF
2 Jacksonville NYG
3 Los Angeles Rams OAK
4 Minnesota SF
5 New Orleans TB
6 Denver SEA
7 Tennessee MIA
8 Detroit NYJ
9 Carolina DAL
10 Los Angeles Chargers KC
11 Philadelphia ATL
12 New England HOU
13 Arizona WAS
14 Cincinnati IND
15 Green Bay CHI
16 Pittsburgh CLE
17 Washington ARI
18 Cleveland PIT
19 Houston NE
20 Atlanta PHI
21 New York Giants JAC
22 Tampa Bay NO
23 Dallas CAR
24 Seattle DEN
25 Kansas City LAC
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