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2023 Fantasy Football: Week 1 Flex Rankings – Catching Kelce

We made it! The wait is finally over, and the 2023 NFL season is finally about to begin. With that begins another season of my weekly Flex rankings, which will be published every Thursday morning. Normally when it comes to Week 1, rankings are pretty cut and dried. There are no bye weeks, and everyone is relatively fresh and healthy. Without current data and trends to work off of, it usually ends up being a “start your studs” kind of week. However, it feels like this week, there are more studs in question than usual. There are a few situations where we know players are going to sit out. Jonathan Taylor, Alvin Kamara, and Cooper Kupp are a few top-tier players who come to mind. But there are a few players whose status in my Week 1 Flex Rankings is still in doubt.

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Tight End News and Notes

I usually do not start with tight end news, but Travis Kelce hyperextended his knee in practice this week and is questionable for the season opener. Mark Andrews and George Kittle are also dealing with injuries, though both returned to practice on Wednesday. Considering how ugly the tight end position can get in fantasy football, this is not an ideal situation for fantasy managers. The good news is that we will know the status of these players before early lock. The Chiefs play on Thursday, while both the Ravens and 49ers are in the early window on Sunday. However, reinforcements may be necessary if any of these tight ends miss their Week 1 game. I ranked all three as if they were playing. But Kelce in particular is a bit lower in my Flex rankings than he would be under normal circumstances.

Running Back News and Notes

The news is mostly positive on the running back front. Breece Hall and Javonte Williams will be in action in Week 1 after suffering season-ending injuries last fall. While both backs carry significant upside, there is also cause for concern. I am not expecting either running back to dominate touches early given their long roads back, despite what Sean Payton has said regarding Williams. Both teams have other capable options, namely Dalvin Cook and Samaje Perine. Unfortunately, that muddies the waters a bit when it comes to Week 1 Flex rankings. I think all four running backs mentioned are potential Flex plays. But because of the uncertainty involved, I don’t know if any of them are must-starts. I have all of them in the RB26-RB35 range.

Wide Receiver News and Notes

Jerry Jeudy took part in a limited practice on Wednesday. I am still not convinced we will see him in Week 1. He was injured two weeks ago, and reports at the time suggested he would miss several weeks. If we get some more positive news leading up to Sunday, I will move him up in my rankings. Rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba is another wideout who may rise in my Flex rankings between now and Sunday. He underwent wrist surgery just two weeks ago but is trending towards playing in Week 1. Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs missed Wednesday’s practice, which has raised some eyebrows. For now, I am not moving either in my weekly rankings. Watson is still a high-end fantasy starter, while Doubs cannot yet be trusted in fantasy circles.

Week 1 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

More Week 1 Rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Half-PPR by Position | Flex Rankings

1Austin EkelerRB1LACMIA
2Christian McCaffreyRB2SF@PIT
3Justin JeffersonWR1MINTB
4Bijan RobinsonRB3ATLCAR
5Tony PollardRB4DAL@NYG
6Ja’Marr ChaseWR2CIN@CLE
7Tyreek HillWR3MIA@LAC
8Nick ChubbRB5CLECIN
9Saquon BarkleyRB6NYGDAL
10Derrick HenryRB7TEN@NO
11Josh JacobsRB8LV@DEN
12CeeDee LambWR4DAL@NYG
13Joe MixonRB9CIN@CLE
14Rhamondre StevensonRB10NEPHI
15Amon-Ra St. BrownWR5DET@KC
16Stefon DiggsWR6BUF@NYJ
17Kenneth Walker IIIRB11SEALAR
18Aaron JonesRB12GB@CHI
19Davante AdamsWR7LV@DEN
20J.K. DobbinsRB13BALHOU
21Travis EtienneRB14JAC@IND
22A.J. BrownWR8PHI@NE
23Alexander MattisonRB15MINTB
24Garrett WilsonWR9NYJBUF
25Jaylen WaddleWR10MIA@LAC
26Najee HarrisRB16PITSF
27Cam AkersRB17LAR@SEA
28David MontgomeryRB18DET@KC
29Jamaal WilliamsRB19NOTEN
30Miles SandersRB20CAR@ATL
31Travis KelceTE1KCDET
32James ConnerRB21ARI@WAS
33Mark AndrewsTE2BALHOU
34Chris OlaveWR11NOTEN
35Rachaad WhiteRB22TB@MIN
36Dameon PierceRB23HOU@BAL
37DK MetcalfWR12SEALAR
38Keenan AllenWR13LACMIA
39James CookRB24BUF@NYJ
40Jahmyr GibbsRB25DET@KC
41Deebo SamuelWR14SF@PIT
42Breece HallRB26NYJBUF
43Calvin RidleyWR15JAC@IND
44Brian RobinsonRB27WASARI
45Tee HigginsWR16CIN@CLE
46DeVonta SmithWR17PHI@NE
47Raheem MostertRB28MIA@LAC
48Amari CooperWR18CLECIN
49Samaje PerineRB29DENLV
50DeAndre HopkinsWR19TEN@NO
51Javonte WilliamsRB30DENLV
52Christian WatsonWR20GB@CHI
53Tyler LockettWR21SEALAR
54Isiah PachecoRB31KCDET
55Christian KirkWR22JAC@IND
56Mike EvansWR23TB@MIN
57Mike WilliamsWR24LACMIA
58Chris GodwinWR25TB@MIN
59Jahan DotsonWR26WASARI
60Drake LondonWR27ATLCAR
61D.J. MooreWR28CHIGB
62A.J. DillonRB32GB@CHI
63Brandon AiyukWR29SF@PIT
64T.J. HockensonTE3MINTB
65Diontae JohnsonWR30PITSF
66Michael Pittman Jr.WR31INDJAC
67Khalil HerbertRB33CHIGB
68Courtland SuttonWR32DENLV
69George PickensWR33PITSF
70Antonio GibsonRB34WASARI
71Darren WallerTE4NYGDAL
72Marquise BrownWR34ARI@WAS
73Dalvin CookRB35NYJBUF
74Van JeffersonWR35LAR@SEA
75Brandin CooksWR36DAL@NYG
76Gabe DavisWR37BUF@NYJ
77Michael ThomasWR38NOTEN
78D’Andre SwiftRB36PHI@NE
79George KittleTE5SF@PIT
80Juju Smith-SchusterWR39NEPHI
81Jordan AddisonWR40MINTB
82Jakobi MeyersWR41LV@DEN
83Allen LazardWR42NYJBUF
84Evan EngramTE6JAC@IND
85Dallas GoedertTE7PHI@NE
86Treylon BurksWR43TEN@NO
87Zach CharbonnetRB37SEALAR
88Kyle PittsTE8ATLCAR
89Jerick McKinnonRB38KCDET
90Zay FlowersWR44BALHOU
91Zack MossRB39INDJAC
92Curtis SamuelWR45WASARI
93Zay JonesWR46JAC@IND
94Tyler HigbeeTE9LAR@SEA
95Pat FreiermuthTE10PITSF
96Kadarius ToneyWR47KCDET
97Nico CollinsWR48HOU@BAL
98Terry McLaurinWR49WASARI
99David NjokuTE11CLECIN
100Skyy MooreWR50KCDET
101Tutu AtwellWR51LAR@SEA
102Ezekiel ElliottRB40NEPHI
103D.J. CharkWR52CAR@ATL
104Deon JacksonRB41INDJAC
105Michael GallupWR53DAL@NYG
106Tyler AllgeierRB42ATLCAR
107Rashaad PennyRB43PHI@NE
108Jaylen WarrenRB44PITSF
109Elijah MooreWR54CLECIN
110Chigoziem OkonkwoTE12TEN@NO
111Darnell MooneyWR55CHIGB
112Marvin MimsWR56DENLV
113Tyler BoydWR57CIN@CLE
114Damien HarrisRB45BUF@NYJ
115Adam ThielenWR58CAR@ATL
116Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR59KCDET
117Odell Beckham Jr.WR60BALHOU
118Rondale MooreWR61ARI@WAS
119Dalton SchultzTE13HOU@BAL
120Rashod BatemanWR62BALHOU
121Juwan JohnsonTE14NOTEN
122Sam LaPortaTE15DET@KC
123Alec PierceWR63INDJAC
124Quentin JohnstonWR64LACMIA
125DeVante ParkerWR65NEPHI
126Donovan Peoples-JonesWR66CLECIN
127K.J. OsbornWR67MINTB
128Romeo DoubsWR68GB@CHI
129Greg DulcichTE16DENLV
130Cole KmetTE17CHIGB
131Gerald EverettTE18LACMIA
132Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWR69SEALAR
133Rashid ShaheedWR70NOTEN
134Tank BigsbyRB46JAC@IND
135Devon AchaneRB47MIA@LAC
136Hunter RenfrowWR71LV@DEN
137Elijah MitchellRB48SF@PIT
138Chuba HubbardRB49CAR@ATL
139Hayden HurstTE19CAR@ATL
140Isaiah HodginsWR72NYGDAL
141Dalton KincaidTE20BUF@NYJ
142Jonathan MingoWR73CAR@ATL
143Jayden ReedWR74GB@CHI
144Darius SlaytonWR75NYGDAL
145Puka NacuaWR76LAR@SEA
146Gus EdwardsRB50BALHOU
147Devin SingletaryRB51HOU@BAL
148Hunter HenryTE21NEPHI
149Josh ReynoldsWR77DET@KC
150Kendre MillerRB52NOTEN
151Irv Smith Jr.TE22CIN@CLE
152Kendrick BourneWR78NEPHI
153Marvin JonesWR79DET@KC
154Kenneth GainwellRB53PHI@NE
155Joshua KelleyRB54LACMIA
156Robert WoodsWR80HOU@BAL
157Kyren WilliamsRB55LAR@SEA
158Tyler ConklinTE23NYJBUF
159Parris CampbellWR81NYGDAL
160Noah FantTE24SEALAR
161Tyjae SpearsRB56TEN@NO
162D’Onta ForemanRB57CHIGB
163Luke MusgraveTE25GB@CHI
164Josh DownsWR82INDJAC
165Mecole HardmanWR83NYJBUF
166Jake FergusonTE26DAL@NYG
167Jerome FordRB58CLECIN
168Josh PalmerWR84LACMIA
169Dawson KnoxTE27BUF@NYJ
170Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB59KCDET
171Mack HollinsWR85ATLCAR
172Ty ChandlerRB60MINTB
173Trey PalmerWR86TB@MIN
174Michael MayerTE28LV@DEN
175Mike GesickiTE29NEPHI
176Cade OttonTE30TB@MIN
177Terrace Marshall Jr.WR87CAR@ATL
178Taysom HillTE31NOTEN
179Chase ClaypoolWR88CHIGB
180Michael WilsonWR89ARI@WAS
181Austin HooperTE32LV@DEN
182Logan ThomasTE33WASARI
183Evan HullRB61INDJAC
184Braxton BerriosWR90MIA@LAC
185Chase EdmondsRB62TB@MIN
186Roschon JohnsonRB63CHIGB
187Ben SkowronekWR91LAR@SEA
188Allen Robinson IIWR92PITSF
189Keaontay IngramRB64ARI@WAS
190Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR93TEN@NO
191Zamir WhiteRB65LV@DEN
192Isaiah LikelyTE34BALHOU
193Tank DellWR94HOU@BAL
194Randall CobbWR95NYJBUF
195Trey McBrideTE35ARI@WAS
196Adam TrautmanTE36DENLV
197Rico DowdleRB66DAL@NYG
198Kalif RaymondWR96DET@KC
199John Metchie IIIWR97HOU@BAL
200Deonte HartyWR98BUF@NYJ
201Jauan JenningsWR99SF@PIT
202Matt BreidaRB67NYGDAL
203Rashee RiceWR100KCDET
204Kylen GransonTE37INDJAC
205Durham SmytheTE38MIA@LAC
206Cordarrelle PattersonRB68ATLCAR
207Will DisslyTE39SEALAR
208Deuce VaughnRB69DAL@NYG
209Zach ErtzTE40ARI@WAS
210Kayshon BoutteWR101NEPHI
211Jalin HyattWR102NYGDAL
212Noah GrayTE41KCDET
213Chris MooreWR103TEN@NO
214Richie JamesWR104KCDET
215Brandon JohnsonWR105DENLV
216Quez WatkinsWR106PHI@NE
217Salvon AhmedRB70MIA@LAC
218Isaiah McKenzieWR107INDJAC
219Trayveon WilliamsRB71CIN@CLE
220Mo Alie-CoxTE42INDJAC
221Olamide ZaccheausWR108PHI@NE
222Jerry JeudyWR109DENLV
223Deven ThompkinsWR110TB@MIN
224Foster MoreauTE43NOTEN
225Luke SchoonmakerTE44DAL@NYG
226Donald ParhamTE45LACMIA
227Jonnu SmithTE46ATLCAR
228Greg DortchWR111ARI@WAS
229Wan’Dale RobinsonWR112NYGDAL
230Colby ParkinsonTE47SEALAR
231Laviska Shenault Jr.WR113CAR@ATL
232Noah BrownWR114HOU@BAL
233Sterling ShepardWR115NYGDAL
234Khalil ShakirWR116BUF@NYJ
235C.J. UzomahTE48NYJBUF
236Myles GaskinRB72MINTB
237Trent SherfieldWR117BUF@NYJ
238Demarcus RobinsonWR118LAR@SEA
239Sean TuckerRB73TB@MIN
240Michael CarterRB74NYJBUF
241Tyler KroftTE49MIA@LAC
242Jamal AgnewWR119JAC@IND
243Jordan AkinsTE50CLECIN
244Khadarel HodgeWR120ATLCAR
245Trenton IrwinWR121CIN@CLE
246Cedrick WilsonWR122MIA@LAC
247Cole TurnerTE51WASARI
248Darnell WashingtonTE52PITSF
249Pierre Strong Jr.RB75CLECIN
250Chris EvansRB76CIN@CLE
251Daniel BellingerTE53NYGDAL
252Josh OliverTE54MINTB
253Ko KieftTE55TB@MIN
254Dyami BrownWR123WASARI
255Brock WrightTE56DET@KC
256Calvin Austin IIIWR124PITSF
257Raheem BlackshearRB77CAR@ATL
258Cedric TillmanWR125CLECIN
259Isaiah SpillerRB78LACMIA
260Zach PascalWR126ARI@WAS
261Tommy TrembleTE57CAR@ATL
262Justice HillRB79BALHOU
263Harrison BryantTE58CLECIN
264Nelson AgholorWR127BALHOU
265Demario DouglasWR128NEPHI
266Chase BrownRB80CIN@CLE
267Robert Tonyan Jr.TE59CHIGB
268Justin WatsonWR129KCDET
269Drew SampleTE60CIN@CLE
270Brevin JordanTE61HOU@BAL
271Dontayvion WicksWR130GB@CHI
272Jalen TolbertWR131DAL@NYG
273Ke'Shawn VaughnRB81TB@MIN
274Scott MillerWR132ATLCAR
275Samori ToureWR133GB@CHI

Mick Ciallela is consistently among the top-ranked analysts on FantasyPro’s accuracy rankings. Think twice before you question his Week 1 Flex Rankings.

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