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Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings for Standard Scoring

I’d like us all to take a moment. A moment to grab hands (spiritually, of course) and celebrate the return of the sport we love. Football is back, and with its 2020 debut comes fantasy questions. I’m here to, hmm, how can I say this? I’m here to help you open up a can of you-know-what on your league-mates. I, as well as my other Fantrax cohorts, will be here all season long to help you achieve sweet, sweet fantasy supremacy. Now, without further adieu, I present to you my Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings for leagues that use a standard scoring format.

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About My Week 1 Rankings


From the jump, you’ll find most of the usual suspects sitting atop my rankings. I could eat up your time discussing Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, but you didn’t spend a second-round pick to wait for me to tell you to start them. No, instead, this goes out to all my streamers out there.

Two guys that really stand out to me in Week 1 are Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. While Roethlisberger offers far more upside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a quarterback with a better matchup than Rivers has against the Jaguars. The Jags are not what they used to be on defense. In a Post-A.J. Bouye world, Jacksonville’s best option at corner could very well be their rookie C.J. Henderson. Jacksonville rolls into Week 1 against a solid, veteran quarterback in Rivers, who isn’t accustomed to playing with an offensive-line such as the unit the Colts have assembled. Contrasting Los Angeles’ O-Line to Indianapolis’, the Colts finished nearly 16 points higher in pass-blocking metrics per Pro Football Focus. Expect Rivers to have a nice cushion in the pocket to operate with.

Ben, on the other hand, lines up opposite of a secondary riddled with newly converted starters that offer less appeal than the freshly cut DeAndre Baker. Sure, James Bradberry, an experienced veteran, is new in town, but years of seeing him get ripped apart by the passing offenses in the NFC South offer little hope. Ben, James Conner, and JuJu Smith-Schuster are all easy starts.

Running Backs

Ready for an unpopular take? Jonathan Taylor should be nothing more than a flex spot in your lineup.

It’s not that I haven’t fallen in love with the rookie’s talent, because truly, it pains me to declare such a thing. Recent reports out of practice have uniformly stated that Marlon Mack is being utilized as their starter. Come Week 3, this very well may be a different discussion. Although Head Coach Frank Reich has said that Mack has “earned the right” to be the starter, he subsequently stated that the team would ride the hot hand throughout the season. Mack will eventually cede the position to the rookie, but it may take a few weeks for that to come to fruition. Needless to say, if you have Mack on your team, it’s all systems go in Week 1.

If you haven’t broken your computer in a blind rage after reading my comments on the Colts backfield, then strap in, because the same is about to be said for the Rams. Head Coach Sean McVay revealed that Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers, and Darrell Henderson (if healthy) will all receive touches against Dallas. Like the Colts’ situation, talent will eventually prevail. In the meantime, exercise patience when starting your rookie running backs in fantasy.

Wide Receiver

Keenan Allen backhanded me and demanded that I pay him some respect when ranking him for Week 1. That’s what happened and I’m sticking to it.

In reality, the loss of Mike Williams has forced my hand. That and he looked pretty damn good in Hard Knocks…

The Chargers are squaring up against the Bengals in Week 1, and Cincinnati inspires anything but fear in their secondary. William Jackson III is coming off a disastrous season, and Trae Waynes was recently placed on IR. Is it any surprise that Tyrod Taylor’s clear-cut No. 1 (both in talent and role) weapon finds himself in my top 10 on the week?

Moving away from that game, I’ve got Amari Cooper farther down my rankings than he’d normally find himself. With Cooper, I’m not endorsing that fantasy owners play the “Will he? Won’t he?'” game right out of the gate. Considering that he’s been nursing an injury and that he’s playing in an offense with a litany of weapons facing a solid Rams secondary, I’d safely consider him a Week 1 fade.

Tight End

Remind me. Did I talk about that Chargers game yet?

Similar to Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry’s production this week will be equal parts talent, equal parts necessity. Allen is clearly the alpha in their passing attack, but peripheral pieces like Henry and Austin Ekeler will have to step up as well. Henry is a dominant red-zone force that will find himself with plenty of red-zone opportunities to work with against a mediocre Bengals defense.

Ah hell, let’s talk streamers one more time.

Going back to the well, Jack Doyle is a fantastic streaming candidate against the Jaguars in Week 1. His quarterback is notoriously known for feeding his tight ends, and until Parris Campbell or Michael Pittman Jr. proves themselves, Jack Doyle is a steady, reliable commodity in the Colts passing attack.

Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

  • QB

  • RB

  • WR

  • TE

  • D/ST

1Patrick MahomesKC1
2Lamar JacksonBAL1
3Deshaun WatsonHOU1
4Russell WilsonSEA1
5Josh AllenBUF1
6Carson WentzPHI1
7Ben RoethlisbergerPIT2
8Aaron RodgersGB2
9Drew BreesNO2
10Matthew StaffordDET2
11Tom BradyTB2
12Philip RiversIND2
13Kyler MurrayARI2
14Jared GoffLAR2
15Dak PrescottDAL2
16Tyrod TaylorLAC2
17Matt RyanATL2
18Cam NewtonNE2
19Derek CarrLV2
20Gardner MinshewJAC2
21Jimmy GaroppoloSF2
22Teddy BridgewaterCAR2
23Ryan TannehillTEN2
24Kirk CousinsMIN2
25Daniel JonesNYG2
26Joe BurrowCIN2
27Baker MayfieldCLE2
28Dwayne HaskinsWSH3
29Drew LockDEN3
30Mitchell TrubiskyCHI4
31Sam DarnoldNYJ4
32Ryan FitzpatrickMIA4
33Nick FolesCHI4
34Tua TagovailoaMIA4

1Christian McCaffreyCAR1
2Ezekiel ElliottDAL1
3Josh JacobsLV1
4Clyde Edwards-HelaireKC1
5Alvin KamaraNO1
6Dalvin CookMIN1
7James ConnerPIT1
8Miles SandersPHI1
9Chris CarsonSEA1
10Saquon BarkleyNYG1
11Joe MixonCIN1
12Aaron JonesGB1
13Derrick HenryTEN1
14Mark IngramBAL1
15Kenyan DrakeARI1
16Nick ChubbCLE1
17Raheem MostertSF2
18David JohnsonHOU2
19Austin EkelerLAC2
20Todd GurleyATL2
21Marlon MackIND2
22Le'Veon BellNYJ2
23Jonathan TaylorIND2
24Devin SingletaryBUF2
25Melvin GordonDEN2
26Jordan HowardMIA3
27Kerryon JohnsonDET3
28Antonio GibsonWSH3
29Sony MichelNE3
30Tarik CohenCHI3
31Cam AkersLAR3
32Zack MossBUF3
33D'Andre SwiftDET3
34Latavius MurrayNO3
35Ronald JonesTB4
36Phillip LindsayDEN4
37Malcolm BrownLAR4
38Chris ThompsonJAC4
39Kareem HuntCLE4
40Matt BreidaMIA4
41James WhiteNE4
42J.K. DobbinsBAL5
43Justin JacksonLAC5
44James RobinsonJAC5
45Tevin ColemanSF5
46Leonard FournetteTB5
47Bryce LoveWSH5
48Frank GoreNYJ5
49Jalen RichardLV5
50A.J. DillonGB5
51Nyheim HinesIND5
52Duke JohnsonHOU5
53Boston ScottPHI5
54Chase EdmondsARI5
55Darrell HendersonLAR5
56LeSean McCoyTB5
57Alexander MattisonMIN5
58Tony PollardDAL5
59Carlos HydeSEA6
60Adrian PetersonWSH6
61Giovani BernardCIN6
62Darrynton EvansTEN6
63Anthony McFarlandPIT7
64Jamaal WilliamsGB7
65Joshua KelleyLAC7
66Benny Snell Jr.PIT8
67Ito SmithATL8
68Ryquell ArmsteadJAC8
69Jerick McKinnonSF8
70Gus EdwardsBAL8

1Davante AdamsGB1
2Tyreek HillKC1
3Michael ThomasNO1
4Kenny GolladayDET1
5Julio JonesATL1
6D.J. MooreCAR2
7Chris GodwinTB2
8Tyler LockettSEA2
9JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT2
10Keenan AllenLAC2
11Robert WoodsLAR2
12Stefon DiggsBUF2
13Allen RobinsonCHI2
14T.Y. HiltonIND2
15DeAndre HopkinsARI2
16A.J. BrownTEN2
17Mike EvansTB2
18Cooper KuppLAR2
19Adam ThielenMIN2
20D.J. CharkJAC2
21D.K. MetcalfSEA2
22Terry McLaurinWSH2
23Will FullerHOU2
24Courtland SuttonDEN2
25Marquise BrownBAL2
26Marvin JonesDET2
27Amari CooperDAL2
28Brandin CooksHOU2
29Julian EdelmanNE2
30Calvin RidleyATL2
31Michael GallupDAL2
32DeVante ParkerMIA2
33A.J. GreenCIN2
34Odell Beckham Jr.CLE2
35DeSean JacksonPHI3
36Jarvis LandryCLE3
37Jamison CrowderNYJ3
38Tyler BoydCIN3
39Deebo SamuelSF3
40Diontae JohnsonPIT3
41Sammy WatkinsKC3
42Mecole HardmanKC4
43Anthony MillerCHI4
44John BrownBUF4
45Golden TateNYG4
46Hunter RenfrowLV4
47N'Keal HarryNE4
48Sterling ShepardNYG4
49Jerry JeudyDEN4
50Bryan EdwardsLV4
51Allen LazardGB5
52Darius SlaytonNYG5
53Emmanuel SandersNO5
54Robby AndersonCAR5
55Greg WardPHI5
56Christian KirkARI5
57Michael Pittman Jr.IND5
58Randall CobbHOU5
59Henry Ruggs IIILV5
60Justin JeffersonMIN5
61Laviska Shenault Jr.JAC5
62Kendrick BourneSF5
63CeeDee LambDAL5
64Curtis SamuelCAR5
65Parris CampbellIND5
66Preston WilliamsMIA5
67Chris ConleyJAC5
68Chase ClaypoolPIT5
69Steven Sims Jr.WSH5
70Miles BoykinBAL5
71Kenny StillsHOU5
72J.J. Arcega-WhitesidePHI5
73Breshad PerrimanNYJ5
74James WashingtonPIT5
75Cole BeasleyBUF5
76Russell GageATL5
77John RossCIN5
78Corey DavisTEN5
79Denzel MimsNYJ5

1Travis KelceKC1
2George KittleSF1
3Zach ErtzPHI1
4Mark AndrewsBAL1
5Hunter HenryLAC1
6Darren WallerLV1
7Tyler HigbeeLAR1
8Jared CookNO1
9Evan EngramNYG1
10Hayden HurstATL1
11Jack DoyleIND1
12Rob GronkowskiTB1
13Jonnu SmithTEN2
14Mike GesickiMIA2
15Blake JarwinDAL2
16Noah FantDEN2
17Austin HooperCLE2
18Dallas GoedertPHI2
19Eric EbronPIT2
20Chris Herndon IVNYJ2
21T.J. HockensonDET2
22Ian ThomasCAR3
23Irv Smith Jr.MIN3
24Greg OlsenSEA3
25Darren FellsHOU3
26Gerald EverettLAR3
27Vance McDonaldPIT3
28Jimmy GrahamCHI3
29Kyle RudolphMIN3
30O.J. HowardTB3
31David NjokuCLE3
32Will DisslySEA3
33Cameron BrateTB3
34Dawson KnoxBUF4

1Bills D/ST1
2Ravens D/ST1
3Steelers D/ST1
4Patriots D/ST1
549ers D/ST1
6Chargers D/ST1
7Eagles D/ST1
8Bears D/ST1
9Broncos D/ST1
10Colts D/ST2
11Redskins D/ST2
12Rams D/ST2
13Vikings D/ST2
14Titans D/ST2
15Saints D/ST2
16Packers D/ST2
17Cowboys D/ST2
18Buccaneers D/ST2
19Chiefs D/ST2
20Raiders D/ST2
21Lions D/ST2
22Seahawks D/ST2
23Cardinals D/ST2
24Texans D/ST2
25Bengals D/ST2
26Giants D/ST2
27Panthers D/ST2
28Dolphins D/ST2
29Falcons D/ST2
30Jets D/ST2
31Browns D/ST2
32Jaguars D/ST2

If you’re looking for more Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings, take a look at our own Justin Johnson’s Week 1 PPR Rankings!

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