Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) gets a prime Week 1 matchup against the Lions, who allowed 33 passing TDs last year. John Bazemore AP
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) gets a prime Week 1 matchup against the Lions, who allowed 33 passing TDs last year. John Bazemore AP

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Fantasy football: Here are 245 rankings for Week 1, with one rookie QB to start

By Alan Satterlee

Correspondent

September 06, 2017 11:10 PM

UPDATED September 07, 2017 12:28 AM

Fantasy football rankings by position for Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season:

Quarterbacks

1. Tom Brady, New England vs. Kansas City ... Brady’s quest for a seventh Super Bowl ring opens at home against the Chiefs.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Seattle

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3. Russell Wilson, Seattle at Green Bay

4. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee vs. Oakland

5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta at Chicago

6. Dak Prescott, Dallas vs. NY Giants

7. Carson Palmer, Arizona at Detroit ... Palmer gets a prime matchup against the Lions, who allowed 33 passing TDs last year.

8. Drew Brees, New Orleans at Minnesota

9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Cleveland ... Roethlisberger is healthy, with all his weapons in place, so start him with confidence.

10. Cam Newton, Carolina at San Francisco ... Newton (shoulder) is practicing in full and should be good to go for Week 1.

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11. Derek Carr, Oakland at Tennessee

12. Kirk Cousins, Washington vs. Philadelphia

13. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore

14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Arizona

15. Eli Manning, NY Giants at Dallas

16. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia at Washington

17. Philip Rivers, LA Chargers at Denver

18. Alex Smith, Kansas City at New England

19. Sam Bradford, Minnesota vs. New Orleans

20. Trevor Siemian, Denver vs. LA Chargers

21. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

22. Tom Savage, Houston vs. Jacksonville

23. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco vs. Carolina

24. DeShone Kizer, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh ... Kizer will be the one 2017 rookie to start on opening day, and will become the third-youngest quarterback to start an NFL game.

25. Joe Flacco, Baltimore at Cincinnati ... Flacco has missed the entire preseason though he is set to start in Week 1. In 16 career games against the Bengals, Flacco averages just 208 yards and 0.9 passing touchdowns.

26. Mike Glennon, Chicago vs. Atlanta

27. Jared Goff, LA Rams vs. Indianapolis

28. Josh McCown, NY Jets at Buffalo

29. Scott Tolzien, Indianapolis at LA Rams

30. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville at Houston

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Running backs

1. David Johnson, Pittsburgh at Cleveland

2. LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh at Cleveland ... Bell has 125-plus total yards in seven straight games and totaled 201 against the Browns in a 2016 meeting.

3. Todd Gurley, LA Rams vs. Indianapolis ... Gurley gets a dream Week 1 matchup after a disappointing 2016 season.

4. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

5. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas vs. NY Giants

6. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota vs. New Orleans

7. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta at Chicago

8. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City at New England

9. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina at San Francisco ... McCaffrey returns to the Bay Area, where he starred in college at Stanford.

10. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee vs. Oakland

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11. Melvin Gordon, LA Chargers at Denver

12. Jordan Howard, Chicago vs. Atlanta ... Howard enters 2017 with a streak of 100-plus total yards in six straight games.

13. Lamar Miller, Houston vs. Jacksonville

14. Adrian Peterson, New Orleans at Minnesota ... Peterson plays his first game after leaving the Vikings back in Minnesota.

15. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland at Tennessee

16. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit vs. Arizona ... Arizona allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs last year.

17. Danny Woodhead, Baltimore at Cincinnati

18. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay vs. Seattle ... Montgomery has bulked up for his transition from wide receiver to running back, but Seattle is a tough draw.

19. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta at Chicago

20. Mark Ingram, New Orleans at Minnesota

21. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

22. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville at Houston

23. Bilal Powell, NY Jets at Buffalo

24. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco vs. Carolina

25. Terrance West, Baltimore at Cincinnati

26. Paul Perkins, NY Giants at Dallas

27. Derrick Henry, Tennessee vs. Oakland

28. C.J. Anderson, Denver vs. LA Chargers

29. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina at San Francisco

30. James White, New England vs. Kansas City

31. Mike Gillislee, New England vs. Kansas City

32. Robert Kelley, Washington vs. Philadelphia

33. Frank Gore, Indianapolis at LA Rams

34. Rex Burkhead, New England vs. Kansas City

35. Eddie Lacy, Seattle at Green Bay ... Lacy returns to Green Bay, which makes him mildly more interesting than his preseason play has been.

36. Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia at Washington

37. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia at Washington

38. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore... The Cincinnati backfield will probably be wait-and-see a bit as we learn how they divvy up the work.

39. Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

40. Matt Forte, NY Jets at Buffalo

41. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore

42. Theo Riddick, Detroit vs. Arizona

43. Jamaal Charles, Denver vs. LA Chargers

44. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia at Washington

45.. Chris Thompson, Washington vs. Philadelphia

46. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans at Minnesota

47. Shane Vereen, NY Giants at Dallas

48. Dion Lewis, New England vs. Kansas City

49. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore

50. DeAndre Washington, Oakland at Tennessee

Wide receivers

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Cleveland

2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore ... Over his past five games against Baltimore, Green averages 121 yards and he has scored in each game.

3. Julio Jones, Atlanta at Chicago

4. Amari Cooper, Oakland at Tennessee ... Cooper and Michael Crabtree draw a very attractive Week 1 matchup against Tennessee, which allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers last year.

5. Doug Baldwin, Seattle at Green Bay ... Baldwin gets to feast on the Packers’ secondary, which allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last year.

6. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Jacksonville

7. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Detroit ... Fitzgerald had five TDs in his first five games last year, and 6 TDs in his first five games of 2015.

8. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina at San Francisco ... Benjamin topped 100 yards with two touchdowns last year against the 49ers.

9. Dez Bryant, Dallas vs. NY Giants

10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver vs. LA Chargers

11. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay vs. Seattle

12. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota vs. New Orleans

13. Keenan Allen, LA Chargers at Denver ... Allen averages just 40.3 yards in four career games against Denver, although he has 3 TDs in those games.

14. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City at New England

15. Michael Crabtree, Oakland at Tennessee

16. Brandin Cooks, New England vs. Kansas City

17. Michael Thomas, New Orleans at Minnesota ... Thomas could be slowed some this week against shutdown corner Xavier Rhodes.

18. Chris Hogan, New England vs. Kansas City

19. Odell Beckham Jr., NY Giants at Dallas ... Beckham (ankle) will need to be monitored, but he is downgraded in the Week 1 rankings because of the injury.

20. Golden Tate, Detroit vs. Arizona

21. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver vs. LA Chargers

22. Davante Adams, Green Bay vs. Seattle

23. Terrelle Pryor, Washington vs. Philadelphia

24. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh at Cleveland

25. Jamison Crowder, Washington vs. Philadelphia

26. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco vs. Carolina

27. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia at Washington ... Jeffery could be shadowed by Josh Gordon in Week 1.

28. Adam Thielen, Minnesota vs. New Orleans

29. Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans at Minnesota ... Ginn could be a sleeper if Brees targets him more often with Willie Snead suspended and Michael Thomas dealing with Xavier Rhodes.

30. Brandon Marshall, NY Giants at Dallas ... Marshall (shoulder) missed the final two preseason games but is cleared to go.

31. Sterling Shepard, NY Giants at Dallas

32. Corey Coleman, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

33. Marvin Jones, Detroit vs. Arizona

34. Sammy Watkins, LA Rams vs. Indianapolis

35. Zay Jones, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

36. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis at LA Rams ... Hilton and all the Colts’ players take a huge nose-dive down with Andrew Luck ruled out this week.

37. Robby Anderson, NY Jets at Buffalo

38. Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore at Cincinnati

39. Mike Wallace, Baltimore at Cincinnati

40. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville at Houston

41. John Brown, Arizona at Detroit

42. Cooper Kupp, LA Rams vs. Indianapolis

43. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee vs. Oakland

44. Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco vs. Carolina

45. Paul Richardson, Seattle at Green Bay

46. Cole Beasley, Dallas vs. NY Giants

47. Kevin White, Chicago vs. Atlanta

48. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta at Chicago

49. Eric Decker, Tennessee vs. Oakland

50. Kendall Wright, Chicago vs. Atlanta

51. Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. Seattle

52. Chris Conley, Kansas City at New England

53. Danny Amendola, New England vs. Kansas City

54. Kenny Britt, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

55. Jordan Matthews, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

56. Devin Funchess, Carolina at San Francisco

57. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis at LA Rams

58. Brandon Coleman, New Orleans at Minnesota

59. Travis Benjamin, LA Chargers at Denver

60. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta at Chicago

61. Tyrell Williams, LA Chargers at Denver

62. J.J. Nelson, Arizona at Detroit

63. Corey Davis, Tennessee vs. Oakland ... After missing the preseason with a hamstring injury, Davis will likely be eased into action.

64. Taywan Taylor, Tennessee vs. Oakland

65. Tyler Lockett, Seattle at Green Bay

66. Torrey Smith, Philadelphia at Washington

67. Terrance Williams, Dallas vs. NY Giants

68. Robert Woods, LA Rams vs. Indianapolis

69. Jaron Brown, Arizona at Detroit

70. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore

71. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia at Washington

72. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore at Cincinnati ... Perriman (hamstring) missed all preseason although he is practicing in full heading into Week 1.

73. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota vs. New Orleans

74. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore

75. Jermaine Kearse, NY Jets at Buffalo

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England vs. Kansas City ... Gronkowski last faced the Chiefs in 2015 during the playoffs, collecting two touchdowns.

2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle at Green Bay

3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City at New England

4. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia at Washington

5. Jordan Reed, Washington vs. Philadelphia

6. Jason Witten, Dallas vs. NY Giants

7. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. New Orleans

8. Delanie Walker, Tennessee vs. Oakland

9. Greg Olsen, Carolina at San Francisco

10. Martellus Bennett, Green Bay vs. Seattle

11. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore

12. Hunter Henry, LA Chargers at Denver

13. Evan Engram, NY Giants at Dallas ... Engram has sleeper value against a Dallas defense that allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends last year.

14. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis at LA Rams

15. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston vs. Jacksonville

16. Jared Cook, Oakland at Tennessee

17. Coby Fleener, New Orleans at Minnesota

18. Austin Hooper, Atlanta at Chicago

19. Eric Ebron, Detroit vs. Arizona

20. Charles Clay, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

21. Antonio Gates, LA Chargers at Denver

22. George Kittle, San Francisco vs. Carolina

23. Zach Miller, Chicago vs. Atlanta

24. Josh Hill, New Orleans at Minnesota

25. Jesse James, Pittsburgh at Cleveland

26. Dwayne Allen, New England vs. Kansas City

27. Tyler Higbee, LA Rams vs. Indianapolis

28. David Njoku, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

29. Jermaine Gresham, Arizona at Detroit

30. Vernon Davis, Washington vs. Philadelphia

Kickers

1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England vs. Kansas City

2. Justin Tucker, Baltimore at Cincinnati

3. Matt Prater, Detroit vs. Arizona

4. Dan Bailey, Dallas vs. NY Giants

5. Matt Bryant, Atlanta at Chicago

6. Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams vs. Indianapolis

7. Dustin Hopkins, Washington vs. Philadelphia

8. Phil Dawson, Arizona at Detroit

9. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh at Cleveland

10. Brandon McManus, Denver vs. LA Chargers

11. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland at Tennessee

12. Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston vs. Jacksonville

13. Blair Walsh, Seattle at Green Bay

14. Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. Seattle

15. Ryan Succop, Tennessee vs. Oakland

16. Caleb Sturgis, Philadelphia at Washington

17. Kai Forbath, Minnesota vs. New Orleans

18. Graham Gano, Carolina at San Francisco

19. Wil Lutz, New Orleans at Minnesota

20. Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

21. Randy Bullock, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore

22. Aldrick Rosas, NY Giants at Dallas

23. Younghoe Koo, LA Chargers at Denver

24. Connor Barth, Chicago vs. Atlanta

25. Cairo Santos, Kansas City at New England

26. Zane Gonzalez, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

27. Robbie Gould, San Francisco vs. Carolina

28. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis at LA Rams

29. Jason Myers, Jacksonville at Houston

30. Chandler Catanzaro, NY Jets at Buffalo

Defenses

1. Houston DT, Houston vs. Jacksonville

2. Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh at Cleveland

3. LA Rams DT, LA Rams vs. Indianapolis

4. Buffalo DT, Buffalo vs. NY Jets

5. Carolina DT, Carolina at San Francisco

6. Atlanta DT, Atlanta at Chicago

7. Denver DT, Denver vs. LA Chargers

8. New England DT, New England vs. Kansas City

9. LA Chargers DT, LA Chargers at Denver

10. Arizona DT, Arizona at Detroit

11. Baltimore DT, Baltimore at Cincinnati

12. Washington DT, Washington vs. Philadelphia

13. Jacksonville DT, Jacksonville at Houston

14. Cincinnati DT, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore

15. Philadelphia DT, Philadelphia at Washington

16. NY Jets DT, NY Jets at Buffalo

17. Dallas DT, Dallas vs. NY Giants

18. NY Giants DT, NY Giants at Dallas

19. Minnesota DT, Minnesota vs. New Orleans

20. Detroit DT, Detroit vs. Arizona

21. Oakland DT, Oakland at Tennessee

22. Seattle DT, Seattle at Green Bay

23. Green Bay DT, Green Bay vs. Seattle

24. Indianapolis DT, Indianapolis at LA Rams

25. Kansas City DT, Kansas City at New England

26. New Orleans DT, New Orleans at Minnesota

27. Cleveland DT, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

28. San Francisco DT, San Francisco vs. Carolina

29. Tennessee DT, Tennessee vs. Oakland

30. Chicago DT, Chicago vs. Atlanta

Alan Satterlee is in his fourth year of writing about fantasy football for The Charlotte Observer. Find him on Twitter at @Speedkills_DFW.