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Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 1 Staff Ranks

posted by Jeff

All that blood, sweat, and alcohol we poured out during draft season has led us to this moment…Week 1!!! It’s finally here! Now scroll down and find out how The Fake Football ranks the players that make up your beloved roster(s). As always, please use the rankings responsibly and feel free to fire up any and all questions in the comments below. Good luck!

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Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Jeff_Brubach.

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  • I was offered Jerome Simpson for Alfred Morris in PPR. Thoughts?

    Long term value of Andrew Hawkins versus Donnie Avery in PPR?


  • @trick dad: K. Smith

  • lynch or k. smith this week at rb2?

  • @Nate: until I figure out how the looks will be distributed in STL, I would go with Rice. I need to see signs of life out of the Rams passing game before I would feel comfortable with them.

  • in a .5ppr, would you start Rice or Amendola?

  • Thanks Jeff.

  • @dean: I think I would do the deal. You’re downgrading from Ryan to Cutler, but but the other two guys in the deal would bring you upgrades. You’d be left with Cutler, RG3 and Wilson, which isn’t horrible. I think Marshall is a great pickup as well. And yes, I would trade Lloyd for MJD.

    @BHowe: I would still stick with Willis. He’s your safest bet for a solid workload.

  • Hi dudes. Anyone want to tell me who to pick for the Flex position, big league, standard rules, from…

    Willis McGahee, Jonathan Dwyer, Mike Williams TB, Austin Collie?

    It would normally be Willis, but his record against the Steelers is woeful… Cheers.

  • Guys – (12-tm redraft, .75 PPR) QB-flex best-ball league.

    Would you give up ryan/harvin/bradshaw to get cutler/marshall/graham? other QBs are RG3 & Rwilson, other TEs are Olsen & Celek. .75 PPR.

    Really want graham, but would have to give up ryan to get him. The drop-off from ryan to cutler kinda scares me, but drop-off from graham to olsen/celek is also big. Worth it in a QB-flex league?

    Also, would you trade Lloyd for MJD?

  • @DiRo: VJax and Smith this week.

    @Johnny Kielbasa: I like that setup. Go NateWa, Garcon, Harvin

    @Robert: I don’t think your RBs are too terrible, but if you want to make a move, I would try Benson/Wayne for Richardson.

  • Hey guys, not particularly confident about my RBs (SJax, Gore, Ridley, Benson), so I was thinking about trading for Trent Richardson. I’m feel fairly strong at WR (Megatron, Julio, Britt, Wayne, Collie), and Richardson’s owner is looking for some WR help. It’s a 12-tm, standard league, 2WR, 2RB, 1W/R/T. Think I should make a move, or hold for now? What kind of package would you try to send over if you did make a move?

  • 2 WRs, 2RB, Flex….Garcon, N. Washington, Harvin, Heyward-Bey, Gore, Redman, McGahee, Spiller, MJD.

    Thinking of flexing a WR (likely leaving Heyward Bey on bench)..and going Gore, McGahee @ RB. Thoughts?

  • Need to fill 2 spots; MJD, Wallace, K. Smith, V. Jackson in a standard scoring league.

  • @ Fence: 1a) young 1b) hillis 2) Rudolph

    @JP: Stay away from Witten tonight.

    @DiRo: No, I would start T. Smith.

  • Would you start Garçon over T. Smith in a standard espn league?

  • Witten is active and I had already grabbed Rudolph just in case. Start Witten or Rudolph?


  • Non-PPR, super flex: Would you play either Kyle Rudolph or Titus Young (or both) over Peyton Hillis?

  • who would you start, just need 1 please? Flex position, PPR league: Hillis, McGahee, Donald Brown, Robert Meachem, Randall Cobb.THX

    • I’d lean Brown.

  • I’m in one of the Fake Football leagues. I have Decker and A. Brown on deck for this week but my WR3 position is where I don’t know who to put there, my options are: Randall Cobb, Emmanuel Sanders and Reggie Wayne. Who has the better matchup and upside for this first week?
    Second question, I have Jermaine Gresham and Kyle Rudolph as TE, I feel Gresham’s matchup is worse than Rudolph but Ponder and the Vikes offense are not reliable, which one would you start?

    • Wayne/Rudolph

  • Start 1, no ppr. Torrey Smith, Stevie Johnson, Nate Washington?

    • I’ll go with Torrey Smith

  • Who to start at rb/wr flex .5ppr:
    Donald Brown, Torrey Smith, Stevan Ridley, Kendall Wright, Kendall Hunter

    • I’d start Ridley, he’s facing the Titans – a game the Patriots should have control of – and I expect him to receive around 20 touches. Should have a really productive week. Also really like Torrey Smith but I’d play Ridley ahead of him this week.

  • Need 1 WR to start out of S. Rice, M. Williams, or T. Young.

    • You can go Sidney Rice or Titus Young. Rice will likely receive more targets and is safer but I love Young’s upside. I’d go Young.

  • Gentlemen,

    We can run a 2 RB 3 WR format or a 1 RB 4 WR format.

    I have at RB: DMC, Reggie Bush (plus some injury gambles)
    I have at WR: Andre Johnson, Cruz, Welker, Maclin, VJAX

    I am leaning toward pairing McFadden with Andre, Cruz, Welker and Maclin. Is that my best lineup this week (to go with Ryan at QB)?

    • DMC’s a no brainer. Run with him every week, no matter the matchup. I see Cruz abusing Dallas’s slot cover guys. I might go VJax over Maclin, but I don’t think you’ll be burned either way.

  • Woukd you start K. Smith or E. Decker in a flex spot for a standard head to head ESPN league?

    • Hey DiRo- Its close, and when its close I give the tie to the running back. Smith also has the easier defensive matchup, I would go with him.

  • In a PPR league. Drop Dwyer for Pierre Thomas for a backup running back position? Thomas had 50 catches last year. Don’t like Dwyers long term viability

    • I agree, grab Thomas – he’s a consistent fall-back option.

  • Have to start two of three RBs: FJax, SJax or Smith.
    You both have SJax ahead of Smith, but with the ankle better, might be be the sneakier play in what will likely be a high scoring Rams/Lions game?

    • Yeah, I like Smith this week as well. Why so little love? He’s explosive, plays on a good offense, and is playing against one of the worst defenses in football.

      In fact, I’m starting him over DeMarco Murray this week. I don’t like Murray against the staunch NYG run defense.

    • I think it could be a sneaky play but you gotta go with your starters in Week 1. I’d start the Jacksons.

    • I’m with Mike, start F-Jax and S-Jax.

  • Earlier this week you suggested I drop Pead for Dwyer instead of Jacquizz. Is that still your opinion with the news of Mendys recovery? I already have Ryan/Julio from ATL.

    • With the Mendenhall news, I prefer Jacquizz. Still prefer Dwyer to Pead though.

  • Racking my brain. Have 2 spots for Collie, Rudolph and Olsen.

    • To start or on your team? Either way, sadly it looks like Olsen (who I also love) is on his way out.

  • Just drafted in a 12 team .5ppr 6pts for all TD’s league and there are no rules for having to draft a D/ST and I’m wondering who to drop to pick one up.  Here’s my team (we play qb, 2rb, 2wr, 1w/r, te, pk, d/st):

    QB:  Ryan, Wilson
    RB:  McFadden, Murray, D. Brown,   
            Ridley, Mendenhall, Hunter
    WR: Julio, Antonio Brown, Torrey 
            Smith, Kendall Wright
    TE:  Pettigrew
    Planning on grabbing the Bills D. Thoughts?

    • It comes down to Mendy, Hunter, and Wright, to me. With the news that Mendenhall could play as early as week 1, you need to hold on to him for now and assess his involvement in that offense. I’d hold Hunter for similar (non-injury) reasons. If either of those RBs ends up in a starting role in week 3, you’ll be kicking yourself for dropping him for a defense.

      That leaves Wright. He’s got a lot of talent, but his QB is raw and he’ll be competing with Nate Washington, Kenny Britt (when he returns), and Jared Cook for targets. Also consider that you only need to start 2 WR and ask yourself how often you realistically think Wright would start ahead of Jones, Brown, and Smith. You lose a little depth at WR, but I’d drop Wright.

  • Just drafted in a 12 team .5ppr 6pts for all TD’s league and there are no rules for having to draft a D/ST and I’m wondering who to drop to pick one up.  Here’s my team (we play qb, 2rb, 2wr, 1w/r, te, pk, d/st):

    QB:  Ryan, Wilson
    RB:  McFadden, Murray, D. Brown,   
            Ridley, Mendenhall, Hunter
    WR: Julio, Antonio Brown, Torrey 
            Smith, Kendall Wright
    TE:  Pettigrew
    PK:  Bryant

    Planning on grabbing the Bills D. Thoughts?

    • Even with the encouraging recent news, it’s gotta be Mendenhall and yes, I love the Bills defense this week.

  • IS Pierre Garcon worth a start over any of the following: VJaxk, Demariyus Thomas or Antonio Brown?

    • Love him but no, you gotta go VJax in Week 1.

  • Gotta drop 1 in a ppr. Holmes, DMoore, Amendola, Quizz (my RB5). Other WRs are StevieJ, N8 Wash, Britt.

    • Sadly I would say Quizz but if you need the depth at RB, I would say Amendola.

  • Trade McCoy, Murray, DHB for DMC, Martin, Julio? Have Mathews, Benson, D.Wilson, Nicks, Lloyd, Wayne.

    • If you can stomach the injury risk at RB with DMC and Mathews, the upgrade from DHB to Julio Jones is pretty significant. I’d do the deal, but keeping McCoy and Murray is probably the safer play.

  • Waiting for mathews to get healthy so who to play at flex out of : s. holmes, collie, lafell, p.thomas, g.little?

    • I’d rank those guys Holmes, Collie, Little, LaFell, then Thomas, but Collie and LaFell probably have the most upside.

    • I’d rank Collie first, I’m worried about the Jets ability to get Holmes the ball against Buffalo’s solid D-line. Luck will be looking for Collie and they’ll likely fall behind because of their poor defense, leading to lots of pass attempts for the young stud.

  • Collie over DHB in PPR?

    Collie over Spiller in PPR?

    • DHB > Collie > Spiller for Week 1.

  • In a vacuum, would you trade Collie and Wayne away for K. Wright and K. Smith? PPR, have 3 solid RBs and also Britt

    • If you’re already set at RB, I’d stay put. Try shopping just Wayne or Collie for a running back.

  • Own Lynch and Mathews. Backup RBs are Benson and Hillis. Would you pick up and start R. Brown and/or Turbin over those backups? One of those RB slots is a flex, and have M. Floyd and Collie who I coul flex in, if you think either of those would be better option.

    • We know Mathews won’t play in Week 1, but Lynch’s status is uncertain. Add Turbin if you can and start Lynch/Turbin plus Malcom Floyd.

  • Is Austin Collie worth an add in a 12 tm PPR? Would drop LaFell.

    • Seems like a lateral move to me and LaFell doesn’t have the specter of concussions looming over him.

    • I would, I prefer Collie’s chance of having an impact, even with the risk of a future concussion.

  • Good morning, I have A.Morris (was) should I drop him for Turbin and start him over B.Wells in the flex this week?

    • I like Turbin’s chances to start in Week 1 more than Morris, but if Morris winds up being Shanahan’s mystery starter, he’ll have more value if/when Marshawn Lynch is healthy enough to play. With all that said, I wouldn’t start either guy over Beanie Wells.

  • Why so low on Hillis? Reports are saying he and Charles to split carries 50/50. I’m debating between DBrown, Hillis & Kendall Wright for a flex spot. Thanks guys!

    • Hillis may get 50% of the carries for KC, but Donald Brown will get 75-100% of the carries for IND. Play the Colt.

  • Chris Johnson at RB1, I have MJD, Jennings, Reggie Bush & Ridley as options for RB2. Thoughts?

    • MJD and Jennings will cut into each other’s workload, so go with Bush.

    • I’d definitely go with Ridley – agreed about the Jaguars running backs eating into each others roles. Bush has a tough matchup with a stout Texans run defense – I believe your best bet is Ridley, he should be in for a nice week.

  • Jacquizz Rodgers or NYG’s Wilson to start as flex in 20 team ppr this week?

    • Seems like a coin-flip. Despite the fact that I have ‘Quizz one spot ahead of Wilson, I’ll go with the staff rankings and recommend the Giants RB.

  • Would you drop Randy Moss for Turbin? I’ve got D. Martin, Wilson, and Ingram as backups

    • Hold Moss and drop Ingram for Turbin. It will be hard to forecast what the Saints will do with Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Chris Ivory on a week-to-week basis.

    • Wait a second, I disagree. Don’t drop Ingram, he’ll have the goal-line carries on a high-powered offense. If you need a RB play this week, yeah I’d drop Moss for Turbin. Moss just doesn’t have much upside, he’s stuck with Smith’s arm on a run-heavy offense. He’ll have a hard time carving out value in fantasy leagues.

  • Who do you like as an upside PPR flex this week: Spiller, Collie, Titus, or Jacquizz?

    • I like Spiller, but until we see how many carries he gets relative to Fred Jackson, I’d use Collie.

  • Do you think it is worth starting Witten? I’d have to drop a speculative RB(Jacquizz Rodgers) to get a new TE for this one week.

    • I’d hate to take a zero there and there should be some decent TEs on waivers.

  • Without owning their respective starters, which two upside backups would you roster between Jacquizz, Turbin or Dwyer?

    • Talking longer term – not just this week.

    • Rodgers and Turbin

  • Can you indicate if these are for PPR or non PPR?

    • Non-PPR

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