Fantasy Flavor Week 1 Positional Start Rankings

September 06, 2010 | Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Fantasy Flavor Start Rankings for week 1 at long last. For those unfamiliar with the rankings, they are based on standard scoring leagues, and they’re formulary. The rankings are 2 parts individual expectations, and one part defensive expectations against that player or position. Here’s the warning, since defensive expectations are based on last year’s performance, and will be until week 4, teams trending in different directions, as the NFL is prone to produce, will provide hiccups in the formula. As always, keep an eye on the injury report, especially in this the early stage of the game, and make sure to have fun, if you’re not having fun at fantasy football, you’re simply doing it wrong.

 

Below are the rankings for week 1 at each position, with their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the formulary number, the better, with 3 being the lowest possible.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Drew Brees vs. MIN (13)

2. Aaron Rodgers @ PHI (20)

3. Jay Cutler vs. DET (21)

4. Phillip Rivers @ KC (24)

5. Peyton Manning @ HOU (29)

6. Tom Brady vs. CIN (33)

7. Matt Schaub vs. IND (34)

8. Tony Romo @ WAS (36)

9. Matt Ryan @ PIT (42)

10. Matt Stafford (43)

11. Brett Favre @ NO (44)

12. Jason Campbell @ TEN (44)

13. Kevin Kolb vs. GB (45)

14. Donavan McNabb vs. DAL (45)

15. Kyle Orton @ JAX (45)

16. Vince Young vs. OAK (47)

17. Joe Flacco @ NYJ (50)

18. Dennis Dixon vs. ATL (52)

19. Carson Palmer @ NE (53)

20. Eli Manning vs. CAR (55)

21. Matt Moore @ NYG (60)

22. Chad Henne @ BUF (61)

23. Josh Freeman vs. CLE (61)

24. Alex Smith @ SEA (62)

25. David Garrard vs. DEN (64)

26. Matt Cassell vs. SD (66)

27. Derek Anderson @ St.L (66)

28. Trent Edwards vs. MIA (67)

29. Mark Sanchez vs. BAL (71)

30. Jake Delhomme @ TB (75)

31. Matt Hasselbeck vs. SF (76)

32. Sam Bradford vs. AZ (78)

 

Running Backs

 

1. Chris Johnson vs. OAK (3)

2. Adrian Peterson @ NO (14)

3. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. DEN (18)

4. Frank Gore @ SEA (20)

5. Steven Jackson vs. AZ (26)

6. Ryan Matthews @ KC (28)

7. DeAngelo Williams @ NYG (30)

8. Beanie Wells @ St.L (32)

9. Ray Rice @ NYJ (35)

10. Ryan Grant @ PHI (39)

11. Rashard Mendenall vs. ATL (41)

12. Michael Turner @ PIT (43)

13. Cedric Benson @ NE (46)

14. Jamal Charles vs. SD (47)

15. Ronnie Brown @ BUF (47)

16. Matt Forte vs. DET (48)

17. Ricky Williams @ BF (51)

18. Jonathan Stewart @ NYG (54)

19. Shonn Green vs. BAL (54)

20. Knowshon Moreno @ JAX (56)

21. Cadillac Williams vs. CLE (57)

22. Joseph Addai @ HOU (58)

23. Arian Foster vs. IND (59)

24. Brandon Jacobs vs. CAR (59)

25. Jerome Harrison @ TB (63)

26. LaSean McCoy vs. GB (65)

27. Darren McFadden @ TEN (65)

28. Pierre Thomas vs. MIN (68)

29. Jahvid Best @ CHI (73)

30. Justin Forsett vs. SF (74)

31. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. CAR (75)

32. Felix Jones @ WAS (77)

33. Darren Sproles @ KC (80)

34. CJ Spiller vs. MIA (82)

35. Marion Barber @ WAS (83)

36. Thomas Jones vs. SD (87)

37. Tim Hightower @ St.L (90)

38. Fred Jackson vs. MIA (92)

39. Steve Slaton vs. IND (93)

40. Donald Brown @ HOU (94)

41. Chester Taylor vs. DET (94)

42. Reggie Bush vs. MIN (96)

43. Clinton Portis vs. DAL (96)

44. Kareem Huggins vs. CLE (103)

45. Kevin Smith @ CHI (111)

46. Lawrence Maroney vs. CIN (115)

47. Brian Westbrook @ SEA (116)

48. Correll Buckhalter @ JAX (118)

49. Rashad Jennings vs. DEN (118)

50. Willis McGahee @ NYJ (119)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Roddy White @ PIT (19)

2. Larry Fitzgerald @ St.L (20)

3. Calvin Johnson @ CHI (23)

4. Andre Johnson vs. IND (24)

5. Reggie Wayne @ HOU (31)

6. Randy Moss vs. CIN (32)

7. Miles Austin @ WAS (32)

8. Michael Crabtree @ SEA (36)

9. DeSean Jackson vs. GB (37)

10. Marques Colston @ MIN (37)

11. Chad Ochocinco @ NE (38)

12. Brandon Marshall @ BUF (40)

13. Steve Smith @ NYG (43)

14. Greg Jennings @ PHI (46)

15. Percy Harvin @ NO (50)

16. Bernard Berrian @ NO (53)

17. Malcolm Floyd @ KC (53)

18. Hines Ward vs. ATL (54)

19. Steve Smith vs. CAR (55)

20. DeWayne Bowe vs. SD (56)

21. Anquan Boldin @ NYJ (58)

22. Mike Sims-Walker vs. DEN (59)

23. Lee Evans vs. MIA (60)

24. Jeremy Maclin vs. GB (63)

25. Wes Welker vs. CIN (64)

26. Johnnie Knox vs. DET (65)

27. Donald Driver @ PHI (66)

28. Terrell Owens @ NE (66)

29. Robert Meachem vs. MIN (69)

30. Pierre Garcon @ HOU (71)

31. Braylon Edwards vs. BAL (71)

32. Santana Moss vs. DAL (72)

33. Devin Aromashadu vs. DET (73)

34. Legedu Nanee @ KC (75)

35. Dez Bryant @ WAS (76)

36. Hakeem Nicks vs. CAR (77)

37. Laurent Robinson vs. AZ (78)

38. Steve Breaston @ St.L (80)

39. Nate Burleson @ CHI (83)

40. Louis Murphy @ TEN (83)

41. Mike Wallace vs. ATL (88)

42. Mike Williams vs. SF (89)

43. Derrick Mason @ NYJ (90)

44. Jacoby Jones vs. IND (90)

45. Austin Collie @ HOU (95)

46. Eddie Royal @ JAX (96)

47. Mario Manningham vs. CAR (99)

48. Kenny Britt vs. OAK (100)

49. Kevin Walter vs. IND (100)

50. Mohamed Massaquoi @ TB (101)

51. Devery Henderson vs. MIN (103)

52. Josh Morgan @ SEA (106)

53. Jabar Gafney @ JAX (106)

54. Devin Hester vs. DET (111)

55. Chaz Schilens @ TEN (113)

56. Early Doucet @ St.L (114)

57. Joey Galloway vs. DAL (118)

58. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ TEN (119)

59. Julian Edelman vs. CIN (120)

60. Jerricho Cotchery vs. BAL (120)

61. Brandon Gibson vs. AZ (121)

62. Mike Williams vs. CLE (125)

63. Chris Chambers @ KC (128)

64. Golden Tate vs. SF (129)

65. Dexter McCluster vs. SD (132)

66. Demaryius Thomas vs. CLE (132)

67. Lance Moore vs. MIN (133)

68. Earl Bennett vs. DET (137)

69. Roy Williams @ WAS (140)

70. Devin Thomas vs. DAL (142)

71. Nate Washington vs. OAK (146)

72. Antoine Randle-EL (146)

73. Anthony Gonzalez @ HOU (151)

74. Steve Johnson vs. MIA (152)

75. Josh Cribbs @ TB (155)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. JerMichael Finley @ PHI (8)

2. Kellen Winslow Jr. vs. CLE (19)

3. Dallas Clark @ HOU (20)

4. Antonio Gates @ KC (20)

5. Brent Celek vs. GB (21)

6. Vernon Davis @ SEA (22)

7. Greg Olsen vs. DET (30)

8. Tony Gonzalez @ PIT (31)

9. Zach Miller @ TEN (31)

10. Chris Cooley vs. DAL (33)

11. Heath Miller vs. ATL (34)

12. Jason Witten @ WAS (39)

13. Jeremy Shockey vs. MIN (41)

14. Visanthe Schiancoe @ NO (49)

15. Benjamin Watson @ TB (52)

16. Tony Scheffler @ JAX (54)

17. Owen Daniels vs. IND (56)

18. Dustin Keller vs. BAL (57)

19. Fred Davis vs. DAL (57)

20. Kevin Boss vs. CAR (58)

21. Jon Carlson vs. SF (60)

22. Mercedes Lewis vs. DEN (60)

23. Shawn Nelson vs. MIA (60)

24. Anthony Fasano @ BUF (68)

25. Brandon Pettigrew @ CHI (68)

26. David Thomas vs. MIN (73)

27. Todd Heap @ NYJ (77)

28. Bo Scaife vs. OAK (78)

29. Aaron Hernandez vs. CIN (81)

30. Jimmy Graham vs. MIN (81)

31. Jermaine Grasham @ NE (82)

32. Zach Miller vs. DEN (82)

33. Donald Lee @ PHI (84)

34. Daniel Fells vs. AZ (85)

35. Jared Cook vs. OAK (90)

36. Rob Gronkowski vs. CIN (91)

37. Dante Rosario @ NYG (91)

38. Martellus Bennett @ WAS (91)

39. Evan Moore @ TB (92)

40. Brandon Manumaleuna vs. DET (92)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Nate Kaeding @ KC (5)

2. Rob Bironas vs. OAK (13)

3. Ryan Longwell @ NO (18)

4. Robbie Gould vs. DET (21)

5. Stephen Gostkowski vs. CIN (24)

6. Matt Prater @ JAX (28)

7. Mason Crosby @ PHI (31)

8. Jay Feeley @ St.L (35)

9. Neil Rackers vs. IND (35)

10. Rian Lindell vs. MIA (36)

11. Garrett Hartley vs. MIN (39)

12. David Akers vs. PHI (41)

13. Olindo Mare vs. SF (48)

14. Lawrence Tynes vs. CAR (50)

15. Jeff Reed vs. ATL (50)

16. Ryan Succop vs. SD (50)

17. David Buehler @ WAS (51)

18. Matt Bryant @ PIT (52)

19. Joe Nedney @ SEA (52)

20. Dan Carpenter @ BUF (53)

21. Sebastian Janikowski @ TEN (58)

22. John Kasay @ NYG (61)

23. Jason Hanson @ CHI (63)

24. Adam Vinatieri @ HOU (64)

25. Phil Dawson @ TB (64)

26. Connor Barth vs. CLE (66)

27. Josh Scobee vs. DEN (66)

28. Josh Brown vs. AZ (75)

29. Billy Cundiff @ NYJ (76)

30. Nick Folk vs. BAL (76)

31. Mike Nugent @ NE (90)

32. Graham Gano vs. DAL (93)

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Cowboys @ WAS

2. Ravens @ NYJ

3. 49ers @ SEA

4. Jets vs. BAL

5. Packers @ PHI

6. Eagles vs. GB

7. Broncos @ JAX (32)

8. Giants vs. CAR (32)

9. Browns @ TB (35)

10. Steelers vs. ATL (36)

11. Bears vs. DET (36)

12. Patriots vs. CIN (41)

13. Chargers @ KC (41)

14. Dolphins @ BUF (43)

15. Vikings @ NO (45)

16. Bengals @ NE (45)

17. Falcons @ PIT (47)

18. Titans vs. OAK (47)

19. Cardinals @ St.L (47)

20. Saints vs. MIN (49)

21. Buccaneers vs. CLE (54)

22. Bills vs. MIA (59)

23. Texans vs. IND (60)

24. Colts @ HOU (64)

25. Lions @ CHI (66)

26. Seahawks vs. SF (74)

27. Panthers @ NYG (75)

28. Jaguars vs. DEN (76)

29. Rams vs. AZ (81)

30. Redskins vs. DAL (82)

31. Raiders @ TEN (83)

32. Chiefs vs. SD (84)

 

 

 

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