Week 1 Fantasy Football Start Rankings

September 08, 2009 | Thyrl Nelson

The return of NFL Football means the return of Fantasy Football too, and thus, the return of the Fantasy Flavor Weekly Start Rankings. It’s a handy tool to have when trying to search for a 1-week sleeper, or trying to sort through tough weekly lineup decisions. It’s also especially helpful for salary cap leagues, like ours here at wnst.net.

 

The results are formulary, using 2 parts individual player performance, and 1 part based on the prowess of the defense opposing the player, relative to that player’s position. There are also a few minor adjustments made based simply on my gut.

 

Because of the influx of new players to each team, and the unpredictable nature of the NFL, the rankings will get more accurate as the season progresses, and teams and players begin to establish their tendencies for 2009. The players listed below have their formulary numbers listed in parentheses, the lower the better, with a lowest possible score of 3.

 

As Always: Watch the Injury Report and Good Luck This Week

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Drew Brees vs. DET (5)

2. Peyton Manning vs. JAX (12)

3. Kurt Warner vs. SF (21)

4. Tom Brady vs. BUF (23)

5. Matt Schaub vs. NYJ (23)

6. Aaron Rodgers vs. CHI (27)

7. Matt Ryan vs. MIA (31)

8. Phillip Rivers @ OAK (32)

9. Donavan McNabb @ CAR (38)

10. Carson Palmer vs. DEN (39)

11. Tony Romo @ TB (41)

12. Jay Cutler @ GB (46)

13. Kyle Orton @ CIN (48)

14. Shaun Hill @ AZ (51)

15. Matt Cassell / Brodie Croyle @ BAL (52)

16. Matt Hasselbeck vs. St.L (52)

17. Trent Edwards @ NE (52)

18. Eli Manning vs. WAS (53)

19. Chad Pennington @ ATL (54)

20. Ben Roethlisberger vs. TEN (55)

21. JaMarcus Russell vs. SD (56)

22. Joe Flacco vs. KC (57)

23. Brett Favre @ CLE (58)

24. Marc Bulger / Kyle Boller @ SEA (58)

25. David Garrard @ IND (67)

26. Mark Sanchez @ HOU (69)

27. Jake Delhomme vs. PHI (70)

28. Jason Campbell @ NYG (70)

29. Matthew Stafford @ NO (70)

30. Brady Quinn vs. MIN (79)

31. Byron Leftwich vs. DAL (85)

32. Kerry Collins @ PIT (90)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Adrian Peterson @ CLE (11)

2. Maurice Jones-Drew @ IND (13)

3. Matt Forte @ GB (14)

4. LaDanian Tomlinson @ OAK (21)

5. Steven Jackson @ SEA (24)

6. Frank Gore @ AZ (29)

7. Michael Turner vs. MIA (31)

8. Pierre Thomas Reggie Bush vs. DET (35)

9. Ronnie Brown @ ATL (40)

10. DeAngelo Williams vs. PHI (42)

11. Brandon Jacobs vs. WAS (43)

12. Marion Barber @ TB (43)

13. Chris Johnson @ PIT (45)

14. Clinton Portis @ NYG (46)

15. Brian Westbrook @ CAR (46)

16. Kevin Smith @ NO (46)

17. Thomas Jones @ HOU (46)

18. Steve Slaton vs. NYJ (51)

19. Ryan Grant vs. CHI (53)

20. Joseph Addai vs. JAX (54)

21. Ray Rice vs. KC (59)

22. Reggie Bush Mike Bell vs. DET (61)

23. Knowshon Moreno @ CIN (63)

24. Darren McFadden vs. SD (65)

25. Cedric Benson vs. DEN (66)

26. Fred Jackson @ NE (66)

27. Derrick Ward vs. DAL (67)

28. Willie Parker vs. TEN (68)

29. Darren Sproles @ OAK (73)

30. Chris Wells vs. SF (79)

31. Larry Johnson @ BAL (80)

32. LenDale White @ PIT (81)

33. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. WAS (81)

34. LeRon McClain vs. KC (81)

35. Jonathan Stewart vs. PHI (82)

36. Donald Brown vs. JAX (84)

37. Willis McGahee vs. KC (89)

38. Jamal Lewis vs. MIN (90)

39. Fred Taylor vs. BUF (90)

40. Chester Taylor @ CLE (91)

41. Felix Jones @ TB (93)

42. Ernest Graham vs. DAL (95)

43. Julius Jones vs. St.L (96)

44. Tim Hightower vs. SF (97)

45. LeShon McCoy @ CAR (98)

46. Ricky Williams @ ATL (102)

47. Sammy Morris vs. BUF (108)

48. Leon Washington @ HOU (108)

49. Glen Coffee @ AZ (111)

50. Rashard Mendenhall vs. TEN (114)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Calvin Johnson @ NO (10)

2. Larry Fitzgerald vs. SF (12)

3. Greg Jennings vs. CHI (17)

4. Roddy White vs. MIA (19)

5. Andre Johnson vs. NYJ (21)

6. Randy Moss vs. BUF (27)

7. Terrell Owens @ NE (27)

8. Anquan Boldin vs. SF (28)

9. Reggie Wayne vs. JAX (29)

10. Marques Colston vs. DET (30)

11. Steve Smith vs. PHI (38)

12. TJ Houshmandzadeh vs. St.L (39)

13. Wes Welker vs. BUF (47)

14. Lee Evans @ NE (49)

15. Eddie Royal @ CIN (50)

16. DeWayne Bowe @ BAL (51)

17. Bernard Berrian @ CLE (51)

18. Braylon Edwards vs. MIN (52)

19. DeShawn Jackson @ CAR (56)

20. Roy Williams @ TB (58)

21. Vincent Jackson @ OAK (58)

22. Chad OchoCinco vs. DEN (63)

23. Santana Moss @ NYG (63)

24. Donald Driver vs. CHI (67)

25. Antonio Bryant vs. DAL (71)

26. Kevin Walter vs. NYJ (73)

27. Anthony Gonzalez vs. JAX (73)

28. Jehrico Cotchery @ HOU (74)

29. Lance Moore vs. DET (74)

30. Hines Ward vs. TEN (76)

31. Josh Morgan @ AZ (78)

32. Donnie Avery @ SEA (79)

33. Steve Breaston vs. SF (80)

34. Santonio Holmes vs. TEN (84)

35. Derrick Mason vs. KC (90)

36. Laverneus Coles vs. DEN (91)

37. Tory Holt @ IND (95)

38. Percy Harvin @ CLE (99)

39. Devin Hester @ GB (100)

40. Ted Ginn Jr. @ ATL (101)

41. Kevin Curtis @ CAR (102)

42. Michael Jenkins vs. MIA (105)

43. Nate Burleson vs. St. L (107)

44. Patrick Crayton @ TB (108)

45. Domenik Hixon vs. WAS (109)

46. Chris Chambers @ OAK (114)

47. Bobby Engram @ BAL (115)

48. Sydney Rice @ CLE (115)

49. Chris Henry vs. DEN (115)

50. Arnaz Battle @ AZ (116)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Owen Daniels vs. NYJ (13)

2. Dallas Clark vs. JAX (14)

3. Zach Miller vs. SD (19)

4. Antonio Gates @ OAK (23)

5. Greg Olsen @ GB (26)

6. Jason Witten @ TB (27)

7. Jeremy Shockey vs. DET (30)

8. Dustin Keller @ HOU (31)

9. Tony Gonzalez vs. MIA (33)

10. Kellen Winslow Jr. vs. DAL (33)

11. Tony Scheffler @ CIN (37)

12. Anthony Fasano @ ATL (43)

13. Chris Cooley @ NYG (44)

14. Jon Carlson vs. St.L (44)

15. Brent Celek @ CAR (50)

16. Bo Scaife @ PIT (51)

17. Kevin Boss vs. WAS (53)

18. Heath Miller vs. TEN (53)

19. Donald Lee vs. CHI (56)

20. Visanthe Schiancoe @ CLE (58)

21. David Martin @ ATL (63)

22. Brandon Pettigrew @ NO (64)

23. Jermichael Finley vs. CHI (64)

24. LJ Smith vs. KC (64)

25. Vernon Davis @ AZ (66)

26. Benjamin Watson vs. BUF (67)

27. Billy Miller vs. DET (68)

28. Randy McMichael @ SEA (69)

29. Mercedes Lewis @ IND (73)

30. Martellus Bennett @ TB (73)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Giants vs. WAS (13)

2. Vikings @ CLE (14)

3. Ravens vs. KC (18)

4. Titans @ PIT (19)

5. Patriots vs. BUF (29)

6. Jets @ HOU (30)

7. Steelers vs. TEN (34)

8. Chargers @ OAK (37)

9. Eagles @ CAR (40)

10. Panthers vs. PHI (41)

11. Seahawks vs. St. L (41)

12. Packers vs. CHI (43)

13. Dolphins @ ATL (45)

14. Cowboys @ TB (45)

15. Buccaneers vs. DAL (46)

16. Bears @ GB (47)

17. Texans vs. NYJ (47)

18. Colts vs. JAX (50)

19. Cardinals vs. SF (57)

20. Redskins @ NYG (57)

21. Saints vs. DET (57)

22. Browns vs. MIN (58)

23. 49ers @ AZ (60)

24. Bills @ NE (60)

25. Broncos @ CIN (60)

26. Falcons vs. MIA (67)

27. Rams @ SEA (68)

28. Raiders vs. SD (72)

29. Jaguars @ IND (77)

30. Bengals vs. DEN (80)

31. Chiefs @ BAL (80)

32. Lions @ NO (90)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Stephen Gostkowski vs. BUF (10)

2. Neil Rackers vs. SF (24)

3. Mason Crosby vs. CHI (25)

4. Jason Elam vs. MIA (26)

5. Nate Kaeding @ OAK (28)

6. Nick Folk @ TB (29)

7. David Akers @ CAR (30)

8. Ryan Longwell @ CLE (31)

9. Jon Carney vs. DET (31)

10. Josh Brown @ SEA (31)

11. Robbie Gould @ GB (36)

12. Rob Bironas @ PIT (42)

13. Jon Kasay vs. PHI (43)

14. Kris Brown vs. NYJ (43)

15. Shayne Graham vs. DEN (43)

16. Joe Nedney @ AZ (46)

17. Josh Scobee @ IND (50)

18. Matt Prater @ CIN (56)

19. Lawrence Tynes vs. WAS (57)

20. Jay Feeley @ HOU (57)

21. Mike Nugent vs. DAL (57)

22. Adam Vinatieri vs. JAX (60)

23. Stephen Hauschka vs. KC (60)

24. Jason Hanson @ NO (61)

25. Phil Dawson vs. MIN (63)

26. Olindo Mare vs. ST.L (64)

27. Rian Lindell @ NE (67)

28. Jeff Reed vs. TEN (74)

29. Ryan Succop @ BAL (79)

30. Dan Carpenter @ ATL (86)

31. Sebastian Janikowski vs. SD (87)

32. Shaun Suisham @ NYG (88)

 

 

 

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