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Can you guys feel it? Football is back baby! It feels forever ago that the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead, and now, for the first time in 7 months, we now can get back to meaningful football! I can’t wait! I can’t wait to fall asleep on my couch to the soothing voice of Scott Hansen, waking up and getting frustrated that my players are doing absolutely nothing, only to realize that it’s only the 2nd quarter and then falling back asleep to avoid watching Houston vs. Jacksonville.

It’s going to be a fun and hopefully very long season, so let’s jump right into it with my Week 1 rankings!

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*Note* – I do not have any players from the Bucs-Dolphins game, which will be played on Week 11. Also, I do have Ezekiel Elliott in here, who will end up playing Week 1

Players That I’m High On

The Seattle Passing Attack

Oh boy, the first 4:25 pm Joe Buck game is shaping up to be quite a good one! The Seahawks will go north to Lambeau to take on the Packers in what is destined to be a high-scoring affair. I don’t mind any aspect of the Packers offense, but I think the upside of the Seahakws offense is incredible. The Packers had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL last year, and haven’t really done anything over the offseason to fix this problem. They’ll still be rolling out Davon House, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, Joe Thomas, Kentrell Brice, some of the worst defensive players graded last year by Pro Football Focus. Russell Wilson should tear apart this Packers defense, and I’m very confident in him, Doug Baldwin, and Jimmy Graham.

Carson Palmer

Last year, we did not see the Carson Palmer that we were hoping, and as it turns out, his season was probably doomed during last year’s training camp. Well now he’s back at 100%, and has a beautiful start to his season. Well first up on his schedule is the Detroit Lions, which is a great defense to select offensive weapons against. David Johnson should get rolling, no big deal, but I’m also really interested in Palmer himself, and while we’re at it, his number 1 target, Larry Fitzgerald, who not only plays very well in the beginning of the season, he should line up in the slot against CB Quandre Diggs, another poorly-rated defensive back last year by PFF.

Adrian Peterson

This isn’t the sharpest pick in the world, but something just tells me that they’ll force feed AP against his old team in Minnesota. Willie Snead is already out for this game and the next two, which leads to Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener as their next top two targets, which leads me to believe that Peterson should get his workload. The Saints have a quitely solid offensive line with rookie Ryan Ramczyk, Max Unger, Larry Warford, and Zach Strief, and I love the revenge game narrative for Peterson’s return to Minnesota.

Pierre Garcon

I understand that the 49ers are not the Falcons, but there is a very good chance that we’re watching the best offensive mind in the NFL right now in Kyle Shanahan, and it wouldn’t shock me to see this San Francisco team out and slinging it early. Garcon should have an excellent year, and should draw a favorable matchup in Week 1 versus Carolina in rookie CB Daryl Worley. Brian Hoyer is a solid QB, and Garcon is a solid starter that you can rely on for Week 1.

Chris Hogan

I’ve spoken about this before, and without Julian Edelman, Hogan should be 3rd in the pecking order for Josh McDaniels’ offense. I may be a bit high on him out of the gate in Week 1, but he should be productive against Philip Gaines, one of the worst CB’s according to PFF. Again, it’s anyone’s guess to see what his production will be out of the gate without Edelman, but he has a great matchup to start the season off.

Coby Fleener

Like I mentioned before, without Willie Snead, Fleener should have an increased role in this offense. We saw a ton of targets go his way in the 4th preseason game, and he isn’t a bad flier play at the TE position if you punted on the position in the draft

Players I’m Not So High On

Cam Newton

Sure, I think he has a fine matchup Week 1 against San Francisco, but I just think there are better options, and again, I’m really low on him for the year, so my weekly rankings will reflect this.

Darren McFadden 

Elliott is back. No thank you.

Marshawn Lynch

Again, I’m really low on him for the year in general. For this week, I’m not completely sold on him because this Raiders-Titans game has a high chance to be a real barn-burner, which should not work in Beast Mode’s favor.

T.Y. Hilton

Whenever Luck is not playing, Hilton’s stock takes a huge dive. Well, Luck is not playing, and I don’t want any part of the Colts’ passing attack with Scott Tolzien or Jacoby Brissett (although I am a huge real-life fan of the former Patriot) at the helm.

 

Alright guys, that about does it for my Week 1 rankings! As always, if you have a question or comment, or disagree with any player mentioned above, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below!

 

 

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  1. Wacha Wacha says:
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    I have a draft tonight for a 10 team standard superflex league that happens to have a huge bench (10 bench players!) How would having such a large bench affect your draft strategy? Is a zero RB approach more favorable with more chances to hit on a gem? Would you draft a defense earlier or perhaps draft 2 defenses since streaming could get difficult if 20 or more defenses get drafted? Thanks for the advice!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: It would make sense that you have a liker chance to hit on a gem, but I don’t think you should go that extreme. It might work out for you in the end because it’s a 10 teamer, but I would at least have 1 elite RB to hang your hat on for the season. I would draft defenses earlier, but not two. And if you have a superflex as in you can start a QB at the flex, I would treat it as a 2-QB league and prioritize that position early on. Thank you Wacha!

  2. Raider says:
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    Would you sit TY for hogan or terrance west?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Raider: If we’re talking about Hilton, I would start Hogan. He has a great matchup and T.Y. will be without Luck. Bad news.

  3. Eggman says:
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    Just finished a .5 PPR draft auction draft and ended up with Jordy/Baldwin/Fitz/Robinson/Parker at WR but slim at RB with Gordon/Powell/Ingram/Coleman. Got offered Fournette for Baldwin. Should I pull the trigger?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Eggman: No. First off, I value Baldwin more over Fournette in a 0.5 PPR. Secondly, I think your running backs aren’t that bad. I would wait until an injury or poor play to start trading…

      • eggman says:
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        @Zach: Much appreciated, thanks

      • Eggman says:
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        @Zach: Hey Zach. I got my league mixed up and actually don’t have Ingram, it’s Gordon/Powell/Coleman/Riddick/Sproles. Still think I should wait for injury/poor play?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Eggman: Still wait. I like your corps

  4. Playadlc says:
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    With this team in a 12 team PPR 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, Flex, TE league….

    QB – Rodgers
    RB – L. Bell, C. Hyde
    WR – Tyreek Hill, Martavis Bryant
    Flex – E. Sanders
    TE – Jordan Reed
    Bench – RB-Gio Bernard, RB-T. Rawls RB-D. Sproles,
    WR D. Parker WR C. Hogan
    QB – Marcus Mariota

    Would you move Rodgers and Hyde for AJ Green and Joe Mixon?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Playadlc: Actually, yes I would. I think you improve at both HB and WR, and you have a very good QB1 to start when you sell Rodgers.

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In a standard dynasty, who’s your first drop out of Moncrief, Rishard Matthews and Tyrell Williams? Will have to dump one for a K in the rookie/FA draft. FWIW I also own K. Allen so Williams has some secondary handcuff value for me.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I would have to drop Moncrief then…

    • Brent

      The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d pick Matthews of those 3…my 2 cents…Moncrief’s injury history always keeps me from drafting him, but when Luck is healthy the dude gets TDs

      TFD

      • Zach

        Zach says:
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        @The Fantasy Dick: I think Matthews should still have value in this offense, and we don’t know when Luck is going to return. I’d drop Moncrief for just this week until we get further evidence Luck is going to come back soon at 100%

        • Brent

          The Fantasy Dick says:
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          @Zach: Definitely makes sense. Tough call all around…..So hard to make moves before any games are played…

  6. Alex says:
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    Melvin Gordon or brandin cooks in a 1/2 ppr league. Could only find 4 people for our league this year so these are the “tough” decisions

    • Brent

      The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Alex: Personally, I always go with the guaranteed touches and Gordon is definitely guaranteed touches, and he’ll catch 4 or 5 passes too I think.

      TFD

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Alex: To start this week? Cooks.

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @Zach: Go with the expert! Gordon does have a tough match up against Denver

  7. Gregg says:
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    Is Hunt over J-Stew really the best play, matchups in mind? I’m nervous :)

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Gregg: I honestly do believe that Hunt is the better play as of now, just because I’m not really sure how the load will be split between JStew and McCaffrey, yet Hunt will be the primary back for Kansas City. Sure, the New England defense is probably better than San Fran’s but Hunt’s volume is concrete, and you can’t say the same about Stewart.

      • Gregg says:
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        @Zach: Solid reasoning, thanks!

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Gregg: Thank YOU my man!

  8. Gregg says:
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    My WRs in my order for week 1, do you agree? We start 3, no Flex:

    OBJ
    Crabtree
    Thielen
    Benjamin
    Terell Williams
    Wallace

    • Brent

      The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Gregg: I’d put Benjamin above Thielen, I’m assuming this is non-ppr? I’m high on Benjamin this season.

      hope this helps….maybe it will help if Zach and I agree – he’s awesome.

      TFD

      • Gregg says:
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        @The Fantasy Dick: Correct, Standard keague, thanks! I like Benjamin a lot too, but oh that Saints secondary…

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Gregg: I would start OBJ, Crabtree and actually, Kelvin Benjamin. He draws a very good matchup against the San Francisco 49ers secondary. I do not mind Thielen, but I just think Benjamin draws the better matchup.

      • Gregg says:
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        @Zach: gracias!

  9. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Zach,

    In my 12 team, non-ppr with no TEs (they can play as WR or Flex), and we have to carry 2 Kickers, 2 Defs, 2 QBs, 4 RBs, 4 WRs….. looking for some trade advice.

    My team is:

    QB – Cam Newton, Carson Wentz
    RB – David Johnson, Dalvin Cook, Frank Gore, Marlon Mack, Matt Breida
    WR – Alshon Jeffery, Kelvin Benjamin, Pierre Garcon, Chris Hogan, Jeremy Maclin

    we start – QB, RB, RB, WR/TE, WR/TE, Flex (WR/TE/RB), K, DEF

    I’d like to upgrade my Flex, right now I have Garcon in the flex for week 1.

    So I can start: Newton, DJ, Cook, Benjamin, Jeffery, Garcon (Flex)

    I’m thinking of packaging Gore/Hogan/Maclin for an upgrade at Flex (it was an auction league so there are teams with weak spots or hurt by the Tampa/Miami postponement)

    Do you think I should try and trade those 3 for a Dez Bryant or Rob Gronkowski or Joe Mixon or Bilal Powell (along with 2 other lesser guys) in order to boost my starting lineup while weaking my bench?

    or should I see how it plays out because of Hogan and Maclin’s potential?

    Or Should I drop someone for Ted Ginn, Kenny Britt, Zay Jones, Ertz (who I really think could have a WR2 year), pretty much any TE is available other than the top 3 or 4, De’angelo Henderson, Matt Jones (since I have Gore and Mack), Agholor, Golladay, Kamara, etc….

    Thanks for the help!

    TFD

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: What’s up Dick?! I think you should let it play out with Hogan’s potential. I see him closely finishing around Pierre Garcon’s range for the year. Top-30 potential. I think Ertz is definitely a good pickup too, but I do like Hogan as a start in the flex this year. He draws a very nice matchup avoided Marcus Peters, and should have a great game as a FLEX.

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @Zach: Sweet, thanks Zach!

      • Brent

        The Fantasy Dick says:
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        @Zach: Ertz or Eifert or any TE besides Gronk, Kelce, Olson, Graham a better bench guy than Maclin? Or is Ginn or Zay or Agholor or Britt a better bench guy than Maclin….or another lottery ticket RB like Henderson or Kamara….Thanks Brotha!

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @The Fantasy Dick: I would say that I would rather have Maclin on my bench than Ertz or Eifert just with the nature of your team. But I can’t say the same about the rest of the players listed.

          • Zach

            Zach says:
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            @Zach: As in Maclin is the better bench player out of all names listed

  10. The sportsguy says:
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    Drafting soon..non PPR..please rank

    Beckham
    Evans
    green

    Distance bonuses

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @The sportsguy: Beckham, Evans, Green!

  11. Oscar the grouch says:
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    Hey zach attack ! Happy Wednesday!

    .5 PPR league

    Here’s my RBs & WRs

    RBs: DJ, Gordon, mcaffery, hunt, Smallwood , Jamaal Williams, Abdullah

    WRs: Alshon, martavis Bryant, Devante Parker, Marshall, Maclin, hogan & snead

    With hurricane Irma I’m of course not playing Winston so I picked up Palmer for this week but would you just stay with Palmer & dump Winston or stand pat there? I don’t like how Winston will get 16 straight games no bye maybe that’ll take a toll?

    Next hold onto or dump snead? I’d be looking at either galloday, kupp, Kendall wright , Paul Richardson, funchess, Brandon Coleman, JJ Nelson, Goodwin, perriman, Braxton miller, Curtis Samuel.

    My TE is hunter Henry stand pat or drop him for either Fleener, or gates?

    Would you cuff my DJ with kerwynn Williams, Cuff Gordon with Oliver, or insurance for hunt with c west?

    Thanks man!!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Oscar the grouch: SUP OASCAR?! Happy Wednesday to you my man! I would keep rolling with both Palmer and Winston, that’s a fantastic move, especially cause you may start Palmer next week against Indy and bench Winston versus Arizona. Just a thought. I wouldn’t drop Snead, he’ll be productive after his suspension, and I wouldn’t drop Henry, although Fleener is definitely a starting option this week without Snead in the offense. And the best handcuff situation for me is C West with Hunt. Thanks!

  12. Need to start 2 RB and 1 WR 1 Flex 12 team standard format
    Cj Anderson
    Abdullah
    Kareem hunt
    Thielen
    Davante Adams

      • Zach

        Zach says:
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        @Andrewm: I’d go with Hunt over Anderson there.

  13. David says:
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    10-team ppr keeper league. This is a FAAB league as well. Scoring in this league is very favorable to QB’s (6 pts/TD, 7.5 pt bonus @350 yds, .5 pts/completion). This week’s starting lineup w/ values in parenthesis and also marked my keepers w/ k:

    QB1: cam ($12) k
    QB2: wentz ($5) k
    RB1: zeke ($41) k
    RB2: bilal ($1) k
    WR1: julio ($53) k
    WR2: fitz ($24)
    WR3: Tate ($30)
    TE: Bennett ($9)
    Flex1: Martavis ($21)
    Flex2: Rishard ($1)
    DST: Giants ($2)
    Bench: Tyrod (11), forte (3), gore (9), riddick (5), OJ (6), Lockett (1), Snead (16)
    Practice/Rookie: Curtis Samuel (5)

    Being offered Landry (15) & Cutler (17) for Tyrod & Snead. My evaluation, i’m getting the better player in Landry at the expense of my backup QB. Although I am hesitant to leverage my QB position which is very delicate in the first place. The plus is obvious. Delving deeper in the thinking is that according to league rules snead & tyrod are locked in their values for next 2 seasons while Landry cannot be kept next year. Not sure this factors. What is your take?

    Also would like feedback on my team.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @David: I would stay put on the trade. I think the 3 game suspension won’t mean much if you can’t keep Landry past this year. Snead should have a great season when it is all said and done, and in the next few years too.

      And as for you team, I like it!

  14. Love your articles man. Nice work. Just finished my one and only draft this year. 14 team ppr league. I had the 11th pick
    QB – Luck, Palmer
    WR – Green, Cooks, Garcon, C. Davis, R. Anderson
    RB – Ingram, Abdullah, Duke Johnson, Jamal Willams, Chris Thompson
    TE – Kelce
    Def – Texans
    K – McManus
    Taking Luck I thought was a huge gamble but Palmer has a decent schedule early. Any thoughts?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Ty inez: Thank you Ty! Not a bad team! And yeah, I’ve been talking a lot about Palmer over the summer, and I think he’s a great QB to invest in early.

      • Ty says:
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        @Zach: Thanks man. Would you start Duke ahead of Abdullah? AZ D is going to be tough. Plus Abdullah was named co starter. I know Duke is in the same boat but they should be down against steelers. It might be a wash

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Ty: PPR? I may go with Duke, but I’m not confident about it

          • Ty says:
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            @Zach: yeah ppr

  15. TBuns says:
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    With Ajayi out, who do I unfortunately have to start between Lacy, Bernard, Jamaal Charles or Kamara?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @TBuns: I’d go with Lacy, and feel good about it! He’ll have a good game I think

  16. Gregg says:
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    Drop any of these guys on my bench for Kamara in a 12 team standard league? 2RB/3WR no Flex:

    Chris Carson
    Joe Mixon
    Jonathan Stewart
    Adam Thielen
    Mike Wallace
    Tyrell Williams

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Gregg: No not yet. If after week 1 we see he has a legitimate role in the offense, then we will talk

      • Gregg says:
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        @Zach: rock on, Zach

  17. Lubey says:
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    14 team 0.5 ppr
    Start qb 2rb 2wr 1te 2flex(rbwrte)
    5 bench

    Qb-Wilson
    Rb-Mccoy, elliot, cook, cj anderson, proise, JWilliams
    Wr-hill, cdavis, jbrown, Mlee, kwright
    Te-graham

    I valued rb because I thought with having to start 2 they’d be hard to come by.
    This left me weak at wr

    I was offered cooper and Hyde for Mccoy and jbrown. He also has Mike Evans. Would you make the trade or try and get evans? Or does rb hold more value in which case keep mccoy?

    Thank you

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Lubey: I would try to get Mike Evans because you’re stacked at WR, not so much for WR’s

  18. Bee says:
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    another year here we go! martavis or crabtree? 1 pt ppr I feel steelers will run the ball more? but with martavis hes just one play away and I know crabtree gets a ton of work against Tennessee horrid pass defense although browns secondary not great either I’m torn!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Bee: I’m gonna go with Crabtree in this one, but you’re right, it is close!

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