This is the time where we are all very confident that everything that we have drafted is correctly valued and we are unstoppable. You and at least half of your league think the championship is a real possibility. A pit will arrive in the stomach of some fantasy football players in the middle of this upcoming Sunday afternoon when they realize that not everything they thought was written in stone will play out that way. Perhaps you will not go 13-0 in the regular season like you convinced yourself that you would.
Remember to stay calm. The variance in week 1 performance from what you’ve read here or anywhere could be extreme. This variance is wreaking havoc on my nerves for week 1 rankings. Am I confident? Very. But the start of the regular season can feel like grasping at straws as opposed to the educated forecasts that they are if something goes wrong. My point being: we are all going to miss on a few things. That’s what makes this obsession so fun.
A few bits of advice to remember for this upcoming week 1:
- Don’t start checking your scores until at least the late afternoon games. The “projected scores” won’t mean much until later in the day anyways. If you start watching your scores all day, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Just enjoy some football. This obviously does not apply if you are waiting on an injury question mark or a 50/50 lineup decision for later games.
- Don’t break stuff that you’ll probably want tomorrow.
- I write a Sunday Primer every Saturday night that is up before you wake up on Sunday so you can ask me line up questions, what I had for breakfast (probably a bloody mary), or how many donkey teeth that Donkey Teeth has.
- Every Sunday is best spent with Andrew Siciliano.
Without further ado, here are my week 1 rankings.