This brings to a close our weekly rankings for this, the first week of the National Football League.  As I write this we are under 24 hours until the season opener commences.  Yes, we will be favred to death, but it’s football!  Real football!!

Keep those start/sit questions coming in the comments.  If you pose me a difficult enough one it may make me rethink my rankings here.  I try to pose myself those questions while doing the rankings, but sometimes it’s not until one of you ask, that I see a good reason to rank someone higher than the other.

I will also post a game thread for the season opener so we can revel in it together!

Tight Ends

  1. Antonio Gates @KC
  2. Jermichael Finley @PHI
  3. Dallas Clark @HOU
  4. Vernon Davis @SEA
  5. Tony Gonzalez @PIT
  6. Jason Witten @WAS
  7. Kellen Winslow  vs. CLE
  8. Zach Miller @TEN
  9. Visanthe Shiancoe @NO
  10. Chris Cooley vs. DAL
  11. Brent Celek vs. GB
  12. Heath Miller vs. ATL
  13. Greg Olsen vs. DET
  14. Tony Scheffler @CHI
  15. Jermaine Gresham @NE
  16. Dustin Keller vs. BAL
  17. Todd Heap @NYJ
  18. Jeremy Shockey vs. MIN
  19. John Carlson vs. SF
  20. Owen Daniels vs. IND
  21. Kevin Boss vs. CAR
  22. Michael Hoomanawanui vs. ARI
  23. Marcedes Lewis vs. DEN
  24. Anthony Fasano @BUF
  25. Aaron Hernandez vs. CIN
  26. Bo Scaife vs. OAK
  27. Rob Gronkowski CIN


  1. San Francisco vs. SEA
  2. Miami  @BUF
  3. N.Y. Jets vs. BAL
  4. Baltimore @NYJ
  5. Chicago vs. DET
  6. Dallas @WAS
  7. Tennessee vs. OAK
  8. Pittsburgh vs. ATL
  9. N.Y. Giants vs. CIN
  10. Green Bay @PHI
  11. Atlanta @PIT
  12. Tampa Bay vs. CLE
  13. Arizona @STL
  14. Denver @JAX
  15. San Diego @KC
  16. Cleveland @TB
  17. New England vs. CIN
  18. Jacksonville vs. DEN
  19. Carolina @NYG
  20. New Orleans vs. MIN
  21. Washington vs. DAL
  22. Cincinnati vs. @NE
  23. Oakland vs. @TEN
  24. Minnesota vs. @NO
  25. Philadelphia vs. GB
  26. Seattle vs. @SEA
  27. Kansas City vs. SD
  28. Houston vs. IND
  29. St. Louis vs. ARI
  30. Buffalo vs. MIA
  31. Indianapolis @HOU
  32. Detroit @CHI


  1. Garrett Hartley
  2. Stephen Gostkowski
  3. Rob Bironas
  4. Nate Kaeding
  5. David Akers
  6. Robbie Gould
  7. Dan Carpenter
  8. Lawrence Tynes
  9. Mason Crosby
  10. Adam Vinatieri
  11. Ryan Longwell
  12. Connor Barth
  13. Josh Scobee
  14. Joe Nedney
  15. David Buehler
  16. Rian Lindell
  17. Neil Rackers
  18. Jay Feely
  19. Olindo Mare
  20. Jeff Reed
  21. Matt Bryant
  22. Nick Folk
  23. Matt Prater
  24. Sebastian Janikowski
  25. Graham Gano
  26. Ryan Succop
  27. Billy Cundiff
  28. Josh Brown
  29. Mike Nugent
  30. John Kasay
  31. Phil Dawson
  32. Jason Hanson

  1. herschel says:

    @Doc: in a ppr, stick with ricky williams or mcfadden over santana moss for my flex?

    appreciate the rankings…it really does seem like its been 3 1/2 years.

  2. Doc

    Doc says:

    @herschel: I would say McFadden, but Cable is now saying Bush might play. I’d go with Moss in PPR unless Bush gets ruled out.

  3. Lou says:

    defense dilemma. My scoring favors big plays. Yards allowed isn’t a factor and the difference between allowing 14 and 34 points equals up to 3 fantasy pts. So sacks and TOs are the money stats. I have the Saints starting right now… hesitantly. I feel they offer the highest ceiling. AZ (@St.L) is on the wire but they’re pretty weak at LB for a 3-4 scheme. ATL (@Pit) is there too. Dixon could cough up a few TO’s but hes not easy to get to (0 sacks v. Baltimore last year). Whats your take?

  4. Lou says:

    TB and Cleveland are also on the wire. That game should be a mess but i dont know if i can trust either of those teams to do much more than have low scores.

  5. Bill says:

    Zach Miller or Malcom Floyd for a ppr flex spot?

  6. MJD Took A Knee says:

    I guess kicker questions are like catcher questions? I had Sebastian Janikowski and picked up Neil Rackers when he was made starter. But I’m not sure if was just average in Arizona last year. Does Janikowski’s big leg and Oaklands Offense mean a lot of nice long FGA this year?

  7. danimal35 says:

    Got some tough week 1 matchups:

    Turner @ Pit
    Greene vs. Bal
    Brown @ Buf
    Moreno @ Jac
    Bradshaw vs Car

    Non-PPR/start 3…I feel like Moreno and Bradshaw have the best matchups but I should probably be starting the top three…any advice?

    Also have Marshall and Boldin at WR with Ward and Jacoby on the bench…Boldin doesn’t look so hot now that Revis signed…?

  8. Chris says:

    Tony Gonzalez should be playing PIT instead of STL…might want to correct that…that’s a big difference!

    Would you pick up L. Naanee and drop E. Doucet looking down the line. I also have M. Floyd and I’m thinking it might be best to speculate on Charger WRs.

  9. jmkobus says:

    Hey Doc, just drafted this team last night in a regular 10 team league QB, WR, WR, WR, RB, RB, TE, K, DEF, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN
    This is my team
    QB-Cutler, Stafford

    I am thinking about trying to shop AP around and pick up a Number 1 receiver. With such a sick RB core I feel Like I can make my WR a ton better and still be solid in RB. Or should I just hold onto AP?

  10. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Lou: Yeah, I think the Saints might be your best shot in that format.

    @Bill: Floyd

    @MJD Took A Knee: Yeah, I’m hoping SeaBass gets more opportunities this season, but Kickers are so tough to forecast. Both look like good plays.

    @danimal35: Yeah, the matchup game is sucking for you. I’d go with your studs. The others don’t have amazing matchups. I could see going Ward over Boldin.

    @jmkobus: I’d hold AP unless you can get overpaid. Looks stout!

  11. Flexing says:

    Hey Doc,
    Which two of the four in PPR: McCoy, Portis, Santana Moss, or McFadden?

  12. jpburgh213 says:

    12 team stand espn. Flex play. Rb brandon jacobs or johnny knox? Now that jacobs lost the job.

  13. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Flexing: Mccoy and McFadden.
    @jpburgh213: Im going with Knox

  14. Jake says:

    You’ve got Tony Gonzalez playing @ STL. He’s not playing STL this weekend. Might want to correct that.

  15. MJD Took A Knee says:

    Playing Bengals D looking better now!

  16. GB says:

    Is it a crazy thought to play Devery Henderson tonight vs the Vikes banged up secondary over Mason vs the Jets? I know Revis will probably stick to Boldin but that D scares me regardless.

  17. Plainville says:

    12 team/non-ppr – need to start 2RBs, 2WRs and a RB/WR Flex.

    I have the following:

    RB1 – MJD
    RB2 – Ryan Grant
    WR1 – Roddy White
    WR2 – Hakeem Nicks

    My Flex choices are:
    LeSean McCoy
    Santana Moss
    Jacoby Jones
    Mike Williams

    Who would you use as the Flex? Any changes to the RB/WR spots?


  18. Mike says:

    @Doc: I saw you have Kolb ranked higher than Stafford…I am considering playing Stafford over him due to the Eagles’ offensive line issues plus Stafford has looked great in preseason….bad idea?

    Also would I be crazy to play Jabar Gaffney over Wes Welker in a PPR in week 1? Thanks for your help!

  19. The Outlaw says:

    Which of these running backs would you start in week 1: Michael Turner, Ahmad Bradshaw, Arian Foster, Shonn Greene, Marian Barber?

  20. The Vaporizers says:

    You lovin Jerome Harrison this weekend as well against TB?

    You start him over L McCoy vs GB this week?

    And on my other team, I’m not starting him over Rice and probably not over Foster, but possibly over Forte vs Detroit at flex. What do you think? I’m having tough decsions here.

  21. Van Hammersly says:

    Doc… I know you’ve got Flacco (vs. NYJ) ranked higher this week, but would it make any sense to start Vince Young (vs. OAK) over Flacco? It’s a league that scores 6 pts. per QB TD, if that clears things up at all. Thanks!

  22. nick m. says:

    I’m looking to grab 2, could you rank these late-round flyers/stashes in PPR? – Hillis, Fred Taylor, Chris Ivory, James Davis, Snelling, Choice, Brandon Jackson, Faulk, Ringer, Keiland Williams. Thanks!

  23. Norx says:

    Hey Doc,

    12 team / .5 PPR start 3 WR’s – 2RB’s – 1 Flex (W/R).

    Drafted McCoy – 3rd round / Foster 4th round / A Bradshaw 5th round. I am not in love with McCoy’s matchup vs the Packers. I am starting Calvin Johnson / Miles Austin / H Nicks at my WR’s. I have D Mason and Malcom Floyd on the bench. Any chance I should start Foster and Bradshaw at my RB’s and throw Floyd at the Flex and leave McCoy on the bench vs the pack?? Its a tough decision to sit your 3rd round pick on the first week!!

    Thanks man!

  24. The Vaporizers says:

    Norx, I’m in the same boat with you. I think I’m starting Jerome Harrison over McCoy this week – and still playing Arian Foster and Ahmad Bradshaw.

  25. Euroalien says:

    Two Start or Sit Questions…….

    Jahvid Best Vs Da Bears or Brandon Jacobs Vs Carolina

    Hakeem Nicks Vs Carolina or Wes Welker Vs Cincy

    I’m thinking Best and Nicks but…… I’m having second thoughts

  26. Pepe Silvia says:

    Current WRs (start 2): Andre Johnson, Steve Smith (Car), Hakeem Nicks, Bernard Berrian

    Current TEs (start 1): John Carlson, Owen Daniels

    Question: Trade Smith (Car) for Antonio Gates? Is the upgrade I’d get at TE greater than what I’d lose by having to start Nicks or Berrian?

  27. Beans says:

    In a standard non ppr league who would u bench; Turner, Matthews, JC, or Bradshaw?

  28. Beans says:

    Also in my other league standard non ppr who would u bench, can only play three ray rice, ryan grant, JC or Bradshaw?

  29. Wilsonian says:

    Here are my RB and flex options and where I have them currently situated in my lineup:

    RB: Beanie
    RB: Knowshon
    Flex (W/R): Bradshaw
    BN: Dez
    BN: Breaston
    BN: Sproles
    BN: Huggins

    Would you make any changes or add any of the following FAs available for the week: Slaton, Choice, Cribbs, Bess, Crayton, Mike Williams – TB, Clayton?

    Thanks Doc!

  30. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Chris: Thanks. Changed it. Yeah, I would try Naanee.

    @Jake: Got it, thanks.

    @MJD Took A Knee: Hah, looks like brady is ok.

    @GB: Yeah, I could see Henderson getting a long TD, but Mason is safer for receptions.

    @Plainville: Tough call, but i gotta go with the guy getting the most chances – Mccoy.

  31. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Mike: It’s not crazy. It’s risky, but not crazy. I’m going with Kolb, but I would go with your gut on that.

    Unless we hear the Welker is limited I’d stick with him.

    @The Outlaw: I’m on the Foster train.

    @The Vaporizers: I like Forte over Jerome, but Jerome over McCoy.

    @Van Hammersly: Yeah, it’s tempting to go with Young in case he gets a rushing TD, but I like Flacco barely.

    @nick m.: For speculative grabs I like Choice, Jackson, Davis, Ringer. Taylor if you need to start someone.

    @Euroalien: Best for sure. Nicks probably. Welker is still a little bit of a question mark.

    @Pepe Silvia: I’m liking Smith too much this season. I think OD will come around.

    @Beans: Between Turner and Bradshaw. I’d bench Bradshaw in standard.

    @Beans: Ugh! Bradshaw again even though I like him!

    @Wilsonian: Looks right. I’d hold.

  32. Beans says:

    thanks for the advice

  33. Black Beard says:

    Hello all. I’m a fantasy baseballer by nature but I drafted one football team this year…and I am now a constant source of ridicule. I half-expected this.

    So the deets on the league I think are important are as follows: 4pts for QB TDs and six for RBs and WRs. Anywho, here’s my roster. Any help would be appreciated…

    QB Matt Ryan, Atl QB
    QB David Garrard, Jac QB
    RB Adrian Peterson, Min RB
    RB Shonn Greene, NYJ RB
    RB/WR Knowshon Moreno, Den RB P
    WR Calvin Johnson, Det WR
    WR Michael Crabtree, SF WR
    WR Hakeem Nicks, NYG WR
    TE Vernon Davis, SF TE
    TE Tony Scheffler, Det TE
    D/ST Patriots D/ST, NE D/ST
    K Lawrence Tynes, NYG K
    Bench Ben Roethlisberger, Pit QB SSPD
    Bench Derrick Mason, Bal WR
    Bench Donald Brown, Ind RB
    Bench Steve Slaton, Hou RB P
    Bench Tim Hightower, Ari RB
    Bench Marshawn Lynch, Buf RB
    Bench Larry Johnson, Was RB
    Bench Devin Hester, Chi WR
    Bench Jabar Gaffney, Den WR

  34. Calogero says:

    New offer – DeAngelo and Laurent for Miles Austin and Felix Jones.

    Laurent would possibly have been dropped in the previous 2-for-1 offer of Austin and Ricky for Shonn Greene. Do I take this one?

  35. microwave donut says:

    Jonathan Stewart @NYG, Ricky Williams @BUF or Percy Harvin @ NO as a flex?

    I’m already starting Ronnie Brown, so I’m tempted to go w/ Ricky to get some guaranteed production.

  36. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    If you were in a survivor pool, who would be your pick this week? I’m leaning towards Miami or San Fran. A lot of people are going with the Titans, but Oakland has always been capable of an upset. Thoughts?

  37. Commish Cauda says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr

    Cooley is my #1 TE. Heath Miller is on my bench. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the kid from CIN, Jermaine Gresham. Would you drop Miller for Gresham as an upside stash?

  38. Commish Cauda says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr

    Stephen Jackson is my #1 RB. Go with LeSean McCoy or Marion Barber as my #2 RB this week?

  39. danimal35 says:

    @Black Beard: I kinda like your team…starting RB’s look good and for backups you have the spaghetti method…starting WRs look good with a couple of solid yet unspectactular backups…TE is good enough…QB is the only question mark especially if you start two which would explain why so many good players fell…having Ben when he comes back will hep a lot but you could be hurtin until then with a Garrard/Ryan combo…don’t have much advice before the season starts

  40. HotRod says:

    Stewart vs. NYG, P. Thomas vs. Vikings, or Jahvid Best vs. Bears?? (PPR)

    Stafford vs. Bears or Harvin vs. Saints? (all td’s 6 pts)

    Thanks in advance Doc!!

  41. Dad says:

    @Doc: These lists are great Doc. I’m convinced that reading a Karabell article actually makes you more dumb.

    In my (non-ppr) WR/RB flex spot: Crabtree, Ricky Williams or Forsett?

  42. Black Beard says:

    @danimal35: Thanks. My QBs are not good. Not sure if I should pony up one of my WRs or RBs to upgrade.

  43. BAM says:

    Hey Doc,

    Would you play Forsett or Hillis as an RB3 this week? I believe in Forsett but not necessarily against the 9ers D. Hillis, however, has a great matchup against TB.



  44. Wilsonian says:

    @Doc: thanks Doc. I was just a little worried about Beanie and Knowshon’s injuries. Although it sounds like Knowshon will be suited up and ready to go as the #1. But things for Beanie aren’t looking nearly as bright…

  45. Commish Cauda says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr

    Meachem vsMIN or Mason @NYJ?

  46. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:

    In a 16 team league, I ended up with Mendenhall and Michael Bush as my RBs. Drafted Macfadden as Bush insurance.

    It’s .5 PPR, so should I just leave Macfadden in and hope that Bush is limited and/or Macfadden catches a bunch of passes?

  47. Gambler says:

    Who do you like as a RB/WR flex in a 10 team league:

    My starters are

    RB1 – AP
    RB2 – Ariann Foster
    WR1 – Calvin Johnson
    WR2 – Maclin (who I really like this week and for the year, and I think he is underrated)

    And my option for a flex are Hakeem Nicks, J. Stewart, Floyd, and Bradshaw..)

    Also, can any of these players be used as a pun that would be a better team name than “Aint no hollaback girl”?

  48. Pepe Silvia says:

    @Doc: that’s kinda how I was leaning. thanks Doc.

  49. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Black Beard: I dont see any reason for ridicule. Looks pretty good to me. No real holes. I’d hold with what you have.

    @Calogero: I like it.

    @Cheese: I like San Fran.

    @Commish Cauda: I don’t see him outplaying those guys just yet.

    @Commish Cauda: Tough, but I’m going with McCoy.

    @HotRod: Best. Interesting dillema with Stafford vs. Harvin. I like Harvin a lot, but Stafford has a higher ceiling. Harvin is the safer play.

    @Dad: Thanks. It’s Crabtree vs. Ricky for me. I’m going Ricky in non PPR, but it is very close.

    @BAM: You just don’t know how Hillis will get used. I like Forsett to at least get assured touches.

    @Wilsonian: Yeah, there is still time. If he practices fully I think he’ll be fine.

    @Black Beard: Ah, didn’t realize it was 2 QBs. Garrard should get you through to Ben. You could see what is available for trade, but I wouldn’t go crazy.

    @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Yeah, i would stick with McFadden for this week.

    @Commish Cauda: I’d lean Meachem.

    @Gambler: Hah, probably, but my brain has been stewed, JStewed. I’m leaning Bradshaw until we know Stewart is full go and getting use.

  50. Scott says:

    Which waiver wire defense does everyone like this week?

    Arizona @ St Louis (Bradford)
    Tennessee vs Oakland
    Atlanta @ Pittsburgh (Dixon)

  51. Scott says:

    Oops, just saw the defensive rankings after I expanded the post.

    Doc, I’m guessing you go with Tennessee here?

  52. Black Beard says:

    @Doc: Thanks for the input. If I was going to target a lower tiered QB that has some upside, who would that be? My thinking is that an owner might appreciate having a handcuff I currently own.

  53. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Scott: It’s a bit of a crapshoot of course, but that’s where I would lean.

  54. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Black Beard: It really depend on the other teams situations and who they have available. I wouldn’t try to force anything.

  55. White Lightning says:


    Need to start three out of Spiller, Hightower, Matthews, Stewart, in a standard PPR League.

  56. White Lightning says:

    Also Nicks, Burleson, M. Williams (TBor Devery Henderson for one WR spot in a standard PPR?

  57. White Lightning says:

    Also Nicks, Burleson, M. Williams (TB) or Devery Henderson for one WR spot in a standard PPR?

  58. Black Beard says:

    @Doc: Thanks. Any good that happens this year will be 100% attributed to RazzFootball. Any bad…well I just blame myself.

  59. The Outlaw says:

    Are you ready for some football……..!!!!

  60. danimal35 says:

    @Black Beard: I agree with Doc…don’t force anything…wait for some injuries to develop…cuz they will…and then if one of your backups goes off for a week or two then you can prey on a reeling team that has needs something

  61. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @The Outlaw: whoooooraaaaaa

  62. Derrick says:

    In a vacuum would you trade Bradshaw and Pierre Thomas for AP?

  63. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Derrick: Like the AP side unless it takes a starter slot down to a backup type.

  64. Mark says:

    Here’s a comment: Hartley sucks. Glad I got him as the nearly last kicker (surprisingly) but sure shows why they aren’t worth much of a pick.

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