Week 1 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections: Davante Adams at WR1

What’s up football fans! The NFL is right around the corner, and I’m unbelievably excited. Week 1 will bring some massive matchups and an exhilarating slate of fantasy-relevant games. If you’re preparing for your season-long draft, make sure you check out our fantasy football rankings. If you’re looking for seasonal profiles, long-form analysis, or positional ranking breakdowns, check out our fantasy football hub. With the industry-standard PPR scoring now the preferred format across the country, we’ll be breaking down rankings in that scoring format. Let’s dive in.

Week 1 Quarterback Rankings

Week 1 RankingPlayerWeek 1 OpponentWeek 1 Projection
1Lamar JacksonCLE23.2
2Patrick MahomesHOU21.7
3Dak Prescott@LAR20.2
4Josh AllenNYJ19.2
5Drew BreesTB18.7
6Jared GoffDAL18.6
7Russell Wilson@ATL18.2
8Deshaun Watson@KC18.1
9Carson Wentz@WAS17.4
10Derek Carr@CAR17.3
11Tyrod Taylor@CIN17.2
12Tom Brady@NO17.2
13Cam NewtonMIA17.2
14Joe BurrowLAC17.0
15Kyler Murray@SF16.6
16Ben Roethlisberger@NYG16.5
17Matt RyanSEA16.2
18Teddy BridgewaterOAK15.8
19Ryan Fitzpatrick@NE15.7
20Mitch Trubisky@DET15.4
21Aaron Rodgers@MIN15.3
22Philip Rivers@JAX15.3
23Matthew StaffordCHI15.2
24Jimmy GaroppoloARI15.2
25Gardner MinshewIND14.6
26Drew LockTEN14.4
27Kirk CousinsGB14.3
28Dwayne HaskinsPHI12.9
29Baker Mayfield@BAL12.5
30Ryan Tannehill@DEN12.4
31Daniel JonesPIT12.1
32Sam Darnold@BUF10.3

Lamar Jackson checks in as my QB1 in Week 1 in a plus matchup against the Browns while Patrick Mahomes is unsurprisingly my #2 QB. I’m very excited about Dak Prescott and Jared Goff in what should be a Sunday Night shootout between the Cowboys and Rams. I also see both quarterbacks in the NFC South divisional affair between the Saints and Buccaneers to do well. I have Drew Brees and Tom Brady both making their way into the top 12 for Week 1. Two of my favorite streamers for Week 1 are Derek Carr and Tyrod Taylor, two guys who are likely to go undrafted in your league. I have both ranked inside the top 12 for Week 1 as both guys have matchups against soft defenses in the Panthers and Bengals, respectively. I’m lower on Kyler Murray this week, a guy who I have as a top-five QB for season-long formats, as I’m scared about his matchup with the dominant 49ers defense.

Week 1 Running Backs Rankings

Week 1 RankingPlayerWeek 1 OpponentWeek 1 Projection
1Christian McCaffreyOAK25.6
2Ezekiel Elliott@LAR22.3
3Alvin KamaraTB21.5
4Dalvin CookGB21.3
5Joe MixonLAC20.7
6Austin Ekeler@CIN20.5
7Josh Jacobs@CAR20.3
8Saquon BarkleyPIT20.1
9David Johnson@KC19.5
10Miles Sanders@WAS19.4
11James Conner@NYG19.4
12Clyde Edwards-HelaireHOU19.3
13Aaron Jones@MIN19.0
14Nick Chubb@BAL18.5
15Mark IngramCLE18.3
16Todd GurleySEA17.7
17Chris Carson@ATL17.5
18Devin SingletaryNYJ17.4
19Derrick Henry@DEN17.3
20Kareem Hunt@BAL17.0
21Kenyan Drake@SF16.8
22Sony Michel@MIA16.3
23Le'Veon Bell@BUF15.9
24David Montgomery@DET15.1
25Melvin GordonTEN14.9
26Ronald Jones II@NO14.4
27Philip LindsayTEN14.2
28Raheem MostertARI13.9
29Leonard FournetteIND13.5
30Antonio GibsonPHI13.4
31Jonathan Taylor@JAX13.3
32Matt BreidaNE12.7
33Tarik Cohen@DET12.5
34Nyheim Hines@JAX12.3
35D'Andre SwiftCHI12.0
36Jordan HowardNE11.9
37Adrian PetersonPHI11.7
38James White@MIA11.5
39Darrell HendersonDAL11.2
40Cam AkersDAL11.1
41Kerryon JohnsonCHI11.0
42Jerick McKinnonARI10.8
43Duke Johnson@KC10.7
44Marlon Mack@JAX10.6
45Latavius MurrayTB10.5
46Chris ThompsonIND10.4
47JK DobbinsCLE9.8
48Zack MossNYJ8.8
49Chase Edmonds@SF8.7
50Boston Scott@WAS8.4
51Ke'Shawn Vaughn@NO7.9

Christian McCaffrey was far and away the best running back in fantasy football last season, and I have him getting right back to that production as my number one guy this week. I have Joe Mixon making his way into the top five this week in a plus matchup at home against the Chargers. For the Chargers, I have Austin Ekeler coming through with a huge Week 1 to place him inside the top six guys. I have Josh Jacobs leading the NFL in carries for Week 1 as he should have plenty of running lanes in Carolina and the Raiders would love to establish the running game early in the year. Saquon Barkley drops to #8 in my rankings this week due to a tough matchup with the Steelers’ dominant front seven. David Johnson sneaks into the top ten due to the receiving work I see him having against the Chiefs. James Conner is likely to be around the top twelve range as long as he’s healthy and Clyde Edwards-Helaire should kick off a season as a top-twelve mainstay with a strong first week. Kenyan Drake, for similar reasons to Kyler Murray, sees a significant drop in my rankings due to the matchup with the 49ers. I’m also nervous about starting Le’Veon Bell against the Bills and Leonard Fournette against the Colts.

Week 1 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 1 RankingPlayerWeek 1 OpponentWeek 1 Projection
1Davante Adams@MIN22.1
2Michael ThomasTB20.1
3Julio JonesSEA19.8
4Tyreek HillHOU19.7
5Chris Godwin@NO18.1
6Kenny GolladayCHI17.4
7Cooper KuppDAL17.3
8Allen Robinson@DET17.1
9Robert WoodsDAL17.1
10DJ MooreLV16.9
11Keenan Allen@CIN16.6
12DJ CharkIND16.5
13Amari Cooper@LAR16.4
14Marquise BrownCLE16.4
15DeSean Jackson@WAS16.3
16Terry McLaurinPHI16.3
17Mike Evans@NO16.2
18Calvin RidleySEA16.1
19Tyler Lockett@ATL16.1
20JuJu Smith-Schuster@NYG15.8
21DeAndre Hopkins@SF15.7
22Odell Beckham Jr.@BAL15.6
23Courtland SuttonTEN15.6
24DeVante ParkerNE15.4
25Anthony Miller@DET15.3
26Adam ThielenGB15.1
27T.Y. Hilton@JAX15.1
28A.J. Brown@DEN15.1
29Michael Gallup@LAR14.9
30Jarvis Landry@BAL14.9
31Marvin JonesCHI14.6
32DK Metcalf@ATL14.4
33Stefon DiggsNYJ14.2
34Mecole HardmanHOU13.3
35Kendrick BourneARI13.2
36John BrownNYJ13.1
37Diontae Johnson@NYG12.8
38Emmanuel SandersTB12.7
39Curtis SamuelLV12.7
40Will Fuller@KC12.6
41Jerry JeudyTEN12.4
42Golden TateNYG12.3
43Brandin Cooks@KC12.3
44A.J. GreenLAC12.3
45Jamison Crowder@BUF12.2
46Preston WilliamsNE12.2
47Darius SlaytonPIT11.7
48Tyler BoydLAC11.6
49Julian Edelman@MIA11.4
50Henry Ruggs III@CAR11.3
51Hunter Renfrow@CAR11.2
52Allen Lazard@MIN11.1
53Robby AndersonLV10.1
54Jalen Reagor@WAS10.0
55Michael Pittman Jr.@JAX9.9
56N'Keal Harry@MIA9.8
57John RossLAC9.7
58CeeDee LambLAR9.7
59Randall Cobb@KC9.7
60Sammy WatkinsHOU9.6
61Dede WestbrookIND9.6
62Larry Fitzgerald@SF9.1
63James Washington@NYG9.0
64Christian Kirk@SF8.9
65Breshad Perriman@BUF8.8
66Justin JeffersonGB8.4
67Sterling ShepardPIT8.0
68Brandon AiyukARI7.9
69Corey Davis@DEN7.8
70Cole BeasleyNYJ6.2

Davante Adams is set for a massive week as he is facing one of his favorite opponents in the division-rival Vikings. Adams already went over 100 yards twice against Minnesota last year and they are facing the loss of their top three cornerbacks from last season. Kenny Golladay’s matchup with the Bears may scare you, but I’m confident in his ability to perform as a top-ten guy as he had two excellent games against Chicago last season. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods should kick off this season with strong performances against a transitioning Dallas secondary. I’m fading on Keenan Allen a bit in season-long formats, but for this week at least Mike Williams will be absent, leaving Allen with a ton of pass-catching work. Two speedsters in Marquise Brown and DeSean Jackson round out my top 15. Brown’s numbers against Cleveland last season were not spectacular, but I’m expecting him to have a breakout 2020. Jackson always seems to explode in Week 1 and he’ll be taking on his former team in Washington. DeAndre Hopkins saw a noticeable dip in his stats for this week due to the matchup with San Francisco. Some of my favorite sleepers to return top-36 value this week are Mecole Hardman, Kendrick Bourne, Curtis Samuel, and Will Fuller.

Week 1 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 1 RankingPlayerWeek 1 OpponentWeek 1 Projection
1Travis KelceHOU18.3
2George KittleARI16.1
3Zach Ertz@WAS14.9
4Hayden HurstSEA14.7
5Darren Waller@CAR14.0
6Hunter Henry@CIN13.9
7Mark AndrewsCLE13.8
8Jonnu Smith@DEN13.4
9Jared CookTB13.0
10Evan EngramPIT12.1
11Tyler HigbeeDAL12.0
12Greg Olsen@ATL11.7
13Noah FantTEN10.8
14Blake Jarwin@LAR10.7
15Rob Gronkowski@NO10.6
16Mike Gisecki@NE10.5
17Eric Ebron@NYG10.2
18Jack Doyle@JAX10.1
19Ian ThomasLV9.5
20Gerald EverettDAL9.4
21Irv Smith Jr.GB9.2
22Dallas GoedertWAS9.1
23Austin Hooper@BAL8.9
24T.J. HockensonCHI8.8
25Tyler EifertIND8.6
26Kyle RudolphGB8.4
27Chris Herndon@BUF8.1
28Jimmy Graham@DET7.8
29O.J. Howard@NO6.9
30C.J. UzomahLAC5.9

Travis Kelce and George Kittle are the big names at tight end and neither player has a matchup that’s overly concerning in Week 1. If you drafted Zach Ertz, Darren Waller, or Mark Andrews early you’re obviously starting them, and their matchups should be just fine as well. Hayden Hurst has an awesome opportunity to set the tone for his first season with the Falcons as the Seahawks gave up among the most points to tight ends last year. Hunter Henry should see an uptick in target share, particularly in the red zone, for as long as Mike Williams is out of the lineup. The Tyrod Taylor and Hunter Henry stack is going to be one of my favorites for DFS in Week 1. Some of the tight ends who fell in my rankings for this week due to tough matchups are Evan Engram (#10), Austin Hooper (#23), and T.J. Hockenson (#24). Greg Olsen and Blake Jarwin are two great streaming targets for Week 1 who may still be on your waiver wire.

Week 1 Kicker Rankings

Week 1 RankingPlayerWeek 1 OpponentWeek 1 Projections
1Justin TuckerCLE16
2Mason Crosby@MIN15
3Wil LutzTB14
4Jake Eliott@WAS12
5Harrison ButkerHOU12
6Michael Badgley@CIN11
7Ka'imi Fairbairn@KC11
8Robbie GouldARI10
9Brandon McManusTEN10
10Joey SlyeLV10
11Dan BaileyGB10
12Dustin HopkinsPHI9
13Younghoe KooSEA9
14Steven HaushckaNYJ8
15Chris Boswell@NYG8
16Nick FolkMIA8
17Jason Myers@ATL8
18Greg Zuerlein@LAR8
19Sam SlomanDAL8
20Matt PraterCHI7
21Matt Gay@NO7
22Randy BullockLAC7
23Chase McLaughlin@JAX6
24Greg Joseph@DEN5
25Chandler CatanzaroPIT5
26Daniel Carlson@CAR4
27Jason Sanders@NE4
28Austin Seibert@BAL4
29Josh LamboIND3
30Zane Gonzalez@SF3
31Eddy Pineiro@DET2
32Sam Ficken@BUF2

One of my favorite things to look for when selecting which kicker to use each week in fantasy is the over/under for a particular matchup. For example, Harrison Butker and Ka’imi Fairbairn are two of my projected highest-scoring kickers this week and they play for the two teams who are meeting in the Week 1 contest with the highest projected points total in Las Vegas. Justin Tucker should do plenty of scoring against the Browns, a team that always tends to lead to higher scoring output from Baltimore. Mason Crosby, Wil Lutz, and Jake Elliott all have tremendous opportunities as well to return top five value.

Week 1 Defense Rankings

Week 1 RankingTeamWeek 1 OpponentWeek 1 Projection
1Buffalo BillsNYJ14.5
2Pittsburgh Steelers@NYG10.5
3Philadelphia Eagles@WAS9.0
4Baltimore RavensCLE8.6
5San Francisco 49ersARI8.5
6New England PatriotsMIA8.2
7Kansas City ChiefsHOU7.9
8Indianapolis Colts@JAX7.8
9Seattle Seahawks@ATL7.3
10Denver BroncosTEN7.0
11Los Angeles Chargers@CIN6.9
12Tennessee Titans@DEN6.8
13Washington Football TeamPHI6.5
14New Orleans SaintsTB6.4
15Detroit LionsCHI6.3
16Chicago Bears@DET6.2
17New York Jets@BUF6.2
18Carolina PanthersLV6.2
19Dallas Cowboys@LAR6.1
20Las Vegas Raiders@CAR5.8
21Miami Dolphins@NE5.8
22Minnesota VikingsGB5.5
23Jacksonville JaguarsIND5.1
24Green Bay Packers@MIN5.1
25New York GiantsPIT4.9
26Arizona Cardinals@SF4.8
27Cleveland Browns@BAL4.8
28Los Angeles RamsDAL4.7
29Tampa Bay Buccaneers@NO4.7
30Atlanta FalconsSEA4.6
31Houston Texans@KC4.4
32Cincinatti BengalsLAC4.3

I have the Bills ranked as the top DST for Week 1 thanks to a perfect matchup against what was an anemic Jets offense last season. The Bills-Jets game has one of the lower over/under totals in the league for the first week and I wouldn’t be shocked if both teams produce fantasy-viable DSTs. The Steelers are not only one of the most elite defenses in the NFL, but they also have a juicy Week 1 matchup against the Giants. The Eagles should be in a good position to pick on the still-developing second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. There are plenty of defenses this week, including the Colts, Seahawks, and Broncos, which may not be drafted in your league but can still provide excellent starting value.

I've been writing about sports for Lineups since the beginning of 2020 and on my own website since 2018. In May 2021, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in sport management. I've been playing fantasy football for as long as I can remember and am now in far more leagues than any person should take part in. There are few things that give me as much joy and excitement as fantasy football, and I'm excited to share my input with you in your journey towards a championship.

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