Fantasy Football: Week 1(updated 9/10)
posted Sep 06 2016, 09:43PM
story by Chris Kapel
posted in NFL, Fantasy

get the year started off right

Welcome to 2016 Fantasy Football… take off your shoes and stay awhile. Who will be wearing their championship dancing shoes come January? Hopefully you. You’ve probably had your draft, feel like you’re going 14-0 and then on to win the championship. Every team does this time of year.

Last year you may have been able to draft no one, play the waiver wire right, and win it all. Last year was not the exception, but the rule. Playing the waiver wire will be a huge part in winning your league. Whether you use FAAB or the waiver wire… play it, pay attention to it and find this year's David Johnson.

Here you will find weekly rankings, players who have good and bad matchups, players to try and pick up, and sometimes, guys you’ve just gotta let go. That way you’re not stuck with CJ Anderson because you were afraid to drop a first rounder for David Johnson.

There are a lot of different strategies to playing Fantasy Football. Apparently this is the year of draft #NORB. Meaning that running backs are so interchangeable, often hurt and generally unreliable that you can just wait til after the 6th round to pick up running backs. I drafted Lesean McCoy and Le’veon Bell early in a few of my drafts. I didn’t roll the NORB way this year. This year most of my drafts started taking DST in the 9-10th round (WHAAATT???)... so I decided to stream DST each week and write about it here. I would rather pick a defense late and have a possible DeAndre Hopkins on the bench then have the Broncos #1 DST and miss out.

Week 1 I am all about streaming the Eagles defense. If you can get them on your team for week 1, do it. They probably didn’t get drafted in your league, they weren’t any of mine. The Eagles will have some struggles on offense in this game… but does anyone really trust RG3 and the Browns offense to score a ton? I’m looking for at least two turnovers and hopefully a DST TD out of the Eagles this week.  

And onto the week 1 rankings…


1. Aaron Rodgers

2. Andrew Luck

3. Russell Wilson

4. Cam Newton

5. Drew Brees

6. Carson Palmer

7. Derek Carr

8. Kirk Cousins

9. Eli Manning

10. Ben Roethlisberger

11. Tyrod Taylor

12. Matthew Satfford

13. Dak Prescott

14. Jameis Winston

15. Philip Rivers


1. Todd Gurley

2. Lamar Miller

3. David Johnson

4. Devonta Freeman

5. Deangelo Williams

6. LeSean McCoy

7. Adrian Peterson

8. Mark Ingram

9. Ezekiel Elliott

10. Doug Martin

11. Latavius Murray

12. Danny Woodhead

13. Jeremy Langford

14. Carlos Hyde

15. Frank Gore

16. Matt Forte

17. Spencer Ware

18. Rashad Jennings

19. Ryan Matthews

20. Eddie Lacy

21. Theo Riddick

22. Gio Bernard

23. CJ Anderson

24. Derek Henry

25. Charles Simms

26. Buck Allen

27. Ameer Abdullah

28. Legarrette Blount

29. Duke Johnson

30. Demarco Murray

31. Melvin Gordon

32. Shane Vereen

33. Jeremy Hill

34. Darren Sproles

35. Jonathan Stewart

36. TJ Yeldon

37. Bilal Powell

38. Justin Forsett

39. Arian Foster

40. Chris Ivory


1. Antonio Brown

2. Julio Jones

3. Odell Beckham Jr.

4. Amari Cooper

5. DeAndre Hopkins

6. Keenan Allen

7. Jordy Nelson

8. Allen Robinson

9. Brandon Marshall

10. AJ Green

11. Alshon Jeffery

12. Jeremy Maclin

13. Dez Bryant

14. Mike Evans

15. Brandin Cooks

16. Sammy Watkins

17. TY Hilton

18. Randall Cobb

19. Jarvis Landry

20. Golden Tate

21. Demaryius Thomas

22. Donte Moncrief

23. Eric Decker

24. Larry Fitzgerald

25. Michael Crabtree

26. John Brown

27. Doug Baldwin

28. Julian Edelman

29. Marvin Jones

30. Jordan Matthews

31. Desean Jackson

32. Emmanuel Sanders

33. Sterling Shepard

34. Corey Coleman

35. Michael Floyd

36. Pierre Garcon

37. Kelvin Benjamin

38. Michael Thomas

39. Allen Hurns

40. Tavon Austin


1. Jordan Reed

2. Delanie Walker

3. Travis Kelce

4. Greg Olsen

5. Gary Barnidge

6. Coby Fleener

7. Zach Ertz

8. Martellus Bennett

9. Antonio Gates

11. Jason Witten

12. Clive Walford

13. Julius Thomas

14. Dwayne Allen

15. Eric Ebron


You’re going to start the one kicker on your team. During bye weeks use this list to see who you should pick up

1. Adam Vinatieri

2. Justin Tucker

3. Steven Hauschka

4. Stephen Gostkowski

5. Dan Bailey

6. Matt Bryant

7. Blair Walsh

8. Mason Crosby

9. Cairo Santos

10. Roberto Aguayo

11. Matt Prater

12. Brandon McManus

13. Caleb Sturgis

14. Nick Novak

15. Sebastian Janikowski


1. Seattle

2. LA

3. Philadelphia

4. Minnesota

5. Arizona

6. Denver

7. Carolina

8. Green Bay

9. Houston

10. Kansas City

11. Cincinnati

12. Buffalo

13. Pittsburgh

14. NYJ

15. Tampa Bay

You have to love the matchups for these guys:

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Derek Carr

RB: Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams, Ezekiel Elliott

WR: Odell Beckham Jr., Jordy Nelson, Antonio Brown

Gotta like these matchups:

QB: Eli Manning, Tyrod Taylor, Brock Osweiler

RB: Eddie Lacy, Ryan Matthews, Doug Martin

WR: Amari Cooper, Marvin Jones Jr., Jeremy Maclin

Nothing to like about these matchups:

QB: Cam Newton (you’re still starting him), Philip Rivers, Andy Dalton

RB: Jonathan Stewart, CJ Anderson, Jeremy Langford

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Jarvis Landry, Eric Decker

Chris Kapel
I have a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toledo in Communications emphasis Journalism. Working on a Finance degree as well. You can never lear...

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