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NFL fantasy football rankings for Week 1

Aaron Rodgers is always a top QB option. Andy Lyons

Week 1 is upon us, and everyone wants to start off the year with a win. Here are the positional rankings for Week 1:

QB

1. Aaron Rodgers vs. CHI

2. Cam Newton vs. DAL

3. Tom Brady vs. HOU

4. Deshaun Watson @ NE

5. Drew Brees vs. TB

6. Kirk Cousins vs. SF

7. Philip Rivers vs. KC

8. Russell Wilson @ DEN

9. Matt Stafford @ NYJ

10. Ben Roethlisberger @ CLE

11. Marcus Mariota @ MIA

12. Andrew Luck vs. CIN

13. Jared Goff @ OAK

14. Matt Ryan @ PHI

15. Andy Dalton @ IND

16. Jimmy Garoppolo @ MIN

17. Patrick Mahomes @ LAC

18. Alex Smith @ ARI

19. Dak Prescott @ CAR

20. Nick Foles vs. ATL

RB (standard scoring) 

1. Todd Gurley @ OAK

2. David Johnson vs. WAS

3. Ezekiel Elliott @ CAR

4. Alvin Kamara vs. TB

5. Leonard Fournette @ NYG

6. Melvin Gordon vs. KC

7. Joe Mixon @ IND

8. Kareem Hunt @ LAC

9. Saquon Barkley vs. JAX

10. Christian McCaffery vs. DAL

11. Devonta Freeman @ PHI

12. Jordan Howard @ GB

13. Dalvin Cook vs. SF

14. Alex Collins vs. BUF

15. Kenyon Drake vs. TEN

16. Derrick Henry @ MIA

17. LeSean McCoy @ BAL

18. Royce Freeman vs. SEA

19. Jay Ajayi vs. ATL

20. Lamar Miller @ NE

21. Peyton Barber @ NO

22. Adrian Peterson vs. WAS

23. Rex Burkhead vs. HOU

24. Jamaal Wiliams vs. CHI

25. Dion Lewis @ MIA

26. Carlos Hyde vs. PIT

27. Marshawn Lynch vs. LAR

28. Chris Carson @ DEN

29. Kerryon Johnson vs. NYJ

30. James Conner @ CLE

31. Alfred Morris @ MIN

32. Jordan Wilkins vs. CIN

33. Isaiah Crowell @ DET

34. Tevin Coleman @ PHI

35. Matt Breida @ MIN

WR (standard scoring)

1. Antonio Brown @ CLE

2. DeAndre Hopkins @ NE

3. AJ Green @ IND

4. Michael Thomas vs. TB

5. Davante Adams vs. CHI

6. Julio Jones @ PHI

7. Keenan Allen vs. KC

8. Chris Hogan vs. HOU

9. Stefon Diggs vs. SF

10. Odell Beckham, Jr. vs. JAX

11. JuJu Smith-Schuster @ CLE

12. Larry Fitzgerald vs. WAS

13. TY Hilton vs. CIN

14. Tyreek Hill @ LAC

15. Adam Thielen vs. SF

16. Mike Evans @ NO

17. Golden Tate vs. NYJ

18. Jarvis Landry vs. PIT

19. Marvin Jones vs. NYJ

20. Demaryius Thomas vs. SEA

21. Corey Davis @ MIA

22. Amari Cooper vs, LAR

23. Emmanuel Sanders vs. SEA

24. Brandin Cooks @ OAK

25. Allen Robinson @ GB

26. Marquise Goodwin @ MIN

27. Doug Baldwin @ DEN 

28. Robby Anderson @ DET

29. Nelson Agholor vs. ATL

30. Cooper Kupp vs. OAK

31. Devin Funchess vs. DAL

32. Robert Woods vs. OAK

33. Michael Crabtree vs. BUF

34. Will Fuller @ NE

35. Kenny Stills vs. TEN

36. Kenny Golladay vs. NYJ

37. Josh Gordon vs. PIT

38. Jamison Crowder @ ARI

39. Pierre Garcon @ MIN

40. Keelan Cole @ NYG

41. Mike Williams vs. KC

42. Sammy Watkins @ LAC

43. John Ross @ IND

44. Sterling Shepard vs. JAX

45. Rishard Matthews @ MIA

TE (standard scoring) 

1. Rob Gronkowski vs. HOU

2. Zach Ertz vs. ATL

3. Travis Kelce @ LAC

4. Jimmy Graham vs. CHI

5. Kyle Rudolph vs. SF

6. Trey Burton @ GB

7. Jordan Reed @ ARI

8. Greg Olsen vs. DAL

9. Delanie Walker @ MIA

10. Evan Engram vs. JAX

11. Jack Doyle vs. CIN

12. David Njoku vs. PIT

13. Tyler Eifert @ IND

14. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins @ NYG

15. George Kittle @ MIN

D/ST

1. Baltimore vs. BUF

2. New Orleans vs. TB

3. Jacksonville @ NYG

4. LA Rams @ OAK

5. Detroit vs. NYJ

6. Denver vs. SEA

7. Minnesota vs. SF

8. Carolina vs. DEN

9. Pittsburgh @ CLE

10. LA Chargers vs. KC

11. Philadelphia vs. ATL

12. Tennessee @ MIA

13. Green Bay vs. CHI

14. NY Giants vs. JAX

15. Atlanta @ PHI

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Houston is falling down the rankings

Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.


Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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