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:


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


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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Upton and Verlander are headed to the Big Apple. Photo by Elsa/ Getty Images.

News erupted on a relatively quiet Monday, December 5 that Houston Astros superstar ace and Cy Young Award-winnerJustin Verlander inked a deal with the New York Mets.

According to the New York Post, Verlander, a free agent, agreed to a two-year, $86 million deal with the Mets, with a vesting, third-year option for $35 million. While that's huge news in the world of pro baseball, Verlander's superstar model wife Kate Upton has been also trending on Twitter.

No surprise there, as cover girl and fashion influencer Upton boasts more than 6 million followers on Instagram alone and one of the most followed models on the globe. But it's not a cover shot or sizzling bikini pic making the rounds, but rather, a video of the supermodel shooting the bird to Philadelphia Phillies fans.

Upton, an oft-smiling mom and wife, had no problem backing down from Philly Fan with a double-barreled, middle finger salute. While the audio is hard to decipher, we're guessing Upton didn't edit her smack talk in the dubious City of Brotherly Love.

Plenty of local talk (if one is interested in that sort of thing) points to the Mets being the team for "real" NYC baseball fans, while Yankees fans are said to be band-wagoning, late to games, and full of corporate partners. It's also good optics that Verlander didn't bolt for the team that the Astros dispatched in a four-game sweep on the way to their second World Series title.

Houston fans will no doubt miss Upton, who wed Verlander, gave birth to darling daughter Genevieve, and essentially broke the internet when she donned a retro Astros jacket — making it an instant sellout — all while here in the Bayou City. As transplants from there regularly point out, Houston is notoriously friendlier than the Big Apple.

But, something tells Upton, who has proven that she's not afraid to go publicly potty-mouthed in defense of JV, will have zero problem handling any mouthy NYC fans.

Upton clearly gives zero bleeps when defending her man. Kate Upton/Twitter

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