Chet Gresham Week 1 Fantasy Rankings

Published 9/7/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 16. Eli Manning, (QB No. 13) QB, Giants. Bye: 8.

    Manning has great weapons and the Cowboys are weak on defense, so there is upside here, but Manning's upside is much lower than it used to be.

  • 17. Carson Wentz, (QB No. 14) QB, Eagles. Bye: 4.

    Wentz has plenty of good receivers to throw to and not many good running backs to hand off to. He'll have his ups and downs, but his upside is high in this offense.

  • 18. Matthew Stafford, (QB No. 15) QB, Lions. Bye: 10.

    Stafford hasn't fared well against tough pass defenses, which Arizona happens to be. The game being at home in the dome does help some, but he'll need his receivers to help him out and find the end zone.

  • 19. Andy Dalton, (QB No. 16) QB, Bengals. Bye: 9.

    Dalton hasn't fared well in the past against the Ravens, but does have all his offensive weapons at his disposal.

  • 20. Dak Prescott, (QB No. 17) QB, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    The Giants are a formidable defense and were tough on these Cowboys last season. I don't expect big numbers.

  • 21. Julio Jones, (WR No. 2) WR, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    If the team actually gets Jones more red-zone looks as promised, he could truly blow up this season. And the fact that this is Week 1 means that he's about as healthy as he's going to be all season.

  • 22. LeSean McCoy, (RB No. 3) RB, Bills. Bye: 10.

    Shady should be the focal point in this offense until he's hurt or falls asleep on the field. The Jets gave up Sheldon Richardson, which will hurt their run defense, and they will have trouble scoring, which should give the Bills plenty of opportunity to give it to McCoy.

  • 23. Tyrod Taylor, (QB No. 18) QB, Bills. Bye: 10.

    Taylor doesn't have the upside he had coming into this season, but he's still a good player in a top matchup.

  • 24. Philip Rivers, (QB No. 19) QB, Chargers. Bye: 11.

  • 25. Brian Hoyer, (QB No. 20) QB, 49ers. Bye: 8.

  • 26. Todd Gurley, (RB No. 4) RB, Rams. Bye: 8.

    The Rams' offense has to be better under McVay, and they get a great matchup to start the season.

  • 27. Alex Smith, (QB No. 21) QB, Chiefs. Bye: 5.

  • 28. Jared Goff, (QB No. 22) QB, Rams. Bye: 8.

  • 29. A.J. Green, (WR No. 3) WR, Bengals. Bye: 9.

    This game could be ugly, as these division games can be tough for offense, but Green gets his when healthy, and that should happen once again.

  • 30. Dalvin Cook, (RB No. 5) RB, Vikings. Bye: 6.

    The Saints are a perfect opponent for Cook, as they gave up the second-most rushing touchdowns in the league and the third-most fantasy points to running backs last season. Cook should be set up as the three-down back and could have a field day at home against the Saints.

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