Chet Gresham Week 1 Fantasy Rankings

Published 9/7/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 31. Trevor Siemian, (QB No. 23) QB, Broncos. Bye: 11.

  • 32. DeMarco Murray, (RB No. 6) RB, Titans. Bye: 13.

    I think we'll see Derrick Henry start to cut into Murray's workload as the season goes along, but Week 1 should be solidly in Murray's camp, plus he gets a nice matchup against Oakland, which has seen turnover in its interior line this year.

  • 33. Odell Beckham Jr., (WR No. 4) WR, Giants. Bye: 8.

    Beckham Jr. is always a must-start if he plays, but it would be good to see a full practice out of him on Friday.

  • 34. Joe Flacco, (QB No. 24) QB, Ravens. Bye: 8.

  • 35. Mike Glennon, (QB No. 25) QB, Bears. Bye: 9.

  • 36. Blake Bortles, (QB No. 26) QB, Jaguars. Bye: 5.

  • 37. Brandin Cooks, (WR No. 5) WR, Patriots. Bye: 9.

    We aren't going to feel good about projecting the Patriots out of the gate, but there is no doubt that Cooks is a top receiver in a top offense. He'll need to be ignored by Brady to have a poor game in this offense, so until we see something like that, I'll be keeping him high in the rankings.

  • 38. Melvin Gordon, (RB No. 7) RB, Chargers. Bye: 11.

    The Broncos' "weakness" is against the run, and the Chargers defense isn't worthless, so I expect this to be a close game with Gordon getting enough work to be a top contributor.

  • 39. Doug Baldwin, (WR No. 6) WR, Seahawks. Bye: 5.

    Baldwin should be the main target in this game for Wilson, and with Tyler Lockett not 100 percent, I expect that is carved in stone.

  • 40. Larry Fitzgerald, (WR No. 7) WR, Cardinals. Bye: 9.

    Fitzgerald always seems to start hot, and this is a good spot for him to do so once again. Add in the fact that John Brown might not be 100 percent, and Fitzgerald should see double-digit targets.

  • 41. Jordan Howard, (RB No. 8) RB, Bears. Bye: 9.

    It will be interesting to see how much work Tarik Cohen gets if the Bears have to go into pass mode to try to keep up with Atlanta, but Howard will be used in the passing game as well and should be the focal point of this offense, especially when it's reasonably close.

  • 42. Rob Gronkowski, (TE No. 1) TE, Patriots. Bye: 9.

    Gronkowski will always be the No. 1 tight end when healthy, but I could see Eric Berry slowing him down some. If the Patriots want to force the issue, they could likely give Gronk a big game, but Cooks and Hogan are nice options for Brady and will likely have easier coverage to exploit.

  • 43. Stefon Diggs, (WR No. 8) WR, Vikings. Bye: 6.

    Diggs will line up outside this season and in matchups like this, could put up huge numbers.

  • 44. Ezekiel Elliott, (RB No. 9) RB, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    Elliott didn't have much luck against the Giants' tough defense last season, but he's still Elliott and will likely be running with a chip on his shoulder.

  • 45. Jordy Nelson, (WR No. 9) WR, Packers. Bye: 4.

    Nelson will see a lot of Richard Sherman, but will also be moved around enough to be a strong candidate for a touchdown reception.

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