Chet Gresham Week 1 Fantasy Rankings

Published 9/7/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 46. Devonta Freeman, (RB No. 10) RB, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    The game flow should favor the Falcons' run game, which of course is a good spot for Freeman. We'll have to see if there's been much change in roles between himself and Tevin Coleman, but for now I feel safe in having Freeman as a top-10 back.

  • 47. DeShone Kizer, (QB No. 27) QB, Browns. Bye: 13.

  • 48. Isaiah Crowell, (RB No. 11) RB, Browns. Bye: 13.

    If we knew the Browns could hang with the Steelers at home, Crowell would be a strong start, but as it is he has some risk due to game flow killing his rushing attempts. He's good enough to be useful even in bad game flow if Hue Jackson uses him like he wants to.

  • 49. Leonard Fournette, (RB No. 12) RB, Jaguars. Bye: 5.

    Going to Houston as an underdog might not be the best set up for Fournette's debut, but we do know the Jaguars will use him as much as they possibly can.

  • 50. Amari Cooper, (WR No. 10) WR, Raiders. Bye: 10.

    Cooper should take a step forward this season, but until we see it, I'm going to keep him and Michael Crabtree relatively close in the rankings. This matchup should be a good one for both of Oakland's receivers, but they do have trouble both putting up good fantasy numbers together.

  • 51. Terrelle Pryor, (WR No. 11) WR, Redskins. Bye: 9.

    Pryor gets the best matchup of all of Washington's receivers. He's a bit of a wild card, as we didn't see him do much in preseason, but this is a great spot for him to start off hot.

  • 52. Dez Bryant, (WR No. 12) WR, Cowboys. Bye: 7.

    Bryant is always a touchdown threat, but with Ezekiel Elliott playing and the Giants' pass defense being one of the best in the league, we have to be wary. Last season, Bryant was shut down by this Giants team, but I'm still not willing to knock him too far down.

  • 53. C.J. Anderson, (RB No. 13) RB, Broncos. Bye: 11.

    Anderson will again get his shot to be the lead back, and that's enough to give him the start, especially in a favored home game.

  • 54. Kelvin Benjamin, (WR No. 13) WR, Panthers. Bye: 7.

    Benjamin torched the 49ers last season in a down year and has looked good this summer.

  • 55. Josh McCown, (QB No. 28) QB, Jets. Bye: 11.

    The Jets have no offensive weapons other than Bilal Powell.

  • 56. Michael Crabtree, (WR No. 14) WR, Raiders. Bye: 10.

  • 57. Michael Thomas, (WR No. 15) WR, Saints. Bye: 5.

    The Vikings' pass defense is tough, and Thomas should see a lot of Xavier Rhodes. Thomas is a must-start, of course, but his ceiling is capped.

  • 58. Marshawn Lynch, (RB No. 14) RB, Raiders. Bye: 10.

    Lynch is going to score touchdowns, and this game seems like a good place to start. Unfortunately, he's not going to catch a ton of passes and play every snap, so we need to temper expectations.

  • 59. Kareem Hunt, (RB No. 15) RB, Chiefs. Bye: 5.

    Hunt will be the lead back and should see enough work to be a solid start, but the Patriots are tough to run on, which is boosted by game flow, as they get out to leads and push opponents to throw the ball.

  • 60. Sammy Watkins, (WR No. 16) WR, Rams. Bye: 8.

    Goff did look better this preseason, and the Colts are a bad defense, so this is the week Watkins should get close to his upside.

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