Chet Gresham Week 1 Fantasy Rankings - Flex

Published 9/7/2017 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 7. Le'Veon Bell, Running Back (RB No. 1) RB, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    Bell or Johnson are both strong contenders for the top spot this week, but I expect Bell to see plenty of work in a game the Steelers should lead throughout.

  • 8. David Johnson, Running Back (RB No. 2) RB, Cardinals. Bye: 9.

    Johnson gets work no matter game flow, so he will get his in Detroit, but if Detorit tries to slow the game down, it could hurt his upside slightly.

  • 11. Antonio Brown, Wide Receiver (WR No. 1) WR, Steelers. Bye: 8.

    Brown has averaged 8.6 receptions for 127.2 yards and .8 touchdowns in his last five games against the Browns. He's decent.

  • 21. Julio Jones, Wide Receiver (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, Running Back (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.

  • 26. Todd Gurley, Running Back (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.

  • 29. A.J. Green, Wide Receiver (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, Running Back (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.

  • 32. DeMarco Murray, Running Back (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., Wide Receiver (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.

  • 37. Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver (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, Running Back (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, Wide Receiver (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, Wide Receiver (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, Running Back (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.

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