After what seems like years of waiting, the 2015 NFL season has finally arrived. Gone is the speculation of what might come next, replaced with the first glimpses of what is yet to come. It’s that speculation that makes the first week of the season so exciting, yet so terrifying, for fantasy owners.

Every year, players we expect to break out in big ways fail to take that next step, established stars fall prey to Father Time, and some schmuck you’ve never heard of steps up and becomes a fantasy hero overnight.

Below is how I see the first week of the regular season shaking out from a fantasy perspective based on what I’ve seen around the league.

Note: All rankings are for standard scoring leagues only.


Ranking Player Team Matchup
1 Aaron Rodgers GB @CHI
2 Tom Brady NE PIT
3 Peyton Manning DEN BAL
4 Andrew Luck IND @BUF
5 Tony Romo DAL NYG
6 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @NE
7 Russell Wilson SEA @STL
8 Philip Rivers SD DET
9 Matthew Stafford DET @SD
10 Ryan Tannehill MIA @WAS
11 Drew Brees NO @ARI
12 Matt Ryan ATL PHI
13 Sam Bradford PHI @ATL
14 Cam Newton CAR @JAC
15 Eli Manning NYG @DAL
16 Carson Palmer ARI NO
17 Andy Dalton CIN @OAK
18 Colin Kaepernick SF MIN
19 Joe Flacco BAL @DEN
20 Jay Cutler CHI GB
21 Teddy Bridgewater MIN @SF
22 Jameis Winston TB TEN
23 Blake Bortles JAC CAR
24 Tyrod Taylor BUF IND
25 Kirk Cousins WAS MIA

Running Backs

Ranking Player Team Matchup
1 Eddie Lacy GB @CHI
2 Adrian Peterson MIN @SF
3 Jamaal Charles KC @HOU
4 DeMarco Murray PHI @ATL
5 Matt Forte CHI GB
6 Jeremy Hill CIN @OAK
7 C.J. Anderson DEN BAL
8 Justin Forsett BAL @DEN
9 Mark Ingram NO @ARI
10 Lamar Miller MIA @WAS
11 Marshawn Lynch SEA @STL
12 Andre Ellington ARI NO
13 LeSean McCoy BUF IND
14 Jonathan Stewart CAR @JAC
15 Carlos Hyde SF MIN
16 Frank Gore IND @BUF
17 T.J. Yeldon JAC CAR
18 Christopher Ivory NYJ CLE
19 Melvin Gordon SD DET
20 Doug Martin TB TEN
21 Isaiah Crowell CLE @NYJ
22 Alfred Morris WAS MIA
23 Rashad Jennings NYG @DAL
24 Joique Bell DET @SD
25 Latavius Murray OAK CIN
26 Tevin Coleman ATL PHI
27 Brandon Bolden NE PIT
28 Darren McFadden DAL NYG
29 Ameer Abdullah DET @SD
30 Alfred Blue HOU KC
31 Joseph Randle DAL NYG
32 Duke Johnson CLE @NYJ
33 Giovani Bernard CIN @OAK
34 Shane Vereen NYG @DAL
35 Benny Cunningham STL SEA
36 Bishop Sankey TEN @TB
37 Matt Jones WAS MIA
38 Chris Johnson ARI NO
39 Devonta Freeman ATL PHI
40 Josh Robinson IND @BUF
41 DeAngelo Williams PIT @NE
42 Fred Jackson SEA @STL
43 Charles Sims TB TEN
44 Andre Williams NYG @DAL
45 James White NE PIT
46 Denard Robinson JAC CAR
47 Ryan Mathews PHI @ATL
48 Ronnie Hillman DEN BAL
49 Karlos Williams BUF IND
50 David Johnson ARI NO

Wide Receivers

Ranking Player Team Matchup
1 Antonio Brown PIT @NE
2 Dez Bryant DAL NYG
3 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG @DAL
4 Randall Cobb GB @CHI
5 Demaryius Thomas DEN BAL
6 A.J. Green CIN @OAK
7 Julio Jones ATL PHI
8 Calvin Johnson DET @SD
9 DeAndre Hopkins HOU KC
10 T.Y. Hilton IND @BUF
11 Golden Tate DET @SD
12 Jarvis Landry MIA @WAS
13 Julian Edelman NE PIT
14 Alshon Jeffery CHI GB
15 Brandin Cooks NO @ARI
16 DeSean Jackson WAS MIA
17 Emmanuel Sanders DEN BAL
18 Keenan Allen SD DET
19 Allen Robinson JAC CAR
20 Vincent Jackson TB TEN
21 Davante Adams GB @CHI
22 Jordan Matthews PHI @ATL
23 Charles Johnson MIN @SF
24 Andre Johnson IND @BUF
25 Brandon Marshall NYJ CLE
26 Mike Evans TB TEN
27 Jeremy Maclin KC @HOU
28 John Brown ARI NO
29 Pierre Garcon WAS MIA
30 Steve Smith BAL @DEN
31 Eddie Royal CHI GB
32 Sammy Watkins BUF IND
33 Roddy White ATL PHI
34 Anquan Boldin SF MIN
35 Brian Quick STL SEA
36 Amari Cooper OAK CIN
37 Markus Wheaton PIT @NE
38 Kendall Wright TEN @TB
39 Devin Funchess CAR @JAC
40 James Jones GB @CHI
41 Greg Jennings MIA @WAS
42 Mike Wallace MIN @SF
43 Mohamed Sanu CIN @OAK
44 Rueben Randle NYG @DAL
45 Torrey Smith SF MIN
46 Michael Crabtree OAK CIN
47 Nelson Agholor PHI @ATL
48 Steve Johnson SD DET
49 Larry Fitzgerald ARI NO
50 Terrance Williams DAL NYG

Tight Ends

Ranking Player Team Matchup
1 Rob Gronkowski NE PIT
2 Jimmy Graham SEA @STL
3 Greg Olsen CAR @JAC
4 Martellus Bennett CHI GB
5 Travis Kelce KC @HOU
6 Jason Witten DAL NYG
7 Delanie Walker TEN @TB
8 Larry Donnell NYG @DAL
9 Jordan Reed WAS MIA
10 Charles Clay BUF IND
11 Tyler Eifert CIN @OAK
12 Dwayne Allen IND @BUF
13 Jordan Cameron MIA @WAS
14 Zach Ertz PHI @ATL
15 Kyle Rudolph MIN @SF
16 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB TEN
17 Heath Miller PIT @NE
18 Vernon Davis SF MIN
19 Ladarius Green SD DET
20 Coby Fleener IND @BUF
21 Jared Cook STL SEA
22 Josh Hill NO @ARI
23 Owen Daniels DEN BAL
24 Richard Rodgers GB @CHI
25 Benjamin Watson NO @ARI
Abe vanderBent

Abe vanderBent

Software Developer based out of Minneapolis. Former Intern/Game Charter for Football Outsiders. Performs improv/sketch comedy in his spare time. Full Disclosure: I am a Packers fan.

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