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2017 Fantasy Football Week 1 Rankings Review

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Football is finally upon us!  And we’re not talking about preseason anymore.  Now that draft season is over, week 1 is here and we can officially set our lineups.  The Fantasy Six Pack staff has published their week 1 rankings and we are ready to take a look!

With the rankings review piece, we will look at the staff rankings and give an internal look at where they got it wrong.  I will give my take on which players I think they are ranking too high and which ones they are ranking too low.

I thought that week 1 would be pretty easy to find my favorite misplacements, but that was not the case.  But here is what I found for week 1!

2017 Fantasy Football Week 1 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins (RB28)

Listen, I get it.  Nobody in the fantasy football stratosphere likes Rob Kelley.  But the hate this offseason has gone too far, and apparently it’s carried into week 1.  As much as we don’t want to like him, Kelley is the starter in Washington.

Last season Kelley finished poorly, but he performed well overall in home games and totaled 88 yards and a touchdown in his one game against Philadelphia.  He comes in this season as the man, at least for the time being.  Head coach Jay Gruden made it clear that rookie Samaje Perine is behind schedule, and Chris Thompson only comes into play on passing downs.

Kelley is in a good offense with a decent matchup, and he is a safe bet for 15+ carries.  That reads like an RB2 to me.

Rank Ahead:  Joe Mixon, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Gillislee, Frank Gore

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens (RB27)

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Just like Kelley, Terrance West is an unattractive fantasy commodity.  But the dude is a starter, and starters win fantasy matchups.  West is going to receive the majority of the carries for Baltimore, sharing only passing- downs with Ravens signee Danny Woodhead.

Cincinnati has struggled against the run in the past and does not have linebacker Vontaze Burfict in this matchup.  Similar to Kelley, West has a good chance at receiving over 15 touches, with short yardage touchdown possibilities.  He is one of the few running backs with RB1 potential sitting this low in the rankings.  Start him and your flex or low end RB2 with confidence.

Rank Ahead: See Rob Kelley…

Ted Ginn, WR, New Orleans Saints (WR39)

This is going against the grain for me a bit, but I’m sticking to it.  Ginn is a boom or bust player, pretty much every year.  And granted, lately he has been more bust than boom.  But the Saints current situation is favorable for Ginn.

Drew Brees second target Willie Snead is suspended, and those targets have to go somewhere.  While tight end Coby Fleener may pick up some looks, Ginn is also a candidate for a boost.  The matchup isn’t great, but the Saints should put up some points regardless.  We know the Saints perform better on turf, and Ginn is certainly a long ball threat if you need a high- ceiling WR3.

Rank Ahead: Kenny Britt, Corey Coleman, Tyrell Williams, Mike Wallace

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys (TE14)

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The 35- year old vet is still churning out fantasy numbers.  And with a number of question marks this week at tight end, Witten is looking even better than usual.

He faces off against a good Giants defense, but they were also susceptible to decent tight end performances last year.  In 14 career games against the Giants, Witten has posted 10 catches in 10 different contests.  Combine that with the lack of quality passing options for Dak Prescott, and Witten starts to look like a fringe TE1.

Rank Ahead: Coby Fleener, Eric Ebron, Hunter Henry

Too High

Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots (RB23)

When New England signed Gillislee, I was pretty excited.  But the more I look at it, I realize that they are still New England.  If there is one constant for the New England offense in fantasy, it is the lack of a consistent running back.  Oh, and maybe Tom Brady.

First of all, the Kansas City defense is one of the stronger ones in the league.  But that’s not really what I am worried about.  My worry rests in Bill Belichick.    He constantly rotates running backs, leaving fantasy owners helpless.  James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead are all capable of receiving touches. Even though Gillislee is the most talented of them all, I just can’t buy into him just yet.

Rank Below: Ameer Abdullah, Jonathan Stewart, Terrance West, Rob Kelley

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (RB16)

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Fournette should get all the touches he can handle.  However, that may not be enough in this matchup.  Houston has been one of the better defenses in the league over the past two seasons, especially against the run.  While Fournette will get his touches, he may very well get zero scoring opportunities.

In addition to that, Fournette is coming off of a foot injury.  While he should be healthy, he played just one preseason game and carried the ball only 9 times.  With a light workload under his belt, a recent foot injury and a possible negative game script, I would slide Fournette down your lists a bit.

Rank Below: Marshawn Lynch, Kareem Hunt, Bilal Powell

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (TE11)

Don’t get me wrong, I like Hunter Henry.  Just not this week.  The Chargers travel to Denver in week one to face a hungry Broncos team and an even hungrier Broncos defense.  The Chargers offense should be very good in 2017, but not in week one.

Hurting Henry even more are the numerous options that Rivers has to throw too.  Keenan Allen is back and Tyrell Williams has another year under his belt.  Not to mention the fact that Antonio Gates is still in town.  And with new coach Anthony Lynn at the helm, Melvin Gordon should be in for a large workload as well.

Rank Below: Eric Ebron, Jason Witten, Coby Fleener

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders (WR11)

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This one hurts me the most because I love me some Michael Crabtree this year.  But something about having two wideouts from Oakland in the top 12 just seems wrong to me.  Now I know that Tennessee was among the worst against receivers last season.  But they should be improved, even if just marginally.

Amari Cooper is primed for a third- year leap and running back Marshawn Lynch is in the house now to take pressure off of Derek Carr.  And that is really all I have against the guy.  There are only so many targets to go around, and with Cooper being the number one, Crabtree will take the biggest hit.

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Rank Below: Terrelle Pryor, Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins


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About Trent Smith

I am a huge sports fan, and even bigger fantasy football addict. After competing in fantasy leagues for a number of years I decided to get into the industry myself as a writer.

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