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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Week 1 Quarterbacks

Rejoice, praise the almighty, and hold open every door to build your fantasy karma… Football is officially back! Get ready for Week One with The Wolf’s PPR Fantasy Football rankings. Every week initial rankings will be released Wednesday night, with analysis added throughout the week and weekend until they are locked in Sunday mornings before kickoff. 

Note: Compared to draft preparation, the schedule and match-ups play a far greater role week-to-week for ranking prep.

Tier 1 – The elite QB plays

Tier 1 note: All of these passers are fully proven and in potential shootouts against suspect defenses. 20+ points should be expected for everyone in this group, with at least two of the four topping 25.

1. Russell Wilson vs. Mia

2. Aaron Rodgers @ Jax

3. Andrew Luck vs. Det

4. Drew Brees vs. Oak

Tier 2 – Very strong QB1 options

5. Derek Carr @ NO

Match-up wise, Carr belongs at the top of this list against a historically bad Saints defense that didn’t do a whole lot to improve. He’s just a little less proven than the other options, but could easily outscore them. If Dak is as legitimate as he appeared, there should be some offensive fireworks in Dallas.

6. Eli Manning @ Dal

Manning has explosion potential in Year 3 of Ben McAdoo’s aerial assault.

7. Blake Bortles vs. GB

Tier 3 – QB1s on name OR matchup 

8. Cam Newton @ Den

Reigning MVP Cam Newton can only fall so far, but he couldn’t have a worse opening night match-up against the team that thrashed him in the Super Bowl. He’ll be ranked No. 1 most weeks, especially if he proves it on the field on Thursday night.

9. Kirk Cousins vs. Pit

On a team with some of the top weapons and no resemblance of a run game, the Redskins will be chucking early and often against a porous Steelers D. He could be an underplayed DraftKings option that outscores all other QBs.

10. Jameis Winston @ Atl

11.  Ben Roethlisberger @ Was

If Roethlisberger had his full cabinet of weapons with Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell, he’d be alongside the elite against what projects to be a shreddable Redskins defense. There’s a slim chance Josh Norman can at least neutralize Antonio Brown (lol, probably not), which means we’d be heavily relying on DeAngelo Williams + Eli Rogers/Markus Wheaton to step up. As such, he slides in below Blake Bortles, who should have to chuck early and often to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers ‘ fully-healthy squad.

12. Tyrod Taylor @ Bal

Taylor and Sammy Watkins should connect for at least one bomb TD against a Ravens defense that let offenses rain all over them. His legs only further his upside.

Tier 3.5 – Still QB1 names or match-ups… Just less attractive than above 

13. Phillip Rivers @ KC

Meanwhile, the unsexy but highly reliable Phillip Rivers returns his top option in Keenan Allen… Aka a lock for 300+ yards and 2 TDs. The only downside is the Chiefs’ bleed-the-clock offense could limit his scoring chances.

14. Matthew Stafford @ Ind

The post-Calvin life for Matthew Stafford might start out just fine against a highly suspect Colts defense that’s without their top-CB Vontae Davis. With not even a sniff of a run game, the team should return to the quick-strike, no-huddle attack, which did extremely well under Jim Bob Cooter, making Stafford a sneaky upside play.

15. Dak Prescott vs. NYG

Prescott has to be among the most popular options in DraftKings, and rightfully so. The floor is cavernous, as he’s never played a real NFL game in his life, but the ceiling is as high as anyone on this list and he’s the bare minimum price. You almost have to have at least one lineup built around Dak and his rushing upside.

16. Carson Palmer vs. NE

The Patriots defense looks quite stout, especially in the pass rush department, limiting Palmer’s appeal despite his absurd 2015. The veteran signal caller has also looked terrible all preseason…but it’s the preseason. Still, he falls below the options with far juicier match-ups.

17. Brock Osweiler vs. Chi

Osweiler faces a Chicago secondary that could be without three of their top four corners, which should give his explosive cast some room to roam at all levels of the field. He could chuck four TDs.

18. RGIII @ Phi

RGIII has a date with 2015’s most generous pass defense to opposing QBs — if Josh Gordon were on the field he’d be a top-eight option– but the lack of certainty for his cast make him more of a dice roll. The upside is there for a massive day, though.

Tier 4 – No reason to start these guys…

Tier four Note: You should be able to get one of the Top 18 as a starter, but if you’re in a real pinch or in a two QB league, here are the other names in order of appeal. I’m not going to waste any words analyzing them.

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Cin

20. Marcus Mariota vs. Min

21. Matt Ryan vs. TB

22. Andy Dalton @ NYJ

23. Joe Flacco vs. Buf

24. Alex Smith vs. SD

Tier 5 – What are you thinking?

25. Case Keenum @ SF

26. Jimmy Garoppolo @ Ari

27. Ryan Tannehill @ Sea

28. Blaine Gabbert vs. LA

29. Sam Bradford @ Ten

30. Jay Cutler @ Hou

Have a burning Sit / Start question? Submit it to our Twitter @RotoStreetJ or message us on Facebook, where we’ll be doing a Facebook Live Q&A right before kickoff. 


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