Week 1 composite player rankings

After Wednesday night’s spectacular performance from Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, fantasy football owners have been scrambling to set their line-ups and praying to the football gods that they don’t leave too many points stranded on the bench this weekend (only owners who read this website would have had the foresight to start Ogie).

Since we know you’re busy, or lazy (or some sort of impossible combination of both…buzy?) and you’d rather down a couple of alcoholic beverines than do any sort of research, we’ve done all the research for you.

We’ve combined the fantasy rankings of ESPN’s Matthew Berry, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano/Dave Dameshek, and CBS Sports’ Dave Richard into five convenient and easy to read charts (I’m sorry if this sounds like an infomercial).

Keep in mind, these rankings don’t involve anyone from the Cowboys or the Giants, as their Week 1 game is already over.

Quarterbacks

Player Berry Fabiano Dameshek Richard Average
T-1. Aaron Rodgers (vs. SF) 1 1 2 6 2.5
T-1. Drew Brees (vs. WAS) 3 2 3 2 2.5
T-3. Tom Brady (@TEN) 4 3 5 1 3.25
T-3. Matthew Stafford (vs. STL) 5 4 1 3 3.25
5. Cam Newton (@TB) 2 5 6 5 4.5
6. Michael Vick (@CLE) 7 7 4 8 6.5
7. Matt Ryan (@KC) 10 10 10 7 9.25
8. Philip Rivers (@OAK) 8 11 12 10 10.25
9. Robert Griffin III (@NO) 12 2 15 12 11.75
10. Peyton Manning (vs. PIT) 15 12 13 9 12.25
11. Jay Cutler (vs. IND) 11 13 7 19 12.5
12. Ben Roethlisberger (@DEN) 13 15 14 16 14.5
T-12. Matt Schaub (vs. MIA) 14 14 16 14 14.5
14. Jake Locker 16  17  11  17  15.25
15. Joe Flacco 17 19 19 18 18.25

No real surprises in the top five, although I’m a bit puzzled that Richard had Rodgers ranked as low as sixth. Rodgers is a fantasy machine who topped many overall rankings lists prior to drafts, so it was a bit of a shock to see someone having him outside of their top five.

Also, support of Jay Cutler wildly varies with one expert ranking him in the top ten, while another doesn’t even have him in his top 15.

Running Backs

Player Berry Fabiano Dameshek Richard Average
1. Arian Foster (vs. MIA) 2 1 1 1 1.25
2. LeSean McCoy (@CLE) 1 2 2 3 2
3. Ray Rice (vs. CIN) 3 3 4 2 3
4. Darren McFadden (vs. SD) 4 4 3 4 3.75
5. Matt Forte (vs. IND) 5 6 5 5 5.25
6. Chris Johnson (vs. NE) 6 5 10 10 7.75
7. Doug Martin (vs. CAR) 11 7 6 12 9
T-8. Jamaal Charles (vs. ATL) 8 10 8 16 10.5
T-9. Fred Jackson (@NYJ) 12 12 11 7 10.5
10. Steven Jackson (@DET) 7 13 12 11 10.75
11. DeAngelo Williams (@TB) 13 16 20 6 13.75
12. Kevin Smith (vs. STL) 18 10 22 9 14.75
13. Toby Gerhart (vs. JAC) 20 14 13 15 15.5
14. Michael Turner (@KC) 16 17 17 13 15.75
15. Marshawn Lynch (@ARI) 8 15 23 19 16.25
16. Darren Sproles (vs. WAS) 17 21 14 17 17.75
17. Trent Richardson (vs. PHI) 22 19 15 20 19
18. Frank Gore (@GB) 19 18 18 22 19.75
19. Reggie Bush (@HOU) 24 22 16 27 22.25
20. Shonn Greene (vs. BUF) 26 23 19 29 24.25

As expected, outside of the top tier group of running backs, the rankings are kind of a mess, with guys like DeAngelo Williams being ranked anywhere between six and 20th. The top ten will no doubt change next week with the eligibility of the Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray (who ran for 131 yards on Wednesday against the Giants) and the possible re-emergence of the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson.

Wide Receivers

Player Berry Fabiano Dameshek Richard Average
1. Calvin Johnson (vs. STL) 1 1 1 1 1
2. Julio Jones (@KC) 4 2 1 5 2.75
3. Brandon Marshall (vs. IND) 2 5 2 5 3.5
4. Andre Johnson (vs. MIA) 6 4 5 10 6.25
5. Roddy White (@KC) 5 7 9 7 7
6. Larry Fitzgerald (vs. SEA) 7 3 8 14 8
T-6. Percy Harvin (vs. JAC) 3 6 10 13 8
8. Jordy Nelson (vs. SF) 10 15 12 3 10
9. Greg Jennings (vs. SK) 12 11 15 6 11
10. A.J. Green (@BAL) 11 9 6 19 11.25
11. Steve Smith (@TB) 9 13 16 9 11.75
12. Wes Welker (@TEN) 15 12 13 11 12.75
13. Antonio Brown (@DEN) 8 22 23 26 13.75
T-13. Brandon Lloyd (@TEN) 13 10 7 15 13.75
15. Marques Colston (vs. WAS) 17 16 17 32 20.5
T-15 Torrey Smith (vs. CIN) 18 21 22 21 20.5
17. Jeremy Maclin (@CLE) 14 26 26 18 21
18. DeMaryius Thomas (vs. PIT) 26 17 19 24 21.5
19. Vincent Jackson (vs. CAR) 16 18 20 33 21.75
20. Eric Decker (vs. PIT) 20 23 18 30 22.7

Outside of Calvin Johnson, there were some real differences of opinion when it came to ranking the wide receivers. Larry Fitzgerald has the skills to challenge for the number one spot, but he doesn’t have anyone to chuck him the pigskin. Meanwhile, Jordy Nelson was able to squeak into the top ten after being ranked third (!) by Richard.

Tight Ends

Player Berry Fabiano Smith Richard Average
1. Jimmy Graham (vs. WAS) 1 2 1 1 1.25
2. Rob Gronkowski (@TEN) 2 1 2 2 1.75
T-3. Antonio Gates (@OAK) 3 4 3 4 3.5
T-3. Aaron Hernandez (@TEN) 4 3 4 3 3.5
5. Vernon Davis (@GB) 5 5 8 5 5.75
6. Brandon Pettigrew (vs. STL) 9 9 5 6 7.25
7. Jermichael Finley (vs. SF) 7 7 6 10 7.5
8. Tony Gonzalez (@KC) 6 8 10 7 7.75
9. Fred Davis (@NO) 8 6 9 22 11.25
10. Jacob Tamme (vs. PIT) 15 12 7 13 11.75
11. Jared Cook (vs. NE) 11 11 13 15 12.5
12. Dustin Keller (vs. BUF) 12 15 14 12 13.25
13. Owen Daniels (vs. MIA) 14 19 19 11 15.75
14. Brent Celek (@CLE) 13 16 15 21 16.25
15. Coby Fleener (@CHI) 16 18 16 19 17.25

Dave Dameshek didn’t rank the tight ends, so we used Jason Smith’s (also of NFL.com) rankings, and Smith immediately tried to sabotage our lovely little chart by not ranking the Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph.

Rudolph was ranked as high as ninth by one of the experts, but since Smith didn’t even have him in his top 25, he wasn’t able to make the list. So owners of Rudolph can take some comfort in the fact that, although he didn’t make the top 15, two of the experts thought he should have.

Defense/Special Teams

Team Berry Fabiano Dameshek Richard Average
1. Houston Texans (vs. MIA) 2 1 1 1 1.25
2. Philadelphia Eagles (@CLE) 1 3 3 4 2.75
3. Chicago Bears (vs. IND) 4 4 2 2 3
4. Detroit Lions (vs. STL) 5 2 4 5 4
5. Seattle Seahawks (@ARI) 3 6 5 6 5
6. Buffalo Bills (@NYJ) 7 7 8 7 7.25
7. Baltimore Ravens (vs. CIN) 10 12 9 3 8.5
8. New York Jets (vs. BUF) 8 10 10 8 9
9. San Francisco 49ers (@GB) 13 5 6 17 10.25
10. Green Bay Packers (vs. SF) 12 9 5 16 11.75

After the top six, our experts couldn’t really agree on who deserved to fill up the rest of the top ten, with teams like the Ravens and 49ers being ranked anywhere between three and 17.

Well, that’s it for now, come back next week for a fresh set of rankings.

Comments (1)

  1. rodgers has a tough match up but outside the top 5 on any given week in any given circumstances is as you put it puzzling. cutler deffinitly worth a start. one would figure they would let him try his new toys out but if luck cant keep it close then they could be heavy on the run early. with that said there is no way im starting shonne flipping greene over micheal bush. speaking of bush wouldnt start reggie either. would rather go BGE in baltimore on monday night. yea its a tough match up but figures to be close pound you into submission type game. also no suggs helps. i kinda feel garcon should be in the top 20 for wr. nwo gonna score a few points plus he and rg3 seemed to have some early chemistry in pre season.

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