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McFarland: Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings & Tiers

  • Davante Adams draws a juicy matchup against the Chargers, who offer the second-best WR/CB matchup without J.C. Jackson.
  • Kyler Murray and the Cardinals will face off against the Chiefs in a game projected for 53.5 points, and the Chiefs offered up 22.6 points per game over the last six contests in 2021.
  • Last season, Leonard Fournette averaged 25.3 points per game in contests where he handled 75% or more of the snaps. Don’t be surprised if he gets to that number against the Cowboys in Week 1.

It's time to set our Week 7 fantasy football lineups.

Below, you'll find rankings for every position, including analysis, implied point totals, betting spreads and more.

For adjustments after the timestamp below, check out PFF's weekly rankings and projections.

Last updated: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7

Estimated reading time: 12 mins
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KEY:

  • SOS: PFF's Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.
  • OL Pass-Block Advantage (OL PBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (pass blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • OL Run-Block Advantage (OL RBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (run blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • WR/CB Matchup Advantage (WR/CB MU): wide receiver versus cornerback matchup; derived from the WR/CB Matchup tool (matchup advantage grade — the higher the grade, the better the matchup for the receiver, and vice versa).
  • TE Matchup Advantage (TE MU): tight end versus linebackers and safeties; derived from the TE Matchup tool (matchup advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the tight end, and vice versa.
  • Projections: from PFF projections tool.
  • Injuries: Q = Questionable; D = Doubtful (typically removed from ranks on Saturday); GTD = game time decision
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QB | RB | WR | TE

QUARTERBACKS

Tier Rank Player Opponent Total Spread Implied Points QB SOS OL PBA PPR Injury Status
1 QB1 Jalen Hurts @DET 48.5 -4.0 26.25 10.0 31 22.1
1 QB2 Lamar Jackson @NYJ 44.5 -7.0 25.75 6.9 -5 21.1
1 QB3 Josh Allen @LA 52.5 -2.5 27.50 1.5 -44 22.9
2 QB4 Patrick Mahomes @ARZ 53.5 -4.5 29.00 8.4 10 22.8
2 QB5 Kyler Murray KC 53.5 4.5 24.50 4.3 -7 20.3
2 QB6 Justin Herbert LV 52.5 -3.5 28.00 4.5 -11 21.5
2 QB7 Tom Brady @DAL 50.5 -2.5 26.50 2.0 38 21.6
3 QB8 Russell Wilson @SEA 43.0 -6.5 24.75 8.0 28 18.5
3 QB9 Trey Lance @CHI 41.5 -7.0 24.25 5.6 7 19.1
3 QB10 Matthew Stafford BUF 52.5 2.5 25.00 4.8 14 20.0
3 QB11 Joe Burrow PIT 44.5 -6.5 25.50 6.7 -17 20.2 Q
3 QB12 Derek Carr @LAC 52.5 3.5 24.50 6.6 -5 17.9
4 QB13 Aaron Rodgers @MIN 47.0 -1.5 24.25 4.2 18 21.5
4 QB14 Dak Prescott TB 50.5 2.5 24.00 5.1 2 19.4
4 QB15 Kirk Cousins GB 47.0 1.5 22.75 1.0 -22 16.6
5 QB16 Matt Ryan @HST 46.0 -8.0 27.00 8.3 -13 18.2
5 QB17 Tua Tagovailoa NE 46.5 -3.0 24.75 7.1 13 16.9
6 QB18 Jameis Winston @ATL 42.5 -5.5 24.00 7.0 19 14.3
6 QB19 Justin Fields SF 41.5 7.0 17.25 2.3 -36 14.2
6 QB20 Trevor Lawrence @WAS 43.5 3.0 20.25 5.6 3 15.4
6 QB21 Ryan Tannehill NYG 43.5 -5.5 24.50 6.3 5 17.6
6 QB22 Marcus Mariota NO 42.5 5.5 18.50 2.7 -17 12.1
6 QB23 Carson Wentz JAX 43.5 -3.0 23.25 7.0 25 16.7
6 QB24 Mitchell Trubisky @CIN 44.5 6.5 19.00 5.0 1 10.1
6 QB25 Davis Mills IND 46.0 8.0 19.00 5.3 -11 16.0
6 QB26 Jared Goff PHI 48.5 4.0 22.25 4.7 -11 14.7
6 QB27 Daniel Jones @TEN 43.5 5.5 19.00 7.4 11 16.9
6 QB28 Mac Jones @MIA 46.5 3.0 21.75 6.4 16 15.6
6 QB29 Baker Mayfield CLV 40.5 -2.5 21.50 0.0 -22 13.5
6 QB30 Joe Flacco BLT 44.5 7.0 18.75 9.9 0 0.3
6 QB31 Geno Smith DEN 43.0 6.5 18.25 6.0 -11 10.1
6 QB32 Jacoby Brissett @CAR 40.5 2.5 19.00 8.2 3 15.7

Tier 1 – Jalen Hurts draws the top QB SOS matchup and third-highest OL PBA matchup of the week against the Lions. Last season, Hurts bogarted 21% of the designed rushing attempts after adjusting for games missed — that was good for top-three in the NFL, and the Eagles have the No. 1 rushing SOS matchup as well. This is a great spot for the third-year quarterback in Week 1.

Tier 2 – Kyler Murray and the Cardinals will face off against the Chiefs in a game projected for 53.5 points and the Chiefs offered up 22.6 points per game over the last six contests in 2021. The Cardinals will need to pass the ball early and often in this one and Murray is always a threat to create fantasy points on the ground. In 2021 he accounted for 16% of the designed rushing attempts after adjusting for games missed. Murray could easily push for the No. 1 QB spot in Week 1.

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