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NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

After countless hours researching, grinding the tape and absorbing all the great information from PFF’s fantasy football draft guide, you’ve finally got your fantasy squad set for the season. And with Week 1 upcoming, it's time to put your roster to the test.

To help with the decision-making process of setting your lineup, consider my Week 1 fantasy football rankings with additional analysis broken down by position.

Remember, just because you drafted Player “X” in Round 4 versus Player “Y” in Round 7 doesn’t mean the higher drafted player starts because drafting players is based on their season-long outlooks — not just their Week 1 matchup. So remain fluid and evaluate your team solely based on Week 1, as it will give you the best chance to start the season with a 1-0 record.

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2021 Week 1 QB Fantasy Football Rankings

Rank Name
1 Lamar Jackson
2 Kyler Murray
3 Patrick Mahomes II
4 Tom Brady
5 Josh Allen
6 Jalen Hurts
7 Ryan Tannehill
8 Aaron Rodgers
9 Russell Wilson
10 Dak Prescott
11 Justin Herbert
12 Baker Mayfield
13 Trevor Lawrence
14 Kirk Cousins
15 Matt Ryan
16 Matthew Stafford
17 Zach Wilson
18 Jimmy Garoppolo
19 Ryan Fitzpatrick
20 Mac Jones
21 Joe Burrow
22 Tua Tagovailoa
23 Derek Carr
24 Ben Roethlisberger
25 Sam Darnold
26 Jameis Winston
27 Teddy Bridgewater
28 Daniel Jones
29 Carson Wentz
30 Tyrod Taylor
31 Jared Goff
32 Andy Dalton
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

In this world, nothing can be certain but death, taxes and Jackson dominating during kickoff weekend. The Ravens quarterback has averaged over 30 points per game in his first game over the past two seasons, and he’s primed to continue his high-end fantasy production streak against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football.

The Raiders finished 29th in PFF coverage grade over the past two seasons and enter 2021 with PFF’s 29th-ranked secondary.

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

Hurts could not ask for a better matchup to open the season, as the Atlanta Falcons own PFF’s 32nd-ranked secondary, which sets the stage for the second-year quarterback to hit the ground running.

Without seeing much preseason action, it’s hard to project how the new Eagles offense will look under Nick Sirianni, but one concept is for certain — Philadelphia is going to play fast, which will help Hurts rack up fantasy points. During the preseason, the Eagles’ average play clock time remaining (12.8 seconds) ranked first.


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