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NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Superflex Rankings

May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks to pass during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

We made it! It’s time to grind the stats, hawk the rankings and set our fantasy football lineups. Week 1 of the NFL season is officially here. 

This year, I will be  publishing weekly .5-PPR superflex rankings to assist with start/sit decisions in what can often be complicated league formats. The key to winning superflex matchups is to understand the range of outcomes on top of with weekly projections. 


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We will examine these players using tiers. For example, any player in Tier 2 should be started over a player in Tier 3. Within any tier, these choices are going to be a matter of preference. 

Since the quarterback pool is limited to essentially 32 starters per week, we will be breaking down the top 100 superflex options each week. Let’s get to it!

Tier 1: The bonafide QB1s & RB1s

Rank Player Team Pos Opp Proj Pts
1 Lamar Jackson BLT QB @LV 23.7
2 Patrick Mahomes KC QB CLV 24.2
3 Kyler Murray ARZ QB @TEN 20.3
4 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB NYJ 17.5
5 Josh Allen BUF QB PIT 22.1
6 Aaron Rodgers GB QB @NO 20.5
7 Tom Brady TB QB DAL 22.7
8 Dak Prescott DAL QB @TB 16.9
9 Dalvin Cook MIN RB @CIN 16.2
10 Russell Wilson SEA QB @IND 21.3
11 Jalen Hurts PHI QB @ATL 18.2
12 Matthew Stafford LA QB CHI 18.1
13 Matt Ryan ATL QB PHI 19.8
14 Justin Herbert LAC QB @WAS 17.7

Up at the top, we have all the big dogs. Some of the top running backs like Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook are sprinkled in among the top-12 quarterbacks, but it is extremely unlikely you are making the choice between those players and a quarterback for your superflex position.

Matt Ryan and Justin Herbert round out the bottom of the top-12 quarterbacks. Ryan faces a decent Eagles secondary on paper, but it looked messy and unorganized in Philly's preseason game against the Jets. The Eagles brought in CB Steven Nelson and FS Anthony Harris this offseason to shore up the passing defense, but it may take a few weeks for the defensive synergy to meld.

This week, Herbert’s upside is capped against a WFT defense that was stout enough to earn a playoff spot last season.

Tier 2: The elite options

Rank Player Team Pos Opp Proj Pts
15 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB ARZ 20.3
16 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB @NE 17.6
17 Derrick Henry TEN RB ARZ 13.8
18 Kirk Cousins MIN QB @CIN 15.7
19 Trevor Lawrence JAX QB @HST 18.9
20 Joe Burrow CIN QB MIN 19.2
21 Jameis Winston NO QB GB 15.8
22 Baker Mayfield CLV QB @KC 17.6
23 Davante Adams GB WR @NO 15.2
24 Derek Carr LV QB BLT 18.1
25 Ryan Fitzpatrick WAS QB LAC 17.1
26 Aaron Jones GB RB @NO 12.4
27 Travis Kelce KC TE CLV 14.5

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