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McFarland: Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings and Tiers

Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) scrambles away from Bills' Justin Zimmer (61) during the first half at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Nov. 15, 2020. Buffalo Bills Vs Arizona Cardinals

The first week of the 2021 NFL season is finally here. And that means it's time to set our fantasy football lineups in the hopes of optimizing our teams' scoring outputs.

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

For adjustments after the timestamp below, please see the weekly rankings.

Last Updated: Sunday 12:00 P.M.

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TIER 1 – ELITE PASSER OR RUSHER + GOOD IMPLIED POINT TOTALS

Rank Player Team Opponent Location Total Spread Implied Points
QB1 Patrick Mahomes Chiefs Browns Home 54.5 -6.5 30.50
QB2 Lamar Jackson Ravens Raiders Away 50.5 -4.5 27.50
QB3 Kyler Murray Cardinals Titans Away 52.5 3.0 24.75
QB4 Tom Brady Buccaneers Cowboys Home 51.5 -8.0 29.75

Three of the summer's top ADP quarterbacks get premier matchups out of the gate, and Brady gets a juicy matchup versus Dallas.

TIER 2 – ELITE PASSER + GOOD IMPLIED TOTALS

Rank Player Team Opponent Location Total Spread Implied Points
QB5 Josh Allen Bills Steelers Home 48.5 -6.5 27.50
QB6 Russell Wilson Seahawks Colts Away 49.5 -2.5 26.00
QB7 Aaron Rodgers Packers Saints Away 50.0 -4.0 27.00

Allen roasted nearly every defense in the NFL last season, but the Steelers held the Bills to their sixth-lowest passing total of the season (238 yards). It was also Allen's sixth-lowest passing grade of the season (61.2). Pittsburgh pressured Allen on 46% of his dropbacks but could be without T.J. Watt, who is in a contract dispute.

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