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Week 1 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings by Position

Jason Schandl
Fantasy football Week 1 rankings by position for PPR leagues.
Fantasy football Week 1 rankings by position for PPR leagues. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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After a long offseason, Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is finally here. And that means your first fantasy football game of the year has arrived too.

Whether your league's draft just concluded or you've been sitting on your completed roster for a few weeks, setting your fantasy football lineup in Week 1 is never just as simple as slotting in your top-drafted players. Injuries and matchups can shake things up already.

The Duel is here to help guide you, with our Week 1 fantasy football rankings by position for PPR leagues.

Week 1 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (vs CLE)
2. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (at LV)
3. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (at TEN)
4. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)
5. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
7. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (at ATL)
8. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at NO)
9. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (vs ARI)
10. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (at TB)
11. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
12. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (at WAS)

Week 1 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (vs NYJ)
2. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (vs ARI)
3. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (at CIN)
4. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (at NO)
5. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (vs GB)
6. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
7. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (vs MIN)
8. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (at TB)
9. Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BUF)
10. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (at WAS)
11. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (vs SEA)
12. James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
13. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (vs CLE)
14. Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
15. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (vs DEN)
16. Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team (vs LAC)
17. Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (at LV)
18. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (at ATL)
19. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
20. Damien Harris, New England Patriots (vs MIA)
21. Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)
22. D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions (vs SF)
23. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (vs BAL)
24. Mike Davis, Atlanta Falcons (vs PHI)
25. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (at LAR)
26. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
27. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
28. Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos (at NYG)
29. Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
30. Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins (at NE)
31. Javonte Williams, Denver broncos (at NYG)
32. Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (at TEN)
33. Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)
34. Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders (vs BAL)
35. Tevin Coleman, New York Jets (at CAR)
36. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)

Week 1 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (vs CLE)
2. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (vs PHI)
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals (at TEN)
4. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (at NO)
5. AJ Brown, Tennessee Titans (vs ARI)
6. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)
7. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
8. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
9. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (at CIN)
10. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
11. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (vs NYJ)
12. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team (vs LAC)
13. Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans (vs ARI)
14. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (at WAS)
15. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (at CIN)
16. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)
17. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (at LAR)
18. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
19. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)
20. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (at TB)
21. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns (at KC)
22. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
23. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (at TB)
24. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (vs MIN)
25. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BUF)
26. Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (vs NYJ)
27. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (at NYG)
28. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
29. Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
30. DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (at ATL)
31. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos (at NYG)
32. DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
33. Kenny Golladay, New York Giants (vs DEN)
34. Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (vs JAX)
35. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
36. Corey Davis, New York Jets (at CAR)

Week 1 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (vs CLE)
2. Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders (vs BAL)
3. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
4. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens (at LV)
5. Robert Tonyan, Green bay Packers (at NO)
6. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (at ATL)
7. TJ Hockenson, Detroit Lions (vs SF)
8. Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons (vs PHI)
9. Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (vs LAC)
10. Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (at NYG)
11. Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
12. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)

Week 1 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings

1. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs (vs CLE)
2. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (at LV)
3. Tyler Bass, Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)
4. Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
5. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (at NO)
6. Sam Ficken, Tennessee Titans (vs ARI)
7. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
8. Matt Gay, Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)
9. Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
10. Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons (vs PHI)
11. Ryan Santoso, Carolina Panthers (vs NYJ)
12. Greg Joseph, Minnesota Vikings (at CIN)

Week 1 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings

1. San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
2. Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
4. Denver Broncos (at NYG)
5. Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)
6. Carolina Panthers (vs NYJ)
7. New England Patriots (vs MIA)
8. Baltimore Ravens (at LV)
9. Green Bay Packers (at NO)
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
11. Los Angeles Chargers (at WAS)
12. Minnesota Vikings (at CIN)


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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