Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings by Position for Standard Scoring Leagues

Week 1 fantasy football rankings for QB, RB, WR, TE, K and DEF in standard scoring leagues.
Week 1 fantasy football rankings for QB, RB, WR, TE, K and DEF in standard scoring leagues. / Chris Keane/Getty Images

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 standard scoring leagues.

If you're looking for PPR rankings for Week 1, those can be found at this link.

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. James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
7. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
8. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (vs MIN)
9. Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BUF)
11. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (vs SEA)
11. Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
12. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (vs CLE)
13. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (at TB)
14. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (at WAS)
15. Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team (vs LAC)
16. Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (at LV)
17. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
18. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (vs DEN)
19. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (at ATL)
20. Damien Harris, New England Patriots (vs MIA)
21. Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)
22. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (vs BAL)
23. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
24. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (at LAR)
25. D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions (vs SF)
26. Mike Davis, Atlanta Falcons (vs PHI)
27. Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)
28. Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos (at NYG)
29. Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
30. Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins (at NE)
31. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
32. Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos (at NYG)
33. Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (at TEN)
34. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills (vs PIT)
35. Tevin Coleman, New York Jets (at CAR)
36. Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)

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. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (at CIN)
9. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
10. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
11. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (vs NYJ)
12. Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans (vs ARI)
13. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team (vs LAC)
14. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (at WAS)
15. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (at CIN)
16. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)
17. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (at IND)
18. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (vs CHI)
19. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (at LAR)
20. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns (at KC)
21. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
22. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (at TB)
23. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BUF)
24. Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (vs NYJ)
25. Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
26. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (at NYG)
27. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (at TB)
28. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (vs MIN)
29. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
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. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
3. Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders (vs BAL)
4. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens (at LV)
5. Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers (at NO)
6. Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons (vs PHI)
7. Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs DAL)
8. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (at ATL)
9. TJ Hockenson, Detroit Lions (vs SF)
10. Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (vs LAC)
11. Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (at NYG)
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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