FANTASY FOOTBALL: Drew Brees, Dalvin Cook, George Kittle lead the final positional rankings for NFL Week 1

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Charting his last nine regular-season outings, Saints QB Drew Brees has accounted for three or more touchdown passes seven times.

BATSBY Sports offers up its final positional rankings for Week 1, covering quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. (We happily dismiss kicker and defensive/special teams listings.)

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QB-STARTER RANKINGS

  1. Drew Brees, Saints
  2. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  3. Josh Allen, Bills
  4. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
  5. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  6. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
  7. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  8. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  9. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
  10. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
  11. Jared Goff, Rams
  12. Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers
  13. Philip Rivers, Colts
  14. Cam Newton, Patriots
  15. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  16. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  17. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  18. Matthew Stafford, Lions
  19. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins
  20. Joe Burrow, Bengals
  21. Carson Wentz, Eagles
  22. Ryan Tannehill, Titans
  23. Daniel Jones, Giants
  24. Drew Lock, Broncos
  25. Derek Carr, Raiders
  26. Tyrod Taylor, Chargers
  27. Baker Mayfield, Browns
  28. Dwayne Haskins, Washington Football Team
  29. Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  30. Sam Darnold, Jets

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TOP 60 PPR TAILBACKS

  1. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  2. Dalvin Cook, Vikings
  3. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  4. Todd Gurley, Falcons
  5. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  6. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  7. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  8. Derrick Henry, Titans
  9. Kenyan Drake, Cardinals
  10. Aaron Jones, Packers
  11. Nick Chubb, Browns
  12. Saquon Barkley, Giants
  13. Boston Scott, Eagles
  14. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  15. Melvin Gordon, Broncos
  16. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  17. Raheem Mostert, 49ers
  18. James White, Patriots
  19. James Conner, Steelers
  20. Mark Ingram, Ravens
  21. Devin Singletary, Bills
  22. David Montgomery, Bears
  23. Le’Veon Bell, Jets
  24. Jonathan Taylor, Colts
  25. Kerryon Johnson, Lions
  26. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
  27. Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team
  28. Cam Akers, Rams
  29. Matt Breida, Dolphins
  30. D’Andre Swift, Lions
  31. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  32. Zack Moss, Bills
  33. J.K. Dobbins, Ravens
  34. James Robinson, Jaguars
  35. Sony Michel, Patriots
  36. Tarik Cohen, Bears
  37. Marlon Mack, Colts
  38. Chris Thompson, Jaguars
  39. Tevin Coleman, 49ers
  40. Kareem Hunt, Browns
  41. Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  42. Jordan Howard, Dolphins
  43. Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
  44. Latavius Murray, Saints
  45. Joshua Kelley, Chargers
  46. Corey Clement, Eagles
  47. Nyheim Hines, Colts
  48. Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
  49. Darrell Henderson, Rams
  50. AJ Dillon, Packers
  51. Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  52. Brian Hill, Falcons
  53. Carlos Hyde, Seahawks
  54. Jerick McKinnon, 49ers
  55. Benny Snell Jr., Steelers
  56. Devine Ogizbo, Jaguars
  57. Bryce Love, Washington Football Team
  58. Justin Jackson, Chargers
  59. LeSean McCoy, Buccaneers
  60. Darrynton Evans, Titans

TOP 70 PPR WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. Michael Thomas, Saints
  2. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  3. Davante Adams, Packers
  4. DJ Moore, Panthers
  5. Allen Robinson, Bears
  6. Julio Jones, Falcons
  7. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
  8. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  9. Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  10. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  11. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  12. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  13. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team
  14. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  15. DK Metcalf, Seahawks
  16. A.J. Brown, Titans
  17. Marquise Brown, Ravens
  18. Stefon Diggs, Bills
  19. A.J. Green, Bengals
  20. Calvin Ridley, Falcons
  21. DJ Chark, Jaguars
  22. Marvin Jones, Lions
  23. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  24. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
  25. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  26. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  27. Cole Beasley, Bills
  28. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  29. Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  30. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  31. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  32. Breshad Perriman, Jets
  33. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  34. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  35. Emmanuel Sanders, Saints
  36. Anthony Miller, Bears
  37. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
  38. Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  39. Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
  40. Robert Woods, Rams
  41. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  42. Jalen Reagor, Eagles
  43. Dante Pettis, 49ers
  44. Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  45. Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
  46. Justin Watson, Buccaneers
  47. Darius Slayton, Giants
  48. N’Keal Harry, Patriots
  49. Preston Williams, Dolphins
  50. Jamison Crowder, Jets
  51. Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
  52. Danny Amendola, Lions
  53. Allen Lazard, Packers
  54. John Ross III, Bengals
  55. Robby Anderson, Panthers
  56. Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
  57. John Brown, Bills
  58. Bisi Johnson, Vikings
  59. Tee Higgins, Bengals
  60. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
  61. Parris Campbell, Colts
  62. CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
  63. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  64. Steven Sims, Washington Football Team
  65. Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
  66. Damiere Byrd, Patriots
  67. Justin Jefferson, Vikings
  68. Golden Tate, Giants
  69. Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars
  70. Corey Davis, Titans

PRESEASON RANKINGS

QB-STARTER RANKINGS
TOP 70 PPR TAILBACKS
TOP 75 PPR WIDE RECEIVERS
TOP 35 PPR TIGHT ENDS
TOP 160 PPR PLAYMAKERS

THE ANNUAL PPR SPECTACULAR

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MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

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ONE LAST RIDE: Our final mock draft before the Week 1 torrent (No. 2)
SLEEPER CELLS: 13 mid-to-late round targets to covet with PPR leagues
FANTASY: 4 ways to invoke the risky ‘Bye Week’ draft strategy
FANTASY: How to fake your way through an uncomfortably early draft
DEEP DIVE: Fun Facts-style breakdown of the 2020 schedule
TWO OF EVERYTHING: Cool results from our ‘Noah’s Ark’ mock draft
FREE MONEY: Our second crack at NFL ‘Survivor Pool’ picks for 2020
READY, SET, GO: The NFL’s 30 most anticipated matchups of the season
MOCK DRAFT SIMULATION: # 11 slot
MOCK DRAFT SIMULATION: #4 slot

TOP 30 PPR TIGHT ENDS

  1. George Kittle, 49ers
  2. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  3. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  4. Tyler Higbee, Rams
  5. Evan Engram, Giants
  6. Jared Cook, Saints
  7. Darren Waller, Raiders
  8. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  9. T.J. Hockenson, Lions
  10. Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
  11. Eric Ebron, Steelers
  12. Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  13. Noah Fant, Broncos
  14. Hayden Hurst, Falcons
  15. Austin Hooper, Browns
  16. Greg Olsen, Seahawks
  17. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  18. Jonnu Smith, Titans
  19. Irv Smith Jr., Vikings
  20. Jack Doyle, Colts
  21. Blake Jarwin, Cowboys
  22. Chris Herndon, Jets
  23. Tyler Eifert, Jaguars
  24. Ian Thomas, Panthers
  25. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
  26. Dawson Knox, Bills
  27. Devin Asiasi, Patriots
  28. David Njoku, Browns
  29. Will Dissly, Seahawks
  30. Jimmy Graham, Bears

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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