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Deshaun Watson, Michael Thomas, Kerryon Johnson, Saquon Barkley, Zach Ertz, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Jared Goff headline the final rankings for the NFL's opening weekend.


  1. Drew Brees, Saints
  2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  3. Deshaun Watson, Texans
  4. Carson Wentz, Eagles
  5. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
  6. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
  7. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
  8. Baker Mayfield, Browns
  9. Tom Brady, Patriots
  10. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  11. Cam Newton, Panthers
  12. Matthew Stafford, Lions
  13. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  14. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  15. Jared Goff, Rams
  16. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
  17. Josh Allen, Bills
  18. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
  19. Nick Foles, Jaguars
  20. Andy Dalton, Bengals
  21. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  22. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  23. Marcus Mariota, Titans
  24. Sam Darnold, Jets
  25. Joe Flacco, Broncos
  26. Jacoby Brissett, Colts
  27. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins
  28. Eli Manning, Giants
  29. Case Keenum, Redskins
  30. Derek Carr, Raiders
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images


  1. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  2. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  3. Saquon Barkley, Giants
  4. Dalvin Cook, Vikings
  5. Kerryon Johnson, Lions
  6. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  7. David Johnson, Cardinals
  8. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  9. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  10. Le’Veon Bell, Jets
  11. Todd Gurley, Rams
  12. Nick Chubb, Browns
  13. James Conner, Steelers
  14. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  15. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  16. Mark Ingram, Ravens
  17. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
  18. Sony Michel, Patriots
  19. Marlon Mack, Colts
  20. Tevin Coleman, 49ers
  21. James White, Patriots
  22. Derrick Henry, Titans
  23. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins
  24. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
  25. Duke Johnson, Texans
  26. Damien Williams, Chiefs
  27. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  28. Miles Sanders, Eagles
  29. Derrius Guice, Redskins
  30. Devin Singletary, Bills
  31. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers
  32. Nyheim Hines, Colts
  33. Dion Lewis, Titans
  34. Justin Jackson, Chargers
  35. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  36. Matt Breida, 49ers
  37. Justice Hill, Ravens
  38. Jordan Howard, Eagles
  39. Latavius Murray, Saints
  40. LeSean McCoy, Chiefs
  41. Frank Gore, Bills
  42. Jalen Richard, Raiders
  43. Chris Thompson, Redskins
  44. Royce Freeman, Broncos
  45. T.J. Yeldon, Bills
  46. Darrell Henderson, Rams
  47. Kalen Ballage, Dolphins
  48. Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  49. Jaylen Samuels, Steelers
  50. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
  51. Ty Montgomery, Jets
  52. Damien Harris, Patriots
  53. Carlos Hyde, Texans
  54. Ito Smith, Falcons
  55. Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  56. C.J. Anderson, Lions
  57. Corey Clement, Eagles
  58. Giovani Bernard, Bengals
  59. Darwin Thompson, Chiefs
  60. Gus Edwards, Ravens
Getty Images: Donald Miralle


  1. Michael Thomas, Saints
  2. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  3. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  4. Julio Jones, Falcons
  5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  6. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  7. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  8. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  9. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  10. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  11. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  12. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  13. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  14. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  15. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  16. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  17. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  18. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
  19. Robert Woods, Rams
  20. DJ Moore, Panthers
  21. Calvin Ridley, Falcons
  22. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  23. Zay Jones, Bills
  24. Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  25. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
  26. John Ross, Bengals
  27. Brandin Cooks, Rams
  28. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  29. Mike Williams, Chargers
  30. Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  31. Robby Anderson, Jets
  32. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  33. Dante Pettis, 49ers
  34. Will Fuller, Texans
  35. Corey Davis, Titans
  36. Marvin Jones, Lions
  37. Tyrell Williams, Raiders
  38. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  39. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  40. Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  41. Josh Gordon, Patriots
  42. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
  43. James Washington, Steelers
  44. Cole Beasley, Bills
  45. TreQuan Smith, Saints
  46. Jamison Crowder, Jets
  47. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  48. Rashard Higgins, Browns
  49. Adam Humphries, Titans
  50. Devante Parker, Dolphins
  51. Malik Turner, Seahawks
  52. Danny Amendola, Lions
  53. Terry McLaurin, Redskins
  54. Marquise Brown, Ravens
  55. Willie Snead, Ravens
  56. Kenny Stills, Dolphins
  57. Keke Coutee, Texans
  58. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
  59. Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  60. Albert Wilson, Dolphins
Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images


  1. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  2. Evan Engram, Giants
  3. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  4. George Kittle, 49ers
  5. Jared Cook, Saints
  6. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  7. Vance McDonald, Steelers
  8. Delanie Walker, Titans
  9. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
  10. David Njoku, Browns
  11. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
  12. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  13. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  14. T.J. Hockenson, Lions
  15. Will Dissly, Seahawks
  16. Darren Waller, Raiders
  17. Greg Olsen, Panthers
  18. Austin Hooper, Falcons
  19. Matt LaCosse, Patriotsf
  20. Tyler Eifert, Bengals
  21. Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  22. Eric Ebron, Colts
  23. Jesse James, Lions
  24. Noah Fant, Broncos
  25. Jason Witten, Cowboys

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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,,, 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‘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. 

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