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Fantasy Football Week 1: Complete player rankings for every position

The opening week of the 2015 NFL season is upon us, and that means its time to start nailing down your first fantasy lineup of the year. Michael Beller ranks the top players in every position based on Week 1 matchups.

The opening week of the 2015 NFL season is upon us, and that means its time to start nailing down your first fantasy lineup of the year. Our weekly positional rankings will debut every Wednesday this season, and we’ll update them right up until kickoff on Sunday to give you the advice you need to win every week. The Packers feature quite prominently in our opening rankings salvo, with Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy atop their respective positions. Dez Bryant finds himself in pole position for receivers with a Sunday night matchup against the Giants on tap, while Rob Gronkowski—who else?—leads the way at tight end. Keep checking back for all week for updates, especially as crucial injury news break.

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QUARTERBACKS

<p>RANK</p><p>PLAYER, TEAM</p><p>OPPONENT</p>

1

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

CHI

2

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

PHI

3

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

NYG

4

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

PIT

5

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

BUF

6

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

BAL

7

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

NE

8

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

WAS

9

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

OAK

10

Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles

ATL

11

Eli Manning, New York Giants

DAL

12

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

ARI

13

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

STL

14

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

NO

15

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

SD

16

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

MIN

17

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

DEN

18

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

SF

19

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

GB

20

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

JAX

21

Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

DET

22

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

HOU

23

Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets

CLE

24

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TEN

25

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

IND

26

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

CAR

27

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

TB

28

Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans

KC

29

Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams

SEA

30

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

MIA

31

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

CIN

32

Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns

NYJ

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RUNNING BACKS

<p>RANK</p><p>PLAYER, TEAM</p><p>OPPONENT</p>

1

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

CHI

2

Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

OAK

3

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

HOU

4

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

SF

5

DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles

ATL

6

Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

WAS

7

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

STL

8

C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos

BAL

9

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

GB

10

Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

DEN

11

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

ARI

12

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

JAX

13

Chris Ivory, New York Jets

CLE

14

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TEN

15

Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

MIN

16

Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts

BUF

17

Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers

DET

18

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills

IND

19

Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders

CIN

20

Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins 

MIA

21

Bishop Sankey,Tennessee Titans

TB

22

Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

NO

23

Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions

SD

24

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

OAK

25

Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

DAL

26

Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons

PHI

27

T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars

CAR

28

DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers

NE

29

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

SD

30

Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys

NYG

31

Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles

ATL

32

Shane Vereen, New York Giants

DAL

33

Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

DET

34

Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns

NYJ

35

Alfred Blue, Houston Texans

KC

36

David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

NO

37

Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys

NYG

38

Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

CAR

39

Dion Lewis, New England Patriots

PIT

40

Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons

PHI

41

Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams

SEA

42

Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams

SEA

43

Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland Browns

NYJ

44

Matt Jones, Washington Redskins

MIA

45

Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots

PIT

46

Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens

DEN

47

Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MIA

48

Andre Williams, New York Giants

JAX

49

Reggie Bush, San Francisco 49ers

MIN

50

Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

BAL

WIDE RECEIVERS

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1

Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

NYG

2

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

PHI

3

Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

DAL

4

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

NE

5

Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

BAL

6

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

OAK

7

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

SD

8

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

CHI

9

T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

BUF

10

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

KC

11

Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

ATL

12

Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs

HOU

13

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TEN

14

Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

BAL

15

Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

SD

16

Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

GB

17

Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

CHI

18

Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

ARI

19

Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts

BUF

20

Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

IND

21

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

PIT

22

Eric Decker, New York Jets

CLE

23

Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

CAR

24

Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins

WAS

25

Brandon Marshall, New York Jets

CLE

26

DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

MIA

27

Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

CIN

28

Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

MIN

29

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TEN

30

John Brown, Arizona Cardinals

NO

31

Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings

SF

32

Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears

GB

33

Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens

DEN

34

Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers

MIN

35

Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

NO

36

Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams

OAK

37

Rueben Randle, New York Giants

DAL

38

Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals

DEN

39

Mike Wallace, Minnesota Vikings

PHI

40

Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

NO

41

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles

ATL

42

Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers

NE

43

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

PHI

44

Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

TB

45

Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins

WAS

46

Steve Johnson, San Diego Chargers

DET

47

Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

MIA

48

Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

ARI

49

Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

NYG

50

Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

PIT

51

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

NO

52

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

WAS

53

Brandon Coleman, New Orleans Saints

ARI

54

Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers

JAX

55

Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars

CAR

56

Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts

BUF

57

Leonard Hankerson, Atlanta Falcons

PHI

58

Philly Brown, Carolina Panthers

JAX

59

Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens

DEN

60

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks

STL

TIGHT ENDS

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1

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

PIT

2

Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

GB

3

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

JAX

4

Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks

STL

5

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs 

HOU

6

Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins

WAS

7

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

OAK

8

Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos

BAL

9

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

NYG

10

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

TB

11

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TN

12

Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

BUF

13

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

NE

14

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

MIA

15

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

SF

16

Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

MIN

17

Josh Hill, New Orleans Saints

SF

18

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

SD

19

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills

IND

20

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

BUF

21

Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

CHI

22

Larry Donnell, New York Giants

DAL

23

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

ATL

24

Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers

DET

25

Crockett Gilmore, Baltimore Ravens

DEN

KICKERS

<p>RANK</p><p>PLAYER, TEAM</p><p>OPPONENT</p>

1

Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

PIT

2

Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

DEN

3

Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

CHI

4

Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

NYG

5

Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos

BAL

6

Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

STL

7

Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles

ATL

8

Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

PHI

9

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

BUF

10

Josh Brown, New York Giants

DAL

11

Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers

MIN

12

Matt Prater, Detroit Lions

SD

13

Josh Lambo, San Diego Chargers

DET

14

Josh Scobee, Pittsburgh Steelers

KC

15

Zach Hocker, New Orleans Saints

ARI

16

Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

SF

17

Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

OAK

18

Andrew Franks, Miami Dolphins

WAS

19

Randy Bullock, Houston Texans

KC

20

Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals

NO

DST

<p>RANK</p><p>TEAM</p><p>OPPONENT</p>

1

Miami Dolphins

WAS

2

Seattle Seahawks

STL

3

Houston Texans

KC

4

Kansas City Chiefs

HOU

5

Denver Broncos

BAL

6

New York Jets

CLE

7

Minnesota Vikings

SF

8

Indianapolis Colts

BUF

9

Cincinnati Bengals

OAK

10

St. Louis Rams

SEA

11

Buffalo Bills

IND

12

Green Bay Packers

CHI

13

Carolina Panthers

JAX

14

Cleveland Browns

NYJ

15

New England Patriots

PIT

16

Arizona Cardinals

NO

17

Jacksonville Jaguars

CAR

18

Baltimore Ravens

DEN

19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TEN

20

Detroit Lions

SD

21

Oakland Raiders

CIN

22

San Diego

DET

23

Tennessee Titans

TB

24

San Francisco 49ers

MIN

25

Dallas Cowboys

NYG