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NFL Fantasy Football: Week 1 Quarterback Rankings

Updated on August 20, 2017

Best options in week 1

Getting off to a good start isn't imperative, but it doesn't hurt. Fantasy football owners all have different approaches to winning a league title, but one thing is clear, having a star signal caller is a must.

Aaron Rodgers is among the best to ever play the game. When healthy, the Packers star has ranked first or second at his position in points scored. Despite a tough opening game against Seattle, Rodgers is always a must-start and with troubles at the running back position, look for 300+ yards and a couple touchdowns to open the season.

Tom Brady will go down as perhaps the greatest offensive leader in football. His ability to put up big numbers with an average wide receiving corp is amazing, but 'Tom Terrific' has a couple new weapons to work with in 2017 and big things are expected.

The Patriots open the year against a solid Kansas City defense, but for owners lucky enough to have Brady on their roster, starting the New England signal caller is a must.

Matt Ryan and his Atlanta Falcons offense lit up scoreboards last season and look ready to do the same again this year. The veteran came just minutes away from guiding his squad to a Super Bowl title and should have plenty of motivation to finish the job this season.

Ryan opens the year against Chicago, a team that is rebuilding and that should lead to a solid opening week and possibly the highest point total for any quarterback, great news for owners that draft the 'Dirty Birds' leader.

Bounce back quarterback with something to prove!

Cam Newton was the talk of the town in 2015, but injuries and inconsistent play made for a difficult time last year. The Carolina Panthers are viewed by experts as a team to watch this season and it will all ride on the former Auburn stars shoulder.

Opening the season against San Francisco is a great way to begin. The 49ers are among the worst teams in the league and should be a confidence building contest. Newton has the ability to score points through the air and on the ground, making him one of the best options in week 1.

Week 1 'sleepers'

Fantasy football isn't all about star players. Finding 'sleepers' or hidden gems is a major part of winning a league title. For those owners waiting until the later rounds to fill the QB position, the opening week has plenty of upside at the position.

Jared Goff and the LA Rams had a miserable 2016 season, but the youngster has a new coach, a new offense, and plenty of new weapons. While the former first overall pick isn't going to set the world on fire, a big increase in production is expected.

Los Angeles opens the year against Indianapolis, another team that struggled last year and it could be a great start for both the team and the second-year player.

Trevor Siemian is looking like the opening day starter for Denver. The Broncos have a good group of wide receivers and play in a division where scoring points will be essential.

While not the most productive player under center when starting in 2016, another year of experience and opening the year against the Chargers, Siemian could be the steal of this years fantasy football draft and a player to watch in the seasons opening week.

Best of the rest

When owners think of quarterbacks, Drew Brees is always among the best options in the game. Not much has changed in 2017 as the Saints will once again rely on the pass to move the football.

With the Vikings on the schedule to open the season, don't expect big scoring numbers, but with Brees under center, a solid start and good point total is expected.

Seattle is quickly becoming one of the better passing offenses in the league. While still using the running game more than most, Russell Wilson has been given flexibility in his role as the teams offensive leader.

The Seahawks have a good group of players at the skill positions and their week 1 contest against Green Bay could turn into a shootout, making Wilson a great option, both as a short-term and a long-term option in 2017.


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