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Week 1 Rankings

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Updated 9/8/2013 at 12:00 PM ET.


The journey across the desert is complete: The 2013 fantasy football season is finally upon us. But long though the trek has been, it’s important to remain patient, and not fall prey to Week 1 overthink. After a nine-month break, you’re just dying to start the 12th-round flier you’re positive is going to be the difference in your league. But there’s one fantasy credo that rings most true in Week 1: Start your studs. Yes, there are some spots where deviation from your masterplan will prove unavoidable. Say, for example, benching Eddie Lacy in his NFL debut against a fearsome 49ers run defense on the road. But you didn’t spend all winter, spring and summer preparing for this moment only to let a couple of rash decisions start you in an 0-1 hole. Stick with the process that got you here. There will be plenty of time to get cute before it’s all said and done.  


Two quick notes. It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to take the baton handed off by Chris Wesseling (and Gregg Rosenthal before him) if I didn’t acknowledge the great role he’s had in shaping my career and football knowledge. Thanks Chris, and here’s to a great year. Also don’t forget to check out Evan Silva’s incomparable Matchups column on Friday. It’s the single greatest weekly article the fantasy industry has to offer, bar none. Here’s his preview of tonight’s opener.


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Week 1 Quarterbacks 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Drew Brees vs. ATL -
2 Aaron Rodgers at SF -
3 Tom Brady at BUF -
4 Matt Ryan at NO -
5 Andrew Luck vs. OAK -
6 Colin Kaepernick vs. GB -
7 Peyton Manning vs. BAL -
8 Robert Griffin III vs. PHI -
9 Russell Wilson at CAR -
10 Matthew Stafford vs. MIN -
11 Tony Romo vs. NYG -
12 Michael Vick at WAS -
13 Cam Newton vs. SEA -
14 Eli Manning at DAL -
15 Ben Roethlisberger vs. TEN -
16 Joe Flacco at DEN -
17 Alex Smith at JAC -
18 Ryan Tannehill at CLE -
19 Jay Cutler vs. CIN -
20 Philip Rivers vs. HOU -
21 Andy Dalton at CHI -
22 Carson Palmer at STL -
23 Matt Schaub at SD -
24 Sam Bradford vs. ARZ -
25 Josh Freeman at NYJ -
26 Terrelle Pryor at IND -
27 Brandon Weeden vs. MIA -
28 Jake Locker at PIT -
29 Blaine Gabbert vs. KC -
30 Christian Ponder at DET -
31 E.J. Manuel vs. NE Probable (knee)
32 Geno Smith vs. TB -
33 Matt Flynn at IND -
34 Chad Henne vs. KC -


QB Notes: The No. 1 fantasy quarterback each of the past two seasons, and three of the past five, Drew Brees begins the year with a readymade shootout against archrival Atlanta at home. Brees was a bit of a mixed bag against the Falcons in 2012, averaging 320 yards but posting a 3:6 TD:INT ratio. Five of those picks came in Atlanta, however, while the Falcons are breaking in a rookie starting cornerback in Desmond Trufant, and adjusting to life without John Abraham. There are few better fantasy bets than Brees in a dome.


On paper, it’s a bear of a matchup for Rodgers, but the 49ers pass defense sprang multiple leaks down the stretch last season. Rodgers was one of the few opposing signal callers not to take advantage, limping to just 257 yards in Green Bay’s Divisional Round loss. Nevertheless, this is a unit that can be thrown on. At least that was the case with “Cowboy” Justin Smith at less than 100 percent, and CB Chris Culliver getting picked on all postseason. The question now is, is Vic Fangio’s imposing unit back in the saddle that allowed enemy quarterbacks to rack up just 3,203 yards last season (No. 4 in the NFL). Can Green Bay’s taped-and-glued offensive line handle The Smith Brothers? They’re questions worth pondering, but if anyone deserves the “start your studs” benefit of the doubt, it’s Rodgers.


You know those bands that are essentially one member? The ones that call themselves a group, but are really just one core performer? Think The Shins or Queens of the Stone Age. That’s the Patriots and Tom Brady. That is not to say Brady hasn’t had some extremely important supporting players. But just like QOTSA and Josh Homme, the trains are always going to run on time in New England as long as it’s Brady conducting, no matter how many Wes Welkers come and go. Despite his entirely new pass-catching corps, Brady should feast on a Bills defense missing Stephon Gilmore and Jairus Byrd.

Billed as the top quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning, all Andrew Luck did as a rookie was go out and shatter Cam Newton’s first-year passing record. Now poised to make the leap from star to superstar as a sophomore, Luck couldn’t ask for a better opening week opponent than an Oakland team with expansion-level talent on defense. … Where to rank RGIII is one of the great mysteries of the young season. Will the Redskins drastically cut back on his designed runs? Will defenses bite on his play fakes as hard as they did in 2012? The only thing we know for sure is, Griffin has an excellent Week 1 matchup in an Eagles defense that might as well be called “The Shootout Express.” There could be some bumps and bruises as Griffin works his way back to game day 100 percent, but there’s going to be plenty of fantasy points against Philly.


We’re bullish on Cam Newton this season, we truly are. But the schedule makers couldn’t have dreamed up a worse Week 1 opponent for a player adjusting to a new offensive coordinator, and dealing with an undermanned rushing attack. We know by now that there’s nothing fake about Cam’s fantasy dominance (or smile), but Week 1 could be a low point in a season that won’t see very many of them. … Vick ahead of Cam? It’s all about Chip Kelly, and the likely shootout Philly will engage in with Washington. Vick no longer has youth on his side, but is finally in an offense tailor made for his skill-set. Few players have provided more disappointment the past few seasons, but Vick’s upside is worth one more QB1 gamble.


Don’t be surprised if Flacco makes like it’s the Divisional Round and drops a ton of yards on a Broncos defense that will be without Elvis Dumervil (opposing sideline), Von Miller (suspension) and Champ Bailey (foot). … Carson Palmer is the first living, breathing quarterback the Cardinals have had since Kurt Warner retired, but has a tough road matchup in a team that led the league in sacks last season, and boasts one of the NFL’s better cornerback duos. … 13.1 percent of Matt Schaub’s 4,008 yards came in one game last season. … E.J. Manuel could eventually prove to be the latest, greatest dual-threat fantasy revelation, but he’s not worth the QB2 dice roll in his NFL debut. 


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Week 1 Running Backs 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson at DET -
2 Doug Martin at NYJ -
3 C.J. Spiller vs. NE -
4 LeSean McCoy at WAS -
5 Alfred Morris vs. PHI -
6 Jamaal Charles at JAC -
7 Ray Rice at DEN -
8 Marshawn Lynch at CAR -
9 Stevan Ridley at BUF -
10 Trent Richardson vs. MIA -
11 Matt Forte vs. CIN -
12 Steven Jackson at NO -
13 Arian Foster at SD -
14 David Wilson at DAL -
15 Reggie Bush vs. MIN -
16 Maurice Jones-Drew vs. KC -
17 DeMarco Murray vs. NYG -
18 Frank Gore vs. GB -
19 Chris Johnson at PIT -
20 Lamar Miller at CLE -
21 Daryl Richardson vs. ARZ -
22 Ahmad Bradshaw vs. OAK Probable (foot)
23 Eddie Lacy at SF -
24 Darren Sproles vs. ATL -
25 Ryan Mathews vs. HOU -
26 Darren McFadden at IND -
27 Shane Vereen at BUF -
28 Giovani Bernard at CHI -
29 Chris Ivory vs. TB -
30 Mark Ingram vs. ATL -
31 DeAngelo Williams vs. SEA -
32 Rashard Mendenhall at STL Probable (knee)
33 Ben Tate at SD -
34 Montee Ball vs. BAL -
35 Isaac Redman vs. TEN -
36 BenJarvus Green-Ellis at CHI -
37 Knowshon Moreno vs. BAL -
38 Bilal Powell vs. TB -
39 Ronnie Hillman vs. BAL -
40 Vick Ballard vs. OAK -
41 Danny Woodhead vs. HOU -
42 Bernard Pierce at DEN -
43 Mike Tolbert vs. SEA Probable (hamstring)
44 Pierre Thomas vs. ATL -
45 Bryce Brown at WAS -
46 Michael Bush vs. CIN -
47 Roy Helu vs. PHI -
48 Felix Jones vs. TEN -
49 Fred Jackson vs. NE -
50 Daniel Thomas at CLE -
51 Jacquizz Rodgers at NO -
52 Kendall Hunter vs. GB -
53 Shonn Greene at PIT -
54 Robert Turbin at CAR -
55 Joique Bell vs. MIN -
56 Zac Stacy vs. ARZ -
57 Da'Rel Scott at DAL -
58 Toby Gerhart at DET -
59 La'Rod Stephens-Howling vs. TEN -
60 Knile Davis at JAC -
61 Benny Cunningham vs. ARZ -


RB Notes: Adrian Peterson is gunning for 2,500 yards. My official analysis? Historic years are rarely followed up by seasons that are even more historic, and AD is unlikely to become the first player in league history to post back-to-back 2,000-yard campaigns. My unofficial analysis? AD is a cyborg, possibly not of this world, whose origins are worth a segment on Coast to Coast. … Doug Martin is going to eat against the Jets, and it’s going to be the first of 16 very large meals for the Muscle Hamster this season. … Perhaps the most underdrafted player by ADP this season (13.7), Alfred Morris should have little issue posting top-five numbers against an Eagles run defense that did its best Red Sea impression this preseason.


Marshawn Lynch vs. Luke Kuechly is a Week 1 matchup to watch. The Panthers have holes/question marks all over the roster, but “run defense” isn’t one of them. … Shane Vereen got all the hype this summer, but it’s still Stevan Ridley who will carry the mail in the Patriots’ run game. He’s facing a run defense that ranked 31st in the NFL last season, and allowed 204 yards, three touchdowns and 4.6 yards per carry to Ridley in their two meetings. … It’s quite possible the concerns about Arian Foster’s workload and durability will prove overblown, but coach Gary Kubiak has pledged to ease him into the season. 15-18 touches is our best guess for Monday, making this the rare week where Foster is more RB2 than RB1. At least for now it’s rare.


Fresh off a preseason where he averaged 7.5 yards per carry, David Wilson gets a defense missing its top run stuffer in Jay Ratliff, and perhaps its No. 2 edge presence in Anthony Spencer. The bells of stardom could soon be ringing for the No. 32 pick of last year’s draft. … Lamar Miller is the Dolphins’ unquestioned starter, but had to out-last Daniel Thomas, as opposed to vanquishing him. He’s a borderline RB2 when he could have easily made himself a higher-end one. … Bilal Powell is “starting” for the Jets, but we still expect Chris Ivory to monopolize early-down touches and notch the most carries. He could have a hard time putting his rough preseason behind him against the Bucs’ elite run defense, however.


One of the truly tough decisions of Week 1, Eddie Lacy is getting rewarded for his excellent preseason with a terrible matchup in the 49ers’ elite run defense on the road. With running lanes likely hard to come by in San Francisco, Lacy’s value will be touchdown dependent against a unit that’s surrendered just 10 scores on the ground the past two seasons. Lacy has the looks of an every-week RB2, but the FLEX spot is the safest place to stash him in Week 1, if not the bench if you go four deep at running back. … Ryan Mathews looked excellent in the preseason. He could make it mean something by showing something against a defense that allowed just five rushing touchdowns in 2012.


A hybrid player expected to see snaps all over the field, high-end FLEX play Shane Vereen couldn’t have a better matchup in a defense that’s missing Stephon Gilmore and Jairus Byrd, and surrendered a scandalous 2,333 yards on the ground last season. … If at all possible, let your opponents ride the Rashard Mendenhall and DeAngelo Williams pain train in Week 1. … Isaac Redman is starting in Le’Veon Bell’s absence. Here’s guessing he won’t do much producing. He of the 3.7 yards per carry a season ago is entirely touchdown-dependent. … We love Montee Ball, but the Broncos’ committee is best avoided until Ball establishes himself as the chairman, which we believe he’ll do. Concerns about his “failing to separate” from Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno are overblown. This is John Fox we’re talking about, after all. He makes rookies earn it.


Week 1 Wide Receivers 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. MIN -
2 Dez Bryant vs. NYG -
3 Brandon Marshall vs. CIN -
4 Julio Jones at NO -
5 A.J. Green at CHI -
6 Demaryius Thomas vs. BAL -
7 Larry Fitzgerald at STL -
8 Pierre Garcon vs. PHI -
9 Randall Cobb at SF -
10 Vincent Jackson at NYJ -
11 Andre Johnson at SD -
12 Victor Cruz at DAL Probable (heel)
13 Jordy Nelson at SF -
14 Dwayne Bowe at JAC -
15 Reggie Wayne vs. OAK -
16 Hakeem Nicks at DAL -
17 Antonio Brown vs. TEN -
18 Marques Colston vs. ATL -
19 Danny Amendola at BUF Probable (groin)
20 DeSean Jackson at WAS -
21 Torrey Smith at DEN -
22 Cecil Shorts vs. KC -
23 Mike Wallace at CLE -
24 Steve Smith vs. SEA -
25 Roddy White at NO Questionable (ankle)
26 T.Y. Hilton vs. OAK -
27 Wes Welker vs. BAL -
28 Eric Decker vs. BAL -
29 Mike Williams at NYJ -
30 Lance Moore vs. ATL -
31 James Jones at SF -
32 Miles Austin vs. NYG -
33 Stevie Johnson vs. NE -
34 Greg Jennings at DET -
35 Kenbrell Thompkins at BUF -
36 Golden Tate at CAR -
37 Michael Floyd at STL -
38 Anquan Boldin vs. GB -
39 Chris Givens vs. ARZ -
40 Emmanuel Sanders vs. TEN -
41 Brian Hartline at CLE -
42 Greg Little vs. MIA -
43 Alshon Jeffery vs. CIN -
44 Sidney Rice at CAR -
45 Rueben Randle at DAL -
46 Andre Roberts at STL Probable (quadriceps)
47 Kenny Britt at PIT -
48 DeAndre Hopkins at SD Probable (concussion)
49 Brandon LaFell vs. SEA -
50 Vincent Brown vs. HOU -
51 Malcom Floyd vs. HOU -
52 Tavon Austin vs. ARZ -
53 Denarius Moore at IND -
54 Nate Burleson vs. MIN -
55 Robert Woods vs. NE -
56 Jacoby Jones at DEN Sidelined (knee)
57 Jeremy Kerley vs. TB -
58 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. OAK -
59 Kendall Wright at PIT Probable (knee)
60 Stephen Hill vs. TB -
61 Santonio Holmes vs. TB Questionable (foot)
62 Davone Bess vs. MIA Probable (-)
63 Brandon Gibson at CLE -
64 Josh Morgan vs. PHI -
65 Jerricho Cotchery vs. TEN -
66 Rod Streater at IND -
67 Nate Washington at PIT -
68 Kyle Williams vs. GB -
69 Austin Pettis vs. ARZ -
70 Ace Sanders vs. KC -
71 Marlon Moore vs. GB -
72 Dexter McCluster at JAC -
73 Donnie Avery at JAC -
74 Mohamed Sanu at CHI -
75 Doug Baldwin at CAR -
76 Santana Moss vs. PHI -
77 Terrance Williams vs. NYG -
78 Quinton Patton vs. GB -
79 Riley Cooper at WAS -


WR Notes: Can Bruce Arians rub some of his Reggie Wayne magic on Larry Fitzgerald? Sunday should be a pretty good indicator, where Fitz will do battle with Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan. Carson Palmer is in the latter stages of his career, but it cannot be stressed enough how big of an upgrade he is over the Larry, Moe and Curly trio of John Skelton, Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley (don’t forget Brian Hoyer). Fitzgerald has caught passes from six different quarterbacks since Kurt Warner retired. Two were undrafted free agents, two were sixth-round picks, one was a fifth-round pick.  … Victor Cruz (heel) will likely be limited all week, but we don’t expect him to miss the first game of his career. … The same is true of Roddy White (ankle).


There’s great hope amongst the fantasy community that Danny Amendola will seamlessly slide into Wes Welker’s old role, but it’s important to remember two things. 1. No “system,” no matter how receiver friendly, can will a player to 672 catches in six years. Welker’s talent, namely getting open at will, was a huge part of his success in New England. 2. To this point, Amendola has been no Welker. Amendola was an exceedingly useful player for the Rams, but his game was mostly “catch and fall.” Welker averaged 11.1 yards per catch in New England. Amendola has averaged 8.8 for his career. Now it’s true that number spiked to a more respectable 10.6 in 2012, and that Amendola was never surrounded by the most talent in St. Louis. But to expect him to simply pick up where Welker left off is to ignore what’s come before for Amendola, and sell Welker short as a player. Could Amendola transform himself into Welker 2.0 this season? Absolutely. Will he? The odds might be lower than you think.


Speaking of Welker, if it seems like he’s low on this list, that’s because he is. It’s not because the magic is suddenly gone. It’s just that even in perennially loaded New England, Welker never had so much competition for targets. How things shake out between Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker is one of the season’s great mysteries. Don’t be surprised if Thomas’ numbers stay largely the same, Welker catches between 85-90 balls and Decker’s value becomes even more touchdown dependent than it was in 2012. Decker is a good, good player. But competing with one of the game’s truly elite young wideouts and one of its savviest veterans, there’s a good chance he’ll get the short end of the stick.


Kenbrell Thompkins has been hyped more than the latest Superman reboot, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that he’s an undrafted rookie who’s yet to play in an NFL game. That is not to ignore what Thompkins accomplished this summer: Locking himself in as Tom Brady’s “X” receiver. But even with a good matchup on the docket, maybe let the guy play a real, live pro game before locking him in as your WR3. … Alshon Jeffery is a player with major room to grow in a passing attack that’s back on the rise. Lauded this preseason by everyone from his teammates to his coaches to the press, he might not be stuck in WR4 land for long. … Kenny Britt, on the other hand, is a player headed the wrong direction. Racked by soreness in his surgically-repaired knee this summer on the heels of a nondescript 2012, he’s going to be a shaky weekly bet with an erratic Jake Locker at the controls.


Be patient with Tavon Austin. He’s worth rostering, but the electric rookie had a tendency to try to make something out of the nothing in the preseason … and create bigger nothings. He needs time to find his NFL legs, and his role in the Rams’ remade offense. … Kendall Wright could be a weekly riser if his talent is allowed to show through. … Santonio Holmes could be a weekly riser if he decides to show his talent. … Marlon Moore is expected to be a one-trick pony in San Francisco. It’s not a trick that should result in much fantasy value. … Unless Darrius Heyward-Bey’s new deal included a new pair of hands, he’s not going to be running ahead of T.Y. Hilton in two-receiver sets for long, if at all. His plum depth chart placement could prove to be little more than coachspeak.

Week 1 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. ATL -
2 Tony Gonzalez at NO -
3 Jason Witten vs. NYG -
4 Vernon Davis vs. GB -
5 Greg Olsen vs. SEA -
6 Jermichael Finley at SF -
7 Jared Cook vs. ARZ -
8 Martellus Bennett vs. CIN -
9 Jordan Cameron vs. MIA Probable (-)
10 Zach Sudfeld at BUF -
11 Kyle Rudolph at DET -
12 Antonio Gates vs. HOU -
13 Fred Davis vs. PHI -
14 Brandon Myers at DAL -
15 Brent Celek at WAS -
16 Owen Daniels at SD -
17 Brandon Pettigrew vs. MIN -
18 Jermaine Gresham at CHI -
19 Julius Thomas vs. BAL -
20 Dwayne Allen vs. OAK Probable (-)
21 Coby Fleener vs. OAK Probable (-)
22 Zach Miller at CAR -
23 Scott Chandler vs. NE -
24 Anthony Fasano at JAC -
25 Tyler Eifert at CHI -
26 Delanie Walker at PIT -
27 Dallas Clark at DEN -
28 Luke Stocker at NYJ -
29 Zach Ertz at WAS -
30 David Paulson vs. TEN -
31 Kellen Winslow vs. TB -
32 Ed Dickson at DEN -
33 Charles Clay at CLE -
34 Travis Kelce at JAC -
35 Vance McDonald vs. GB -
36 D.J. Williams vs. KC -


TE Notes: More than any player at any position, Jimmy Graham has his own tier at the top. Don’t be surprised if he announces his return to full health in a big way against the Falcons. He’s caught 22 passes for 329 yards and four scores over his past four games against Atlanta. Even playing through a debilitating wrist injury, he managed a 7/146/2 line when the teams met up in New Orleans last Week 9, by far his best game of the season. … Jason Witten caught 20 passes for 177 yards against the Giants last season, 18 of which came at home in Week 8. That has little bearing on this weekend, of course, but he’s going to soak up targets in a likely shootout. As usual. … Playing extremely limited snaps in the preseason, Vernon Davis caught just four passes for 43 yards. You can either take that as a sign that he’ll fail to live up to the hype again, or ignore it like the meaningless statistic that it is. The 49ers need Davis. It would be a shock if he wasn’t an every-week TE1, and a high-end one at that.


Targeted a team-high six times in the Rams’ regular season dress rehearsal against the Broncos, Jared Cook has staked a strong claim to the title of “Sam Bradford’s security blanket.” Bradford already has “all the trust in the world” in the criminally underused former Titan, while SI’s Peter King called Cook the “single best player” he saw all camp. The question is, can the big-play threat Cook draw enough volume to not just flash as a TE1, but sustain as one? It shouldn’t take terribly long to find out. … Jordan Cameron has 26 career receptions. Don’t be surprised if he doubles that before the month is through.


One of the true wild cards of the 2013 fantasy season, Zach Sudfeld begins the year — and his career — with a dream matchup in Buffalo. Even if he flashes big numbers, it could be a misnomer in a Patriots offense that will change week to week, and soon have Rob Gronkowski back in the fold. But despite all the unknowns, Sudfeld needs to be 100 percent owned, and viewed as the best TE1 lottery ticket this side of Jordan Cameron. … Kyle Rudolph has as much upside as any player on this list. The problem is, his quarterback doesn’t. Rudolph’s beastliness in the red zone makes him worth a TE1 roll of the dice every week, but the fear of doughnuts will be ever present until Christian Ponder proves he can scare up more than 5.8 targets per week for his Gronk-ian tight end.


A step slower each of the past two seasons, Owen Daniels is a TE2 until proven otherwise. The presence of actual No. 2 receiver in Houston (DeAndre Hopkins) will do that. … Julius Thomas defines boom-or-bust as a TE2. He’s playing with a quarterback in Peyton Manning who made Dallas Clark a star, but who’s also never had a receiver trio like the one he has now. Big weeks will happen for Thomas, but they may be few and far between. … The same is true of Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener in Indianapolis, who appear poised to cancel each other out in Pep Hamilton’s tight-end friendly offense for the time being. They’ll be worth reassessing after we get 3-4 games worth of data. … Once a bonafide sleeper, Rob Housler needs to shake off a high-ankle sprain and rough preseason before he gets back in the TE2 conversation.



Week 1 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Matt Bryant at NO -
2 Blair Walsh at DET -
3 Stephen Gostkowski at BUF -
4 Matt Prater vs. BAL -
5 Justin Tucker at DEN -
6 Sebastian Janikowski at IND Sidelined (calf)
7 David Akers vs. MIN -
8 Josh Brown at DAL -
9 Kai Forbath vs. PHI -
10 Randy Bullock at SD -
11 Greg Zuerlein vs. ARZ -
12 Dan Bailey vs. NYG -
13 Adam Vinatieri vs. OAK -
14 Garrett Hartley vs. ATL -
15 Phil Dawson vs. GB -
16 Rian Lindell at NYJ -
17 Josh Scobee vs. KC -
18 Steven Hauschka at CAR -
19 Ryan Succop at JAC -
20 Caleb Sturgis at CLE -
21 Mason Crosby at SF -
22 Shaun Suisham vs. TEN -
23 Nick Novak vs. HOU -
24 Jay Feely at STL -
25 Robbie Gould vs. CIN -
26 Alex Henery at WAS -
27 Dustin Hopkins vs. NE Sidelined (groin)
28 Rob Bironas at PIT -
29 Mike Nugent at CHI -
30 Nick Folk vs. TB -
31 Graham Gano vs. SEA -



Week 1 Team Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Patriots Def/Spec Team at BUF -
2 Texans Def/Spec Team at SD -
3 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at CAR -
4 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
5 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
6 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
7 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. CIN -
8 Bengals Def/Spec Team at CHI -
9 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
10 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
11 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
12 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at CLE -
13 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at STL -
14 Vikings Def/Spec Team at DET -
15 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
16 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
17 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
18 Ravens Def/Spec Team at DEN -
19 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
20 Giants Def/Spec Team at DAL -
21 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at JAC -
22 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
23 Falcons Def/Spec Team at NO -
24 Titans Def/Spec Team at PIT -
25 Packers Def/Spec Team at SF -
26 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
27 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. HOU -
28 Raiders Def/Spec Team at IND -
29 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
30 Eagles Def/Spec Team at WAS -
31 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
32 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. NE -
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