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Fantasy football rankings, Week 1: Quarterbacks

The 2016 season is upon, which means it is time for fantasy football rankings. We present our consensus quarterback rankings for Week 1.

Fantasy football is back, and we are here with quarterback rankings to get you ready for Week 1.

We all knew Minnesota was going to make a move at some point. We just thought it would be for a backup like Mark Sanchez or Colin Kaepernick. It turned out to be neither of them. The Vikings went all in and grabbed Sam Bradford out of Philadelphia. At this point, we’re unsure as to whether Bradford or Shaun Hill will start this week. Neither are worthy of a start because the game plan is sure to be run heavy.

That trade ushered in the beginning of the Carson Wentz era for the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz has a lot of question marks but faces an enticing matchup in the Cleveland Browns. Wentz has a decent group of weapons around him. Jordan Matthews has great potential entering his third season. Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham have a lot of unrealized potential. Zach Ertz and Darren Sproles provide Wentz with some easy targets. If I had the opportunity to start him as QB2 this week, I would take the plunge.

On the injury front, there is not much to report. Teddy Bridgewater is out for the season with his knee injury. Tony Romo will miss eight to 10 weeks but will not be put on IR to start the season. Lastly, Jared Goff is day-to-day with a tailbone contusion. He’s currently the third string QB and may not even dress for Week 1.

My sleeper for this week is Dak Prescott. His first game as starter comes at home against the New York Giants. The Giants have tried to improve their defense but should be able to be taken advantage of. The offense will have balance with Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, but he also presents as a rather inviting target in the passing game. The Dallas Cowboys defense has problems but that should cause them to crank up their offense. I think he’ll pass for 270 yards passing, one passing touchdown, and 30 rushing yards.

Quarterbacks, Week 1

(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett)

Rk Consensus Tm Opp. ZS JM AP SK JG KB
1 Aaron Rodgers GB at JAC 4 1 1 2 1 1
2 Russell Wilson SEA vs. MIA 1 4 3 1 3 2
3 Ben Roethlisberger PIT at WAS 2 2 5 7 2 6
4 Andrew Luck IND vs. DET 3 3 11 3 4 3
5 Drew Brees NO vs. OAK 8 8 4 4 7 4
6 Derek Carr OAK at NO 5 5 10 5 5 5
7 Cam Newton CAR at DEN 6 7 7 8 6 8
8 Eli Manning NYG at DAL 7 6 8 10 9 7
9 Kirk Cousins WAS vs. PIT 9 9 2 11 8 10
10 Blake Bortles JAC vs. GB 13 13 6 13 11 12
11 Tyrod Taylor BUF at BAL 16 10 9 12 13 9
12 Carson Palmer ARI vs. NE 12 14 12 9 10 13
13 Jameis Winston TB at ATL 11 11 13 14 12 11
14 Matthew Stafford DET at IND 15 15 14 6 14 14
15 Matt Ryan ATL vs. TB 14 12 18 15 15 15
16 Philip Rivers SD at KC 10 16 21 16 16 16
17 Andy Dalton CIN at NYJ 20 18 17 21 17 20
18 Brock Osweiler HOU vs. CHI 19 20 24 18 18 19
19 Alex Smith KC vs. SD 18 21 16 25 22 18
20 Marcus Mariota TEN vs. MIN 21 17 25 20 21 17
21 Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ vs. CIN -- 19 19 22 20 21
22 Joe Flacco BAL vs. BUF 17 22 15 -- -- 23
23 Robert Griffin CLE at PHI 24 25 20 19 19 22
24 Dak Prescott DAL vs. NYG 23 -- 23 17 23 24
25 Jay Cutler CHI at HOU 22 23 22 -- 24 25
-- Jimmy Garoppolo NE at ARI -- -- -- 23 25 --
-- Ryan Tannehill MIA at SEA 25 24 -- -- -- --
-- Carson Wentz PHI vs. CLE -- -- -- 24 -- --