Week 1 Fantasy Tiers: Make Your Start/Sit Decisions With the Latest Rankings

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  • The first NFL Sunday of the 2020 season is finally here.
  • To help you make your start/sit decisions, Sean Koerner outlines his latest fantasy tiers.

The road to your fantasy football championship starts now.

To help you make your first start/sit decisions of the year, I’ve updated my Week 1 fantasy football tiers so you can better visualize the rankings. Note that these tiers are as of Saturday night, so teams’ final inactives could still impact them — especially for players in question such as Mike Evans and Courtland Sutton (and their teammates) — so be sure to check my updated rankings before making final decisions.

Note: Players who played on Thursday night are denoted with an asterisk.

Updated Week 1 Fantasy Tiers

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Quarterbacks

Tier 1

Patrick Mahomes (vs. HOU)*
Lamar Jackson (vs. CLE)

Tier 2

Dak Prescott (@ LAR)
Russell Wilson (@ ATL)
Deshaun Watson (@ KC)*

Tier 3

Matt Ryan (vs. SEA)
Drew Brees (vs. TB)
Carson Wentz (@ WAS)
Cam Newton (vs. MIA)
Josh Allen (vs. NYJ)
Ben Roethlisberger (@ NYG)
Jared Goff (vs. DAL)

Tier 4

Kyler Murray (@ SF)
Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. ARI)
Tom Brady (@ NO)
Matthew Stafford (vs. CHI)
Derek Carr (@ CAR)
Tyrod Taylor (@ CIN)

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Tier 5

Teddy Bridgewater (vs. LV)
Aaron Rodgers (@ MIN)
Mitchell Trubisky (@ DET)
Gardner Minshew (vs. IND)
Ryan Tannehill (@ DEN)
Kirk Cousins (vs. GB)
Joe Burrow (vs. LAC)
Philip Rivers (@ JAX)
Daniel Jones (vs. PIT)

Tier 6

Drew Lock (vs. TEN)
Baker Mayfield (@ BAL)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ NE)
Dwayne Haskins (vs. PHI)

Tier 7

Sam Darnold (@ BUF)


Running Backs

Tier 1

Christian McCaffrey (vs. LV)

Tier 2

Ezekiel Elliott (@ LAR)

Tier 3

Dalvin Cook (vs. GB)
Josh Jacobs (@ CAR)
Saquon Barkley (vs. PIT)
Derrick Henry (@ DEN)

Tier 4

Alvin Kamara (vs. TB)

Tier 5

Austin Ekeler (@ CIN)
Aaron Jones (@ MIN)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. HOU)*
James Conner (@ NYG)
Joe Mixon (vs. LAC)

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Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured: Austin Ekeler

Tier 6

Kenyan Drake (@ SF)
Chris Carson (@ ATL)
Todd Gurley (vs. SEA)

Tier 7

Nick Chubb (@ BAL)

Tier 8

Raheem Mostert (vs. ARI)
Boston Scott (@ WAS)
Mark Ingram (vs. CLE)
David Johnson (@ KC)*
Le’Veon Bell (@ BUF)

Tier 9

Devin Singletary (vs. NYJ)
Jonathan Taylor (@ JAX)
Melvin Gordon (vs. TEN)
Marlon Mack (@ JAX)

Tier 10

James White (vs. MIA)
Kareem Hunt (@ BAL)
Antonio Gibson (vs. PHI)
David Montgomery (@ DET)
D’Andre Swift (vs. CHI)
Cam Akers (vs. DAL)
Zack Moss (vs. NYJ)
Tarik Cohen (@ DET)
Sony Michel (vs. MIA)
Kerryon Johnson (vs. CHI)
Ronald Jones II (@ NO)

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Tier 11

James Robinson (vs. IND)

Tier 12

Phillip Lindsay (vs. TEN)
Chris Thompson (vs. IND)
J.K. Dobbins (vs. CLE)
Jordan Howard (@ NE)
Rex Burkhead (vs. MIA)
Darrel Williams (vs. HOU)*
Matt Breida (@ NE)
Leonard Fournette (@ NO)
Tevin Coleman (vs. ARI)
Corey Clement (@ WAS)


Wide Receivers

Tier 1

Michael Thomas (vs. TB)
Davante Adams (@ MIN)
Julio Jones (vs. SEA)
Tyreek Hill (vs. HOU)*

Tier 2

Chris Godwin (@ NO)

Tier 3

Adam Thielen (vs. GB)
Allen Robinson (@ DET)
Calvin Ridley (vs. SEA)
Cooper Kupp (vs. DAL)
D.J. Moore (vs. LV)
Juju Smith-Schuster (@ NYG)
Robert Woods (vs. DAL)
DeAndre Hopkins (@ SF)
D.K. Metcalf (@ ATL)
A.J. Brown (@ DEN)
Amari Cooper (@ LAR)
Tyler Lockett (@ ATL)

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Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images. Pictured: Tyler Lockett

Tier 4

Michael Gallup (@ LAR)
Odell Beckham Jr. (@ BAL)
D.J. Chark (vs. IND)
Terry McLaurin (vs. PHI)
Marvin Jones (vs. CHI)
T.Y. Hilton (@ JAX)
Keenan Allen (@ CIN)
Julian Edelman (vs. MIA)
Will Fuller V (@ KC)*

Tier 5

Stefon Diggs (vs. NYJ)
DeSean Jackson (@ WAS)
Marquise Brown (vs. CLE)
Mike Evans (@ NO)
Tyler Boyd (vs. LAC)
Jamison Crowder (@ BUF)

Tier 6

CeeDee Lamb (@ LAR)
A.J. Green (vs. LAC)
Diontae Johnson (@ NYG)
Courtland Sutton (vs. TEN)
DeVante Parker (@ NE)

Tier 7

Henry Ruggs (@ CAR)
Sterling Shepard (vs. PIT)
Jarvis Landry (@ BAL)
John Brown (vs. NYJ)
Jerry Jeudy (vs. TEN)
Christian Kirk (@ SF)
Darius Slayton (vs. PIT)

Tier 8

Sammy Watkins (vs. HOU)*
Curtis Samuel (vs. LV)
Robby Anderson (vs. LV)
Brandin Cooks (@ KC)*
Mecole Hardman (vs. HOU)*
Emmanuel Sanders (vs. TB)
Allen Lazard (@ MIN)
Anthony Miller (@ DET)

Tier 9

Breshad Perriman (@ BUF)
Preston Williams (@ NE)
Bryan Edwards (@ CAR)
Steven Sims (vs. PHI)
Brandon Aiyuk (vs. ARI)
Danny Amendola (vs. CHI)
N’Keal Harry (vs. MIA)
Parris Campbell (@ JAX)

Tier 10

Randall Cobb (@ KC)*
James Washington (@ NYG)
Corey Davis (@ DEN)
Russell Gage (vs. SEA)
Kendrick Bourne (vs. ARI)
Hunter Renfrow (@ CAR)
Golden Tate (vs. PIT)


Tight Ends

Tier 1

George Kittle (vs. ARI)
Travis Kelce (vs. HOU)*

Tier 2

Mark Andrews (vs. CLE)
Zach Ertz (@ WAS)
Darren Waller (@ CAR)

Tier 3

Tyler Higbee (vs. DAL)

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images. Pictured: Tyler Higbee

Tier 4

Hunter Henry (@ CIN)
Evan Engram (vs. PIT)
Hayden Hurst (vs. SEA)

Tier 5

T.J. Hockenson (vs. CHI)
Jared Cook (vs. TB)

Tier 6

Rob Gronkowski (@ NO)
Dallas Goedert (@ WAS)
Jonnu Smith (@ DEN)

Tier 7

Noah Fant (vs. TEN)
Blake Jarwin (@ LAR)
Mike Gesicki (@ NE)
Jack Doyle (@ JAX)
Eric Ebron (@ NYG)
Chris Herndon (@ BUF)
Austin Hooper (@ BAL)

Tier 8

Ian Thomas (vs. LV)
Greg Olsen (@ ATL)
Irv Smith Jr. (vs. GB)
Jimmy Graham (@ DET)
Gerald Everett (vs. DAL)
Dawson Knox (vs. NYJ)

Kickers

Tier 1

Harrison Butker (vs. HOU)*

Tier 2

Justin Tucker (vs. CLE)

Tier 3

Robbie Gould (vs. ARI)
Greg Zuerlein (@ LAR)
Chris Boswell (@ NYG)
Wil Lutz (vs. TB)
Jason Myers (@ ATL)
Rodrigo Blankenship (@ JAX)

Tier 4

Nick Folk (vs. MIA)
Daniel Carlson (@ CAR)
Matt Prater (vs. CHI)
Younghoe Koo (vs. SEA)
Sam Sloman (vs. DAL)
Jake Elliott (@ WAS)
Dan Bailey (vs. GB)

Tier 5

Stephen Gostkowski (@ DEN)
Ryan Succop (@ NO)
Michael Badgley (@ CIN)
Joey Slye (vs. LV)
Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ KC)*
Mason Crosby (@ MIN)
Tyler Bass (vs. NYJ)

Tier 6

Cairo Santos (@ DET)
Zane Gonzalez (@ SF)
Austin Seibert (@ BAL)
Josh Lambo (vs. IND)
Randy Bullock (vs. LAC)
Brandon McManus (vs. TEN)
Graham Gano (vs. PIT)
Dustin Hopkins (vs. PHI)

Tier 7

Jason Sanders (@ NE)
Sam Ficken (@ BUF)


Defenses

Tier 1

New England Patriots (vs. MIA)
Buffalo Bills (vs. NYJ)

Tier 2

Philadelphia Eagles (@ WAS)
Pittsburgh Steelers (@ NYG)
Baltimore Ravens (vs. CLE)
Los Angeles Chargers (@ CIN)
Tennessee Titans (@ DEN)

Tier 3

Indianapolis Colts (@ JAX)
Detroit Lions (vs. CHI)
San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI)
Kansas City Chiefs (vs. HOU)*

Tier 4

Chicago Bears (@ DET)
Seattle Seahawks (@ ATL)
Las Vegas Raiders (@ CAR)
Denver Broncos (vs. TEN)
New Orleans Saints (vs. TB)
Miami Dolphins (@ NE)
Dallas Cowboys (@ LAR)
Washington Football Team (vs. PHI)

Tier 5

Minnesota Vikings (vs. GB)
Cincinnati Bengals (vs. LAC)
New York Jets (@ BUF)

Tier 6

New York Giants (vs. PIT)
Green Bay Packers (@ MIN)
Los Angeles Rams (vs. DAL)
Arizona Cardinals (@ SF)
Carolina Panthers (vs. LV)
Atlanta Falcons (vs. SEA)
Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)

Tier 7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ NO)
Cleveland Browns (@ BAL)

Tier 8

Houston Texans (@ KC)*

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