Koerner’s Week 1 Fantasy Football Tiers for Every Position


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Sep 09, 2018, 07:08 AM EDT
  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 1 tiers for every position: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, defense and kicker.
  • Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for opening weekend.

The wait is over. Let’s get down to business.

Below you’ll find my tiers for Week 1. These are based on standard scoring and cover every position.

If you’re looking for my rankings for PPR or Half-Point PPR, check out this post.

And, yes, my tiers will be part of our Action Network subscription this season. Be sure to check out the awesome special we’re running for an annual sub up until the start of the season:


Tier 1
Aaron Rodgers (vs. CHI)

The Bears’ defense picked up an absolute stud from the Raiders last week in Khalil Mack. He will likely see limited snaps and could make Rodgers feel a little less comfortable in the pocket. Regardless, Rodgers is matchup-proof at home and the top QB option this week.

Tier 2
Tom Brady (vs. HOU)
Cam Newton (vs. DAL)
Drew Brees (vs. TB)

Brady and Brees are as safe as it gets. Fire them up in all formats.

Normally I’d downgrade a QB who’s playing behind an offensive line like the Panthers’, but in Newton’s case, it could force him to scramble a bit more and actually boost his fantasy value.

Tier 3

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