Week 1 Fantasy Flex Rankings

Most fantasy football Week 1 start-sit decisions should be easy — you likely just had your draft and picked most of your early-round players with the intent of starting them every week, including Week 1. But it’s that pesky flex spot in your lineup that can come down to matchups and health to determine the final running back, wide receiver or tight end that makes it into your lineup. Position rankings only help so much with that, so you need to roll the top RBs, WRs and TEs into one set of Week 1 flex rankings.

You’ll find that the list below is WR-heavy. That’s by design. The 50th RB in a given week will not have near the upside that the 50th WR will, so if you’re taking a shot on a player you may never have heard of, like Michael Pittman Jr., it still might be worth a shot over some boring backup running back like Jamaal Williams.

WEEK 1 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

We’ve also limited TE density in our first week’s flex rankings. Just like most years, the tight end position is a crapshoot once you get behind the top tier or two. Until we see which of the sleepers are for real and which are pretenders– and, more important, which defenses will struggle against the position — it’s fair to leave them on your bench in Week 1.

WEEK 1 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

If all else fails, target bad defenses, like Arizona and Jacksonville. Maybe your flex options aren’t looking at high usage, but if you can find a way to get a TD out of your flex play, it makes using them in Week 1 worth it. The best way to chase touchdowns is to match up with bad defenses.

WEEK 1 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS:
Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuel

Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings: Flex

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

WEEK 1 DFS CASH LINEUPS:
Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuel

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