Week 1 Positional Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football

Sep 6- 13 min read
  • Week 1 of fantasy football starts this week with Bills vs Rams
  • It’s time to create your lineups for NFL DFS and make start/sit decisions
  • Read below for our positional rankings for NFL week 1

We’ve made it to week 1 of the NFL season, it’s time to make some important decisions for your fantasy football lineups. We’ll be here every week this season to help you decide who to start, who to sit and who to target in OwnersBox DFS contests. In this article you’ll find positional rankings for running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and quarterbacks.

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Running Back Rankings

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPP SALARY
1 Jonathan Taylor IND HOU $7,300
2 Alvin Kamara NO ATL $6,500
3 Christian McCaffrey CAR CLE $7,300
4 Derrick Henry TEN NYG $7,000
5 Joe Mixon CIN PIT $6,600
6 Nick Chubb CLE CAR $6,000
7 Austin Ekeler LAC LVR $7,100
8 Javonte Williams DEN SEA $6,800
9 Saquon Barkley NYG TEN $6,100
10 Dalvin Cook MIN GB $6,400
11 James Conner ARI KC $6,200
12 Leonard Fournette TB DAL $6,500
13 Najee Harris PIT CIN $6,500
14 Antonio Gibson WAS JAX $5,800
15 Aaron Jones GB MIN $6,300
16 Elijah Mitchell SF CHI $5,900
17 Rashaad Penny SEA DEN $5,800
18 D’Andre Swift DET PHI $6,100
19 Ezekiel Elliott DAL TB $6,400
20 Travis Etienne JAX WAS $5,200
21 AJ Dillon GB MIN $5,200
22 David Montgomery CHI SF $6,200
23 Damien Harris NE MIA $4,800
24 Josh Jacobs LVR LAC $6,100
25 Dameon Pierce HOU IND $4,600
26 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC ARI $5,300
27 Mike Davis BAL NYJ $4,700
28 Breece Hall NYJ BAL $4,800
29 Miles Sanders PHI DET $5,600
30 Chase Edmonds MIA NE $5,200
31 Devin Singletary BUF LAR $6,000
32 Cam Akers LAC BUF $6,400
33 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL NO $4,700
34 Kareem Hunt CLE CAR $4,900
35 Tony Pollard DAL TB $4,900
36 Raheem Mostert MIA NE $4,600

 

  • The Chargers were brutal against the run in 2021 but made some significant additions in Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson, Josh Jacobs ($6,100) is someone I’m avoiding in NFL week 1.
  • Rashaad Penny is likely to have the backfield to himself in Seattle with rookie Kenneth Walker trying to make it back from injury, I want a piece of him at $5,800 in Pete Carrol’s offense.

Wide Receiver Rankings

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPP SALARY
1 Mike Evans TB DAL $6,500
2 Cooper  Kupp LAR BUF $7,400
3 CeeDee Lamb DAL TB $6,600
4 Justin Jefferson MIIN GB $7,100
5 Ja’Marr Chase CIN PIT $6,700
6 Davante Adams LVR LAC $7,300
7 Stefon Diggs BUF LAR $6,900
8 Deebo Samuel SF CHI $6,800
9 Marquise Brown ARI KC $5,800
10 Brandin Cooks HOU IND $6,200
11 Keenan Allen LAC LVR $6,200
12 AJ Brown PHI DET $6,000
13 Tyreek Hill MIA NE $6,400
14 Courtland Sutton DEN SEA $6,300
15 Terry McLaurin WAS JAX $5,900
16 Christian Kirk JAX WAS $5,900
17 Tee Higgins CIN PIT $6,200
18 Mike Williams LAC LVR $5,800
19 Allen Robinson LAR BUF $5,400
20 DJ Moore CAR CLE $5,800
21 Michael Thomas NO ATL $5,000
22 Allen Lazard GB MIN $5,200
23 DK Metcalf SEA DEN $6,200
24 Rashod Bateman BAL NYJ $5,500
25 Diontae Johnson PIT CIN $5,400
26 Elijah Moore NYJ BAL $5,200
27 Darnell Mooney CHI SF $5,500
28 JuJu Smith-Schuster KC ARI $5,700
29 Jerry Jeudy DEN SEA $6,100
30 Jaylen Waddle MIA NE $6,000
31 Adam Thielen MIN GB $5,500
32 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET PHI $5,400
33 Robert Woods TEN NYG $4,900
34 Kadarius Toney NYG TEN $4,500
35 Brandon Aiyuk SF CHI $5,000
36 Hunter Renfrow LVR LAC $6,200
37 Julio Jones TB DAL $5,400
38 Amari Cooper CLE CAR $5,500
39 Jarvis Landry NO ATL $4,500
40 Rondale Moore ARI KC $4,600
41 DeVonta Smith PHI DET $5,200
42 Drake London ATL NO $4,800
43 Skyy Moore KC ARI $4,600
44 Treylon Burks TEN NYG $4,700
45 Jalen Tolbert DAL TB $5,100
46 Tyler Lockett SEA DEN $5,600
47 Jakobi Meyers NE MIA $4,500
48 Chase Claypool PIT CIN $4,600

 

  • There are a lot of things up in the air with the Bucs offense when it comes to pass catchers, injuries to Godwin and Gage being the most pressing, Mike Evans is in for a monster week against a suspect Cowboys secondary.
  • Can we trust Amari Cooper with Jacobi Brissett throwing him the football? I’d be looking to sit him against a solid Panthers secondary with Adoree Jackson and Jaycee Horn.

Tight End Rankings

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPP SALARY
1 Travis Kelce KC ARI $6,500
2 Mark Andrews BAL NYJ $6,000
3 Dalton Schultz DAL TB $5,600
4 Zach Ertz ARI KC $5,200
5 Kyle Pitts ATL NO $5,900
6 George Kittle SF CHI $5,600
7 TJ Hockenson DET PHI $5,200
8 Dawson Knox BUF LAR $5,300
9 Darren Waller LVR LAC $5,900
10 David Njoku CLE CAR $4,400
11 Cole Kmet CHI SF $4,700
12 Dallas Goedert PHI DET $5,100
13 Hunter Henry NE MIA $4,800
14 Gerald Everett LAC LVR $4,700
15 Evan Engram JAX WAS $4,000
16 Tyler Higbee LAR BUF $5,300
17 Mo Alie-Cox IND HOU $4,500
18 Pat Freiermuth PIT CIN $4,600
19 Irv Smith MIN GB $4,500
20 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN SEA $5,500

 

  • The Cowboys wide receiver room is very muddled at the moment with Jalen Tolbert, Simi Fehoko, Noah Brown and various other battling for reps behind CeeDee Lamb. Dalton Schultz should see plenty of volume as a familiar face for Dak Prescott.
  • I’ve been low on Dallas Goedert all off-season, this is a crowded room and if the Eagles find themselves ahead early against Detroit the passing volume could be miniscule.

Quarterback Rankings

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPP SALARY
1 Kyler Murray ARI KC $7,500
2 Lamar Jackson BAL NYJ $7,400
3 Justin Herbert LAC LVR $7,900
4 Josh Allen BUF LAR $7,900
5 Patrick Mahomes KC ARI $7,800
6 Dak Prescott DAL TB $7,300
7 Matthew Stafford LAR BUF $7,400
8 Tom Brady TB DAL $7,400
9 Jalen Hurts PHI DET $7,100
10 Joe Burrow CIN PIT $7,500
11 Trevor Lawrence JAX WAS $7,000
12 Aaron Rodgers GB MIN $7,500
13 Russell Wilson DEN SEA $7,700
14 Kirk Cousins MIN GB $6,900
15 Trey Lance SF CHI $6,900
16 Jameis Winston NO ATL $6,200
17 Derek Carr LVR LAC $6,800
18 Justin Fields CHI SF $6,200
19 Daniel Jones NYG TEN $6,500
20 Matt Ryan IND HOU $6,700
21 Tua Tagovailoa MIA NE $6,300
22 Ryan Tannehill TEN NYG $6,600
23 Carson Wentz WAS JAX $6,600
24 Davis Mills HOU IND $6,300
  • The Kansas City defense has a number of question marks heading into 2022, especially in the secondary without Tyrann Mathieu and Charvarious Ward. I’m leading my DFS lineups this week stacking Kyler Murray with one of Zach Ertz or Marquise Brown.
  • Can we trust Trey Lance in week 1? I’m concerned that with a not so competitive opponent in Chicago that Kyle Shanahan may not fully open the playbook for him and instead look to move the ball with their backs.

 

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