Week One fantasy player rankings

Posted Sept. 12, 2010 @ 11:32 a.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Original post Sept. 7, 2010 @ 1:25 a.m. ET.
Updated Sept. 12, 2010 @ 12:32 p.m. ET

Note: Our original post inadvertently omitted the Bears' receivers. We apologize for the omission.

The following player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs. You'll also find regular updates in Michael Blunda's fantasy report on Sunday mornings.


Byes: none



  1. Peyton Manning, Colts at Texans
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Eagles
  3. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Vikings
  4. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Bengals
  5. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Colts
  6. Tony Romo, Cowboys at Redskins
  7. Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Lions
  8. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Chiefs
  9. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Panthers
  10. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Steelers
  11. Kevin Kolb, Eagles vs. Packers
  12. Brett Favre, Vikings at Saints
  13. Vince Young, Titans vs. Raiders
  14. Donovan McNabb, Redskins vs. Cowboys — INJ
  15. Chad Henne, Dolphins at Bills
  16. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Jets
  17. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers vs. Browns
  18. Carson Palmer, Bengals at Patriots
  19. Matthew Stafford, Lions at Bears
  20. Kyle Orton, Broncos at Jaguars
  21. Alex Smith, 49ers at Seahawks
  22. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Broncos
  23. Matt Cassel, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  24. Jake Delhomme, Browns at Buccaneers
  25. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  26. Derek Anderson, Cardinals at Rams
  27. Matt Moore, Panthers at Giants
  28. Mark Sanchez, Jets vs. Ravens
  29. Jason Campbell, Raiders at Titans — UP
  30. Dennis Dixon, Steelers vs. Falcons
  31. Trent Edwards, Bills vs. Dolphins
  32. Sam Bradford, Rams vs. Cardinals

Not listed: Byron Leftwich, Steelers; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers



  1. Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Raiders
  2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings at Saints
  3. Frank Gore, 49ers at Seahawks
  4. Ray Rice, Ravens at Jets
  5. Steven Jackson, Rams vs. Cardinals
  6. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Broncos
  7. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers vs. Falcons
  8. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Giants
  9. Ryan Mathews, Chargers at Chiefs
  10. Matt Forté, Bears vs. Lions
  11. Jahvid Best, Lions at Bears
  12. Arian Foster, Texans vs. Colts
  13. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  14. Joseph Addai, Colts at Texans
  15. Michael Turner, Falcons at Steelers
  16. Ryan Grant, Packers at Eagles
  17. Cedric Benson, Bengals at Patriots
  18. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins at Bills
  19. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers vs. Browns
  20. C.J. Spiller, Bills vs. Dolphins
  21. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Giants
  22. LeSean McCoy, Eagles vs. Packers
  23. Pierre Thomas, Saints vs. Vikings
  24. Marion Barber, Cowboys at Redskins
  25. Reggie Bush, Saints vs. Vikings
  26. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos at Jaguars — UP
  27. Ricky Williams, Dolphins at Bills
  28. Clinton Portis, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  29. Jerome Harrison, Browns at Buccaneers
  30. Tim Hightower, Cardinals at Rams — UP
  31. Shonn Greene, Jets vs. Ravens
  32. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants vs. Panthers
  33. Darren McFadden, Raiders at Titans — UP
  34. Felix Jones, Cowboys at Redskins
  35. Brandon Jacobs, Giants vs. Panthers
  36. Beanie Wells, Cardinals at Rams — INJ, DOWN
  37. Justin Forsett, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  38. Fred Taylor, Patriots vs. Bengals — UP
  39. Thomas Jones, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  40. Leon Washington, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  41. Sammy Morris, Patriots vs. Bengals — UP
  42. Kareem Huggins, Buccaneers vs. Browns
  43. Darren Sproles, Chargers at Chiefs
  44. Steve Slaton, Texans vs. Colts — UP
  45. Peyton Hillis, Browns at Buccaneers
  46. Bernard Scott, Bengals at Patriots
  47. Chester Taylor, Bears vs. Lions
  48. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets vs. Ravens
  49. Correll Buckhalter, Broncos at Jaguars
  50. Donald Brown, Colts at Texans
  51. Fred Jackson, Bills vs. Dolphins — UP
  52. Willis McGahee, Ravens at Jets
  53. Michael Bush, Raiders at Titans — INJ, UP (INACTIVE)
  54. Kevin Faulk, Patriots vs. Bengals
  55. Julius Jones, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  56. Mewelde Moore, Steelers vs. Falcons
  57. Larry Johnson, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  58. Benjarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots vs. Bengals
  59. Mike Bell, Eagles vs. Packers
  60. Laurence Maroney, Patriots vs. Bengals — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)
  61. Toby Gerhart, Vikings at Saints — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)

Not listed: None



  1. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Colts
  2. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Bears
  3. Miles Austin, Cowboys at Redskins
  4. Roddy White, Falcons at Steelers
  5. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Rams
  6. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Packers
  7. Randy Moss, Patriots vs. Bengals
  8. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Texans
  9. Marques Colston, Saints vs. Vikings
  10. Steve Smith, Panthers at Giants
  11. Steve Smith, Giants vs. Panthers
  12. Greg Jennings, Packers at Eagles
  13. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins at Bills
  14. Hakeem Nicks, Giants vs. Panthers
  15. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Bengals
  16. Pierre Garcon, Colts at Texans
  17. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  18. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  19. Donald Driver, Packers at Eagles
  20. Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars vs. Broncos
  21. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles vs. Packers
  22. Johnny Knox, Bears vs. Lions
  23. Lee Evans, Bills vs. Dolphins
  24. Devin Hester, Bears vs. Lions
  25. Mike Williams, Buccaneers vs. Browns
  26. Mike Wallace, Steelers vs. Falcons
  27. Michael Crabtree, 49ers at Seahawks
  28. Hines Ward, Steelers vs. Falcons
  29. Percy Harvin, Vikings at Saints
  30. Chad Ochocinco, Bengals at Patriots
  31. Anquan Boldin, Ravens at Jets
  32. Terrell Owens, Bengals at Patriots
  33. Devin Aromashodu, Bears vs. Lions
  34. Robert Meachem, Saints vs. Vikings
  35. Devery Henderson, Saints vs. Vikings
  36. Malcom Floyd, Chargers at Chiefs
  37. Bernard Berrian, Vikings at Saints
  38. Steve Breaston, Cardinals at Rams
  39. Braylon Edwards, Jets vs. Ravens
  40. Jacoby Jones, Texans vs. Colts
  41. Eddie Royal, Broncos at Jaguars
  42. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets vs. Ravens
  43. Lance Moore, Saints vs. Vikings
  44. Jabar Gaffney, Broncos at Jaguars
  45. Derrick Mason, Ravens at Jets
  46. Louis Murphy, Raiders at Titans
  47. Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns at Buccaneers
  48. Nate Burleson, Lions at Bears
  49. Laurent Robinson, Rams vs. Cardinals
  50. Legedu Naanee, Chargers at Chiefs
  51. Mike Thomas, Jaguars vs. Broncos
  52. Chris Chambers, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  53. Jason Avant, Eagles vs. Packers
  54. Sammy Stroughter, Buccaneers vs. Browns
  55. Brian Hartline, Dolphins at Bills
  56. Roy Williams, Cowboys at Redskins
  57. Austin Collie, Colts at Texans
  58. Nate Washington, Titans vs. Raiders
  59. Justin Gage, Titans vs. Raiders
  60. Josh Morgan, 49ers at Seahawks
  61. Mario Manningham, Giants vs. Panthers
  62. Dez Bryant, Cowboys at Redskins
  63. Kenny Britt, Titans vs. Raiders
  64. Harry Douglas, Falcons at Steelers
  65. Kevin Walter, Texans vs. Colts
  66. Mike Williams, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  67. James Jones, Packers at Eagles
  68. Joshua Cribbs, Browns at Buccaneers
  69. Deion Branch, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  70. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Ravens at Jets
  71. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts at Texans — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  72. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders at Titans
  73. Early Doucet, Cardinals at Rams
  74. Julian Edelman, Patriots vs. Bengals — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)

Not listed: Santonio Holmes, Jets; Vincent Jackson, Chargers; Sidney Rice, Vikings; Michael Jenkins, Falcons; Chaz Schilens, Raiders



  1. Antonio Gates, Chargers at Chiefs
  2. Dallas Clark, Colts at Texans
  3. Jermichael Finley, Packers at Eagles
  4. Vernon Davis, 49ers at Seahawks
  5. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons at Steelers
  6. Jason Witten, Cowboys at Redskins
  7. Kellen Winslow, Buccaneers vs. Browns
  8. Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings at Saints
  9. Brent Celek, Eagles vs. Packers
  10. Chris Cooley, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  11. Zach Miller, Raiders at Titans
  12. John Carlson, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  13. Heath Miller, Steelers vs. Falcons
  14. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars vs. Broncos
  15. Jeremy Shockey, Saints vs. Vikings
  16. Owen Daniels, Texans vs. Colts — UP
  17. Todd Heap, Ravens at Jets
  18. Dustin Keller, Jets vs. Ravens
  19. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins at Bills
  20. Kevin Boss, Giants vs. Panthers
  21. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals at Patriots
  22. Fred Davis, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  23. Greg Olsen, Bears vs. Lions
  24. Tony Scheffler, Lions at Bears
  25. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots vs. Bengals
  26. Bo Scaife, Titans vs. Raiders
  27. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots vs. Bengals
  28. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions at Bears — UP
  29. Michael Hoomanawanui, Rams vs. Cardinals
  30. Jared Cook, Titans vs. Raiders

Not listed: None



  1. Rob Bironas, Titans vs. Raiders
  2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots vs. Bengals
  3. Garrett Hartley, Saints vs. Vikings
  4. Nate Kaeding, Chargers at Chiefs
  5. David Akers, Eagles vs. Packers
  6. Dan Carpenter, Dolphins at Bills
  7. Robbie Gould, Bears vs. Lions
  8. Lawrence Tynes, Giants vs. Panthers
  9. Connor Barth, Buccaneers vs. Browns
  10. Mason Crosby, Packers at Eagles
  11. Adam Vinatieri, Colts at Texans
  12. Ryan Longwell, Vikings at Saints
  13. Josh Scobee, Jaguars vs. Broncos
  14. Joe Nedney, 49ers at Seahawks
  15. David Buehler, Cowboys at Redskins
  16. Rian Lindell, Bills vs. Dolphins
  17. Neil Rackers, Texans vs. Colts
  18. Jay Feely, Cardinals at Rams
  19. Olindo Mare, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  20. Jeff Reed, Steelers vs. Falcons
  21. Matt Bryant, Falcons at Steelers
  22. Nick Folk, Jets vs. Ravens
  23. Matt Prater, Broncos at Jaguars
  24. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders at Titans
  25. Graham Gano, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  26. Ryan Succop, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  27. Shayne Graham, Ravens at Jets
  28. Josh Brown, Rams vs. Cardinals
  29. Mike Nugent, Bengals at Patriots
  30. Phil Dawson, Browns at Buccaneers
  31. Jason Hanson, Lions at Bears
  32. John Kasay, Panthers at Giants

Not listed: None



  1. Miami Dolphins at Bills
  2. New York Jets vs. Ravens
  3. Baltimore Ravens at Jets
  4. Chicago Bears vs. Lions
  5. Tennessee Titans vs. Raiders
  6. Dallas Cowboys at Redskins
  7. San Francisco 49ers at Seahawks
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Falcons
  9. New York Giants vs. Panthers
  10. Atlanta Falcons at Steelers
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Browns
  12. New England Patriots vs. Bengals
  13. San Diego Chargers at Chiefs
  14. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Broncos
  15. Arizona Cardinals at Rams
  16. New Orleans Saints vs. Vikings
  17. Carolina Panthers at Giants
  18. Washington Redskins vs. Cowboys
  19. Cleveland Browns at Buccaneers
  20. Cincinnati Bengals at Patriots
  21. Oakland Raiders at Titans
  22. Minnesota Vikings at Saints
  23. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Packers
  24. Seattle Seahawks vs. 49ers
  25. Green Bay Packers at Eagles
  26. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chargers
  27. Denver Broncos at Jaguars
  28. Houston Texans vs. Colts
  29. St. Louis Rams vs. Cardinals
  30. Buffalo Bills vs. Dolphins
  31. Indianapolis Colts at Texans
  32. Detroit Lions at Bears


Watch for Pat Fitzmaurice's "Ten Most Intriguing Players of Week One" on Tuesday and "Fitz's Four-Course Fantasy Feast" on Wednesday this week.