Nease’s Insights—Week 1: Let’s Start off With an Edge!

The season is now in full swing. We have had our appetizer game Thursday night. Watching the Eagles and Falcons battle down to the last second was exciting and will serve as a tasty appetizer until the full slate of games Sunday and not one, but two, Monday night games. By Monday night we will have seen, in most cases, six complete games and of course the highlights from others. Hopefully, by the time we go to bed Monday night, all of our favorite NFL teams and fantasy teams will be 1-0.

Unfortunately, we all realize that for every winner this week, there is a loser. I have compiled rankings for all the offensive lineup positions (QB, RB, WR, TE, PK and DST). In using them use the higher ranked player in lineup decisions. In other words, if a RB is ranked #15 and one is #21, I am suggesting you use the player ranked higher, in this case, #15.

Of course, as I keep telling you, make the decision on your own. Use this and other data you gather as the basis for accumulating the knowledge you gain to make key lineup decisions.

I used Nathan Peterman to be in our pictorial limelight this week. His efforts this week will either propel him closer to potential stardom, or get him chained to the bench as a backup. As you can tell from my rankings, I am not too high on his chances to succeed. By featuring him though I am demonstrating the wistful hope that we all have going into Week 1.  

Before we get into the rankings, here is a poem I wrote to celebrate this festive occasion:


Twas the Night Before Football

‘Twas the night before football and all through the house.

     Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse.

The children were all soundly asleep in their beds.

     With sweet dreams of wearing little helmets on their heads.

The footballs were hung over the fireplace with care.

     As we hoped that Tom Brady would not take all the air.

In my dreams I thought about football, good food and a few beers.

     Too bad it would be Joe Buck and Chris Collingsworth abusing my ears. 

Quarterback Rankings-Week 1

1 Tom Brady NEP
2 Aaron Rodgers GBP
3 Ben Roethlisberger PIT
4 Russell Wilson SEA
5 Matthew Stafford DET
6 Kirk Cousins MIN
7 Philip Rivers
8 Andrew Luck IND
9 Drew Brees NOS
10 Deshaun Watson HOU
11 Cam Newton CAR
12 Blake Bortles JAC
13 Dak Prescott DAL
14 Derek Carr OAK
15 Jared Goff LAR

Running Back Rankings-Week 1

1 Todd Gurley LAR
2 Alvin Kamara NOS
3 David Johnson ARI
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL
5 Leonard Fournette JAC
6 Kareem Hunt KCC
7 Melvin Gordon LAC
8 Saquon Barkley NYG
9 Dalvin Cook MIN
Alex Collins
11 Christian McCaffrey CAR
12 Howard Jordan CHI
Rex Burkhead
14 Kenyan Drake
15 LeSean McCoy BUF
16 Royce Freeman DEN
17 Kerryon Johnson DET
18 James Conner  PIT
19 James White NEP
20 Peyton Barber TBB
21 Marshawn Lynch OAK
22 Jamaal Williams GBP
23 Adrian Peterson WAS
24 Joe Mixon CIN
Lamar Miller
26 Bernard Giovanni CIN
27 Tevin Coleman ATL
28 Bilal Powell NYJ

Wide Receiver Rankings-Week 1

1 Antonio Brown PIT
2 Michael Thomas NOS
3 DeAndre Hopkins HOU
4 Jarvis Landry CLE
5 Davante Adams GBP
6 Keenan Allen LAC
7 Odell Beckham NYG
8 Mike Evans TBB
9 A.J. Green CIN
10 Marvin Jones DET
11 Tyreek Hill KCC
12 Stefon Diggs MIN
13 Allen Robinson CHI
14 Brandin Cooks LAR
15 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
16 Keelan Cole JAC
17 Emmanuel Sanders DEN
Adam Thielen
19 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT
Josh Gordon
21 Chris Hogan NEP
Doug Baldwin
23 Amari Cooper OAK
24 Devin Funchess CAR
25 Demaryius Thomas DEN
26 Golden Tate DET
27 Robert Woods LAR
28 T.Y. Hilton IND
29 Michael Crabtree BAL
30 Pierre Garcon SFO
31 Corey Davis TEN
32 Will Fuller HOU
33 Cooper Kupp LAR
Tyrell Williams
35 Kenny Stills MIA

Tight End Rankings-Week 1

Rob Gronkowski
2 Travis Kelce KCC
3 Jack Doyle IND
4 Evan Engram NYG
5 Kyle Rudolph MIN
6 Greg Olsen CAR
Delanie Walker
8 Tre Burton CHI
9 Tyler Eifert CIN
10 Jordan Reed WAS
11 Jimmy Graham GBP
O.J. Howard
13 Geoff Swaim DAL
14 Vance McDonald PIT
15 Charles Clay BUF

Place Kicker Rankings-Week 1

1 Stephen Gostkowski NEP
2 Justin Tucker BAL
3 Wil Lutz NOS
4 Chris Boswell PIT
5 Graham Gano CAR
6 Greg Zuerlein LAR
7 Harrison Butker KCC
8 Ryan Succop TEN
9 Robbie Gould SFO
10 Josh Lambo JAC
11 Phil Dawson ARI
12 Chandler Catanzaro TBB

Team Defense Rankings-Week 1

1 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT
2 Baltimore Ravens BAL
3 New Orleans Saints NOS
4 Jacksonville Jaguars JAC
5 Los Angeles Rams LAR
6 Carolina Panthers CAR
7 New England Patriots NEP
8 Chicago Bears CHI
9 Denver Broncos DEN
10 Washington Redskins WAS
11 Detroit Lions DET
12 Tennessee Titans TEN


Now is the time to set your focus on the championship. Keeps your eyes on the prize. The action has started and it is time to get an edge on your opposing owners.

Ask the Experts

When my friend Andy Richardson invited me to provide material for his weekly Fantasy Index Thursday morning "Ask the Experts" column, I was thrilled and honored. Here is the September 6 article from our friends at Fantasy Index. Check out all our comments this week as we answer the question: “who will be the key to your fantasy success?"

The season has finally started. I sure am! All of us at and Big Guy Fantasy Sports are intent on helping you become the champions you want to be. With our poignant articles and being the home base for the consistency theory, a sound, mathematically-based alternative to ADP, we will be with you for the 2018 season in its entirety. What happens then? That my friends, is easy. We start over and do it all again in 2019!

Over the years many readers have contacted me personally for fantasy football questions throughout the year. I look forward to helping you in your quest to win championships this year. You can contact me by email with any questions you may have on fantasy football generally, or on consistency specifically, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow me on Twitter @mikeinsights, or join me as a member of Couch Tomatoes, my fantasy football discussion group on Facebook.

Good luck! Have fun!

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