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Updated 9/4: Week 1 is at hand. The NFL season begins Thursday with the Eagles and Falcons and there are already questions about which fantasy players should be starting and which should be sitting. To help guide your hand, we offer up the latest breakdown of Des Bieler's rankings for Week 1.
QB: The Bears' addition of Khalil Mack gave me some pause about putting Aaron Rodgers at the top, but the Packers QB is likely catching a break by facing the ex-Raiders just days after his much-heralded arrival in Chicago. ... Andy Dalton has a tasty matchup and a plethora of weapons, at least in theory. ... I also like Jared Goff to do some damage against a demoralized Raiders squad. ... As long as Tyrod Taylor has the starting job, he'll be hovering in the top 15, at the least. ... Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo start with tough assignments, although Eli Manning would love to be in their cleats.
RB: I'm still expecting Le'Veon Bell to show up and play, but it's worth remembering that he got off to a slow start after last season's holdout. ... Baltimore should be able to win easily and feed Alex Collins plenty of carries. ... It will be very interesting to see the division of labor between Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. ... With Sony Michel unlikely to get much work, if he plays at all, Rex Burkhead should be set for a big Week 1 role. ... Bilal Powell has been running ahead of Isaiah Crowell in preseason games and will get more work in the passing game if (when?) the Jets fall behind the Lions. ... We'll know much more (let's hope) about how the 49ers plan to deploy their RBs in the wake of losing Jerick McKinnon, but for now Alfred Morris gets ranked just ahead of Matt Breida, with neither holding much appeal at the Vikings.
WR: If I like Dalton this week, then I gotta love A.J. Green. ... The Buccaneers are likely going to have to throw a lot in the second half against the Saints, which could spell good things for Mike Evans. ... Jalen Ramsey most assuredly is mad that I haven't dropped Odell Beckham Jr. any lower. ... With no Julian Edelman, or really anyone else of note at WR for the Pats, Chris Hogan could be in for a boatload of targets. ... Doug Baldwin has questions about his knee, and a tough-looking matchup at Denver. ... With Jermaine Kearse likely out, Terrelle Pryor a wild card and no TE to speak of, the Jets could be featuring Quincy Enunwa much more than many expect. ... Speaking of the Jets, and with nowhere better to put this tidbit, Jeremy Kerley led that team in receptions in two seasons (2012, 2013), and he subsequently led the 2016 49ers, as well. Is it so crazy to think that, as the slot receiver for a Bills team with only Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones theoretically playing ahead of him, he could do it again this year?
TE: Until proven otherwise, the presumed Big 3 at this position (Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz) will be treated as such. ... As long as Jordan Reed is healthy -- he is healthy, more or less, at the moment, isn't he? -- he'll slot in at a lofty spot. ... We'll get our first glimpse of just how big a role Trey Burton will have with the Bears, in a game where they should be playing catch-up. ... The Bucs were stingy against TEs last season, but with a somewhat unsettled WR situation behind Mike Thomas, Week 1 could be just the time for 37-year-old Ben Watson to shine for the Saints.
D/ST: Nathan Peterman probably won't throw five interceptions again, but he's just one of many reasons the Ravens can't be ranked anything other than first this week. ... The Lions get to welcome to the NFL Sam Darnold, who is set to become the youngest QB to start a season opener since the 1970 merger. ... Nick Foles looked shaky enough in the preseason for me to give the Falcons a top-12 ranking.