Weekly Rankings: LeSean McCoy leads Eagles flock

Hey everybody, it's the first week of the regular season and I hope you're ready. Here are the initial rankings for Week 1. If you're still waiting to do your draft, go check out our Top 200. This is for the first week. Let's have some fun.

Quarterback


1. Drew Brees
2. Tom Brady
3. Peyton Manning
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Andrew Luck
6. Colin Kaepernick
7. Matt Ryan
8. Cam Newton
9. Robert Griffin III
10. Tony Romo
11. Matthew Stafford
12. Russell Wilson
13. Michael Vick
14. Matt Schaub
15. Andy Dalton
16. Carson Palmer
17. Eli Manning
18. Alex Smith
19. Ryan Tannehill
20. Jay Cutler

* I expect the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots to go into full-on grudge mode this season as both teams will challenge for the single-season scoring mark. I really expect Sean Payton to unleash in the first week, especially against a team people expect to play for the Super Bowl.

* Luck has a great matchup this week against the Raiders so he's a great play.

* I'm high on Jay Cutler this season but he opens with the Bengals. This might not be the right week to puff out my chest and crow about him.

Running backs


1. Adrian Peterson
2. LeSean McCoy
3. Alfred Morris
4. Marshawn Lynch
5. Doug Martin
6. Jamaal Charles
7. C.J. Spiller
8. Trent Richardson
9. Stevan Ridley
10. Steven Jackson
11. Ray Rice
12. Chris Johnson
13. David Wilson
14. Arian Foster
15. Matt Forte
16. Maurice Jones-Drew
17. Frank Gore
18. Reggie Bush
19. Lamar Miller
20. Darren McFadden
21. Darren Sproles
22. DeMarco Murray
23. Ahmad Bradshaw
24. Eddie Lacy
25. Chris Ivory
26. Ryan Mathews
27. Shane Vereen
28. Rashard Mendenhall
29. Daryl Richardson
30. DeAngelo Williams
31. Montee Ball
32. Giovani Bernard
33. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
34. Ben Tate
35. Mark Ingram
36. Isaac Redman
37. Bryce Brown
38. Danny Woodhead
39. Ronnie Hillman
40. Pierre Thomas

* Both running backs in the East Coast Monday night game are going to kill it. I look for this to be a 59-57, Pac-12-style shootout. I couldn't be more bullish on Eagles players.

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* Ryan Mathews is starting to grow on me, but he's got a tough matchup out of the gate. I have him just ahead of Shane Vereen, but check back with me later in the week, I could end up changing my mind.

* If you drafted Ben Tate to snake the guy who drafted Arian Foster, there will be some weeks he can be your flex play. I wouldn't hate to use him in that role this week.

Wide receivers


1. Calvin Johnson
2. Dez Bryant
3. Larry Fitzgerald
4. Julio Jones
5. A.J. Green
6. Demaryius Thomas
7. Randall Cobb
8. Brandon Marshall
9. Roddy White
10. Danny Amendola
11. Andre Johnson
12. Marques Colston
13. Victor Cruz
14. Vincent Jackson
15. Antonio Brown
16. Reggie Wayne
17. Dwayne Bowe
18. Pierre Garcon
19. DeSean Jackson
20. Torrey Smith
21. Hakeem Nicks
22. Steve Smith
23. Wes Welker
24. Jordy Nelson
25. Eric Decker
26. T.Y. Hilton
27. Mike Wallace
28. Cecil Shorts
29. Greg Jennings
30. Steve Johnson
31. James Jones
32. Chris Givens
33. Mike Williams
34. Miles Austin
35. Kenny Britt
36. Anquan Boldin
37. Lance Moore
38. Sidney Rice
39. Kendall Wright
40. Tavon Austin
41. Golden Tate
42. Michael Floyd
43. Alshon Jeffery
44. DeAndre Hopkins
45. Kenbrell Thompkins
46. Emmanuel Sanders
47. Denarius Moore
48. Ryan Broyles
49. Brian Hartline
50. Vincent Brown
51. Mohammed Sanu
52. Keenan Allen
53. Markus Wheaton
54. Rueben Randle
55. Robert Woods
56. Dwayne Harris

* If you've paid attention, I love DeSean Jackson and the Eagles this week. Same goes for Pierre Garcon.

* I'm going to start with Wes Welker just above Eric Decker, but both are pretty good starts this week. Nothing says great Peyton Manning game like a season opener when the weather is good.

* T.Y. Hilton likely makes my list of sleepers this week.

Tight ends


1. Jimmy Graham
2. Vernon Davis
3. Jason Witten
4. Tony Gonzalez
5. Greg Olsen
6. Jordan Cameron
7. Jermichael Finley
8. Kyle Rudolph
9. Owen Daniels
10. Brandon Myers
11. Jared Cook
12. Zach Sudfeld
13. Jermaine Gresham
14. Fred Davis
15. Antonio Gates
16. Brandon Pettigrew
17. Martellus Bennett
18. Dwayne Allen
19. Ed Dickson
20. Brent Celek
21. Rob Housler
22. Scott Chandler
23. Marcedes Lewis
24. Coby Fleener

* Let's just get ready to keep Jimmy Graham at the top spot for the entire year.

* Vernon Davis is going to be targeted more than any other 49ers receiver. Get ready for a huge year from him.

* You're going to need to be patient with Brandon Myers, but the production eventually will be there.

Kickers


1. Sebastian Janikowski
2. Stephen Gostkowski
3. Matt Bryant
4. Matt Prater
5. Blair Walsh
6. Josh Brown
7. Kai Forbath
8. Randy Bullock
9. Phil Dawson
10. Justin Tucker
11. Dan Bailey
12. David Akers
13. Greg Zuerlein
14. Mason Crosby
15. Garrett Hartley
16. Steven Hauschka
17. Adam Vinatieri
18. Ryan Succop
19. Mike Nugent
20. Robbie Gould
21. Rian Lindell
22. Shaun Suisham
23. Nick Novak
24. Graham Gano

* Seabass!

Defense


1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Indianapolis Colts
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. New England Patriots
5. San Francisco 49ers
6. Houston Texans
7. Chicago Bears
8. Arizona Cardinals
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Kansas City Chiefs
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Denver Broncos
13. Green Bay Packers
14. St. Louis FC
15. New York Giants
16. Miami Dolphins
17. Baltimore Ravens
18. San Diego Chargers
19. Cleveland Browns
20. Minnesota Vikings
21. New York Jets
22. Dallas Cowboys
23. Atlanta Falcons
24. Philadelphia Eagles

* My philosophy is to use the wire to pick up defenses. My first pick this week is the Buccaneers. They will play the Jets, and they have Revis Island. A great option.

* If some savvy member of your league already has the Bucs (likely because they follow me on Twitter), the Colts are a nice option, too.

* If you miss out on the Colts and Bucs, why not the Chiefs?

* If you drafted the 49ers, still play them against the Packers. You don't want to go fooling around with it.

Did you know that Adam Rank won last year's Expert's League title? Oh that's right, it's like the only thing he ever talks about. Well congratulations, Rank. You finally did something. What have you done for us lately? Let's worry about 2013 and stop living in the past. Typical Lakers fan, am I right? Oh, if you found this useful (as if) check him out on the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program". And follow him on Twitter, please. He's taking us to lunch if he gets 17 more Twitter followers today. And we only got 15 the last time, so step up fantasy enthusiasts!

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